Monday, June 27, 2011

A Quickie

My sweet readers, I just wanted to know about my health- what's going on with it, so I went to my doctor who advised me several tests.
I am in sheer agony now expecting the test results.
I just know my health hasn't been the greatest in the last couple of weeks.

I hope that you all have had wonderful weekends. xx

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

In the Middle of Summer


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I've caught a cold from my air conditioning by being exposed to a chilly environment for almost a week or so.
By the end of the week I had a nice cold going. I've not been feeling so well lately...been coughing non-stop. It's so annoying! I apologize for not personally commenting on each and every post of yours, or getting back to you for a while. In case you're wondering...now you know why.

See you all soon, hopefully. xx

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer



Today is the first official day of summer!
In the U.S.A. and the rest of the northern hemisphere, it is the day
of the year when the sun is farthest north. This day is known as
the Summer Solstice. 
The Celts celebrated the first day of summer with dancing.
I wonder if the day is still celebrated around the world?

Have a great, sunny summer! Never forget to use sunscreen. xx

Loving  Sweet Shot Tuesday.

(Paintings by Michael A.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beaches: Bantham Beach, Devon + Perspective



Bantham Beach, Devon, UK. (Photos taken November, 2010.)

It has been nearly seven months since my last journey to Devon, but these photographs keep making me feel happy.
I'm excited to share these images with you and take you all on a journey within my photos.
Bantham Beach is a beautiful sandy beach on the south coast of  Devon, UK, ideal for water-sports, especially surfing.
I love to watch people surfing. It's an amazing sport! Isn't it?
I'd love to take a stroll down the Bantham beach. I've been feeling the travel bug pretty strongly as of late.

Creativity and Imagination.

A brilliant photographer and wise person once told me.
"Use your creativity to:

*'build' your image,
* figure out what perspective would be best,
*make your photographs tell a story."
                                                                                                            
Actually I've seen pictures- with stunning colour combinations
and perfect exposure- taken with great cameras, but they look
ordinary; because to my opinion they lack two major things.
Composition and Perspective.
                       
If you're into photography you may have heard of 
The Rule of Thirds. It is one of the basic techniques and refers to
the way a composition is constructed. (Of course there are many
Composition Rules; but rules are meant to be broken.)
The Rule of Thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into
thirds- both horizontally and vertically. Ideally your picture 
will fall in or near one of those intersections. 
(Highlighted in red.)     
                              
As for the theory of Perspective as applied to pictures, I think creativity is essential in any image.
In other words, I love pictures that "tell a story".
Plymouth Barbican, Devon, UK. 

What makes a great photograph? What are the elements that make a picture great?
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear.

Hope you have a wonderful, creative weekend, my lovelies! xx

(Photo diagram credit Rick Baker Images )                                   

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You're Amazing!

It's my Birthday! So today I'd love to share a few flower photos 
with you, my sweet readers. Oh well, one year older but still 
young at heart. 

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional!"
Chill Davis 

Now I'm off to celebrate another year of life and, of course, eat
cake! :)                                                              
Hugs to you all, friends, followers, readers...
you're amazing! xx

Sweet Shot Tuesday  for sweet shots.

I love Your Sunday Best  by the amazing Nancy.                           

Friday, June 10, 2011

Have a Cuddly Weekend!

I found this video by Septimiuskrogh to be ridiculously hilarious and so very cute, but actually, I was a bit  worried about those beautiful dogs. 
So, I had to check out the story behind it on the You Tube.
Both dogs loved it! What a great college animated"...in spite of waiting never get anything to drink!" 
Aren't these dogs just adorable?!

My darlings, hope you have a wonderful, loving weekend! xx  

P.S. Many thanks to my friend Constantine and his cute kitty that were so kind enough to pose for me!

P.P.S. These photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Minimal Photography - Are You...







Are you a minimalist or a maximalist? They say "Less is More", 
"Do less and do it better". I definitely like that!:)

Most of us may possibly be unaware of how little we need to truly 
live and be happy. I am not quite sure I deserve the label
'minimalist' living in a materialistic and globalized world and era.
Actually I am a city girl;
...and I can honestly say it is not easy for me, but I've already simplified my life a lot, and cleared a lot of unneeded possessions.
I'm trying to downsize...giving non-essential stuff away.
De-cluttering is great fun! looking at the open uncluttered space,
I love it!
"Living in a tent"...is it really starting to appeal to me? Definitely not, but I do strongly believe that the pursuit of wealth has made more people unhappy than happy.
                    
How about you? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear. xx
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