Macro photography was invented for nature. There's no better way of capturing nature's amazing patterns than macro shots. Small and hidden details magnified by modern technology can almost make you smell, taste and feel the real thing. So that little button with a tiny flower icon on your camera is one of the most important inventions ever, second only to worcestershire sauce, well, at least for me. Worcestershire sauce performs miracles for my palate that's why I hoard loads of them in my pantry. Anyway, back to topic. I'm not very good at macro photography but the outstanding patterns and shapes of my subject make it easy for class AB photographers like me (AB stands for Always a Beginner).
Dark green coloration on mature leaflets
Young leaflets beginning to unfurl
Caudex and base of the leaf
Leaflets reduced to spine at the base of the leaf
Hair is common on young cycad leaves
The subject of my macro is Macrozamia johnsonii. It is a medium sized cycad native to Australia. It was named after L. A. S. Johnson, an Australian botanist who did pioneering studies on cycads from down under. Don't ask me what the letters L.A.S. stand for. A mature specimen looks very much like a palm. The leaves are dark green. It is so dark that it doesn't look green anymore.
I grow my M. johnsonii in full sun and it's doing well. Some books say it is best grown in partial shade. I water it everyday and feed it with a slow release fertilizer. I wonder if kangaroo dung would make a better fertilizer.