Friday, May 31, 2013

CAMERA CHRONICLES

For those who have been following
my camera chronicles...
Our very dainty and delicate honeysuckle
'ReEnergized' the batteries
Gardenias, wedding white puffs of softness
and cautiously crept toward the garden
Cute as a button, multi-coloured lantana

in the hope of capturing 
Petite and pretty jasmine
a few still images
Charmingly simple Chinese carnations
of some blooming beauties
 Precious tiny petals of the Virgin Mary's Teardrop, (Greek name)
in case my camera, once again, went kaput

which, of course, it did.
Thus compelling me to get creative
Playing around with 'Poster Effect' in iPiccy
in iPiccy,
 and in the process...
refreshingly recharged, batteries of my own!

Thanks for visiting,
Poppy


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65 comments:

  1. Gorrrrrgeous photos, Poppy!! I love taking photos of my garden, too. BTW, are you on Instagram? I think you would enjoy the various photo filters on Instagram. And there are lots of garden photos. It is very hot in DC this week....mid 90s. Gotta go out and water my babies :)
    xoxo
    Loi

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    1. Thanks, Loi! No, I'm not on Instagram and actually am not all that familiar with it; guess I'd better get with the program!:)

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  2. Oh my! These flowers look absolutely lovely my Poppy! I love the new photo system, it really brings out the colors and the delicateness of each flower petal! The textures and the play of light are amazing.. great job! Looking forward to more of these lovelies to come! Love you mum! You're as precious as the blooms you feature...

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    1. Thank you, my love! The 'flower' mode seems to have allowed me to get a little closer to the detail I so want to capture in these beautiful and delicate beings!

      Miss you very much!:(

      Love you more!:)

      xoxo

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  3. Your camera takes beautiful pictures, so glad that it just needed new batteries. I have been looking at purchasing a new camera but there is so much to consider.

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    1. Actually, Patty, as I wrote in the post, it's acting up again; won't turn on at all! Yes, there is a lot to research before making such an expensive purchase. It's always good to get feedback from other bloggers, whose pictures you admire. Good luck!

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  4. The honeysuckle is stunning! You have some beautiful flowers to photograph in your garden.

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    1. The sunshine and Mediterranean climate make it all happen; I just serve them their daily chemical cocktail of H2O, and they're happy!

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  5. Beautiful Flowers-you surely have a lovely green thumb!
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma! They are actually quite self-sufficient and thrive in this climate, virtually not getting a drop of rain for at least 4 months!

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  6. I feel like I'm looking at a travel brochure! "Come to Greece and see the beautiful gardens".

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    1. Maureen, that 'travel brochure' will tell you that there are over 130 wildflowers and herbs that are unique and exclusive to Crete, alone!

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  7. Oh Poppy, these flowers are just gorgeous!! Love them all and don't they make you smile? We are finally getting to enjoy some dry weather.. it's been so rainy. xxleslie

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    1. I cannot tell you how happy they make me; their bright, delicate petals and stems that give birth to little buds are a wonder to observe, and when they have a growth spurt, my smile stretches from ear to ear! Glad that you are getting a break from all the rain!Hopefully sunny days are ahead!:)

      xo

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  8. I have that virgin Mary's teardrop in our garden and for over a year, I didn't know its name. Thank you Poppy for sharing your beautiful spring collection.

    The creative in you always comes out in your every photographs.

    Wishing you a blessed weekend.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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    1. Thanks so much, Aida! Sometimes, when things don't go as planned (read: camera not cooperating!), one is forced to brainstorm better solutions (read: experiment with photo effects and have a little fun!).

      Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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  9. Lovely, lovely photos. You make me yearn for some time to work in the garden,

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I know how much time you have devoted to your beautiful garden lately and can understand your yearning for more.

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  10. Oh, Poppy! I feel for you. I truly do. But those images are lovely. Praying that my flowers are still alive when we return home after being gone a week. ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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    1. Thank so much, Sheila! Hope that you find your lovely garden has been flourishing, despite your absence!:)

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  11. Lovely photos! : ) Just starting my lantana here. I really like them as once they get going they are a nice mid to late summer flower, doing well in drought and heat.

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    1. Thanks, Debra! What colours have you planted? I decided to go with the red/orange/yellow combo to complement the terracotta tiles around the patio. I must say, though, that the yellow and white variety I have is doing much better. Any ideas?

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    2. I just got small pots this year. One is white, and the others are some sort of multi-colored bloom. They were small, and about one day after I planted we had four days of cold weather. Two nights I had to cover them to protect from a freeze. Then we went right up to four days of high temps ( as in around 90 degrees ) and the poor things don't know which way is up by now. So they've not really even started to bloom aside from that white one have one or two blossoms.

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  12. Love your flowers and photos!

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  13. Beautiful photos, Poppy! What the heck is happening with your darned camera? Maybe it's time for a new one - but I know that new cameras don't grow on trees. Hang in there!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thank you, Claudia! I don't know and I am frustrated! Downloaded a PDF manual to do some troubleshooting, but haven't had the time to take a proper look.

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  14. Your flowers are gorgeous! Such beautiful colors and shapes! Have a great week!

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    1. The sunshine on these little lovelies helps to bring out their bold hues!

      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  15. I always love seeing flowers. They just make my heart sing and yours are simply lovely. Isn't it interesting that your post was about your camera and Claudia's was too? Love it!
    Hope your weekend has been extraordinary!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Regarding the camera conversations...Claudia was raving about hers, whereas I cannot say the same thing about my little trouble maker!

      Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

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    2. And I am soooo sorry you are having all that trouble. Bummer!!

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  16. I'm oohing and aahing over your gardenias and jasmine and honeysuckles. Lucky you to have the climate to grow them!

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    1. They make me smile, but I cannot decide which one has the most pleasant scent! Then again, why choose, they're all so heady and heavenly sweet!

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  17. Just wonderful and such exotic plants... I'm reminded to put lantana back on my nursery list. Love it!

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    1. I love lantana; it flourishes so effortlessly, and requires little maintenance. The red variety in the photo though, isn't doing as well as my yellow and white! It could be its particular spot, I guess.

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  18. Pretty blooms Poppy, and I like the poster effect. I see Vee's comment above and realize I didn't plant any lantana either this year.
    Judith

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    1. Thanks, Judith! They are so very pretty and dainty and I love the tricoloured variety!

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  19. Love this time of year and it's fun to see blooms from around the world!

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    1. Spring, stretching into summer...refreshing, revitalizing, but also, lazy, hazy and HOT, here in the Mediterranean!

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  20. Wow, your blooms are all beautiful. Hubby just planted some Lantana yesterday, it is one of my favorites. Now I am wishing I had some jasmine too. Lovely post and photos.

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    1. Eileen, don't hesitate! Not sure when jasmine is supposed to be planted, but it grows very quickly. I'm starting to weave mine in between the patio's marble columns, just as I had dreamt of doing when I designed the house! And that scent...well, you know!

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  21. Really beautiful blooms! I always plant lantana at my mailbox since it's wonderfully drought tolerant! Your honeysuckle is just stunning! Love all these photos of your pretty blooms!

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    1. Thank you, Manuela! Good to know that about the lantana! I'm learning so much from everyone!

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  22. Your flowers are awesome!
    I couldn't begin to grow them where
    I live since the season is too short.
    I'll have to enjoy them from your photos.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly. You have your own beautiful flowers, suitable to that fresh and gorgeous green landscape that is Canada! I so miss my precious peonies, for many reason, one being, fond childhood memories of giving them to teachers at the end of the school year! Ahh...so long ago, yet their scent is present in my heart and soul.

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  23. I can understand how focusing in all your lush plants could recharge your batteries, Poppy!
    -Karen

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  24. What a great way to put it, Karen! Yes, just sitting, surrounded by them refreshes my spirit and mood!

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  25. The honeysuckle is just stunning. I can imagine the fragrance! Such color in your garden - you must love being out there just now, whether with a camera that works or not.

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    1. What a lovely way to look at it, re: the camera! Most of my phone calls, which tend to be lengthy), as well as dining alfresco, take place on the patio, where the light orchestrates the choice of seating.

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  26. Beautiful flower pictures - especially love the honeysuckle!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! Do you have this variety of honeysuckle in your part of the country?

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  27. Wow what gorgeous photography! That's something I need to work on myself. Thanks for sharing those lovely photos. Glad your camera was okay! Take care

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  28. My dearest Poppy,
    For a temperamental camera, it sure takes stunning pictures - but then it's thanks to the owner and her creative eye. The flowers are so vivid in colour they're almost popping out of the screen ... I can almost smell them! The only advantage of not having them to see in real life now is that I can avoid sneezing due to my darn hay fever. But by the time I arrive in Crete in July I should be over the allergy and ready to feast my eyes on your exquisite garden. I agree totally with Elefteria. The play of light and texture are brought out magnificently, so much that the flowers seem 3 dimensional.
    It has inspired me to do something about my pitiful garden. I'll see what the local nursery has to offer.
    Lovely post as always.
    Mxoxoxox

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  29. Your flowers are amazing! I'd love to smell those gardenias right now. They have the very best smell of all.

    I just posted Nancy's Kitchen Tour. She's an old blog friend of mine...I hope you can visit. :)

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  30. Your photos are truly lovely - so sorry that the camera is still not cooperating! I hope you're able to resolve that soon for you! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  31. Beautiful blooms and gorgeous collage! Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I'd love to see what you've been up to this week :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/06/the-homeacre-hop-22.html

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  32. Your garden is gorgeous and your photographs are stunning! The ipiccy collage is great too!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Say G'day Saturday party. I hope you will be able to join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
    www.natashainoz.com

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  33. Hi Poppy, it's nice to meet you! Thank you for your visit to my blog. I love all your flower pics and now I'm going back to read more. I'm your newest follower *_*

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  34. Hi Poppy! I love seeing the photos of your gorgeous garden! Thank you so much for sharing them for Fresh-Cut Friday!

    ~Liz

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  35. Good morning, Poppy! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments!

    I love that first shot of the honeysuckle. Your garden's blooms are so lovely! I'd love to smell the gardenia. :D

    We're preparing to plant our summer planters in a couple of weeks. I can't wait!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
    Ricki Jill

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  36. I love your creative photos...
    Love, Mona

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