I had forgotten that I had these pressed flowers – saved in Summer 2013. Opening the flower press today for the first time since pressing was like receiving an unexpected present!
This image was achieved by layering and use of a texture overlay – the end result is intended to be reminiscent of a vintage flower illustration.
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A nook in our living room – just taken because it represents a little piece of me and some of the things that I love: Fresh flowers (in this case, roses), a succulent plant (Echevaria Pellucida) in a Danish bowl, Daum crystal clock (a wedding present), beech wood pelican, (Gunnar Flørning, 1959) and Kay Bojesen’s ‘Peter Songbird’, another classic 1950s Danish design (a recent gift from my daughter).
I love northern European design but it was only in breaking this all down into the component bits that I realised just how much. …The collected items + the unit that they are all sitting on – it’s Ligne Roset that we’ve had since the 80s. Funny how such a small scene can reveal so much about a person. Maybe this is why we all love to see home interior shots?
I’ve read that the conditions of soil and weather can significantly change the intensity of Fall colours – makes absolute sense to me – chemistry ‘n all that.
My husband recently bought me a bunch of cream roses and as someone who finds beauty in fading flowers and foliage, I have left them on the windowsill, watching them slowly change as they wither. The last, mixed-colour bunch, bought about a month ago, uniformly faded to the most gorgeous gentle tones – a bowl of their petals still gracing my dining table. These cream beauties however have developed an unusual capuccino-coloured edging which I just love. I wonder what was different in their history, treatment and make-up? It’s a very unusual look and I love it…
I photographed them today and then decided to simplify their beauty still further by changing to monotone effects. I’m very happy with how they’ve come out. Something to do with 50’s glam / Audrey Hepburn springs to mind when I look at them. I love the original, I’m very happy with a straight black and white effect I did, but for today, anyway, this is my current favourite.
The flowers are back on the window ledge by the way. I’m interested to see where they go from here…
Perhaps because we’re heading towards Valentine’s Day, when thinking of a title ‘l’Amoureuse'(The Lover) seemed appropriate. They struck me as a long-term love (like me) – a bit battered about the edges, but nonetheless still true and still beautiful to the one I love.
I’m a fan of looking up: Up to see the beautiful old buildings that are often revealed above newly fitted and faceless ground floor shop-fronts in little towns like mine. Up to reveal unusual angles and shapes of plants, trees and architecture against the sky. Up to just look at the sky and the shapes of clouds.
We were in Vancouver recently and on a dull, wet day decided to spend some time in the warmth of Bloedel Conservatory looking at the birds flying freely around and the tropical plants. All lovely, and I got lots of photos to share, maybe on another day. As the conservatory itself is a geodesic dome however, and architecture and abstract shapes are two other loves I mine, what did I do? I placed myself under the centre of the dome … and I looked up!
I got this photo and I have to say that whilst the little birdies at Bloedel are beautiful and the plants are perfectly lovely, this image is possibly my favourite of the afternoon …and only achieved because I looked UP.
Since 2008 I’ve been putting together seasonal montages of my garden – just as a quick visual reminder of progress (or otherwise) on what was pretty much a blank space when we arrived here. ~ I’m clearly behind the times as I only today completed ‘Summer 2013’! ~
It was a year in which we had to get ‘Tree Man Nat’ to remove our beautiful old pine (made unsteady by winter storms) but also a year in which we were visited by baby pheasants, successfully grew our first batch of veg and the flowers really went all out to appear drop dead gorgeous.
I’m a hoarder of photos: lots and lots of family photos, holiday photos of course, but I also use photography to document the little changes in our home environment year on year. How about you – what do you find yourself photographing for posterity?
Do you like temperate climates? Or consistent heat? I really don’t like the cold and damp of winter but without seasonal change, the scenery remains mostly unchanged (and perhaps, eventually, a little dull)? I have to reluctantly admit that I’m probably most suited to putting up with those cold, dark months because I like variety.
This kind of scenery – at Emerald Lake, near Whistler, BC, just wouldn’t be the same without those plunging winter temperatures.
…Land and plants shaped rather beautifully by climate.
Recently returned from a trip to Canada – thought I’d share this.
Moraine Lake in the Rockies – even on a rainy day at the end of September it’s stunningly beautiful. Going so late in the season was a deliberate decision in order to capture some of the Autumn colours up the mountains but of course carried with it the risk of dodgy weather. There had been snow in this area a little over a week before, so I went away equipped with both warm weather gear and a supply of winter thermals!
Photographing in rain is not my idea of fun but this was actually one of the few days when I had to just suck it up and deal with it. It provided me with a worthwhile lesson, confirming what others have said – sometimes the best scenes can be captured on dull, dark days.