27 December 2013






'Inner peace'








The hungry dahlia.

I don't think the geranium suspects a thing.



25 December 2013






'Someone's in a mood'




23 December 2013







I'm playing with new photo editing software.

Here's Poppy Buzz after a makeover.
Very overdone, but so much fun.

:)



20 December 2013

18 December 2013

17 December 2013

16 December 2013






The new power poles popping up around our area.

Ugly but fascinating.



12 December 2013



Ghostly shapes loom in and out
of the early morning mist

a smothering eerie silence





A dilapidated truck leans
drunkenly
shakes off its hangover

Its throaty roar
arouses
the dawn chorus

First sign of the work ahead





It’s a man’s job

He grasps his metal chain

Each link
holds tight the hopes
of his chainsaw gang




Each felled trunk
sawn down in its prime
hoisted
one by one to safety


As evening draws near

a pile of rounds
aged worn
in fine ringed detail
wait forlornly as the fog rolls in




For another dawn
another day

Open wounds, bleeding sap.


~~~





Words by Amanda Edwards  Images by Niki


We won the November Words/Photo challenge.

Yay! 

:)


9 December 2013



This is my favourite rose.

It is called 'Erotica' and has the most gorgeous smell.

It was raining softly when I took this image yesterday.






Then thunder and lightening boomed and cracked and it bucketed down.

Quite spectacular until the kitchen box window leaked so much that it required several towels to mop it up.






Now the roses are ruined, all droopy and sad.

But everything else is beautiful and refreshed. I love that feeling.

And I'm quite relieved that I'd mowed all the lawns before it happened.





6 December 2013



My peony has lost his petals.






3 December 2013




I made some new friends today.





Chatty bunch ... I couldn't get a word in edgeways.



30 November 2013




The Man's attempt at stopping the cats
sitting on the chair.





hehehe

Yes we laugh at him don't we, Henry.

:)



24 November 2013














A wee sick buzzy.

I love how you can see her leg through the wing.




22 November 2013



O speckled thrush
so cold, so stiff, so dead!

Your flame extinguished
a faded silhouette
a fly-blown curiosity

No glimmer of light
from your half-moon eye.




Stark contrast
to that sparkling beaded lace
an ethereal throw over nature's bed

A sticky, intricate snare
where Death awaits
upon his secret tight rope

Wraps his victims tenderly in silk
then sucks out all life
leaves just an empty husk.




Is this your fate
O speckled thrush
as you "push up the daisies?"

Heavens no!

You are surrounded by 
innocent 'Christ-children'*
damp with early morning tears
mourning your death
yet rejoicing in the dawning
of a new day ...




And look ... O look!


A tulip cup
ablaze with glory

Herald of spring and all
dappled, variegated things
toasts the heavens
feasts upon the rising sun

Shouts out its certainty -





Your death, speckled thrush
Is Nature's celebration
A new beginning ...

You have fulfilled your role
your purpose on earth

In God's eternal, circle of life.





Words by © Amanda Edwards 2013 

Images by Niki




* Daisies are known as 'Christ children' - with their innocence and purity and the word itself is Old English for 'day's eye' - referring to the beginning of each day, illustrated by the daisy closing its petals in the evening, and the first to open at dawn to greet the day. It also has its debut in the spring.




21 November 2013






Getting overexcited with layers.
Not sure if I like it or not.

:)



14 November 2013

5 November 2013

2 November 2013

29 October 2013







return to sanctuary





12 October 2013





Distilling alcohol



9 October 2013

6 October 2013

4 October 2013


Wool 'n' Nuts Productions

presents


Chick Stick goes Trampolining

















The End


Please note: No atrocious chicks were harmed in the making of this film but the camera-chook did receive some firm words for wasting time and being silly!



3 October 2013





I was suppose to be weeding but the tulips were so beautiful that I couldn't resist.

Now I must go and feed my pigs and my boy ... and myself for that matter.
One tends to forget to eat when surrounded by glowing tulips.



2 October 2013



Blending layers to create a HDR image.

I'm still learning so please excuse the quality. And I think you're suppose to take three photos,
I only took two.

The light image is actually lighter and the dark one darker than what they are on here.
They went a bit strange when I loaded them.

:)



light


dark



blended



1 October 2013

29 September 2013

28 September 2013











What I do to Henry when I'm bored.

:)



27 September 2013



September Photo Challenge

'exercise'












24 September 2013






Tractor Digger

my attempt at 

HDR

:)






Rocket Man Pencil









22 September 2013



another try at pencils














P.G's Pencil Photography!

'penc-hole'