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Friday Flowers

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Summer Rain On Roses {Monochrome}

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Life

2015 June In Pictures

*Sigh* At the danger of repeating myself: where did the month go?! And why did I not go outside to take pictures? The only time I did was in my friend’s garden. After a party I was the first one up the next morning and sneaked out early to take pictures of the plants and the raindrops clinging to them. Other than that, no photo outings with my friend, and somehow I couldn’t bring up the energy to go anywhere by myself. But as every month, my intention is to change that for next month.

All in all, June was quite pleasant. We were graced with more good weather than rain – actually summer has well and truly arrived this week with temperatures over 30°C -, my friend and I have taken up jogging again, meeting in the forest at 7 am twice a week, before work; I’ve had friends over for dinner – long overdue; the decluttering of my home is done; I booked my summer vacation; I can enjoy my balcony after finally having done some planting; I had the best pulled pork ever at my friend’s party, and I’ve had marshmallows on a stick for the first time. Re-reading this, it actually sounds more than pleasant.

How was your June?

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Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

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I haven’t participated in the Weekly Photo Challenge for a while, although I did want to. I just didn’t want to have to think about it too much or – God beware ;-) – have to go outside to shoot.

This week’s challenge, though, is Muse and same as the author of the post, I keep going back to the subject again and again, namely that of cosmea flowers. Only the other day I thought: I wonder if I can post another cosmea. Maybe not, people will get fed up with them.

So seeing the challenge and immediately thinking of cosmea is my justification today. I happened to have plucked some blooms off the plant yesterday as they’d had their days in the sun and were destined for the bin just as the latest challenge popped up in my reader.

I love shooting cosmea flowers in all states of growth, bloom, or – as in the above picture – decay. Just throw them (literally, sometimes) on an interesting surface, maybe even focus somewhere unexpected, and suddenly you almost feel like you’ve created art.

 

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Nature

Friday Flowers

FF - Hydrangea + Calendula 01

Happy Friday everyone! We’re having a lovely one here, very sunny and warm, with expected temperatures of up to 35°C these next days. I don’t really need temperatures that high, but I’m certainly not going to complain.

This week I went to a lovely little flower shop where my friend lives; when you go in you don’t always see their little treasures at first glance. You look around and every time your eyes move, you discover something new. My intention was to buy a plant or two and a bunch of flowers. I was eying the little bouquets they had made when my eye fell on this huge white hydrangea blossom. I knew right away I wanted that, paired with something else but not some fussy arrangement.

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Then I saw the orange calendula – which to be honest I’d never seen “live” before, I’m only used to seeing calendula hand lotion at the drugstore – and asked the lady at the shop to just put them to one side of the hydrangea. With a little spiky greenery wrapped around, this made for a lovely and very stylish show piece.

The amazing thing was that when she told me the price for everything I’d selected, it was about a third of what I’d have paid here in the city.

Now I’m enjoying these beautiful flowers sitting on my coffee table (the flowers, not me – just to clarify ;-) ), and I’m looking forward to a sunny & relaxed weekend.

Hope you’ll have a great weekend,too, and see you here next week!

FF - Hydrangea + Calendula 02

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Wordless Wednesday: Man@Work

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Nature

Twelve Versions

After I posted last week’s Friday flowers, Laura asked whether I’d be showing the other 12 versions I mentioned in the post. I had actually been considering it but couldn’t think of a way to show them that wasn’t boring. So Laura suggested a slideshow adding music (which can’t be done here in Germany for complicated legal music rights reasons) or a poem to go with it.

I’m sure Laura meant an existing poem by someone who knows what they’re doing – and in hindsight I should have asked Laura herself to write one as she is very, very apt with with words. However, the moment I read the word poem, words popped into my head. And so I present you today this totally tacky and terrible poem to go with my flower slideshow :-D

Little flowers in a vase
made of glass
with a stripe of grey.
Hey – look at me!
Twelve versions you can see.
Tell me which you like best,
which one is better than the rest.

Some of the pictures different from the others in little nuances only, not too obvious but hopefully visible to you.

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Friday Flowers

Garden Flower Leftovers

Good morning and welcome to your weekly flower fix! The three stalks in this little vase were leftovers from the garden flowers I posted a while ago. I experimented with different presets in Lightroom and ended up with thirteen variations o_O . I really like all of them, but for today’s post I chose this more colourful version to brighten up your day.

After a rainy day and night, the weather here is currently also brightening up, the sky’s showing bits of blue and the sun’s peeking out in places.

My day started really well with a heads-up on my summer vacation, and this afternoon I’ll be leaving work early (again) to help my friend celebrate her birthday. Her husband – lovingly called the grill sergeant – already started preparations last night to get the BBQ going for pulled pork. So lots of things to be looking forward to today.

Wishing you all a good weekend with fab weather & good food!

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Sunflower {Monochrome}

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Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Nature

Friday Flowers

Accidental Friday Flowers

By rights this post should be called Accidental Friday Flowers. As you can see there’s not much wrong with them, they’re not wilted so should really be still attached to their respective plants.

However, when I planted them into window boxes to hang on the balcony railing, I was wearing gardening gloves that were a little unwieldy and in the process of planting the flowers I accidentally ripped of some blossoms. Unfortunate as that was, these blossoms still made for a good photography subject.

My balcony is now “ready to be lived on” and I’m looking forward to spend the beautiful weather promised by the forecast outside.

Happy Friday & have a good weekend!

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Beauty In Decay

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Nature

Friday Flowers

Small Pink Peony June 15

Remember last week’s garden flowers that I’d bought at the market? When I was about to chuck them out after a week, I saw that while everything else had withered, the three peonies hadn’t even opened yet. So I thought I’d give it a try, cut them short and put them in a little vase.

The same night I kept smelling something nice but couldn’t figure out what it was. Then my eyes went to the peonies, and not only did they give off a heavenly smell, but within hours they had opened fully and were such a beautiful sight.

I’m hoping to get more nice flowers at our Friday market later this afternoon. I’m on day two of a long weekend, due to yesterday being a holiday. The plan is to take three bags of dishes that I hardly ever used and were left over from my decluttering project to a charity shop. Then I’ll meet the family at the ice cream parlour and do some food shopping at the market.

Have I mentioned we’ve been having about 28°C since Tuesday? At the moment I’m still having the living room blinds shut to keep the heat out, even if it does seem a shame. This afternoon, though, when the sun will have wandered to the back of the house, you’ll find me on the balcony, probably doing some more planting and definitely having my feet up and a cup of coffee next to me at some point.

Hope you’re enjoying the same kind of beautiful summery weather – at least if you’re in the Northern hemisphere.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Life

2015 May In Pictures

So here we are again, at the end of yet another month. Apart from my vacation and a few bank holidays, which got us long weekends, May brought us very mixed weather, from 28°C to 12°C, the whole spectrum of sun, wind and rain all in one day, and massive bouts of hay fever as everything (that I was allergic to) seemed to be blooming at once.

On the other hand, all the blooming made for great pictures. As you can see, this month’s gallery is finally one that has more flower than food pics. Photography-wise, I’ve been trying out a friend’s 18-200 mm lens (which I’ll be using for a bit longer), and I’ve also made a point of using my 105 mm macro lens again, especially on the flowers.

No photo outings this month, and I haven’t taken the camera outside even once (apart from when I was on vacation). I’m hoping to rectify that next month…

So, nothing spectacular’s been happening here but, thankfully, nothing to complain about either.

How was May for you?

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Friday Flowers

 Garden FlowersHello and Happy Friday!

After reading this Daily Post article last week, where I saw myself and my photographic behaviour in most everything described, I started thinking back to the beginnings of my photography hobby. I used my macro lens a lot, especially for flower pictures.

As it happens, I have recently started using the macro lens again, probably due to buying lots of balcony plants that are too beautiful close up not to take pictures of. You’ll very likely see them here at some point.

The above bunch of flowers – sold as garden flowers at the Saturday market last week and making me wish for a garden to grow such flowers in – were shot with a friend’s 18-200 mm lens that I’ve been using for a week now.

I wanted to try this lens mainly for food shots as I’d read a food photography book where an 18-200 mm lens was used throughout the book, but then decided to use it on the flowers as well. I’m quite sure I will be the owner of an 18-200 mm lens soon :-) .

For this weekend I’ve promised myself I would go out, walk along the fields where I live, and use the 18-200 again. I’m even thinking of taking the tripod but making no promises to myself about that.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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