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The photographs in my set, "Weed Flower Micros," may appear to be close-ups of regular-sized flowers – they are not!

 

These are micro (macro) photos of tiny little flowers which bloom on ordinary weeds.

 

How tiny? The largest weed flower in the set is only, when measured across its widest part from petal tip to petal tip, 3/4" in diameter!

 

Some of these miniscule flowers are so small that the entire blossom you are looking at is 1/4" in diameter…again that’s measuring from petal tip to petal tip across the widest part of the bloom!

 

The smallest part of a weed flower that I have managed to successfully shoot and achieve good detail in is a photo I made of a bud that measured LESS than 1/16" in diameter across its widest part! For a reference to its size I have also included a photo of that bud next to the head of an ordinary paper match, which dwarfs the bud.

 

I am delighting in discovering the beauty, complexity, and variety in something so small that it’s easily ignored or downright difficult to see with the naked eye.

 

And it’s an even greater delight to realize that this incredible beauty has been growing wild in my lawn, year after year, right under my un-seeing eyes as I’ve repeatedly mown them down with my lawn mower, never realizing the unseen beauty that I was trampling under my feet.

 

I hope you enjoy viewing these as much as I do. I have a lot of fun making them for us to look at!

 

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See more of these incredible, tiny jewels in my set, "Weed Flower Micros:"

 

www.flickr.com/photos/motorpsiclist/sets/72157626023965740/

 

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Taken on February 24, 2011