Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 24

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This weekend we had a, too brief, visit from my brother and his wife. But the ones our kids were really excited to see were the baby cousin and dog.

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 23

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I don't know about other families out there, but being the person who does the majority of cooking, day in and day out, can get exhausting and demoralising. There come times when I completely lack inspiration AND motivation. Thankfully, occasionally this guy will jump in and save me, sending me away to do something else. He's a pretty good cook and can whip up a mean Thai curry, so there's always that added bonus too!

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 22

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Last week was half term break from school. A break is always good, but knowing there are still seven more weeks until the Summer break, when friends in the States are finishing up school already, doesn't feel like such a great deal. We didn't get away as daddy was working and plans to do fun local stuff were thwarted by rain for the first part of the week, then family plans fell apart at the end of the week, so a bit disappointing in all. Life can be like that.

We did venture to Swindon on Friday though, to a fun pool for the kids. I still struggle posting these non-portrait photos, but it's about capturing the moments.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 31

And just like that, the month is over. Last photo for Macro May 2018 is these cute little fungi nestled together in the undergrowth....until next year.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 28

The wonderful potential of a rose bud.

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 21

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We had some crazy flash flooding yesterday; it was a sudden deluge, too much for the street drains to handle. It had been feeling really mild and the girls were really excited, grabbed their jackets and boots and headed out to splash around. By the afternoon the sun had reappeared and it was mostly forgotten, but it will be a fun memory.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 27

This busy little bee took many attempts to try to capture, you should see all the near misses. Not perfectly happy, but I never claimed to take portraits of bees, so he gets no money back.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 25

If you don't live here and watched it on tv, don't let the glorious weather from last weekend's royal wedding fool you, the rest of the week has been gloomy and wet! The snails are out and loving it, but some of us humans (especially the ones who used to live in California) not so much.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 24

Another gloomy day around here and of course when I saw my perfect macro shot my camera was at sad. Beads it is then.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 22

As the month wears on the challenge gets harder. I know people approach MacroMay in different ways; while some store up photos ahead of time and post one a day, I challenge myself to each day of May take a new photo to post. As the month end nears though, the struggle increases.

Thank you to my hubby for today's inspiration, not sure why I didn't think of it before. This photo captures the truly narrow depth of field involved in macro photography; this was shot at an aperture of f/5.6, which with any other lens would give a considerable depth of field and a lot in focus, but here and at this proximity you can see how little there is to work with. Fun huh?!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 21

Visited another friend's garden today. I am often surprised by what catches my eye once I upload my photos, it's not always what I would necessarily expect.

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 20

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Love that each of my kids is artistic...homemade birthday card making.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 20

Another departure from florals, I decided to do a still life today, just to try something different. I didn't have too much on hand and was losing light rapidly, as well as multitasking as I made dinner for the family. But it works...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 16

I poked around a friend's garden today and this plant in the corner caught my eye. It had no need for flowers because the gorgeous leaves look like this...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 15

Halfway through the month already. Another change up from florals because I've photographed everything I have access to in local parks, and yeah, that nonexistent garden we have. Who has a garden I can hit up?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 14

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 19

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Walking the dog is a daily occurrence for me, but I try to rope the rest of them in on the weekends. We went to Snuff Mills yesterday afternoon and it was lovely. Grabbed this shot which really sums up so many of our walks; certain young lady talking, certain young man behind in a  world of his own, dog focused intently on daddy.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 12

It's bluebell season here in the UK, it doesn't last long but there's nothing better than the carpet of blue/purple when you find it. I still need to figure out where that is, local to us, but wanted to capture a solo one too. Such beautiful flowers. I'm loving all the purple shades this week.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 10

Just a dried up old bud that caught my eye...because I look and see differently when I have my macro lens. Fresh perspective!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 9

I wasn't sure what this purple flower was so I asked the Insagram world and the consensus seems to be that it is an Allium, more specifically an ornamental allium, which is basically an onion. Learn something new every day!