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Water Drops ~ Nature's Art

Updated on August 19, 2014

Ideas and tips for macro waterdrops

Through the looking glass, almost, when looking through water drops that are captured with a macro lens. This aspect of nature photography is one of the most intriguing to capture. Finding what reflection is caught in the drop is oftentimes a surprise. The picture reflected in the drop will depend on the angle of the nearby object, where the sun is, how big the drop is, and if you are willing to experiment.

I hope you will be ready to grab your camera after the next bit of rain and head outdoors. What nature holds inside a water drop is worth the bit of extra effort and patience. You will be rewarded with your own works of art that will intrigue others who are curious at what's inside.

All photos by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved

Special Presentation...Water Drops

Where snow globes got their start!

If the sun comes out...

...and there's still raindrops hanging around, grab your camera and head out, looking for big drops about to drop off of a flower or leaf. Notice how the sun is angled and look for a reflection, catching the colors of something nearby. You may even be able to pick up the whole image if things are just right.

Looking 'round!

Purple Haze

Our neighbor's house(s)

Using a tripod is pretty important to get the best shot. If your camera has anti-shake, you may be okay if the sun is pretty good and your shutter speed is very fast. Be careful not to shake the drop off!

A star filter is fun to experiment with, too!

Water lilies

Tiny Bubbles!

Crop!

You will have to crop your picture more than likely, and turn it upside down to get the image inside the drop right side up. Of course, it may look best just the way it was taken ~ depends on what effect you would like.

Little flowers

The colors of rain

Visit How to Make Winning Photographs for more tips!

Just found this, and you will love it!

By Steve Wall, Steve took it, and Steve did a fantastic job, and has a wonderful tutorial for taking water drops, along with many gorgeous, inspirational pictures. Check him out, you will be glad you did!

Drop a note and let us know what you think!

Will you give water drops a try... - ...or have you already tried it?

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @RinchenChodron: Thanks, RinchenChodron! You can look on my profile, under "more" and it's in the extended part of the profile ~ and the "Zazzle" link should take you there. I'll double-check to make sure it works! Thank you for your kind support and for stopping by! B : )

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Yes, I'll try - some lovely photos - I keep looking for a link to your Zazzle shop and can't find one to become a fan?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      True beauty. People don't see how beautiful one little water drop can be

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      You caught some great reflections in the water drops. Great photos!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you! I'd love to see a picture of how your world looks in a water drop! Thanks so much for stopping by! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have taken a few water drops but never thought of the reflections in them much until now. thanks this is great

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: If you create a lens, I hope you will share it here! Thanks for stopping by, Benlwms! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure will... In fact, I already have and I can certainly agree with you that it's a whole new world. THANKS!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @rob-hemphill: Yes, nature can't be beat! Your oil and water combination is terrific ~ I love the addition of colors and the art of it ~ it's marvelous! I know many are awed by the beauty you portrait through these simple elements! Well done! What a wonderful lens you have! Thanks for letting me feature it! B : )

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      This is lovely. Isn't wonderful how those of us keen on photography can get so excited by some water droplets - yet again, nature does it well. Thank you for including a link to my my Oil & Water lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      WOW! These are amazing photos!!! It just rained here and this makes me want to run outside and try to capture my own masterpiece.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @eccles1: Thank you so much! B : )

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I been inspired to go out in my backyard and start taking pictures! These are beautiful of water drops!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thank you, Linda! I appreciate your great support! Please try and let me see how things look down in Sunny Florida! I am sure it would be a really cool palm tree or exotic tropical flower! I know with that Sony you won't have any trouble! Thanks for stopping by, Linda! Bev

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I sure need to try after looking at your FANTASTIC photos. You are so creative. I just love how you captured full scenes in the tiny droplets.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @irminia: Your B12 water drop is pretty cool! That's terrific ~ and very interesting! Thanks for letting me know about that; that was fun! Thanks for stopping by and for your great comments of support! B : )

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      irminia 5 years ago

      It fascinates me how a water drop can capture a picture of surroundings. I played with water drops while putting togethe illustrations for my B12 lens. But nothing close to your professional level.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @renoveau: Wow! Thank you for the awesome comment! And thanks so much for stopping by! B : )

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      renoveau 5 years ago

      Stunning! some of the water drops even look like mercury off a thermomether

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @TaraWojt: Thank you ~ you are very kind and encouraging! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      stunning pictures. i love that 'our neighbor's house(s)'.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Kapalbility: Thanks so much for the tips! I hope others will pick it up and try it! Any lenses with water drops are welcomed to be posted here! Thank you for dropping by! B : )

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      Kapalbility 5 years ago

      I and my girlfriend done that! Amazing! you can also get something similar on spherical metal decoration at parks (choose the shiny ones) or sunglasses!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Annbulance2000: I would think it's worth a try! A spray bottle to get the real effect going ~ great idea! Why wait for nature?! Thanks for the suggestion! B : )

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Fantastic.Can you use tap water if it does not rain? Trickle it on the leaves. Or is rainwater different?

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mymoodswings: Thank you! I'd love to see what nature reflects to you! I'm def. not a pro, either! B " )

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      mymoodswings 5 years ago

      .. yes i did... love shooting them especially early mornings ... got some to share too.. but am not a pro... so maybe i'll learn some techniques from you ;)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @monawin: Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you like it! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @DIY Mary: Thank you, MaryStuart! B : )

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a beautiful collection of photos!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @darciefrench lm: Well thank you! That's pretty cool! I appreciate you stopping by ~ thank you for your visit!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      These are the coolest pictures of water I've ever seen. Going to add to my pictures of icicles lens, many thanks

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @KarenCookieJar: I would love to see some! If you have a lens with some, please post here ~ I owuld love to see how your world looks in a water drop! B : )

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I've always loved taking photos of water droplets.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @octopen: Thank you! I use a Sony A-55, you can see my lens A-picture-perfect-gift, to read more about it, and a Sony H7, on that lens, too. Thank you for your kind words and visit! B : )

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      octopen 5 years ago

      Lovely pics thanks, well taken. What camera and/or lens did you use?

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @suzy-t: Ahh ~ thank you! I appreciate the pinning ~ that is quite an honor! Thank you! I was lucky the big drops hadn't dropped off! Thank you for your kind comments! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ilagunas: Thank you! I hope you will try it! B : )

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      ilagunas 5 years ago

      those were some nice pictures

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Fascinating... It's too often I don't stop and notice simple, little things that are so beautiful. Wonderful photographs. I especially love the one of your neighbors house. Blessed and pinned to my SquidAngel board.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @nicks44: I hope so, and let us see what's on your side of the world in a water drop; you can come back and post your lens here for others to see! Thank you! B : )

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      You know what I might just do that pretty soon!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Hi, TIpi! I'm not positive this is where they got their start ~ my husband made that comment and it seemed to make sense to me! Maybe I should insert a disclaimer there or give my hubby credit for making that observation. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Tipi! I appreciate your stopping by! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How wondrous, like the perfect meditation...I always wondered where snow globes got their start and love that you give tips for others to experience this macro wonderment, blessed!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @rchtjain: Thank you ~ I appreciate your visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @rchtjain: Thank you! B : )

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      rchtjain 5 years ago

      awesome.

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      rchtjain 5 years ago

      awesome.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement! Yes, that's a daylily ~ they're a natural for catching water drops ~ as would other flowers with long stamens and pistols. Try it and let us see how things look in your world! B : )

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Phenomenal photos! I especially like the "tiny bubbles" shot - is that the centre of a dayliliy there? Lovely!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JoshK47: Thanks, Josh, for the blessing! I appreciate your great comments ~ and I appreciate you stopping by! B : )

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I've always found water drops quite beautiful - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you for your kind thoughts and for stopping by! I hope you will try to capture a reflection or two yourself and see what you can find! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Lindrus: Wonderful! I hope I will be able to see your work and see how things look in your world through a water drop! Thank you for stopping by ~ thank you for your great support! B : )

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Beautiful photographs. I've never thought about photographing water drops. I do find that when you look close enough at things in nature, you can find a whole new world of beauty, and I do think that you've made one of those discoveries here.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      A very beautiful lens! Thank you! You inspired me to go out with my camera today.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MartieG: Thank you for your kind words! And thank you for the SquidAngel Blessing ~ that's really cool! Thank you! B : )

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very well done - clever and beautiful photos! ~~~~Blessed~~~~

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ismeedee: Thank you! Thank you for stopping by ~ Cheers! B : )

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I love the photos!!! You are very talented to capture the water droplets!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @olmpal: Wow! Thank you for that compliment! I will pass that along to the folks at our Art Museum! Actually, that would be a dream of mine...I know it's lofty, but ~ hey, it's okay to dream! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @AlienwareCoupons: Well, I have my eye on a Zeiss lens, but for now, I'm happy! My camera is a Sony A-55, with a macro lens, probably entry level. I'm glad you like the picts! Thank you for stopping by!! Thank you for your awesome comments ~ you have certainly made my day! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MillBucks: Thank you! I hope you will try it and let us see how your world looks through a drop! Let me know if you need any help! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LaurisB LM: You know, I've heard of folks setting the shot up, and adding a bit of glycerin. Don't know if that would help, but with those gorgeous desert blooms, that would be awesome ~ and folks would wonder how you caught the rain! I don't know if the glycerin would allow a reflection or not. It's worth a try with and without. I'm not sure about the camera, but if you like experimenting, you may find you can do it just fine. Boy, I would sure love to see some desert rain drops reflections! Do try it! I will add a place to post your lens, if you can capture some ~ good luck! Please let me know! I'll try to help if I can ~ Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      These photos are awesome. I live in a dessert, so may not get a chance right away, but I want to try this. I don't know if my camera is good enough though.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Love the beauty you have captured through these photos, simply amazing!

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      AlienwareCoupons 5 years ago

      awesome beautiful pictures! It should be a super macro lens.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Great tips in your lens and your photos are pieces of art!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Ardyn25: Thanks, Ardyn! They are amazing, for sure ~ nature's art! B : )

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Amazing photos...water drops are beautiful!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @tamstone: Well...I don't know about that! But thank you for the really nice compliment! I certainly appreciate it and it will probably boost me along for good while! Thank you so much for stopping by and for being so kind! B : )

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      tamstone 5 years ago

      This is one of the most unique lenses I've seen... you made a whole post about water drops, and made it interesting. Only a true artist could do such a thing!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LisaDH: I'm glad you liked that one! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I love the shot of your neighbor's house. That's a fun photo!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @RestlessKnights: Thank you! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Funny how a drop of water can be so diverse and beautiful. Thanks for the pictures.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Karli McClane: I hope you will try your hand at capturing something really neat to show others what's in your world in a drop! Thank you for stopping by and for your really nice comment! B : )

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photos! I love looking at water drops, but I never thought to look at the drops for a reflection.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @intermarks: Yes! Try it ~ I know you will be amazed! And share with us! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @thememorybooksh1: I hope you do! Please share them with us! I am going to put a text list on, so come back and share with us! B : )

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Amazing Photos, i like all your water drops photo, actually i hadn't try it before. but after this lens i will defiantly try to do it.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is great. A tiny thing will look totally different when you magnify it.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @nickybutler: Thank you for your kind words ~ ah, please try it! I'm sure you would have a lot of fun with it! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @wedpittsburgh lm: I hope you will try it ~ and I hope you will share your work with us ~ that would be cool! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gatornic15: Thank you for your kind thoughts! Thank you for stopping by ~ and for the blessing! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SteveKaye: Really?! Oh, man! You know, I've heard of folks that set up with glycerin and water sprayed on plants ~ now that would be a neat cheat! I've not tried it, but I think it would be cool to try! Thank you, Steve! B : )

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      These are fantastic photos. Thank you for the inspiration to try this. Now all I need is a good rain. In California, this means I'll have to wait until November (give or take a few weeks). Wish you the best.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      What a great perspective for taking pictures! I have never tried this, but will have to give it a try. Blessed

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @clayva: Thank you for that really nice comment! I never know how I stand so thank you for the thumbs up B : )

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      clayva 5 years ago

      I'm not a photographer but I truly appreciate wonderful photography. As a graphic designer, I look at hundreds of stock photos every week and your pics certainly have a stand out quality. Really nice.

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      I would love to do this. What a great idea!

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Stunning photographs, I'm absolutely useless with a photo myself but can appreciate someone else's talent! Love the lens :)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @captainj88: Thank you for stopping by and for your nice comments! I hope you will share how your world looks through a water drop! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @CottageHomestead: Thank you so much for your kind comments and for stopping by! I certainly hope you will try it and share with us how your world looks through a water drop! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Monica Ranstrom: I hope you will! Please share with us if you can how your world looks through a water drop! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Mandy Stradley: I hope you do ~ and I hope you will share with others how your world looks through a water drop! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @pheonix76: I hope you do! It's fun to do! I would love to see your work ~ I hope you will share with us how your world looks through water drops! Thank you for stopping by and for such nice comments! B : )