Cheviot is the pinnacle of the Cheviot range of hills in Northumberland and looks spectacular in all kinds of weather. This is a photo of an encaustic wax picture which I did some time ago and decided to add one of my textures and play about with blend modes and opacities. A good activity for a rainy day!
Two views (100mm lens) of a wonderfully blooming orchid (these are some of the buds) - it never ceases to amaze how orchids just keep on going when everything else (almost) is waiting for warmer weather. Hope you are all surviving anything the weather is throwing at you at the moment!
Found three small glass bottles on a secondhand stall in the market place. Brought one of the last hydrangea blooms inside (without insects!) and had a go at this still life. I added two of my own textures and a vignette. Still looking for the best place in the house for natural light, so far it's in the kitchen. I really ought to be thinking of winter/Christmas themes but I think I'm still stuck in autumn!
Well, not exactly a 'grip' yet, just a hint of what may be to come. We did have the 'surge' on the coast but we are a few miles inland but know that many have been flooded out along the west and east coasts of England and Scotland. Awful to see on the news some houses disappearing into the North Sea.
This photo was taken on a sunny walk - an icy pool, using my iPhone.
These lovely blooms were in a heated greenhouse, but even after searching in my flower books I still can't identify them. The second image is of a plant with beautiful petals which looked like frosted sugar with the sun shining behind them. I guess at least one of you will know what they are!
More seeds, this time rich red ones of the pomegranate. So many orange and red colours this time of year, can't help but be cheered up by them! You really have to work hard to get these to eat, the word 'digging' comes to mind. They are supposed to be really good for you once you've got them all out!
A little bit of Photoshop using the previous image, using my own textures, masks and frames. Yesterday I wanted to do a still life using autumn bits and pieces, eg leaves, dandelion seedhead, chrysanthemums, but nothing seemed to go right. I tried various combinations with bottles, wooden bowls and finally decided to give up. As I was packing away and trying to carry everything to another room, I put some seed heads into the jar to carry them - and voila! I liked the result! Maybe I was trying too hard!
Two more of the dandelion - the first with one of my textures which was a photo of the side of an old boat, the second with a solid colour adjustment layer added, hue blend mode. Both with natural light using a piece of cardboard covered with foil to reflect a bit more brightness.
I love looking at the small detail, especially in natural objects. There is something so fascinating about the design. Who could have thought of something so small but effective?! The name apparently comes from the shape of the leaves which someone decided looked like lion's teeth, hence 'dent de lion'. Better not mention the other French name!
I bought this small basket in a market in St Cast in Brittany where we went for our summer holiday. It's been put to good use since then! Although it's officially autumn we are having some warm summer days! Hope it lasts.
It is unusual to see a mixture of red and yellow in fields as the rapeseed (canola) usually flowers in April, but with the cold spring it is mixed in with the poppies this year. I've noticed that farmers seem to be leaving the edges of fields for wild flowers, good for the wild life which is in danger of disappearing in some areas.
I finally got to grow some poppies in the garden after one of my DILs gave me a cutting from her garden about 18 months ago. These huge fragile blooms didn't last very long with the wind and rain (and a battle with slugs) but the colours were very intense and rich. Hopefully there will be more next year. Love them!
Just got back from our favourite corner of the British Isles - the south-west corner of Scotland. A week of good weather to enjoy walking and seeing the fantastic scenery. I have to admit that the photo of the top of Suilven isn't mine but was taken by younger son - he and HO climbed to the summit while I stayed below!