April A-Z: G is for Garden

I’m not the world’s best gardener but I love having a garden, and I love spending time in it. These images are all from the first lock-down last summer, when the garden was blooming at its best and I was just so happy to have the opportunity to be sitting outdoors in the sunshine with a cup of tea.

I’m really looking forward to the weather picking up enough this year to be able to spend some quality time in the garden again, meeting up with friends and family (Covid restrictions permitting) and enjoying my beautiful outdoor space πŸ™‚

For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m aiming for an alphabetical exploration of my personal thoughts and feelings on the continuing Covid 19 pandemic one year on, using a mix of poetry, pics and ponderings…

Fun with Flowers

My husband bought us some yellow, pink and orange roses for Easter, and I was going to take a few standard shots in a vase but then I thought – why not have a play about with my camera, and see what kind of creative images I can make… Sometimes I just feel like I want to be a bit more artistic with my photography.

The first pic shows the roses head on, looking straight down from above. Then I slowed the exposure and started twisting the zoom while the shutter was open. I took loads of shots, deleting all of the first set, then thought about what effect I was trying to achieve and tried again. The second set were much better, far less random, and far fewer were deleted. With the third set I’ve kept almost all of them. Some of my favourites (see above) come from the originals being cropped a little to bring a better balance overall, but the very last shot shown here is 100% straight out of camera, with no cropping at all.

I’m really happy with how they came out. Happy Easter Sunday everyone! πŸ™‚

Flower of the Day


Today’s Flower of the Day is a red fabric rose tucked carefully into place between a couple of rocks, placed deliberately next to a candle in a glass jar, sitting at the rusty dark opening created by a missing panel of an old metal something-or-other right at the farthermost end of the Caledonian Canal here in Inverness, right where it meets the sea…

No idea who put it there, or of what it is in remembrance, but it caught my eye so I took a photograph of it, just because… πŸ™‚

Faded Roses

I think these really will be the last pics of the beautiful cut roses bought for me by my husband on 27th December last year – I’m absolutely amazed they’re still in such reasonable condition considering they’re now all of three weeks old. I’ve topped them up with fresh water every couple of days but other than that it’s all down to nature.

The colours are definitely fading and they’re getting more than a little tatty and brown around the edges, so it’s probably time to call it a day but I’m more than impressed to have had three weeks of lovely blooms from this bunch, so I think my vase of roses have definitely Won the Week for me πŸ™‚

Flower of the Day

Photo A Week: Something Pretty

Last Year’s Roses: Take II

Ok, so these images were taken this afternoon and I know these roses are now clearly a bit past their best, but I’m intrigued as to just how long they might continue to look acceptable, however beyond perfect they may be. I’m now on a mission to keep them alive for as long as possible.

They were originally bought on 27th December with a guarantee that they should remain fresh for 7 days – we’re currently on day 16 and counting! Admittedly one very sad-looking bloom has had to be thrown away in the last few days but I think overall we’ve definitely had our money’s worth with this bunch πŸ™‚

Flower of the Day