Hanging On

In a sunny intermission between squalls of rain I photographed this rain drop hanging onto a climbing geranium blossom. Even fully stopped down, in the sunlight the exposure was only for a fraction of a second, and the next second the drop had fallen down and was gone. As I dismantled my equipment, a passerby asked if I was photographing a groundhog (yesterday was Groundhog Day!).

“No,” I replied, “just a water drop.”

“Well, at least they can’t see their own shadow.”

Or, maybe water drops do see shadows in their short lives.

[Nikon D300, 200mm f/4 macro lens (300mm in 35mm terms), 36mm extension tube, Nikon 6T close-up lens, 1/6 of a second at f/40 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

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