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Color at a Macro Level




Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I made good use of my macro lens today. I was walking along a forest path when I glanced over to a leaf where I noticed this fly. From a distance it seemed like nothing special, certainly not colorful in any way. But as I carefully moved in closer with my macro lens to the flying insect, brilliant details and rainbow colors were revealed.  The fly was perhaps a quarter of an inch long, but seen up close many details and patterns emerge :)



Red Among the Green


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I walked through a West Michigan forest today, I spotted these red leaves among all the green. I wondered if the plant may have been stressed, causing the color change. In any case, I took the opportunity to capture its beauty with my camera.

Natural Mining



Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Checkerspot butterfly “mining” for minerals today in Holland, Michigan. Butterflies absorb needed minerals from soil, sometimes in puddles, or in this case gravel.

Caught in Midair


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught this pollen gathering insect in midair as it flew by me recently in a wetland area of Southwest Michigan. My first impression was that of a bumble bee, but upon closer inspection, it appears to be something else. Maybe someone who knows will post a comment as to what they think it to be :)

Flower in the Forest


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was looking for Pink Lady Slipper Orchids recently in a local park in Southwest Michigan recently, but they weren’t blooming yet. I did find this flower on the forest floor instead and took advantage of the find to create this image :)



Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this evergreen seed grouping recently in a nearby Southwest Michigan park on another beautiful Spring day.

Beautiful Day


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This sparrow seemed to be enjoying another beautiful day in Southwest Michigan recently. I found it perched in a tree surrounded by green in a wooded area.

Swan Reflection


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this swan peacefully floating along on a local pond in Zeeland, Michigan recently. I caught the moment as it created a ring of ripples on the surface of the water with its reflection being disturbed in the process.

Backlit Flowers


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I liked the look of these purple tulips as they were backlit from the sun recently in Holland, Michigan. The colors in shadow were richer with the fringes of the petals being highlighted from behind.

Solitary Beauty


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this solitary and strikingly beautiful tulip over the weekend in Holland, Michigan. I liked the vivid color and the curving sharp edges of the petals.


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