356: Textured

Textured is the theme for this week’s WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.  Boy, that’s a mouthful.  Not the textured part.  The WordPress, etc., etc.  I could use that to fill up some space when I’m doing my morning pages.

Rough and smooth

Texture is an interesting challenge.  It’s something we usually associate with the sense of touch.  Tactile texture.  It is often used in the visual arts — visual texture — as a way to portray something realistically, or to give it some grit or feel, to make it more visually interesting.

Bumpy, prickly looking, milkweed

Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both eye and mind.

~ Linda Lehmann

Soft moss on rough bark

Indifference is isolation.  In difference is texture and wonder.

~ Edwin Schlossberg

Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.

~ Ralph Fiennes

There are many ways to incorporate texture into a photograph.  One way to show or use texture, especially in flowers, is by taking away the color.  The details can sometimes be swallowed up by brilliant colors.  Desaturate the photo, even a little, and it brings out the details and textures.  The lumps and bumps.  The nooks and crannies.  The silky smoothness.

The roughness of willow bark against the smoothness of water

The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.

~ Paul Scott

Soft fur against sharp blades of grass

Knowing I had a full day ahead of me, I decided to take my walk early today.

I am beginning to have a great appreciation (love) for the early morning light.  (The kitties above, by the way, were photographed at sunset a few days ago.  Another one of those “golden hours.”)

Today's glimpse of the pond

With texture on the brain, so to speak, I went back into the woods again.

The woods are a good place to find textures.  Layers and layers of textures.

I’ve noticed a lot of changes lately.  In the woods, the undergrowth is beginning to die back.  Outside of the woods, there are more yellowjackets and fewer dragonflies.  A few weeks ago we saw a lot of swallowtail butterflies.  Now it appears to be monarch butterfly season.

I was astonished to see that most of the jewelweed flowers have disappeared almost overnight.  There are still a few in the sunny spots but for the most part, it’s going to seed.

The leaves on the dogwood tree are changing color.  Some of the goldenrod, the early bloomers, are already turning brown.  The ironweed is pretty much finished for the season while the asters are beginning to peak.

Autumn is, no doubt, just around the corner.

Willow bark has different textures

But it's mostly lumpy and bumpy

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks so much for dropping by and exploring a small part of the world of textures with me.  🙂

Walking between the pond and the woods

23 Comments on “356: Textured”

  1. Geoff says:

    Love these images especially the mossy logs, very nice.

  2. Anna says:

    All of these images are wonderful portraying texture. I really like the first photo-awesome. Nothing like kitty fur. 🙂

  3. Your calico is beautiful, Robin. What’s her name? How sweet————-

  4. Lovely images, as always…I’ve wished for a camera fast enough to catch the jewellweeds’ seedpods exploding – such fun, from such a tiny thing…

  5. jane tims says:

    A very good post. Texture is something I often take for granted. Next time I go for a walk in our woods, I’ll be looking for ‘texture’ there! i like your lumpy, bumpy willow bark. Jane

  6. yi-ching lin says:

    many, many lovely macros here. thank you.

  7. And yet again you make me seriously jealous… lol.. If you only knew how many times I’ve tried to get an interesting shot of moss on bark, and failed miserably… Yours is wonderful… Another great batch of texturey shots Robin… 🙂

  8. penpusherpen says:

    so many texture filled photo’s Robin, and I love each one (moss has never looked so utterly appealing) underlining the onset of Autumn preparing for Winter. ..ending with the magical looking walk between the pond and the woods. Many thanks for the uplift to my day. xPenx.

  9. ladyfi says:

    What lovely textures and colours. Your pond looks idyllic today.

  10. comingeast says:

    How wonderful that you spent the time to find quotes about texture to go along with your photographs! You must have a good macro lens, yes? I’m dragging my feet about getting one because the one I want is nearly $300. Yikes, lenses cost so much! I keep telling myself I’m not going to get another lens until I learn to take my camera off the automatic setting. LOL! How about I come and visit you and we spend the day exploring your lovely part of the country and you show me how to use my camera that I’ve had for nearly three years now?

    • Robin says:

      Susan: How about you come visit, I’ll learn how to use your camera by using it, and then I’ll show you how to do it? 😉

      Find the book “Understanding Exposure.” It will help. I promise.

  11. Love the texture of that first photo–is it a sunflower? The path photo at the end–lovely.

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Layers on layers of texture… very nice selection of pictures… I like the sunshine on your cat’s head and ears, and the soft moss on the rough bark, what a pleasing contrast!

  13. ElizOF says:

    Fantastic… All gorgeous. I love the colors and textures you offered. 🙂
    I’m finally catching up on everyone’s blog. Thank you for your patience! 🙂

  14. What vast varieties and combinations of texture there are…your photos and words are so lovely…thank you : )

  15. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone. 🙂

  16. Christine Grote says:

    You found and captured some interesting texture. Your photos make me realize how texture-rich this world is.

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