Blue Petal Mondays

I love playing around with colours and lighting when it comes to photography, (and yes, on my mobile phone too) which I often do a lot to see the end result of  – although I’ll be doing a proper post about this soon!

I thought I’d play with the colour of these flowers, and see what I came up with. I did several versions of this photograph, using different apps, but I liked this one best (done with the Photo Studio app) because of how natural and pretty the shades of blue looked (if blue petals can look natural, that is), and the dreamy look it has. I can imagine a little pixie hiding behind one of these (or maybe something from Fergully!), and a tiny little world of flower-beings, perhaps.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia is an island

This week’s Weekly Challenge is ‘Nostalgic‘, which for me, brings to mind the best places I have been to, and the suprising little secrets they hold. They say the past is another country, but for me it’s also an island – isolated perhaps by the rose-tinted glasses we wear when we look back – but also untainted because of the good memories we hold, particularly when it comes to places which change (or don’t!) as time goes on.

One of these places is undoubtably the wonderful Cornwall, which I visited with my family a couple of years ago, and which I have never forgotten. (One of) the most memorably places which we visited was St Michael’s Mount, which was a small island that has a long path to walk along to get there – but you have to be quick, otherwise the tide comes in on the way back! I think everyone’s favourite memory that day was dashing along the path in the evening, holding their pants/dress/shoes up and splashing their way back to the shore, before we could get stranded (and would have to take the boat back).

We didn’t get to explore the island for long, because we arrived mid-day and only managed to walk around for an hour or so, but it’s definitely on my to-visit list when we come back – this time we’ll bring wellies and a paddling boat!

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Durdle’s Door & Lulworth Cove, Bournemouth

This place is officially on my Top Ten list of most amazing places ever. It’s not just the beautiful greeny-blue clear water, or the high rock formations (or ‘Durdle’s Door’, as it’s called) with its beautifully cool breeze. It’s that feeling of serenity which settles over you as you slowly gather closely to this beautiful place, the clean pebbles which crunch under your feet, and the feeling of being completely elsewhere, somewhere outside of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and it’s pollution.

Don’t get me wong, I love living in the city, London is home to me like no other, but when you get away from its crazy traffic, all those congested shops and materialistic, designer brands and stresses of crisp-white-shirted offices, to a beautiful place like this, it’s gives you a chance to switch off, relax and forget re-charging those batteries, just take them out.

We only spent a day at this beautiful place, but it was honestly the highlight of everyone’s day. I think it was also better because none of us expected to be this peaceful and beautiful, and it’s really a journey climbing down, walking down, strolling down (nearly falling down in my case!) before you even get to the shore. For me, this is the stuff of holiday brochures, but with all the sounds, salty smells and little jigs that come with it. I could go on more about what a beautiful place this is, but I’ll let the photographs say it for me – this is really a memorable, special place for me (especially as my sisters and friends chalked my name in BIG LETTERS on the cliff walls for me) – and I can’t wait to go back.

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Waterdrops on Flower tops

These are a from a series of photographs I did of my mum’s garden last weekend, which I loved because it looked all dewy and natural (sounds like a foundation advert, don’t I?), and because I love the shades of purple the flowers are in. These are one of my favourite types of flowers, giant daisy-types (I have no idea what the name of these ones are, I’m a big ignoramus, me), but I liked how well my camera picked up the detail of the petals and droplets in these. Next, pester my mum to grow me some sunflowers!

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