Triptych - Flower Mess

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Tuesday Triptych: Floral Debris

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Friday Flowers

Peonies May

Good afternoon & Happy Friday! Not so happy for me as I’m on sick leave…again… What I thought was the worst hayfever ever turned out to be a sinus problem that required antibiotics. Enough whining, though – the weather’s beautiful outside, and today might well be the day I feel good enough to go for a short walk. Plus I’ve just been notified that my new phone is ready for pick-up, so that’s something to look forward to for Monday.

Plus – peonies! I love peony season, and I picked up the ones you see above at last week’s market. They just started opening up, so that’s something to enjoy. I find buying peonies quite exciting – you look at those tightly wrapped balls of petals and know that every stage of their unfolding is a beautiful one. Knowing that peony season is quite short, I enjoy them even more.

Hope you’ll all have a good weekend!

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Friday Flowers

FF - White Rununcs in bottles

Good morning! Although I’m still in search of the “good” part😉 . It’s going to be a long weekend for us here, with Whit Monday off work, but sadly the weather forecast says it’s going to keep raining. We’ve had 25ºC for four days last week, hot and summery, so this is quite a change for the worse.

We’ll have to make the best of it, though, I’m still planning on some photo activities and a bit of a cook-athon. Possibly a bit of a clean-athon as well because while having been unexpectedly invited for a Ramazzotti by two of my older neighbour ladies, the alcohol went straight to my head and I said they should come round for coffee one of these days. We’ll see how that goes.

I’m sure for a lot of you Monday will also be a holiday, so I hope you’ll all have a great weekend!

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Decay - Pink Rununcs

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Friday Flowers

FF - Pink Rununcs Blue Vase

Happy Friday, everyone! A lot of us here in Germany are having a 4-day weekend as yesterday was a holiday and we tend to take Friday off when that’s the case.

Luckily the weather’s been behaving these last few days, not just does it look summery but it actually is very warm as well.

I’ve already been to the market and got in food stuff for the weekend, have made a salad for the food blog, and have taken pics.

Not much else planned for the rest of the weekend except, of course, a family lunch out for mother’s day on Sunday.

Wishing you all a good weekend with lots of sunshine!

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Decay Day - Park Petals

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Afternoon Snack

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Afternoon Snack

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2016 April In Pictures

Hello again at the end of yet another month. As I’ve commented in most of my Friday posts, the weather showed us all it had. Let’s hope spring finally stays come May 1st.

How was April? I really, really miss my friend E who moved back to the US in February. Our monthly photo outings were always inspiring, and I still haven’t managed to go out by myself much.

I’ve been meaning to buy a second DSLR – a used D700, which I was hoping would be cheaper now that newer models are out, but so far I haven’t found one on the “used” market that fulfills all my requirements.

However, a friend has persuaded me to buy something else entirely, and I will receive this something else by the end of May. It’ll get me clicking more, I’m sure – I’ll keep you posted.

The month in pictures for April is mostly plant life;  with so much growing right now as well as my visit to the park plants made for the most obvious photo subject.

How was your April?

 

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FF - Dark Pink Rununcula

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Friday Flowers

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Decay - Bouquet Remains

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Mono - Strawb + Cream

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Strawberries & Cream {Monochrome}

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Tuesday Triptych: Hyacinth’s Lifecycle

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Friday Flowers

FF Hyacinths

Good morning! My car finally got its summer tyres yesterday, but summer tyres do not bring summer weather with them, unfortunately. We’ve had beautiful spring weather this week, so let’s hope this rainy day is a freak occurrence and the weekend weather will be better.

I have no plans so far except for the usual food shopping at the Friday market and planting out more of the seedlings currently sitting on my dining table. I’ve already planted out cosmea, scabiosa, spider plant and Michaelmas Daisies into huge pots and have set them outside when it was sunny; now it’s the herbs that need to be planted out – coriander, basil and mint.

As usual, if the weather’s good, my good intentions are to go out with the camera, and also as usual… we’ll see:-) .

The above hyacinths were bought at last week’s market and are still going strong. I know a lot of people don’t like them because their scent can be really strong; a couple of evenings this past week I was close to exiling them to the other end of the room so I wouldn’t smell them, it can get a tad too much. I’m hoping to find different kinds of spring flowers today, then it’s goodbye hyacinths.

Happy Friday!

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Make A Wish {Monochrome}

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Friday Flowers

FF - pink rununcs jar

Friday – again. For me this week went really quickly, although I my days after work weren’t busy at all. The only thing I did this week was food shopping, otherwise it was home straight from work, where I enjoyed the longer days. I love daylight savings time – it’s already light outside when I wake up, and it’s still light when I leave the office. If only spring would comply now and do its thing by being continuously spring-like…

These ranunculi were leftovers from the bunch I had on the coffee table a few weeks ago. I decided to take a few pics before all their petals fell, then when their time to go had almost come, I deadheaded them and took some more photos on various surfaces. I wonder what I’ll take pictures of when ranunculus season is over…😀 .

Hope you all have nice plans for the weekend – have a good one!

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Monochrome - Blackcurrants

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Blackcurrants {Monochrome}

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Friday Flowers

FF - Ranunc Macro

How was your week, everyone? Mine, for once, was really busy with meeting one set of friends from school one day, dinner with another set at a great restaurant the next day; the short work week due to Easter Monday was a bonus, especially after the clocks were turned forward on the Easter weekend.

For the past few days I took an alternative road to work that leads through bits of forest, and it all looked just beautiful shrouded in morning fog, no matter rain or shine. The first day I thought I should bring my camera the next day, and I kept thinking that every day but never brought it. Somehow my inhibition level with regards to stopping along the road to take pictures seems to be quite high still. That’s definitely something I intend to change.

Last month I had an online conversation with a fellow photo blogger as we found out we both feel quite uninspired at the moment; funnily, each of us had the same idea to maybe do a photo collaboration, so we’re currently thinking about what kind of collaboration it could be and trying to come up with details. Stay tuned.

Today’s flower is the result of me getting out my macro lenses last weekend. I’m always amazed at the detail you can get with those, so I haven’t packed away the lenses but left them on the table to remind me to use them more. I remember when I first got my 105mm macro lens – I would use it for everything. These days, for some reason it stays in the bag most of the time. But as I said, this, too, shall change.

Hope you’ll have a fun and relaxing weekend to look forward to. Happy Friday!

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2016 March In Pictures

Three down, nine to go! I’ve already been talking about mulled wine and our next visit to the Christmas market with my friends yesterday, even though I’m really looking forward to a proper spring first:-) .

March brought us the whole spectrum of what the weather has to offer: snow, sun, wind, rain, 3°C, 14°C… Let’s see what April will bring.

Photography-wise, for once this monthly retrospective is not full of food pics because I didn’t do much for the food blog. I guess plants feature most in my recent photographic activities but then that’s appropriate for the season.

I planted seeds for my balcony flowers at the beginning of the month, and they’re all growing nicely. I hope to plant them out sometime in April and can already envision them adorning the balcony.

All in all, I’m still a bit uninspired with regards to photography but have been picking up my macro lenses again in March and am hoping to get more passionate about it all again soon.

How was your March?

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Friday Flowers

Pink Gerbera Macro

Happy Good Friday, everyone! Hope you’re enjoying a day off as well; my Friday has been very quiet and lazy so far – reading, drinking lots of coffee and having bits of chocolate Easter egg for breakfast.

I took out my macro lenses yesterday to play around with, one result of which you can see above. By the time I got to the market yesterday all they had left were measly – albeit cheap – little bouquets, so I decided it was better than nothing.

I chose this gerbera with already slightly browning petals as my photo subject and then applied tons of different presets to the results. This one was one of my favourites – not the original colour (which is a very pale pink) but still not too unnatural.

It was really good fun using the macro lenses again; one little minus, though, was that with the 60 macro that can no longer autofocus I find it very hard to get sharp, in-focus pics. I mostly have to use the tripod for that. I was actually considering buying a newer model of the same lens but have been thinking it’s quite decadent to replace it just because I find it difficult to get the manual focus right.

What do you think? Would you invest?

Have a good weekend!

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