An Overlooked Beauty

Some people think this flower is a nuisance weed but I adore them, especially when they go to seed. To me they are sparkles of beauty when they are weighed down by the rain, and glisten against the darkness, through my lens. Sometimes we have to look harder to see the sparkle in ourselves and others but it’s the small sparkles that can make the difference to the way we live our lives.

These photographs celebrate all those people who make our lives sparkle.

Shine 1
Shine 2
Shine 3
Shine 4

Thanks for visiting.

Teasels and Pins

After a week of crazy weather it was so good to see blue sky again, and enjoy the different effects of the beautiful sun light. I took these shots of Teasels just before the light was starting to fade, and then later in darkness, with a Sigma macro lens. Teasels are also known as Dipsacus which comes from the Greek word dispa, which apparently “refers to cup-like formation where sessile leaves merge from the stem” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipsacus). It is their changing form which fascinates me, as they go from a beautiful lilac flower, to a wintry, elaborate architectural structure .

Teasels were historically used to comb and tease the nap from the woven materials, such as wool, before being replaced by metal cards. Anyway that’s enough about history lets get get back to the present and my window.

Still Life Teasel 1

Still Life Teasel 2

Still Life Teasel 3

Still Life Teasel 4

Stil Life Teasel 5

Still Life Teasel 6

Ianua Lights

Another new year but a bleaker start than normal, not just lockdown and dark days but also doing dry January. I must be bonkers but up for a challenge. Another challenge this year is to refocus upon my creativity and to help awaken this I received a book which was first published in 1992, called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is all about discovering and maintaining your creativity whether you want to be an artist, writer, actor etc. and provides twelve a week course for you to follow. As yet I haven’t made a proper start besides doing “morning papers “, more will be revealed through my future blog posts.

However, my inspiration to write my first post for the year happened when I noticed how beautiful the winter sun struck a vase of yellow tulips. I was not only excited by the beauty of the flowers, but also the shadow created on the white wall. I love shadows and am fascinated by the effect of different lighting upon every day objects, landscapes and faces…And yes there is sunshine on the horizon as the Covid19 Vaccine begins to be rolled out, and on the 1st of February I will drink to this, as well as the gradual increase of daylight .

Happy New Year Everyone

Colour Burst 1

Formby Beach Winter Sun

Colour Burst 2

Winter Dusk 1

Winter Dusk 2

Winter Dusk 3

Sun Burst 3

All images copyright to DawnMacroArt

 

 

Roma by the Sea

Beaches are great places to visit during the Winter months…. less people, and good for the soul. So off we went to Formby beach, (owned by the National Trust and home to lots of red squirrels), with Roma who had never been on a beach, or in the sea.
Roma loves water and will go in every pond or puddle she passes, so this was going to be a fun day.

Yes, she loved it and so did we; crashing waves, a beautiful sky, an abundance of shells washed ashore and a soggy puppy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Showers

This certainly has been a bizarre April; snow, hail and heavy downpours, ……but beauty can still be found. I am often excited when I see these natural “diamonds ” dancing in the sunlight.

 

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New Rose

 

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After the Rain

 

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Wet Fringe

 

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Crocodile Rock