Copulating critters ...
Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Part of my reasons for doing the 365 project was also to learn about the technical side of photography and the things that you can do with it, rather than just the artistic side, ie composition, cropping etc.
When I'd got to the end of the rainy day and still hadn't gotten a decent photo; Sunshine suggested spending a bit of time experimenting with smoke and lighting ... and this is what we got!
Such fun! And I learnt a lot about backgrounds and how to use flashes; and its always great to work collaboratively with Sunshine :)
Here's his version of the shot (inverted in photoshop).
Monday, 26 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
I bought this gorgeous piece of fabric ages ago ... its called "Caught Up in Stitches". I've been "caught up in stitches" quite a bit of late with the boat project, and the current project, but I just can't bring myself to use this lovely piece ... I need to find a project that's deserving of it - maybe over summer ...
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
I wonder how Mr Spider manages to hang on when the wind blows ... must be that wonderfully sticky silk ... By the way, this little one was only about 3mm across!
Sunshine's just got us a macro lens for the SLR ... Oh My am I EXCITED! These are my first attempts - have to learn to hold the camera steady, and tweak the depth of field (its a bit too much when the bum of a 3mm big spider is in focus but his head is not!)
Can you see the spider hiding? He must only be about 3mm across ...
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Everyday there is a little surprise in our garden ...
We inherited all manner of pots from Sunshine's parents; one of which looked like just a tub full of grass ... in the last week, the 'grass' has sprouted these gorgeous yellow iris' ... what a lovely surprise :)
Friday, 16 May 2008
"All hail the photographer! I bow to you oh esteemed one!" ... yeah ...
Got to the end of the day and realised I hadn't managed my 365 photo as it had been a wet and gray day. We've also got a friend visiting so I was distracted by that ...
So about 11pm, we all headed out to the back garden, and they chatted (and our friend had a smoke), while I ran around flashing the resident snails climbing up the walls ... don't think they knew what hit them!
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Mmmmm... Colour pencils make me happy ... they let me make things like this :)
My trusted set of Staedtler Luna colours, which I've had for over 15 years (I've got another set of 48 - yummy!). I've been looking it up and it appears you can only get the Luna range in Asia...
If only my teenage self that bought these knew where I'd be and what I would be doing with them 15 years down the road ;)
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Spent most of today walking round the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail, which was all round our neigbourhood. Saw all sorts of arts, crafts and installation, like the cul-de-sac with lots of plants - plants in shoes, plants on trolleys, plants in bins, and even plants in a Vespa!
I love living where I do :) ... And what a fab opportunity to visit people's houses and get to talk to and make friends with all our creative and talented neighbours...
Friday, 9 May 2008
We've been in our house since early autumn last year, so there are plants that we haven't quite seen flowering yet ...
Today I noticed the clematis in the front garden. Made me soo happy :)
ps, sorry to those of you who are bored of my flower photos ... its SPRING! And anyways, my mum likes them ;)
Thursday, 8 May 2008
What you can't tell from this photo is the size of this poppy - the flower head was massive, at least 9 inches across!
I spotted these (and some giant iris and giant lilies) in the compound of our local St John's Ambulance building (The Harry Crook Center) this morning on the way to college. On the way home I just HAD to go and see if they were real - I'd never seen them this big before ... and indeed they were. Real, huge, and smelling pungent ... and I felt like a Lilliputlian next to them!
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
The Southville Center is quite the pretty little building - but I've not managed to find out much about its history apart from that it's grade II listed, and it used to be a school ...
Must have been a boy's school as I saw two of these signs, but no 'girls' (maybe the other side of the building ...)
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Day out at the Avon Valley Railway .. chugging gently up and down the tracks on a beautiful old restored diesel engine. More pics:
Seat number '48' to celebrate 48days of 365
Oh yes, I like door handles ...
Then we went for a walk to Willsbridge Mills Nature Reserve (which is just round the corner from the railway), with flower-cam and insect-cam at the ready...