Macro of a Magnolia Blossom by Rusty Gentry

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I suppose that it’s becoming pretty clear that I have become obsessed with taking Macro shots. This is the time of year when the opportunities for the great ones occur. This particular one is from one of my favorite trees, the Magnolia. The process of the development from bud to the full fledged blossom is truly astounding, akin to that of a caterpillar becoming a Monarch butterfly: just amazing.

Canon Power Shot SX110 IS
F-Stop: f/4
Exposure Bias: +0.7
Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.
ISO Speed: ISO-80
Focal Length: 7mm
Max aperture: 3.34375

I came rather late to poetry and even later to photography. I have graduate degrees in philosophy. I realized sometime ago that nearly all of my work makes some sort of implicit argument, and it often makes rather esoteric references to philosophy. Sorry: not trying to be turgid. It’s what I know, and it what Pan whispers into my ear.

You may find my newer, more formal photography at:
Thanks, Rusty

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  • Zolton
    Zoltonalmost 4 years ago

    Trés jolie!!!

  • Merci beaucoup ma dame!!!

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful!! xo

  • Not nearly so beautiiful as seeing you here, however, Sally. I have really missed you and was quite concerned. You need explain nothing to me, just know that I hope you are well, and I am thrilled to see that you are back on the bubble. Love, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 4 years ago

    it is amazing Rusty just stunning , beautiful shot
    love Jane

  • Jane, you just always make me smile. I’m thrilled you like it. I was rather captured by it myself. I have had an unusually good week of shooting this week. Like the rose, this was a single shot gig. Hell, I’m generally lucky to get 10 out of 100 that I’m really proud of, this week has been very different. I’m still working on my question for you, in a word document, actually. Seeking your caring wisdom. You’ll see it soon. Love, ME

    – Rusty Gentry

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylalmost 4 years ago

    Hey Mr. B, what a BEAUTIFUL capture and flower! Once again, when viewed large, it’s even more BEAUTIFUL! Like your narrative too! =)XO

  • I’ve been on fire this week for some reason. I am really hooked on the Macro deal. I just love the intensity of the images and the opportunity to frame things so intimately. Glad you liked it, girlie. .Love, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • wordthrift
    wordthriftalmost 4 years ago

    Have you ever seen the film Magnolia?

  • Brooke, I think that Magnolia is one of the greatest films ever made. Paul Thomas Anderson is a genius. And the sound track that Amie Mann did for it, is perhaps the best soundtrack ever done for a film. The song Wasted will knock you down. It should have killed American Beauty for the Oscar that year, but it was too goddamn intelligent a film for 98% of the population. Ironically, I had a friend watch it for the first time just last week; it blew her mind. I can see you digging that one. It’s hard to watch in places, just such raw, emotional intensity. Or did you just want the short answer, Yes.
    Have you seen Anderson’s first film, Hard 8? You need to check that out. Then, of course, he also did Boogie Nights.

    I hope you’re doing well, dear. Love, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • wordthrift
    wordthriftalmost 4 years ago

    I have not seen hard 8. I will be picking that up. I saw Magnolia for the first time many years ago, in my early teens. It was a sure as shit eye opener to many things at that time. I started to really settle into my film nitch then. I have been trying to find a good night to show it to my boy, but it is a very long film.
    I am doing all right. In a place because it is night. But I read through your email a few times and thought about your suggestions. I am mulling over some ideas. I have a revised copy, or just different copy of that poem to send you. But I shall tomorrow.

  • Hard 8 is great. Magnolia is long, but it is THE essential film of the ’90s, in my oh so modest opinion. hahaha
    You understand that I found your poem stunning and merely made subjective aesthetic suggestions. You really showed the maturity of your intellect in that piece. Sometimes my urge to teach gets the best of me: sorry. xo

    – Rusty Gentry

  • wordthrift
    wordthriftalmost 4 years ago

    Oh no need to be sorry! I thought they were very good suggestions. I understood entirely what you were getting at. I think with that piece I enjoyed the long wordiness of each line, over stating everything. My work is usually direct and pointed, and talking as I would talk. I wanted to try a different style that was very heavily influenced by Nick Drake’s music, which I was listening to for countless hours. Big, romantic, bleak, and in a way small and struggling power. The words are the power in a way, the long lines are this strangling sort of muck to sift through. It is all very on purpose. But I now am going to have various forms of it, which is always good to have.
    Thank you for your kind and encouraging compliments, as always. XO

  • Hi dear, What an enchanting and powerful part interpretation of Drake’s music. I haven’t seen a more adroit or sophisticated breakdown of any musical performance whatsoever in a long long time. Wow! I really like that evaluation. Perhaps you ought to give Rolling Stone a call. Speaking of music, have you heard the new Fleet Foxes. If not, hit me up and I’ll send you a link through which you may do so. For that matter you need this link whether or not you have heard FF. It is a program called First Listens, on which I first heard The Decemberists, The King Is Dead, which I think is as good a CD as I have heard in a long time, certainly from the point of view of its lyrics. xo, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Naylor
    Nayloralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful (((((hug)))))

  • Just like you, dear. (((((((((((BEAR HUG))))))))))))))

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Ah. The inspiration for Mr Cale (and others). Beauty macro, Rusty. I must see if ours are making an appearance. Perhaps it will stop raining for a spell. Perhaps. Hope srpings eternal….

  • Thank you Mike. A compliment from you on a photo really means something to me given your far superior skill and understanding of the process first to last. I have really become quite attached to Macro shots. I love the intimacy of them. Thanks again, Mike. Cheers

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Sorry! Springs

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