Textures in nature

We always admire the most obvious in nature – a stunning view, blinding lightning, a cute butterfly, sweet cherries, sveltering heat, cool rivers, colourful wildflowers, majestic mountains, playful clouds…

Moving in closer we start noticing the less obvious, but intrinsic part of nature – its texture.  The feel of the roughness of  treebark under your hands, the smoothness of a pebble, the prickliness of a rosebush, the powder on an old limestone wall, the stubble of dried moss, the cool dense coat of green moss, the lumpy skin of a warty toad, the slipperiness of slyme, the delicate  artistry of a spiderweb…

Just like human life, the “older” nature grows, the more interesting the texture becomes…except of course, when texture is your lot to carry from birth, like our warty old friend, le crapaud communBufo Bufo.

I chose to do shots of all “old and worn textures”.

…born old…

S: o,oo6s; A: f/5,0

toad

…rust on an old chain…

S: 0,002s; A: f/5,0

chain in old wall

…old dried moss…

S: 0,002: A: f/3,5

dry moss on old stone

…a 150 year old wall…

S: 0,002s; A: f/5,0

old wall

…fine traces on an old brickwall…

S: 0,006s; A: f/6,3

old wall-1

…original stables wall from 1880…

S: 0.000s; A: f3,3

old wall 3

…an old weathered bistro chair…

S: 0,010s; A: f/13,0

old wooden chair

…rustic arches..

S: 0,25s; A: f/13,0

rusty iron arch

…medici pots, withstanding the test of time…

S: 0,005s; A: f/6,3

rusty medici urn

…gravel, smooth and rough…

S: 0,002s; A: f/6,3

smooth and rough

..a smooth snail on a smooth wall..

S: 0.008s; A: f/6,3

snail on wall 2

…the silvery stickiness of a home

S: 0,004s; A: f/5,6

spiderweb in fence

…a hairy creature in its  sticky home…

S: 0,004s; A: f/5,6

sir spider 2

This  is a contribution to the Sunday Stills challenge – textures, hosted by Ed Prescott.

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21 responses

  1. annie

    Oh, splendid, Ronell. This is a poem to age and time. ..Indeed, a venerable toad…The spider webs form such lovely designs the way they reflect light.
    annie

    July 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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  3. Ed

    Great pics, we post Sunday Stills on Sunday. Theis is next weeks challenge. Just repost next Sunday and drop a comment and the folks can check your post then. Welcome to Sunday Stills…Ed

    July 7, 2009 at 12:11 am

  4. Real nice shots, and welcome to Sunday Stills. I think the frog, chain and bistro chair best fit the ‘texture’ challenge. Lovely blog you have. Hope you drop by and check out what other people have done on Sunday 🙂

    July 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  5. Thanks for visiting!

    Yes, I apparently am too early with my contribution for the texture- challenge, now I know how it works for the future, and am eager to see all the other work on Sunday!

    July 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  6. Great photos (except for the last one, or two – sorry, not a spider fan!).

    Your storytelling with pictures of your new life draws one in, and leaves one breathless for more.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  7. I’m not only crazy about the photos but It’s lovely to see your on going project. What a lovely , new creative baby you have.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

  8. Wonderful capture of different textures..

    July 11, 2009 at 7:59 am

  9. Wow! Very impressive shots, and I cannot pick which one is my favorite. Everything is so beautiful. Great textures and macros, very detailed. Have a great weekend.

    July 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

  10. lovely! I like the pot edge and the snail the best!

    July 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

  11. The spider web really grabs me!
    No pun intended.

    July 12, 2009 at 4:21 am

  12. Great selections. Beautiful photography. The rusted chain is my favorite.

    ~Lisa

    July 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

  13. WoW! Amazing shots. I think I met one more passionate photographer! Cool!!!

    July 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

  14. Very amazing shots, beautifully done~~

    July 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  15. Wonderful shots! Love the chair and the brick wall. Beautiful detail!

    July 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm

  16. Fantastic shots! Welcome to the challenge!

    July 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm

  17. Well, these are all amazingly beautiful shots! My favorite is the texture of the snail on the smooth wall, it’s just fabulous!

    July 13, 2009 at 12:48 am

  18. Excellent series of Photos! Welcome to Sunday Stills! I love the old dried moss:)

    July 13, 2009 at 1:47 am

  19. Wow – those are amazing – So glad to have you join Sunday Stills!

    July 13, 2009 at 4:56 am

  20. Thanks for visiting, the support and kind comments… much appreciated!
    Ronelle

    July 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

  21. Very nice pictures on texture. Your country home sounds very interesting. Hard work, but rewarding.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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