Posts Tagged ‘pink’

A mild autumn

Friday, November 19th, 2010

We’re more than half way through November, and we’ve had such a mild autumn this year. The leaves were very late turning to their autumn colours and falling off the trees and I’ve only had to get out my winter coat and hat and gloves in the last week.

Because of the mildness, I’ve noticed lots of late flowers around all over the place, especially roses. I love roses. They’re beautiful and each one is different, so it’s a real joy to see them around so late in the year.

Here’s one I saw when I was out shopping….

November rose

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!

No more poppies

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Open poppy

The poppy season is just about over now. Well, it is here in my garden and in the bit of wasteground that I’ve been visiting every day on my way home from work to take shots of the most stunning poppies I’ve ever seen.

I’ll miss them, but I’ve got photos to remember them by. To me, that’s the whole point of photography. To capture something ephemeral at the height of it’s beauty so that I can go on enjoying it.

This is one of the wasteground poppies, growing on a heap of rubble.

Fragile poppies

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Purple poppy

I love poppies. They’re so beautiful, but so delicate and fleeting. I have some of the big pink ones in my garden, and I know that I must take photos as soon as I see one of them come out, as it will probably only last for a day or two.

About a week ago, I was driving to work, when I noticed a flash of pink and purple out of the corner of my eye. I stopped the car, and found a bit of wasteland where the most amazingly beautiful poppies were growing on a pile of rubble, bricks and soil! I was amazed! They’re the most beautiful poppies I’ve ever seen, and they weren’t in a beautiful garden, they were just on a pile of rubble!

I couldn’t stop then as I had to get to work, but I made sure I stopped on the way home and took as many photos as I could, reaching out over the rubble and snapping without being able to see what I was taking. Lots of them had to be deleted, but I just kept going until I had some I was pleased with.

I’ve been stopping on my way home everyday since then, because the poppies change so quickly. First there are buds, then they open out and display their beauty to the world, then the petals fall off one by one, and a beautiful fat seedhead is left. But there are lots more to come out and take their place.

I wonder how long they’ll last. How long will I be able to look forward to my little photoshoot on the way home?

Pink and mauve poppy

Winter rose

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We’ve had some really cold weather lately. The road I live on has been a thick sheet of ice for over a week, and we’ve had severe frost and snow. So I was quite surprised to find a beautiful pink rose growing in my garden!

I don’t think I’ve ever had a rose flowering at the end of December before, so it was rather special, especially as it was flowering for Christmas.

One morning I found it covered in snow, but it was still beautiful. The cold weather and the snow hadn’t killed it. It must be a very special hardy version. I hope it comes back again next winter.

Winter rose

My camera’s died

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

My beloved Canon PowerShot A700 has died. I must have banged it when it was in my bag, or maybe it was when I had to do an emergency stop and the bag fell off the passenger seat onto the floor. However it happened, the screen has gone. I’m told that it’s more expensive to repair it than to buy a new camera.

I’m very upset because it’s been my constant companion for the last three and half years and has served me well. It’s not just a tool, but part of my creative process. I will really miss it. I’ve taken it everywhere with me because you never know when you’ll see something that you want to photograph.

People tell me that I should get a DSLR, but there’s no point in having a good camera sitting at home when I see something I want to take a photo of. I can’t not have a camera in my bag, so I decided I needed to buy another one. So let me introduce to you my new Canon Ixus 95IS. Yes I know it’s pink, but that was the only colour they had it in. But I do like it being pink! It’s my second favourite colour after all tones of purple.

I hate having a new camera. It doesn’t feel part of me, and I have to get used to it and learn how to use it. When you’re used to a camera you can take a shot quickly without having to think about it, but with a new one that’s different you have to work out how to do it, and if you take too long the photographic opportunity has gone! I hope it doesn’t take long for me to feel at home with this one. It feels very strange at the moment, and I’m really missing my PowerShot A700.

My camera's died

Colour in the winter

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

One of the reasons that I became interested in photography, was so that I could capture the lovely colours and the beauty of summer flowers and be able to enjoy them in the depths of winter when everything was cold and grey and colourless.

Since that time my photography has expanded and I enjoy taking a variety of shots particularly pattern pictures, but flowers remain a favourite. The beauty of creation is something that amazes me. When I photograph a flower, especially if it has an insect on it, I get the chance to study them closely, which I find so interesting. I love all sorts of flowers, but roses are one of my favourites.

Here’s a photo that helps me to remember the lovely delicate pink petals and beautiful fragrance of an August rose, and to look forward to the time when I can photograph this year’s flowers. This photo is on my Flickr photostream.

Pink summer rose