Weekly Photography Challenge: Textures

When I saw that this week’s challenge is textures, my first thoughts were of roughness and bumpiness although lack of bumps is also a texture.

One of the attractions of taking pics of my daughter’s three cats on the bed is the contrasting textures of their fur and the bedding.

I made an Elizabethan style smocked and embroidered baby gown for my middle son 36 years ago. Last week I had my 7 week old grandson, Banjo, model it for me – the stitches on the fabric have lovely texture – so do his squooshy cheeks!

The white Japonica is beautiful, but last summer it was overrun by Cleavers/Goosegrass, which is now silvery grey and a nice contrast with the blossom. It’s also covered in seeds, unfortunately…

 

Grampians Textures is also the name of the annual textile workshop-fest that takes place in Halls Gap in March. I don’t get to do a course every year, but I did do four days of mixed media with Kieth Lo Bue this year – lots of textures in these pieces I made.

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Weekly Photography Challenge: From Every Angle

I can never limit myself to just one photo, so being challenged to photograph something (or someone) from Every Angle suits me pretty well. It was just a matter of deciding who or what my subject would be…

It’s the last (calendar) day of winter, and spring blossom is everywhere, so I chose the plum tree behind our house, which is smothered in simple, sweetly scented white bloom, and, since the sun has been out, it is buzzing with bees as well.

I took pictures from every angle I could think of, short of climbing on the roof to take one from above. There’s even one of fallen petals under the tree – I’m just sorry you can’t smell it, because it smells of spring sunshine and warmer days to come, and maybe, just maybe, there’s a whiff of plum jam…

Friday Poem: O Spring

As winters go on planet Earth, ours here in Southern Australia is quite mild – where we live, snow is a rare and welcome novelty, and cabin fever unheard of. But, even though the woods will never be snowy, dark and deep, we’ve found our winter long and cold this year, and everyone is longing for Spring sunshine. DSCF9455 (Large)

Monday dawns dull and grey

Overcast sky and misty rain

Wind from the south and the icy sea

But Spring! Oh, Spring!

Cries the pink blossom tree.

Put on your coat and scarf and hat

You’ll need them all to walk in that

Take an umbrella to stroll and chat.

Run, little dog, this isn’t spring,

But the pink blossom tree

Would argue with that.

The wheelbarrow is to show you the reality of winter in our area – after the dry dusty summer, weeds suddenly germinate and over-run the garden. Every year, when longing for the rain to come, I forget that it leads to an explosion of weeds – and now we are longing for sunshine, and forgetting about the downsides of summer. Such is life!

Weekly Photography Challenge: A Good Day

The challenge this week is to make a gallery (with or without MESH), and tell the story of a Good Day. Most days have at least the potential to be good days, although we don’t always think to record them. I had to choose between searching out photos of a past Good Day somewhere exciting, or to get out the camera and record an average, stay-at-home Good Day.

I chose the latter.

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A Good Day at home includes sunshine, some gardening and arts and crafts, a comfy chair, and chai tea and something tasty served up on pretty vintage china. Some Nirvana and photography is always good, and today I made a miniature Japanese moss garden in an old fish tank. And spring is coming – blossom on the trees and birds outside annoying the cat, who isn’t…

I’m not sure if this Mudhoney song is quite in the same spirit, but I like it anyway. Hope you do too…

Today is a Good Day