Sunday, 26 July 2015

Bumble Bee an Image of Summer


It's great to hear bees and bumble bees buzzing around the shrubs in the garden.  This morning my variegated privet was covered in bumble bees gathering up the pollen from the tube-like white flowers.  All this insect activity is part of the joy of being outdoors in the summer.

Over at Truly Madly Kids, Image of the Week has gone on its summer holidays to be replaced by Image of the Summer, so you will be seeing a few images over the coming weeks representing what summer means to me.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Thistles - Image of the Week #IOTW

This is my Image of the Week #IOTW the one I like best.  Thistles are terrible invasive weeds but the bees and butterflies love them and I always try to capture a few in flower before cutting them down in the hope that a few fewer seeds will mean they don't take over our hedgerows and fields and leave room for some of the other lovely wild flowers and plants.

The theme for #IOTW  at Truly Madly Kids this week was 'Flash' I tried to take some different flash shots, but wasn't really happy any, here are a few of them.  Obviously needing to do more work on this.

Bird nest in hedge, hay rake, lavender, blacksmiths drill

Monday, 6 July 2015

Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly


Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly, Lavender Green, when I am King Dilly Dilly, you shall be Queen.
This is my Image of the Week #22 #IOTW for Truly Madly Kids with the theme of Bokeh - the effect where the image is sharp and the background is blurred often with points of light.

I only have one pot of lavender, but it was looking particularly fine in the sunshine at the weekend when I captured this shot with the sun shining on the leaves of the beech hedge in the background.


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Father's Day - Image of the Week #20

It's Father's Day tomorrow and Image of the Week #IOTW  at Truly, Madly Kids,  is keeping to this theme.  My Dad is no longer around and even when he was, we didn't make a big fuss of Father's Day.  A card to mark the occasion was all that was required.  My dad loved his holidays and even in the 1960s when we had very little money we always went away camping every summer.  By the way, that's me with the cool shades and the blow up beach ball in the background.


I searched around to see if I could find an image of my husband, Brian, and our two sons, this was about the best I could do.  It was taken in Dublin when we visited there, taking my mother along,  the summer after my Dad died.  In their teens, music was a real connecting point between Brian and the boys so this is quite an appropriate photograph.


Friday, 5 June 2015

Great Tit Nesting Box - Image of the Week #18

Telling a Story - is the prompt for the Image of the Week at Truly Madly Kids, here is what Penny says: "Sometimes a photograph has many things about it that make it precious. It could be the setting, it could be something in the frame, it could be the reaction on a face to something, or even something lurking in the background of a shot. These are the images that tell a story."


My story is all about a little family of Great Tits who chose to nest in the hollow framework of our tractor bale spike, as you can see it makes the perfect nest box!  We enjoyed watching the parent birds flying backwards and forwards carrying insects to feed their young.  The birds have now fledged so must have been quite large when I took these photographs.

There were better photographs than the one I have chosen for the Image of the Week, but this is the one I felt was most likely to 'tell the story'.  Here are few of the others below:




Sunday, 24 May 2015

Landscape: Image of the week #17


When I saw the theme was Landscape for this week's Image of the Week at Truly Madly Kids, I knew right away which image I would use.  I was really pleased with how this turned out.

You can see the digital layout I made with the image in this post Ploughed and Harrowed in the Spring


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Bluebell Woods


Photograph altered with Artistic Filter, Palette Knife
Coppercurls Designs: Paper Blenders and Botanica elements