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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:

pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany


a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)

water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar

cherry blossom

lotus blossom bud with grasshopper

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

Friday Finds 14 November 2014

In November in south western Turkey these white flowers cover the hillsides after the first autumn rains. The flowers are daisies and what look like miniature narcissi. The narcissi, if that’s what they are, are only about 4 inches high




one word photo challenge: sapphire

Sapphire is one of my favourite colours and I have always associated it with the colour blue. My engagement ring (for which I waited 18 years until we found the right one) is made of diamonds and sapphires. They are really dark blue, so dark they almost look black in some lights. However, sapphires come in many other shades varying from light to dark blue and, in addition, they occur as pink, green, yellow and shades of orange and brown.

I shot these blue agapanthus flowers in the gardens of Hadspen House, near Bruton in Somerset, UK. At the time the garden was oval-shaped enclosed within walls of mellowed ageing red brick. It was a beautiful place. It seems that the house has changed ownership, the garden is no longer open to the public and I’m not even sure it exists any more. Such a pity.





Sunday Post: flowers

Jake’s choice of theme this week ‘flowers’ gives me the chance to share some of my (many) photos of flowers. Thank you, Jake!

These photos were taken at Holland’s famous Keukenhof




and these at the Chiang Mai flower festival






weekly photo challenge: future tense

In today’s challenge we want you to grab an image from your world that holds the promise or portent of the future. It could be:

As everyday as the experience of waiting for a bus or train.

As abstract as something that symbolizes your ambitions or hopes for the future.

A note, prayer or promise jotted on a napkin or cross-stitched with exquisite tenderness.

The promise or portent of spring, sunrise, or storm in nature.

A street candid of someone nervously waiting on their date to arrive.

A piano falling from a third storey flat into the oncoming path of an adorable kitten. Or any other action about to take place.

Anything that involves the present and a hint of the future all in one frame.

We spend so much of our lives thinking back, or looking ahead, and even though a photo captures only one moment in time, with a bit of thought it can freeze the process of moving forward, or the promise of things to come. Your challenge this week is to seal one such moment in amber.

I’ve chosen to share some photos taken in Sri Lanka, Bali and Turkey.

Poya or Poya Day is the name given to a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka which occurs every full moon day. Men, women and children flock to the temples to leave offerings of flowers to Buddha.




Every good Buddhist is expected to make the pilgrimage to the temple of the sacred tooth relic in Kandy at least once in their lifetime. The inner sanctum containing this holiest of relics is only opened for 20 minutes twice a day and people queue for hours for a chance to file past and catch a glimpse of the casket which contains it.


Many Asian people believe in the protection provided by the spirit world and Sri Lanka is no exception.
There is a great tradition of mask carving here and many buildings will have a mask of one or other of the spirits fixed somewhere to protect the building and the people living or working inside it. One of the most popular ones is that of the peacock spirit. These are a selection of masks we saw in the mask museum at Ambalangoda.

In Bali it’s hard to avoid stepping on offerings as there as so many of them everwhere. Creating them is considered an artform and they are designed to be as appealing as possible.




when a child reaches the age of 2 a little boat with a flower offering on board is sent out to sea to wish him/her well in the future


carrying baskets of offerings on their heads the people make their way to the temple

In Turkey too, the famous blue and white beads are incorporated into decorations for protection against the evil eye and are displayed in homes and businesses


Festival of trees

Inspired by Jasmine’s recent Festival of trees post, I decided to make a slideshow of some of the trees I saw on a recent walk, one sunny day in springtime Luxembourg. Although it started out being a festival of trees it morphed into a festival of spring. Enjoy!

Glimpses of Thailand

A selection of photos from a recent visit to Thailand.

White lotus blossom

white frangipani flowers

the pond in the garden

experimenting with the black and white setting on my camera

experiment with the sepia setting on my camera

unidentified shrub with creamy white bracts/flowers – possibly a variety of handkerchief tree

a variety of a Bird of Paradise plant family

no idea what this one is called, its rather obsene-looking red bracts were very popular with ants

the simplest of flower arrangements – a bowl of flowers floating in water, spotted in the airport departure lounge

At the night food market at Nathon pier I spotted this gentleman and his dog, kitted out in the latest fashion – a specially made-to-measure crocheted, lime green dress

A huge variety of food is on offer in Thailand, ranging from the edible – a breakfast mandala of fresh fruit

to the not-so edible (deepfried crunchy insects)

together with the possibility of sampling such delicacies as tamarind fruit, which smell disgusting – a bit like very ripe cheese and taste a bit like roasted garlic. Often used to flavour sauces as it is quite sweet when cooked. The purple fruit to the right of the picture are mangosteens – quite delicious. When you manage to get inside them the fruit looks a bit like a segmented lychee with a large stone and tastes like a cross between a lychee and a strawberry.

Here be dragon fruit (the pink ones), apples and longan (a member of the lychee family)

Fruit salad-in-waiting

Small oranges/mandarins, apples, longan, mangosteens, pink apples

and the heavily armoured jack fruit – tastes disgusting – like bubblegum and the juice is so sticky that it’s  almost impossible to get your hands clean afterwards

One day we took a boat trip part way around the island of Koh Tao, famous for its diving possibilities

The black smudge around the boat is a “fish ball” – a huge shoal of fish, which moves together as if the whole lot had one single mind of its own

feeding frenzy as the fish fight to eat the cooked rice grains we have scattered on the surface of the water

3 squid fishing boats tied together, with huge fluorescent lights hanging from the gantries hanging over the sea which attract the squid to the surface at night

and, finally, two murals painted on the walls of the new international airport in Bangkok