Photo Challenge Tuesday – Flower

Cherry Blossom

Just a quick post to share this lovely challenge that I came across whilst browsing blogs both new and old. Isn’t it great to discover some thing new? I have followed Nanacathy for some time and have joined her in a previous photo challenge called Friday Fences, it was so obscure I just couldn’t resist, but that was way back in 2013.

My recent browsing led me to Wild Daffodil where the new photo challenge is housed, well actually it is only new to me, and now you of course, as it ran all of last year too. Basically you are provided with a theme and on the first tuesday of every month you post your contribution then leave a link to your post in the comments on Wild Daffodil’s blog post.

The blossom image above is not a new image but one that I have shared on a previous post here it’s right at the end of the post, not totally realted to the woolly content apart from being pink. It was just that it is my favouite tree in our garden, it only blossoms for about 3 weeks in a year and creates a whole lot of sweeping up once the blossoms fall but it is incredably beautiful for those 3 short weeks.

Grass seedheadsagainst cloudy sky

The photo above is more weeds than flowers and mostly dead at that, but rather beatiful in my eyes nevertheless. Anyway a friend once said to me that a weed is merely an uncultivated flower so on that note it does qualify, I will leave you to make up your own mind.

Crochet Sunflower in the Garden

My last entry is a woolly one, I couldn’t resist as creating with yarn is what I love to do most, a very simple Sunflower.

So don’t think about just join the photo party visit Wild Daffodil  now!

Joining in with Friday Fences

Thanks to the quirky humour of Nanacathy I have discovered Friday’s Fences, this is a site that invites you to post a photo of a fence or a view through a fence. So here goes……..

Dog Bark Bend in the ValleyNear where I work is a lovely valley so I often drive down to park in one of the little pull in car parks and eat my lunch. Dog Bark Bend is one of my favourite spots so I thought it would be a good one to share with Friday’s Fences.

This feels like a good time to disclose a fascination I have that is maybe a bit weird………… Trees that look like something.

I am not crazy honestly, it all stated about 15 years ago when I spotted a dead tree at the side of the main road out of town that resembled an elephant stood on his hind legs with his trunk extended to the sky. I mentioned it to a few people and quickly found that I was not the only person to have made this observation. I often thought about taking a photo but was always hurrying somewhere, or forgot to take my camera. Then one year there were some terrible thunder storms and said elephant tree was struck by lightning, he sadly lost his trunk and promptly ceased to resemble anything other than a dead tree!

But since then I have noticed other forms in trees and in my lovely valley is a great wooden snake rising out from the edge of a field reaching for the skies.

Tree Snake SilhouetteOn a more sane note I also snapped some dying seed heads bobbing in the breeze against a blue sky laden with feathery clouds.

Grass seedheadsagainst cloudy skyMore hooking news to follow this holiday weekend, hope you all enjoy this extended weekend break.

My Macro Lens Has Arrived

I am so excited, my hubby promised me a macro lens for my camera and we ordered it on  Friday and it arrived today! All the way from Hong Kong in just 2 days, I think that is quite impressive. So what have I been doing this evening? Yes of course I have been testing my new equipment.

Look at the detail in this wood carving, I could never have done this with my regular lens.

Wood Carving 2I want to say thank you to two people who have helped me with selecting my new lens, Liv Cawston a photographer and colleague and Petra for her post on camera lens.

I still have much to learn but I am hopeful that this new lens will help improve the images I produce. You can get really detailed views, the face on this carving below is actually less than 25mm.

Wood CarvingI am going to have so much fun!!!