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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

travel theme: hills

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Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas

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early morning in Provence

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shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus

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view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus

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view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus

Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.

one word photo challenge: curtain

A few of my curtain photos

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curtains are used to protect the icons in chapels from the glare of the sun

See how other people interpreted this challenge from the links here

Cee’s fun foto challenge: feathers

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peacock feathers in Malaysia

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a feather duster seller in Bangkok

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birds of a feather in Singapore’s Jurong bird park

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the new hairdo

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fifty shades of pink

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the aptly named ‘superb’ starling

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“shake a tail feather, baby”

Cee’s fun foto challenge

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: neutral

We get so used to seeing brightly coloured images wherever we look that it’s sometimes a pleasure to rest ones eyes on a more neutral palette. With that in mind, here are some of my neutral photos, taken in the south of France

 

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WPC: state of mind

Weekly photo challenge

Sometimes, this is how I feel in the morning
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ready to take on the world
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all set for a journey
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ready for mischief
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hungry
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a little light music in the garden
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or quiet contemplation
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blinded by the light
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at the end of the day, a bit ragged around the edges
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ready for bed
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although I don’t think I would choose to sleep in Vincent Van Gogh’s bed …..