What Colour is Happiness

The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

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I have borrowed a flower to speak for me. Nature’s restorer after tears. Beverley

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Spring is spinning in

“Think of all the beauty still left around & be happy” Anne Frank

The long days of winter seem to be longer this year. Normally I don’t fret about the weather or warm sunshine but this year I have started to yearn for the colours of Spring and hopefully warmer days. I have suffered a lot from the prolonged cold affecting my hands and body. Photography has been painful at times.
Today I read this quote from Anne Frank, a girl who really knew suffering.

Colourful flowers where given to me, how could I keep their beauty to myself. I just had to share this pretty flower on my blog tonight. Something lives in every hue…..be happy! Beverley

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Challenge 365 completed 2013

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Day 365: I should be posting my December selection box today but as this is my last photo of this challenge I decided to take a photo of the ‘kit’ I used throughout the year to fulfil this challenge. Actually I had to use my DSLR to take this photo and now I know how much my mind is focused on using my iPhone this year. I was tempted to ‘tap to focus’ which didn’t make any sense with a DSLR! Embarrassingly I wondered why the view finder wasn’t working until I remembered I had to remove the lens cap……..

It will be very strange to start tomorrow without the thinking about which photo I might find for my 365 challenge. It was a long journey but one I enjoyed and have learned a lot from it. I am not too pleased with some of the photos I have taken but each of them has taught me something about the styles and subjects I enjoyed the most and exactly what I need to improve….a lot!

I don’t want to make this a long boring blog post but I would like to encourage anyone thinking about the new year we are about to enter (some already have reached 2014) to think about the challenge. Start as I did, thinking I would only take a photo a week but when I had taken the first one I knew I just had to keep going. I sometimes dreamt I had forgotten to take my photo and wondered what I was going to do as this would have been a big fail for me!

It wasn’t always easy as I am mainly at home and my subjects where mainly found in our garden. This wasn’t as bad as I thought as I really saw the changes in our garden on a daily basis and discovered many treasures through the Ölloclip macro lens….this opened up a new world to me. I decided to get a calendar printed (the one in this photo) with a selection of the photos to reflect on in 2014. I was quite amazed that the photos printed out quite nicely and people have remarked on how they would like one! I think I know most of the flowers from seed to bud to flower and back again. Nature is an amazing artist.

I wouldn’t be starting a new 365 but my mind wouldn’t stop as I really want to be more creative and explore more with my iPhone and perhaps my DSLR after a crash course to learn the settings for this again!

One last thing I registered with OKDOTHIS an iPhone photo sharing app. I wasn’t sure at first but have slowly become addicted to the app and enjoying the community. It will keep my creative mind going as I have bookmarked a lot of ‘DOs’ created by others in the community which in turn makes me find those photos to post to my stream up I there! If you have an iPhone download the app and become involved. Follow me @beverley as I would love to follow you and discover a new challenge with you. It’s fun yet most inspiring. http://www.okdothis.com/

Thank you for following my blog while I completed 365 (longer post than it should have been if you are still reading, thank you!)

Beverley

November’s selection box

Nature reserves some of her choice rewards for days when her mood may appear to be somber.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – The Sense of Wonder, (1956)

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My penultimate month of this 365 day project. I have chosen a selection of unusual photos I found in the garden. I found this a difficult month as there is no vibrancy of pretty flowers, or butterflies to chase! I was going to choose the beautiful hues of falling keaves but decided to share some quirky photographs which really did make me use my imagination! I hope you can see the things I saw……I will be starting my final month tomorrow and contemplating how much taking a photo a day has taught me. Please call back to see my final month and possibly a few extra posts as the month passes. Thank you to all who encourage me via wordpress and Twitter I really appreciate your feedback and support. Beverley

October’s selection box

The unexpected colours of Autumn.
How many years have I always considered autumnal hues to be the beautiful shades of golden brown, red and bronze?
This year while taking my photo a day I have discovered autumn has hidden colours in our garden which I have missed every year to date! My ōlloclip has been my companion to finding yet more beauty in nature.

I don’t think anyone would want to hear me singing but when I think about Autumn five words of an old hymn come alive in my mind. The hymn: “Loved with everlasting love”: “something lives in every hue

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I hope someone will see what I mean…..Beverley

September’s selection box

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ©Albert Einstein

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The months are passing by. I really didn’t think I would reach the end of September still taking my photo a day.

Once again nature has been my friend and I have amazed myself by getting close to insects and moths! I have always had a fear of moths but when I spotted a photo opportunity with this Twenty-plume moth I put my fears aside to take this photo. The detail in the wing patterns is simply amazing!
I didn’t think 365 would help me to appreciate moths!

Thank you for keeping up with me throughout this project, only a few more months to go. Please call back to see what I have learned and if I enjoyed this challenge. Beverley