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Macro Flowers Photography

I was out with my little dog today, and came across some lovely flowers – tulips I think. They had ragged edges, which looks quite lovely. The Frayed Tulip its called.

The painted flower

This one looks painted doesn’t it?

Pink Tulip Edge Macro

This is pretty as well.

Yellow edged tulip

Of course they have been modified to look like this, which my heart doesn’t agree with really (hypocritical, i know, since I’m posting them here saying “oooh pretty”) but I’m more of a wild meadow flower lover.

 

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Hrrrm, Spring has sprung?

Daffodil Abbey

So I was out walking the dog this morning, and felt that, despite the gloomy skies, Spring was stepping her little dainty toes in and around the local area. I haven’t seen much in the way of snowdrops or crocuses this year, but daffodils, oh they are in abundance! One thing I will say about round here, nobody picks the flowers. People tend to leave them alone, which is quite nice to see. I took this shot at the local Abbey and fiddled around with filters to highlight the daffs. The building is beautiful on a nice sunny day, but being gloomy as it was this morning, well….not looking its best.

Wherever you are, I do hope you are having a lovely weekend! 🙂

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Not on the same page….

So, today I was painting and made some decals. I was especially proud of this one

plant-shoots

which I called “Plant Shoots” due to it reminding me of some weird bamboo plant with pod like things emerging. Or it could be eyes…..

eyes

I actually made a rough GIF with these two together, as if the eyes were blinking. Looked pretty cool, until I showed my husband…..

“Oh, are you doing a project on women’s health? Look, ovaries…..”

Pffft!!!

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Macro Mother Nature

Hello, back again with some photographs. Playing with the macro setting again, and examining the details in some flowers I came across at a local park garden.

“What are you doing?” asked a young mother with a small child who had been niggling for ice cream but had been dragged over to “see the pretty flowers” instead

“I’m taking photos of flowers” I said, waving the camera to clarify the fact.

“Yes, but why are you so close to them?” she asked, trying to grab her child before he flew towards the now disappearing ice cream van.

“well, so I can get good detail shots of the petals” I said.

“But why?” a seriously puzzled look had appeared on her face now. “Its better to get a picture of them all isn’t it? Not just one petal?”

“Yes, but I like close up photographs”

“You must need glasses then” she said as she wandered off with her grumbly child.

Hrmph. Here we are, some close ups.

foxglove macro

 

curved flower

roadmapleaf

yellowflowerredberry

rose macrowhite macro flower

waterdrops leaf

symmetrical fern

 

 

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Black and White

So today I went for a 2 hour walk in the pouring rain. It wasn’t raining when I left the house, but there you have it. Its Scotland. We rain. Its exhilarating….

I tried the monochrome setting on my camera today….I’m not sure if I like it that much to be honest. Maybe it was the lighting, or the subject matter, but they came out kind of “meh”. I’m working my way up to street photography, but I’m not brave enough yet for people shots. Its taking me all my time to do this. (People get very suspicious when you bring out a camera)

flower

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macro raindrops

moorhen

swan nest

witches cauldron

(This last one is a witches cauldron on a stone wall. There are many witches here y’know, oh yes) Anyway, I tried to ignore the colour and concentrate on texture, but it was pouring with rain, and fiddly so I’m going to try again this week. When its dry…..and sunny? Hmm.

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Colour me Friday

Hello! We took the dog out for a walk this evening, despite the rain. She (the dog) was quite willing, which is unusual for her – normally she is a bit of a diva and sits squarely down on her bottom and refuses to move when its wet. But this time she was bouncy and full of beans!

Anyway, as she chased the ball around, I noticed the flowers in the rain and how the droplets formed on the petals. (I was one of those kids who watched raindrops falling down the window pane, all running into each other) I’m not well versed in flowers but these were pretty

flower1

flower2

flower3

flower4

flower5

flower6

All these were done (quickly) on my camera phone, so quality isn’t great, but pretty colours all the same.

P.S. I’m working on a shop. An online one. And its not run by the one that sounds like “cheatsy”, oh no….this one is special. More to come. 😀

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More watercolour practice

Hello – its Friday! I hope you are making the most of your day – 1440 minutes I just found out. ooh!

Anyway, I thought I would paint the subject for Illustration Friday today – which is “Tool”. very appropriate, I thought since I’m painting – so I did a brush!

paintbrush

Then it all went to pot as I attempted some whimsical flowers

flower practice

Didn’t work so well – but hey I’m using tiny brushes and its haaaard! I just want to splodge and splatter, not be delicate. But its practice.

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Woodland Walk

Hubby and I jumped on a random train today (with the dog), and ended up in the woods. I love Scottish woodland, because its wild and interesting – not just uniform trees. I saw this

scary tree root

which fascinated me – what happened to the tree? And whose idea was it to build stairs? Is it some sort of tree sacrifice? It looks so very strange and scary…….

Anyway, further on I found this

fossil leaf

This is tree bark, from a fallen tree. But the thing is, with the tree being fallen it got damp, so the bark was coming off in separate sheets. A few layers in, was this thing – which I like to believe is a fossilised leaf from when the tree was growing. The leaf fell onto the bark of a young tree, one Autumn day, and got stuck, and then bark grew over it in the coming years, causing the leaf to become mummified. Its very cool – I brought it home. 🙂

Then we have the Braided tree

braided tree

Now looking at it again, it looks kind of powerful…..muscles? Maybe its tree abs? Maybe it took so much strength to fight for light, that its just over developed compared to the other trees. Clearly some children thought it was a magic tree, because they put a little fairy door at the bottom. Quite what fairies are going to do with a plastic door, I have no idea, but its nice that kids see the potential 🙂

And finally

delicate flowers

No walk is complete without some flowers. These were very delicate papery flowers which I thought were very pretty.

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More Ink & Water Photography

Sorry guys, but I can tell this is going to become an obsession for me this weekend! I just adore the organic shapes and colours that transpire from dropping a few splodges of ink in some water. Its truly meditative watching it swirl and spread. It reminds me of those oil lamps they had way back, y’know, with the blobs all merging and separating from each other.

Anyway…this is a couple I did with Orange and Pink ink.

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I love the subtle changes in the delicate structure of these. Almost like fairytale flowers blooming. Beautiful (in my opinion…!)