Eilles Tee : The Pleasures of Everyday Things


To introduce my new collection "Everyday Things" and in honour of the theme by the same name, I want to share this photograph of these everyday objects in my cupboard that are special to us. The story starts with a trip to Germany and a stay in a small hotel in Karlsruhe. The hotel is small, clean and comfortable, run by a friendly young couple who were always pleasant and more than helpful. They serve the most copious and delicious selection of food for their breakfasts, including a wide choice of speciality teas and excellent coffee.

After the first few days of our visit I began to appreciate more and more the little touches that made our stay one of comfort and pleasure. One of these was in the breakfast room where there were delicate glasses with handles and special filters so that we could make our own tea from the selection in the tins. On each table were small white porcelain holders into which you placed the filters when your tea was brewed to your own personal satisfaction. The colours of the various teas – from a deep rich brown through a golden amber to a pale almost colourless light liquid, each looked more delicious in those lovely clear glasses. We seemed to enjoy them even more because of these delicate glasses. It was such a civilized way to enjoy morning (or afternoon) tea. Each glass had "Eilles Tee" discretely etched on it.

We searched through the town to try to find some of these tea glasses, with no success, even in the Eilles store on the main street. We then looked online, but couldn't find them. Eventually we asked the managers who told us that they are normally reserved for hotel use only. When he saw our disappointment. this kind man offered to order some for us, so that on our next visit we could pick them up. He did exactly that and we brought them home. So now every day we remember the relaxed, comfort of that hotel and have the little touch of luxury in our own breakfast tea ritual. We, too, have a good selection of speciality teas, from green and china and smokey to herbal combinations and each one tastes better because it is served in these beautiful glasses. And they hold warm memories for us of our visits to that wonderful part of the Black Forest in Germany and the friends we made there.

The other day I looked at the glasses with their filters and porcelain holders in the cupboard . A foil bag holding tea leaves was reflecting the light in such an interesting way that I thought they should be caught and shared with everyone who likes 'Everyday" but special things.

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#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS​ curated by +luca lancieri+Barbara Manciulli+Nynke B+Boba Musura


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Living Things : Obviously Lying in Wait


Week 15/26: #BWProject26

This spider is not one to take on a bee, unlike the one I posted yesterday, but was sitting in a very fine, almost invisible web above the wet giant hosta leaf. It seems to be hovering in mid air and is so visible I can't imagine how any prey would be surprised by it. Unlike yesterday's gruesome scene which needed colour to be properly appreciated, this one is perfect for converting to black and white for the theme.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#spider #arachnid #insects


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Bee Trap


On the same afternoon when I photographed Steven doing doughnuts on the tractor while cutting the grass, I stopped to take a look at the wild flowers growing at the edge of the lawn. The black and white project is to feature 'living things' for tomorrow and I was looking for subjects. As I stood there, a bee flew in to feast on the nectar and I quickly focused to catch a photograph of it. Just then, taking both the bee and me by surprise a spider dropped from its hiding place and pounced on the poor thing. It seemed to bury something into the bee that surely paralyzed or stunned it and then it quickly proceeded to wrap it up in its web. There was nothing I could do but continue to watch and photograph as by the time I knew what was happening the bee was finished. Later, when I got to see the pictures I had taken, the first one, a little out of focus from my haste, showed the bee about to land and, almost completely hidden, but just about to descend to attack, the spider. I had not been aware of it but the camera had caught it.

So here is my rather dark themed image for #beethursday +Bee Thursday​​ by +Dorothy Pugh​​

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Burning Turf : Turning a Deere on a Dime


When you have a lot of grass to cut, with little time to do it, you need to be speedy, with a responsive machine that can turn on a dime.

+Steven Kennard​ master turner, doing just that! (hint: see "Turns" if you haven't already here: https://vimeo.com/126545288 )
Another blur image, as there is no other way to show this.

A little early (indulge me) for #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​ by +Alex Lapidus+Julianne Bockius+Jetski+Patrice Christian+Nadia Cantou-Pewinski

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Views of a Daylily


Next time you're in a garden, try a little experiment. Walk all around a flower such as this daylily. Look at it closely from every angle and see how the curve of every petal, each stamen, the pistil are all set just so one folding into another, rising out of the whole. See how the colours subtly blend, from the secret, deep almost hidden centre to the airy light softness that reaches out of the protective cup into the bright sun. How this colour is perfectly complemented by the leaves, the stem and buds. Nothing looks awkward or out of place. Nothing jars or shocks the senses. How much more beautiful can it be?

Then blend all of those views into this image of a daylily.

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#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
#bellesphotos +Belles photos by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet
and for #PhotoManiaCanada curated by my friends +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM
#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James


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The Rain… Falls Mainly on the Plane


Spending a long, very rainy and stormy night in an airport with your camera has its benefits. The observation lounge was dark and quiet and gave a great view of the activity on the tarmac after midnight. Everything takes on an other-worldly look – the planes seem like toys with unnaturally bright lights and smooth toy plane like shapes.

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#blur #airport #night

For #transporttuesday +TransportTuesday by +Gene Bowker +Annie Irving
and #hqspnight +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser


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Mysteries of the Night #2


The mysteries of the night are everywhere, you just have to open your eyes to see them.

This is another for the Mysteries of the Night challenge by +Alex Lapidus

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#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World #monochromemonday +Monochrome Monday
And for #mirrorsandreflections
#mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections by +Gemma Costa +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores


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Leaves in Waiting : Impressions of a Silk Flower Maker's Craft


This past weekend was the annual Summer Craft Market of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft's Council (NSDCC). I spent part of the morning volunteering at the information booth as I try to do every year and the rest of the day I wandered around with my camera. Next to the info booth, a wonderful milliner Edie Orenstein ( +Edie Orenstein ) was demonstrating the traditional art of making real silk flowers. She was passionate about her work and while she explained the various procedures involved in making these wonderful fabric leaves and blooms she lit up with the love of her craft.

I took some images of my impressions of her work and they are in blur mode as they were multiple exposures, but they give an idea, I think, of the delicacy and beauty of some of her creations.

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#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels


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Mysteries of the Night


The night is a dark and lonely place and sometimes even a bright light is somehow forbidding.

A challenge – by Alex Lapidus.

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For #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski

#hqspnight +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser


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