I love macro photography. The ability to look very closely takes the most ordinary object and makes it extraordinary. I thought it would be fun to take a “macro-eyed” view of my wildlife garden during each season. Here’s my offering for Spring 2014.
In the grand food web of life, plants are the heavy-lifters. In order for the rest of life to get going again after a long winter, the plants have to send out leaves and flowers. In Southwest Washington, this process usually begins in late February, slowly, like a trundling turtle. However, by the first day of spring, things leap to a rabbit’s pace. Leaves are bursting out all over.
The warmer temperatures bring out the insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Although gardening commercials paint most bugs as the “bad guys,” they actually are vital to the success of any wildlife garden. All other life—all the furry, feathered, and skinned animals that we love—they all depend, either directly or indirectly, on arthropods. Up close, they are creepy, crawly, and sometimes beautiful, but always amazing.
Hope you enjoyed a little spring tour of life up close. Get down on your hands and knees this season and appreciate the tiny patterns and whorls that make the backyard beautiful.
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