Transformed by Light

A change in the light can transform the world.

Simple windows wouldn’t be so interesting without the glow of the sunset reflected in them.

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A distant Red Kite wouldn’t make much of a photo but silhouetted against a golden sky, maybe the photo is worth saving.

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The glow of sunshine in the forest highlights every detail of a fern.

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Or an ordinary insect becomes something magical.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience.

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Season’s Blessings

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields.

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And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;

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May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

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May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

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May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.

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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

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May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus, too.
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

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Words from various Irish blessings found around the internet. Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Soothing Light

I was looking for photos on the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘relax’. Initially I tried to capture my cat relaxing with my daughter, but being a black cat, he’s not terribly photogenic I find, and this was the best I could do:

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So I started thinking about a different approach. Rather than something or someone looking relaxed, what photos just make me feel relaxed? Looking through my images, it seems that the ones I find relaxing are images with light and warmth. Others make me excited, happy, nostalgic, etc. etc. but these are the ones that make me feel relaxed. So here are some images full of light and warmth that I hope you will find relaxing too:

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I started writing this post earlier and then decided to see if I could capture some of the sunset to add to the photos of warmth and light. I realised that winter sunsets are not quite in the right place to see from our village as the sun goes down behind a hill instead of a gap between hills like in the summer. But I got some nice shots of the lovely sky.

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Christmas Magic

I know some people may feel it’s a little early but what’s more magical than Christmas sparkle and twinkly lights? We’ve put our tree up early this year to cheer us up in the dark nights, and fend of the darkness of depressing/frustrating news stories. Light and bright, bringing hope, and reminding us to hold onto the important things, to live, love and laugh, and make the most of what we have.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic.

Among Nature’s Chaos

Back in June I was finding tiny grasshoppers among the chaos of grass stems. I remember that joyful feeling of walking along and seeing tiny creatures springing about, then getting down close to the ground and seeing so many tiny hoppers peeking out at me from various stems.

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More recently I’ve enjoyed photographing the chaos of ferns where you rarely find a lone frond with a quiet background. It’s mostly fern on fern on fern, with various other stalks and trees thrown in. But if you can get the focus right you can draw out one frond and bring a little order to the chaos.

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I love catching the light shining through the fronds.

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Back in the summer I noticed this one lone flower on the Frogbit in my pond. Otherwise it was just a chaos of little mini lily pads, but this one flower stood out among the chaos.

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And finally, a chaotic scene of scabious flowers, and in the middle of the chaos the age-old story plays out of continuing the species.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

Autumn in the Village

Most of what I include in my blog would fit the Weekly Photo Challenge this week: Local. I don’t often venture very far, mainly taking photos around my village, and occasionally a few miles away in Cors Caron. So it’s all very much local. What is going in on my local area at the moment is the slow march of autumn, as the trees turn from green to gold, most of the flowers are gone, and the air cools and freshens.

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From flowers to interesting shaped seeds and dried up stalks
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Lovely Rosebay Willowherb fluff adorned with droplets
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Rosehips from the Dog Rose

 

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Fallen Beech leaf
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Fallen Oak leaves, glowing in the autumn sun
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Oak tree turning from green to golden

Lilies

As well as the Waterlilies there were a whole bunch of non-water Lilies … if you see what I mean. I particularly love the light on the yellow Lily which I think is a Tiger Lily.

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White Lily
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Tiger Lily
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Stargazer Lily
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Sunny morning

On Thursday morning I was making packed lunches in the kitchen when I noticed how the sun was shining low in the sky making the dew-soaked grass twinkle. So as soon as I’d sorted out the sandwiches I nipped out and got a few photos. This one was my favourite 🙂IMG_3281-Edit

Light and Gentle

The Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Weight(less)’ this week. Some things in nature are so delicate and small they seem weightless. Of course they must have some kind of mass but when you see an insect climbing over delicate grasses without much bending, it can’t weigh much.

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This Harebell is a delicate flower, light enough to be blown about in the breeze and cause difficulty for photographers!

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You might remember these droplets hanging delicately on grasses. Defying gravity almost as they hang impossibly roundly on the grass seeds.

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This photo is one of my favourites and it has a feeling of lightness and freedom that makes me happy 🙂

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This baby frog can’t have much weight to it, the tiny lily pad barely sinks at all under its weight. But then it’s not much bigger than the water droplets so that might be why!

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This butterfly caught my eye, resting on these spring flowers. So light and fluttery in the sunshine. Bring on those days again soon!

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And finally another droplet shot on a very damp morning when I was lucky enough to spot a dandelion seed head covered in gravity-defying droplets.

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Hope your new year is going well so far. I’m exhausted after being back at work for a week, not sleeping well and my back is complaining vigorously about increased activity. But I am counting my blessings and being thankful for another year with all its opportunities and promise.

A Trio of Droplet Trios

Today the weather is crisp, cold and bright, after a lot of wetness overnight, so I had a little potter in the garden looking at the droplets shining in the sun. With the weekly photo challenge in the back of my mind, I was looking out for threes …

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In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

Honey at both ends of the day

I was getting ready for work yesterday morning and noticed the Honeysuckle through the window, looking pretty with raindrops in the morning light. So I grabbed a shot which turned out surprisingly not bad considering it was taken through glass.

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This reminded me that I took a couple of photos of the Honeysuckle in the evening light a couple of weeks back, so you can have morning and evening Honey 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New … AKA Dragonflies by candlelight

My sister gave me a pair of lovely little candle holders for Christmas, with delicate dragonflies flying round them. Seems perfect for the challenge this week – brand new and beautiful too! Thank you Sarah! 🙂

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”