Oddball Image

A few weeks ago I captured this oddball image of Christmas lights strung along the road reflected in a piece of rained-on metal – it was a really blustery night and the string of lights was blowing all over the place, so it was a bit hit-and-miss as to what turned up in the final frame, but I really liked the distinct red and green stripes in this one! 🙂

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Oddball

Which Way to the Hospital

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge last week asks for a ‘Which Way’ image or two – so here is a photographic representation of my trip from home to our local hospital to visit my dad 🙂

Which Way? Along the street past the roadworks…

Which way? Across the footbridge crossing the river…

Which Way? On the bus to the hospital…

Which Way? The hospital bus stop…

Which Way? Up in the lift to reach the ward…

Here Comes the Sun(flower)…

Last year we successfully grew a giant sunflower in the garden, courtesy of our youngest grandson who had grown a leggy one foot tall plant from seed at school. I was surprised (a) that it grew at all here in the cold and windy North if Scotland, and (b) how tall it grew – it reached 2.5m high and had a huge flower the size of a dinner-plate!

My husband duly harvested the seeds from the head and this year just for fun he sowed a few in some compost to see if any came up. Of the six seeds he planted, three germinated. Two sadly withered and died, but one kept the faith and finally graduated from a pot on the kitchen window sill to a sunny spot in the garden, pretty much where last year’s specimen had grown.

This year’s plant is about the same height as last year’s, although a little less robust in the stalk department, and thankfully over this past week the head is beginning to flower but it’s stubbornly facing over the garden fence away from us so it’s almost impossible to get a decent shot from our side of the fence… Here it is four days in a row, taken from some pretty weird angles, slowly opening out bit by bit.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week asks us to find images that go along with the Beatles hit ‘Here comes the sun’, so I thought of my opening sunflower and here we are!

PS I’m going to give it another couple of days then if it still doesn’t turn its head to face me I’ll ask my neighbour if she minds if I photograph it from her garden instead 🙂

Yellow Lily

After a few weeks of gloriously sunny weather my yellow lily chose this dull morning of all days to flower – so I took a quick pic just before the thunderstorm hit, and it is currently being soaked by pelting rain… And the weather forecast remains potentially stormy for the next three days, so hopefully my lily survives its serial soaking – Oh well! 🙂

Flower of the Day

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow