After the Storm

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After the last slightly gloomy post, I thought I’d give Mother Nature some credit and post up the evidence that the rain I mentioned last time only lasted for a day and now we are back enjoying some lovely sunny days again. I haven’t posted a photo in a long time – I haven’t taken a photo in a long time – but yesterday I was out in the garden and the urge just took me. These yellow flowers (the name escapes me for now, but if any green-fingered readers know what they are, then do educate me in the comments!) caught my eye, not just because they are so sunny and happy-looking, but because they were abuzz with a veritable colony of bees (albeit a very varied colony, there were some nice chubby bumblebees mixing with the honeys ;) ). I wanted to try and capture more than one bee at the same time, but as you can see from these pictures, I failed; for all of their apparent networking, they were happier to be doing their own thing.

Dragonboat

'Dragonboat' - May 2013

‘Dragonboat’ – May 2013

A couple of oldish photos of ferns (also here) that put me in mind, for some reason, of Viking dragon boats, complete with hairy little fern-Vikings. No?

Apologies for the little silence around here: it is by no means an indicator of the arty stuff going on ‘off-screen’ so to speak. I have been busy with some more linocut designs, about six in all, of various sizes and levels of success…but none will be posted on here yet as I would like to get some of them printed using a press if I can, along with the designs I have already aired on here. Ideas and logistics are fermenting in my little brain, so more silence and confusion to be expected!

May 2013

May 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes – Pollen Trail

This week’s Photo Challenge is going to produce some really interesting and diverse posts. This is mine –

The Pollen Trail - June 2013

The Pollen Trail – June 2013

Poppies are my favourite flower; I absolutely love them. The ones in the garden at the moment are the really big, showy kind – or they were until the wind blew them to pieces. The stamen is huge and bulky and sprinkled with purple pollen (which looks great with the red). When I took this picture, the pollen was also dusted between the petals, which, when I brought my eye level with the flower, I could see formed a kind of tunnel as they curved in towards the middle. I thought this looked pretty mysterious and magical. I like flower pictures where you can’t see the whole flower – where you can’t immediately tell what kind it is, or even that it is a flower. These poppies really are huge, so I thought they would work well for this kind of picture. There are so many potential points of focus, but this ‘pollen trail’ really caught my eye.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Bee - June 2013

Bee – June 2013

Another Photo Challenge featuring an insect! Capturing a bee at its work can be hard work in itself sometimes. When I have been quick enough to do this, more often than not it has been when the bee is taking its time over a particular flower. If I do catch them in flight, it is usually only as a retreating blur. This one looks as though it is waiting for me to take its picture and be done with so that she can carry on without me shadowing her.

This might seem like a strange thing for someone who takes a lot of pictures of flowers to admit, but I am one of those irritating people who scream and flap if a bee comes near me (sorry). My paranoia about being stung doesn’t stop me from liking them though – albeit from a safe distance. They remind me of proper summer days, and I realise now that their importance has been unappreciated, at least by me.

Just don’t get me started on wasps…