Archive for March, 2010

Shooting daffodils

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’ve been enjoying taking photos of the Spring flowers as they appear. Snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores. But not daffodils. I don’t enjoy photographing them! They’re very deceptive. They look so pretty dancing about in the breeze in their ballet skirts, but when I point a camera at them, they metamorphose into weird monsters! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get a decent daffodil shot!

I keep trying. I’ve got quite a few in my garden, and there are a lot in the grass verge in my village. But it’s no good. Every time I come home hopeful that this time I will have captured the beauty and happiness of a bright yellow trumpet surrounded by a cream or yellow skirt, I’m disappointed and have to delete them all!

When I was pointing my camera at some daffodils in a local garden I was visiting, I saw a big bee dive deep into a trumpet. He must have been very busy collecting pollen, because he stayed long enough for me to get a shot of him with his head deep inside the flower and his bottom sticking out!

So here it is, my daffodil shot for 2010!!

Looking for pollen

A host of golden…… crocuses?

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Striped crocuses

I love it when Spring flowers start to appear. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. They signal the begining of the end of winter and the start of a new year of life as the earth wakes up and begins to blossom.

I love all three of them. Snowdrops are delicate and lovely with their pure white ballet skirts opening out so that they can dance in the breeze. Daffodils too have ballet skirts surrounding their trumpets with which they herald the arrival of new life and the coming year of expectation.

But my favourite of the three is the crocus. I love their shape, their variety of colour and their bright orangey-yellow stamen that crinkle and wiggle as they reach up to be seen when the petals open up. Crocuses come in all sorts of colours – cream, yellow, white, mauve, purple and stripey ones. I love them all, but my favourites are the mauve and purple ones, which of course is to be expected as they’re my favourite colours.

Usually after snowdrops, I get a brief glimpse of a few crocuses and then it’s straight on to daffodils. This year is different. I’ve seen loads of beautiful crocuses. The spindly ones in my garden didn’t last long, presumably falling victim to bird attacks. So when I went for a walk in the park, I was amazed to find large drifts of strong healthy crocus cups spreading up the bank under some of the trees. It was a photographer’s paradise!

I wonder if there are more crocuses about this year, or if they’ve always been there and I’ve never noticed them before.

Snowdrops

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I love snowdrops. They’re a sign of hope and new life and the promise of Spring after the Winter, which this year has been long and cold and very snowy! I love the way they peep through the snow even when it’s quite deep. Their persistence and determination to reach up and out of their snowy bed into the light is quite profound. That’s what we sometimes need to do if life has got difficult and is holding us down. Like the snowdrop, we need to focus on our goal and aim for it with all our strength and determination.

Here’s one of my snowdrop photos. They’re so delicate and beautiful, and I hope they’ll encourage anyone who needs a bit of help and strength to dig themselves out of a difficult place into the light and the sunshine.

Snowdrops in the rain

Finding my way round

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know that it’s been missing since the beginning of February.

Someone had managed to hack into it and do several nasty things to it. They had hijacked it, so that any visitors would be transferred to a Chinese website of a dubious nature.

When I tried to look at it, and was sent to the Chinese website, virus warnings started flashing up on my screen and going crazy. They told me that spyware was running in the background and could take my personal information. I turned the computer off quickly, and had to have it taken away to be cleaned up.

A friend was able to sort out my blog for me by finding what had been added and getting rid of it. He’s now upgraded the version of Wordpress that I’m using as the newer version will be more secure and less likely to be hacked into again. Thank you for all the time and effort you spent investigating and mending my blog and upgrading it. I’m glad you know so much more about these sort of things than I do!

It’s lovely to be able to post again, I really missed it. I am having a bit of difficulty finding my way round though! The new, upgraded dashboard is completely different from the one I’m used to and have been using since October 2008. It’s quite disorientating when you’re very used to something you use often and suddenly it’s gone, and something unfamiliar is there in it’s place. You have to work at doing something you’ve been used to doing without thinking. Perhaps I’ll get used to it quickly. I don’t really have any other option, do I?!