Bright and airy

Yellow, white and purple orchid flowers

I really hope I’m not over-doing the orchid pictures by posting another couple today. I couldn’t help taking more pictures last weekend, though. With the sunshine streaming through my window and the flowers blooming, my little plant just looked so pretty.

I did try to mix it up a bit, though. Rather than focusing on the central petals, I zoomed out a bit. While the closer macro shots are still my favourites when it comes to this plant, I do really quite like how these ones came out. They’re bright and airy–exactly what I was going for.

I just love when pictures turn out how you planned; don’t you?

Two yellow, purple and white orchid flowers

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Macro experiment

A close-up of a multi-coloured slinky

Some days, I like to just pull out my macro lens and play. That doesn’t mean I’m always happy with the results, though.

Take this slinky photo as an example. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it. Part of me likes the way the background light plays off of the colours, but… I don’t know. There’s something in me that’s hesitant to say I’m full-on “happy” with it.

Regardless, I liked it enough to share it with you. Maybe you can pinpoint how you feel about it better than I can.

Orchid is blooming

Orchid's Centre

I was worried about my little orchid plant for a little while. All of its little flowers had fallen off, and no new ones had appeared.

Recently, though, little buds formed. Then, in the last couple of weeks, the flowers started blooming.

Yellow and Purple Orchid

Now there are about five little flowers on my plant again, all of them a beautiful blend of white, yellow, and purple.

Can you blame me for spending some time last week taking some pictures of them? Or for loving how those pictures turned out?

Orchid Petals

This, I think, might be my favourite of the batch. There’s something in the way the colours fade into each other and in the curve of that bottom petal. It might just be one of my favourite pictures from my blog as a whole, actually.

A social media update

The Hogwarts Crest

If you read through April’s Monthly Update, you may have seen that one of my goals for this month was to participate in some social media hashtag games/discussions. I’m happy to say that, so far, I’ve been able to keep up with one: the #Aprillitwrit tag over on Instagram.

I’ve tried taking part in other regular hashtag games in the past, but I haven’t been able to keep up with it as well as I’ve managed this time. I’m not sure why this one is so different. Maybe it’s the photo-based platform? I don’t know. I’m enjoying it regardless.

Anyway, if you haven’t taken part in a hashtag game like this one, I’d recommend that you do. It’s a great challenge–it’s been fun coming up with different photos and answers for the prompts. I’ve felt a lot more creative since I started, and I’m really looking forward to the remainder of the month.

Oh, and if you’re curious about why the Hogwarts crest is the this week’s featured photo… well, it was a picture I used for one of the prompts. You’ll have to go and check it out if you’d like to see what I said about it.

 

They help keep me going

Espresso Bean Close-Up

Yes, lots of things help keep me going. My family and friends in particular.

But, a lot of mornings, so does caffeine. It helps wake me up when I’m trying to fully wrap my head around my work, it helps put me in a better mood, and it helps make me a better conversationalist. Or, some mornings, able to hold a conversation in the first place.

I like my coffee in the form of lattes or mochas especially, or in tea. I’ll admit, though, that I haven’t tried working with whole coffee beans before. And that I may have only bought these ones for the photo opportunity. (If you’re curious about why, this Instagram photo will explain it.) I don’t have the right equipment to make lattes or anything with these beans, but I may be able to grind them up and try making cold brew coffee.

My original plan was to give them to someone, but, I mean, they smelled so good when I was taking their picture. I don’t think I can give them up now.