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Friday Flowers

Good morning! It’s a pretty cool one today, compared to the past few weeks, and the temps are supposed to peak at “only” 23ºC. I’m not complaining about it, we’ve had a good run with fantastic weather so far, and it’s supposed to heat up again next week; yesterday people flocked to my office window because the forecasted rain looked more like a deluge, but we really needed that rain.

This weekend I’ll be all busy but in a good way. It’s market day today, so of course I’ll be going there this afternoon; tomorrow I’m meeting my friend E again in the city for breakfast, lunch and shopping, and on Sunday my friend N (yes, I found a friend whose name does not start with E! 😀 ) and I will be doing some more crafting – soaps, balms, relief stuff – and then I’ll be taking some more pics of her dogs.

Doesn’t sound like I’ll have time to cook or bake for the food blogs, but we’ll see. With the light still being good in my photo corner until the early evening hours, I might at least get to experiment.

Today’s dahlia picture was taken at my parents’ garden last week. With the market flowers being so disappointingly short-lived at the moment, I might try to sneak a single one out of the garden at my next visit to put in a little vase.

Hope you all have nice plans for the weekend!

 

 

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Good afternoon. Another scorcher here, but we’re getting nice breezes with the heat. My sister and I both have a day off today, and when my father asked if she would make them crêpes for lunch I took the opportunity to invite myself 🙂 . As if that wasn’t enough, when they said they’d have a BBQ in the garden tonight, I invited myself to that as well.

Inbetween lunch and the impending BBQ I went to the market, and this time I even managed to get acceptable flowers, a small bunch of locally grown garden roses. Let’s see how they fare in this heat.

Today’s dual-toned dahlias are still alive in a pot on my balcony. Every year I buy beautiful dahlias, and every year they get mildew. A gardener once told me there’s nothing I can do about it really to prevent it, so I’m enjoying my dahlias right now while mildew hasn’t struck yet.

This weekend my friend E who lives in Dubai is flying over for her annual home visit. We’ll be meeting for lunch in the city, and it feels a little unreal to see her twice a year – we just spent our vacation together in the US last month. She recently send me a pic of her car thermometer that read 47°C, so I told her she’ll feel right at home here with our 34-37°C.

On a different note, I had a private chat with another photo blogger yesterday, and she said she didn’t feel motivated to take pictures, didn’t know what to do with her blog… something I’ve been feeling myself and hearing from many different bloggers. We were wondering if it’s just easier to post on Instagram because it’s more time consuming to keep up a blog, if people have gone off blogs because vlogs are now the thing (we both agreed we were too old for that and didn’t want to talk or be seen in front of a camera), and where this blogging fatigue came from.

Do you currently experience the same thing? If so, what’s your opinion on it?

Have a good weekend!

 

 

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2018 July In Pictures

July, what a month! Temperatures hotter than I can remember them being here in Germany in a long while, we ended the month on a 37°C (that’s 98.6°F) high yesterday, and I was surprised to hear rain coming down in slow drizzles all night. A very welcome relief, even though I loved the hot temps. In previous years I felt that anything over 26°C was too hot but somehow since my vacation I seem to have adapted. Nevertheless, today’s 24°C and light breeze are very pleasant, too.

Photography-wise I was surprised I didn’t have enough pictures for July sitting on my hard drive. How could that be? But then I remembered that during the last week of my vacation I couldn’t even be bothered to take the camera out of the house, I wasn’t really inspired. I had a conversation with a friend yesterday who said she thinks we’re both having a creative low, and while that’s true, I said that I would love to take pictures but I have no idea what of.

I keep looking at pictures on unsplash.com and thinking “I want to take those kinds of pictures, but I don’t know where and how”. There’s certainly inspiration there, but as long as I can’t find a way to emulate (not copy) those kinds of pictures, maybe I should stop looking.

Driving home from a dentist appointment yesterday morning, I noticed random stuff growing along the pavements and fields, so after work I decided to go back there, take a quick walk and try to find some photo subjects. You can see some of those pics here, but they might look like random weeds to you 😀 . And while I was out driving, I stopped by my parents’ garden and looked for photo opportunities there as well. There are a lot of flowers currently in bloom, and the neighbour’s apple tree – which already found its way into my pictures last year – captured my attention again.

Still, all in all, July was a very pleasant month for me personally. How was your July?

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Moon {RDP #57}

Here’s my entry for yesterday’s Ragtag Daily Prompt Moon. (Due to the time difference, I guess I’ll always be a day late).

A very obvious entry with yesterday’s blood moon and lunar eclipse, but I was really surprised how well this shot turned out with my amateur equipment.

Here in Southern Germany a band of clouds hid the moon until we almost gave up, and when it finally rose above the clouds it was no longer as blood red as I think it was before. We had to wait for about an hour longer than the estimated time it was supposed to be visible, but it was well worth it, quite a spectacle. Especially as I didn’t even have to go out but was lucky enough to view it from the comfort of my deck chair on the balcony.

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Friday Flowers

Good morning! Another beautiful Friday here, the temps have gone back up into the 30s, and while I used to moan about high temperatures in previous years, it seems that since my vacation I have somehow adapted and don’t mind them much. Which is great, because I feel I’m enjoying them more.

Today’s flowers were a garden center purchase, but I have to say that pretty as they were, I was a little disappointed at their life span in the vase. Three days was all I got out of them. The same held true for the dahlias I bought a week later from the same garden center, so I guess while I’m enjoying the heat, the flowers are definitely not. I’ll have a look at the market later today but last week everything at the flower stall looked miserable so not holding out much hope there.

At least I’ve got all my balcony plants done, and the jalapeño plant I got for my birthday (and which my sister lovingly nurtured during my vacation) is carrying its first jalapeño. Really excited about that.

No plans for the weekend so far except going to my parents’ garden to see what can be harvested, then think up some new recipes. Beans are currently in abundance but I have yet to think up a summery recipe for them. Challenge!

Have a good weekend!

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Travel {RDP #55}

I recently discovered the Ragtag Daily Prompt site, have subscribed to it, and decided to try and participate. Yesterday’s prompt Travel spoke to me, because I’ve just been on vacation this month.

In retrospect this shot makes me particularly happy as it combines traveling, a memory of an especially relaxed and blissful vacation, being by the sea, and the – for me – unusual pleasure of visiting a lighthouse.

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Friday Flowers

Good morning on this beautifully sunny day. The temps here in Southern Germany have been back to 29°C (81°F) this week, so nothing to complain about really. Except that the air conditioning in my car wasn’t working properly, which I had only suspected since spring but knew for sure when the temps began to rise. So I had yesterday off to have that repaired, and what a difference! I remember saying to my sister last summer that the best place to be was in the car as it was the coolest.

A few months ago I finally bought my first ever fan, and I put that up yesterday, surprised when I opened the box that you didn’t just have to assemble three or four parts but about seventeen. And just like with IKEA furniture, you needed a diploma for it… I’ve been enjoying the fan last night, though, and it was well worth the trouble.

When I decided to take Thursday off, I thought it would be madness to go back to work on a Friday, so I have today off as well. Haven’t done much yet, but the plan is to go back to the garden centre and get some plants for my large pots, then it’s off to the Friday market, and hopefully tonight I’ll be able to sit down and think about new recipes for the food blog. While I’m still not overly motivated with regards to non-food photography, I’m quite keen on food photography – if only it didn’t require cooking or baking first…

Last weekend I got my mountain bike out of the basement and got it ready for action; have only ridden it once during the week but will cycle out to my parents’ garden this weekend and hopefully get some fresh veggies out of that trip.

BTW – today’s flowers are from the little garden at our Ogunquit, Maine, vacation house. I’m currently experimenting with using the same logo/watermark in all my pictures across all my blogs. What do you think?

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Friday Flowers

Hello & happy Friday! I returned from my vacation Sunday last week, after a gruelling 30+ hours of being awake. I was up at 7:30 am US time, arrived home delayed at 8:30 pm, then I had an appointment at 7:30 am before work on Monday. I’m still adapting to my own time zone but hopefully I’ll catch up on sleep this weekend.

What I’ll also be doing this weekend is getting my bike out of the basement a I suddenly have the urge to go cycling again. This urge probably springs from a bout of overeating during my vacation but also from missing jogging. When my jogging partner announced she wasn’t able to come running with me anymore, I thought I’d get over it, but just as with cycling, I’m hoping the urge to go running gets stronger and I’ll go by myself.

Then there’s my balcony. Knowing I would be away for three weeks this summer, I hadn’t planted anything in spring as I did in previous years. I didn’t want anyone to have to go over to my place every day to water plants. So tomorrow I’ll be heading to the garden center to lug home a few bags of soil and some pretty ready grown plants.

Today is market day, so hopefully I can present you with some proper flowers again soon. This lovely pot stood outside our holiday home in Ogunquit, Maine.

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2018 June In Pictures

While it’s already the 1st of July at home, it’s still June 30 here, which gets me confused because I changed my watch to local time but the date didn’t adapt. I don’t really think in dates while on vacation but rather in days, and it’s exactly 8 days that I have left here in the US.

I’ve gone on a few photo outings with friends, so luckily I have enough pictures for this month in pictures as well as a few separate posts when I’m back.

We’ve done and seen quite a bit here so far, and I’m hoping to get more photo opportunities this coming week.

June has been a great month, and I hope the rest of summer will be equally enjoyable.

How was your June?

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Maine In Black & White

A quick hello from my vacation. Four of us spent the last week in a lovely house in Ogunquit, Maine, where the weather was absolutely fantastic. Only on our last day – our travel day – did the clouds come in, together with the summer people as school had just let out that day.

I had a fellow photographer to explore the area with, and while I didn’t make it to sunrise photography with her in the early morning due to jet lag, I managed to get some sunset/night photography in – without a tripod.

I’d decided to bring my laptop over to the US to download my pictures because I was somehow afraid I might accidentally lose my pics if I kept three weeks’ worth of them on my SD card. Then I realised I had forgotten my camera-to-laptop cable at home, had to order one here and had to wait for a whole week until I could download them. I didn’t know I could be that impatient 🙂 .

As usual, I took more pictures than necessary, which was mainly due to using my 18-250 mm tele lens on a big trip for the first time, so I had to get used to that and experiment a bit. I only brought one other lens, my 50 mm which I can’t live without, and I’m glad I didn’t bring my whole lens arsenal with me as these two are totally sufficient.

Here’s a selection of the pictures I thought would look good in black & white, hope you’ll enjoy them as well.

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Friday Flowers

Today’s post is both a hello & a goodbye. A “hello Friday” and a “goodbye, I’ll see you sometime next month”.

This Friday feels special, because I’ve been counting the months, then weeks, and now the days until my vacation, which starts on Monday. Do you know that madness at work that only ever erupts in your last week before a vacation? Boy, am I glad that will be behind me as of this afternoon. The past week has been just as mad weather-wise.

We went from 28ºC to 14ºC within a day, and although I love a good thunderstorm, the temperature changes were hard to deal with, not only for myself apparently. Everyone around me kept complaining about headaches, getting a draught from driving with all the windows open while sweating, and the changes in air pressure were difficult to bear, too. Weather’s been back to high 20s again since yesterday, so that’s good.

I’ve also reached a personal goal this morning, which put me in an especially good mood. Now for a weekend of doing a lot of washing, then packing for Monday, when I’ll be leaving for Boston. I’ll be meeting two friends there, and then we’ll leave for a one week stay in Maine, then it’s back to the Boston area and we’ll take it day by day from there. Definitely a few trips to Boston, hopefully a trip to Vermont this time, a 4th of July party by the pool (the last time we were there it rained cats and dogs, so we’re hoping for sunshine this time around), and on our last day we have tickets for a country concert. The latter might not impress you, but here in Germany we don’t have a country music culture, so it’s a special treat for us to see a concert at a stadium.

If you’re wondering why today’s flowers are a diptych from the archives and not the usual Friday market flowers – I haven’t bought any in two weeks because there wasn’t anything nice to be found, so I didn’t take any pictures.

As usual, I’m hoping to bring back tons of pics from my vacation. I’ve decided to take my laptop with me, because somehow the thought of not being able to download three weeks’ worth of pictures, and – God forbid – the chance of losing them on my SD card worries me. So maybe I’ll get a chance to post before my return.

Until then, have a great weekend!

 

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Friday Flowers

Hello & happy Friday! Today’s flowers are a couple of weeks old, and sadly they disappointed a little. The one you see in the front was the only one that opened properly, the others stayed exactly as you see them here. When I moved the vase to my photo spot, the complete inside of the open one dropped out in one piece and only left a shell standing in the vase, I’d never had that before.

Since that purchase, there was nothing worthwhile buying at all at the Friday market. It was so hot over here that every flower seemed to be either wide open already or hanging its head, so I always left without buying anything. We’ll see how today goes, although it’s still very hot here.

Speaking of the weather – I don’t like to complain about good weather, but maybe 5 – 10ºC would be better for my well-being. The daily change of pressure, up to 28ºC during the day, then thunder storms (which I love!) is a bit too much for me at the moment. Last night through my living room window I could watch the dark clouds rolling in, then a light drizzle started, turned into a furious rain & thunder storm – it’s really beautiful to watch, and the air cooled down a bit, too.

What else is happening? Nothing much, except for my excitement at going on vacation in a week’s time. I’ve been counting down the weeks since the end of April, and now I’m counting the days. Packing list is ready, the fridge needs to be emptied over the coming week (reminder to myself not to get too crazy with food buys at today’s market!), and this weekend I’ll attend another open day at an organic farm, same one as last year, with a friend. Looking forward to some pulled pork or burgers. Also, I bought some more paint testers to make another photography background/surface – as if I didn’t have enough already 🙂 .

Hope the weather’s great wherever you are – have a good weekend!

 

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2018 May In Pictures

Welcome to another month in pictures! I’ve decided to say a few words here again after posting only Friday Flowers for the past months without my usual weekly roundup. Even I realise that just a few flower pics a month won’t do anything to draw people to your blog, and I was wondering why I haven’t produced much with regards to pictures lately.

It’s not that I haven’t produced anything at all, it’s just that for one thing – especially after the last food photogrphy workshop I attended – I’ve been concentrating on food photography, and I didn’t go out much to take pictures; the only place I took my camera to last month was my parents’ garden.

All that is reflected in this month’s collection as you will see – it’s bascially what I’ve been doing: creating and testing new photo backgrounds/surfaces, cooking & baking as well as experimenting with new ways of photographing for the food blogs, and the few garden details. Believe me when I say that I myself am a little (OK, a lot…) fed up with not taking the camera outside more to find more interesting subjects.

May was a very mixed month here weather-wise, it was either thunderstorms or extreme heat, and had someone said to me “let’s go out in the rain and take some pictures” I would have been happy to do so, but I didn’t fancy doing that by myself. Another thing to overcome.

I’m not going to make any promises, we all know where they can lead, but I’ll be traveling to New England again in two weeks’ time, and I’m hopeful I’ll be taking way more pictures there than I’ve been taking here at home lately. Fingers crossed!

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Homemade vs Museum {Diptych Day}

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