As you might already know from following my blog, I’ve been patiently waiting on new eyeglasses for several weeks now. And I’ve been using this excuse for not getting out and shooting some macro work; I almost always focus manually since the auto-focus jumps around so much. But I was gently inspired by a friend of mine who is taking beautiful images with a dislocated shoulder… So I needed to figure out a way to keep shooting too. Last Friday the weather was unbelievable… nearly 70F here in Pennsylvania and luckily I had scheduled a half day off from my day job. So I got out my camera and shot all my macro work hand held and with auto-focus. Surprisingly, I came home with eight or more keepers in two hours of shooting. I found the expected witch hazel and winter aconites. But I also found some other marvelous signs of spring including this Turkish filbert, Corylus corluna, sending forth these catkins.