No matter where one lives, you are surrounded by the small and extraordinary – insects, spiders, flowers. This is a wild world in every sense but easily overlooked because the inhabitants, like most life-forms on Earth, are very small. Macro Photography allows you can peer into this world, witness and document incredible species with behavior that most people never see. At Learn Macro, we share nature & macro photography ramblings from across the Atlantic. —Clay Bolt (Montana, USA) and Paul Harcourt Davies (Orvieto, Italy).
Long before I came to live in central Italy (2003) I had, in fact, led botanical and photographic trips within Italy from the early 1990s. As I discovered the joys of the central Italian hills and mountains, the one thing that impressed me, above all else, was not the number of rare species (however impressive when it came to wild orchids) but the wealth of the displays.
From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the sense of awakening and refreshment that the spring months bring. From the colour of spring flowers to the intensity of birdsong, I find these things not just good for the soul but essential for my personal well-being.
Many friends will know that I am an advocate of the therapeutic powers of immersion in nature and I consider that we benefit from the refreshing aspect of spring – that awakening and renewal after the long months of winter. It is the best cure for winter blues that I know.
This year, for reasons that one might say were beyond my control, I missed the early signs of spring – some of our local crocuses and other flowers that shout out “winter is over!”. That did not stop me thinking of spring and I am truly grateful for a vivid imagination that enabled me to escape the four walls of a hospital room, not to say a good selection of images on my iPad that also provided the magic carpet. Read More