This week the Lens-Artist challenge suggests that in addition to their challenge, we link to some of the other creative opportunities our fellow bloggers make available. Cee does a wonderful job keeping us all up-to-date with the current challenges. So I have chosen two of her challenges to link to this week. First her CBWC challenge and this week’s topic is “birds”.
While birds can bring lots of colour into our gardens we can also appreciate their beauty in black and white.
The second of Cee challenges is her flower of the day (FOTD) challenge. In Ireland, it is mid-winter and really we shouldn’t be finding any flowers around. But I photographed this meadow buttercup, the essence of a summer meadow flower, on the 1st January.
I took lots of frog photographs when the frogs were mating in the garden pond, and to find a favourite is really hard. But I decided on this monochrome image.
Garden robins bring our family so much joy. “Robin friend” was so tame he was happy to preen and sing right in front of us, so I have to include more than one photograph.
I just love ladybirds and getting a good ladybird photograph is hard, but I really like this one.
Once spring comes flowers and bees become my main focus. So I had quite a lot of images to choose from.
Seeing a large pod of dolphins from the coast during the summer was a real privilege, so while not the best of photographs this is a special memory for me from 2021.
And below just a few other favourites.
There were quite a few rainbows in 2021 too, so it seems a fitting place to end. And also to thank all those who followed me in 2021, thank you for your support and encouragement.
Finally, we have reached the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. At least things will start going the right direction now. Some serene images to celebrate. Happy Solstice to everyone and special thanks to our Lens Artists host for providing some great challenges throughout 2021 including this one.
So this week Tina’ let us choose our own theme. I am, perhaps unsurprisingly, going for some glorious bees to remind us of last summer and to help us look forward to next year. They are mostly bumblebees but I had to include the beautiful solitary mining bee too.
Even in winter we can find much to celebrate in nature. Our friendly robin greets us each morning looking for breakfast.
And many other garden birds can be seen at the feeders, or queuing up for them.
Most of the leaves have fallen now but even on the ground they still look beautiful.
Some trees, though striped of leaves, are covered in interesting lichens and colourful berries.
While many greens are gone others can be found – like this very healthy and vibrant moss.
Grasses and reeds, while brown, still have interesting seed heads
And on those calm bright winter days we can still enjoy that lovely winter light – even if its length is very short.
Winter too is a time of reflection, for remembering those gone before us, and thinking of those left behind.
As Ann-Christine says there are so many stories to capture. So where does one start?
Bees tell us so many stories. They tell us how important flowers are. They tell us that we are all connected in life. They tell us we should forage near home when looking for food. They tell us enjoy life, at least while the sun is shining. Perhaps we need to listen to them more closely.
Without flower meadows there will be no bees, without bees there will be no flowers meadows. It is another story. A short one.
Over the weekend we got the chance to go for a walk and visit Lough Conn. The winter light, the water, the reflections were just perfect for a blissful couple of hours with the camera.
Inspired by this week’s Lens Artist Challenge – Follow your bliss
Continuing on my tree and autumn theme – this week it is all about shapes. I hate to think of nature designing anything. Everything has adapted and has evolved to be the best it can be. Each leaf having it own unique pattern. Even the bark of the oak tree is an intricate pattern of different shapes.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #173 – Interesting Architecture, I thought I would do a gallery of trees. I always find trees very architectural, as well as being beautiful of course.