Weekly Photo Challenge – Refraction

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I saw that the Weekly Photo Challenge was about refraction this week and thought about the droplet photos I’d already posted recently (here and here). I didn’t want to repost old photos so I decided I’d try and make a new one and try to capture a flower. As the weather is a bit rubbish I brought nature indoors so I could set it up precisely to capture the flower. It’s not perfect, but I’m quite proud of this effort. It would be good to do it with a more impressive flower but this Herb Robert was all I could find in the garden. Maybe I’ll give it another go when I have another flower to play with ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cat in a Rain Drop

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Today I accidentally caught my cat in a raindrop! Can you see him there, upsidedown among the ragwort flowers?! There’s not much going on out there apart from raindrops and the ocasional spider or fly, so raindrops were my focus. I didn’t quite get the photo I wanted but this amused me. The cat was following me around wanting to get involved with everything – I think he achieved his goal, even if I didn’t! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rainy Days

The weather is changing here and they’re saying on the weather forecasts that it’s going to get more autumnal. There may well be rather more rainy days than we’ve had lately. On one rainy day I took these droplet photos, and as you may have noticed, I liked one of them enough to make it my new blog header! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lush Droplets

The weather has been a little better today. The sun shone on the very wet garden and I couldn’t resist … droplets! I love how these photos came out – lovely reflections and such a lush green off all the grass around it. Well worth getting the bottom of my jeans wet for!

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Orchid (again!)

IMG_8258-1-1Well the weather is truly hideous and all my hopes of a weekend of sunshine and nice walks are dashed. It’s pouring with rain and very windy again. Seems that this is how it has been for some time and it’s set to continue ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I’m back to trying to find new ways to photograph my orchid. Today I tried taking even closer photos using a Macro Extension Tube. I did try with a Teleconverter on there as well but that made focusing so tricky I gave up! I hope the weather improves soon, as it’s driving me mad!

Orchid Droplets

IMG_8101-1Today I decided to spray my orchid with water (yes, it’sย still alive!) and take some photos. This one is the best, I think. I am rather fond of my orchid – I’m glad I bought it. It was a toss-up between the orchid or a bunch of flowers, and I figured the orchid would last longer (as long as I don’t kill it!).

Fresh leaves

IMG_8066-19Yet another photo of droplets from the weekend. This is a stem of Honeysuckle which seems to think its time to grow already. Fresh new leaves all pretty with droplets, like spring … but its not really spring yet is it?

Bejewelled Moss

IMG_8033-7More droplets today – this time on moss. As you’ll know if you’ve followed me for a while, I am rather fond of moss, and am lucky enough to have a lovely wall in my village which has a lot of patches of moss growing on it. In certain lights, at certain times of the day, the moss sporophytes can catch the light beautifully and glow like little spikes of flame. During my walk at the weekend the light was just right and the droplet covered moss sporophytes looked bejewelled with diamonds, all sparkly and lovely.

 

Barbed wire can be beautiful

IMG_8050-13Even barbed wire can be beautiful with a droplet on it ๐Ÿ™‚ If you look closely you’ll see that there is a tiny reflection of the hillside in the droplet on the barbed wire. The sun was catching the droplets in the hedgerow and fence and grabbing my attention while I was walking yesterday. Even though the barbed wire is just a practical tool, not designed for beauty, there is something about it that is strangely appealing as it stands out starkly against the soft greens of the fields and hills beyond.

Thorny Droplet

IMG_8064-18I got out for a walk today and have taken lots of photos. This is one of my favourites. It’s lovely to get the combination of lots of droplets from the rain, but with sunshine and blue sky to make them sparkle and have pretty reflections in them. I will post more droplets over the next few days if I have the time. Hope everyone else is getting to enjoy some sunshine today too ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Grey Days

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The weather seems to be mainly grey at the moment … or maybe it’s just me. Leaving home in the gloom in the morning and coming home in the dark after work is a tad depressing. Ah well, Christmas is coming … photos of lights and baubles to come!