Spots and dots ….. a hard challenge when photographing primarily nature. But, nevertheless, Ann-Christine, I’m taking the ball. Nobody said a challenge would be easy. That’s the essence and character of a challenge.
So, take the word “spot” first. It can mean a (dust/dirt) spot on a surface, but it can also mean a very certain location of activity or where something is located. In nature, you need to know such certain spots to find your subject.
First, I have a checkered lily and a spring snowflake. Do you see the spots and dots on the petals? I found it a couple of years ago in a very certain spot. Next, a holly blue, a spotted dogfish, and a gray seal. Nature uses spots for hiding the shape of animals to either hide them from predators or, vice versa, to be recognized too early by their prey.
When stepping back a bit, you can see i.e. poppies like dots in the fields or in early spring fields of alpine squills under the trees when they have no leaves yet. And, don’t forget the red dots of Ilex during winter.
The spots in the last image, I’m leaving for your imagination. Guess, what you see 🙂 I’m solving it later 🙂
Edit: the last image is taken by an intentional mis-focus of the tiny wavelets of the Mediterranean sea on a calm day backlit by the rising sun. The nice bokeh is the result of the mis-focus. Each of the circles was a sun sparkle
31 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 148: “Spots and dots“”
Thanks, Klara 😊
Ah – what a great and varied selection! Nature has a lot of this if we only look for it. And you spotted one of my favourite flowers – the fritillaria!
Thank you so much, Ann-Christine 😊 I was very happy to spot it. It’s a very rare blossom.
It is. I tried it in my garden…but no…
Nature certainly hid the dots in plain view. An excellent collection indeed.
Thank you so much 😊
Beautiful images Andre – as for the last, I’m saying either an ocean scene or a glass of water with clever bokeh. The flowers under the tree trunk are marvelous
Thank you so much, Tina. For the last, I’m waiting a bit before solving 😊
You guessed right, Tina 👍. I updated the post to solve the puzzle.
Great spots and dots. Well done.
thank you so much, John 😊
Splendid, peaceful choices. I always know I’ll find beauty here.
Oh, Janet, I’m feeling flattered. Thank you so much 😊
Beautiful choices… but I had to enlarge the image to really see its beauty.!
Thanks, Teresa 😊 yes, enlarging is always an option
I hope visitors here clicked the photos to see a closer look. I enjoyed your approach to the theme.
Thank you so much, Frank 😊
Wonderful collection, Andre. Your last image is magical!!
Thank you so much, Patti 😊
Thanks, Kim 😊
YW..hope all is well with you and yours!
Thanks, Kim, we’re fine. Hopefully you, too 😊
A niece has been helping. She’s off for her doctorate soon so our money for her work is well spent. 🙂
having some financial help as a student is always very, very welcomed. What’s her profession?
Physics. Lifted from the page, she’ll be up in the land of Auroras: Space Physics: Focuses on the physics of upper atmospheres, ionospheres, magnetospheres and the interplanetary medium. The program includes foundation and specialty courses such as plasma physics, auroral physics, aeronomy and magnetospheric physics. Techniques courses provide training in areas such as numerical simulations and time-series analysis.
Wow – tough stuff 👍 best of luck for her doctorate