You would think
After years of gardening
There would be nothing new
To look at in my garden.
The climate has changed
Over my gardening lifetime
But not so much that I’m growing
Lots of different things.
The rhythm of the growing season
Unfolds in a similar way
Year after year.
Yet this year I’m looking at it
With new eyes.
Or maybe I should say
A new eye.
It’s a macro lens
For my iPhone.
My friend Debra got me interested in macro
When she started posting pictures like this
Pretty amazing stuff.
Now she’s a serious photographer
With all the equipment
And knowledge to accentuate her talent.
I spend my time and money
On gardening equipment and plants.
So I was looking for a simple route
To macro photography.
What I didn’t expect
Was to be so drawn to the small details
Of my garden.
This place I know well
Inch by inch.
After all I crawl around it
Nine month out of the year.
I thought I knew it well.
After a few days
Of seeing it through this little lens
I find I’ve been missing a few details.
And knowing ladybugs
Up close and personal.
Buds set to unfurl
And the flower within the flower
A usual I find a lesson in all of this.
Even when I know something well
There are surprises there
If I look
Keeping a macro view of the world
Will help me learn even more about it.