Creativity

I struggle with labelling myself as creative, or labelling the things that I do as creativity. Is following a crochet pattern creative? Is photographing an insect or a flower creative? I get bogged down in dictionary definitions that say things like: creativity is “the ability to produce or use original and unusual ideas” or “a…… Continue reading Creativity

Sun Sparkles

I went for a brief walk today. It was hot and sunny, too hot for me really, but I wanted to visit the village pond and see if there were any dragonflies. I didn’t stay long, but got a few shots. I have been having a bit of trouble with my auto-focus, and was a…… Continue reading Sun Sparkles

Sanctuary

The word ‘sanctuary’ has a long list of meanings if you look it up in a dictionary, but the overarching idea is that it means a place that is sacred, whether you mean that in a religious way or not. It is a place where you can take refuge and be safe. You can also…… Continue reading Sanctuary

Happy 18th Birthday

In 1998 I had my best Christmas present ever, my son. And then as I turned 29, I had my best Birthday present ever, and that was you, my beautiful daughter. I remember worrying about having enough love for the both of you, but when you were born, of course, all those worries evaporated. Love…… Continue reading Happy 18th Birthday

Winter isn’t coming … yet

fire and icefire and ice combineas glistening frozen leavesreflect the sunset coloursshivering in the golden glowas winter’s grip takes holdwritten by me, December 2012 https://flic.kr/p/qA1ieL https://flic.kr/p/CHisF4 twinkle even in the deepest days of winterwhen darkness falls earlyand nights are so longthere remains a glimmerthe merest twinkle of warmer timesglistening in the hidden spaceswritten by me, December 2014…… Continue reading Winter isn’t coming … yet

Trees in Springtime

I was pondering what photos to use for today’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (spring) and I was feeling a little stuck. I’ve done many, many blog posts about spring, and don’t want to repeat myself too much. But I tend to focus on the spring growth on the ground, so what about the spring growth a…… Continue reading Trees in Springtime

Photo Challenge: Summer

We’re having some seasonal themes over the next few weeks for the Lens Artists Photo Challenges. This week is summer. So what photos express summer to me? Well, of course I could just say summer runs from June to August and pick out photos taken during those months. But I’m going to think about what…… Continue reading Photo Challenge: Summer

Surprises in the Garden

I get a lot of surprises when taking photos of small things. I often find myself looking at a pretty flower and discover that there is a tiny creature on board. Sometimes I don’t notice the little creatures until later on when I’m looking at the photos I took! I had a look out in…… Continue reading Surprises in the Garden

Quiet Moments

Quiet moments are my favourite kind of moments. If you are trying to take photos of potentially skittish small creatures, quiet moments are essential. Sometimes I find myself holding my breath as I creep closer to try and get that shot. Sometimes they pose nicely, sometimes they flit away as soon as the camera is…… Continue reading Quiet Moments