Posts tagged “Our World

Living in a Japanese painting

Autumn has been and gone over here —

But I’m reliving some of the leafy beauty still.

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One morning, I passed the local kindergarden

And noticed the maple leaves glowing

In the pink sunrise. They were stunning.

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Hiking out into the countryside

A lovely pastoral scene unfolded,

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Making me feel as if I were living

Inside a Japanese silk painting.

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For more leafy beauty, please visit: Our World.



Summer rain

It’s been one of the wettest summers on record

Here in Sweden.


The flowers aren’t complaining.

Wild rose

In fact, they seem to unfurl

To drink in the rain

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While unopened buds

Are happy just to be.

My parents need some help this week, so I’m away in England again. I might not be able to visit you or reply to your comments. But please know they are much appreciated.

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For more rainy or sunny shots, please visit: Our World.

Spring bubbles

Before summer got into full swing over here,

Simson and I went out one early, dewy morning

To enjoy the happy suns of daffodils;


Dewy bubbles

On purple baubles

Dewy bubbles

And the vibrant splash

Of sunny silken petal.

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It was hard work for Simson to lie still

And watch me —

Just look at the concentration on his face!


For more happy baubles, please visit: Our World.

Surf’s up!

Just back from a fabulous week

In Baleal Surf Camp, Portugal

Where the water was cold,


The kids stood up on their surfboards

The very first day,


The skies over the sand dunes

Were so wide and embracing

Dunes and sky

And the scenery wild

When the rain came rushing in.

Rainy beach

For more cool shots, please visit: Our World.

Summer siesta

School’s out and the long, long summer holidays have started.


The kids and I are kicking off the first week of summer

By going to a surf camp in Peniche, Portugal,

And learning something new: surfing.


I’ve got Our World ready to go up next week

(Hope there are no problems!)

I won’t be around for about ten days or so

So won’t be commenting on your blogs.

Catch you later!


For more sunshine, please visit: Skywatch and Our World.

Stained glass petals

Spring is all about

The glowing sun of flowers,


Where crocus petals

Drink in the rays

Crocus in light

To reveal silhouettes

Of their secrets.


I love the way the petals and shadows

Create mosaics like stained glass windows, don’t you?

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For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

Honeyed light

The evening sun

Shone like honey in the cherry blossom tree,


Creating dancing light

Behind paper-thin pink petals.

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Buds burst open

To drink in that spring treacle


And danced

On the edge of light.


Even this shot where I didn’t focus properly

Has a lovely abstract quality about it:

The essence of spring light.


(Photos straight out of the camera.)

For more honeyed views, please visit: Our World.

Greeting the light

One of the things I love most about photography

Is trying to capture the light.


It’s much easier to do

When you visit a magnificent cathedral

Like Notre Dame in Paris.


You don’t have to be religious

To have your breath taken away by the interior

And the simple yet beautiful ceiling.

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I love the way the stained glass windows

Create rainbows of light on an old wall in the cathedral.

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The play of shadow makes the sculptures

Look like real people.


Back outside again, I’m surprised by a shadow

Of what appears to be an alien.

I have to look twice to see

That it’s the shadow of an eagle!

Roof shadows

For more light-filled shots, please visit: Our World.

Pink heaven

I had planned to take my big camera into Stockholm to photograph the sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms,

But the hail and rain meant that the camera stayed dry at home. (All these photos were taken with my iPhone.)

I decided to revel in the pink beauty of the blossoms anyway,

And I’m glad I did.

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The blossoms on the north side

Remained curled up in bud


While the flowers were blossoming on the south side,

Looking so fragile and pretty against the rain.


My spirits soared at the sight

Of a dreamy pink canopy weaved

Of dreams and petals.


“In the cherry blossom’s shade,

There is no such thing as a stranger.” — Issa


For more beauty – pink or otherwise – please visit: Our World.


The elegance of winter

A couple of weeks ago, we had a lovely snowfall

And I got to enjoy berries wearing a Santa hat.


The dried seed pods

Glowed like lace in the sunlight

Golden thistles

And delicate diamonds

Glittered on slender stems.

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Even the snowballs on the frozen lake

Looked like pearls.

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But my favourite sight – as always –

Are snowflakes of joy.

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For more elegance, please visit: Our World.


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