My dad loved macro photography. I remember the Christmas before he got sick that I went to visit my mother and him at their home outside of New Orleans. One morning, he told me to call walk down the long driveway and said about halfway down I’d see a tiny little pine tree sprouting up between the cracks in the concrete. I headed out with my camera and got a shot of the seedling…it was less than a quarter of an inch tall. I showed the picture to my dad and he smiled. “You know the thing I love about macro pictures?” I didn’t answer and he continued….”When you look through the camera for a macro picture, you see things that the rest of the world misses…” I think that sums up my dad – he often saw things that the rest of the world missed. Sometimes, I think that was a source of anxiety to him, but at least in the world of photography, it was a source of joy for him. I love taking pictures with my macro lens, but I never seem to take it out that often. So,I’ve decided that a least once a week, I’m going to put my lens on my camera and head out, searching for things that other people might miss.
I took this picture on Saturday at Pensacola Beach. We were there for Abigail and Gracie’s surfing lesson! Yes, you read that right! Their surfing lesson. I was unbelievable and I can’t wait to post the pictures. Before the lesson started, I walked down the beach a little way and there was a trail of shells, some broken sand dollars, and some small pieces of driftwood. I had brought my macro lens with me, hoping for just such a find.