Posts tagged “Our World

Stained glass petals

Spring is all about

The glowing sun of flowers,

Crocus-2

Where crocus petals

Drink in the rays

Crocus in light

To reveal silhouettes

Of their secrets.

Crocus

I love the way the petals and shadows

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

Crocus-3 copy

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.


Honeyed light

The evening sun

Shone like honey in the cherry blossom tree,

Blossoms

Creating dancing light

Behind paper-thin pink petals.

Bokeh copy

Buds burst open

To drink in that spring treacle

Opening

And danced

On the edge of light.

Dancing

Even this shot where I didn’t focus properly

Has a lovely abstract quality about it:

The essence of spring light.

Abstract

(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.

Facade_Snapseed

It’s much easier to do

When you visit a magnificent cathedral

Like Notre Dame in Paris.

Interior_rays

You don’t have to be religious

To have your breath taken away by the interior

And the simple yet beautiful ceiling.

Ceiling copy

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.

Window

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.

Blossoms - alley

The blossoms on the north side

Remained curled up in bud

Deserted

While the flowers were blossoming on the south side,

Looking so fragile and pretty against the rain.

Rainy

My spirits soared at the sight

Of a dreamy pink canopy weaved

Of dreams and petals.

Canopy

“In the cherry blossom’s shade,

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

Dewy

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.

Berries

The dried seed pods

Glowed like lace in the sunlight

Golden thistles

And delicate diamonds

Glittered on slender stems.

Sparkles copy

Even the snowballs on the frozen lake

Looked like pearls.

Snowballs copy

But my favourite sight – as always –

Are snowflakes of joy.

Snowflakes of joy copy

For more elegance, please visit: Our World.


Wonderland

It’s been a fairly mild winter again.

But back in December, we enjoyed a week or so of wonderland!

I found some lamps ready to light the way

Lamps

And a little brown cabin

Enjoying the view of the frozen lake.

Little boat house

This magnificent tree

Looked lovely in its winter dress of hoar frost —

Tree

As did Ruby!

Ruby in frost copy

But my favourite sight has to be

This hidden red cottage

Nestled in a bed of frosted branches.

Little red house copy

For more frosted views, please visit: Our World.

 

 


Dancing flowers

As I was browsing through my archives, I came across some photos

Taken one lovely summer’s day at the botanical gardens.

It was a day of flowers and smiles (that’s my daughter in the background);

Purple smiles

When pink leaves dazzled

In the sunlight;

PInk leaves

And bee houses

Perfumed the air.

Bee houses

It was a time of

Dancing flowers,

Dancing flowers copy

And time to stop

And smell the vivid heart of a hibiscus.

Hibiscus heart

For more stories, please visit: Our World.


Frosted breath

It was the end of October

And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.

Frosted jetty

A glowing Ruby

Was ready to play in the golden light.

Ruby on table

The frost turned her breath

Into a white beard.

Frosted breath

Grass crunched underfoot —

And the diamond-studded earth

Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.

After all, happiness is a frosted dog!

Frosted dogs

For more warm stories, please visit: Our World.


Be-dewed

Autumn went by in the blink of an eye,

But before it disappeared, it left some dewy gifts:

Yellow suns,

Yellow suns

A spent sunflower

Adorned with a spider’s web,

Sunflower

A glorious necklace of dewdrops

On soft petals,

Be-dewed

Hot pink

Rainy flowers,

Pink beauty

And a dreamy

Pink tutu.

Pink tutu

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.


What I learnt from Venice

Tired of all my Venice photos? Good – neither am I!

What I learnt from Venice:

When we give people (or nature) the space and love they need

They can go their own way and create something wonderful.

Go your own way copy

Going off the beaten path

Leads to new wonders and perspectives.

Canal

Handle with love —

A philosophy that makes life more beautiful.

Love handle

And, sometimes, in the midst of ruins

Treasures can be found.

Old door copy

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