Helios 44-2

Joe and Elsie

One of the best things about our trip to England was finding family waiting for us. This was a really special trip for us as we met our two youngest grandchildren for the first time. In this post I am simply wanting to share with you, my dear readers a couple of photos I took of them. They are absolutely wonderful.

Meet Joe

Joe - Ellie Kennard 2016
Joe – Ellie Kennard 2016

And Meet Elsie

Elsie - Ellie Kennard 2016
Elsie – Ellie Kennard 2016

Michelle Cooking

Michelle Cooking - Ellie Kennard 2016
Michelle Cooking – Ellie Kennard 2016

An evening meal with friends is one of the greatest pleasures we can have. Wonderful food, interesting conversation, warmth and laughter. Nothing makes you feel as good on a long drive home as the feelings that linger. Thank you, Michelle and Kyle. It was a lovely evening.

Michelle Smiling While Cooking - Ellie Kennard 2016
Michelle Smiling While Cooking – Ellie Kennard 2016

Black-Eyed Susans Lighting up the Shadows

Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia_hirta) lighting up the undergrowth - Ellie Kennard 2016
Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia_hirta) lighting up the undergrowth – Ellie Kennard 2016

Life has become hectic as we prepare for the winter. Night is coming earlier and earlier and even during the day the clouds, whipped by the winds will darken the sky before releasing their chilly rains. The summer really has finished, but despite all of that, if you look into their secret hiding places behind bushes and in sheltered areas, you will find these bright splashes of light to cheer the gloomiest day. I hope you enjoy these sunny little wild flowers and that they brighten your day.

See more floral images on my Flora gallery. http://www.elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/flora/

Fall Hydrangeas

Autumn Hydrangea - Ellie Kennard 2016
Autumn Hydrangea – Ellie Kennard 2016

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.

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