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CMMC February Close Up or Macro: Water Droplets

With the first Wednesday of February comes Cee’s Midweek Madness monthly challenge of Close Up or Macro. I took these photos along the Merkle Trail in Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona, at the end of December 2021. It had just rained and I could not resist trying to capture drops of water digitally (I was going to say “on film” but I haven’t used film in years).

The only photo editing software I have what came with the laptop so it’s nothing fancy. I almost always crop a picture and will occasionally fiddle with the exposure. That’s what you see in these first pictures.

I do play with the ‘filter’ option just to see what happens, rarely keeping the result. But the color that popped in this last picture was so unexpected, I decided to share.

CMMC – January Pick a Topic: Trees and Sky

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona. December 28, 2021.

This month’s Midweek Madness Challenge Pick-a-Topic from Cee’s photo sent me searching for pictures of trees against the sky. Here are five I have taken in the last fourteen months.

East Fork Boulder River Absaroka Range, Montana. May 12, 2021.
Shiloh Conservation Area, Billings, Montana. May 7, 2021.
Bald Cypress Trees, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. April 13, 2021.
Yellowstone River, Billings, Montana. December 19, 2020.