Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

Last Saturday, I got a surprising gift from my neighbor, one that I expect only from those who know well my love for nature and preference to get plants, as birthday gifts.

Ok, I accept diamonds too. It is not my birthday yet, tough. You have time.

This is a Sparmannia Africana (known as African hemp, but it is not closely related to the true hemp, cannabis). It is also known as African linden or Kamerlinde in Dutch.


I shot with an iPhone5, using the app camera plus for macro. While editing, I added a vignette and increased exposure and contrast.

If you want to know more about the plant, here is more information:

“Sparmannia Africana (African hemp, African linden) is a species of flowering plant in the Tiliaceae family, native to open woodland in Africa, South Africa and Madagascar. It is one of up to seven species in the genus Sparmannia.

With a minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), S. Africana is grown as a houseplant in temperate regions. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

It is named after the Swedish doctor and naturalist, Anders Sparmann. After returning from a voyage with Captain Cook, the fearless physician stumbled across this species during his own explorations of South Africa, about the time the American Revolution was in full swing in 1776.

He took sparmannia back to Sweden with him and, strangely enough, a species that can grow 6 feet in a single summer become a popular house plant in Europe.

Sparmannia Africana, also known as cape stock rose, is one of those plants that bristles when touched. Actually, only the showy stamens of the flowers move, expanding when something brushes against them. But, if you grow the cape stock rose as a houseplant, it could cause your guests to jump back and squeal, ?It’s alive!?”

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I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. 

The schedule theme for this week’s challenge is: Macro



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32 thoughts on “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

  1. These are such eloquent shots of the dainty side of Mother Nature. The light in the first and its close up show such detail. The leaves themselves are intriguing, because you’ve captured the serrated edges and tiny hairs. Happy Photo Challenge.


  2. Lucile, you already know I love photos water drops, so I really enjoyed this. I think macro is about my favorite type of photography! So much beauty in the small things.

    Have a marvel-filled week.



    1. Janet, I’m happy that you like mine. I must say yours was much more beautiful droplets, though.
      My love remains for portraits!
      Thank you for the wishes. Sending them in double for you!


  3. The plant bristles? Imagine me bumping up against that plant–we’d both bristle! Fascinating, really, and you have captured it beautifully.
    OK, diamonds for your birthday..gotta save for diamonds for Lucile’s birthday….. 😀


        1. We definitely are all connected and made of tiny molecules. You are very right.
          I have been on vacations and still catching up with reading blogs. Replying to old comments is becoming a tough task…
          I will head to your blog soon! Miss your stories.


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