Extreme Hibiscus

Yellow HibiscusMy wife got her Maui Master Gardener certification recently, which resulted in a sudden interest in very, very tiny insect species. One day, she brought in a leaf from the garden and asked me to photograph the bug that was on it, to which I replied, “What bug?” I couldn’t even see it with my glasses on.

When she took out the magnifying glass and showed it to me, I knew right away that my trusty Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 wasn’t going to cut it. I set it up on a tripod and gave it the old college try, but we still had to crop it heavily to get anything, and the result was really blurry. I’d never had to shoot anything that small before, so this was a new challenge for me. Time to get extension tubes.

The new toys arrived today, and I went out to play. I think I’m going to have fun with these.Extreme Hibiscus


  1. Kallie Keith-Agaran says

    Beautiful shots! Have you any of a native hibiscus? I understand they’re not as showy as the exotic and hybrid species. My mother-in-law has a plant in her Kahului garden, but I’ve never seen it bloom. Gil thinks it may be too hot there, but says it “looks like” it’s going to bloom.

    • says

      Thanks Kallie! I’ve been looking for a good native bloom in the right light, but haven’t found any. I keep thinking if I wait long enough, I’ll come across one someday (when I actually have my gear with me).


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