Nature Selfies: Ready for My Closeup

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Photography | 40 comments

duck closeup

Pony pasture rva


fish closeup

chicken closeup

crocodile closeup

Virginia aquarium birds

stingray closeup selfie

macro shot dogwood bud winter

**Photos taken at Meadow Farm, the Virginia Aquarium, and my neighborhood. The last photo is NOT in fact an alien, but a dogwood bud encased in Polar Vortex ice (or what I imagine my fingers, toes, and nose to look like lately).

Anything you’re taking a closer look at lately? What are your thoughts on selfies? 

Happy Monday!

Coleen Patrick


  1. They are awesome, Coleen! Happy Monday to you!

    • Thanks, Catherine! I thought of Weird Zoo a lot while putting this post together. :)

  2. Love the chicken peeking into the barn! :)

    • That’s my favorite too–and the one that inspired the post. Thanks, CJ!

  3. I am all the way down with selfies, I have to admit. In fact, I prefer taking a selfie to turning the camera over to someone else who may or may not recognize my good side and best angles and all the rest. I like to keep the control in my own two hands. :)

    • I have to admit the control factor would be my reason for preferring selfies too. :)

  4. What fun pics! The bud enclosed in polar vortex ice is incredible. Selfies & I share a love hate relationship. I don’t like pointless ones, like look at my hair today blah blah, but sometimes you’re somewhere really cool like a concert or sight seeing and there’s no one to take a pic for you and then I’m fine with it. I have quite a few selfies from my trip to London =)

    • My hub and I have a tradition of taking a selfie of us together while on vacation, so it’s funny when a stranger stops to ask if we want them to take our pic. I bet your London pics are great, Amanda. :)I think it would be cool to have one with Big Ben in the background!

  5. I love these. What bird is the sixth photo?

    • Thanks, Joanna. That is an Indonesian finch. It was in the exhibit with the Komodo dragon at the Virginia aquarium.

  6. You picture taking skills rock. That second pic of the water is tremendous. I also dig the duck in the first one.
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    • Thanks, Phil. The duck gives a new meaning to duck selfie. :)

  7. Gorgeous photos – I envy your skill! And I think the alligator/croc with the crooked teeth is hilarious!
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    • Yes, the croc has a very comical grin. Wouldn’t want to meet him in the wild though! :) Thanks, Jennifer.

  8. Fantastic, lovely and just wonderful.

  9. Love your photos, especially the last one. You really have an eye for the picture. All the signs of spring. I’m ready.

    • I’m ready for spring too, Patricia! Sixteen more days… :)

  10. Not a big fan of selfies, except for these kind, of course! My fav is that dogwood bud, but I love them all. Hope you’re well, Coleen. You’ve been missed.

    • I’m conflicted when it comes to selfies. I guess the comfort factor for selfies is quite possibly a generational thing. My kids seem to have no issues with them! :) Thanks, Alarna!

  11. Thank goodness for chiropractors running a wait – your pictures are very good – love the chicken playing peekaboo! Spring is near, spring is near, spring is near! I am gonna keep hollering this until it comes. Keep making ‘em count!
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    • Spring is near. My new mantra as of right now. Thanks, Clay!

  12. You take the best photos, Coleen! I need to know your secret.

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    • My Samsung Galaxy phone–or as I always refer to it, my camera. Thanks, Patricia. :)

  13. I’m not usually a fan of taking selfies, but these are great! Can’t believe you got that close–or zoomed in so well to those critters, especially the goose! So cute. And yes, I’m so ready to stop feeling like the flower bloom in the last one…
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    • The cold has been ridiculous, right? As for the goose, it was super easy to get close because my hub was next to me with a bag of bread. They swarmed us! He even got pecked in the back. :)

  14. I thought I was going to see a few new photos of you.. but these were fun too:) Love that polar vortex.. it’s stunning! I feel about as cold as that dogwood does right now!

    • Thanks, Barb. I guess I probably have a few entertaining selfies of myself. Ha ha. And yes, I’m so ready for warmer days too!

  15. These are awesome photos, Coleen. You could be a professional photographer! Thanks for sharing them.

  16. Wonderful photos. I love the chickens! But all are super!

    • Thanks, Freeda. I think the chicken one is my fave too. It was accidental too. The chicken just popped their head into my shot…a very curious bird for sure!!

  17. These are the kind of selfies I like. Is that dogwood blossom encased in ice a metaphor for the writing and publishing?

    • Writing and publishing, or I imagine any transition! I can think of a bunch of things where I’ve felt frozen only to emerge in a much better state at some point. :) Thanks, Pat.

  18. You are always out and about and snagging great pictures, Coleen. Especially love that last one!
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    • Thanks, Ruth. I have a pedometer that keeps me motivated to move–and it’s so much more fun to be walking around the park (or aquarium on cold days). :)

  19. Love the photos. Makes me want to get outside and take pictures. Oh, but it’s -5 out there. And snow galore. Maybe I’ll wait a few weeks. ;)

  20. Wow, so much detail on the faces of those creatures, particularly on the fish. Fish always strike me as so implacably calm — perhaps that has to do with being cold-blooded, or maybe it’s because fish don’t have facial muscles that would enable them to produce expressions.

    • The fish does look calm, practically bored with the attention, right? I guess it’s feeling fairly confident in the aquarium. :)

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