Shot of the Week – vol 14

Painted flowers

Something a little different this week, as this image is from last year during one of my visits to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  I’m holding back the best shot from this week for the Tuesday Photo Challenge (this was last week’s).

Human Flower

I found this flower rather amusing, as it was surrounded by a wealth of real flowers, and many people didn’t even notice what made these beauties different…

It’s amazing what can be done with a bit of spray paint 🙂

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using a EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/160 second, f/10 at 400 ISO.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 6

Her name is McGill…

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.


Sometimes all it takes is the appreciation of a single flower, as it stands out among the sea of green.  Such was the case here with this beautiful flower.

Hope you enjoy this view toward Spring (sorry Southern Hemisphere…)

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk III and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.3 at 1/160 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.


The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Ata’s Cave, whose blog is very interesting and worth your attention!    If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

Three Day Quote Challenge – pt 3

The universe in a single flower

Flowers reaching for the sky

The Challenge

On Saturday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.

The rules of this challenge are simple:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:

  1. Fleeting Muse
  2. Views from the Edge
  3. JustBlueDutch

Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!

The Quote

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

This quote speaks to me on many levels, from being in the present at all times to truly see the flower, to allowing ourselves to be one with the universe.

What do you take away from this quote?

Instant Grammar – page 26

The image on page 6 was shot on September 5, while I was waiting for my car to be serviced.  It had just rained and I sauntered over to the Panera close to the dealership to get a bit of breakfast.

A Sunny Flower on a Rainy Day
A Sunny Flower on a Rainy Day

After a (somewhat) healthy power breakfast with a cup of hot green tea, I was walking back and rather liked the sky that presented itself, so was looking for an opportunity to photograph it in some fashion.

As it happened, the dealership had planted a nice row of sunflowers along the edge of their lot to dress things up a bit.  I liked the idea of juxtaposing the sunflower against the doughnut shop and the sky; a bit of a 3-way contrast between sun and rain, as well as healthy sunflower seeds vs killer doughnuts.  A bit of finding the position to line up flower, shop and sky, and you see the result here.

I hope you enjoyed my musings about page 26 and feel free to take a look at the entire book at the following link for the softcover versionInstant Grammar 2013 by Frank Jansen or for the hardcover version Instant Grammar 2013 (Hardcopy) by Frank Jansen