More of the Same, but Different

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Bald Glory

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across such an interesting tree before!

As it appears to be native to swampy areas of N.America, I wonder how it came to be here in Sussex at the Ifield Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens?  I wonder if, like the Tilgate Lake and Park, the place was originally part of a private estate? That would account for the trees being introduced here as a specimen no doubt…. I will have to do a spot of historical research I think.  It’s brilliant that I can look stuff up on the internet!!

I took pics of other things that caught my eye at the Pond too so I will make that my follow on post.  au revoir,  Eileen


Bald Cypress [Taxodium distichum]

I’ve often wondered about this tree that I’ve passed every time I’ve walked around the local lake. I obviously haven’t caught it at its most spectacular up until now!  When I got back home I took the time to search on line for its name but of course, it wasn’t showing up in any British tree lists, so I widened my search and it turned out to be a conifer.

What threw me was that I didn’t class it as a conifer because I’d mistakenly thought all conifers were evergreen and this tree clearly wasn’t. Anyway – the clue was in my pics because I saw what sort of  looked like clusters of tiny cones and then some larger spherical green ones hidden among the bright colourful foliage that I hadn’t noticed when I was taking the pics.

It’s a very large tree and I wonder how old it is …. maybe I will see if anyone knows on my local FB group.

Bald Cypress

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Oops – maybe next time I’ll take a pic of the complete tree!!

bye for now,   Eileen


Tulips and Other Flowers

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I like the drama of a black background, it seems to make the colours more vibrant …. the light is just from a small window.

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variation on the theme ….

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An Orchid Bunch

That’s all for now folks, thank you for your visits and ‘likes’ – they are much appreciated. See you again soon I hope,  Eileen


Catching Up

I must admit I was quite shocked to see how many months have gone by since I last posted here – so now I must catch up and will start with some Hawthorn blossom.

I went over to the Pond last week , but it was very cold and very lean pickings for any water birds etc. The saving grace were lots of blossoms on the many Hawthorn trees around. They were actually all white but I fancied doing something different with them and discovered a set of ‘Retro’ effects in my PSP that I haven’t used before. I was pleased with the lovely pink colours and that it harmonised the background colours too….

I bought myself some tulips – I love their sculptural qualities and strong colours. The black background suited them very well I thought.

Other tools I haven’t really used are the Dodge and the Smudge Brushes. I really enjoyed using them to get these blending , softening effects.

I will endeavour to post again soon.   blessings,  Eileen


The Ifield Mill

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The Ifield Mill

Here are some more pics from my visit to the Mill. I’ve converted this one to a black and white image – it seems to suit this old Mill which dates back to the 1840’s. However – the first mention of a mill in Ifield was in 1274.  I can’t quite make out from the Brochure exactly when the present [restored] Mill was built, but there are recorded mentioned owners throughout the 1600’s and 1700’s.  Volunteers have done a wonderful job of restoring it from 1973 onwards , with the waterwheel being restored in 2008.

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The next few pics are from the hedgerows along the path leading to the Mill.

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Wild Rosehips

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Wild Rose

Time to say au revoir and see you soon dv,     Eileen


Macroland

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I’m loving using my new camera and lens and the hours fly by as I get lost in my happy Macroland. Been experimenting a bit with back-lighting etc.  – all indoors of course!

These are pics of a shrub rose called Rhapsody in Blue that’s growing in my patio garden. Friends bought it for me a couple of years ago – it always makes a lovely show.

 

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This is a Lisianthus from a bunch of flowers I bought … gave it the ‘soft’ treatment.

 

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Till next time ….    Eileen

 


Macro Spree – part two

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Yellow Chrysanthemum

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with water drops

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more water drops

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Lemon Drops

More to come ….. well – I said it was a spree!  Eileen


Tulip Portrait

Pink Tulip

I love the sculptural quality of tulips because they make such clean, simple images … you can’t go wrong really, can you? I find this type of flower lends itself well to using a black background. Removing a petal allowed the stamen etc to be photographed from the front instead of from above.

Inner World

One of the challenges of photography is to present something that is a common and favourite subject for photographers in a fresh way – otherwise it can be a case of ‘if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all’.  As with all ‘Art’ – in the end it’s all about Ideas.

From Above

Petal

Water Drops

Could have been a little bit sharper, but I quite liked the softer look – a bit more dreamy perhaps ….

Tulip Trio

That’s all for now folks, see you again soon I hope.  Your ‘likes’ and comments are always very appreciated,    Eileen


Swans

Swan at Ifield Pond

These images are all of the same swan. His mate was on the far side of the lake sitting on their nest and he had conveniently come alongside the walkway. I always feel slightly guilty that I never take any bread with me because he obviously thinks he’s going to get some …. but I can’t juggle bread as well as the camera. Usually there are other people feeding them, but not today.

I made a huge mistake in not watching out for my shadow falling across him so when I got home I had to delete a lot of the pics. Not only was it my shadow, but the metal mesh at either side of the walkway cast  shadows too. Some of them I was able to rescue with a little bit of ‘cloning’. Anyway  – I still had plenty that I was pleased with and again – I enjoyed making them look a bit different with my PSP and ON1 plugin.

Swan 2

Swan 3

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Swan 4

 


More From the Pond

Skimmimg the Lake

I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these.  Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation!  How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!

The lake

Evening Light

Nature Walk

Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow.  Take care,  Eileen