Stitch

These pics were my interpretation of a Flickr macro theme called ‘Stitch’.  They are of a lovely Christmas table runner that I bought a few years back…..

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On the last one I added a ‘glow’ effect called deep forest which I thought rather suited this embroidered leaf. I used to love doing embroidery myself in my younger days, but sadly arthritis caused me to give it up …. but I can do photography instead !

As always – thanks for dropping by,    Eileen


Green and Red

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Leafy Layers

It’s marvelous how God has designed and inbuilt every species of life with stored information in the genes/DNA to pass on its characteristics to future generations. This has enabled breeders of the Heuchera plant to produce a wonderful variety of leaves and I have several in my garden. They have also crossed Heucheras with Tiarellas and produced the ‘Heucherella’ which is a very pretty smaller plant. Now, in our technological age, it seems anything is possible and a great benefit – as long as it’s kept within the boundaries that God has graciously set for us.

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Simply Red

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Smoothie

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Petalscape

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Redscape

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Green and Red

See ya’ll again soon I hope DV   Eileen

 


Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe

I had to resist eating the cherries I’d bought while I had fun photographing them. I can’t claim originality for the idea of using forks in a still life image, but I tried to do my own thing with them ….

Kissing Cherries

Kissing Cherries

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

Two Atop

Two Atop

And Two More

And Two More

Hope you liked them … I hope to show some Roses next time,   Eileen


New Arrivals

 

 

 
Meadow Brown

For weeks I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I haven’t had any butterflies in my garden  – well today there have been several fluttering about and even resting long enough for me to take some pics.  I think this particular lot are called Gatekeeper [Pyronia tithonus] because they have twin black eyespots with white pupils on their forewing. Anyway – I only know that because I did a google search!  I’m delighted – especially as I’m getting more used to using the zoom on my camera instead of the macro setting [which I still haven’t figured out!].
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I amused myself no end cropping and trying to be generally more ‘artistic’ without it looking too artificial  … BUT – I do try to get the best pics I can ‘in camera’ as is always recommended.  I tend to take loads of shots and discard the majority as many of them are almost the same –  it’s just a matter of choosing the best of the bunch. It’s been a bit on the windy side today, so as well as the butterflies and bees being on the move all the time – so are the plants they land upon unfortunately.

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I’ve deliberately kept some images high key to reflect the beautiful sunny weather  – although I appreciate some butterflies suit a bit of drama more.

With Sedum

Even though this Sedum isn’t in flower yet, the butterflies are obviously attracted to it. I’m fortunate in having several Sedums which I love – especially this dark red variety called Purple Emperor.

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Butterfly & sedum

I’m looking forward to posting some photos I took  through the window during a downpour yesterday.  I was going to post them today but the butterflies took priority!

see you soon,    Eileen

 

 


Patio Garden

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This is a corner of my little patio garden.  As you can see  – there are still gaps to fill as I only started planting it up last year and wanted to see how much room the plants would need.  I’ve tended to go for ‘clump forming’ plants because I don’t want the hassle of invasive ones.  I know from past experience what a nuisance they can be – even if the flowers are beautiful [you can have too much of a good thing!]

The poppies, I think, will easily  divide, so I’ll be able to give some to friends. For the most part the chosen plants have all behaved themselves, but I bought an achillea that has spread far too rapidly – the flowers are a deep pink and appear to be more invasive that the lovely pale yellow variety I had in my old garden. So – I will get them dug out and passed on to my daughter who likes the feathery leaves.

I’m not able to do the digging and planting [because of arthritis/hiatus hernia etc] so I have to rely on a gardener to do it for me. Unfortunately he is very busy and tends to fit me in when he can …. I also rely on my son to take me out to Garden centres etc. when I need more plants.

At the moment it seems to be all reds and pinks showing , so I’m on the lookout for some pale yellows/blues. Irises [which I love] would probably fit the bill but the one I bought last year must have made a nice meal for the slugs as it hasn’t re-appeared.  Either that or it didn’t like the sun [no shade here whatsoever] or the soil isn’t right.  P’raps someone  could enlighten me?

My all-time favourite rose is now blooming – it is called Cream Abundance, so I just had to take pics of it again….

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Please feel free to leave a comment so that I know you’re there!    many blessings,    Eileen


Trooping the Colour

 

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I watched the Trooping of the Colour [celebrating the Queen’s birthday] on TV last saturday and decided to have a go at taking photos ….[ I’m hoping I haven’t breached any copyright laws].  I was quite pleased with the results in spite of having to deal [post-production] with the inevitable reflections on the tv screen.  I could be clearly seen holding the camera in some of them so had to discard them.

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Another problem I had was unwanted lines and ‘moire’ patterns so I removed them as best I could.  As a result sometimes the images weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. Anyway – I tried to compensate what were technical problems by concentrating more on composition and cropping.

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I love all the colour and pomp and circumstance too.  My dear old Dad was in the TA Royal Artillary in the 1920 s  and was with  horses and gun carriages like these. I specially like their uniforms – so dashing ….

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Close Ups

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I quite liked the soft effect of my original image but decided to apply a ‘soft focus’ with my Paint Shop software to this next one.

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This is the other extreme  – I hope that both display the beauty of God’s design ….

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