Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sharing a Passion

Sharing this passion with my eleven year-old grandson!
He's already into iPod Touch photography
but when he came to stay this summer
he asked if he could try my big camera!

Shutter speed and f/stops are becoming familiar
and I'm so pleased I kept my old Sony SLR
so that we each have a camera when we go out together!

We went down to the park,
into the woods
and much of my apartment has been photographed
in amusing detail!

Our conversations have taken on such subjects
as rule of thirds, filling the frame and depth of field!
I love that he's taken this interest so early on
who knows if it will continue 
or if it will lead to anything.
For the time being, we're both having lots of fun.

Moments to treasure
and sweet souvenirs
from the summer of 2014.

At the end of July, I shall probably come to the end of my mosaic postings.
Time to discover other things
and tread new paths.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Lake Crossing

Living in a country in the middle of Europe
instead of an island
called Great Britain
I had to get used to not seeing the sea!
here in Switzerland there are lakes and mountains
and it was very easy to get used to their beauty!
I am lucky enough to live in the city but near the Lac Léman.

One of my biggest pleasures in the summer months
is to take a steam-boat to cross the lake!
Different cruises can be taken too with a meal included.
See former postings here: A Cruise on the Lake. Part One.
There are three parts if you care to scroll down them.

Just being on one of those elegant boats to cross the lake
feels like being on holiday!
I hardly sit down because I want to see all the lovely views.
Each boat has a name
and the one I travelled on above, on the left of the big picture,
is called "Simplon"
which is the name of  a Swiss mountain pass.

I love to see the young men with their coiled blue ropes
which they throw onto the shore to anchor the boat while 
everyone crosses the 'passerelle' or gangway.

My destination, the town of Evian,
is very clean and well kept to impress the tourists.
The flower beds are just beautiful
and it was here that I first discovered a flower called
Chocolate Cosmos which really does smell of chocolate!

Eating a salad out on a lakeside terrace
and then a refreshing dessert of 
peaches and strawberries.

After our rainy period
it seems we are back in the sun and rising heat again!

I hope that you are enjoying the season
in all the ways you love the most!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rainy Day Creativity

Rainy days happen!
Could they be opportunities to become creative?
There are so many things I actually like to do which keep me inside
when the weather is simply gorgeous I don't really want to do them
let's bake some bread
make a vegetable casserole
and get out that crochet hook and colourful cotton!

Who cares if it rains sometimes?
With an umbrella and good shoes
we can even manage a walk or two!

Why am I making photo montages
which is not my usual style?
Well, it feels playful and is fun to do
and most of all, these montages tell a story in pictures.

It's nice to change our style and point of view sometimes
It's refreshing and allows us to see our lives anew.
After all, who wants to fall into a rut?

Come rain or shine,
perhaps you'd like to join me in the summer fun?
Let's play
and enjoy
whatever this day brings!

Crochet pattern link here

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Taste of Summer

A season where all our senses become alive.
Close your eyes and feel it on your skin
Listen to the sounds
the birdsong.
I love the peace on my street before the traffic starts up.
Leisurely breakfasts on the balcony
and, when the fridge is empty,
a walk to the shops to enjoy the glorious choice of fruit and vegetables
of the summer season.
Simple meals with a minimum of preparation.
The smell of ripe tomatoes and fresh basil
a trickle of olive oil, a little ricotta and a slice of homemade bread.

Not looking at the time.
Enjoying the moment
as if there were no other.

Noticing each tiny detail of the flowers on my balcony garden
Watching the bees as they collect pollen from my Snapdragons.
Sometimes doing all the things I love
Sometimes just being.
In the joy of life.

Isn't this what summer is all about?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Connection and Touching Essence through Photography

Frothy wavelet on the beach.
I could gaze at images like this and never tire of them.
They have a peaceful and contemplative quality.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what sort of images I'm attracted to.
Behind each picture taken, there is an emotion, a story and a part of me.
How could it be otherwise?
The connection between photograph and photographer is intense.
Sometimes it's subtle and other times it takes my breath away.

The heart of a flower and delicate petals are forever pulling me in.
I can never resist their eternal beauty.
Here I feel the essence of the rose.

Everyday images of fruit on a plate
 which delight my eyes in colour and shapes and composition and,
right after the photo, those apricots delighted my taste-buds!

A jug of full-blown flowers
already dropping a few petals on the kitchen table.

I am particularly attracted to water and reflections
and soft varying shades of blue.
Meditative images like these bring me feelings of serenity.

Do you feel lulled by this gentle wave and the delicate swell of water?
Me too!

Images that tell me stories create words which come tumbling into my head.
Here are some of my favourite ones:

This one touches me particularly because it depicts my grandson conducting the melody
and changing patterns of the water fountains.
Look at the posting here: Water Music

I observed this bird at the end of the day
 and was mesmerized by the simplicity of the silhouetted image
and held spellbound by the beauty of the blackbird's song.
See the other images and the words here: "If I were a bird".

Another early evening capture in the park with a hazy moon.
You can read more about this with the little story entitled:

This last image represents my needs in life.
The large expanse of water shows my need for a certain amount
of space and freedom.
It invites me to be adventurous and to discover new horizons.
I also know that I need some sort of anchor which grounds me and is reassuring.
There is a sturdy railing to hold onto, should I need it, but it doesn't close me in.
The coiled rope is there in case of necessity.
The water, in different shades of blue, represents the dreamy side of my nature
and the railings and rope keep me in the reality of life.

This is part of my photographic journey.
It is who I am now, on the never-ending path of discovery and new openings.
Nothing stands still,
our lives move gently towards our own personal destiny
and on the way, we learn and evolve.

This post is connected to an interview I did with Kim Manley Ort 
and she has kindly posted about it here:

I have done several workshops with Kim
Check out her website

Kim's workshops allow me to express myself in a way which help
develop my photography.
I have learnt to be more daring, to try out new subjects and to see new points of view.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Could this be Summer?

These colours
touch my heart

Lime green and powder blue

A perfect leaf

and delicate shades of pink and mauve

The dappled sunlight
invites me to sit and read awhile
Next to this year's beautiful blue hydrangea.

Peppermint tea and a cloth outside on my balcony...
Could this be summer?

Friday, 13 June 2014

Watery Reflections

What is it about reflections and water
which attracts me so?
This peaceful pond brings me a feeling of harmony.

The gentle colours of the early morning lighting,
and the presence of that bicycle against the railings,
really captured my attention.
Such a feeling of peace.
Living fairly close to a lake certainly allows me to contemplate the beauty
of watery reflections very often.
This one was taken on the French side of the lake.
I went out walking just as the sun was coming over the mountains
on the Swiss side.

The morning ferry created these beautiful rounded waves
which never quite broke, but rolled silently towards the shore
in undulating shades of blue
and I watched enraptured by their gentle, swelling movement.
It felt as if the water was breathing deep meditative breaths
to the gentle rhythm of life
and I felt my own breathing slowing to the same rhythm.

A little moor-hen glided over coloured ripples
unaware of the beauty she was creating.

Here is my magical spot
where I stood spell-bound for a very long time,
taking in the symbolism of the shimmering colours of the water
and thinking how much they resembled life itself.
A map of life
with delicate flowing hues
interspersed with darker shades and hidden depths and unknown territory.
I love those rocks which give a feeling of stability and strength
against the ever-changing colours and moods of the rippling water.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Morning in London

breakfast at the hotel can be a  tad boring
let me take you to Le Pain Quotidien!
The name of this restaurant means "The Daily Bread".
It's set out informally and has gorgeous scrubbed pine tables.
My favourite table is the very long one in the middle
with plenty of room to stretch out and even chat with other people.
they have free wifi and I was able to write a few emails
and look up theatres and concerts to go to in the city.

I love the atmosphere
and it's a great meeting place.

This one is in High Holborn and near where I like to stay in London.
It was still empty at this early hour
and a few people were waiting for the door to open
to enjoy breakfast.
Here is a brief story of the bakery and restaurant
and its founder.

The next stop is Covent Garden
There's always something happening here
including free concerts.
Lots of lovely boutiques to browse too.

You can stand at the railings or go downstairs
and sit at a table with something to drink.
First there was an opera singer performing.

My favourite was a string quartet
playing classical music pieces.
Don't you love the little boy?
He was playing his own violin made out of two small pieces of wood.
and he imitated every movement of the musicians.
A basket was passed round and we were able to show
our appreciation and even buy a CD.

It was time to visit a park.
Here is a fountain at Regent's Park

and some lovely pink blossom on a flowering chestnut tree.
Another lovely day in London.
There are so many things to do that I can never do them all
that's just the best excuse in the world to go back there again!