Woodland Treasures {A Forest Photoshoot}

Hello friends!

One of my favorite places to take my camera is into the woods. Even in winter there are so many beautiful things to discover, from the tiniest moss florets to the tallest tangled trees. I had so much fun photographing bits of beauty a few weeks ago and wanted to share some with you today.

Enjoy a pretty dose of natural wonders. ❤

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I explored a delightful little stream on my family’s farm that I hadn’t walked along much before. It was about noon so the sun was bright and threw my shadow across the water.


I love how it looks like the leaf is floating in this one. It wasn’t falling when I took the picture or anything – that’s the magic of angles and photography for you.

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Even though it was still very much winter when I took this photoshoot, there were bright pops of green everywhere. This happy sprout of grass among the moss was one of my favorites.

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A couple of macro bud photos. The bottom one looks kinda like a coffee bean, doesn’t it?


A collage of the same blue jay feather at three different distances. The close-up, along with all other macro shots in this post, were taken with my favorite macro lens extension tubes.


Another macro shot featuring details from a brilliant bed of moss. It takes my breath away to see moss lit up by the sun like this, ah.

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I also found this dried stalk lit up by the sun, shining against a dark background of shadows. I love how it stands out!

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Another collage of the same subject at different angles. Using an aperture of 1.8, I focused first on the tips of the branch and then on the nest-like shredded bark behind them.


I looove watching sunlight reflect on water. It made bright bokeh in the background of the first picture and dancing green waves on the rock’s underside in the second.


It always delights me to find a cluster of pine needles caught on a branch like this. It just seems so unlikely. By the way, I definitely recommend using a shallow f-stop or aperture when photographing forest details so you can distinguish your subject from the background.

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More macro shots, this time of intricate leaf texture.


And here’s a couple of bark formations. A little knob peeking through a log and a heart-shaped stump.


Isn’t this one serene? The glassy water and mossy tree roots… ah, so lovely.

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A cute little grapevine curlicue. 🙂

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As most of you know, I prefer photographing at golden hour. But I dunno, these photos turned out pretty neat in bright, harsh sunlight too. Like this sycamore seed ball hiding amongst the leaves…

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Ooh isn’t this neat? A thin layer of ice had formed over part of the water, freezing in rays around a stick that looked like it was trying to break free.

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We’ll end with a sunny shot of the forest. My favorite part is the pops of green from the ferns and moss on the ground.

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I had a lot of fun taking and editing these pictures, so I hope you likewise enjoyed scrolling through them. 🙂 Taking time to slow down and observe how many small, beautiful pieces of the world are scattered at my feet always brings me joy and makes me feel in awe of the Creator.

Which photo(s) did you like best?

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!


P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D7200 and a 35mm lens, plus macro lens extension tubes. Edited in Lightroom.


30 thoughts on “Woodland Treasures {A Forest Photoshoot}

  1. So much aaahhhh. All that beauty was a perfect break time scroll today. Thank you for sharing your talent, time, and treasure. You took a stroll through the woods so we could take a scroll. Through them. 😁 much appreciated!


  2. Fab photos. I went for a walk in our local park yesterday and was lucky enough to see a tree creeper, a long tailed tit, a nuthatch and a pair of mandarin ducks. Wish I’d had my DSLR but I enjoyed watching them going about their early spring time business.


    1. Whoa, I would have loved to see the mandarin ducks especially! I always feel disappointed when I see interesting sights like that without having my camera along, but I suppose sometimes it’s good to just enjoy beauty in the moment too. 🙂


      1. That’s how I view it too. Continuing with the theme of interesting sights, my husband and I saw dolphins at the weekend and again my camera was at home. But, it’s very tricky to capture fast moving objects and I reckon I would have just got frustrated by the poor quality shots of a tiny bit of fin!


        1. Dolphins?! Amazing! I was thrilled to see dolphins once before, on our honeymoon actually. So neat! Yeah I couldn’t capture them very well either. Ah well. We have the memories, right?

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  3. Oh, how I loved this post! What a beautiful Creator God we have! I don’t think I could choose a favorite, but I was drawn to the blue jay’s feather, leaf textures, and the dried stalk against the dark background. Oh, it makes me excited for spring! I’m seeing the trees in my area getting green and our state flower, the bluebonnet, is popping up a bit. God bless you, Allison! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!


    1. I’m so happy you loved it, Valerie! We do indeed. ❤ The blue jay feather was one of my favorite too. So bright and eye-catching! Watching bluebonnets appear must be a lovely part of spring where you live. Thanks for reading, Valerie!


  4. This was such a lovely set. Thank you for bringing some nature to my day 🥰 the one with the glass water and tree is so calming. But the stick in the ice was like I was on the back side of a mirror being broken! Cool effect with that.


    1. Thank you so much! I agree, it’s such a calm and peaceful picture. Ooh you’re right, it *does* look like a mirror or window being shattered. I love how ice looks like glass.

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  5. Oh. My. Goodness. These photos are so pretty. The blue jay feather, moss, and grapevine curlicue are my absolute favorites. 🙂 (Grapevine curlicues are very close to my heart because they are just so cute, lol.) Also, I love it when there are random heart-shaped things in nature. It’s like a special gift from God just to make us happy.


    1. Ah thank you! There were so many pretty things to photograph. I knooow, grapevine curlicues are indeed adorable. Yes, that’s how I feel about heart-shaped things in nature too!


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