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A Small Beautiful Life

A Small Beautiful Life

May 5, 2015
Posted in: Lyme Disease, Nature | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Scarlet Pimpernel 073/365

With Chronic Lyme disease, your world becomes very small, but no less beautiful. Well, except when I go a week without washing my hair or the meds make me toss my cookies. That part is not so pretty.

Check out the Scarlet pimpernel, a wild flower, sometimes considered a weed, growing all over Santa Cruz Mountains. At only 14 mm in size, it’s easy to overlook these incredibly detailed little devils. The naked eye sees just an orange tiny flower. But up close, the intricacies are mind-boggling!


Scarlet Pimpernel, My best shot taken with just a telephoto lens.

Flowering from May through August, they’re known to predict time of day and weather. Opening at 8 am and closing at 3 pm. It’s closed in humid or damp weather.


Scarlet Pimpernel, shot taken with a 100 mm macro lens. The details are easier to see!

The Scarlet pimpernel also known as the emblem of the fictional hero who rescued people from the guillotine during the French Revolution.


Scarlet Pimpernel , 100 mm macro lens

Bigger isn’t always better. Small can be extraordinarily beautiful.


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2 comments on “A Small Beautiful Life”

  1. Amazing photos!!! Good things always come in small packages:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  2. Gorgeous. I love seeing the closeups of delicate flowers. I think we both have the same 100mm Canon macro lens! It's become one of my most heavily used lenses!

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