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Fall Into a Blaze of Colour

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour - Ellie Kennard 2015
Fall Into a Blaze of Colour – Ellie Kennard 2015

This wonderful maple tree is right outside the back of our house and every fall it presents us with a stunning display of gold and red light. It is one of the last to ‘turn’ but also, happily, one of the last to lose its leaves. When all the other trees have become bare skeletons, this one is still brilliant and alive, giving us one last blaze of colour before the end of the season. I decided to catch this in a multiple exposure which seems to really do justice to this grand fall finale.

Passiflora Beauty

 

The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend.
Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora

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Please Release Me, Let Me Go

 

The spider who had so lovingly crafted this web had not intended to catch indigestible prey of this size but it surely decorated the web nicely for a lovely fall day. Thanks to Steven who spotted it and called me out with my camera to catch it.

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

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#PhotoManiaCanada +Photo Mania Canada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM

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Sometimes the Worms Have the Best View

 

How often do we search for a striking foreground to a beautifully coloured sky, at sunset or sunrise? And how often are we in just the wrong place, with scrub land or ugly buildings the only thing we can feature in the photograph? Too often, at least for me. I had just these same thoughts when I saw this beautiful fading sunset, but then I saw these lovely wildflowers and grasses boldly silhouetted against the pink and blue hues and decided to get down low and make them the stars of my picture.

When we don't have glorious mountain ranges, canyons or waterfalls near us, we can make the smaller, quieter glories around us into such wonders. We just have to see their qualities and potential. Isn't that the same with people?
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#WormsEyeViewWednesday +Worm's-Eye View Wednesday by +Cliff Loresco

#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS curated by +luca lancieri +Barbara Manciulli +Nynke B +Boba Musura
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Sun Burning Through the Mist in Round Pond Harbour, Maine

 

There is something mysteriously calming about fog and when you combine it with wharves and boats, especially if you have just a little light kissing the top of the water from the morning sun, that gives an even more special feel. This scene met us as we arrived in Round Pond Harbour yesterday. It was the start of a lovely day of exploring the coastline with my friend Carol who is a local and knew all the best places to show me. I'm looking forward to more exploring before we have to leave this beautiful area.

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Views of a Daylily

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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
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#bellesphotos +Belles photos by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet
and for #PhotoManiaCanada curated by my friends +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM
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Paeony and Fly

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Sharp Focus on Blur : 7

Plus Post Week 7 Blurs and Unsharp Photography:

Toys 'R Us

This is a mentorship all about having fun (the title includes the words 'Guided Play' after all). So we have been pushing ourselves to have more and more fun every week. The pushing happens when we step outside of our comfort zone and try new techniques or experiment with the ones we already know. This week, though, the word 'play' took on a whole new meaning as we were guided to a box full of toys – and not virtual ones, either! We were told by our fearless leader Alex to go out and have non stop fun with the toy box contents. I am not going to let you in on the secret of what was in that box (don't want to spoil the surprise for you if you get accepted to a blur mentorship in the future, as I hope you do) but I can tell you that it didn't involve spending any money! And the best part? We now have those toys and more and can carry on playing for as long as we want! What a great gift we have been given.

This was the penultimate week, we are almost at the finishing starting line. Starting because we have been prepared to go out and continue to develop and grow and, yes, play with everything we have learned. But more about that next time.

Thanks to all in the mentorship – +Alex Lapidus and assisting alumni and other students alike. All have been a terrific inspiration, help and encouragement to me. And of course to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers that make all this possible, as a free program.

This is all passing so quickly, but now that the toy box has been opened, with so much overflowing, it can never be closed again! I am having too much fun playing to want to stop.

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Milkweed Pod: Monarch Central

 

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Every time I look at this picture I think of that line from the Beatles' song "She's leaving home, bye bye'. The tightly packed cluster of milkweed seeds are opening up, ripe and ready to take to the air and disperse on the wind. The milkweed is a plant that is vital for the survival of the Monarch butterfly and so each of these beautiful bits of airy fluff carries a precious burden. The contrast in textures between the seeds and their wings is striking.

This photo was taken last autumn in Ontario after a light snow fall. Snow has taken on a whole different meaning since that time.

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I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge. I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 days. I am asked to name a new challenger on each of my 5 days. Today I am challenging my friend​​​​​ +Linda Jess to join me in this. Just post one nature photo a day for 5 days. Tag me in it, copy this text and use the hash tag #naturephotochallenge and nominate someone else on each of the days.

Thanks for nominating me Tom. It's been fun, if I have been a bit slow at finishing. 😀

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Summer Memories to Banish Winter Blues

 

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After the cold wintry (and a little sad) post of yesterday I wanted to share something that made me feel warm and happy. A memory of a summer past, this one was taken in Maine a few years ago in the garden of a friend. We were just about to set out to visit the wonderful public gardens near where she lived and just as we were about to get into the car, I saw the beauty that was just at my feet. Summer will arrive and with it, all the beautiful flowers and creatures. I hope this makes you feel all warm with the thought of what is to come.

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I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews​​​​​ to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge. I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 days – in my case not consecutive. I am asked to name a new challenger on each of my 5 days. Today I am challenging my friend +Janet Patterson​​​​​ to join me in this. Just post one nature photo a day for 5 days. Tag me in it, use the hash tag #naturephotochallenge and nominate someone else on each of the days.

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