Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Random images

In the winter the sun is lower in the sky making bolder longer shadows than in the summertime
Water droplets created by using cling film over hot liquid. 
The first snowdrops of 2013 taken in the garden today

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  1. What a cheery sight your snowdrops are! For many people this is the only kind of snow they're willing to celebrate :) Love your creative photography in the first pictures.

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    1. So far we have not had any snow Rosemary and it is very mild. I was surprised to see the snowdrops sparkling like little diamonds this week, I think perhaps they are early.

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  2. Dear Rosemary, I have never seen snowdrops, and aren't they lovely? I do admire the way you manage your beautiful photos in your blog; very creative indeed. Despite my best efforts I never seem to be capable of getting past Blogger 101...

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    1. Dear Patricia - snowdrops are such simple but pure little flowers, the harbinger of spring here. I had forgotten that you do not have them in the southern hemisphere.
      Have you tried experimenting with your photos in Picmonkey, it is a free site and helps you do collages etc.

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  3. Great photos! Love the light and shadows in the first set. I just might have to "steal" your water droplet idea! ;) I hope that's ok. It's so cool.

    I'm jealous of your garden. Beautiful! I won't see mine for another 2.5 months. :(

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    1. Dear Marie - happy for you to do the same with the droplets, you will be able to make a better job of it than me.
      Seeing the snowdrops this week was an unexpected surprise, I am sure that they are early.

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  4. The Origami is lovely, but the water drops are fascinating! I didn't recognise what they were. The smaller dots remind me of snakeskin as used in shoes and handbags. Great photos, Rosemary!

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    1. Just playing about Betty - thank you but glad you enjoyed seeing the results. .

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  5. The water droplets are amazing ... you could have had a 'guess what the picture is' competition! The snowdrops are beautiful AND you have sun on them too - we have no snowdrops yet and no sun!

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    1. I wonder whether anyone would have guessed if I had not given the game away? You may have some snowdrops lurking in the corners of your garden, I was surprised to find these yesterday.

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  6. Oh snowdrops - wonderful - what memories they bring back.

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    1. Dear Susan - they are such a pure little flower, and really make me feel spring is definitely on the way.

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  7. Great photos Rosemary.
    looks like some of your grandson's oragami! the shadows are a sign that the sun is moving..
    Your snowdrops look delightful, wish they could grow in my garden.
    Its miserable here today.
    Happy thursday to you
    val

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    1. Dear Val - we have had some very bright sunny days with these strong shadows. I noticed the snowdrops early yesterday morning as I was taking H to catch the train to London, I was surprised to see them sparkling in the grass.

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  8. Hello Rosemary,
    amazing pictures!!!
    A big hug

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    1. Hello Antonio - thank you, so pleased that you enjoyed them.

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  9. Dear Rosemary,
    I too love snowdrops. I shall have to see if they are 'coming up' here as well.
    I do like the other photographs you have taken - especially the water droplets. I have been taking some photographs like that, inspired by a really good book I have been reading on contemplative photography.
    It has been raining like anything since we got back from Wales but today there have been little patches of blue sky which are as joyous as seeing your snowdrops.
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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    1. Dear Kirk - you are so right about seeing blue skies and the sunshine - it seems to have more intensity to it when you have been sitting under a grey cloud for a few days. Your photography book sounds interesting, and I shall look forward to seeing what photographs emerge from the inspiration you have gained.
      I was delighted when I saw the snowdrops yesterday, sparkling amongst the green.

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  10. A wonderful shadow game ! You are playing with your camera and the results are great !I liked the snowdrops ! I never seen again ! Here we don't have this flower !
    The sun today shows his tooth !!!!Have a nice day !
    Olympia

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    1. Dear Olympia - I am just learning that snowdrops are not universal - I presume that they do not like the very hot weather and need our more temperate, moist climate. You are right I have been playing shadow games. With the winter sun I have been noticing how much more pronounced the shadows are as opposed to the summer time when they are softer and more dappled.

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  11. Hello Rosemary:
    What a creative study of light and shade in these most imaginative of images. We particularly like those of the water droplets which have taken on a graphic quality.

    Our hearts melted at the sight of those brave harbingers of early spring, the Snowdrops. Hope springs eternal!!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance - my heart certainly lifted when I discovered the snowdrops out in the garden yesterday. The water droplets gave an interesting effect which photographed better than I thought it would. Sometimes the ordinary that surrounds us, is in fact, quite extraordinary.

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  12. Hello Rosemary, The snowdrops are delicate and attractive, and I also like the bold patter create by the louvers and shadows. I guess the lesson here is to stop and notice all the small elements of beauty, some very ephemeral, that surround us.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Dear Jim - wise words from you - beauty is often fleeting, as with these shadows, but how fortunate that we can now catch them forever with our little digital cameras.

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  13. Good Morning from sunny and snowy Massachusetts Rosemary,
    I love these images . . . studies of light, shadow and form and much more but the sight of your first snowdrops truly brings an inner smile. Mine still sleep at least a foot beneath a blanket of snow. Lovely to connect through our wondrous friends the Hattatts.

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    1. Welcome Carol - we have a lovely sunny day too, but no snow so far this year.
      Snowdrops are such a delight - pure and simple and the little messengers of spring.
      I first met Jane and Lance many moons ago when they lived in Herefordshire and had a wonderful garden that you could visit - a very beautiful and inspirational place.

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  14. Hallo Rosemare!Great photos as always!!Lovely images!The Origami is lovely,so as the water droplets !Your snowdrops flower is so beautiful!!Have a lovely evening!
    Dimi..

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    1. Hello Dimi - I am pleased that you enjoyed the photos - I was just playing around and having some fun. The water droplets worked out better than I imagined they would. Take care.

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  15. Dear rosemary, As I look at your photographs of the snowdrops, I wonder whether their distinctive shape might have been the inspiration for early Christmas tree lights. They are lovely.

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    1. Dear Mark - I had forgotten that the snowdrop is a northern hemisphere flower until I was reminded by some commenters living in hot conditions that they have never seen one before. There botanical name is Galanthus - Greek
      gála "milk", ánthos "flower".
      They are lovely little flowers with about 20 species which vary slightly in form from one another.

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  16. Your random images are beautiful and I like the way you have made some into a collage.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing them Linda - have you tried making collages yourself? you can make them on Picmonkey a free programme very easily.

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  17. Hi Rosemary,
    Your random images are wonderful especially the cling film. Your snowdrops look so beautiful we don't have any in bud yet.
    Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah - I am sure that in a matter of days you will have some flowers too on your snowdrops.
      The cling film made for a very interesting effect. I will give it another try using it in a different way sometime.

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  18. Hi Rosemary! Some fabulous images as always :-) I can't believe there are snowdrops out already... they are my favourite! Cold snap on the way though...

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    1. I wonder if the weather forecast is going to be correct. Fortunately snowdrops are quite happy under a blanket of snow.

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  19. Great photos, Rosemary and the first snowdrops always lift the heart in the dreary depths of winter.

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    1. Dear Perpetua - when I saw the snowdrops I couldn't believe that they were here already - before we know where we are everything will be opening up again. However, I hear on the weather forecast that snow may be on its way!!!

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  20. LOVE your water droplets pictures Rosemary! Can't believe snowdrops are already blooming in your garden. I can just see some little green sprouts coming out here.
    And... thanks for sharing some sun and beautiful shadows. I love taking pictures of shadows creating something so transient at the time still being caught in a picture. I have missed shadows, same as sun lately over here.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Dear Marian - now I know why I was enjoying the shadows so much, it was because the sun was shinning so brightly. When it has been overcast and raining so much, the sun really lifts you up when it does finally arrive and seems even brighter than normal.
      I am sure that your snowdrops will be flowering with you soon.

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  21. When you said you had snowdrops, I had to race over here! Beautiful images, Rosemary. I was so taken with not only the snowdrops but also the shadow pictures. I love the graphic look of them.

    Wishing you a bright and beautiful year to come!

    Georgianna

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    1. Dear Georgianna - I was really taken aback when I saw the snowdrops in the garden, it seems to be too early for them. However, we have been told to expect snow this weekend. Luckily snowdrops are happy under a blanket of snow.

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  22. Dear Rosemary, Thank you for this gift of Spring...your beautiful photographs of Snowdrops. My Snowdrops are sleeping under a foot of snow.

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    1. Dear Gina - we are supposed to be having some colder weather this weekend, but the snowdrops will be safe should it snow. I was surprised how early the snowdrops in the garden are this year.

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  23. Beautiful, beautiful snowdrops ! Thank you, Rosemary !

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  24. Lucky you! It is a long, long time before we can do that! But may be the spring will come again, it is -11 here now. No snowdrops...

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    1. I think that the snowdrops in my garden are very early this year Lise.

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  25. Lovely photos on your blog. LOVE the snowdrop images.

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    1. Thank you Sanda and welcome. It is lovely to see the little snowdrops, the harbinger, hopefully of spring.

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