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Symphony in white

Pools of white lace

Unfurling in the summer sun –

Peony

Peonies look lovely

No matter how you see the world.

Still away in England – but back very soon! 

Peony in b:w

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Birds on a wire

I’m still in England –

And probably enjoying a view like this one over the Sussex countryside.

I just love the lamps, the birds

And the golden tapestry of the field behind.

Birds on wire

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch. And I apologize in advance for not being able to visit you.


Smell the flowers

I’m off to England for a week –

Bouquet copy

Time to smell the flowers,

Smell the flowers copy

Enjoy life

And meet the family.

Pink copy

(So I won’t be able to visit you while I’m away — but I thank you in advance for your visit.)

 I’ve got some scheduled posts in case you want to pop in during the week!

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Sunburst

The sunburst

Of a summer sunset;

Sunset relaxation

Long rays of sunlight

Lay flat on the sky

While clouds dance on golden lake –

Sunset 2

And, finally, liquid honey

Transforms a humble thistle

Into a magnificent creature of light.

Thistle copy

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Puppy love

Indulge me a little

As I talk about love and dogs.

(This is an old photo – but one of my favourites.)

Best buddies copy

Oscar, our dog, came to us

When he was four and a half.

He has taught us so much

About love and companionship.

(My son took this picture of Oscar, 11.5, and me.)

Fuzzy buddy

Ruby, 5, is our foster dog and has been with us since December.

She was mated and grew larger and larger.

Towards the end of her pregnancy, she didn’t go far

But loved the coolness of the late evening light.

Ruby light

We thought she might have three or four pups inside her (like the first litter of pups she had last year),

But she surprised us all by giving birth to eight healthy puppies.

This is a photo the breeder sent me on the same day as the birth.

I’d say love conquers all, wouldn’t you?

Ruby

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Honey glow

I don’t seem to be able to get enough

Of our late evening honey glow!

Golden light

It pours like warm syrup

Over water and jetty.

Bonding

It bathes Oscar

As he enjoys the view;

Oscar

And dances on golden feet

Over the lovely clover.

(I lay down in a patch of nettles to take this photo!)

Clover copy

 

For more honey, please visit: Skywatch.


Garden delights

I love gardening —

I could watch it for hours!

Or even better, photograph it…

Rhodies

There’s nothing better

Than flowers in full bloom,

Poppy copy

Scenting the air

And acting as a landing pad for bees,

Bee

Or petalled beauties

Wearing pink wigs.

Thanks to all my neighbours who have such photogenic gardens!

Ladies in bath

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And Our Heart Macro! 


Holding up the sky

Inside iron, you can find velvet;

Inside the hard, a soft centre –

And in the petal, there resides

The strength to hold up the sky.

Flower copy

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Looking for light

It’s gone ten o’clock at night

And a strange creature with camera

Goes outside looking for the light.

Strange creature

She finds it

In the heart of a flower,

Heart

In the magic

Of sunbathing leaves,

Leaves

In a rainbow

Floating in the clouds

Rainbow

And in the beauty

Of her daughter’s face.

Arc

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Stormy beauty

It’s been hard taking photos as the sun sets around 11 pm

And rises again at about 2.30 in the morning – and even then it’s never really dark.

Sometimes, however, you get lucky –

A cold front comes in, the fleece goes on –

And you go out to enjoy the beauty

Of a summer storm.

Midsummer rain copy

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Midsummer beauty

Midsummer is that most Swedish of Swedish traditions:

A wonderful time spent in red cottages with outdoor loos;

Red house

Where you can take shots of yourself

Next to iconic old red buildings;

Self-portrait

And where you dance around the midsummer pole

Wearing flowers and a silly smile.

Midsummer pole copy

This year was a bit of a wash-out for us –

But the rain did create a canvas of abstract beauty.

Abstract rain

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Golden transformation

When golden insects

Dance in the air,

Golden dust

And the setting sun

Transforms people

And a bucket on the jetty

Into objects of beauty,

Golden glimpses

Then the best thing to do

Is lean back

And try to catch the magic

With your wand (or fishing rod).

Fishing copy

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Swan Lake Abstract

Dazzling golden light

Dances on the lake,

Golden swan lake copy

While the swan

Sails majestically on ripples.

Golden ripples copy

As the sun sets and twilight descends,

Lake and swan

Become a beautiful abstract.

(Summer is a gorgeous time in ‘my’ backyard!)

I’m selling these shots as prints, posters, photos, bags and cushions on my Red Bubble site. * End of shameless self-marketing*

Abstract swan copy

For more golden slices of life, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Ruby rain

Purple drama

On the horizon,

Purple drama

Turning into

Ruby rain.

Rain passing

All we can do is stand

Humbled and awed

Before the power of nature.

Red rain

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The gift

One warm afternoon last year,

I was walking in an unexplored forest

And taking photos of Oscar.

Oscar_sitting

Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer

Gazing peacefully at me.

Deer face on copy

Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.

I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:

That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.

Running deer

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Swan, bedazzled

Serene

On a carpet of burnished gold

Silhouette

Swims a swan

In the dancing light

Of a shimmering sunset.

Dazzling copy

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Taste of Africa

This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa –

Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.

Taste shop

Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here

Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires

In true South African tradition.

Bread

Delicious bread

I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry – for us vegetarians.

The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.

Potjie

Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)

And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)

I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!

Survival

The food was delicious – as was the company -

And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain

And dancing figures.

Dancing figures

It was a great way to meet new friends

And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.

Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…

Hammock copy

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Golden glow

Sometimes

All you need to see

Is the fiery golden glow of a sunset

To realize how magnificent life really is.

Glowing sunset dog copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.


Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

viking_sailing_away_Snapseed

I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

For more heroic tales, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Dawn’s sigh

Early morning

Starts with a glow

Dawn glow

While ribbons of cloud

Sigh

Dawn's sigh

And sink into

Reflected beauty.

Ribbons copy

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May postcard

May is the time of birdsong and golden light.

A visitor dropped by – flew straight into the kitchen

And demanded coffee with a merry song.

Goldfinch

As the sun sets later and later,

Its golden light paints everything

With honeyed tones

Glittering jetty

And is the perfect background

For a friend’s dog shaking herself dry

After an evening dip.

Shake it copy

As for Oscar — he loves contemplating

A May sunset …

But no prizes for guessing

What he did next.

Yes – he went for a swim. After all, who could resist?

Sun dog

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Golden bowl

A magical May sunset

Dazzles,

Golden sunset

Embracing water and duck

In glitter,

Bright sunset

And the golden bowl of the sun

Is caught in a fiery net of trees.

Caught copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.


Cherry on top

Every year, the sakura – or Japanese cherry blossoms -

Spread pretty pops of pink elation in downtown Stockholm.

Blossoms and buds

They hang like

Petalled bunches from the trees;

Bunches

Are gorgeous

Clouds of blossoms in the sky;

Clouds of petals

Float in the air

Like pink tutus;

Pink tutus copy

And remind us

That life, like the cherry blossom,

Is fragile, fleeting and beautiful.

With bokeh

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Purple rain

Last weekend, a fierce bolt of lightning

And a thunder clap announced the arrival of rain.

Sunset storm

The lone jetty stretched out

Towards the infinity of purple rain,

Jetty and rain copy

And we enjoyed the sight of wild clouds

Rolling in over the lake before running home

Wet and exhilarated.

Storm copy

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