This is a tiny water droplet probably less than 1mm (0.04in) in diameter on the underside of a leaf. To get an idea of scale the leaf vein is just at the opposite corner of the picture.
Within that water droplet could be another world, with its own universe and its own sun and moon. With its own lands and peoples.
If you click on the image and gaze long enough into the tiny orb of water, you may just get a glimpse of this other world …
July 2017 © Pete Hillman.
This was one of those unprepared moments that we all get at times. I was warming the car up and cleaning the windows of night rain, getting ready to go to the supermarket when I spotted this single red rose in bud. The droplets of water collected on the unfolded petals looked so beautiful in the morning sun I just had to stop everything and go and get my camera to take this final shot you now see here.
Photograph taken November 2016, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.
Photograph of climbing rose, taken September 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Sweet peas appear sweeter after the rain. They almost look like they are made of frosted glass.
A spider’s world view after the rain.
We actually needed some rain for the garden, and this morning, between showers, I popped out into the garden with camera in hand to take a few shots of the magic the rain had left in its wake.
These tiny raindrops filled with light were taken on the long slender leaves of my Montbretia (Crocosmia) plants, which had suffered to varied degrees during the exceptional hot weather of late.
I love to see the water droplets on vegetation after the rain has fallen. Everything appears fresh and reinvigorated, so much more alive. The reflections of light in the tiny spheres can be quite magical.
Photographs taken June and December 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire.