Magda Indigo photography

+ 2017 part 3

ROMANTICO in WHITE…
STAG PARTY… TULIPS
THE FOUR RED BUSHELS…
BELLISSIMI… Tulips
VOULEZ VOUS… TULIPS
GRIPPING COLOURS… Pencils
COLOUR BALANCE...
TOMATO…
THE DANCE of the CALLAS......
THREE STAR CHRYSANTHEMUM…
DESESPOIR du PEINTRE… Saxifrage
TEXTURED SHAPES of CELOSIA Cristata
EQUILIBRIUM… TULIP
PURPUREA… ORCHID
STARDUST… ASTER
SUMMER OPULENCE...
PARADISE… STRELITZIA
HIERARCHY… RANUNCULUS
PASSION FOREVER…. Ranunculus
BROKEN… ORCHIDS
YOU GO YOUR WAY… ( LILY)
WHITE ROSE DAY…
UNIQUE… ROSE
EXPLOSION… PROTEA
CURVY… LILY
ALL YELLOW... AMARYLLIS.
LAST LOST… POPPY
FARANDOLE …
POISONED CHALICE… ZANTEDESCHIA
LINIAIR ART… POPPY
NOBLE SWORD… GLADIOLA
COULEUR IMPERIALE… Gladioli
GLAMOUROUS… GLADIOLI
I ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI
AS WE GROW OLDER…
BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower
SUMMER-WIND… Cornflowers
UN AMOUR de BLUET… Cornflowers.
BLUE BOTTLED… Cornflower
THE C in CORNFLOWER…
THE STARS SHINE BLUE… Cornflower
BLUESETTE… Cornflowers
MONDAY BLUES… CORNFLOWER
AMARYLLIS UNFURLING…
DOUBLE FUN… Roses
ROSARUM… Roses.
TRIUMVIRATE of WHITE ROSES…
EVERLASTING BEAUTY… SCABIOSA
SUPER ELEGANCE… SCABIOSA
FLORETTES de FLEURS… Scabiosa
WHAT A FRILL… BLUE SCABIOSA
SPLENDOUR in BLUE, Scabiosa
PERFECT COMBINATION… Roses
A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA
PRETTY PASTELS… Peony, Scabiosa
CHANTILLY… Peony
LA TENDRESSE… Peony
WAITING in the WINGS… PEONY
MOTHER and baby… PEONY
COMFORT and JOY… Peony
GOTTA BE LOVE… PEONY
BLUSH… PEONY
PINK FRENZY… PEONY
SWEET BEAUTY, PEONY…
THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA
ADORABLE BLOOMS… Peony
QUINTUPLETS… PEONIES
SOFTLY, SOFTLY… Peony
A FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...
JOIE de VIVRE… Peony
CHINESE PEONY...
INNER SECRETS… PEONY
HOT STUFF... BUD LIGHT… PEONY
BELLEZZA… PEONY.
J'AI DEUX AMOURS… PEONY
FRIANDISE… PEONY
MAGIC DUO… Peony
SENSUALITY in PINK... Peony
SILKS… Peony
NESTLED… Peony
CERISE et VANILLE… PEONY
VANILLE et CERISE … PEONY
ILLUSION… Peony
DARK BEAUTY... Peony
STILL PEONIES…
DAINTY DIANTHUS…
DANSEUSES… ALLIUM
THE GREAT ESCAPE… SWAN MILKWEED
THE GREAT EXPERIENCE… SWAN MILKWEED
GOLDEN GIRLS… TROLLIUS
THE PERFECT GIFT… LISIANTHUS
PEEPING POPPY…
THE STARS APPEAR… ORNITHOLAGUM ARABICUM
JE VOIS LA VIE EN ROSE… Roses
PEACH is the NEW BLACK… ROSE
SUMMER OPULENCE...
IL DIVO… Tulip
THE SILENCE of the TULIP…
IT WASN’T ME… Tulips
DUO FRIVOLITY... TULIPS
LIME GREEN TO LEMON YELLOW… Tulips
WHICH WAY??? TULIPS
A FOND FAREWELL… TULIPS
VALSE DE l'ADIEU... TULIPS
THE BEAUTIFUL CHAOS… Tulips
DANCE MACABRE… Tulips
SCORPIO… Tulip
RENAISSANCE… Tulip
PYROTECHNICS… THALICTRUM
YOUNG TAKES OVER… IRIS
AIR of MYSTERY… Roses
WINDSTILL...
THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND...
COILED SILK…
FANCY SOME RED?
ONE HEART TO GIVE…
PATH to LOVE…
LOVE... THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT
WILL YOU DO THE FAN-DANGO....
THREE TULIP WRAPS…
I COULD BAKE YOU A SWEET RAINBOW in THESE???
WHY KNOT???
RED REBEL…
EXPERIMENTING with COLOUR… TEST-TUBES
WILD STRAWBERRIES…
PEACHY PEACHES…
TUTTI FRUTTI...
TOMATTITUDE…
THE CHIQUINOS...
READY TO EAT… RADISHES
SPARKLERS… RADISHES
RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS...
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND…
LA JAPONAISE...
YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON…
HELLO DOLLY…
RASPBERRY SWIRL...
VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...
Mocárabe in La Alhambra...
MAGIC CELLARIUM, FOUNTAINS ABBEY…
EPIC CELLARIUM, FOUNTAINS ABBEY…
UNE CHAUMIERE DE KERASCOET...
WIMBLEDON STARTS…
St MICHAEL’S MOUNT, Cornwall…
LE MONT St MICHEL...
COLOURFUL COPENHAGEN…
THE OLD and THE NEW...
PHENOMENALLY UNIQUE CAPE TOWN ...
COOLING DOWN…
WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR...
TWO BELGIAN BLONDES…
SUMMERSONG…
MY HEAD IN THE CLOUDS…
ATOMIUM, BELGIUM… 21 JULY
IN BRUGES…
WHAT MADNESS…
HOLD TIGHT…
THE SCULPTOR'S HANDS…
YOU AND I, TWINS…
ON SOUTH AFRICA'S BEACH...
WAITING FOR THE TIDE…
FRESH RED…
ON DADDY’S BACK…
SWEET SUMMERTIME...
LES GIRLS…
LES BOYS…
THE GREEN NET…
SUMMER HOLIDAYS…
POOL-SIDE…
DONE FOR THE DAY…
BEACHED CATS…
AIR-SEA-BEACH…
KITESURFING…
SAFE WITH DADDY…
ARE YOU GOING TO SCARBOROUGH FAIR...
DONKEY RIDE ANYONE?
SUMMERTIME... in WHITBY
TRENDY SCARVES…
TOP HAT...
THE COLOURS of CAPE TOWN 1...
THE BACKSTREETS of MIJAS...
STILL OLD CRETE…
MODERN DAY SHEPHERD…
ROCK of GIBRALTAR…
LA MER…
I AM SAILING…
SUMMERTIME BLUES… THE NET
LA DOLCE VITA...
GOLDEN...
GOLDEN EARS...
L'ETE INDIEN…
FIELDS OF GOLD…
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR...
OSCAR WILDE…
LE PLAT PAYS…
FOGGY FINGERS...
MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...
A FLEMISH VILLAGE…
EL GRECO'S VELVET...
DRUNK ON POLLEN...
THE COLOURED FIELD...
LONELY @ THE TOP…
LANDLINES…
A SUMMER-SHOOT…
OH MY MAN…
BODYGUARD…
ALL ABOUT THE BASS…
FLAMENCO SWIRL
THE GARLIC-SELLERS…
FI-FI-FIRE…
WHEN IN IRELAND…
THE ITALIAN JOB…
"TRON" ...
NINE MILLION BICYCLES…
DOUBLE VISION?
I CRIED FOR YOU...
FAMILY… Crete
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…
EYES… SOUL-MIRRORS…

ROMANTICO in WHITE…

Roses and Gypsophila, a genus of flowering plants in the carnation family. It looks like a match made in heaven? Arranged in a small white jug, ever so lovely on the table! Yes our home is always well foreseen in flowers, IF they make it out of studio Indigo, lol Have a creative day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STAG PARTY… TULIPS

These tulips look somewhat rowdy? LOL Like you see the lads when they are out, singing drunkenly… Ah well, imagination is a wonderful thing! More fun from studio Indigo. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FOUR RED BUSHELS…

#abfav_red Always on the look-out for ‘different’… and eye-pleasing. WORTH LARGE and View On Black Have a creative day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BELLISSIMI… Tulips

Five beauties… and I having fun in the studio. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VOULEZ VOUS… TULIPS

I love these frayed, frizzle frazzled lace-like Tulips! On the Continent, for some reason they call them ‘frisée’ which means overly-curly? Mmmm Often that first furtive ’touch’ is as good as a first kiss? Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

GRIPPING COLOURS… Pencils

#afavb_red I love the colours, set-up, textures, euuuhh, everything! Just some fun with pencils/props and lights in the studio, always the same... one idea sparks off another... I love being a creative, it is the spice of (my) life. I cannot imagine 'not' having it... I used recycled pencils for this image. I cannot resist the, spotted a funky rubber to go with them, made the composition in my head, right there! So colourful and attractive? The child in me. I still LOVE to write in pencil, it brings out my best handwriting! For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thank you, as always, for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

COLOUR BALANCE...

#afavb_red Can you tell what this is? LOL New thread! Reels of sewing thread... Some days I need colour!!! And today is again one of them. When it is grey outside... Photography is a challenge, and it still and always is and I love it! Lately, I've made it even more challenging (not only because it's on black, which gives off 'negative' reflection), also here it is with lighting, reflective objects and making it all work together the way I want it, with maximum texture, and still be surprised, ALWAYS thrilled. How can I resist, such superb colours, another photo begging to be taken. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. READ MORE HERE, Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/…/about-innovative-creativi… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TOMATO…

#abfav_red The tomato is native to South America and a prehistoric introduction to Central America and Southern parts of North America. Genetic evidence shows that the progenitors of tomatoes were herbaceous green plants with small green fruit with a center of diversity in the highlands of Peru. Some believe Spanish explorer Cortez may have been the first to transfer the small yellow tomato to Europe after he captured the Aztec city of Tenochtítlan in 1521, now Mexico City. Yet others believe Christopher Columbus, an Italian working for the Spanish monarchy, discovered the tomato earlier in 1493. The earliest discussion of the tomato in European literature appeared in an herbal written in 1544 by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, an Italian physician and botanist, who named it pomi d’oro, golden apple. The tomato is an herbaceous plant of the nightshade family, as are its close cousins tobacco, potatoes, aubergine, chili peppers and the poisonous belladonna. More and more varieties in the shops, heirloom and colourful in all sizes, we are so fortunate to have ALL that choice! We can now buy "tomatoes on the vine", which are ripened or harvested with the fruits still connected to a piece of vine. These tend to have more flavour than artificially ripened tomatoes. Botanically, a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant: therefore it is a fruit or, more precisely, a berry... NOT a vegetable. Bon appétit!! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE DANCE of the CALLAS......

I positioned these beauties, the stage was set, the lights were on, camera/action/ ready for their close-up... TIP-TOEING? My imagination running wild again... More experiments with lights and shapes Zantedeschia, usually erroneously called Calla or Arum lilies (only when big and white), they are not a true lily. It is named after Italian botanist Francesco Zantedeschi. The Zantedeschia species are very poisonous, capable of killing livestock and children. All parts of the plant are toxic. More experiments with lights and shapes Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE STAR CHRYSANTHEMUM…

Spider Chrysanthemums, a very funky flower that looks great in any arrangement! The fine florets are long, tubular and tend to curl upwards, Love the light-play in these 3D spider-Chrysanthemums. Have a flower head with tubular ray florets which are open at the tip. Like natural fireworks, always a great accent in the house. Enjoy and thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit NEW, FAST site here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DESESPOIR du PEINTRE… Saxifrage

PLEASE VIEW on BLACK. From the garden, late Spring-early Summer. I love the ‘dramatic’ lighting, the depth that creates. Le désespoir: the true despair of the painter, with the graceful flowers, whose colouring are nigh impossible for the painter to reproduce them. London Pride is a hybrid between Saxifraga umbrosa, native to the Spanish Pyrenees, and Saxifraga spathularis (which is the plant to which the name St Patrick's Cabbage more correctly belongs, coming from western Ireland). The hybrid has been known at least since the 17th century. Some images are extremely close to my heart, this is one of them. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, hope you all had a great time! M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TEXTURED SHAPES of CELOSIA Cristata

Celosia cristata. Common name Yellow Toreador? Also Cockscomb? This unusual flower, to me it looks like a brain, the intricacies, different lobes. It was my full intention to photograph it like this from the moment I saw it. Difficult to control the light because of the glossy texture of the velvety flower. More play with light and dof. In the Victorian language of flowers, Celosias signified humour, warmth, and silliness. The cockscomb or cristata types feel and look like prickly but are soft and shiny as velvet. Have a fun day and thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EQUILIBRIUM… TULIP

#abfav_red The petal of a parrot tulip, dropped off and was caught on the leaf. Now I love images that are different, and this here truly captured my imagination! Beyond the obvious! Love it! Each time I think... that's it, there's only so much you can do with flowers... and yet again and again, I'll see something new. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. READ MORE HERE, Blog: href="magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativity.html THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

PURPUREA… ORCHID

This lovely branch broke off the mother plant, a sign: photograph me? Blooms and buds, for hope and awakening. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Phalaenopsis Orchid, known as the Moth Orchid, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. They bloom in their full glory for several weeks. If kept in the home, the flowers may last two to three months. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STARDUST… ASTER

If your birthday is in September, let the Aster bring you good luck. With the vast array of colours and sizes that Asters, also known as starworts, come in (over 600 species). Not only are they lovely, these flowers will not fade as quickly as other flowers in arrangements. The Monte Casino is a popular Aster. This flower is often used to symbolise afterthought or true love. A love of variety is associated with this flower as well. In China, the aster signifies fidelity. The name "aster" has Latin origins meaning "star". Many stories tell the origins of the Aster, but the most popular ancient myth explains how asters were created from stardust as Virgo, also known as Astaea, the goddess of innocence cries over sin on earth. Her tears fell as stardust, covering the earth with asters. This myth gives light to the Aster's star-like beauty and shape. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER OPULENCE...

flowers, from the garden, rain- and wind-damaged, doesn't make it less appealing to me because it's not 'perfect'! Another type of beauty... A personal favourite. Please View LARGE and On PROPER Black From my garden, a fragrant Rose, white Hebe, Yellow St John's wort (Hypericum), and some blue, bell type flowers... again ala Victoriana... Another aspect of Summer... Have a lovely day and thanks for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PARADISE… STRELITZIA

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/1G4isv_Fylg by Coldplay Portrait of a Strelitzia reginae also called Bird of Paradise. A stunningly beautiful flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa (the Cape Provinces and KwaZulu-Natal), where I saw them in nature. Common names include crane flower or bird of paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates the British queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Although native to South Africa it is naturalised in Mexico, Belize, Bangladesh, Madeira Islands and Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile. It is the national flower of Madeira, Portugalx since 2005. [2] The plant grows to 2 m tall, with large, strong leaves 25–70 cm long and 10–30 cm broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; it makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue or white petals. Two of the blue or white petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HIERARCHY… RANUNCULUS

Golden cups, here a definite ‘pecking’ order, from bud to bloom eh… I love seeing where they come from, the bud, what they look like at their peak, the bloom, and the in-between, love ALL! So beautifully layered, all coming out of this one bud, this bud unfurling and displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, ready for the GRAND opening... THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PASSION FOREVER…. Ranunculus

#abfav_red In everything that I do! I don’t mind the fact that it is Monday, I see it as a new opportunity, to create more images, beauty. I am already looking forward to the results… of the photo’s I have yet to make. What are the flowers going to tell me now? LOL Have a good one! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BROKEN… ORCHIDS

This lovely branch broke off the mother plant, a sign: photograph me? Blooms and buds, for hope and awakening. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Phalaenopsis Orchid, known as the Moth Orchid, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. They bloom in their full glory for several weeks. If kept in the home, the flowers may last two to three months. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOU GO YOUR WAY… ( LILY)

#abfav_films_songs You go your way I'll go your way too. -The sweetest little song from the book of longing by Leonard. Cohen Out of a magnificent bouquet of stunning fragrant white Lilies, that embalmed our home for 2 weeks, these were the two last ones, a bud and a bloom, so very curvy! Gently carried them into the studio, photographed them, as I finished, ALL the petals of the bud dropped off… LOL Please View On Black Thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHITE ROSE DAY…

HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY! On 1 August 1759, British troops and their allies defeated the French at the battle of Minden. After the battle, the British soldiers picked white roses and wore them as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Since that day, a number of Yorkshire-based regiments have worn white roses on 1 August to commemorate the events of 1759 and all those from Yorkshire who have fallen in battle since. Yorkshire is my adopted country. I live here by choice and love it. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNIQUE… ROSE

Each flower is unique, some are very close, but, just like people there are often small differences. Also I have yet to encounter the “PERFECT’ flower, is there such a thing? LOL, don’t look at my images of flowers, I’make’ them perfect! I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXPLOSION… PROTEA

Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. Read all about this amazing plant, this is the BEST article I've EVER come across on any flower: HERE Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugar-bushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I wanted it to look like fireworks. Hope you enjoy it? Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CURVY… LILY

Always fascinated by the shapes, colours and textures of flowers, what CURVES!!! CURLING with pleasure? White Lily here... me playing with light... Please View On Black Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL YELLOW... AMARYLLIS.

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/yKNxeF4KMsY Coldplay - Yellow lyrics excerpt ...Cause you were all yellow I drew a line I drew a line for you Oh what a thing to do And it was all yellow... It's true Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for you Look how they shine... Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. Have a great day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST LOST… POPPY

A last lost poppy from the garden. Papaver nudicaule , the Iceland poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia (but not in Iceland). A boreal ecosystem is an ecosystem with a subarctic climate in the Northern Hemisphere. Iceland poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials, often grown as biennials, that yield large, papery, bowl-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers supported by hairy, curved stems. They were first described by botanists in 1759. The wild species blooms in white or yellow. All parts of this plant are likely to be poisonous, containing (like all poppies) toxic alkaloids. A boreal ecosystem is an ecosystem with a subarctic climate in the Northern Hemisphere. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FARANDOLE …

of FLOWERS. POPPY and Cornflower, dancing joyously in the light. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

POISONED CHALICE… ZANTEDESCHIA

Zantedeschia, usually called calla or arum lily( when white), they are not a true lily. It is named after Italian botanist Francesco Zantedeschia. More experiments with lights and shapes, M, (*_*) The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic! More experiments with lights and shapes, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LINIAIR ART… POPPY

A last Iceland Poppy from the garden. Looking so tender and vulnerable with the papery petals. On my desk, I suddenly saw the image… even before my camera took it, here is the result. Hope you like, I know it is quite abstract, and why not, the ‘quest’ is a continuous process. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NOBLE SWORD… GLADIOLA

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Purple, specifically means: Charm, grace and mysteriousness. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COULEUR IMPERIALE… Gladioli

I love them ‘all-around’, the front, the back or profile! The gladiolus flower’s message may vary, but it will never be ignored. This bold beauty captures the heart and soul like no others with its impressive spire of flowers. Whether you choose a floral arrangement with similar coloured gladioli or you prefer a rainbow of colours to impress your love, there is a gladiolus for nearly every occasion. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GLAMOUROUS… GLADIOLI

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Purple, specifically means: Charm, grace and mysteriousness. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI

A 'FRILLED' Gladiola, aaah, when I see that... my resistance is low!!! A gladiola sword… Flaming fire petals, another variety I never saw before! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AS WE GROW OLDER…

we go from a vibrant blue to a greyish white… CENTAUREA cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. Another personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower

Portrait of a Cornflower. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER-WIND… Cornflowers

https://youtu.be/Ug8cBIbxDaY by Frank Sinatra Another I had in my head for over a week, just could not find the blue ribbon to perfectly match this and then, when I did, no stopping me, LOL. Here, these Summer blooms and the ribbon, blowing in the wind. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. A personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UN AMOUR de BLUET… Cornflowers.

The ‘BLEUET’ of France worn in the buttonhole is the symbol of memory and solidarity towards veterans , victims of war, widows and orphan I had this image in my head for over a week, just could not find the blue ribbon to perfectly match this and hold this a the perfect gift for you. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. A personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE BOTTLED… Cornflower

A small bouquet of Cornflowers, in a bottle vase… The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE C in CORNFLOWER…

and CENTAUREA cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. Another personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE STARS SHINE BLUE… Cornflower

4 bright stars, shining just for you… Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUESETTE… Cornflowers

Bluesette is a jazz standard, composed by Belgian musician Toots Thielemans. It was composed in the key of B-flat major. https://youtu.be/yKnG_9q4crA I make my photo’s with music, LOTS of MUSIC, must have an influence? LOL. Here, like musical notes? Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word "corn", referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONDAY BLUES… CORNFLOWER

Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favourites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button,is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word "corn", referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Bon Appetit! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AMARYLLIS UNFURLING…

Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"(An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics. Virgilius wrote the Bucolica, consisting of 10 Eclogues). As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). Another Macro+++, and the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly… PLEASE, View On Black I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOUBLE FUN… Roses

once more… they look like they are having fun, lost in a world of dance? LOL Small Roses with BIG thorns!!! Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

ROSARUM… Roses.

Red and yellow, egg and tomato, go together so very well? Lying on a bed of soft green leaves, mini roses. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRIUMVIRATE of WHITE ROSES…

A SYMBOL of PEACE, WHITE ROSE... If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. — Thich Nhat Hanh There are plenty of myths and legends behind the white rose. As one myth has it, the first rose on Earth was a white rose, and it miraculously transformed to other hues. The pure white rose was said to have been tainted by blood, making it red; and it was also made to blush from a kiss, making it pink. Another myth came from the Ancient Greeks. It was said that roses were originally white until one day Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty pricked herself with the thorns of a rose. The blood that dripped from her finger turned the white roses red. These myths indicate the loss of innocence, which is the absolute opposite of what the white rose symbolises – innocence and purity Have a sweet day and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EVERLASTING BEAUTY… SCABIOSA

Last year’s Summer, I brought some stunning Scabiosa into the studio, made some photographs, it was Summer, it was hot, they did not last long, dried up nicely. I kept them, because I wanted to photograph them again. I had this image in my head, fresh and dried, old and new. I keep saying how patience is a big virtue in a photographer? The dried ones became very fragile, however they made it for the shoot. So, come this Summer, and I bought fresh ones, made my photo’s once more, phew, hot again in the studio, so the fresh ones did not last very long, started to shrivel-> more images to be made. Here they are, not quite dry yet, but oh so beautiful and interesting. Losing pollen and petals. Lavender blue Scabiosa,beautifully frilled, a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects, including butterflies and moths such as the Six-spot Burnet. Have a super day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUPER ELEGANCE… SCABIOSA

I said it before, I think Scabiosa is a very feminine flower. Each floret is composed of tightly packed, button-shaped, nectar rich centres which up close have charming dancing stamens, which coat pollen over visiting bees and butterflies. Each flat flower is beautifully skirted in large outer florets and collared by reflexed vegetative bracts. If regularly deadheaded, they continue into October and last two weeks in the vase. I love what I’am doing and look forward to another week of finished images, to add to the vast collection. I am addicted to the final thrill… each time, when I press save, for the last time! Have a super day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLORETTES de FLEURS… Scabiosa

FLOWERS IN FLOWERS In the ‘heart’ of Scabiosa, there is a pincushion-like center, filled with little bals… they open one by one. Each head contains many small florets, each floret cupped in a membranous, saucer-shaped bract. The calyx has five sepals in the form of awns almost as long as the petals. After the flowers have dropped, the calyces together with the bracts form a spiky ball that may be the reason for the "pincushion" common name. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects including butterflies and moths. Scabiosa is a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) of flowering plants To me, this is one of the most ‘feminine’ flowers. Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

WHAT A FRILL… BLUE SCABIOSA

“If you fill your mind with a beautiful thought, there will be no room in it for an ugly one. - King Amor” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett Lavender blue Scabiosa,beautifully frilled, a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects, including butterflies and moths such as the Six-spot Burnet. Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPLENDOUR in BLUE, Scabiosa

Lovely, lavender blue, pincushion like flowers from July to September held on delicate stems above clumps of lance shaped, grey green leaves. This long flowering blue scabious is ideal for a sunny, well drained rock garden or container planting. The charming pincushion like flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and they make very pretty additions to fresh and dried flower arrangements. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

PERFECT COMBINATION… Roses

And Scabiosa. “I have no plans to retire. It's the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me.” Hugh Hefner I think, in food, fashion, art and other things, the secret is in the combination! Such a lovely combination of colours, shape and textures. Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA

A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA 2X2, lying on o bed of leaves, these are probably my favourite colour combination: red and mauve, Roses and Scabiosa. Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

PRETTY PASTELS… Peony, Scabiosa

A late pink Peony bud and a blooming Scabiosa, a perfect pair. They looks happy together. Quickly one of my faves! Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

CHANTILLY… Peony

Crème chantilly or crème fouettée. NO sugar: crème fouettée (whipped cream) WITH sugar: becomes crème Chantilly.. Two peony buds, trying their best to open… Some images just have an emotional impact… more than others? This one, the moment I saw it in the perfect light, when I photographed it, when I first laid eyes on it, aaah the thrill! I can’t begin to tell you how it feels. I always keep these a little longer before I publish them, keep them close for awhile. Now I am ready to share it. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LA TENDRESSE… Peony

LA TENDRESSE… Peony “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”. Some images just have an emotional impact… more than others? This one, the moment I saw it in the perfect light, when I photographed it, when I first laid eyes on it, aaah the thrill! I can’t begin to tell you how it feels. I always keep these a little longer before I publish them, keep them close for awhile. Now I am ready to share it. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

WAITING in the WINGS… PEONY

These youngsters (buds) seem ready to take over? LOL They did really well in my garden this year. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too, Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MOTHER and baby… PEONY

They did really well in my garden this year. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too, Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. THANKSfor ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COMFORT and JOY… Peony

Two sweet, too sweet.. making a book on the Peony. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTTA BE LOVE… PEONY

So sweet, two Peonies, a bloom and a bud, huddled together... making a book on the Peony. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUSH… PEONY

BEST ON BLACK... Some flowers can still just so overwhelm me with their beauty. So pure, like this one, with the tender petals, sepals and colours. All I want with my images is to bring you that joy. This one comes also from the hot pink buds, so, beauty in age. LOL I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PINK FRENZY… PEONY

Soon the last Peonies of the season again. A full bloom, a half bloom and a bud landing on the soft pink petals... Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SWEET BEAUTY, PEONY…

I again tried to photograph the Peony with lots of drama! The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too, Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. My favourite? lol Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA

THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA They came from my garden They write (amongst many other things): It is the ability to "think outside the box" ! I ask: WHAT BOX???? LOL I must admit that as a 'creative', 1, being a night-person, my 'best' ideas mostly come after midnight! 2, it is an urge, not a choice... and 3, ... as soon as I have 'problems', however small, with client, family, health... the first thing to GO is: my creativity! So please, tee hee, do not upset me, he? Characteristics of the creative personality: Creative individuals have a great deal of energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time. Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and rooted sense of reality at the other. Creative people seem to harbour opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion. Creative individuals are also remarkable humble and proud at the same time. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape rigid gender role stereotyping and have a tendency toward androgyny. Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent. Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment. Found HERE: California State University, Northridge, From Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recognise myself COMPLETELY in this! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ADORABLE BLOOMS… Peony

The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富貴花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honour" or 花王 (huawang) "king of the flowers", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing dynasty declared the peony as the national flower. The ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies. Throughout Chinese history, peonies in Luoyang have been said to be the finest in the country. Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are still held there annually. In the Middle Ages, peonies were often painted with their ripe seed-capsules, since it was the seeds, not the flowers, which were medically significant. Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. While the peony takes several years to re-establish itself when moved, it blooms annually for decades once it has done so. Peonies tend to attract ants to the flower buds. This is due to the nectar that forms on the outside of the flower buds, and is not required for the plants' own pollination or other growth. Peonies are a common subject in tattoos, often used along with koi-fish. The popular use of peonies in Japanese tattoo was inspired by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's illustrations of Suikoden, a classical Chinese novel. The peony became a masculine motif, associated with a devil-may-care attitude and disregard for consequence. Famous painters of peonies have included Conrad Gessner (ca. 1550) and Auguste Renoir in 1879. Paeonia officinalis can be found in the altar picture of Maria im Rosenhag by Schongauer in the former Dominican Church in Colmar. The Italian Jesuit, painter and architect Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), who worked at the court of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty, painted peonies. Thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

QUINTUPLETS… PEONIES

Full of promise, and…they delivered in all their splendour. Quintuplet definition, any group or combination of five, especially of the same kind. thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SOFTLY, SOFTLY… Peony

a small bud and two beautiful blooms. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...

Although when budding the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The more they open the more silky they become. Also the paler the petals get... As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red or pink which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means 'medicine from China'. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JOIE de VIVRE… Peony

a bud and two beautiful blooms. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHINESE PEONY...

"READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

INNER SECRETS… PEONY

This one opened one petal at the time, ever so slowly, the bright yellow stamens came peeping through… I captured it quickly! Peony Flower is a stunning flower with a large, lush head. Numerous ruffled petals slowly unfurl to stand tall till... eventually, they fall... THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY... With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it is not surprising that even the mythology surrounding the origin of the peony has multiple versions. One legend has it that the peony is named after Paeon, a physician to the gods, who received the flower on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. And another tells the story of that same physician who was ‘saved’ from the fate of dying as other mortals by being turned into the flower we know today as the peony. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOT STUFF... BUD LIGHT… PEONY

This Peony bud was about to open in the heat of the studio/lights, I had to hurry, once they start going, there is no stopping them! As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen, with my eyes! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red or pink which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BELLEZZA… PEONY.

Some flowers can still just so overwhelm me with their beauty. So pure, like this one, with the tender petals, sepals and colours. All I want with my images is to bring you that joy. This one comes also from the hot pink buds, so, beauty in age. LOL I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

J'AI DEUX AMOURS… PEONY

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/yQVmsSCj2Fg this title come from this very old song by Josephine Baker, that my paternal grand-mother used to listen to and loved. She was French and that was her first language. I remember sitting on the floor, playing with puzzles and her singing along… memories, yes. These two beauties, Peonies, that I so adore came from super hot pink buds to this, unfolded in full glory, displaying their petals with grace. Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRIANDISE… PEONY

THE PINK SWEETNESS of THE PEONY. This one, I waited and waited to photograph. Patience can be a virtue in a photographer! This bloom comes from the vibrant hot pink, the age and pale, retaining some of the former glory, and still elegant and full of beauty. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. The colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAGIC DUO… Peony

I watch them develop with full admiration… The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SENSUALITY in PINK... Peony

Spring River Flowers Moon Night… The river is smooth and calm this evening, The peony flowers bloom. The moon floats on the current. The tide carries the stars. — Qian Qi (Tang Dyanasty) A romantic flower, this peony starts pink and ends ever so pale. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SILKS… Peony

THREE OF A KIND... There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. - Mary Kay Ash This will also feature in THE PEONY book I am currently making. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! Best bought in bud, slightly plump like these, too closed and, they might NEVER open!!! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. Honoured in many cultures, the common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NESTLED… Peony

This peony bud lies snugly on the soft petals of the bloom. I am at the moment making a book of The Peonies, this one is a definite in it! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CERISE et VANILLE… PEONY

The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too. Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VANILLE et CERISE … PEONY

The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too. Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ILLUSION… Peony

You would think this was photographed on a reflective surface, and, sorry, you’d be wrong, these are actually two beautiful Peony blooms. The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DARK BEAUTY... Peony

Love this wild one, with the yellow stamens showing, blousey and stunning. FLOWERS MY GRANDMA LOVED: she especially loved the more common ones from the garden, the dark red ones. Again, memories very much connected with the fragrance! The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red or pink which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STILL PEONIES…

Discovered this in my archives, a ‘forgotten’ image of peonies, still working on the book of these lovelies. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DAINTY DIANTHUS…

SWEET WILLIAM in perfect harmony and light. Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) is a species of Dianthus, small Carnation, native to the mountains of southern Europe from the Pyrenees east to the Carpathians and the Balkans, with a variety in northeastern China, Korea, and south easternmost Russia. The flowers are produced in a dense cluster of up to 30 at the top of the stems and have a spicy, clove like scent; each flower is 2–3 cm diameter with five petals with serrated edges; in wild plants the petals are red with a white base. In the Victorian language of flowers, Sweet William symbolises gallantry. Sweet William is a good candidate for a naturalistic garden because its nectar attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Its flowers are considered edible... I love them because of their unbelievable 'variety', both in colours and variegations! They last a long time in a vase, real beauties, all the best and thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here:www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DANSEUSES… ALLIUM

FLOWERWORKS like Fireworks in the night. Allium comprises monocotyledonous flowering plants and includes the onion, garlic, chives, scallion, shallot, and the leek as well as hundreds of wild species. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. Some sources may refer to Greek αλεω (Aleoo-> to avoid) by reason of the smell of garlic. LOL Some Allium species, including and Allium giganteum, are used as border plants for their ornamental flowers, and their "architectural" qualities, with rich purple/blue and white flowers. Just do NOT leave them in the vase too long? Well let’s say you will NOT be attacked by vampires? Thank you for your comments and visits, much appreciated, as always!, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GREAT ESCAPE… SWAN MILKWEED

I uploaded the pad a few days ago… what happened next? Due to the heat given off by the lights in the studio, the pods started to open and the pod opened and released the seeds. Hundreds of seeds fluffing from that one pod.Here TWO! In a matter of minutes all of the seeds floated out of the pods. Once the process of release started, it could not be stopped. I loved shooting this small miracle of nature in my studio. Gomphocarpus fruticosus: Asclepias fruticosa is the old botanical name, Narrowleaf cotton bush, Swan bush, Swan milkweed the popular ones. Here: the seed-box/seeds Inflated green and later light brown, papery pod or follicle; short bristly hair cover the outer surface; dark seeds have silvery cotton wool-like attachments that facilitate wind distribution. Asclepias fruticosa is a species of milkweed native to South Africa. It is also common in New Zealand where it is the main host of the monarch butterfly. The plant's tissues contain sufficient cardenolides that consumption of significant quantities of the plant's leaves, stems, or fruit may lead to death in livestock and humans. Brought this from Sardinia to photograph in my studio. Thanx for your comments and time, M, (*_*) A MUST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GREAT EXPERIENCE… SWAN MILKWEED

I uploaded the seedpod a few days ago… what happened next? Due to the heat given off by the lights in the studio, the pods started to open and the pod opened and released the seeds. Hundreds of seeds fluffing from that one pod. In a matter of minutes all of the seeds floated out of the pod. Once the process of release started, it could not be stopped. I loved shooting this small miracle of nature in my studio. Gomphocarpus fruticosus: Asclepias fruticosa is the old botanical name, Narrowleaf cotton bush, Swan bush, Swan milkweed the popular ones. Here: the seedbox/seeds Inflated green and later light brown, papery pod or follicle; short bristly hair cover the outer surface; dark seeds have silvery cotton wool-like attachments that facilitate wind distribution. Asclepias fruticosa is a species of milkweed native to South Africa. It is also common in New Zealand where it is the main host of the monarch butterfly. The plant's tissues contain sufficient cardenolides that consumption of significant quantities of the plant's leaves, stems, or fruit may lead to death in livestock and humans. Brought this from Sardinia to photograph in my studio. Thanx for your comments and time, M, (*_*) A MUST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLDEN GIRLS… TROLLIUS

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen’. Bright orange early summer flowers with yellow centres and deeply divided mid green leaves. These cheery, buttercup-like flowers are perfect for the middle of a moist border or for planting at the margins of a pond or stream. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

THE PERFECT GIFT… LISIANTHUS

ORIGIN The lisianthus originates from North America, where it grows in desert riverbeds and in prairie regions. In the states of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado they call this plant prairie gentian. Although originally an American beauty, the lisianthus’ rise to glory really only started in Japan. It was Japanese growers who crossed the prairie gentian in the 1930s to create the lisianthus we know today. Its appealing symbolism - it symbolises gratitude amongst other things - makes it the perfect gift. They come in white, green, blue, pink, lilac, purple and salmon. Some flowers even have petals with multiple colours. Apart from being colourful, the lisianthus’ petals are also very soft and delicate. So handle with care! SYMBOLISM The lisianthus may appear soft and cute, but it has a powerful symbolism, since this flower represents appreciation, gratitude and charisma. Lisianthus (Eustoma Grandiflorum) is a genus of 3 species in the family Gentianaceae. The name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower’. Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PEEPING POPPY…

Two, bloom and a bud, just about to erupt! Iceland Poppies, I love them, these are from my garden. The petals are quite sheer, and very tender, indeed like butterfly wings. Their colours so vibrant, raindrops clinging on, yes, they were thrashed about by strong winds, a little damaged. The colourful poppy, with tissue-paper petals on thin hairy, wiry stems Cultivars come in shades of yellow, orange, salmon, rose, pink, cream and white as well as bi-coloured varieties. Papaver nudicaule, the Iceland poppy also called Arctic poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia, (but not in Iceland)… Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE STARS APPEAR… ORNITHOLAGUM ARABICUM

Ornithogalum is a genus of perennial plants mostly native to southern Europe and southern Africa, belonging to the family Asparagaceae. Some species are native to other areas such as the Caucasus. Growing from a bulb, species have linear basal leaves and a slender stalk, up to 30 cm tall, bearing clusters of typically white star-shaped flowers, often striped with green. The common name of the genus, Star-of-Bethlehem, is based on its star-shaped flowers. The number of species has varied considerably, depending on authority, from 50 to 300. This here is ORNITHOLAGUM ARABICUM Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JE VOIS LA VIE EN ROSE… Roses

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/kYkVtz6ozJE By Grace Jones Roses and more Roses. I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PEACH is the NEW BLACK… ROSE

LOL, this Summer I notice that in Haute Couture Peach is the trendy colour. This is then a trendy Rose? What a portrait! A Rose from the florist. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER OPULENCE...

#abfav_summer_theme A bit rain-damaged, doesn't make it less appealing to me because it's not 'perfect'! Another type of beauty... Again, all from my garden, a fragrant Rose, white Hebe, Yellow St John's wort (Hypericum), and some blue campanula, bell type flowers... again ala Victoriana... With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

IL DIVO… Tulip

Definitely tulips with attitude eh? Somehow they looked ‘male’? A bit of posturing, a little too much testosterone? LOL There are people who 'talk' to the flowers and plants? Me, I just 'listen' to them… with my eyes. Thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

THE SILENCE of the TULIP…

FLOWERS WITH EMOTION. Rococo parrot tulip. An IMPORTANT, all too often forgotten,ingredient in photography, more IMPORTANT than technical prowess I feel, a photo without emotion is ... just a 'picture'? Yes, that can even be expressed with and by flowers. I times of discomfort, fear, sadness, we gather, huddle and hug? We look for some kind of reassurance? Tears badly hidden, arms longing, feeling the need for one another more than ever. I do NOT talk to flowers... but I will gladly listen, with my eyes. Do you hear it? thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IT WASN’T ME… Tulips

… it was him/her, LOL two tulips, pink beauties, and I having fun in the studio. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DUO FRIVOLITY... TULIPS

#abfav_2_together_theme Claude Debussy: "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." Parrot Tulips, Texas Gold... Flamboyant and frivolous! In full conversation with the flowers again, You can see for yourself what these tulips were saying, we’re ready, with attitude!!! I love the 'crinkled' and capricious petals and could not resist such beauty. Have a day full of colour and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.coms IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LIME GREEN TO LEMON YELLOW… Tulips

An unusual variation of Tulips, slim, pointed and with odd-shaped petals and leaves. They come as lime-green buds and grow into lemon yellow blooms In Persia, to give a red tulip is to declare your love. To give a yellow tulip is to declare your love hopelessly and utterly... Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

WHICH WAY??? TULIPS

The lemon yellow flowers in this bouquet seemed lost, which way? Where is the light? In Persia, to give a red tulip is to declare your love. To give a yellow tulip is to declare your love hopelessly and utterly... Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

A FOND FAREWELL… TULIPS

These double Tulips were slowly, beautifully ‘drying’… Becoming more curved and whimsial Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VALSE DE l'ADIEU... TULIPS

A last dance… already pale now, so whimsical. https://youtu.be/dedLXUWkWSA I love Tulips, in every stage of their lives. Thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

THE BEAUTIFUL CHAOS… Tulips

Dried Tulips. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DANCE MACABRE… Tulips

Dried Tulips. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. I just HAD to photograph them! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SCORPIO… Tulip

#abfav_films_songs Scorpio is a 1973 spy film directed by Michael Winner and starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Paul Scofield. This Tulip dried along the others, but turned into what looked like a scorpion… LOL Imagination is a wonderful thing eh… Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RENAISSANCE… Tulip

‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.’ Robert Brault RENAISSANCE, in this case re-awakening… into something different, beauty of the second kind. Dried Tulip. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PYROTECHNICS… THALICTRUM

Doesn’t it look like fireworks? Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' is a tall, willowy perennial that produces an abundance of fluffy mauve flowers on glistening black stems during the height of summer. Meadow Rue is perfect for filling gaps in woodland gardens and shaded borders, particularly as the elegant foliage provides an ideal backdrop for smaller perennials. The foliage of Thalictrum can be added to summer bouquets for a delicate touch. Unbelievable, but a member of Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family, its common name is Chinese Meadow Rue. Gorgeous foliage and pretty flowers, it loves moist but well drained soils. It has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking, jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands, like downy thistles, giving the plant a hazy, fluffy effect. The foliage is scalloped and lacy looking. This willowy, tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border, also ok in full sun Flowers June to July, A new variety of popular meadow rue, this has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking, jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands, like downy thistles, giving the plant a hazy, fluffy effect. The foliage is pretty, too, scalloped and lacy looking. This willowy, tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border, or as a contrast to larger-leaved plants. In my garden, it is next to my Peonies. So, more lowers from my garden... Have a lovely day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (BEST PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOUNG TAKES OVER… IRIS

Iris often have two flowers on one stem. And it is only when the first one fades that the new bud blooms. Here was a vigorous youngster dominating and pushing the first one out… C'est la vie. Hope this makes you smile again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AIR of MYSTERY… Roses

ROSES, for PEACE, always… ‘The fragrance of the rose, remains on the hand that gives it.’ - Unknown Small white Roses, I wanted them to keep their ‘air of mystery’. Here together in the studio for your joy. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINDSTILL...

#abfav_summer_theme A pinwheel, a little windmill, another prop of Summer, theses things bring back memories from deep within... your childhood... Some days I need colour!!! And today is one of them. I am spending a lot of time in the studio at the moment. A photographer friend asked an interesting question, why do YOU take photographs? One answer for me is I love the challenge, and it still and always is! Now it is with lighting, reflective objects and making it all work together the way I want it, and still be surprised, ALWAYS thrilled. How can I resist, such superb colours, another photo begging to be taken. LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND...

#abfav_summer_theme LES MOULINS DE MON COEUR. A spinning little pinwheel, a windmill, another prop of Summer, theses things bring back memories from deep within... your childhood... How can I resist, such superb colours, another photo begging to be taken. LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

COILED SILK…

#abfav_red. I adore silk, the shiny (but no too bling) finer ornaments. I can so enjoy them, like this one. Hope you do too? THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE or COPY ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com

FANCY SOME RED?

#abfav_red I adore silk, the shiny (but no too bling) finer ornaments. Here I am holding: COILED SILK… I can so enjoy them, like this one. Hope you do too? THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE or COPY ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com

ONE HEART TO GIVE…

#abfav_red yep, we only have one heart, and many different kinds of love... nevertheless, think twice before you give your heart/ love because it is too important both to you and the recipient! Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PATH to LOVE…

#abfav_red …can take a lot of ‘meandering’… it is often a happy way, with surprises, fun and joy. Presents for your love, mostly wrapped with shiny red ribbon. Red, the colour of passion, red the colour most commonly associated with love, followed at a great distance by pink. It the symbolic colour of the heart and the red rose, is closely associated with romantic love or courtly love and Saint Valentine's Day. Red is the colour of celebration and ceremony. A red carpet is often used to welcome distinguished guests. Red, by a large margin, is the colour most commonly associated with seduction, sexuality, eroticism and immorality, possibly because of its close connection with passion and with danger. Another, more ‘graphic’ minimalism image, which I adore! Hope you have a day full of love and thanx for visiting and commenting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LOVE... THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT

#abfav_red "To love someone is to understand each other, to laugh together, to smile with your heart and to trust one another, to respect each other, enjoy the similarities and the differences." THE GREATEST GIFT: your love. No need for ANYTHING ELSE... Read More Here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/04/at-all-times-love.html Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WILL YOU DO THE FAN-DANGO....

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/PDFWdq2LkI0?list=RDoRpYwCHZ_mM As a result of the extravagant features of the dance, the word fandango is used as a synonym for 'a quarrel', 'a big fuss' or 'a brilliant exploit. FAN-DANGO, a bit of a wordplay here… A photographer friend asked an interesting question, why do YOU take photographs? One answer for me is I love the challenge, and it still and always is! Now it is with lighting, different objects and making it all work together the way I want it, and still be surprised, ALWAYS thrilled. This is NOT a crop, but comp in camera! Another prop of Summer, these things bring back memories from deep within... your childhood... How can I resist, such superb colours, another photo begging to be taken. Paper fans. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE TULIP WRAPS…

For muffins. Muffins are still SO SOOOO TRENDY!!! Muffin tulip wraps are a great way to make your muffins look like they've come straight out of a coffee shop. I love playing with stuff in the studio, most stimulating AND it is RED? No kidding, LOL. A client wanted some photos for the kitchen, where the 'accents' are RED! Gave me a few items to be creative with... Have a wonderful day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I COULD BAKE YOU A SWEET RAINBOW in THESE???

#abfav_red LOL! Trendy cupcake moulds! Yes they are so very much the 'flavour' of the moment! A cupcake (also British English: fairy cake; Australian English: patty cake or cup cake) is a small cake designed to serve one person, frequently baked in a small, thin paper or aluminium cup. The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simms. Cupcakes have become more than a trend over the years; they've become an industry and in the last two years or so, cupcakes really exploded!!! Birthday's, Wedding cakes, you name it... cupcakes! The 21st century cupcake variations are endless. They range from simple to sublime. Baking papers come in designer prints. Here they went for colours, which I loved! could, once again, not resist! Thank you for your views and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHY KNOT???

#abfav_red Some days I need colour, LOTS of COLOUR!!! I am spending a lot of time in the studio again at the moment. A photographer friend asked an interesting question, why do YOU take photographs? One answer for me is: I love the challenge, and it still is! Now it is with lighting, reflective objects and making it all work together the way I want it, and still be surprised, ALWAYS thrilled. A Nylon skipping rope, a prop for a Summer photo, I knotted it like when I was a little girl, then I saw THE image... View LARGE and On Black How can I resist that, such superb colours, a photo begging to be taken. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. READ MORE HERE, Blog: http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/about-innovative-creativity.html THANK you for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated' Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

RED REBEL…

#abfav_red There's ALWAYS one... Coloured recycled pencils... were brought into the studio, props for 'GOING BACK TO SCHOOL' advert, ahem... I also see the possibilities of some 'creative' imagery, so I asked to keep them, yes, more (useful) props. View On Black Just some fun with pencils/props and lights in the studio, always the same... one idea sparks off another... I love being a creative, it is the spice of (my) life. I cannot imagine 'not' having it...Lol. Have a fun day, I did, and thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXPERIMENTING with COLOUR… TEST-TUBES

Some fun, I love glass and I love colours, here in combination, LOL The way you use colour in photography influences the mood and the emotion that comes out of your image. I am always experimenting with colour. Have a colourful day and thank you for your comments, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WILD STRAWBERRIES…

Straight from our garden in Summer, Wild Strawberries... Smaller than store-bought strawberries, which are a hybrid of the wild strawberry and a European species, the berries are a favourite treat to many birds and animals, as well as people. They are sweet and full of flavour, but very tiny! Some a little tart. Woodland Strawberry fruit is apparently still grown on a small scale commercially for the use of gourmets. Hey we got so many maybe I should try and sell them, hihi? Lol. The 3 different stages of a plant again. WILD STRAWBERRIES... an Ingmar Bergman Movie Wishing you a fine day and thanks for your visit, as always, M, (*_*) Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PEACHY PEACHES…

Donut peaches, LOL Saturn peaches, Prunus persica var. platycarpa, (also known as donut (or doughnut) peaches), are a variety of peach with white flesh and a flattish, round shape. 'Saturn' peaches are smaller and flatter than a regular peach. Their skin is yellow and red, and they are usually less fuzzy than ordinary peaches. The inside of the peach is pale in appearance. They are sweeter than regular peaches] and contain less juice. A personal fave. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TUTTI FRUTTI...

#abfav_summer_theme www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFq5O2kabQo TUTTI FRUTTI... Little Richard Summer... summer-fruits, summer colours, summer delicacies, summer pleasures... With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) A MUST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TOMATTITUDE…

#abfav_red MINI Tomatoes...they showed attitude... and there was a multitude... An heirloom tomato (also called heritage tomato in the UK) is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years. Please View Large and On Black For more on the different old varieties: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heirloom_tomato Tomatoes are notoriously difficult to light well, with reflectors all sorts... A lovely challenge! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE CHIQUINOS...

#abfav_red No, NOT the latest new band... but juicy, crunchy peppers! So colourful. They are tiny, about 4/5 cm max, best stuffed as tapas Chiquino peppers are from Mexico, look like small bell peppers but have a sweeter taste, but fear not despite their size they are not chillies and therefore not hot. Thanks, M, (~ _ *) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT!For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

READY TO EAT… RADISHES

SNOW BELLE RADISH... Snow Belle is an all-white variety of radish, I bought these around Christmas and they were labelled 'French breakfast' radishes. However, now in my research, it shows that is was wrong, the French are elongated! The common name "radish" is derived from Latin (Radix = root). Although the radish was a well-established crop in Hellenistic and Roman times, which leads to the assumption that it was brought into cultivation at an earlier time, Zohary and Hopf note that "there are almost no archaeological records available" to help determine its earlier history and domestication. Wild forms of the radish and its relatives the mustards and turnip can be found over west Asia and Europe, suggesting that their domestication took place somewhere in that area. White radish contains more vitamin C than fruits, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6,Calcium,P,Iron, riboflavin, magnesium and copper. With love to you and thank you for the good wishes, M, (* _ *) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

SPARKLERS… RADISHES

#abfav_red Radish Sparkler produces globe-shaped roots of deep scarlet red and pure white. Very tasty with a crisp texture which it maintains long after maturing. It is quick growing, suitable for both early and late season planting. It is particularly recommended for the home gardener. Wild forms of the radish and its relatives the mustards and turnip can be found over west Asia and Europe, suggesting that their domestication took place somewhere in that area. White radish contains more vitamin C than fruits, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, Calcium, P,Iron, riboflavin, magnesium and copper. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS...

#abfav_red Scotch Bonnet, also known as Boabs Bonnet, Scotty Bons, Bonney peppers or Caribbean red pepper is a variety of chilli pepper. Found mainly in the Caribbean islands, it is also in Guyana (where it is called Ball of Fire), the Maldives Islands and West Africa. It is named for its resemblance to a Tam o' Shanter hat. Most Scotch Bonnets have a heat rating of 100,000–350,000 Scoville Units, however there are completely sweet varieties of Scotch Bonnet grown on some of the Caribbean islands, called Cachucha peppers. For comparison, most jalapeño peppers have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale. These peppers are used to flavour many different dishes and cuisines worldwide and are often used in hot sauces and condiments. The Scotch bonnet has a sweeter flavour and stouter shape, distinct from its habanero cousin with which it is often confused, and gives jerk dishes (pork/chicken) and other Caribbean dishes their unique flavour. Scotch bonnets are mostly used in West African, Grenadian, Trinidadian, Jamaican, Barbadian, Guyanese, Surinamese, Haitian and Caymanian cuisine and pepper sauces, though they often show up in other Caribbean recipes. Fresh, ripe scotch bonnets change from green to colours ranging from yellow to scarlet red. Ripe peppers are prepared for cooking by those who cannot handle the sharp heat by cutting out the area around the seeds inside the fruit, which holds most of the heat. The seeds can be saved for cultivation or other culinary uses. (source Wikipedia) I wish you all the very best and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/jenWdylTtzs THE BEATLES. I won a price for originality with them! During a shoot in the studio, I suddenly started seeing those small octopus or poulpes as small figures that I could make do different things. These two were hand in hand so the title came naturally. I had a lot of fun, I am grateful for the creativity that I was born with and the fact that somewhere in my heart, there is still the child... I did a whole series. Couldn't resist uploading another one... As you can see, squid have eight arms and two tentacles arranged in pairs. Have a wonderful day and thanks as always for your visit and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA JAPONAISE...

#abfav_films_songs www.youtube.com/watch?v=un4QqOTAKzg La Japonaise (Freddie Mercury + Montserrat Caballe) ... a beautiful song! EMOTION IN PHOTOGRAPHY A studio session with 'materials' I've collected over the years. It's an ongoing process that you are witnessing, the creative struggles of a photographer... This kimono is a Yukata, a Japanese summer garment. Unlike a formal kimono, Yukata are typically made of cotton rather than silk and they are unlined. The colours and patterns often follow the seasons. A white chrysanthemum symbolises truth and loyal love. MADAMA BUTTERFLY? Love can be so fleeting... PLEASE, View On Black I wish you all a lovely day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/uGBvbrXNjs0 Tom Jones PLEASE VIEW ON BLACK! ANOTHER LIGHTING EXERCISE... What do you do if you don’t have a model, oohh yes… do it all yourself! We, photographers, do love our blacks AND our HATS, come on, own up... LOL. Most photographers seem to have some kind of 'headgear', I'm no different, this black number has protected me from snow, rain and sun... and I have protected it from the wind... and flying off into the sea or the great blue-yonder. I love the challenge, the buzz of 'complicated' (black on black?)... and beyond the obvious. Bring out the mirrors, the Pneu-Air shutter cable release... prepare for muttering the odd swear word... LOL! I wish you peace and thanks as always for your comments. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HELLO DOLLY…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/kmfeKUNDDYs Louis Armstrong,”Satchmo” I had to shoot her as she came, as not long ago she discovered the joy of running... she loved the studio, tripped over cables, got entangled in the bg, refused to sit, hihi, let alone pose? She had a lot of fun, at the end of the session... I WAS KNACKERED, AAhh the joys of being a photographer... lol, thanks, M, (*_*) BEST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RASPBERRY SWIRL...

#abfav_summer_theme Ice cream... the epithomy of Summer? Another aspect of Summer... Thanx, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...

That Sunday we had very hot and sticky weather... now being a 'Scandinavian' type.... I SUFFERED, could not work in the garden, sit in the shade? Mmmmm, maybe, naah, take photos? ALWAYS. The peonies, of which I have 3 different varieties, had just unfurled and displayed all their luscious glory and beauty, a good thing I photographed them from all angles, coz on Monday... thunder and lightning... Another example of DO NOT POSTPONE...when it's there, TAKE IT!!! All natural, no crop, no manipulation, lol. Have a gorgeous day and as always, thank you for your comments, appreciated, M, (*_*) A REAL TREAT, LARGE and View On black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Mocárabe in La Alhambra...

#abfav_holidays_theme To stand there is AMAZING! "Honeycomb," "stalactite," or "mocárabe" vaulting in the Hall of the Abencerrajes. The Hall of the Abencerrajes (Sala de los ,) is located in front of the Hall of the Two Sisters (Sala de Dos Hermanas). The walls have plasterwork covers and a tile skirting board from the 16th century, of Renaissance style. A wonderful dome of mocarabes rests on eight pendentives of mocarabes. The following inscription is written on the pendentives: «There is no other help than the help that comes from God, the clement and merciful One». The windows that are where the dome starts let a faint light filter through and illuminate the mocarabes creating a magic The Nasrid dynasty of Granada used mocárabe extensively and used it around the capitals of its columns thereby making a new order of column. Mocárabe was constructed in a variety of materials including wood and plaster. Under the Nasrid, mocárabe was originally carved into its medium. Later on, moulds were made to cast the designs with clay or plaster. Thank you and have a peaceful day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAGIC CELLARIUM, FOUNTAINS ABBEY…

The Vaulted Cellarium is where stores of food were kept, because here they would stay cool, dry, and out of the sunlight. In fact, it was one very large pantry. If you walk beneath its arches at dusk on a summer evening, you’re more than likely to encounter one of the eight species of bat that have been reported around the Abbey. The later it is, the better the light gets, another prime example here. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. A MAGICAL place… so tranquil and peaceful Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EPIC CELLARIUM, FOUNTAINS ABBEY…

One of the few remaining ceilings in the whole complex. The Vaulted Cellarium is where stores of food were kept, because here they would stay cool, dry, and out of the sunlight. In fact, it was one very large pantry. If you walk beneath its arches at dusk on a summer evening, you’re more than likely to encounter one of the eight species of bat that have been reported around the Abbey. The later it is, the better the light gets, another prime example here. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. A BEAUTIFUL place… so tranquil and peaceful Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNE CHAUMIERE DE KERASCOET...

#abfav_holidays_theme BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but still interesting! THANK you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WIMBLEDON STARTS…

#abfav_summer_theme Tennis and more tennis! It starts today, VERY SUMMER ASSOCIATION! Every year I have a shoot at Wimbledon, and every year they pick another colour this year was mauve and purple. the grounds are so beautiful, the flowers opulent, they have the best gardeners! A very interesting place! PLEASE View On Black Have a fun day, I did, and thanks, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

St MICHAEL’S MOUNT, Cornwall…

#abfav_holidays_theme Did you know that Cornwall has the counterpart of the Mont St Michel in Cornwall? Historically, St Michael's Mount was a Cornish counterpart of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (with which it shares the same tidal island characteristics and the same conical shape, in spite of being much smaller), when it was given to the Benedictine religious order of Mont Saint-Michel by Edward the Confessor in the 11th century. The causeway between the mount and Marazion was improved in 1879 by raising it by one foot (30 cm) with sand and stones from the surrounding area. When the tide comes in, you have to access or leave the Mount by boat (to come!). Have a perfect day and thanks, M, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE MONT St MICHEL...

#abfav_holidays_theme Perched on a 264 feet high rock formation sits Mont St. Michel. During the seasons' highest tides the abbey is surrounded by water. During low tide the flats provide food for the world's only herd of salt water plant eating sheep (Les agneaux des prés salés), the meat tastes salty. Mont St. Michel's tides can rush in at incredible speeds.The tides in the area shift quickly, and has been described by Victor Hugo as ‡ la vitesse d'un cheval au galop, "as swiftly as a galloping horse." The tide actually comes in at 1 meter per second. Popularly nicknamed "St. Michael in Peril of the Sea" by medieval pilgrims making their way across the tidal flats, the mount can still pose dangers for visitors who avoid the causeway and attempt the hazardous walk across the sands from the neighbouring coast. The dangers from the tides and quick sands continue to claim lives. Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel. THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COLOURFUL COPENHAGEN…

#abfav_holidays_theme Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships. Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermen’s' catch. I t was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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THE OLD and THE NEW...

#abfav_holidays_theme In Crete, on the beautiful Bay of Mirabello, the beach of Istron, there was this old interesting shipwreck. It looked like it had been there for a very long time... I circled it, taking my pictures, as I looked up, I saw the Ferry from Aghios Nikolaos, the capital of the Lassithi province of Crete, sailing to the Greek mainland. THE OLD and THE NEW... Efharisto, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PHENOMENALLY UNIQUE CAPE TOWN ...

#abfav_holidays_theme Table Mountain has its own cloud cover (the Tablecloth), forming rapidly when the wind is in the southeast and is mainly responsible for the lush plateau vegetation. Table Mountain’s ‘tablecloth’ is an orographic cloud formation (clouds that develop in response to the forced lifting of air by the earth’s topography). As a south-easterly wind blowing up the mountain slopes meets colder air at higher altitude, condensation takes place and a thick mist soon coats the top-most regions of the mountain. As the cloud cover pours over the side of the mountain, the process is reversed. Clouds encounter warmer air layers lower down, where the moisture evaporates, making the clouds disappear. Despite its undeniable beauty, the tablecloth can be dangerous to unwary hikers. The cloud often descends rapidly, obscuring visibility and posing a threat to hikers unfamiliar with the mountain. This is a view taken from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town's working harbour and South Africa's most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, began construction of the harbour in 1860. The first basin was named after himself, the second after his mother, hence the name. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront development is a renewal project that incorporates much of the historic harbour infrastructure. Have a great day and as always, THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COOLING DOWN…

#abfav_summer_theme IN A VERY HOT LONDON. A family enjoy the water-feature on the South Bank. It was a very hot city day! Children and parents were taking advantage of the cooling fun. The balloons are a photographer’s bonus, lol. Have a great day and thanks for your time and comments, much appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR...

#abfav_summer_theme Early Summer in Bridlington, on the North East Heritage Coast, while Paul was enjoying his fish and chips (a MUST when you go there), I was 'people scanning'. Now I had spotted this couple earlier, sitting in the sunshine on the wall that separates the sea from the harbour, chatting and eating something. Picking up my camera, they started to walk away, she still eating her cream bun, giving him her handbag to carry. I was *$?&^%, aah for 2 seconds more!!! I took the shot anyway. The words of this Beatles song swirled through my head: When I'm 64 When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now, Will you still be sending me a Valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out 'till quarter to three, would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I'm sixty-four? Etc… When I developed the film and saw this one, yes, another ‘difficult’ neg I think I came away with a better shot. Circumstances, he? And remember, a great photograph is mostly about emotion (in my book anyway). Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TWO BELGIAN BLONDES…

#abfav_2_together_theme No not beer, not girls, but Belgian Draft Horses. Flanders, a wedding, a gorgeous old cart, pulled by two beautiful horses. What power Have a good day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMERSONG…

#abfav_films_songs A beautiful song https://youtu.be/CBAHJ6WjAZY composed by Dave Brubeck, performed by Louis Armstrong. We are just always happy to be together, yes, still crazy after all these years...View On Black This is taken in the European capital, Brussels. thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY HEAD IN THE CLOUDS…

#abfav_red it is the one who has the idea and tells an other photographer exactly how you want it, not the one who ‘takes’ the photo that the photo ‘belongs’ to. ... my image! Lol, M, (*_*) IT IS FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE or COPY ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com

ATOMIUM, BELGIUM… 21 JULY

On this, the National Day in Belgium, the Atomium depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centred cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. This image was taken in Brussels, it is the iconic Atomium with the tricolour, black, yellow and red, flying proudly on top. The Atomium was originally constructed for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn with interiors by architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose escalators and a lift to allow access to the five habitable spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. From June 2016 the law is allowing pictures of the Atomium and other public buildings under copyright, to be legally distributed! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN BRUGES…

#abfav_films_songs “In Bruges” is a 2008 British-American black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their boss. The film is set and was filmed in the Belgian city of Bruges. Probably the most ICONIC view in Brugge, the city where I was born. View from the Rozenhoedkaai, looking up at the Belfry, standing tall on the Market-square and one of Brugge’s three proud towers seen from all around. LOL, I could also have called this: Blue skies? Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT MADNESS…

WAR… Today, the centenary commemoration of the beginning of Passchendaele Battle… 100 days, deadly: the guess is 260,000 casualties on each side… A whole generation of men, gone… NEVER will I understand, neither reason nor motive good enough for war, ever! The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the third Battle of Ypres, took place between 31 July and 6 November 1917 in Passendale, West Flanders during the First World War. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations, except New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient and have no known grave. Here you are surrounded by thousands and thousands of names, overwhelming! In the case of the United Kingdom only casualties before 16 August 1917 are commemorated on the memorial. United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery. I grew up in Flanders, surrounded by those sad memorials. Thank you, M, (*_*)

HOLD TIGHT…

#abfav_2_together_theme Taken on the Nausikaa, a three-mast Clipper, we used to sail on. Love ropes, so many different knots, the light was fantastic on the beautiful wood and this 'silky' texture. Camera here was my treasured Nikon F4 My preferred lens was the Nikkor 28-200mm, so liked that compression. My preferred film was Fuji(400). I try to use flash AS LITTLE as possible. I only use a tripod if I HAVE to. HIHI, lol Thank you for viewing.Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SCULPTOR'S HANDS…

#abfav_2_together_theme Willem Vermandere is a famous and much celebrated Belgian Artist. My friend is a sculptor, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, poet and painter, but also a wonderful philosopher and raconteur. We always enjoy a get together when we visit the Continent, this time no different! Here, after a whole animated discussion about why we do what we do, how to do it well etc... we walked to the place where he's working, on a set of smaller works in CARRARA marble and we came back to our earlier conversation, about PASSION!!! You have to have PASSION for your medium! For a photographer we agreed that that should be all about the light!!! Such moments are pure magic. Please view large and On Black THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOU AND I, TWINS…

#abfav_2_together_theme A cove of Chapel Porth, those two little boys exploring the rocks, pools and caves together, a very tender moment... Have a sunny day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.coms IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON SOUTH AFRICA'S BEACH...

#abfav_2_together_theme A beach near Cape Town, now ALL can enjoy it, the gentle breeze and sun of Spring, the warmth of the sand on the soles of their feet... there was a time these ladies would not have been 'allowed' there... unimaginable for me, who grew up in free Europe! One of my favourite images! Have a good day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WAITING FOR THE TIDE…

#abfav_red PADSTOW, CORNWALL, One of the first things I saw on arriving on the pier, I looked over the wall and saw the sandbank across the water, with the buoy and the seagull resting, waiting for the tide... Have a great day and thanks, M, (*_*) FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE VIEW LARGE AND View On Black For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRESH RED…

#abfav_red PADSTOW, Cornwall, Everything seemed ready for the new season, repainted and bright, this fishing boat came in with the evening light, the red buoy now afloat, I had photographed it when it was on the sandbank. The skipper was looking out his window greeted by the smell of fish and chips. Have a bright day and thanxk you, M, (*_*) View On Black FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE VIEW LARGE AND On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON DADDY’S BACK…

#abfav_summer_theme In the swimming-pool, such fun, I remember my dad and I, we used to do this… so many memories. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

SWEET SUMMERTIME...

#abfav_summer_theme Flamborough, Smuggler’s Cove. We chose to drive to the Coast that afternoon, because inland it was too hot and an important England football match was on, so, we knew the roads and places would be quiet... Of course there were people there just like us... When I look at my image I realise what I, as a photographer, do. Out of this whole scene with fishermen docking the boats safely (in a hurry, they wanted to see the match), sunning mums affectionately watching their sons clamber and clown around in the water, a father throwing the ball for the dog and his little girl dancing with youth, this is the scene I distilled from all that. Yes I extract, it is now a different mood, only a fraction and extraction of the reality. A personal observation, a moment that caught my interest, mmmmmmmmmmm. I was smiling, the girl and the dog were having such a great time, I included the left of the ripples, they are important. Have a sweet day and thanx for your comments, M, (*_*) For the detail and 'great experience': View LARGE and View On Black Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LES GIRLS…

#abfav_summer_theme THE SUMMER OF OUR YOUTHS… AAAHHH yes... I remember it well. These three little girls were gathering seaweed. There giggles and laughter skating across the water and echoing off the walls, sheltering the beach in this bay. The water was blue and limpid, the sun was caressingly warm, the sky was wide and clear. Life can be so good! Summertime... and the living is easy... Have a great day and thanks for your time and comments, much appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LES BOYS…

#abfav_summer_theme they were playing in the waves, and being boisterous. Well boys will be boys, wonderful! It was pure joy watching them and let so many memories echo around in my heart and soul. Life can be so good! Summertime... and the living is easy... Have a great day and thanks for your time and comments, much appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GREEN NET…

#abfav_summer_theme We arrived in Scarborough just in time for the 'sweet' light. This is the first image I took at the actual harbour. An ancient cobbled ramp to roll the boats in the water, a dad with his kids, fishing... The little girl, apprehensive and not touching anything slimy, she firmly held onto her green net... Have a sweet day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: VIEW LARGE AND View On Black Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

SUMMER HOLIDAYS…

#abfav_holidays_theme This boy was fishing from one of the harbour walls in Scarborough... Anywhere you go in the world the same scene you will see, some in groups, laughing, joking and a bit loud... and then: the 'loner', silent and focus-intense, oblivious of the world around him! I remember the hours, ney... days, spent on the wave-breakers of my youth, first look for mussels on rocks, open it with my knife, the smell of fresh sea penetrating my nose with euphoria, knot the string, find myself a good rock pool, be careful not to make any shadow, as not to scare them, carefully lower the bait and patiently wait for the crab to come out and put its claws well around the mussel, haul it in, and put it in my bucket with the others. Return them to the sea before I went home, maybe to be caught again tomorrow? The long, lovely Summer holidays… LOL, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

POOL-SIDE…

#abfav_holidays_theme THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY SHOT? LOL Saw this on the first morning, passing the pool, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DONE FOR THE DAY…

#abfav_holidays_theme Ierapetra, Crete, an urban still-life, what an idyllic place. I missed it with people, however it takes on a different charm now. I can just imagine them sitting there, having a good old chin-wag (gossip) or tall story, under the old gnarled olive tree, with the murmur of the sea in the background, mending the nets, aahhh, wonderful... Often, you can make up your own story when viewing an image? Hope you enjoy this and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEACHED CATS…

#abfav_summer_theme Could you resist photographing such a colourful feast to the eyes? Hobie Cats are small racing catamarans used for racing and personal use. Compared to other small sailboats, Hobie Cats are appealing because they offer high performance at a relatively low cost. It seems Fuerteventura seems to be the ideal place for this. Every day the ocean was teaming... Have a great day and thanks for your time and comments, much appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

AIR-SEA-BEACH…

#abfav_holidays_theme We were definitely on an island in the Atlantic, Fuerteventura, the oldest Canary Island, and formed about 70 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. Fuerteventura’s modern landscape is a result of the weathering of the original landscape that was created by the volcanoes. Though you will not find an active Fuerteventura volcano, there is abundant evidence of their presence in the topology of the island. Fuerteventura is the most easterly of the Canary islands and is only 60 miles from the coast of Morocco. The geographical position of Fuerteventura means that for many tens of thousands of years sand from the Sahara has been deposited on Fuerteventura's shores. The result of this process is 125 miles of some of the world's best beaches. Have a great day and thanks for your time and comments, much appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

KITESURFING…

#abfav_summer_theme A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kite-board similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foots-traps or bindings. Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, free-ride, downwinders, speed, course racing, jumping and kitesurfing in the waves. It looks wireless/cordless? LOL Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

SAFE WITH DADDY…

#abfav_summer_theme The sea-town City of Ostend, in Belgium has a very old and long promenade, enjoyed by young and old... Another aspect of Summer... Thanks, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

ARE YOU GOING TO SCARBOROUGH FAIR...

#abfav_holidays_theme 1. About the song: the arrangement made famous by Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair/Canticle originated in the late 19th century. Paul Simon learned it in 1965 in London from Martin Carthy and set it in counterpoint with Canticle, a reworking of Simon's 1963 song The Side Of a Hill with new, anti-war lyrics. It was the title track of the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and was released as a single after featuring on the soundtrack to The Graduate in 1968. 2. About the Fair: during late medieval times the seaside resort of Scarborough was an important venue for tradesmen from all over England. It was host to a huge forty-five day trading event, starting August 15, which was exceptionally long for a fair in those times. People from all over England, and even some from the continent, came to Scarborough to engage in business. The traditional 'Scarborough Fair' no longer exists but a number of low key celebrations take place every September to mark the original event. This is the children's Fair at the foot of Scarborough Castle Hill, in the evening light, next to the harbour. Scarborough, one of our favourite haunts. Have a fair day and thanks for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DONKEY RIDE ANYONE?

#abfav_summer_theme Scarborough, South-Bay beach. Donkey rides are a traditional feature of seaside resorts in the United Kingdom. Children are allowed to ride donkeys on a sandy beach for a fee in summer months while on holiday, normally led in groups at walking pace. Typically, the donkeys have their names on their harnesses so they can be identified by children and parents alike. Donkey rides have been available since 1886 in Weston Super Mare and since 1895 in Bridlington. The tradition started in Victorian times. It is now only for children. Still a massive sign of Summer! Have a great day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMERTIME... in WHITBY

#abfav_summer_theme Summertime, and the livin' is easy.. There is so much going on, so many fun activities and fun. Taken from the top. Whitby is on the North-Yorkshire Heritage Coast. A big favourite. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRENDY SCARVES…

I love vibrant colours, not screaming, yet nice. Great fashion trend at the moment, for ladies and gents! Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TOP HAT...

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/RZOJoV6H2UM Both film and song… Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. There are few photographers (well, I never met one) who really ‘enjoy’ taking wedding photos, probably because it is ALWAYS nerve-racking, now with digital cameras maybe a little less so, no fiddling and keeping track of your film, you can quickly check if you have got the right (?) moment with good expressions, but there are still moments during the ceremony that you only have literally ONE shot at… Yet wedding photography is a massive part of the industry, very important for the couple, and a great record for posterity, look how things have changed over the years, the clothes, make-up and hair, the flowers AND the style of photography! Also often it’s the only time families are together in a photograph, the older people can come out of the retirement home and are cherished and pampered for the day, the babies are cooed over, the young children run riot to the despair of their parents who had hoped for a day ‘off’. As the photographer, I cannot resist constantly looking for the ‘personal’ shots, the image that will make it ALL worth while for me as a creative… I’ve made it my ‘game’, to come away from each wedding with a different imaginative image, thing is, when the couple see it, it often becomes their favourite very quickly, tee hee. This is one of them, the ceremony was over, everybody had arrived for the reception before the meal. The men, feeling a bit awkward, couldn’t wait to get rid of the top hats, put them on a chair; the sun came in through the window, people started to come in, I had only a brief moment to take this, how could I resist, he? I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE COLOURS of CAPE TOWN 1...

#abfav_holidays_theme Bo Kaap, The Cape Malay Quarter Hidden in central Cape Town, just beyond all the hustle and bustle of the town, you will find this little treasure. What is Bo-Kaap? It is a multicultural area, tucked safely into the fold of signal hill. Known for its brightly coloured houses and situated at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community. The Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town’s most colourful suburbs. Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history. Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries, who were imported to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were known as ‘Cape Malays’ (which is not essentially true as most of the residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent). However the term has stuck and Bo-Kaap is also known today as the Cape Malay Quarter. Have a lovely day and as always, THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BACKSTREETS of MIJAS...

#abfav_holidays_theme A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER, IN SPAIN. Day 4 ... We find side streets tiled with more of the famous Hispano-Moresque ceramics and decorations... As we get further away from the center, into the narrow streets and the white houses, adorned by beautiful ceramics, wrought-iron decorations, gorgeously crafted wooden doors, at last we discover the real Mijas and love it. thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STILL OLD CRETE…

#abfav_holidays_theme A lot of the men in Crete still wear these leather boots, which are made on the island, from what I've heard. I first saw them in that wonderful movie, Zorba The Greek (based on the novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in 1946) , with Antony Quinn, Alan Bates and Irene Pappas. Life moves at a different pace on Crete, this was in the morning, they probably had come a long way already, but, through the beautiful mountains, the flanks still covered in the last of the wildflowers, the wild thyme and oregano embalming the sea-air, elusive eagles soaring above him against the blue sky, he'd had all the time in the world to take it all in. I was in a car, just stopped, took the shot, he smiled, we waved... and I was back on my way... Hope you enjoy this and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MODERN DAY SHEPHERD…

#abfav_holidays_theme Driving through Crete, away from the touristic track, I came across this shepherd, unfortunately he was not wearing the traditional dress, which I was told most still wear. I found him with his goats amongst the windblown wild oats... But I was still quite pleased to be able to take this photo. I took great care with the dof, he was the focus and main subject, THANX, M, (*_*) Hope you enjoy this and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ROCK of GIBRALTAR…

#abfav_holidays_theme Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region, it is a monolithic limestone promontory, near the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 426 m high. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA MER…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/4dZVvW44_RY by Charles Trenet, a classic. A seascape from Filey with the beautiful epic skies of Yorkshire, above the North-Sea. The Heritage Coast... BEST LARGE and View On Black All the best, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I AM SAILING…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/u1v60FITAfY classic by Rod Stewart SAIL'S CATHEDRAL… FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On proper Black Taken on the maiden voyage of The Nausikaa. We were well out at sea, I looked up and was enchanted by what I saw, it gave me the same feeling when standing in a Cathedral and looking up and a soothing serene and uplifting sensation seems to envelop you… Taken with Nikon F4 on Fuji film. May you have the wind in your sails on this lovely day and thanks for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMERTIME BLUES… THE NET

#abfav_summer_theme Passing an overcrowded shop with everything displayed outside, I saw this blue butterfly-net sticking out above the rest. I wanted to photograph it against the sky so had to go down, and bend and crouch and kneel to get the angle I wanted. People apparently were staring in disbelief, but when I’m composing an image, I forget about everything else! My challenge was to photograph blue on blue, I love to use the light to bring out the gossamer forms. It sings of sun and fun and wind and freedom and holiday, that small net high up catching the sun and the wind and the light and my eye… one of my personal favourites from the trip. Have a fun day and thanks, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LA DOLCE VITA...

#abfav_summer_theme In Sardinia... lots of sun and sea and photography. Aaahh euuhhh also some good food! Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLDEN...

#abfav_summer_theme A beautiful Summer’s evening. Isn't light wonderful? If used in the correct way... and for those who see it? LOL. The golden sunset painted the world around me in this superb hue, such 'sweet' light. THANK You, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLDEN EARS...

#abfav_summer_theme These grasses turned golden in the sunset. T he air pregnant with promise of high Summer. Most people had gone home. The silence was music to my ears, never a complete silence, a hum, a flutter, a good-night call, the wind... A beautiful moment where day ends in glory, already embracing the incoming darkness for a well-earned rest. That 'sweet' backlight that caresses everything in beauty, thank you, M, (*_*) BEST LARGE and View On black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

L'ETE INDIEN…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/BT_ZQdY0h8o by JOE DASSIN THE RUSTLE OF THE REEDS... By Monday the weather had gone blustery, a North-Wester was snapping, we enjoyed another drive along small winding roads in the country-side of Le Plat Pays, my Flanders. It is so fabulously flat and far-stretching, the meadows and fields seamed off by the water-sucking willows, pruned again and again in their particular way, so that they form a 'knobbly' head. The dividing water canals are festooned with waving slender reeds, they inspired many a poet, none more than Guido Gezelle: O 't ruisschen van het ranke riet ! O wist ik toch uw droevig lied ! Wanneer de wind voorbij u voert En buigend uwe halmen roert Gij buigt, ootmoedig zwijgend neêr Staat op en buigt ootmoedig weêr En zingt al buigend 't droevig lied Dat ik bemin, o ranke riet ! (loosely translated in English... O 't rustling of the slender reed! O to know your sad song! When the wind carries you over And bowing moves yours stalks You bow, humbly silently down, Rise and humbly bow again and sing, all the while bending, the sad song That I love, O slender reed! ) This is very Flemish! The waving reeds... Thanks and have a lovely day, M, (*_*) ViewLarge and On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIELDS OF GOLD…

#abfav_summer_theme You'll remember me when the west wind moves Upon the fields of barley You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky As we walk in the fields of gold So she took her love For to gaze awhile Upon the fields of barley In his arms she fell as her hair came down Among the fields of gold... The first two verses of the song by Sting. My whole life people have commented on the colour of my hair, that it looked like a field when the grain is ripe! The wind was blowing in from the sea, we were driving through these fields that only end at the crumbling coast of Thornwick bay. Chasing the lovely light it looked like the perfect moment and scene. THANKS, have a golden day, M (*_*) AS ALWAYS, BEST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ttLRDQ6yPI&feature=fvwrel IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR... There's been MANY good years... and lesser.. that IS life... I've always loved flowers... especially wild ones... Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

OSCAR WILDE…

#abfav_holidays_theme Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. I love his quips, a few here: Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. True friends stab you in the front. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Genius is born—not paid. The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) was being performed in London. English sculptor Danny Osborne was commissioned by the Guinness Ireland Group to create a statue commemorating Oscar Wilde, which was unveiled in 1997, by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland. Since marble alone was deemed inadequate, the statue was formed from different coloured stones from three continents. The torso is of green nephrite jade from British Columbia, Canada, and pink thulite from Norway. The legs are of Norwegian Blue Pearl granite with the shoes being black Indian charnockite and finished with bronze shoelace tips.[5] The statue also wears a Trinity College tie made from glazed porcelain, and three rings – Wilde's wedding ring and two scarabs, one for good luck, the other for bad luck. The statue is mounted with Wilde reclining on a large quartz boulder obtained by Osborne himself from the Wicklow Mountains. When the statue was unveiled in 1997, it was the first statue commemorating Wilde since his death 97 years earlier. It received near unanimous praise for the materials used and for its location near his childhood home at 1, Merrion Square. In 2010, the porcelain head of Wilde had to be replaced because cracks were forming on it. The porcelain head was replaced by a new one made of white jadeite. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE PLAT PAYS…

#abfav_films_songs Qui est le mien. Song by Jacques Brel https://youtu.be/3H48pEPV4Z0 A FLANDERS' SUNRISE Flanders, 5 in the morning, the cool, fresh air fragrant with the promise of a beautiful day. I walk barefoot in the dewy grass, as the night-clouds drift away, chased by the new dawn, there's just enough light to handhold my first image (See previous) of the day... I look around, deeply breathe in the cool air, birds are calling, I take my second image, this one. Typical in Flanders are the willows to mark the boundaries, often water ditches. They are to keep the 'Lowlands' dry... Pruned in a unique way, they form a head that gets wild every year, the trunk grows gnarly and stumpy, we call them 'knot-willows’… Have a great day and thanks for your comments and visits, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FOGGY FINGERS...

#abfav_holidays_theme We left Whitby because of the incoming sea mist. The light gone, not dressed on this lovely summer's day for the sudden cold that suddenly enveloped us, we decided to go inland to capture the sunset. The road took us passed Robin Hood's Bay. Now, on that part of the beautiful Heritage Coast, you drive along the top of the cliffs, you are high up, it was sunny again, we gave into the temptation and turned in, with Nature, you never know, maybe it was just around Whitby... You have to park your car above the village and walk down. Before we arrived there we wanted to let our dog out, I followed the white plume of his tail as he wandered off into a field full of wildflowers, nettles and brambles, to my amazement this was the scene that unfolded in front of my feasting eyes, the mist was already grabbing the church. I ran for my camera, back just in time for this. Underneath that thick blanket are the bay and the sea. View On Black By the time Paul got his gear out, that day he had decided on a Hasselblad-day+ tripod... everything was covered in mist Hope your day is clear, thanks for viewing, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Robin Hood's Bay, Coast, Yorkshire, fog, houses, landscape, church, mist, fields, conceptual art, colour, , Nikon F4, horizontal, magda indigo

MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...

#abfav_holidays_theme "The bells have rung, the echoes sound The day is gone Ay, Marieke, Marieke In Flanders field the echoes sound The day is gone" (excerpt from 'Ay Marieke' by Jacques Brel) Today it it FLANDERS’ National Day, remembering the Gold Spurs Battle, 11-07-1302, an important date in Flemish history! This flat, windswept land, so fertile, so mutilated in the past.The stretch behind the dunes is still, like in the Middle Ages dotted with those 'round' villages. Church and graveyard in the center, houses around in a circle, the road, often still cobblestones, meandering through it.Flanders... where I was born... It was a soft windstill evening, a beautiful silence caressed my ears, the layered fog effacing whole sections of the land from my eyes, trailing capriciously in the sigh of the sunset, becoming denser in darkness... I left the bottom in because that's how it was, grey and darker and lighter again. Yes, born in Flanders it is now a twice-yearly holiday destination... LIFE! Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLEMISH VILLAGE…

#abfav_holidays_theme #abfav_summer_theme Dotted behind the dunes, you'll find many small old villages, all with the proud church-spire in the middle, shimmering in the hazy hot air... Discovered a sunflower field, photography gold! Today it it FLANDERS’ National Day, remembering the Gold Spurs Battle, 11-07-1302, an important date in Flemish history! Yes, born in Flanders it is now a twice-yearly holiday destination... LIFE! Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EL GRECO'S VELVET...

#abfav_holidays_theme EL GRECO'S VELVET... This beauty was just one, taken just outside the little El Greco museum (that closes whenever they feel like it?) up the mountain outside Fodele, on the island of Crete. EL Greco, (1541-1614) Cretan-born painter, sculptor, and architect who settled in Spain and is regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. He was known as El Greco (the Greek), but his real name was Domenikos Theotocopoulos; and it was thus that he signed his paintings throughout his life, always in Greek characters, and sometimes followed by Kres (Cretan). Little is known of his youth, but he was born in Fodele. Only a few works survive by him in the Byzantine tradition of icon painting, notably the recently discovered Dormition of the Virgin (Church of the Koimesis tis Theotokou, Syros). In 1566 he is referred to in a Cretan document as a master painter; soon afterwards he went to Venice (Crete was then a Venetian possession), then in 1570 moved to Rome. The miniaturist Giulio Clovio, whom he met there, described him as a pupil of Titian, but of all the Venetian painters Tintoretto influenced him most, and Michelangelo's impact on his development was also important. I wish you all a fantastic day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DRUNK ON POLLEN...

#abfav_summer_theme Crete, I discovered this field of artichokes, and teeming with wildlife... M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE COLOURED FIELD...

#abfav_summer_theme On our 2h30 drive to our chosen destination, Flamborough and Smuggler’s Cove, on the beautiful North-Yorkshire Heritage Coast, we passed this, in an excited rush to get there, I saw it only in a flash... We tracked back asap. I mean I've seen so many yellow fields, red fields, but NEVER a mixed field, it was humming, WILD FLOWERS more than rapeseed, I guess an eco-field? Whatever... it was a photographer's delight. A memory to behold and treasure! Have a bright day, go WILD this w-e… LOL, and thanks, M, (*_*) AS ALWAYS, BEST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LONELY @ THE TOP…

#abfav_summer_theme A sultry and hot Summer's day, light quite flat. The lone, yet strong tree on the top of the ridge of the hill did not look particularly big or strong, it wasn’t even leaning, no winds had bent it although this was quite near the coast of the North Sea, but no, still standing straight! I often feel like that tree... Have a lovely day and thank you for viewing, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LANDLINES…

#abfav_summer_theme Taken from the top of Sutton Banks. Next to it lies the 'reason for the name of 'Whitestonecliffe', the high cliffs off which the gliders take off. I saw this beautiful S-shape winding below me, the lines the neat farmers had designed, it was a MUST shot... With 27 characters Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe has the longest place name in England. Thanks as always for your time and comments, wish I could respond to all of you! M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

A SUMMER-SHOOT…

#abfav_summer_theme models can get a little bored sometimes, LOL, M, (*_*) With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OH MY MAN…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/KlGvx8jhu48 by Barbra Streisand https://youtu.be/IQlehVpcAes By Billie Holiday Studio portrait of Paul Indigo, ‘my man’, my everything. I could have given this a thousand appropriate song titles, I chose this simple one, it says it all, lol. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BODYGUARD…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/fmh8a7aYc1s both movie and song. originally the title as: INCOGNITO NO PAPS!!! The fun after the shoot with the models, they got into the creative mood. We came up with all kinds of zany ideas, one way of unwinding. They were standing on either side of me, I felt like a star with bodyguards, told them so jokingly. They loved the concept and played the role for the camera. THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL ABOUT THE BASS…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/aLnZ1NQm2uk Please on black... Bart Caron is one of Willem Vermandere’s musicians. Plays many string instruments. Multi talented! Thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLAMENCO SWIRL

#abfav_holidays_theme GRANADA, ANOTHER HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER... Often our holidays are combined with ‘work’…. We arrive at the Flamenco School on time after quite a treck through narrow steep winding streets, it says on the beautiful old door: Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas. It is too dark to photograph, we must hurry. We are led into a cellar-like row of vaulted small rooms, introduced to dancers, guitarists, singers... onto the small studio where the advanced dancers are already warming up. As in every dance studio, the performers are NOT wearing the 'stage' finery! But comfortable warm/cool clothing, also always lots of water bottles, it is very dehydrating exercise! One wall of a dance studio is always mirror. Paul and I look at each other and grin... interesting... the size of the room, the lights,the reflections... how are we going to keep OUT of the picture? The teacher comes in, he shows the ladies some steps, they follow, the floor starts to shake and 'thunder', it goes right through you! What an experience! The rhythm is wonderful, I see the important attention also on the hand-movements. The counting goes on, the clapping, the feet so fast. A guitar player comes in after a short break... a deep swallow of water and they're off again... It is a Bulería, which originated in Jerez during the 19th century, originally as a fast, upbeat ending to soleares or alegrias. It is among the most popular and dramatic of the flamenco forms and often ends any flamenco gathering. The name bulerías comes from the Spanish word burlar, meaning "to mock" or bullería, "racket, shouting, din". It is the style which permits the greatest freedom for improvisation, the metre playing a crucial role in this. Speed and agility are required and total control of rhythm as well as strength in the feet which are used in intricate tapping with toe, heel and the ball of the foot. Paul and I are transfixed... then it is over... Silence, the smell of perspiration, the sounds reverberating, atremble still, our adrenaline still pumping... one young lady stays behind, slides down, takes off her dancing shoes, massages her feet, takes care of the blisters... A wan smile, we say good-bye and thank you, disappear into the night, silent and still very affected by the whole thing. Another unique experience! Thanks, hope you enjoy? M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GARLIC-SELLERS…

#abfav_holidays_them When I go on holiday, yes I like a few relaxed days, but I also love to come back, with new knowledge new adventures under the belt and images with a ‘difference’! And oh dear… we had some great adventure.LOL I love to sample the local culture of places. Taken in Heraklion, the capital of Crete, shortly before I was due at the airport for my flight back. Everyday there is a 'spice' market, I absolutely wanted some last minute stuff, like Cretan saffron, honey with their herb flavours (wild thyme, oregano, basil, all the wild flowers). The market is a narrow long street, these young men were standing at the entrance, haggling... I saw them and just took the shot, a friend (also a photographer) went up to them and asked could she take a photo, with a cocky attitude they said sternly: " yes, 1 Euro"............... Sorry, I came home with the shot, she didn’t. It was their attitude that put me off, I gladly pay for kindness. Hope you enjoy this and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FI-FI-FIRE…

#abfav_red SO LOVINGLY RESTORED and MAINTAINED... in the old fashioned way. Buckets with sand, in case of fire! Pickering, North-Yorkshire... Most of the passengers may not realise how reliant upon volunteers the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is. With the magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is like taking a step back in time. From the smoke and steam pouring from the engines to the cosy wood-panelled carriages and friendly conductor service, the railway is both lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic. It’s also the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you’re travelling between the rugged Yorkshire villages, hiking on the wind-swept moors or spending a day by the seaside in Whitby. You know by now that I am a 'purist? Prefer proper pure photography! For years people researched and battled to create the SHARPEST GLASS!!! And now, I see ALL TOO MANY 'BLUR' filters???????? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work , VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved...

WHEN IN IRELAND…

#abfav_holidays_theme this is taken in the Guinness museum in Dublin. All the different bottles. Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James's Gate brewery in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 50 countries and is available in over 120. Annual sales total of Guinness in 2011 was 850 million litres (220,000,000 US gal). Guinness features a burnt flavour that is derived from malted barley and roasted unmalted barley. CHEERS, SANTE!!! LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE ITALIAN JOB…

#abfav_films_songs Fun, film-titles. LOL. The minis are stacked like gold bullion. Of course it is done digitally and WHAT A JOB it was, hihi, the mini was taken with my Nikon F4, the Italian flag made in PS. I wish you all a fantastic day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) BEST On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

"TRON" ...

#abfav_films_songs "TRON" is one of the first movies to make extensive use of any form of computer animation, and is celebrated as a milestone in the industry; but only fifteen to twenty minutes of such animation were used. Technology is the driving force of the 21st century. The software to manipulate photos can be fun, it is helpful technology... we ALL have to try it, see what it can do... I make no qualms about the fact that I am a purist in photography, I am old school and it often breaks my heart to see a good image so massacred by layers and filters. And then call it Fine Art??? AAhh well, just to show that I also tried it out... This image was taken on a bridge over one of the busiest motorways in the UK. For a split second, it was 'empty' except for this bike speeding towards me... sheer luck! Wishing you a fun day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NINE MILLION BICYCLES…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/eHQG6-DojVw by Katie Melua spotted this in Brugge, great fun. Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOUBLE VISION?

#abfav_red Please View on BLACK? saw this, had my camera with me, click... Paul's new reading glasses on a glass table. Shoot it when you see it, always have your camera @ hand... Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I CRIED FOR YOU...

#abfav_films_songs I Cried For You by Katie Melua youtu.be/koeZGaFEnHc You're beautiful so silently It lies beneath a shade of blue It struck me so violently When I looked at you But others pass, they never pause To feel that magic in your hand To me you're like a wild rose They never understand why I cried for you When the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper I'll cross the sea for a different world With your treasure, a secret for me to hold In many years they may forget This love of ours or that we met They may not know How much you meant to me I cried for you And the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper Without you now I see How fragile the world can be And I know you've gone away But in my heart you'll always stay I cried for you When the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper That beauty need only be a whisper It is not always easy to be back after the fantastic time we had in my native country. The feelings and emotions are very mixed, glad to be home but missing so my dear family, friends old and new. OOOH how I miss my beloved Flanders! Yet I also love my adopted country, Yorkshire/England. That day we meandered through it, arrived in the area of Damme, Oostkerke, with its endless tree-lined canals, when finally the weather broke, the long promised rain started to fall, the sky cried, gently at first then it poured, ( at last I could test if it was true what they claim about the Nikons being water-sealed, tee hee). I just HAD to take a shot of this unique landscape, but more about that with the next... Toned Indigo for mood. I wish you all a lovely day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FAMILY… Crete

#abfav_holidays_theme Prina, a mountain village, where nothing much has changed… OOOh, yes, they have the Euro and they now, by European law, must all have electricity, well, in between the power cuts they do... But the people are generous with their time, their warmth and friendship. They welcome you with food and drink, homemade and home-grown. Compared to them we seem to have so much... that we don’t realise the things we're missing? I thought since I had taken them all separate, I had to take a family photo, so here it is. This is where they sat, in front of an empty building on the small square, in the shade, with other villagers, older people like themselves, they’ve lived their lives together and grew old together, the young ones go off to the cities or Athens for studies, most of them do not come back… Just taken with natural light, no reflector, no flash, straight. Film: (grainy) Ilford Delta 400 Have a beautiful day and thanks for visiting, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER…

#abfav_films_songs Movie A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. Director: Stanley Kramer Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn Tonight, my beautiful son is flying in… for a long w-e. Can’t wait! An appropriate title! We will enjoy @table a lot as we share a love of good food, especially tonight, lol. The story behind this portrait: My son my sun. I was in Holland for a photo job and of course stayed with my son and his little family. I had quite a few cameras with me, different types of film. It was Sunday morning, the winter sun shone into the room, I saw this lovely light on him also through reflection from the varnished wooden floor. I was reorganising and cleaning my stuff for the next shoot, he's quite used to that. There was an easy silence between us... He was just dreaming and happened to look in my direction, without seeing me. This is a completely natural and unposed portrait. I have captured the essence of my son, a very kind man, hardworking, and like me, a sensitive human being, he has had to learn to live in this harsh world and take some knocks, a bit sad about the betrayals and cynicism. Yet always an optimist and still a bit of a dreamer. It is a scanned image of a wet darkroom print. This has not been manipulated in any way, a slight crop off the left, comp in camera, focus on the eyes and very little dof. I don't remember which camera I used, but the film was Ilford Delta 400 (grainy!!!), no flash. Have a wonderful day and thank you for viewing, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EYES… SOUL-MIRRORS…

#abfav_2_together_theme MAGDA INDIGO (*_*) A lighting exercise in the studio. This is a scan of a b/w Polaroid which gives you not just the instant image but also a 4x5 negative. This image is part of an ongoing photo book project on ‘soul mirrors.’ Like most people I don’t like to be photographed, why do you think I am 'behind' the camera? hihi. I feel that very few images 'capture' the real ‘ME’. That is why I so respect it when people say NO. That is why I understand their ‘fear’ and I’m able to put them at ease. I always prefer natural light, but studio light has its advantages, anytime, anywhere… This was taken late at night, I had already tried quite a few different set-ups, wanted something different, this IS the one. Camera used: Techn Cam 4x5 Lens used: Rodenstock 180 Film used: Polaroid 55 pro neg. 4x5 The frame is natural, from the torn-off Polaroid paper. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved