If you’re ever struggling to think of a present for a young child, buy them a bug pot and a magnifying glass. There’s a whole world in miniature out there which can provide endless fascination. Children under 10 are below the age of legal responsibility in the UK for a reason, that they have usually yet to fully develop their humanity, so it might also be a good idea to accompany the present with an ethical briefing on not killing, torturing or burning with it like my friends used to.
Here’s a small patch of lichen on a stone at Yesnaby. Beautiful.
The macro lens reveals endless depths of texture in this Yesnaby sandstone and a whole natural world in miniature.