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Falling

I was half watching a programme the other night about space. The presenter was talking about gravity.

One way to think about gravity, he said, is that everything in the universe is just falling through space time.

The moon is falling into the valley created by the mass of the earth. The earth is falling into the valley created by the sun, and the solar system is falling into the valley created by our galaxy, and our galaxy is falling towards other galaxies in the universe.

wonders of the universe

He looked pretty happy about this theory (perhaps this is because he was perched on top of a stunning mountain range) but I confess it made me feel a little strange, this feeling that everything might just be: falling.

Sometimes the time that we’re in has that feeling too, that things are getting darker, tumbling in a way that’s outwith our control. The political environment is toxic, the news is dark as can be, and despite our fancy theories about the wonders of the universe we seem little closer to knowing how to look after this most beautiful planet.

It’s one of the reasons I find myself returning over and again to the quiet, tiny wonder of macro photography. Sometimes even the size of a landscape is too much to me but I always love the detail of the close-up watching, the surprise of what the lens might reveal. Plus you always know where you stand with a flower.

Here are a few recent macro shots, taken with the Hipstamatic. I hope you enjoy them.

Comments

Jane says:

I know what you mean Joanna, Sometimes a teeny detail is all we can focus on because anything else can be overwhelming. Equally though, there is a whole universe right there in one of your exquisite macro photos. They lift me up. Unfortunately with living across the world from the home of the BBC, rights issues will not allow us to click on their programs. Such a pain!

Joanna says:

I’m glad you liked the photos Jane. Sorry about the video – we get so used to the internet crossing borders, it always seems so frustrating and old fashioned when something doesn’t!

Jacqui du Rocher says:

I love this post Joanna and can relate to it absolutely. I hadn’t thought about why I am also so attracted to macro photography, flowers in particular, other than for appreciating the beauty and wonder. But you said it absolutely, sometimes everything else seems to big and too scary! When I’m getting in close to a flower or something in nature, I am completely lost in the present moment, the experience of it, and nothing else seems to matter in that moment.

Joanna says:

That’s just how I feel too Jacqui, especially with the flowers, you can really lose yourself in them. There’s another aspect for me too, that you often have to get right down on the ground to take the pictures – it’s a good antidote to that feeling of things in the big bad world spinning out of control!

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