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By the roadside…

By the roadside…

Posted by / 11th June 2016 / Categories: nature / -

Poppy season has been and gone. A fleeting burst of scarlet that lines the roads of central Portugal. Every year I say to myself – “I must stop and take some pictures!”

 

Either I have no camera (see ‘Photography for Dummies’ page 1 for advice on that.) or I’m ‘in a bit of a rush’. No time apparently just to stop for a few minutes and engage in the wonder of nature and try and capture that beautiful splash of amazing colour and form with the technological miracle that is the digital camera.

 

So it was definitely time to stop and smell the roses. Metaphorically speaking.

This one isn’t a poppy. But it does have a nice bug on it…

 

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When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons…

Posted by / 15th May 2016 / Categories: cabril, nature / -

 

There are a thousand articles out there in the great wide web-world about ‘what to do when you lose inspiration with your photography’. How do you find your photo-mojo? Where can you find the source of that elusive element that helps you click that button?

Most of these articles will include the phrase ‘look in your own backyard’. This could lead you through the kitchen, past the utility area, out of your back door and into an introspective journey into the motivational attributes of your daily search for the perfect capture of light, life and the very soul of photographical representations of the World around you.

Or (alternatively) you could see a nice lemon.

I haven’t lost my inspiration but I have just looked in my own backyard. The spring crazed wisteria is pushing out tiny leaves like crazy, last years lemons are ready for picking, slicing and soaking in their gin and tonic bath and this years are coming on nicely.

 

Also the freaky spider (featured image at top) that lives in the middle of the lemon tree has decided to opt for ‘new lemon green’ as this years ‘regalia de rigeur’.

Not only has it changed colour to suit the new crop but seems to have developed ‘lemony’ dimples to make it even more difficult to spot.

Nature is pretty weird and inspirational…

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The colour of spring

The colour of spring

Posted by / 21st February 2016 / Categories: cabril, nature / -

After an easy start to the winter the garden was briefly conned into thinking that it might be time to wake up from its slumberous state. Then storm Imogen (a formidable beast) rattled through bringing an onslaught of precipitation based pestilence followed by some beautiful cold, clear days. At the moment most of the intrepid blooms are still hanging in there. Personally; I’m going inside to put on my thermal pants and some kind of woolly hat device…

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