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Pink Radish Flowers and Friday Bonus

Pink Radish Flowers
Pink Radish Flowers

Today’s happiness flower is a spray of pink radish blooms which makes me think of a Japanese painting for some reason. Their airy delicacy really appeals to me and I hope it gives a little lift today to any who feel in need of a bit of bright pink along slender green stems.

And today there is a bonus image as it is Friday and I feel like treating everyone to a photograph I took early on in my project. I have not gone far for this one, as it also is in the vegetable garden.

Dill flower
Dill flower

I have planted dill wherever it would be a good companion plant and this spray is just beside the tomatoes. I wish everyone a lovely day or evening!

The Flower a Day Gallery with current content is below. Each day a new photo (in this case 2 new photos) will be added. There are now 6 to view. Click or tap to view full size.

Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass leaved goldenrod
Grass leaved goldenrod

Good day everyone! Today’s flower to help cheer your morning (or evening) is a wild one, a member of the Aster family. At first glance it doesn’t seem to be very interesting, but when you look closely it has an intricate tiny beauty in each little flower. It is known as Grass leaved Goldenrod or Goldentops, grows around us profusely and its nectar is a favourite of monarch butterflies. I love the tiny golden florettes that sit above those spiky leaves. This was photographed along the edge of the path that runs beside a wood next to us. The Flower a Day Gallery as it is up to now is below. Each day a new photo will be added.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

Today’s flower to bring a smile is a Rose of Sharon I found in a store. I was so glad that I had my camera with me as these blooms were so beautiful nestled in the dark leaves with their soft blue colour. They seemed almost out of place in that bustling masked distanced environment. I wish now that I had bought the plant, but maybe another time. Have a lovely day or evening wherever you are in the world.

The full gallery is below.

Now where was I?

Before we were so rudely interrupted…

Marigolds
Marigolds in our vegetable garden

Where was I and where were we? In a different world, it seems. So much has changed in the past year, for us personally and for us collectively around the world. My last post seemed to say that flowers can bring the sun back into our lives and strangely, that theme continues after all this time with this post and the ones to follow.

Like many of us, I know, Steven and I have had periods of feeling isolated (that’s what isolation does to people!) and also of feeling a little low in spirits. Back in July I decided to start a project in an attempt to cheer myself on a daily basis and perhaps bring some cheer to my friends and family who felt like we do.

Queen Anne's Lace by the woods
Queen Anne’s Lace by the woods

I decided to take my camera out and dust it off and find flowers in the immediate environment of my home, in the woods and fields beside us and on the roadsides outside our house. Some would be ones I had planted or were in our garden, most would be wild, grasses, usually known as weeds. I also (mostly) limited myself to using my vintage Helios 44-2 lens, which requires the discipline of setting the camera to manual adjustments. I have taken too many photographs on my phone over the past year. I needed to get back to the challenge and pleasures of using my camera to capture the beauty in my home environment. I was hoping this would lift my spirits and I have found that it has. Here I begin sharing these with my website viewers on a daily basis. I hope each day you will enjoy seeing a new flower.

On this post you see 2 to start you off. Clicking on them will open the gallery, where each day a new image will be added with the post I share. Please subscribe if you have not and you wish to be part of my happiness share.

And then the sun broke through

And then the sun broke through - Ellie Kennard 2019
And then the sun broke through – Ellie Kennard 2019

When the sun breaks through after a dark time, flowers are the best filter. Such beauty, found on the roadside, wrapped around a pole. So mundane but such pristine perfection with the light shining through. A reminder of what it is to be happy. And what could be more cheering?

Have a lovely week everyone!

A real post (not virtual)

Promising beginnings

Whatever does that mean? A real post (not a virtual one) – for a change! It means that I am constantly writing posts in my head and I even go so far as to take the photographs to go with them. But it seems to be a virtual impossibility (see what I just did there??) for me to get to the point where I put my thoughts onto the virtual paper on my screen to make the post. So here, at last, is one that made its way from my head (and phone photos) to the screen and finally to your browser (or email inbox). So it’s real at last!

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Farewell to the Plus

Medford, Nova Scotia sunset - Ellie Kennard 2019
Medford, Nova Scotia sunset – Ellie Kennard 2019

It’s the end of an era for the best social network that ever happened. For those who didn’t ‘get’ Google+, this post will be meaningless. Just enjoy the sunset photo.

For those of us who loved the interactions we had on there, who learned so much, who shared so much knowledge around the world, so freely and with such passion, I don’t need to say anything. You already know (and have probably read other eulogies) what we have lost. We lost it a while ago, to be honest, when they began what we didn’t know was the disintegration of what made the network so great. So today is finally when ‘the fat lady sings’.

The end of G+. #googleplussunsetting #gplussunsetting

We Started the G+ Fire

Sunset: We didn't really start the Google+ fire - but we kept it going for almost 8 years!
We didn’t really start the Google+ fire – but we kept it going for almost 8 years!

The end of Google+ is almost here and, although I have a new image to share for the final day tomorrow, this fiery sunset seems an appropriate one to share for the last day. As Google+ crashes and burns, I remember all of the terrific creative, warm, funny, helpful and inspiring people I met on that platform. Thank you everyone for the great years!

Original post: Sept 3, 2013;

We haven’t had any sunsets or sunrises in a good few days, but I do have more that were taken while being driven along the highway in that special sky night. So rather than not post for this week, I am sharing this one. Along Highway 101, Nova Scotia.

#WeeklyPhotoProject2013
Week 35: Sunrise or Sunset