July 27, 2014

Gold Dust

Photograph by Kinga Sztok, National Geographic Your Shot

Pollen dusts the petals of a flower in Galway, Ireland, in this close-up by Your Shot member Kinga Sztok. “What I love about macro photography is that it reveals the amazing details that are not visible to the naked eye, or things we're too busy to notice each day,” writes Sztok.

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34 comments
Rupal Mistry
Rupal Mistry

Petal border pattern is like  sharpened pencil filings.... :)

Amanda Roy
Amanda Roy

This is beautiful! first glance, while scrolling down to view the photo...I thought this was a picture of a colored pencil shaving! A magenta colored, yellow- colored pencil! Looks like it, Right?!

Crystal Jacobson
Crystal Jacobson

Amazing shot! I thought as I was scrolling down the photograph that it was graphic pencil shavings, what a surprise when the entire picture came into view!  I love shots that make me rethink my perception of every day items.  Wonderful work!

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

And in abstract a circle of lead pencils being sharpened in the old type sharpener.   Indeed macros are a delight and no, I've never had anything like this.  Maybe one day.   A nice model to strive for. Brilliant work and congrats.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Lovely and perfect in every way!      Your description is beyond true.      So many things we can't see and appreciate for the treasures that they are,....... and there are more than we can imagine all around us!        Thanks for reminding us Kinga Sztok with this wonderful photo.


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Rosy M.
Rosy M.

Very macro, really nice photo!


Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

These flower petals seem to be channeling pencil sharpening shavings!

I certainly agree with Kinga that looking closely expands my experience of nature, and is both interesting and rewarding.  I find that taking photos is literally a means of 'focusing' my attention.  It deepens my seeing of what is there.  Likewise, looking at delightful macro photos such as this one, reveals a world of wonders.

Just an aside...that expression, 'the naked eye' makes it sound like an exposed erogenous zone.  I think I prefer to say 'the unassisted eye'  or 'the unaided eye'.  However, 'naked eye' is such an ingrained expression, I doubt that it's ever going to lose its currency in the language.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The colors are rich and vibrant, just wonderful.  j.e.s......

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A simply beautiful shot.Not so simply shot. One can hardly see this kind of detail with the naked eye,unless up and very close,which one hardly ever is. The macro picture does this for us so beautifully.  j.e.s......... 


Lourdes Maqueo
Lourdes Maqueo

The wonderful miracle of nature! great shot! you are right we are too busy, but we need to enjoy more to this stunning things.

Keith A.
Keith A.

Lovely, beautifully executed shot!

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