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Nature Close Up

I especially taking close up views of the things around me. Seemingly mundane items have a real charm up close.

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All photographs are © Copyright Dick Bower

"Maple Buds"

Maple Buds

Pretty springtime flowers on a Maple sapling.

April 21, 2008

Maple Buds II

Early spring closeup of emerging maple leaves and seedpods.

April 12, 2009
"Maple Buds II" image

"Lost Lunch"

Lost Lunch

Some wild creature abandoned this strawberry by an ancient stump. Annie captured this wonderful still life.

June 2001

Moss Capsules

Another closeup of lawn flora, I believe these to be "capsules" of these mossy plants.

June 03, 2008
"Moss Capsules" image

"Morning Bee"

Morning Bee

Bee on maple sapling. Early morning light. Note the spider webs (the bee wasn't trapped, and left soon after this picture was taken.)

May 10, 2006

Homing In

A busy bee heading in for some autumn nectar.

September 2004
"Homing In" image

"Fall Flower and Bee"

Fall Flower and Bee

The late fall wildflowers apparently still interest the bees.

October 10, 2006

Yummy Petunia

Butterfly enjoying our hanging basket of Petunias. Thanks Ron, for this one!

June 19, 1999
"Yummy Petunia" image

"Bumblebee Pollinator"

Bumblebee Pollinator

Who needs honeybees? These local bumblebees manage to get in on the pollinating action, in spite of being a lot bigger than the blossoms.

May 14, 2008

Autumn Leftover

Leftover burrs from the fall, still valiantly hanging on the plant, looking to hitchhike a ride to fertile ground.

February 15, 2006
"Autumn Leftover" image

"Fall Flower"

Fall Flower

Even wilted, these wildflowers show off wondrous forms.

October 10, 2006


Dried remnants of a thistle plant.

September 2002
"Thistle" image



Fall picture of the dried head of a teasel plant. The original photo was cropped a little too tightly at the top, so I "improved it" and added the top few pixels.

September 24, 2002

Orange Hawkweed

Getting up close and personal with the wildflowers in our lawn. This, I believe, is called Orange Hawkweed.

June 03, 2008
"Orange Hawkweed" image

"Blue Gentian (maybe)"

Blue Gentian (maybe)

Wildflowers found along the road to Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. We believe them to be a kind of Gentian but would accept expert correction.

September 2002

Rhododendron Bud

From our flower garden, one of the Rhododendrons getting ready to bloom.

May 26, 2009
"Rhododendron Bud" image

"Orange & Blue"

Orange & Blue

Maple leaves in full fall color against a blue October sky.

October 2005

Dewy Web

Morning dew leaves pearls on a spider's handiwork.

September 2004
"Dewy Web" image

"Spider Pearls"

Spider Pearls

Normally all but invisible—after a heavy dew, these spider webs become works of art. I find it amazing that they hold up to such loads.

June 21, 2008


Spider waits in the center of her dew-bejeweled web.

August 2002
"Spider" image

"Dragonfly 1"

Dragonfly 1

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." Does anyone know what kind it is?

June 21, 2008

Dragonfly 2

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." I think it's a "Common Whitetail" — Does anyone know for sure?

June 21, 2008
"Dragonfly 2" image

"Dragonfly 3"

Dragonfly 3

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." Does anyone know what kind it is? This is the June picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

June 21, 2008

Fallen Leaves

Rainy days make great photo opportunities. Here wet autumn leaves and shiny rock make an interesting pattern.

October 2002
"Fallen Leaves" image

"Ice Trap"

Ice Trap

Last season's weeds entombed in a wall of ice.

April 12, 2001

Moss on Ice

Moss and trees trapped by the ice.

February 15, 2006
"Moss on Ice" image

"Roadside Trillium"

Roadside Trillium

Trillium flower found along the road on a rainy day.

May 15, 2008

Tree Scar

One of my first digital pictures, and still a favorite. An apple tree slowly healing from being pruned years earlier.

March 26, 1999
"Tree Scar" image

"Apple Blossoms"

Apple Blossoms

Apple tree in full bloom.
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May 10, 2006

Seed Pods

Maple seed pods on a rainy spring morning.

May 12, 2006
"Seed Pods" image

"Brown Maple Pods"

Brown Maple Pods

Not a colorful as some of the others, but these brown seedpods still look great.

May 24, 2009


Ripe dandelion head, ready to be scattered by the wind.

May 14, 1999
"Dandelion" image


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