Today I ventured down to our dock to get an up close and personal view of our swamp hibiscus or marsh mallows in full bloom. They are really outdoing themselves this year. And I also noticed that we had a few visitors on the marsh grasses...these little snails.
I have decided to name them Gary (in honor of Spongebob's pet snail), and Escar Go (it seems less morbid if I break it in to 2 names and misspell it!), who is visiting from France.
I love their bright green ribbed shells, but I didn't want to keep them in the hot sun for too long or they might become a little dry and crispy!
So after snapping a few shots with my uber cool new macro lens (a treat to myself bought with photo shoot and writing money), they were free to return to the cool shade and slightly cool waters of the creek.
I have to say that I love this new macro lens, but learning to use it has been harder than I thought. If you move just a teeny, tiny bit, you loose your focus because the depth of field is so shallow. I'm learning, but it's hard teaching an old dog new tricks! But when you can get up close and personal with your subjects, it makes it all worth it! Thanks Kate for encouraging me to buy a macro lens, now maybe I can take pictures as lovely as YOURS! :-)
And thank you for your sweet comments about my new venture into portrait photography. After I posted yesterday I realized that I had used the low res versions of each picture, but I was just too darned lazy to replace them with the higher quality ones...so they will forever remain a little fuzzy looking on my post!
And one more thing before I go, thanks for your comments on my post about what this time of year means to you, I so enjoyed reading all of your comments!!