"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“The Watcher”

My youngest son and I had decided the day before to get up early and head out to the Congaree Swamp National Park.
The weather forecast called for cloudy weather, which was perfect for what I had in mind.
But, … not a cloud in the sky from the moment we got up and on to sundown.
A “blue sky” day for sure!

We headed for a area where I new there would be plenty of shade, shade produced by the largest remnants of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent. State and national tree records are held in this national park!
Before leaving the boardwalk and getting onto the backwoods trail where I wanted to photograph some reflections of fall colors in the tea colored waters, I decided to create some up close abstracts from the leaves that were along side the boardwalk.

Down on my stomach, head and camera along with the Lensbaby only about a foot away from the oily waters, I started to compose.
The very first view that I had, I noticed something in the middle of the frame which seemed a bit odd.
It looked like a figure, a person, … someone who was standing in the dark and oily waters, … watching me.

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“The Watcher”


I kept thinking about that very first image of the day, and was anxious to see that image on my screen when I got home.
Here is a part of the image cropped and enlarged.


Looking at the original on the screen, I could see the area that possibly could look like a face.
Then I cropped and enlarged the area even more.


On this day, I had certain ideas in mind for images I wanted for my files.
On this day, every where that I turned, there was something that I had never experienced before in this swamp.
On this day, it turned out that it was the best creative day I’ve ever had in this swamp.
On this day, … I could not help but to wonder, …… what was leading me to these intriguing spots?
What was telling me on this day to abandon all that I knew?

Only moments after this image was created, the waters of the swamp had slowly moved bits and pieces around to where this image looked drastically different, … and that figure in the waters of the swamp, was now gone.

Maybe the Watcher wanted to move on, urging my son and I to follow.


Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

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  1. Reading your entry gave me goosebumps. I believe the guidance is always there, it’s whether today is the day you’re willing to follow. Great work as always. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by John | November 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. Very cool. It is pretty amazing what sorts of patterns, illusions, reflections, and distortions water can bring. Beautiful.

    Comment by Laurie | November 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. Great story. Reminds me of a day I was photographing an abandoned farmhouse and came home to find a ghostly apparition in the window.

    Comment by Roberta | November 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Amazing day behind the lens. Thank you for sharing, Michael. Always a learning experience with camera in hand!

    Comment by joey | November 13, 2008 | Reply

  5. Seems you had your own spirit photo experience here! The image is quite nice man, I love the way the light is dancing around in it.

    Comment by Mark | November 13, 2008 | Reply

  6. Was it a fluke of reflections… or the essense of life itself, presenting as a reflection? It’s possible that ones’ imagination can stray too far….or perhaps, there is more. I enjoy reading your posts!

    Comment by spookydragonfly | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  7. Beautiful work Michael. This site is one where I can learn something about photography.

    I’d say you are led by your love of nature manifest. Some days we are more awake to it than on others. Not surprising in an ever changing nature as an expression of a sublime magical reality. Invisible to most it seems but when it comes it’s beyond planning or intention.

    Comment by Mark | November 18, 2008 | Reply

  8. mystical macro! gotta love it :)

    Comment by Cindy | November 20, 2008 | Reply

  9. That’s an awesome picture

    Comment by Antonio | November 20, 2008 | Reply

  10. Your story warmed my heart. So happy that the little guy is still up to photographing and glued to hid dad.

    You take care, you hear?

    Big hugs,

    Fabs and Al

    Comment by Fabs Forns | November 21, 2008 | Reply

  11. Thanks again guys for visiting and the very kind comments.
    Appreciate it!


    Comment by macroartinnature | November 25, 2008 | Reply

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