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Nature in Focus

“Always remember your focus determines your reality.”  Qui-Gon Jinn

Effective focus is the heart of photography.  Without it, a vista can be simply a blur of colors.  But when captured with crisp, precise focus, the vistas become places to re-visit time and time again.

Still, I prefer—when out in Nature enjoying the silence—to focus on the little things.  The smaller “views” that can be too easily overlooked.  The bird chirping on a wire or visiting at an open window.  A bee buzzing about a flower. I love the wonder of the small views of Nature I can capture in a photo.

Flowers themselves, in glorious, magnificent detail are my favorite subject.  I agree with Georgia O’Keefe about enjoying flowers: “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.  I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower.  I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”

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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second.”   Marc Riboud

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”  Eudora Welty

“Photography takes a moment out of time, altering life by holding it still.”  Dorothea Lange

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”  Ansel Adams

“All photographs are accurate.  None of them is the truth.”  Richard Avedon

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photography. When images become inadequate, I will be content with silence.”  Ansel Adams

“Photography is an act of observation.  It has little to do with the thing you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”  Eliot Erwitt

This post is my response to Tuesday Photo Challenge—Focus.

Comments on: "Nature in Focus" (22)

  1. Spectacular images of beautiful, inspiring nature. I love your photography so much, Patti! Thank you!

  2. Hi Patti. Seems like I haven’t seen you in sometime. Then again, blog breaks are good. Well done on the challenge. The opening pic of Monument Valley is stunning!

  3. This is gorgeous Patti! You should link it over to our “Magical” photography challenge. It surely is that!

    • Thanks, Tina. I always appreciate your feedback. I’ll think about posting this in another challenge, but it seems a bit of a cheat. HA. Nature is magical, so maybe I will produce another post instead.

  4. A stunning set of photographs…..just in awe!

  5. Wow, Patti, what an incredibly beautiful collection!

  6. I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Avedon, Patti: Your photos ARE truth. And gorgeous too! Thank you for this beautiful and uplifting post.

    • Thanks, Heide. I am not sure I agree that there is really any Truth out there, despite Mulder’s contention. But I do like to capture what is out there. Good to see you stopping by to comment.

  7. […] newcomer to our challenge is Patti, who shares a vast array of gorgeous shots in her entry in Learn More Every Day! Lovely shots and a great blog […]

  8. Your photos are simply stunning. What a great post and totally lives up to its title.

  9. stunning captures

  10. Very pretty pictures!

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