I have a lovely, fantastic macro lens for my camera. While it’s not something that I use in most situations, and I certainly don’t carry it around with me backpacking, when I do want to get really close to something I can.

It’s so awesome that it sometimes feels like cheating.

It seems like if you get close enough to almost anything, the photo is automatically interesting. I was testing this theory a while back with a needle and thread. With the lens just a few centimeters from the subject the thread looked almost like some kind of nylon rope, with tiny wisps of smaller threads extending out from it. The tiny needle hole that I spent so long trying to thread was a massive gaping chasm.

The real question here is why the heck don’t I take a lot more macro shots? They’re big fun.