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Renewed optimism

I’ve not taken any still life shots for a while so a rainy dull day seemed ideal to stay indoors and play. I do have a beautiful bouquet of flowers from our anniversary last week but I’m much more at home with decaying plants and flowers as I love the texture. A quick dash into the garden produced some sorry looking specimens but they make for amazing macro shots.

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Slow down

Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection (Wikipedia)

I love the idea that there is beauty in imperfection and in things that are transient. I have long been a lover of decaying flowers or nature as the textures and lines are often stunning. My garden at the minute looks, on first glance, to be past its best- not much life and just a few struggling flowers. On closer inspection however, there are some wonderful subjects! The poppy seed heads have so many shades of green and brown.

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The flowers that are decaying are covered in fine cobwebs and have so much texture.

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Don’t be in too much of a hurry to see what is in front of you.We all rush around so much. Take time for yourself and appreciate nature – it really is amazing. x

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The calming force of nature!

Sometimes if I’m stressed or have things on my mind I will just sit with a coffee and watch the birds in the garden. We’ve been feeding them for several years now and some are quite tame. I love the colours and textures from the amazing multicoloured pheasants to the stunning brown and cream of the thrushes I am saving for a serious zoom lens but at the moment these will do!

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