The Lost Art of Waiting

I found myself waiting in line the other day while a woman behind me complained and the woman in front of me passed the time on her cell phone.  I began contemplating how the art of waiting has been lost in our society today. We expect everything right away and don’t think about the consequences. I wait for things all the time and it’s frustrating because I’ve become spoiled by technology.

Memories

I’m old enough to remember film cameras. You could buy a roll of film and take 24 pictures, drop the roll off and wait about two weeks to see if your photos came out.  Goodness we might burst an artery from waiting if we had to do that today! I remember the anticipation of waiting to pick up my film and the excitement of seeing my photographs for the first time.  Back then if I missed a shot the moment had long passed. The opportunity was gone. I couldn’t go back and re-shoot something from two or three weeks ago. All that waiting taught me the value of appreciation.

Perception

Did you know that daylilies are called daylilies for a reason? They only bloom for one day. There are lots of flowers like that but we take them for granted. Some flowers wait all year just to have one day under the sun. With good timing, it won’t be raining that day. We don’t perceive the life of a flower to be one day because most people have many flowers and they appear to bloom for weeks.  Now imagine if you only had one daylily and had to wait all year for it to bloom? What if you missed it? How would you feel?

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Lesson

The next time you find yourself waiting in line and getting frustrated, for the sake of the person next to you, stop complaining. Think about how long you wait for your favorite season to return and how much you enjoy that time of year. Think about the long 9 months it took for your children to be born, and the excitement you felt during their birth.

Stop to appreciate the moment. It’s in that frustrating moment that you may get a rare chance to clear your mind, enjoy some fond memories and discover new things.

One of the main reasons I enjoy photography so much is because it allows me to preserve special moments that I can look back on for the rest of time. During the cold dark days of winter I can still enjoy and appreciate my colorful flowers.

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Walk softly, let nature be your guide…

Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
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Macro Photography Insects

How to Photograph Beautiful Insects Close up

With a little bit of patience macro photography can be fun! Most pollinating insects are too busy to notice me getting close to them. I usually pick a flower, pre-focus and wait for bugs to come to it. When following insects such as butterflies, I never cast my shadow over them because they’ll fly away. Point and shoot cameras are perfect for photographing insects close-up. Look for the macro setting (usually a flower symbol) on your camera.

Colorful macro photograph close up of a Honey Bee (Apis), and red chrysanthemum flower with bright yellow center.

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‘Honey Bee And Chrysanthemum’

Macro photograph showing fine detail of a Red-Tailed Bumble (Bombus lapidarius), on pink and red chrysanthemum flowers with bright yellow centers, against green background. Red-tailed Bumble Bees seem few and far between so seeing one is always a treat!

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Appreciating the Nature of Details

Macro Photography Details

Do you pay attention to details? One of the things I enjoy most about macro photography and nature abstracts is that it forces me to stop and observe.

This Sedum was growing in my garden. I walked by it a hundred times before I stopped to appreciate it. This beautiful pink sedum nature abstract shows fine intricate details. Sedum is a flowering plant, also known as Spreading Stonecrop.

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The flower petals within the cluster of a sunflower are usually in a spiral pattern. Geometric perfection, each floret is consecutively angled toward the next, creating a beautiful pattern of spirals. A sunflower contains the most efficient packing of seeds in a flower head. This macro photograph of a giant yellow sunflower center shows fine details of the seed spiral.

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Often times I find myself noticing a colorful reflection before I notice the flow or nature to a body of water. Here’s a colorful green nature abstract, water reflecting light shows unique patterns and design.

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Autumn is nature’s grand finale with a variety of vivid colors. On this day I took advantage of the fresh fallen leaves to create this palette of natural fall colors.

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Hummingbird Triptych Art

Art Panels Make Beautiful Decor

This nature inspired Hummingbird Triptych Art is a unique and creative way to brighten up any room. I created these panels to be enjoyed as a set. The best part is no framing is necessary, in fact I suggest that these panels be purchased ready-to-hang on canvas, metal, or acrylic. Simply click each image panel link below to order the entire set!

“I love your idea of breaking an image into 3 separate ones for hanging as a series. Very cool idea. This would look so strong presented that way.” ~ Lisa from BC Canada

 
Cute Juvenile Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird perched on a stick scratching an itch, with white flowers and green background.

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Butterfly Twins Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Butterfly Twins

While I was working in the yard on a warm summer day, I noticed lots of butterflies flying around a patch of coneflowers in our garden. It looked like a great opportunity to get my camera and take a break from my yard work. Being a ‘fair weather photographer’, it had been a while since I used my camera. As I began to photograph the butterflies I became frustrated. The shots weren’t turning out as I expected.

I sat for about an hour and took a total of 30 photographs. I captured what I thought were a few good shots of the Fritillary butterflies. I was happy with only one shot from the series, but decided to post a few of the photos to my image gallery anyway.

Two orange Fritillary Butterflies feeding on pink Zinnia flower against green background. Two Rivers Photography, competition winner.

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‘Butterfly Twins’ by Christina Rollo

It didn’t take long for ‘Butterfly Twins’, two Fritillary butterflies on top of a coneflower, to gain attention and win a photography competition. I quickly realized I had been taking these beautiful butterflies for granted. It’s not unusual for me to see two or three butterflies on a flower. The coneflowers I planted several years ago have spread. They are one of the most productive plants in our garden, attracting all kinds of insects and butterflies.

From this experience I learned it’s a good idea to show some images I’m not entirely pleased with. I welcome feedback and I’m always grateful to hear your thoughts about my images. It’s been an important part of the learning process as I continue to study and photograph various subjects in nature. Come and enjoy my entire collection of fine art photography at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Just Looking Hummingbird

Photo Art by Christina Rollo

‘Just Looking’ Hummingbird – This beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbird is one of my most popular photographs. The colors and elegance of this image makes it one of my all-time favorites too. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in flight with wings frozen against blue background with white flowers. Come and enjoy more from my entire collection of fine art at www.rollosphotos.com.

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About our Hummingbirds

The First Visit

Shortly after moving into our home in the country, a male hummingbird came to visit me. I was standing on our open deck in early May when a male Ruby-Throated hummingbird flew right up to me. It hovered for a few moments, made eye contact, and behaved as if it were curious about me. I had never encountered a hummingbird in this way before. The experience changed my life.

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Immediately, I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder. What I thought was a single hummingbird, returned to visit our feeder every day. I found the bird to be quite friendly. If I was outside wearing a colorful shirt, the hummingbird would fly right up to me. Inspect my clothing to make sure I wasn’t a flower, and then fly away.

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At the end of the summer after hanging my first hummingbird feeder, my mother asked if I wanted hers. She had hung hers out all summer long, but never saw a hummingbird. I took her feeder, filled it, and hung it opposite the other feeder, several feet away. At that moment something magical happened. Dozens of hummingbirds flocked to the two feeders. They began lining up on our chain link fence, and in the surrounding trees waiting their turn to take a drink.

The following summer I bought an additional feeder to accommodate the flock of hummingbirds I expected to return. Sure enough, during the first week of May, dozens of hummingbirds came to feed. The hummingbirds quickly grew tolerant of my constant watching, and let me approach very closely.

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About the same time, I purchased my first digital camera, the Olympus C765. I never thought I could take a photograph of a hummingbird with a point and shoot camera, but I was challenged to do so. It wasn’t long before I learned to capture them in flight. I don’t think my hummingbird photos would be possible if not for the large number of Ruby-Throated hummingbirds that migrate here each year. We see them constantly. I’ve learned where they perch and how they behave. Patience was never an issue. If I missed a shot, there was always another hummingbird following quickly behind.

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In the summer of 2011 it was suggested I try to hand feed our hummingbirds. Late in the season, I began sitting for a couple of hours each day, with sugar water in my hand. Although many hummingbirds came very close, none actually fed from my hand. Trying to hand feed hummingbirds did require a great deal of patience, and I frequently became frustrated. After about two weeks of sitting daily, I decided to change my strategy. I dressed in red and held a bee balm flower in my mouth. I was pleasantly surprised, it didn’t take long for one of the hummingbirds to feed on the flower I was holding in my mouth. It was a very exciting moment, one I will never forget!

The first hummingbird that came to visit changed everything for me. Now they are like guardian angels, and I feel so blessed to have them around.

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