Sometimes it's the little things, in the GSMNP.

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When most people think of going to a National Park, they are usually going for beautiful views of the natural world. Maybe something like this:

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But there is plenty of beauty to be found wherever you look. You just have to change your perspective and look around you. There is so much to enjoy in the big beautiful natural world.

For example: This wintergreen flower is around a centimeter long. It has a delicate beauty that matches the delicate flavor of the plant itself.

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Also fairly inconspicuous along the trails this time of year is the inflorescence of the pipsissewa:

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But even they attract little admirers:

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Some little creatures are shy. They hide behind leaves or try to stay one step away from your lens.

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Others are more than happy to show off their colors:

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The interesting little things also show up in places most people avoid. Don't overlook dung piles, because they bring in unique creatures.

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Speaking of the unique: I have only ever seen leather flower in one place. Along the road leading into the Abrams Creek campground. It was special to find it blooming there this morning. It really made my day.

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Then, not far from the leather flower, I spotted this bloom. I still am not sure what it is. In the little things it is easy to find surprises and new wonderful things to learn about.

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And if you are very lucky, little things come together and you can catch this tiny flower feeding fly on a mountain krigia.

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So, next time you are out in the wilds - whether its your local park, or a stunning national park - take you time to look around you. There are myriads of tiny little beauties nearly everywhere you look!
 
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Great series and agree on your sentiments
But there is plenty of beauty to be found wherever you look. You just have to change your perspective and look around you. There is so much to enjoy in the big beautiful natural world.
You've amply demonstrated that and so beautifully and diversely
 

melanieylang

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A lovely journey through the undergrowth! I find my progress along bush tracks is slow when I have a macro lens with me.

Your purple flower looks like a solanum species, to my Australian eye.
 

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Beautiful shots of the small world around us.
This series shows that there's beauty around us everywhere, you just have to open your eyes to it.
I've made the same experience as melanielang (see above): with a macro lens (or the 1.8/75) mounted and focussing on what's close around you, you're progressing very, very slowly. That's why I mount these lenses more often when I'm out on my own. A very rewarding experience every time!
 
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