Golden drops (or how to make a fool of yourself)

Winter has returned with ice and snow.

A couple of mornings ago, the sun was shining

And the icy drops on a rail were shining like golden pearls.

People going to catch the train wondered what on earth I was photographing

As I squatted there with my bottom up in the air.

A little while later, I took up my weird squatting position

To capture the newly-melted snow on the brave head of a crocus.

I passed a garden with a wooden fence that had holes in it.

Once again, I no doubt looked like a crazy woman as I peered

Through to see a friendly bunch of snowdrops on the other side.

Then I caught sight of a diamond shining next to some fluffy buds.

Finally, something I could photograph with grace!

(Oh, the things we do for our blogs…)

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91 responses

  1. Pat

    Beautiful captures!

    April 2, 2012 at 16:42

  2. lindyloumacinitaly

    Oh dear you made me laugh with your descriptions, the lengths photographers will go to for the perfect shot, my favourite has to be the snowdrops today.

    April 2, 2012 at 16:45

  3. Ah Fiona, Bottoms up dear!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    April 2, 2012 at 16:52

  4. How you made me smile while I imagined you in those strange postures, all for the glory of those stunning photographs you share here with us. I was worth it. Thank you LadyFi

    April 2, 2012 at 16:57

  5. loved the image of you with your bottom up in the air! (because I’ve struck that pose many times, too!)

    April 2, 2012 at 17:06

  6. Zing Ama. I mean Amazing! hehe

    April 2, 2012 at 17:13

  7. Very nice observation captured within lens. Thanks for sharing.

    April 2, 2012 at 17:21

  8. Just amazing!

    April 2, 2012 at 17:35

  9. Water drops are so much fun to photograph :)

    April 2, 2012 at 17:57

  10. ha…nice peeking throught he fence…smiles….and def like the head of the crocus shot…great capture…these are beautiful…

    April 2, 2012 at 18:12

  11. Terrific captures, Fiona, and worth all the “bottoms in the air” poses! Delightful, fun post/look at your part of our world today! Beautiful!

    Sylvia

    April 2, 2012 at 18:24

  12. Lovely pictures, all.

    April 2, 2012 at 18:27

  13. Lovely photos regardless of the squats you had to do to capture them!!

    April 2, 2012 at 18:48

  14. Who cares what people thought? :D They are worth it ;)

    April 2, 2012 at 18:55

  15. I love the snow drops through the hole in the fence. Now I know how you exercise; you don’t need the gym.

    April 2, 2012 at 18:58

  16. April weather….;) Soon the snow is gone….(Hopfully)!

    April 2, 2012 at 19:01

  17. I love your shots of the melting ice. Lovely droplets you spotted and photographed underneath. I often think that people will think I’m crazy as I contort my body to get a specific perspective when shooting pictures.

    April 2, 2012 at 19:19

  18. Lovely photograhps – and I behave just the same ;)

    April 2, 2012 at 19:59

  19. You take the coolest photos!

    April 2, 2012 at 20:16

  20. glimpseintomidlife

    LOL! Well worth it! Who cares what other people think of us…. :)

    April 2, 2012 at 20:43

  21. Amy

    Great captures Fi, which lens did you use? I can picture you with your bum in the air photographing…thank you for going to all that work to bring us such lovely photos :-)

    April 2, 2012 at 20:55

    • I had my zoom lens, but it has very good macro settings too if you adjust the aperture enough.

      April 3, 2012 at 05:53

  22. so tender and lovely!

    April 2, 2012 at 20:58

  23. thesmittenimage

    Lovely shots, Fi. I think we’ll all assumed the position at one time or another.. and usually, as with your beauties, it’s worth it.

    April 2, 2012 at 21:33

  24. Well — you got your exercises (stretches and squats) while you got these beautiful photographs, so how could there be anything wrong with that! Lovely. So I am hoping that these pictures mean that most of the early spring blossoms survived winter’s return.

    April 2, 2012 at 21:34

  25. TexWisGirl

    photography calisthenics! :)

    April 2, 2012 at 21:56

  26. I literally gasped when I saw your photo of the buds… they are perfect. Happy Spring!

    Just a bit earlier today I wrote to Dina from Jerusalem Hills, in reply to her Palm Sunday post, that in Russia Palm Sunday is called Willow Sunday, and usually instead of palms branches (not many of those in Russia :) people use willow branches with newly opened buds… this always was a beginning of spring for me.

    April 2, 2012 at 22:14

  27. imac

    With your stances – sounds proper professional – Love all your shots.

    April 2, 2012 at 22:37

  28. You may have looked like a fool but your photos are no joke! : )

    April 2, 2012 at 22:57

  29. You make the snow drops and the background so beautiful. I moved house, dug some of my snow drops and left the bulbs in a pot. I hope they had not died. I just love them.

    April 2, 2012 at 22:57

  30. sandy

    Hey, Fiona, you aren’t the only one doing it. We work hard for our photos!

    April 2, 2012 at 23:06

  31. ;)) You sure made me smile.. hehe.. Synes jeg ser deg snikende git og dit med kamera.. ;) ja, vi bloggere er noe for oss selv, godt vi har hverandre. ikke sant?! ;)
    Vakre bilder!

    Happy Easter to you! :)

    April 2, 2012 at 23:06

  32. Hei laydfi,
    Kan du ikke bare ta og slette min kommnetar over her!!? Jeg skrev nemlig feil link! Jeg aner ikke hvor jeg “la hodet mitt”.. det var ihvertfall ikke med meg nå.. Jeg setter stor pris på om du kan fjerne den..

    Her skriver jeg den samme kommentar (med riktig link):

    ; ) You sure made me smile.. hehe.. Synes jeg ser deg snikende git og dit med kamera.. ja, vi bloggere er noe for oss selv, godt vi har hverandre. ikke sant?! ;)
    Vakre bilder!

    Happy Easter to you! :)

    April 2, 2012 at 23:06

    April 2, 2012 at 23:14

    • Thank you so much for your comments. They both appeared in the right place, so no problem.

      April 3, 2012 at 05:36

  33. Funny AND talented, Lady Fi! (Not ever forgetting the gorgeous, Oscar, too!) :-)

    April 2, 2012 at 23:46

  34. Lady Fi,
    Without your blog & Oscar, my life would be a bit less joyful. Xxxx

    April 2, 2012 at 23:52

  35. Delightful images Fi. I especially like the hole in the fence view of snowdrops. Bravo for overcoming the concern about what others may think of your posturing ! Have a great week.

    April 3, 2012 at 00:02

  36. jbcuvelier

    They just don’t understand us photographers! These are great Fiona and I love the one through the fence hole!

    April 3, 2012 at 00:05

  37. No matter what contorted position ya had to twist yourself into, the pictures are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I’m a little (lot, hugely) jealous here! Heeehehehe!

    God bless ya sweetie and have yourself an excellent week!!!! :o)

    April 3, 2012 at 00:24

  38. Beautiful photos with raindrops exquisite, I love the first one, delicious. Greetings.

    April 3, 2012 at 00:28

  39. Well done! I had the oddest experience today when I was photographing something quite ordinary – beautiful FLOWERS (are mine crocuses too? croc…i?) – and a little boy who passed by with his mom said “Why is she taking pictures of stuff?”

    Okay, now that I think about it – not such a bad question, but I find that when I take close-up photos of rusty lamp posts and such, people just pretend they’re not looking at me.

    April 3, 2012 at 00:28

  40. Beautiful! Snow drops seem to be wrapped in a cocoon of shining silk.

    April 3, 2012 at 00:53

  41. What lovely moments you have captured. If I were to see a drop of moisture here in the desert, I would drop everything to memorialize the moment.

    April 3, 2012 at 01:34

  42. The snowdrop one is my favorite – the fence hole makes a great frame. My problem is that when I get down, I have a harder and harder time getting back up!

    April 3, 2012 at 01:58

  43. Al

    Lovely shots – the crocus is my favorite. We may get a foot of snow in the next 24 hours, we sometimes see snow even in June.

    April 3, 2012 at 02:41

  44. lol! so true!! excellent collection!!

    April 3, 2012 at 03:28

  45. Your pics are fantastic!

    April 3, 2012 at 03:30

  46. We enjoyed a warm 8 days and then have had to tough it out when the cold returned as well. Thanks for finding the beauty no matter what the temps LadyFi.

    April 3, 2012 at 04:02

  47. ds

    Well, I’m so glad you were willing to sacrifice a little dignity of posture for these stunners. They are beautiful. Thank you.

    April 3, 2012 at 04:05

  48. Ah yes the things we do for the right picture. They may think we are odd for a moment or two, but we have our picture for as long as we want it.

    April 3, 2012 at 04:14

  49. onceupona

    The crocus is beautiful although the snowdrops are also lovely! -Danette

    April 3, 2012 at 05:32

  50. Wonderful shots. Love the variety.

    April 3, 2012 at 05:37

  51. You really captured the gold shimmering in the ice droplets and the crocus and snowdrops are a veritable dream.
    If we did not do our genuflecting in public, what would people have to wonder about? I often have someone come up to me with a vacant expression wondering what on earth I see that is worth photographing. We photographers are worth our weight in gold for sheer entertainment value!

    April 3, 2012 at 06:00

  52. Lovely, lovely post!!

    April 3, 2012 at 07:39

  53. the things we do to capture something beautiful that caught our eye.:p
    these are exquisite shots, thank you.

    April 3, 2012 at 07:41

  54. Oh what beautiful pictures…last night we hade some snow again ……

    April 3, 2012 at 08:00

  55. Vilka underbara vårbilder, kombinared med härligt uppfriskande text. Vad gör man inte för att fånga en bra bild och det bevisar dina vackra och konstnärliga fotografier.
    Önskar dig en skön helg i vårens tecken!

    April 3, 2012 at 08:02

  56. Elephant's Child

    All beautiful, but the snow drops won my heart.
    The weather is weird here too. While doing some looong over due weeding this afternoon I noticed a jonquil in flower. Three or four months too early.

    April 3, 2012 at 08:28

  57. Your pictures are gorgeous ! I don’t worry if people take me for a crazy old woman it rather makes me laugh when they look at me with an unviewable finger at the forehead !
    Gattina

    http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

    April 3, 2012 at 08:46

  58. I’m sure we all do crazy things for photographs at one point in our lives! I almost fell off of a tree last week trying to capture the new blooms. hehe. The drops in your photos are gorgeous! Looks like spring is just around the corner :D

    April 3, 2012 at 09:29

  59. Lustrous droplets!

    April 3, 2012 at 10:17

  60. Lovely images, Lady Fi! I wouldn’t worry about what people think. Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

    April 3, 2012 at 11:05

  61. Such unusual and beautiful captures! It was certainly worth all the acrobatics you did to capture them! I wish I could exchange some of our relentless sun to your cold!

    April 3, 2012 at 11:42

  62. The drops and caught by the light… so beautiful, Lady Fi!
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-)

    April 3, 2012 at 11:57

  63. Lovely photos, and if it involved some contortions – well, we think it was worth it!

    April 3, 2012 at 12:03

  64. jcosmonewbery

    25degC here and loving it!

    April 3, 2012 at 12:46

  65. I’m glad you put yourself in such undignified positions to get these marvelous photographs for us.

    April 3, 2012 at 14:00

  66. Happy Tuesday!

    April 3, 2012 at 14:02

  67. JM

    Very funny! :-) And the shots are beautiful.

    April 3, 2012 at 14:28

  68. Good Morning, Brrrrr—looks cold there. Love that last shot of your ‘diamond’… WOW!! And I love the drops on the crocus…. Great set of pictures…. No ice and snow here. It was almost 80 (F) here yesterday… Yipes.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    April 3, 2012 at 15:17

  69. beautiful droplet photos, very nice sharp an beautiful details..

    April 3, 2012 at 16:39

  70. I love these captures, and love the light bouncing of the droplets.

    April 3, 2012 at 21:54

  71. Did you just describe me? I did the same thing by peering through a fence to snap pictures of crocuses..We don’t have snowdrops around here, so your photo made my day..

    April 3, 2012 at 23:35

  72. Your descriptions of what you did to capture your great photos reminded me of my contortions to get that ever elusive “perfect shot”…

    April 3, 2012 at 23:38

  73. Fabulous shots. The last one through the hole is awesome. Love the way you are able to capture so beautifully the water droplets. I cannot do it to save my soul. Wonderful post. genie

    April 4, 2012 at 02:39

  74. Very beautiful winterdrops! Waterdrops also stunning beautiful.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:22

  75. More great photos again Fi. I specially liked the one of the snowdrops through the hole. Well done! – Dave

    April 4, 2012 at 11:46

  76. I’m so sorry winter has returned but your photos are wonderful.

    April 4, 2012 at 13:56

  77. Jeevan

    That’s seems little adventure and creative white shooting these! lol Lovely images :)

    http://jeevansworld.blogspot.in

    April 4, 2012 at 14:24

  78. What a precious bud. It tells us happy days.

    April 4, 2012 at 15:23

  79. such lovely spring images
    each one
    ~

    April 4, 2012 at 20:02

  80. yes the things we do to get shots for our beloved blogs! But your shots are all wonderful and it takes your readers to wonderful places with you. and I feel so inspired by your ideas and your photos…..my heart gets a little bit broken when I see your golden in the header, lost our golden.

    April 5, 2012 at 00:31

  81. Such beautiful shots! I can say all the squatting and amused stares from the passers-by were well worth the efforts :)

    April 5, 2012 at 03:31

  82. Haha, Amen to that! Ah, but who care how crazy you might appear, when you can capure such an awesome shot? We have the same weird phenomena over here, too – last week I was sunning it up in the garden, this week it is covered in snow (shrug). Strange times, indeed.

    I couldn’t help but glimpse that precious shot of your Goldie in the snow – I had to do a double take, I thought at first I was looking at my Jake..

    April 5, 2012 at 18:57

  83. lol! I think of that as a Photographer’s Workout. Lots of squats and stretches involved. Looks like you had a very good workout. :)

    April 5, 2012 at 19:46

  84. Jackie

    That one drop has a world of sunshine in it. How beautiful.

    April 6, 2012 at 02:09

  85. Oh I like the one through the fence! Well done! :)

    April 6, 2012 at 03:11

  86. Somewhere there is a Blog out there of “Photos I take of that crazy lady in her nightie….you know, the one with the camera”! :-)

    April 6, 2012 at 08:45

  87. That crocus shot is just amazing. And my only crocus of this spring. Thank you!

    April 7, 2012 at 12:36

  88. Lovely captures! My favourite is the crocus!

    ***
    Hugs****

    April 8, 2012 at 12:04

  89. Superb images all, but I adore the snowdrops through the hole in the fence, inspired!

    April 9, 2012 at 04:50

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