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Travel theme: seeds

I’ve always been fascinated with seeds and seed heads – they make such interesting silhouettes.

Here are some of my seed photos:

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This is a huge seedpod – you can see its size up against the lens cap from my camera. It’s from the sausage tree, found in Botswana. You definitely wouldn’t want to be standing under the tree when one of these drops off!

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freshly picked lotus seed heads – the seeds are considered a great delicacy and taste a bit like hazel nuts or almonds

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seeds and pods from the Annato tree (this is where henna comes from)

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Nigella aka Love-in-the-mist seedpods – they produce flowers varying in colour from white through pink to deep blue and self-seed easily

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how could I not include an image of poppies and their distinctive seed pods

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these giant thistleheads can often be found nailed to the front doors of houses in Southern France as protection against the evil eye

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more thistles

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and finally, two pieces of artwork created using seeds and seedpods by Marie Noelle Fontan

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View more seeds by following the links on Ailsa’s post

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Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.

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They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.

See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.

Lest we forget

Today is Armistice Day, a day whose memory is celebrated in the UK and Commonwealth countries. Poppies have become a widely recognised symbol for those who lost their lives. The world as we know it now bears no resemblance to the world when they were fighting and events are now shaping ours in ways that were unthinkable until recently. We should give thanks that we have enjoyed peace for so long here in Europe and pray that it will continue.

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The published version of the poem reads:

In Flanders fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae

“The reproduction of the autograph poem is from a copy belonging to Carleton Noyes, Esq., of Cambridge, Mass., who kindly permitted its use.”

I couldn’t decide whether I preferred the version with the black or white writing so I have included them both.

Sally D’s mobile photography challenge: challengee’s choice

We’ve been on our travels again recently so I have plenty of images to choose from for this week’s challenge. For the fourth Monday in the month the challengee (a word I’ve invented to describe the person responding to the challenge) can choose the theme. As Sally has just added a new category – photomontage – I’ve decided to run with that.

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This is a very simple one, with the two images blended using the Superimpose app and I reduced the opacity so that more of the flowers is revealed than the wooden texture which forms the background.

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Sally D’s mobile photography challenge: black and white

Although I have been a subscriber to Sally D’s blog for some time now, this my first entry for Sally D’s mobile photography challenge
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taken with Iphone 6S+ native camera app and edited in Snapseed

thistles in Provence

travel theme: pastel

Sometimes ones eyes need a rest from the garish colours that surround us. Pastel shades have always been restful. Here are some of my pastel photos:

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pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany

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London

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a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)

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water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar

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cherry blossom

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lotus blossom bud with grasshopper

Do you prefer pastels to brights? Take a look at some more here.

Daily Post photo challenge: details

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looks like there will be a good hazel nut harvest this year

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bee on a teasel

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thistledown

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Queen Anne’s lace

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