He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me

He loves me, he loves me not - Ellie Kennard 2016
He loves me, he loves me not – Ellie Kennard 2016
 The humble daisy flower has an extraordinary ability. Children and adults the world over have plucked its petals one by one, looking for the answer to the age-old question ‘He loves me, he loves me not’. This flower, it appears, can reliably answer and, in so doing, define the future for the enquirer. Who would have credited such knowledge to such a modest, simple flower?


For Sheer Joy

For Sheer Joy - Ellie Kennard 2016
For Sheer Joy – Fuchsia – Ellie Kennard 2016

This image of a single fuchsia represents for me the distilled joy and the beauty of flowers, in particular the delicacy and transience of each bloom of the fuchsia in its short life. It reminds me of a bird taking off and of a ballerina with arms raised gracefully, about to leap into the air in the arms of her partner. It seems to radiate the sheer joy of living and life.

I hope you enjoy it and it helps to make your weekend joyful and bright! It is another in my series of multiple exposure floral images.

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Spirea Bouquet (with Bug)

Spirea flowers in multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Spirea flowers in multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

I love how white spirea blooms can completely fill a hedge and brighten up a late spring landscape. When the bushes are left to grow, they reach quite a height and are a mass of tiny white flowers. I tried many times (on this and other occasions) to photograph them, using my macro lens as they are very small, but a documentary photograph did not seem to do justice to the profusion of blossoms. A macro lens multiple exposure seemed to give a much better representation and it even hides a tiny bug in the middle of it (if you can see it!).

We have a hedge right in front of my kitchen window, which is where I took this photograph. All through the rest of the year we find the shrub a nuisance and threaten to pull it out, but when it is in bloom, I love to see it.

Enjoy your week everyone!

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Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016
Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016

This is a flower that I love to see in the Spring as it always reminds me of white and blue striped pyjamas. This year I decided to photograph it in a multiple exposure and think that this really accentuates the lovely airy impression.

I am really enjoying making my series of multiple exposure flowers and I hope you enjoy my shares of them. You can see them in my gallery on my website (in a larger size, too) here:

Have a wonderful week!


Light in the Shadows

Light in the shadows - Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016
Light in the shadows – Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016

The wonderful thing about our rhododendron bushes is that they grow in shady areas under trees and give unexpected bright spots of colour. In these darker locations there is not much natural light to use in photographing them which can make it harder to get a good photograph of a single hidden bloom. On top of that there is often a breeze when the sun does fall on them, so they are moving with small flashes of light in the shadows. I have tried before to get a multiple exposure of one of the light ones and this year I managed to catch the airy patterns and petals.


Diaphanous Crocus

Diaphanous Crocus- Ellie Kennard 2016
Diaphanous Crocus- Ellie Kennard 2016

We only had one patch of white crocus this year, so I decided to take several exposures of it and combine them to give one of my favourite effects, which I think distills the essence of the plant, while giving a translucence and delicacy to the flower petals. Spring is supposed to be on the way, but with the world weather patterns shifting there is every chance that we might end up once again buried under mounds of snow. Well, perhaps not every chance. And hopefully no chance at all. Please. Just some sun and warmth. With no black-flies or mosquitoes. (I can dream.)

Enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather!

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A Posy of African Violets For Your Sunday


I love the multiple exposure of small flowers and this one of a pink African violet I have on my window sill is one I took this week. I love how it seems to distill the various flowering stages into this one image making it seem to be a small bunch, a posy of colour and light!

Enjoy this on your Sunday wherever you are. It is sunny here, if still quite cold and I am going to take Joni and have a walk on the beach now that the tide is on the way out. I hope you do something as relaxing for the rest of your day.

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Bright Splashes in the Winter Woods

When the landscape seems mostly to be composed of dark trunks of trees contrasted with white snow and deep greens of the evergreens, to come across this scene where the last of the clinging leaves bring bright splashes of colour can almost take your breath away! Such beauty, like a ray of hope that there will be colour in the world again!

Both Steven and I have been very sick with the flu and are not yet recovered. I just wanted to reassure my friends that we are still here and hope to be back to our usual selves soon.

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Sometimes the Worms Have the Best View

Sometimes the worms - Ellie Kennard 2015
Sometimes the worms – Ellie Kennard 2015

How often do we search for a striking foreground to a beautifully coloured sky, at sunset or sunrise? And how often are we in just the wrong place, with scrub land or ugly buildings the only thing we can feature in the photograph? Too often, at least for me. I had just these same thoughts when I saw this beautiful fading sunset, but then I saw these lovely wildflowers and grasses boldly silhouetted against the pink and blue hues and decided to get down low and make them the stars of my picture.

When we don’t have glorious mountain ranges, canyons or waterfalls near us, we can make the smaller, quieter glories around us into such wonders. We just have to get the right perspective to see their qualities and potential. Isn’t that the same with people?