Macro Lens Day 2: Early March 2021

I was fortunate yesterday in having a sunny day and little wind. Close-up images need a lot of light and subjects cannot be moving even slightly. Today, there was lots of sun but also a gusty wind as I began a walk at the York Regional Forest just south of Davis Drive.

I began the walk with my usual lens.

Tree Swallow nesting box. Swallows return in April.

Some botany:

White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Yellow Birch (Betula allegheniensis)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
White Pine (Pinus strobus) with some dead needles
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Here are the 2 bird species that I was able to photograph:

Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay

Next came the tricky Macro photography. I did my best to stay very still.

White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

You can see a little black spot in the above photo. When I got home, I blew air with a little pump onto the lens and that seems to have removed whatever was there. Fingers crossed!

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Red Pine cone (Pinus resinosa)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)


Hi  Thanks again for the daily photos–they really touch my heart!  so beautiful and so very interesting.
I got on your Tues pm walk and am so very glad.  Registration this time around was not the nightmare it was before.
I just discovered the existence of a bilateral gynandromorph.  A recent sighting of this rare bird was experienced in Pennsylvania.  This article and picture appeared on my yahoo.  So I exclaimed:”yahoo!  What a beautiful and interesting bird!”  I am learning so much and am becoming more aware of nature.
Keep well and thanks again for everything.

Miles note: A bilateral gynandromorph is a bird which possesses male and female traits divided down the middle of its body.

photo: wikipedia


Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.                      – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Macro Lens Day 2: Early March 2021

  1. Debi

    Thanks again for your daily beautiful and informative photo explorations.
    So many varies in nature that we observe but don’t always take a macro look. Enjoy your macro lens. Should be brighter this week.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    A bilateral gynandromorph! –intersex in nature, I suppose. And why not? It isn’t confined to humans. But what an amazing physical manifestation, in this case!
    And those close up-blow ups blew out my eyeballs again. Marvelous detail, “man”!
    Beautiful scenes on a beautiful day, too. Keep up the great work! Thanks, Miles!

    1. Patricia Lund

      Miles, there is an interesting story on the internet for anyone interested in this rare phenomenon. Search for “Pennsylvania Man Snaps Picture of Rare Half Male, Half Female Cardinal”. It sheds some more light on this strange happening in nature.
      Thanks for the photos.


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