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A touch of Spring

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

A touch of Spring

I went out into the garden yesterday to take some photos of the Moon as it was a lovely clear sunny day. As I turned round to go back into the house, a flash of colour caught my eye, and there in the middle of the lawn was a crowd of mauve crocuses!

I was so pleased to see them! I don’t remember them from last year, but I think what happened was that the birds had sabotaged them by pecking them to pieces before I had a chance to see them.

Of course, with my camera already in my hand, I had to take some photos of them!

Clear skies

Friday, January 21st, 2011

After a freezing cold snowy icy December, January has been a little bit warmer with a few sunny days that were a bit like Spring! It’s gone back to being cold and icy now though. It’s cold to go out, and sometimes it’s slippery underfoot, but it can look very beautiful when it’s frosty or foggy.

The other advantage to the cold weather is that it often means clear skies, so that I get a chance to take photos of the Moon. I’ve managed to capture it quite a few times this month so far, and it’s only just half way through it’s journey from new Moon through it’s first quarter, full Moon, second quarter and back to new again.

This photo was taken on the evening before the Moon was full.

A nearly full Moon

Low light photography

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This week I had a chance to join a group of photgraphers to do some low light photography. It’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve never used a tripod, but somebody lent me one, and the tutor helped me with the settings for my camera.

It was fun! I didn’t get it right, but at least now I understand a little bit about it. I’m going to have another go to see if I can get the settings right for the available light and take some better shots.

Behind this lovely old gas lamp, there is an outline of the trees. If you click on the picture twice, you’ll be able to view it in black which suits it better.

Low light photography

National Poetry Day

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Cosmea - playing with special effects

It’s National Poetry Day today and my local library is holding an exhibition of poetry chosen by their borrowers. They invited people to submit photos to illustrate the poems.

I entered several photos for different poems, and one of mine won! It illustrates a poem called ‘What is Pink?’ and has been printed out quite large, and is now on display in the library!

Here’s the poem by Christina Rossetti

What is Pink?

What is pink? A rose is pink
By the fountain’s brink.
What is red? A poppy’s red
In it’s barley bed.
What is blue? The sky is blue
Where the clouds float through.
What is white? A swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? Pears are yellow
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? The grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? Clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!

Misty trees and heating

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Trees in the mist

Well I’ve succumbed! I’ve turned the heating on. I was getting cold. I usually wait until October before I turn it on, but it’s been wet and misty for the past couple of days, which will have made it feel colder and damper, so I decided there was no point in waiting. I’ve just put it on low to take the chill off the house.

It was drizzly and misty when I was out this morning and I spotted these two trees. They’re such a lovely shape and I love the way they seem to mingle together. I regularly drive past them, but I don’t always notice them because they usually have the green of fields and hills behind them so they don’t show up very well.

But in the mist they stood out, etched against the background. I just had to stop and take a photo of them.

Autumn mists

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Beach huts at Ferring

Well, September is nearly at an end, and October is rushing towards us. I don’t like this time of year. It’s cold and dull, and I’m wondering whether to put the heating on or shall I wait a few more days. I miss the sun and the brightness, and the lovely colours of flowers.

Yes, autumn leaves are beautiful, but to take good photos of them you need to catch them when the sun is shining, which can be rare, and you need to go out into the cold and damp and mistiness!

So I’m really glad that I’ve got a collection of photos that I took in the summer to remind me of better, warmer weather and lovely places. I love the seaside and especially beach huts, so here’s a photo to bring back memories of walking on a summer beach.

Growing sunflowers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Sunflower in my garden

I love sunflowers. They’re so tall and stately with happy faces, and each one is different as if they have their own personalities. I love taking photos of them. Last year, I took photos where I could find them, so this year I decided to grow some of my own.

It fascinates and amazes me as I watch a stalk and leaves grow out of a small seed. I grew them in pots at first and then planted them out next to the fence to give them some protection from the wind as they grew tall.

I don’t know whether I planted them late, but they were only a couple of feet tall when other people’s were in flower. Gradually they got taller, and eventually they were much taller than me, but by the time September arrived, they still hadn’t flowered.

I was wondering if it was getting too late and I’d have to give up on them, but at last they formed flowers, and day by day they gradually opened up. So now I have some lovely big yellow sunflowers in my garden and I can take photos of them whenever I want to.

Computing in the library part two

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Well the IT men came, and I showed them what the problem was. There was a message on the screen to say that the current system they were using couldn’t support Flickr. So they decided they needed to upgrade the two computers that my friend and I were using to Internet Explorer 8. One of them did say that he thought they’d already been upgraded, and showed surprise that they hadn’t, but they still didn’t do the others, only the two we were using!

That took about half an hour, but it didn’t make the slightest bit of difference! One of my Flickr contacts made a comment on yesterday’s post saying that it’s probably the library’s filtering software. I’ve reported that to them, but they don’t seem to be very interested!

They tell me that they only have people use their computers for checking emails or looking into their family history. Apparently I’m the first person who has ever wanted to look at Flickr on their computers!

And it looks as though I’ll be the last too!

Computing in the library

Monday, September 6th, 2010

I’m not at home at the moment, so I went to the library to catch up on Flickr, to see if anyone has made any comments on my photots and to have a look at and make comments on the photos that my Flickr friends have added to their photostreams.

I remembered my user name and my password and got myself logged in and up came my stream on the screen. It looked a bit odd, and I was wondering what was wrong with it when I realised that there were no photos showing. Now that’s a bit of a problem for a photo sharing website, isn’t it!

The library staff put me on another computer, and then another one, but still no photos! Now they’ve sent for an IT expert!

I hope they can sort it out. I get withdrawal symptoms if I have to spend too long away from Flickr!

If you’d like to see my Flickr photostream, click on Katie-Rose’s photostream on the right by the photos. I hope you’ll be able to see them!

Macro photography

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Bumble bee on lavender

I love macro photography. It makes it possible for me to see the beautiful intricacies of God’s creation of flowers and insects etc in wonderful detail.

I love the undulations of this bumble bee’s wings. I would never have seen that without macro photography.