Captivating


Do you remember when you were a child and something captivated
your attention and you felt totally spellbound?

Last weekend, sitting on my balcony facing my flowers,
I was completely charmed by this colourful image
seen through the glass from which I was drinking.

I went inside to get my camera 
and in passing
peeked through the glass at my garden herbs!
This one is lemon verbena.

The pink begonia clamoured for my attention
so I obliged.

Then I had the idea of picking up a small fluted glass dish
and so enjoyed 
creating new kinds of abstract images.
First the yellow marigolds

Then some purple campanula next to the pink begonia

Orange snapdragons

and red...

Pink begonias again. They're doing so well this year.

No special editing tricks, just a glass bowl and my balcony garden!

A captivating mosaic to bring them all together,


I hope that you will be as enchanted as I am
observing these colours and shapes
and taking it all in with the eagerness and enthusiasm
of a child who finds wonderment
just everywhere!


On a similar theme, you can visit Kim Manley Ort's blog
and see how she talks about the word; Mesmerized



37 comments

  1. Your inner child took you on a glorious ride as she sent you from one flower to another exploring the wonders the glass would reveal.... These photographs are beautiful .

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    1. Nancy, a teacher at my school always told us girls: "In life, remember to be child-like but not childish"! I have remembered! Thank you for popping in!

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  2. How beautiful and how fun! I can just see you running around your balcony placing the bowl over each flower! I need to try this!

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    1. Cathy, you're right! I was going from flower to flower with my glass bowl to see what they would create!

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  3. Enchanting for sure! Who would have thought?!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I do love to notice things and have fun with them!

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  4. What a lovely idea. They are so abstract and unusual.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, and discovered rather by accident really!

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  5. You are so clever at SEEING things and capturing them with you camera. Very artistic.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Thanks Sarn. Capturing things as I see them is the most rewarding part! It must be similar to when you're creating your cards and you're working on the harmony and mood you can see with your inner eye!

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  6. Oh how fun!! Your balcony must look gorgeous with all those flowers!!
    Kate :}

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    1. Thanks Kate. Yes, it seems to be a good year for flowers, despite the heat.

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  7. Interesting and the pictures are wonderful, I like them all and get inspired.
    Monica

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    1. Thanks, Monica. I enjoyed seeing my flowers from another point of view!

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  8. I do believe I'm just as enchanted as you were! What a stunning set of pictures. And that mosaic is just marvellous.

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! It's amazing what beauties turn up, isn't it? It all started when I was emptying my glass of wine and saw the patterns and colours through the bottom of the glass!

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  9. What a wonderful discovery, Sandra! These abstract images are beautiful -- the colors and lines are so lovely. The mosaic is my favorite too.

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    1. Thank you, Gina. Yes, the mosaic puts them all together to play on the abstract quality!

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  10. how fun that the glass and that around it mesmerized you. I can see why.
    these photos are quite lovely and a joy to see.

    I recently planted a lemon verbena. Seeing yours has me wondering if it will come back after winter. Off to look that up.

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    1. Tammie, I've never managed to keep a lemon verbena over winter. It would probably work if I brought it inside, but I have no space! I've already harvested from mine twice this year. Lots of refreshing herb teas for the autumn and winter!

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  11. How enchanting and captivating!

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  12. I like this idea a lot. my favorite is the yellow marigolds one. you should try it with colorful marbles but really any see-through objects will most certainly make you see something new.

    have a lovely day.

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  13. Thanks, Lissa. Yes, playing with reflections and glass or crystal always gives fascinating and unexpected images!

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  14. Very captivating and mesmerizing, indeed!

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    1. Sometimes it's nice to play, Astri!

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  15. Hi Sandra, what fabulous pictures really beautiful xx

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    1. Thanks, Sue. Art is in the garden!

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  16. These are fantastic, Sandra, and how fortunate you were to look down into that glass!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Yes, art by accident!

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  17. Good eye, Sandra - I like your glassy discovery, and I also like seeing/hearing about your balcony blooms.

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Yes, blooms on my balcony makes life really worth living in my city environment! I surround myself with greenery and colour all through the warm months of the year!

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  18. Sandra, these are superb! I really love the mosaic also.

    Next time I have a glass of wine, I will be looking!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! It's interesting seeing things around us through glass or in reflections. I've always enjoyed it and how it gives us another vision of something which is fascinating in its own right!

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  19. These are, for sure, enchanting Sandra. I especially like the ones through the glasses. I can just imagine the fun you had with it. This is how creative projects start (or not)!

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  20. Thank you, Kim. Yes, looking through my wine glass as I drank the last drops was quite a revelation!

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