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A Dream of Country Sunsets

Dream of a country sunset - multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Dream of a country sunset – multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

A path that runs along the side of a field that’s near our house has always given the best view of sunsets within a 5 minute walk. As we have so many trees around us and the ground rises in the direction of the setting sun, the most glorious bursts of colour in the evenings can go completely unnoticed if we don’t make a special effort to get to this clearing. Yesterday night I saw the reflections in the clouds in the east and practically ran out with Joni, camera (and blue ball) in hand, hoping I was not too late. The display was almost over when I got there, but the landscape has changed since my last sunset visit there. For the first time in 19 years the farmer has planted corn in that field that has lain fallow for so long. The ripening crop stands about 3 feet taller than my head, with the path on a much lower level. The foliage makes an interesting silhouette in the foreground, but the (in camera) multiple exposure gives such a dreamy feel that I decided to share this. Dreams of country sunsets.

Blue Hydrangea Posy

Blue Hydrangea summer posy - Ellie Kennard 2016
Blue Hydrangea summer posy – Ellie Kennard 2016
 Blue hydrangeas have twice been a special gift from friends. This year Linda, who was going away during the time they would be blooming in her garden, asked me to pick them so they wouldn’t be wasted. It was a double gift as I hadn’t been able to pick any and so my Steven went and got them for me and presented them as a beautiful blue bunch.

These striking flowers seem to have been dyed this wonderful shade, though I know they grow like this completely naturally, their colour coming from minerals in the soil. It seems, too, that they are not meant to be kept for longer than their natural lives as, unlike other hydrangeas, they don’t seem to dry well, just withering and becoming pale and sad looking.

I wanted to keep these blooms a little longer so I took multiple exposures of several of them and combined them in a posy for us all to enjoy. Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

Day Lily Delight

Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016
Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016

Original Post: August 13, 2016 – photo links to Blur photo gallery

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

As I am rescuing images and posts from Google+ I found this photo taken in 2012 of Day Lilies and it seemed a good place to put them.

Day Lilies after the Rain - Ellie Kennard 2012
Day Lilies after the Rain – Ellie Kennard 2012

Original Post: July 176, 2012 – 198/366 – Day Lilies after the Rain – photo links to Floral photo gallery

It seems that it is raining everywhere except where it needs it most. We need a lot of rain and we did have a very cloudy day with a few showers. But no real good downpours or nice steady rain. The day lily flower only lasts for one day (hence the name). There are day lilies everywhere at this time of year and I would consider this one of the most common. That doesn’t make it any less lovely in my opinion.

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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?

 

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!

 

Directions

Powerful Tracks : multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016
Powerful Tracks : multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

We are enjoying a trip visiting friends and family and the time spent sitting as a passenger can be such a lot of fun when I decide to play with the light and the scene and the camera. This was taken using multiple exposures (6) and an ‘additive mode’ for the technically minded. The resulting file was then inverted (as if it was made from a positive into a negative) which gave this interesting result. To see the full size image go to my website: www.elliekennard.ca/directions and to the website gallery: https://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/when-life-is-a-blur/

Enjoy your Sunday everyone, if you are travelling or staying at home.

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour

Fall Into a Blaze of Colour - Ellie Kennard 2015
Fall Into a Blaze of Colour – Ellie Kennard 2015

This wonderful maple tree is right outside the back of our house and every fall it presents us with a stunning display of gold and red light. It is one of the last to ‘turn’ but also, happily, one of the last to lose its leaves. When all the other trees have become bare skeletons, this one is still brilliant and alive, giving us one last blaze of colour before the end of the season. I decided to catch this in a multiple exposure which seems to really do justice to this grand fall finale.

Views of a Daylily

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Next time you're in a garden, try a little experiment. Walk all around a flower such as this daylily. Look at it closely from every angle and see how the curve of every petal, each stamen, the pistil are all set just so one folding into another, rising out of the whole. See how the colours subtly blend, from the secret, deep almost hidden centre to the airy light softness that reaches out of the protective cup into the bright sun. How this colour is perfectly complemented by the leaves, the stem and buds. Nothing looks awkward or out of place. Nothing jars or shocks the senses. How much more beautiful can it be?

Then blend all of those views into this image of a daylily.

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Leaves in Waiting : Impressions of a Silk Flower Maker's Craft

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This past weekend was the annual Summer Craft Market of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft's Council (NSDCC). I spent part of the morning volunteering at the information booth as I try to do every year and the rest of the day I wandered around with my camera. Next to the info booth, a wonderful milliner Edie Orenstein ( +Edie Orenstein ) was demonstrating the traditional art of making real silk flowers. She was passionate about her work and while she explained the various procedures involved in making these wonderful fabric leaves and blooms she lit up with the love of her craft.

I took some images of my impressions of her work and they are in blur mode as they were multiple exposures, but they give an idea, I think, of the delicacy and beauty of some of her creations.

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