Magda Indigo photography

+ 2016/2

A BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas
CELEBRATION...
A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...
A FUN ANECDOTE...
ARTICLE PUBLISHED!
JINGLE BELLS... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
OUR TREE, in OUR HOUSE...
CHRISTMAS EVE…
CHRISTMAS MORN…
SPECIAL BREAKFAST...
LAST CHRISTMAS…
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING…
MORE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE
OF MISTLETOE…
UNDER THE MISTLETOE...
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS
WHITE THISTLES...
THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos
THE HUG… TULIPS
A SEASONAL EMBRACE… TULIPS
FLORAL FANTASY… TULIP
MMMWAH… TWO TULIPS
FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...
MORE CHRISTMAS COLOURS… TULIP
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!! TULIP
SNOWFLAKES…
TWINKLE TWINKLE...
STARRY CHRISTMAS…
CHRISTMAS SPARKLE…
GOLDLEAF...
IN FREEFALL..
THE CAROL of THE BELLS…
IMAGINE... MY PEACE DOVES...
JOY, JOY, JOY…
MORE LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
A SHINING HEART...
MORE JOY…
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
THE HOLLY and THE IVY…
HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
For a laugh... WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT
FIBRE-OPTICS...
A LITTLE WINTER-SCENE...
A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...
CHRISTMAS CHEER…
LITTLE TOY TRAIN...
HO-HO-HO HOLLY HOLLY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO
SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen m
HHHHHHMMMM, WHAT NOW?... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
CHRISTMAS STORY 2015, Cool Santa...
A CHRISTMAS STORY… SANTA’S HAT
A MODERN CHRISTMAS TALE...
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...
NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…
AMARYLLIS AND BUD... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
AMARYLLIS, in FULL GLORY...
LET THE FUN BEGIN...
THE FLOWERS in the STAR…
A CHRISTMAS STAR... Poinsettia
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK…
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
ONE POINSETTIA LEAF…
GRAB ME… TULIPS
DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE…
SMILE... GERBERA
A BUNCH of HAPPINESS… GERBERA
MERVEILLE… Carnation, ala VICTORIANA
BLUSHING CARNATIONS... ALA VICTORIANA
PURE JOY, LYSIANTHUS…
WHITE to VIEUX ROSE… Lisianthus
A POLE-DANCER? Lysianthus…
BUDDING LYSIANTHUS…
ELEGANCIA… so Lisianthus.
THE ANTHURIUM DUEL…
MI CORAZON… ANTHURIUM
TRIUMVIRATE of ANTHURIUM..
THE ROGUE RED PETAL… Anthurium and Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum. TODAY'S FLOWER...
ENTICING MUM...
ALIEN EXPLORATION… CHRYSANTHEMUM
MUMS and LIGHTS...
THREE Dee-lights... Chrysanthemums
WHY CHRYSANTHEMUMS…
THE YELLOWING LEAF… CYCLAMEN
FOR THE W-E, A DANCING TULIP…
CRINKLED and HAIRY… POPPY
STORY BEHIND THE POPPY…
POPPIES…
RANUNCULUS ALL-SORTS…
FLOWERS for FRIDAY! Ranunculus.
PENDULUM… RANUNCULUS
CATCH ME if you CAN, RANUNCULUS…
ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS...
FRANKENSTEIN'S CUP?
RED RONDO… ANEMONES
MEMORIES of SUMMER… PEONY
FLAMINGO PINK PEONY...
WILD THING… PEONY
PRICKLY… A THISTLE,a symbol of Scotland
STUDIO, THISTLES and a BUMBLE BEEEE…
AND THEN… EXPLOSION… THISTLE
MENAGE à TROIS… Kniphofia
LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… FUCHSIA
FUCHSIA GAGLIARDA…
TGIF… FUCHSIA
PRETTY in PINK...FUCHSIA
CATWALK for SLIMMERS… CALLA
STEPPING OUT WITH MY BABY...
ODD PETAL OUT… LILY
THE SNEEZING PARROT TULIP, LOL.
DEATH of a PARROT TULIP…
NOT ALL VIOLETS are BLUE…
ALL WE NEED IS LOVE… ROSES
LA DOUCEUR… A ROSE
SWEET SPRAY of WHITE ROSES…
ANTIQUE ROSES…
FALLEN GLORY… ORCHID
THE JOYOUS SCHLUMBERGERA…
REACHING FOR THE SKY, THE PURPLE ORCHIDS...
THREE WHITE MINI-CYCLAMEN...
A FLOWER-BASKET with HYDRANGEA.
LOVE ME TENDER…
APRICOT, THE COLOURS of AUTUMN?...
ALL CARROT AND NO STICK?
ANATOMY of a MINI POINTED CABBAGE…
ONCE UPON A TIME… (mini cabbage)
ITALIAN TONIGHT?
THE WONDROUS WORLD of THE PINK OYSTER MUSHROOMS...
LES PLEUREUSES… Buna Shimeji
GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN?
MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!
DOES THIS RED ONION make you CRY OR SMILE?
ORANGE AND SPICE…
ORANGE, SPICE and ALL THINGS NICE…
WINTER FRAGRANCES…
ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...
WE’RE NUTS, COBNUTS…
AUTUMN CHARMS…
AUTUMNAL FOLLY…
MAPLECOPTERS…
FALLEN GLORY...
ULTIMATE COLOUR AUTUMN APOTHEOSE....
A LEAF OUT OF MY LIFE...
OF HALLOWEEN CROSSES and COLOURS… Physalis
THE INDIVIDUALIST… PHYSALIS
TRICK or TREAT? MMMMMACARONS...
OIL AND VINEGAR…
TIED UP WITH STRING…
STREAMING EYES?
CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…
FESTIVE NEST…
WHY KNOT??? TO ART or NOT TO ART????
I COULD BAKE YOU A SWEET RAINBOW in THESE???
AN ALL-TIME ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE… PENCILS.
MY COLOUR CATERPILLAR...
SLINKY OOOOOOOOOHHH, RAINBOW...
ALWAYS QUESTIONS???
LOVE OVERFLOWING …
COILED SILK… for CHRISTMAS
ROMANCE EN ROUGE...
FUN, FUN, PAPER BALL…
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA...
POSH BAUBLES…
REMEMBERING PAVAROTTI…
THE QUILL…
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS…
SOFT LANDING…
A CHRISTMAS HALLELUJAH…
THE WINGS of AN ANGEL's FIRST CHRISTMAS...ANOTHER
THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...
THE THREE LOST FEATHERS ...
ANGEL’S BIG WINGS... ANOTHER STORY
WHERE ANGELS REST…
FAN-tabulous?? PLUMES
VISUAL SILENCE…
THE MASK...
AN ARTIST'S WORK...
HAPPY DIWALI...
BONFIRE-NIGHT, TONIGHT 5 November....
COCKTAIL…
GLITTERING...
MAGIC FLOWERS FLOWING…
MAGIC MUSHROOMS…
GERMAN MARKET is BACK in TOWN…
EAST AND WEST? CAN MEET!!!!
SAX BABY...
The GIRL and the PARROT...
GENETICS...
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, the shadowdancer...
B&W MAGIC...
LE CYGNE...
MAGDA INDIGO...IN CAMERA!
DADDYYYYYYYYYY????
VALSE LENTE... A STORY
ENRAPTURED…
THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…
HISTOIRE de SWAN…
IN MEMORY...
The bugler of the last post in Ieper…
IN GOOD TIMES remembering THE BAD TIMES...
SUPER BRITISH...
JUST CHECKING...
SPINNING THE WOOL...
THE FARMER'S WIFE...
GREAT AFFECTION
A TRAY FULL OF CASANOVAS...
GUESS WHAT I'M SELLING???
SHY STERGIOS...
PATRIOTIC CAPITALISM?
THE GIRL and THE GIANT BUBBLE...
WONDERFUL WORLD? CAN BE!
A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PHOTO-HEAVEN?
In The Shadow of the Poppies
LONE POPPY...
GRIEFSTRICKEN…
11.11.11
A GENTLE AUTUMN...
THE SKEW BARN...
AUTUMN in LLANRWST... WALES
AUTUMNAL OUTING...
EBBING GLORY ...
WELSH GOLD ...
WELSH GOLD...
FROSTY MAGIC...
LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER...
THE SNOW-BERRIES...Symphoricarpos
ON ILKLEY MOOR...
SNOWBLANKET…
WINTER…
DESOLATION, WINTER IN YORKSHIRE...
ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS...A WINTER'S
ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS... WHARFEDALE
SNOWY PINHOLE...
Bamburgh Castle...
LA MER...
ON A STORMY SUNDAY...
An INDIGO EVENING…
A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…
DRAMA IN THE SKY...
SHIPLHOUETTE ...
SAIL'S CATHEDRAL...
DONE FOR THE DAY...
THE WING OF AN ANGEL?
THE NET...
SPANISH FISHING NETWORK...
BONDS...
COLOURED TEARS... for a HAPPY MONDAY
WANT SOME COLOUR IN MY DAY... Scarborough
SCARBOROUGH BEACH HUTS…
SO LOVINGLY RESTORED and MAINTAINED..
TUBULAR EYE TEASER...
ROW upon ROW…
THE BEND…
NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE
A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE
STRICTLY DANCE….
I SPY…
HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE
WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH
THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…
JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS
JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…
THE ALMSHOUSES…
OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…
VENICE of THE NORTH…
The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…
The BLUE DOOR…
THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…
SPAANSE LOSKAAI…
SPOT THE WINDOWS…
ON OLD WALLS…
WHAT’S the TIME???
OIL&VINEGAR…
LEFFE BLONDE…
IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…
THE HALLEN…
REFLECTIONS…
HEY, LISTEN…
THE BREAK…
LOST TO THE WORLD…
THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…
BRUGES LACE…
UP UP and AWAY
FIFTY SHADES OF RED…
MODERN MADONNA…
PURPLE RAIN…
WISTERIA in BRUGGE…
BOTTLE BRUSHES…
BASKETS ANYONE?
GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…
WINDOWS…
FEMININITY…
EVENING IN BRUGGE…
THE WEEPING BEECH…
TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…
BILL… for MOVEMBER
THE BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…
FRIENDS…
MORE FRIENDS…
IEPER, POPPY…
ARCHITECT or BUILDER…
OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..
IN A DARK CORNER…
DE MOEREN…
A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…
Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,
THE GROPE… DAY 7
AAAH BACH…
THE AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…
ALLEYS of BRUGGE…
SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…
INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…
ORIGINAL DISPLAY…
ALL CHOCOLATE…
CHOCOLATE… by the KILO
DAPPLED LIGHT…
GROENEREI…
FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…
WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…
THEY ARE COMING!
IN FULL RAGALIA…
ON PARADE…
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…
ARMOURED PIKEMAN…
A PIKEMAN…
OLD WARRIOR…
MORE LACE…
THE MUSKETEER…
WITH PANACHE…
WHEN LACE ADORNS AUTUMN... HYDRANGEA

A BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas

I took this image for New Year, and although it is just the two of us on that night, our family living abroad and not a greatest time for travel... we still have a party! Getting all dressed up... Paul in his tux. Yes, a black tie event…LOLOLOL We dance out the old year into the new, at home. I photographed these Callas tied with a black silk cord, love the challenge of black on black.... Thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! 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

CELEBRATION...

People make a site what it is, Facebook, Flickr and 500px are indeed, as so many have said before me, like a big social circle, you make friends... I enjoy the fact that it is so very International. On top of everything else, here the common factor, our love for our photography. We share our images, each time giving a little bit of ourselves away. It is amazing what photos often tell about the person who took them! I thank you for sharing your images and your time. I arranged this so that the 'angelhair' would look like the Champagne is flooooooowing. Have a great time, 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

A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...

A metaphor, 2017 as the bud of a flower! 2016 GONE, only memories and good images left now, LOL. Full of PROMISE of all things good, we hope for. Petal after petal, layer after layer, day after day, week after week, it opens... with ups and downs, sunshine and rain, warm and cold, the laughter and the tears! Get through the 'lesser' days and enjoy the 'better' days, it is like fighting through the storms and then basking in the warm sunshine. I hope 2017 brings a LOT of SUN for you, many beautiful ‘flowers’ and above all PEACE. Looking forward to another year filled with the beauty to all the senses that flowers provide. Our best wishes. 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FUN ANECDOTE...

The trials and tribulations of a photographer! LOL Extract from the 6 page article about my 20+ year studio project, which was published in Practical Photography magazine. If you can’t get the printed magazine then I’m happy to say there are digital editions of the full article. Download the app for free and then purchase the February issue to see the article. iOS iPad app link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/apple-store/id557558255… Android link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details… Thanks for viewing, M, (*_*)

ARTICLE PUBLISHED!

This is part of the double spread of the featured 6 page article in the Practical Photography magazine (February 2017). I talk about my inspiration, technique, lighting, creative process and and share insights that have never been published before. I am thrilled with it! If you want to see/read it, see here: iOS iPad app link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/apple-store/id557558255?pt=300858&ct=DigEdPage_BWS_PP&mt=8&at=1010lcZD&uo=8&at=1010lcZD or here: Android link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bauermedia.practicalphotography&hl=en_GB Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

JINGLE BELLS... A CHRISTMAS THEME.

More fun bells! Time for the decorations to come out, rediscovering old and new memories. Make the home festive, another way of being creative, goes together with the usual upset of lights not working, untangling ribbon I had so carefully packed... A number of times I'd put this 'wreath' of brass bells and red ribbon, hanging on one of our inner doors, on my head for fun (and because I'm a bit mad???), now it was serious! Crowned by the jingling bells, lol! Thank you Paul Indigo for the portrait. May your day be full of goodness, 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

OUR TREE, in OUR HOUSE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Glittering, lighting up our Winter evenings. Have a great time 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 ,

CHRISTMAS EVE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ ’t Was the evening before Christmas day. The work was done, all dressed in our finery, lol, ready for the festivities. At home, great ambiance! BON APPETIT! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS MORN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This year we opted for an all white table. How I love Christmas morning. You do not have to be religious to enjoy the festivities? It is the morning for a special breakfast, which means different breads and stolle, fancy cheeses, and a lot of ambiance with flowers and candles. BON APPETIT! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPECIAL BREAKFAST...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ just the two of us... Make it special, not just for visitors, but for yourself! A feel-good factor? LOL. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST CHRISTMAS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ our breakfast on that special morning, Christmas Day, when all is silent in our neighbourhood… It is just the two of us. Again, we have no family coming over as we are celebrating in the warmth of our own home. Families are dispersed nowadays, ooohhh I know some "envy" us and wished their family did not descend on them? LOL. I think it is human nature to want what you cannot have and not want what you have? I can tell you that it is bittersweet, the longing in your heart can hurt and telephone becomes a sad substitute for hugs and kisses. But, hey, let's rejoice and look forward to the future, some people have far less, I will try and sprinkle a bit of joy during those days. Tell me if you are lonely? May ALL your wishes come true! This year the table decorations are completely different, haven’t photographed it yet! Love, Magda, (*_*) 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

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Roses, candlelight… Sitting across the one you love... Romantic. Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.' quote by Ashton Kutcher Have a wonderful day and thanx 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

MORE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE

According to custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described as early as 1820 by Washington Irving in his "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon": "The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases." Quote from movie Mickeys Christmas Carol (1983): Belle: Ebeneezer? Scrooge: Yes, Isabelle? Belle: My eyes are closed, my lips are puckered, and Im standing under the mistletoe. Scrooge: You're also standing on my foot... LOL! Mistletoe is the common name for a group of parasitic plants that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub, it is a parasite. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

OF MISTLETOE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Viscum album – the original mistletoe of European myth, legend and tradition. The word 'mistletoe' derives from the older form 'mistle', adding the Old English word tān (twig). 'Mistle' is common Germanic (Old High German mistil, Middle High German. mistel, Old English mistel, Old Norse mistil). In France it was often given as a Porte Bonheur - a gift for luck, particularly for the New Year, rather than at Christmas. This association with peace may have origins as ancient as the kissing custom, as the plant is associated with peace in the Norse, Greek and Roman traditions about mistletoe. The peace association was a tradition in Britain too at one time, though it has become eclipsed by the kissing custom feature. During the First World War embroidered ‘silk’ postcards sent from the Front at Christmas often depicted mistletoe, perhaps emphasising mistletoe’s value both as a symbol of peace and as a message for loved ones. There are many explanations of the kissing tradition – though most relate either to the Norse legend of Baldr or to the view that mistletoe is an ancient symbol of fertility. The most obvious fertility aspect is that, as an evergreen growth on a deciduous host, mistletoe, as a parasitic can be seen as symbolic of the continuing ‘life-force’ (and vitality/fertility) of the host tree through the winter (which may be particularly significant if the tree is your sacred oak, in Druidic traditions). But that’s not all. The fertility imagery is enhanced by European mistletoe’s shape and form – the forking paired branches, paired leaves and berries full of white sticky juice hint of sexual organs in shape, and in content. According to the custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described as early as 1820 by Washington Irving in his ‘The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon’: ‘The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases!’ I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

UNDER THE MISTLETOE...

KISSES for you! Wishing you a wonderful 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

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS

Summer is a distant memory... how time flies, another new year upon us, technology evolving at an unbelievable pace, it was never easier to communicate, all is faster, not fast enough, call me, text me, skype me, email me... and yet more and more lonely people, alienation, families dispersed... We take the week between Christmas and New Year OFF! Free to do only what we want! TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... Wishing you well, 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

WHITE THISTLES...

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. I saved them, dried them, sprayed them! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins. Prickles often occur all over the plant ñ on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos

Of seasonal plants! Symphoricarpos, with common names in English of Snowberry, Waxberry or Ghostberry, is a small genus of about 15 species of deciduous shrubs in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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.cm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HUG… TULIPS

So, the ‘festive ‘ season? Not for everyone? All the festivities accentuate the loneliness of many even more? Some find a way of dealing with loneliness or have something in their lives that, even in a small way, that alleviates their loneliness. What is also vital is that the focus has moved beyond old people. The loneliness epidemic is affecting people of all ages. It can be as big a problem for young and middle-aged people as for the grandparents. Society has changed – our communities, villages, towns and cities are different. We move away from our support networks – for work, for training, for college, for university or for whatever economic reason. As a photographer, yes, I lead a ‘lonely’ life, yet I am not lonely, clients come and go, or I am contacted via the internet, all very anonymous and often impersonal. I am okay with my own company and cherish even more the time spent with Paul. Virtual ‘friendships, ever increasing means of communication and more and more lonely people, a poor substitute for a good old hug! Can we try harder at being kind to others and creating new support networks to replace the traditional ones, now lost? If you have children you are usually no longer surrounded by your relatives. Why not look around and see if you know someone who is alone? Spread some warmth? May the season light the way for the lonely as well as those experiencing abundance, and, this year, may the lonely remember that winter does not ever last. Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting 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

A SEASONAL EMBRACE… TULIPS

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Yes, I bought the first tulips of the season. They only had tiny white ones, aah I came home happy! I arranged them lovingly, kissing in an embrace, all for PEACE in December! Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting 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

FLORAL FANTASY… TULIP

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. That's the long and the short of it? LOL. Anniversary. A whole new meaning to 'say it with flowers'???? Wishing you a colourful day and thanx for commenting, always 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

MMMWAH… TWO TULIPS

WHISPERING or KISSING? Whatever they are doing, it is all about love? There are people who 'talk' to the flowers and plants? Me, I just 'listen' to them. And I only buy flowers that speak to me... Thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! For more of my other work 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

FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...

(best on black) My quote of this year: ‘BE HAPPY for what you have and NOT UNHAPPY for what you do NOT have!’ by magda indigo Alas... tulips, once cut, have a lifespan of about 7 days, if you are lucky and bought them VERY fresh, in closed buds! Often they retain their beauty till the end and then, oops, all the petals drop. These had stayed in the studio, where, for obvious reasons, it is never very warm, I came in, they had opened completely, showing off all the secrets of the inside flower, aach, how can I resist such beauty, even when fading... Twilight flowers? Mysterious and still passionate... they look unreal. The year 2016 is also fading rapidly now, its lifespan 365 days nearly exhausted. Some will be sad others will be glad... ... we take it as it comes if we want to get through life 'gracefully'? I am doing my utmost to focus on all the good in my life and Nature. I wish you all a very good week and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

MORE CHRISTMAS COLOURS… TULIP

RED and GREEN. Yep, I bought the first Tulips of the season. Such a festive accent in our home. This one standing out from the rest, it was trying to hide behind a petal/leaf, something quite different! I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!! TULIP

I don't talk to plants, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Very small red tulips in the shop, huddling amongst the white larger ones. They had my name on them ,haha. What I heard here was what one little tulip, in the studio…. shivering and hugging in the cold, was saying!!! HAHA, once the lights came on, they quickly opened, now gracing our place. 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. 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

SNOWFLAKES…

A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth's atmosphere as snow. Each flake nucleates around a dust particle in supersaturated air masses by attracting supercooled cloud water droplets, which freeze and accrete in crystal form. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperatures and humidity zones in the atmosphere, such that individual snowflakes differ in detail from one another, but may be categorised in eight broad classifications and at least 80 individual variants. The main constituent shapes for ice crystals, from which combinations may occur, are needle, column, plate and rime. Snowflakes appear white in colour despite being made of clear ice. This is due to diffuse reflection of the whole spectrum of light by the small crystal facets. Hope this brings a bit of joy 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

TWINKLE TWINKLE...

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Enjoy the coming festive days! M, (*_*) For more stories and anecdotes, visit my non-commercial Blog here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/ 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STARRY CHRISTMAS…

STARRY CHRISTMAS… Cool made, 6 diamanté stars,designed in the shape of a christmas tree. I had a lot off fun in the studio! Thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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.cm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SPARKLE…

I mentioned I was a 'classicist' for Christmas. I prefer the colours green, red, white... with some gold or silver. I looked up why Red? An early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays. Red is also the colour of Holly and many other berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. Red is also the colour of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform? AAAHHH well, there you go. I just find it festive! Hope you this warms up your day. Thanx for visiting, 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

GOLDLEAF...

GOLDLEAF... A Fern leaf that thinks it is a (Christmas?) tree... lol. It came in a mixed flower-bouquet, I loved the way it looked so much that I put it in a separate vase, lovely... and sprayed it gold! There are four particular types of habitats that ferns are found in: moist, shady forests; crevices in rock faces, especially when sheltered from the full sun; acid wetlands including bogs and swamps; and tropical trees. I often see them on roofs, walls, places where NOTHING else grows. Ferns have been studied and found to be useful in the removal of heavy metals, especially arsenic, from the soil. Thanx for your time and visit, (*_*) 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

IN FREEFALL..

These little felt Christmas dolls seemed to have fun in the studio… I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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

THE CAROL of THE BELLS…

https://youtu.be/k-W2Bkz_Rno Listen to this wonderful performance. You do not have to be a ‘believer’ to enjoy the spirit of the moment I think. We all need some love and tenderness at the moment, that is what I try to spread, beauty and joy. It always makes Paul laugh… when I see BELLS, I have to ring them and uhh, I often buy them. I suppose a lot stems from one's youth?Eventually they end up in the charity shop… for someone, as besotted with them as I am, to love, LOL I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thank you, 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

IMAGINE... MY PEACE DOVES...

My wish to friends and family. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. ó Gandhi We can dream, he? Thank you for visiting, have a great day, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JOY, JOY, JOY…

When there is love in your heart, there is joy in your heart. That warm feeling of elation and well-being. Christmas and New year, December, a month for giving, the ‘dark’ month, brighten it, give with your heart and not your wallet, it will bring you JOY! LOTS of JOY! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

MORE LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

This is a bunch to hang up, baubles, hearts and stars in glass, I immediately saw several compositions (in the shop already), had great fun in the studio! Now, as I told you, from when I was a little girl, I have always loved red ribbon. Often it is easier to pin down why you do not like something. Again, I was wondering why this photo was so appealing to me. Started to analyse… so, the red ribbon, and then, LOVE… this month people will gather and give. I have a feeling that December can be an ‘emotional’ month, where we ponder over the past year… So now I know why I like it. Happiness all around! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

from when I was a little girl, I have always loved red ribbon. Often it is easier to pin down why you do not like something. I was wondering why this photo was so appealing to me. Started to analyse… so, the red ribbon, and then, the little bauble separated itself from the rest as all fell on the black velvet, I SAW it! THE photo!!! LOVE, this month people will gather and give. I have a feeling that December can be an ‘emotional’ month, where we ponder over the past year… So now I know why I like it. Happiness all around! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

A SHINING HEART...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. Quote by Carlos Santana December is a good month for reflection and giving. I wish you all a warm and healthy time. May your days be filled with joy and love, it is easy if you just give some kindness and a lot of tolerance, accept that we are all different... what a boring place it would be if we were all the same? I thank you, for your time, your comments and the beauty of your images. Yours, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE JOY…

JOY, an emotion, as though you’d suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle —Katherine Mansfield Joy is not a constant, it is small fractions, short bursts that touch you in a good way. A great feeling to have. Lots of it in December, depends on yourself and how open you are to it? Spread a little bit of gold-dust around you and you will experience JOY! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting 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

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…

Both from the garden. "The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional British folk Christmas carol. "The holly and the ivy, now are both well grown" The Holly and the Ivy is thought to have Pagan origins and could therefore date back over 1000 years. It is most unusual for a carol like the Holly and the Ivy to have survived over the years especially during the stern protestant period of the 17th century. The Holly and the Ivy have always been taken indoors during the winter the hope being that the occupants would survive difficult conditions just like the hardy Holly and the Ivy. The colours of the Holly and Ivy, green and red are traditionally associated with Christmas. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... Personally the colours of Christmas are still (mostly) red, green and white! Holly berries are somewhat toxic to humans, though their poisonous properties are overstated and fatalities almost unknown. They are extremely important food for numerous species of birds and are also eaten by other wild animals. In the fall and early winter the berries are hard and apparently unpalatable. After being frozen or frosted several times, the berries soften, and become milder in taste. During winter storms, birds often take refuge in this evergreen, which provides shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves) and food. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

THE HOLLY and THE IVY…

"The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional Christmas carol, which is among the most lightly Christianised carols of the Yuletide, the holly and the ivy being among the most familiar Druidic plants. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens accounts" (Roud 2004). I'm not surprised that they are so popular, they are fresh, green, with the jolly berries AND plentiful in the garden, this time of year, and also, so very decorative. But ooohhh so prickly too! I am trying to use as little light and dof as possible, a challenge that I love. I find it necessary and refreshing to regularly go back to the basics of photography. As a discipline, I used to go out with my Nikon F4, a 50mm lens, b&w or colour film. Now of course it is much more with the 'ease' of digital, however, I do NOT take hundreds of photos, the discipline is, I use my camera as a 'film' camera, each push of the button COSTS! So, I compose carefully, wait, look, ... if I AM SURE, pleased... then, I click! Or like here, I'll preconceive a scenario, go in the studio, set it up and photograph it when I am happy that I have the result in front of my eyes that I had in my head. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY

THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is many different things... Personally the colours of Christmas are still (mostly) red, green and white! Holly berries are somewhat toxic to humans, though their poisonous properties are overstated and fatalities almost unknown. They are extremely important food for numerous species of birds and are also eaten by other wild animals. In the fall and early winter the berries are hard and apparently unpalatable. After being frozen or frosted several times, the berries soften, and become milder in taste. During winter storms, birds often take refuge in this evergreen, which provides shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves) and food. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

For a laugh... WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Yes, it is about 20cm tall, a coiled brass spring, decorated with green and red. You lift it, drop it, it WOBBLES for a while… LOL, thanks, 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

Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ On the 13th of December, in Sweden, the festivities of Lucia Day begins. In our home, for Christmas, red candles are a MUST!!! In Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Finland, Lucia is venerated on December 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray Lucia. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head, she walks at the head of a procession of women, each holding a candle. The candles symbolise the fire that refused to take St.Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned. The women sing a Lucia song while entering the room, to the melody of the traditional Neapolitan song Santa Lucia; the Italian lyrics describe the view from Santa Lucia in Naples, the various Scandinavian lyrics are fashioned for the occasion, describing the light with which Lucia overcomes the darkness. Each Scandinavian country has lyrics in their native tongues. After finishing this song, the procession sings Christmas carols or more songs about Lucia. A similar version occurs in Scandinavian communities and churches in the United States. According to the Julian calendar, the night of Lucia was the longest night of the year. This is likely to be the reason why the tradition has lived on in the Nordic countries in particular, as the nights in November and December are very dark and long before the snow has fallen, and the idea of light overcoming darkness is thus appealing. There are traces of the legends of Saint Lucia in the Nordic countries even in the Middle Ages, and her day of remembrance is December 13th (just like the Lussi). Yet another name is relevant here, namely Lucifer( In Dutch that means a matchstick!). His name has the same etymological background (the name literally means 'light-bringer' ;). I wish you all the very best, and thanx 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 (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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

FIBRE-OPTICS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... FROM THE SERIES CIRCLES AND LIGHTS. I am always on the look-out for visually interesting props, this is obviously a set of fibre optic lights, consists of 6 balls which I arranged in different ways to get a pleasing composition. The light-guiding principle behind optical fibres was first demonstrated in Victorian times when the total internal reflection principle was used to illuminate streams of water in elaborate public fountains, but modern optical fibres were only developed in the beginning of the 1950's. Now that we are back on Winter time, it is dark very early, the weather's gone bad, I've had plenty of time to think and be creative in the studio once more. I am enjoying the burst of creativity, I wish you all a day full of light and THANX for your visit and comments, so 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

A LITTLE WINTER-SCENE...

3 jolly snow-men, as they would say in Scotland: 'warm yourself at this roaring candle'? LOL Light in the dark season. Hope you this warms up your day. Thanx for visiting, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ BEST ON BLACK!!! some fun, festive, candle-warmth, winter-fragrance, sparkle and bling, it brings plenty of joy in the dark days! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting 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

CHRISTMAS CHEER…

CHRISTMAS CHEER… Our tree is not very big, so, it can only be decorated with dainty baubles. I bought this felt ‘basket’, and put some of the larger ornaments in, and I like it! Turned out well, happy and colourful! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting 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

LITTLE TOY TRAIN...

Many a little boy's dream it used to be? People are now travelling to be together with loved ones, loaded with presents and lots of good cheer. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, faves. Very much 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HO-HO-HO HOLLY HOLLY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ HO-HO-HO, HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLIDAYS are here! Last night, I saw him looking through the window! Thanx for your visits and support! 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

SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen m

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Another Christmas story. The Christmas party was in full swing, the house full of laughter. The ladies in their colourful and sparkling dresses, looking gorgeous, the gents smart and preened... many of them swaying to the tune of the sweet music. Lights and flickering candle-flames spreading a lovely glow. The smell of good food was tickling the nostrils, yes a very merry atmosphere. The weather was awful, sleety snow battering and drumming on the windows, but nobody seemed to notice, I was overlooking the pleasant scene when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a red blur, I looked, no... nothing there. A little later, I was sure I saw it again, nudged a little closer to the window, and yes, there he was, Santa, shushing me, I rushed into the hall snatched a hat and coat and hurried outside. 'Sssssssssshhhhhhhhhh, I'm over here, quiet please?' I could see his reindeer snuffling for some grass under the white layer. 'These are busy times for me, as you know, I came across your house and I could not help looking in, it looked so inviting I couldn't stop myself and have a look through the window, ooh, I do love to see people so happy, are you enjoying it?' I blushed, or was it the wind that coloured my cheeks? 'Euhh, well yes, Santa, but I must confess, I'm not really here to feast and this is not my house, I am here to work, I am a photographer...' He stroked his beard: 'Aha, I see... and do you like what you are doing?' I shrugged and smiled: 'Yes and no, I love photography, but this here is work, earning a living, and no, not my favourite, you see, I think I am too shy really for it, each time I have to overcome a barrier, I mean, the clients must not see my nerves, he?' He clasped my hands in his: 'Hohoho, you make me laugh with your honesty! Sssshhh, between you and me, that sometimes happens to me too, I can also be nervous! Tell me what is your dream?' I sighed deeply and looked at him: 'My dream would be to just be a creative photographer, I have so many ideas, not enough time, aaah, yes, to photograph when I like and what I like...' He stroked his beard again and seemed thoughtful : 'That is quite a wish! In this day and age, mot easy, hhhmmm. Well, my dear, it was great meeting you, I have to be on my way again, I wish you all the best and remember SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen me!!!' He offered me a branch of festive Holly, waved good-bye. I heard the sleigh-bells disappear into the dark of night, quickly silenced by the snow, gone... and me, also back to work again. This was a few years ago now, and I got my wish! I live the photographer's dream! I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

HHHHHHMMMM, WHAT NOW?... A CHRISTMAS THEME.

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This Santa is concerned about what he hears and sees!!! I think not without reason: ’15, a 1000.... people dead!' 'New war situation'. Shootings,’Floods kills hundreds!' Draughts, earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, wars, unemployment, racism, extremism, you name it... It is difficult to watch TV news or read a newspaper, without seeing sadness everywhere. Every year we wish each other a Happy New Year.. in the hope it IS going to be better? Sometimes it is not easy to remain positive and optimistic, he? On we go, though! I do my best to sprinkle some kindness and joy around. Maybe if we each do our bit? I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

CHRISTMAS STORY 2015, Cool Santa...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Once again, this time with a sigh, because another year had flown bye so fast, the ‘ special cupboard’ was opened and all the memories of years gone by were released. Joining the latest ones. Because, each year something new is bought! It went well, made good progress, the tree and room in full glory once more, glistening and shining brightly. The days are so short now, it is dark by 15.30, but that means that the sparkling new lights look even better. So, I had been enjoying our festive home for a few days, and, now it was time to wrap the parcels, another sigh… to be sent; I brought out fancy paper, bows and ribbons, scissors and tape. I sat down and admired the tree, some classical Christmas music floating in the air, the fragrance of fresh pine, cinnamon, orange and spice and then, of course, proper incense from the special candles I had bought in Germany and saved for this occasion, all filling the senses with wonderful feelings and stimulating good memories. I heard a HOHOHO, looked around and there he was, Santa, wow, full of glitter and bling, looking so cool as he sat on one of the rolls of paper, jolly he smiled, his cheeks all red from the cold. He already brought a parcel, only to open for Christmas. Together we untangled the ribbon, cut to size, wrapping and reminiscing about the year, all the good things that had happened, we did not dwell on the sad stuff for long. Yes it had been a good photographic year and yes I was still enjoying my camera, no, did not want a new one, thank you. Yes, I was happy and there was not really anything I specifically wished for, except Peace and good-will amongst men? We both stopped and sighed deeply… Then it was done, aahhh, he had more homes to visit! I wished him all the best, gave him a kiss on the cheek, he blushed, ’you made an old gent very happy, dear. I wish you and your family and friends a great time!’ Again, HOHOHO I opened my eyes, he was gone, and oooh, it was all still there, on the table, to be done… hey but what was that? Under the tree, there was a parcel: Only to be opened for Christmas… Best wishes from me, 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

A CHRISTMAS STORY… SANTA’S HAT

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 't was after midnight, we'd again worked late, the lights in our Christmas tree were on, some candles spread their wonderful light and made everything flickering sparkly. We relaxed in front of the fire, to unwind and enjoy, before going to bed. The previous night a dusting of snow had whitened our world, the day was bitterly cold with a biting frost. I heard a tinkling bell in the silence of the night, a slight knock on the door... I opened and there was Father Christmas, he was on one of his pre-Christmas rounds, to see how 'good' everybody was, what they deserved, or not... (he doesn't always get it right, but maybe that's his helpers?) and he had been caught in a blizzard! Saw our lovely inviting home, the soft candlelight… I quickly invited him in, he took of his hat, the gentleman that he is... I saw how wet and icy it was and offered to hang it up to dry. I fixed him a hot drink, we sat and chatted, he asked how my photography was going, (he really does know EVERYTHING!), was I happy with my new camera? And why had I not waited... he would have put one under the tree for me... I blushed and confessed that I'm not the most 'patient' of people. He smiled and stroked his beard. Well, warmed up and dry, he was ready to go, lots to do, deadlines to meet, gosh it all sounded so familiar... A hug, I waved him out, another bell-jingling, ho-ho-ho...then he was gone... that's when I woke up! may the light shine bright for you today and thank you for visiting, 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

A MODERN CHRISTMAS TALE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Christmas 2013... AAAHHH, at last the day arrived to open the 'magic' cupboard again, the Christmas cupboard, it always holds a few surprises of things you just forgot about yet like very much. A wonderful trip of re-discovery, haha. It had gone smoothly, I was pleased. The tree was up, the whole place filled with the Christmas aromas of pine and orange and cinnamon and candle-wax. Outside the wind was howling and playing with everything lying loose? I greatly enjoy the silence of night, but on this occasion, I was listening to seasonal music, varied, from bells to music box to angel-singing. Humming along, dreaming of Christmases past, yes the whole family passed the review. Myself as a little girlÖ my children little again, yeah time does fly. I was enjoying the moment, relaxing, everything sparkling in the flickering candle-flames and twinkly lights. When suddenly I heard the most almighty booming voice, I sat up, it was outside, I jumped up and looked through the window and there he stood, Santa, in the snow, on a roof. The bag he was carrying was full and heavy. He was looking up at the sky; I followed his gaze and saw nothing. I rushed outside, now I could hear what he was hollering: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ Oh dear, poor man, I saw the footsteps where he’d walked, the chimney, I saw how he had dirtied his beautiful red coat’s white trimming on the soot? I shouted up: is there anything I can do?î He turned and almost slipped, looked down and said: ‘Yes, that’s very kind of you; I’m in trouble, I had so many mince pies I just could not get through the chimney. So, please, can you call Rudolf with me? So there we were, both of us: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ We waited, could we hear anything? I looked around; light after light came on, every house lit up. Neighbours came out, soon we were all calling: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ At last, the sleigh bells in the distance, Rudolf was rushing through the night. He halted next to his master: ‘Well? Rudolf? What do you have to say for yourself? You know we have much work and not so much time? Hmmmm?’ Rudolf’s nose was redder than ever; he bent over gently and whispered something in Santa’s beard, everybody on tiptoes curious, eyes wide open. Santa started to roar with laughter, his belly shaking. Before climbing under the warm blanket in the sleigh, he turned and smiled at us: ‘Thank you for helping me, my dear friends, all is well; in the team there is a new reindeer, a first year youngster, doing his best, only slowed it down a little and in this weather I am not the most patient of men! Be good and Merry Christmas, HOHOHO And he was gone. We looked at each other, shook hands; here we were; people from Africa, Asia, Europe, from all over. Then shyness overtook again, each returning home, light after light went out, darkness and silence descended in the street. All was back to the usual, each in our homes, doing our thing, living our lives. I sighed; it had been a good moment. I sat down again in the warmth, when in front of the fire, I saw a parcel, ooh I was torn, wait until Christmas? Or open it now? I’m also not the most patient, so I tore the colourful outer wrapping, gently unfolded the tissue paper and out came a beautiful angel, smiling kindly holding a heart. My soul filled with joy, I must be doing something right? I walked over to my tree and put my new treasure in a prominent place. Hope you enjoyed it? Thanks, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... I had to dig deep for that one, in every sense, it was a very special, moving and private moment. We had a photo gallery and it was shortly before Christmas. I was doing the window dressing, and had decided, since Christmas is greatly connected with children to use that as a theme. I bought one of the electrical Santas holding a candle, moving his head, with a very kind and jolly face, totally new then, a huge success, kids kept dragging their parents to see it. It was in the morning, cold and drift-snow flying, nobody in the streets yet, although the angels were already singing the carols over the tannoy (loudspeakers in the street). Santa was doing his thing, I was giving the framed images a last wipe, when I heard a gentle thump and I looked up to see this sweet tender moment. This elderly gent stood there, looking with the joy of a child in his eyes. I grabbed my camera from the chair, I saw I had one shot on a grainy 400 asa film left to take this one off image, I did not know how long he was going to brave the elements, turned out he gazed for quite some time. Then he spotted me, nodded at me, a smile and he was gone, a very emotional moment! ONE SHOT!!! Always keep the child in a small corner of your heart, never let go of that wonderful feeling... May your w-e be full of goodness, 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

NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…

I love having Amaryllis over the festive season. They are to regale us with their beauty for many days, just opening and starting to reveal the inner secrets, the stamens just peeping out ... yes... we are well and truly in full communication again! They speak, I listen. LOL It is said that: Art is Expression of the imagination............ 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. 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"). I love the curves and lines in this. Hope you do too. Have a great day thanx for your comments and visits, 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

AMARYLLIS AND BUD... A CHRISTMAS THEME.

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... It has become a tradition to have them in our home for Christmas. 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! With the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. Two big opening blooms protecting the bud. Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.cm 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,Hippeastrum,red,sensual,flowerhead, stamens, petals,flowers,conceptual art,studio,black-background,,colour,design,square,Nikon D7200, magda indigo

AMARYLLIS, in FULL GLORY...

A CHRISTMAS THEME. For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... It has become a tradition to have them in our home for Christmas. To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly, a little more every day The explosion finally materialised and filled the room and our hearts with the warm glow of their bright colour... 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"( 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").Beautiful as it is, it has no fragrance! Another close-up with the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

LET THE FUN BEGIN...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... It has become a tradition to start the festive season with this image. We are now again the month of December, the Christmas decorations are up in towns and cities, and already many homes, everything looking sparkling and festive. A stall on the Christmas Market in Manchester, saw this big festive wreath, could NOT resist. I'm convinced it is meant to hang outside your front-door, me I put it on the table with a big candle, most romantic and colourful, it is just too soon still for the Christmas stuff, a lovely 'in-between'... Thank you for ALL your 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 FLOWERS in the STAR…

This is the palest pink poinsettia I ever saw! The tiny flowers in the middle of the pink star look like little mouths? Euphorbia pulcherrima is a shrub or small tree, typically reaching a height of 0.6–4 metres (2 ft 0 in–13 ft 1 in). The plant bears dark green dentate leaves that measure 7–16 centimetres (2.8–6.3 in) in length. The coloured bracts —which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. The colours of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change colour. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest colour.[ The flowers of the poinsettia are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. They are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, and are called cyathia.] The poinsettia is native to Mexico. It is now found in the wild in deciduous tropical forests at moderate elevations from southern Sinaloa down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico to Chiapas and Guatemala. It is also found in the interior in the hot, seasonally dry forests of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, 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 CHRISTMAS STAR... Poinsettia

THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... OPEN and view on black for the full impact! For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see.. Now, like in everything, there are 'trends'? This year, hot pink trimmings seem to be the latest rage, the MUST HAVE! Me, I'm more traditional, green and red are THE colours for Christmas, of course with some silver and some gold, often white included, all depending on my creative mood... It probably originates in my childhood, but yes, to me, this is it! This Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus... There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS? At Christmas, here in the Northern Hemisphere, our gardens and most plants are hibernating and invisible. So, what do we do, we bring plants inside, the shops are brimming with Poinsettias, large and small, red or white and pink. With Amaryllis and gorgeous bouquets with Winter-green and colour. The coloured bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. They are already available in the shops,I don’t know about you, by the time it is Christmas, mine will be gone? I’m no good with them… Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, 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

THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA

For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... I'm quite traditional, green and red are THE colours for Christmas, of course with some silver and some gold, often white included, all depending on my creative mood... This Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The ‘flower’ is in the centre. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much 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

ONE POINSETTIA LEAF…

does not make Christmas… The French proverb ‘une hirondelle ne fait pas le Printemps’ is almost identical to its English equivalent "one swallow doesn't make a Summer" other than one glaring difference: the season. The coloured bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. They are already available in the shops,I don’t know about you, by the time it is Christmas, mine will be gone? I’m no good with them… Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, see the drop on the top, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, 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

GRAB ME… TULIPS

A lovely reminder of Spring. Frilly double tulips, reaching out, to be held. Double tulips, stunners, the colours, from deep red, through textured orange to veined yellow to green, and that sweet honey fragrance... HMMMM, Love them. Wishing you a colourful day and thanx for commenting, always appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: 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

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE…

https://youtu.be/kKN4CXImhlE?list=RDkKN4CXImhlE Are they dancing and so in love for you too? Big blousy blooms towards the end turned to silk, the shimmering, different tones such a beautiful sight. I wish you all a very good day and thanx 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 (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com/magda-portfolio.htm 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

SMILE... GERBERA

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ FLOWER-FACE making me smile, making it smile... A bit of warmth and cheer from those Gerberas. Keep safe and keep smiling. Thanx for your visits! 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 Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A BUNCH of HAPPINESS… GERBERA

To ease off the stresses of the week, deep breath, sigh,have a relaxed w-e! Take time to enjoy the flowers! Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family. It was named in honour of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber. It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The center of the flower is sometimes black. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images, 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, 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

MERVEILLE… Carnation, ala VICTORIANA

Some scholars believe that the name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone" (flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Carnations are often worn on special occasions, especially at weddings. At the turn of the century dandies would not leave the house without a white or red carnation in the buttonhole of their suit. With the end of this tradition and the fact that carnations are so easily cultivated and grown, the flower has lost some of its popularity. Although apparently in the UK it is still the most sold flower However, carnations are not only beautiful and long lasting flowers, they also send a message. When you receive a red carnation bouquet, it means, "My heart aches for you" and when you receive white carnations the sender is saying: "I am still available." For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Have a gentle day and thanx 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

BLUSHING CARNATIONS... ALA VICTORIANA

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Some scholars believe that the name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone" (flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Carnations are often worn on special occasions, especially at weddings. At the turn of the century dandies would not leave the house without a white or red carnation in the buttonhole of their suit. With the end of this tradition and the fact that carnations are so easily cultivated and grown, the flower has lost some of its popularity. Although apparently in the UK it is still the most sold flower However, carnations are not only beautiful and long lasting flowers, they also send a message. When you receive a red carnation bouquet, it means, "My heart aches for you" and when you receive white carnations the sender is saying: "I am still available." For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Have a gentle day and thanx 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

PURE JOY, LYSIANTHUS…

Blushing Lysianthus about to even open more… Originating in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central and South America, the flower is known botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum. The common name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower.' Colours include white, light and dark pink, lavender and deep purple. Double and single-flower varieties exist. Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images, 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, 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

WHITE to VIEUX ROSE… Lisianthus

From pale buds to dusty pink blooms, all on one branch! Originating in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central and South America, the flower is known botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum. The common name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower'. Colours include white, light and dark pink, lavender and deep purple, and now lately I have dicovered them white with frills... They are great cut-flowers, with a vase life of two weeks. Double and single-flower varieties exist. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) 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

A POLE-DANCER? Lysianthus…

FRIDAY FUN, this Lysianthus seem to be dancing, or was it hiding? Are we divided on this? LOL Whatever it was, I loved it! I was so thrilled with the Pink Lysianthus - that when they died off I immediately purchased a different bunch. These flowers have a vase life of two-three weeks and offer me tremendous pleasure. Originating in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central and South America, the flower is known botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum. With love to you and thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://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

BUDDING LYSIANTHUS…

Lovely to see the different stages. These are just so elegant eh? Duo-toned, purple and white. Originating in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central and South America, the flower is known botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum. The common name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower'. Colours include white, light and dark pink, lavender and deep purple, and now lately I have discovered them white with frills... They are great cut-flowers, with a vase life of two weeks. Double and single-flower varieties exist. With love to you and thank you for ALL your likes and comments, 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 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

ELEGANCIA… so Lisianthus.

Bi-coloured opening buds The native habitat of the lisianthus is on the prairies of North America, where it is known as the prairie gentian or the Texas bluebell. The wild flower eustoma is no longer as common a sight as it once was, having been picked to such an extent that it has been unable to re-seed. The lisianthus we know as a cut flower today is the result of the extensive breeding programmes undertaken by Japanese growers since the 1930s. Some sources tell you that the name lisianthus comes from the Greek. Lycis means dissolution and anthos means flowers, although somehow one is no wiser for the research! Other sources say that lisianthus signify dignity, appreciation, gratitude and charisma, which is altogether more becoming. 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 likes and comments, 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 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 ANTHURIUM DUEL…

Back to back they are standing… Who will win? A l’Armes. Always trying new compositions/ emotions. Anthuriums are a fun flower and never fail to provoke a smile. They look almost unreal! The flowers are thick, shiny, ribbed and wrinkled, while the leaves are large and glossy, which makes them so much more difficult to photograph well! They belong to the Araceae family, which also includes callas and philodendrons. Their genus name, Anthurium, comes from the Greek words anthos meaning "flower," and oura, meaning "tail." Anthurium can also be called "Flamingo Flower" or "Boy Flower", both referring to the structure of the spathe and spadix. Anthurium, the flowers are hermaphrodite, containing male and female flowers. Very waxy, thus very shiny, thus very 'reflective', thus not easy to light correctly... Quite a whimsical flower. So, not one. but two! Yes I do love a challenge! Thanx, 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

MI CORAZON… ANTHURIUM

Three heart-shaped Anthuriums form a big HEART-SHAPE. The waxy Anthuriums, I got them in a mixed bouquet, ever so slightly pink… aahhh when the creative juices flow, I can't stop myself, I'd work day AND night, lol… and often, I DO!, have a bright day and thanx for your visit and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRIUMVIRATE of ANTHURIUM..

The prefix tri means "three," so it makes sense that triumvirate refers to a group of three. The word comes to us from ancient Rome, where two groups of three important men shared power over the Roman Republic. The First Triumvirate was made up of Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, and Marcus Crassus, and the Second Triumvirate consisted of Marc Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian. Three triumphant, waxy Anthuriums, I got them in a mixed bouquet, ever so slightly pink… aahhh when the creative juices flow, I can't stop myself, I'd work day AND night, lol… and often, I DO!, have a bright day and thanx for your visit and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE ROGUE RED PETAL… Anthurium and Chrysanthemum

The flower world is interesting at this time of year, the ‘growers’ exceed themselves, with novelty Chrysanthemums and colours of Anthuriums I never saw before. And what happens then? A ‘genetic’ mishap? Nature still taking over? A rogue red petal on otherwise pale salmon coloured Mum! Supported by the waxy Anthuriums. Got them in a mixed bouquet, aahhh when the creative juices flow, I can't stop myself, I'd work day AND night, lol… and often, I DO!, have a bright day and thanx for your visit and comments, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Chrysanthemum. TODAY'S FLOWER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Etymological meaning of the Chrysanthemum Flower. It’s surprisingly easy to remember the scientific name for this flower because it’s Chrysanthemum, the same as the common name for gardening varieties. However, the exhibition varieties used by florists and arrangers were divided into their own genus known as Dendranthema. The mums in your yard are likely part of the Chrysanthemum group, while the bouquet sent by the florist contains all or mostly Dendranthema flowers. Aside from small Latin differences, all Chrysanthemums share a common Greek source for their name. The words Chrysos, meaning gold, and Anthemon, meaning flower, were combined to reflect the beauty and value of this blossom. This name carries over the Chinese and Japanese translations, which literally mean gold flower or blossom as well. The Chrysanthemum was first cultivated from wild blossoms by the Chinese,since importation in 1798. Some varieties sport daisy-style blooms with a single row of petals around a central core, while others are so ruffled and doubled they look like pom-poms instead and obscure the core, like this here. Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Chrysanthemum Flower The Chrysanthemum is far more versatile than many other decorative flowers. While they don’t provide a very strong smell when growing, there’s a delicate and sweet aroma released when certain types are used for food. Chinese cooks add the blooms to soups and stir fries that need a hint of floral to balance out more strongly flavoured or musky ingredients. The greens are also used for brightening up salads and fried dishes. You can try your hand at making your own sweetly scented Chrysanthemum tea if you have access to flowers that were never treated with pesticides. Speaking of pesticides, organic pyrethins are extracted from this plant to keep bugs away from people, pets, and plants. NASA studies even found potted Chrysanthemums improve air quality! The Chrysanthemum Flower’s Message Is… Support your friends with loyalty and love, especially when they’re facing an obstacle or recovering from a life-changing event. Remember to honour the cycle of life, both at its end and with new beginnings. As a bloom of great importance, the Chrysanthemum symbolises concepts like: Lasting friendship and non-romantic affection Support from your family and loved ones Cheerfulness and good spirits, including cheering up a sad person Rest and recovery after a long trial or challenge Enduring life and rebirth, especially the birth of a child Loyalty and devotion, both romantic and platonic Have a super day and thanx for your ever welcome comments and visit, M, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com PLEASE RESPECT THIS: 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 Dendranthema,flower,single, Chrysanthemum, mum, pink,Hagoromo Intermediate Incurve , conceptual art, black-background, studio, colour, square, design, Nikon D70,magda indigo

ENTICING MUM...

Chrysanthemum. 'MUM' pour les amis! Each year I buy a few of those expensive beauties to photograph in the studio, same this year, they last forever, I had two varieties, this is the pink/white. It is a labour of love for me to find 'different' lighting and angles to bring out their unique beauty, the petals so tightly concentrated in the heart and cascading out in full glory. Today, the chrysanthemum is a quintessential Japanese flower. Western-style spray chrysanthemums or yogiku are becoming popular as cut flowers and garden plants in Japan, but respect is still attached to traditional, disbudded types, the big blooms often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. *Name: comes from the Greek "krus anthemonî meaning gold (bronze) flower. Today they come in all colours. *History: The chrysanthemum has been known since before 5000BC in a small yellow form. *Origin: China and Japan. *Colours: all colours from white to deep purple, bronze, lime green and brick red, except blue (which are artificially dyed for special events) *Family: Relatives include Chamomile, Marguerite. *Varieties: they come in a range of shapes and sizes, including spiders, spoons, buttons and blooms. *Trivia and Facts: The Chrysanthemum is depicted on Japan's imperial weapons and flag. Japan also has a national festival devoted to the flower (9 Sept). *Mythology: Some countries (such as Malta) think it is unlucky to have the flower indoors. It is associated with funerals and All Saints Day. *Medicinal: Feng Shui adherents believe the chrysanthemum brings laughter and happiness to your home. Teas are made with the leaves to help relieve from flue. I wish you all a lovely day and thanx for your visit, 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

ALIEN EXPLORATION… CHRYSANTHEMUM

Out of this dark universe, the tendrils come, exploring, feeling, reaching out… Aaah, imagination! A Japanese Spider Chrysanthemum, again, a different type. Again, a different type . The name "chrysanthemum" is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower) Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. The flower was brought to the Western World in the 17th century.There are about 40 valid species and countless horticultural varieties and cultivars. For many years, chrysanthemum signifies praise and admiration. A chrysanthemum is considered as a noble flower of the Chinese noble class. The Japanese hold this flower as the symbol of the sun. Wishing you a day full of good light and thanx 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MUMS and LIGHTS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The chrysanthemums eventually found their way back into our living-room. Where we are now enjoy them for the rest... Always playing with lights, it is second nature now, lol. 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, 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 Dee-lights... Chrysanthemums

Love the light-play in these 3D ‘special’ Chrysanthemums. About 10cm diameter each. Like natural fireworks, always a great accent in the house, especially at this time of year. Enjoy and thanx, 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 CHRYSANTHEMUMS…

Today, in many countries, All Saints' Day, the 1st of November, sees families gathering to visit cemeteries to clean and decorate tombs. And they decorate them mainly with chrysanthemums. The tradition of using chrysanthemums is a relatively recent one, dating from 1919 when the then President, Raymond Poincaré, declared that all war memorials should be decorated with floral tributes. As one of the rare flowers still in bloom in November it became the flower of choice for cemeteries, with hundreds of thousands of widows laying blooms at their fallen husbands' memorials. The chrysanthemum is now known as the widow's flower and is forever associated with Toussaint and death. With such connotations, chrysanthemums are not usually given at other occasions and should be avoided as a gift - many's the time an innocent foreigner has unwittingly caused offence (or at least surprise) by offering a hostess these colourful flowers! The chrysanthemum is the most sold flower in the world and each year around 25 million pots are placed on French graves on the 1st of November, jollying up cemeteries all over the country. Particularly when placed together in great bunches I think they look lovely and happily the chrysanthemum isn't associated with death all over the world. In fact, in direct contrast in Asia where it originates from, it is the flower of joy, elegance and eternity. Love the lightplay in these 3D white spider-Chrysanthemums. Like natural fireworks, always a great accent in the house. Enjoy and thanx, 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

THE YELLOWING LEAF… CYCLAMEN

SILK WHITE CYCLAMENS This is only a small plant, but on the windowsill in my kitchen, it seems to thrive in the Northern light, these beauties seem to fight for the light. Cyclamen are native to the Mediterranean region from Spain east to Iran, and also in northeast Africa south to Somalia. The name Cyclamen is presumed to come from Greek 'kyclos', a circle referring to the round tubers, or leaves. Lovely inverted flowers rise out of fantastically patterned rounded or heart-shaped leaves. 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, 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

FOR THE W-E, A DANCING TULIP…

Dancing with joy, it is the w-e again, and it promises to be a good one so they say. The Tulip was originally a wild flower growing in the Central Asia and was first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD. In the beginning of the 17th century the tulips were starting to be used as a garden decoration beside the former medicinal purposes. It soon gained major popularity as a trading product, especially in Holland. The interest for the flower was huge and bulbs were sold for unbelievably high prices. Botanists soon found ways of making it an even more decorative and tempting specimen. Hybrids and mutations of the flower were seen as rarities and a sign of high status. In the months of late 1636 to early 1637 there was a complete ‘Tulip mania’ in the Netherlands. Some examples could cost more than an Amsterdam house at this time. Even ordinary men took part in the business. They saw how much money the upper class got in trading and thought that this was an easy way of getting lots of money at no risk. The bulbs were usually sold by weight while they were still in the ground. The trade with the un-sprouted flower came to be called ‘wind trade’. The traders made fabulous amounts of money every month, and people started to sell their businesses, family homes, farm animals, furnishings and dowries to participate. The government could not do anything to stop it, the trade was all about access and demand. But finally the tulip did not appear to be quite so rare to justify such high prices. Over-supply led to lower prices and dealers went bankrupt and many people lost their savings because of the trade. This ‘Tulip Crash’ made the government introduce special trading restrictions for the flower. It is said that the flower became so popular because of the bright colours, dramatic flames and frilly petals. To have tulips in one’s home was a way to impress, and when the wealth spread down the social ladder, so did the urge for tulips. Have FUN, I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much 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

CRINKLED and HAIRY… POPPY

Fresh out of the husk… Poppy is the common name given to the plant genus known by the scientific name of Papaver. The field poppy (Papaver rhoeas), like this here, has always been a symbol of death and rebirth, and no other flower combines exquisite delicacy of tissue with such a vibrant blaze of colour. Everywhere the ground is disturbed - be it by First World War shells or the plough - poppies will grow. Each flower will produce around 17,000 seeds, of which around 3,000 will remain viable and dormant in untilled ground for at least a century before bursting into flower when the ground is disturbed and the seeds are exposed to light. Poppies are flowering plants with delicate, papery petals in a variety of shapes and vibrant hues. There are more than 70 distinct species in the poppy (papaver) genus, including opium poppies (Papaver somniferum), corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale). Poppies are an excellent addition to mixed beds, borders and cut arrangements. Thanx, 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

STORY BEHIND THE POPPY…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A sad symbolism of such a happy wild flower. The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields". Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies a part of Belgium. The seeds can lie dormant for many years and will bloom when exposed to the elements. It is written from the point of view of the dead soldiers and, in the last verse, they call on the living to continue the conflict.T he poem was written by Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, on 3 May 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, a fellow soldier, the day before. The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in the London-based magazine Punch. In 1918, Moina Michael, who had taken leave from her professorship at the University of Georgia to be a volunteer worker for the American YWCA, was inspired by the poem and published a poem of her own called "We Shall Keep the Faith".[5] In tribute to McCrae's poem, she vowed to always wear a red remembrance poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who fought and helped in the war. At a November 1918 YWCA Overseas War Secretaries' conference, she appeared with a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed 25 more to those attending. She then campaigned to have the poppy adopted as a national symbol of remembrance. At a conference in 1920, the National American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance. At this conference, Frenchwoman Anna E. Guérin was inspired to introduce the artificial poppies commonly used today. In 1921 she sent her poppy sellers to London, where they were adopted by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, a founder of the Royal British Legion. It was also adopted by veterans' groups in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. James Fox notes that all of the countries who adopted the remembrance poppy were the "victors" of World War I. Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom! Thanx, 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

POPPIES…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 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)… Thanx 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

RANUNCULUS ALL-SORTS…

Blooms, buds, petals, shadow and light, colour, joy, it has it ALL? Ranunculus, densely layered, blooms opened beautifully, not always evident, their stems are extremely delicate and do tend to just collapse before the bud can open into a gorgeous voluptuous bloom... 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

FLOWERS for FRIDAY! Ranunculus.

Why, on your way home, not buy a bouquet of flowers for your partner? Start the w-e off beautifully and with love? LOL Ranunculus, a whole bouquet, all different! I love Ranunculus, the multi-layered blooms opened beautifully, not always evident, their stems are extremely delicate and do tend to just collapse before the bud can open into a gorgeous voluptuous bloom... I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Layered, sweet coloured beauties in every stage from bud to full bloom. The green one was a new one for me, never seen them before... I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! 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 thanx for the good wishes, 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 Ranunculus,flowers,bouquet,mixed,Persian buttercups,Ranunculus asiaticus,yellow,red,white,design,studio,black-background,colour,square,Nikon D7000, magda indigo

PENDULUM… RANUNCULUS

A pendulum, a swinging lever, weighted at the lower end, for regulating the speed of a clock mechanism. In this case here the Ranunculus bloom is the ‘flower’ clock… the bud represents the pendulum. Hot and ruffled. I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! 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... THANX 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

CATCH ME if you CAN, RANUNCULUS…

The bloom seemed to be chasing the bud, or… was the bud trying to escape the bloom? LOL I see many mums and dads like this, in the shops… Hot and ruffled. I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! 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... THANX 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

ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS...

FLEUR ROUGE... UNE ANEMONE... www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgEOlwzgQIg&feature=BF&li.. for music lovers: FLEUR ROUGE... A bouquet of Red Anemones, with one opening its heart to us, just about... Perfect colours for Christmas I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Hope this brings a bit of joy 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

FRANKENSTEIN'S CUP?

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Anemone coronaria (poppy) anemone popularly in English, Spanish marigold, "dag lalesi" in Turkish, "Kalanit" in Hebrew, "Shaqa'iq An-Nu'man" in Arabic, Ger: Garten-Anemone, Czech: sasanka) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Anemone, native to the Mediterranean region. Have fun tonight, and take care! Thanx 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

RED RONDO… ANEMONES

Anemone coronaria (poppy anemone popularly in English, Spanish marigold, "dag lalesi" in Turkish, "Kalanit" in Hebrew, "Shaqa'iq An-Nu'man" in Arabic, Ger: Garten-Anemone, Czech: sasanka is a species of flowering plant in the genus Anemone, native to the Mediterranean region. 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. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx 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

MEMORIES of SUMMER… PEONY

This one opened one petal at the time, ever so slowly, the bright yellow stamens came peeping through… I captured it quickly! Well into Autumn now, I look back to the Summer flowers, all gone, nothing but sweet memories to brighten up our ‘dark’ months, before and after the season of light, December. 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. THANX 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

FLAMINGO PINK PEONY...

This Peony so made me think of Flamingo birds... This is the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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 THING… PEONY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Last beauty, tomorrow the petals fall... 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 ís 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. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. Have a wonderful day, filled with love 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

PRICKLY… A THISTLE,a symbol of Scotland

The leaves, the stem, the seeded especially… only the purple petals are soft. I went for a ‘different’ composition and I love it! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Many are troublesome weeds, including some invasive species,Typical adverse effects are competition with crops and interference with grazing in pastures, where dense growths of spiny vegetation suppress forage plants and repel grazing animals from eating either the thistle plants or neighbouring forage. Hence, I seem to remember that in Belgium there is a law, that obliges you to get rid of them? Origin as a symbol of Scotland: According to a legend, an invading Norse army was attempting to sneak up at night upon a Scottish army's encampment. During this operation one barefoot Norseman had the misfortune to step upon a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain, thus alerting Scots to the presence of the Norse invaders. Some sources suggest the specific occasion was the Battle of Largs, which marked the beginning of the departure of King Haakon IV (Haakon the Elder) of Norway who, having control of the Northern Isles and Hebrides, had harried the coast of the Kingdom of Scotland for some years… Interesting bit: Carduus is the Latin term for a thistle (hence cardoon, and chardon in French), and Cardonnacum is the Latin word for a place with thistles. This is believed to be the origin of name of the Burgundy village of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, which in turn is thought to be the home of the famous Chardonnay grape variety. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much 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

STUDIO, THISTLES and a BUMBLE BEEEE…

Brought this is, as they looked ready, only when I looked through the viewer did I spot the bumble bee, it stayed there the whole time, I thought is was dead, but no, it as just gorging on the pollen. After the shoot, I put it outside and it flew in freedom! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Interesting bit: Carduus is the Latin term for a thistle (hence cardoon, and chardon in French), and Cardonnacum is the Latin word for a place with thistles. This is believed to be the origin of name of the Burgundy village of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, which in turn is thought to be the home of the famous Chardonnay grape variety. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much 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

AND THEN… EXPLOSION… THISTLE

as I was photographing this branch of Thistles, one of them exploded… probably the warmth of the lights? Did it feel there was too much 'sun' suddenly? LOL Thousands of flighty feathery seeds, I had to quickly put a bag over it, they went flying off all over! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Interesting bit: Carduus is the Latin term for a thistle (hence cardoon, and chardon in French), and Cardonnacum is the Latin word for a place with thistles. This is believed to be the origin of name of the Burgundy village of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, which in turn is thought to be the home of the famous Chardonnay grape variety. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much 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

MENAGE à TROIS… Kniphofia

Kniphofia also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles. The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist. A stunning 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 I again tried to photograph them in the 'style that I love so much, a bit moody, playing with the light and dof. 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

LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… FUCHSIA

LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… FUCHSIA A spray of Fuchsia flower from the garden. Going out with a bang? So delicate and pretty and in one of my favourite colour-combinations! Yes the garden is beginning the long winter hibernation, I hope often under the beauty blanket of snow, to stop it from freezing! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501->1566) The Fuchsia flower has four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange... thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FUCHSIA GAGLIARDA…

A danse, Fuchsia,free, fun, Monday, a whole week of magic again… Am I the only one to enjoy the beginning of the week? LOL Gagliarda: a Mediaval round-danse. Fuchsia flowers from the garden. So delicate and pretty and in one of my favourite colour-combinations! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs The vast majority of garden hybrids have descended from a few parent species. Thanx 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

TGIF… FUCHSIA

The end of another working week for many. A DANCE for JOY for most… Fuchsia flowers from the garden. So delicate and pretty and in one of my favourite colour-combinations! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs The vast majority of garden hybrids have descended from a few parent species. Thanx 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

PRETTY in PINK...FUCHSIA

Fuchsia flowers from the garden. So delicate and pretty in pink! LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… Yes the garden is beginning the long winter hibernation, I hope often under the beauty blanket of snow, to stop it from freezing! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501->1566) The Fuchsia flower has four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to pink to dark red, purple-blue, and orange... thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CATWALK for SLIMMERS… CALLA

It is so trendy to be uber-slim! Stuff (?) health as long as you look slim? LOLOLOL And it looks like the flowers are following suit? These are Calla, no, not like I ’normally’ know Calla, but there you go! Novelty Callas? Zantedeschia, usually erroneously called Calla or Arum lilies (only when 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, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhoea. All species are endemic to southern Africa. 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

STEPPING OUT WITH MY BABY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Well it IS Saturday! LOL. I positioned these beauties, the stage was set, the lights were on, camera/action/ ready for their close-up... 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 Thanx 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

ODD PETAL OUT… LILY

NATURE'S QUIRKS... CAN BE VERY BEAUTIFUL! In a massive bouquet, I spotted this bud with an odd petal, I knew I had to be patient, keep my eye on it, it delivered and opened, half leaf-half petal, thus leaving the bloom open for all to see ... open sideways... one of nature's abnormalities that sometimes occur. Lilium longiflorum. This plant is native to Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. It is a stem rooting lily, growing up to 1 m high and bears a number of trumpet shaped, white, very fragrant, and outward facing flowers. I saw the majesty and sculptural quality in close up. Such panache! Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

THE SNEEZING PARROT TULIP, LOL.

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The weather was sad for this beautiful month of May, too cold, windy (aah, poor blossoms), sudden rain, yet when the sun was out it felt wonderful. Many people have colds, coughing and sneezing, including Paul... ANATOMY of a sneeze! "A sneeze begins with a sudden inhalation. This is the ‘Aaah’ part of the sneeze. The ‘Choo!’occurs on the exhale because most of the muscles in your body are reflexively contracting. This clamps your mouth shut until the pressure in your lungs rises too high and the air escapes in a burst. Since your tongue is pressing against the roof of your mouth, the air makes a ‘ch’ sound, and with your lips pursed, it emerges as an ‘oo’.” Best explanation I EVER saw of a sneeze! Thank you Mohammad Rashid, Wakefield I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

DEATH of a PARROT TULIP…

The Parrot tulip sneezed (see previous) and all was good till I wanted to repose it and it just disintegrated in my hands, the black velvet full of petals and pollen. And even then I saw the beauty in it and could not resist an lasting image. LOL I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

NOT ALL VIOLETS are BLUE…

Roses are red Violets are???? Orange, purple, yellow and white! The viola is a large family containing 500 species,they are on record in Greece from the 4th century B.C. Later in Europe, it was discovered that a plant similar to a viola grew in open areas. The plant found mostly in fields and amongst rocks in the Alps, hence Alpine. It became known as a wild pansy (French:pensÈe). It might have been a romantic Frenchman who 'named' it... A pensée can be a fleeting thought or a saying, short or it can be as long as a paragraph, a page, a poem! Maybe he thought of his loved-one, dried one amongst some book he carried? Juste une pensée... lol. These delicately fragrant flowers come in a wonderful variety of colours. The dark centres in some flowers are thought to resemble little faces. These are a smaller variety (a flower not much bigger than my thumbnail!), that I have in the garden, I could not resist photographing them in the studio... As always, thanx for your lovely comments and thoughts, 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

ALL WE NEED IS LOVE… ROSES

LOTS of LOVE!!! And ‘optimism’ and positivity? The name of these beauties is Nostalgie... A uniquely coloured fragrant rose with single or small clusters of creamy white edged, cherry red blooms. Absolutely stunning when in full bloom and a real eye catcher. The petals seem to go more pink as they open. With a good long flowering period this looks certain to become a very popular rose. A delicately fragranced Hybrid Tea Bush Rose. Drama in the studio? Have a wonderful day and thanx 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 my web pages: 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 SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT!

LA DOUCEUR… A ROSE

In a bouquet of pure white Roses, there was this one; a rose tinged the tenderest of pink. They should only sell them like that, such a lovely accent, or is it an anomaly? Irresistible to me! Have a sweet day and thanx 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

SWEET SPRAY of WHITE ROSES…

“Year by year the complexities of this world grow more bewildering, and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in joyful simplicities.” From our garden, a climbing Rose. The main difference between rambling roses and climbers is that rambling roses usually flower once, whereas climbing roses usually repeat flower throughout summer and autumn! Have a sweet day and thanx 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

ANTIQUE ROSES…

Brought in from the garden, photographed from all sides, cleaned up and uploaded and then left to dry… I was waiting to see what would happen. Would the dry nicely or would the petals drop. It was fascinating. This is after a month, beautifully antiqued, with plenty of character. Yes, patience is often a virtue in a photographer. LOL Have a sweet day and thanx 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

FALLEN GLORY… ORCHID

The petals fell, not quite dry, still retaining some of their vibrant purple and recognisable shape. Like discarded petticoats after the ball? I see beauty in everything! Orchids are truly flowers of superlatives. No plant family has as many different flowers as the orchid family. Orchids are among the most highly prized of ornamental plants. In Mexico the flowers are used symbolically by the natives; each one conveys a sentiment associated with different ceremonies or religious figures. From the time that orchids were first imported from the Bahamas to Britain (in the early 18th century) these flowers have been cultivated for their commercial value and have been successfully hybridised and variegated. Hawaii has become a major center for commercial orchid culture. A species of the Vanilla genus of tropical America is important economically as the source of natural vanilla flavouring. Have a sweet day and thanx 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

THE JOYOUS SCHLUMBERGERA…

or FLEUR de CACTUS. Schlumbergera is a genus of 6 known tree-dwelling cacti from Brazil. These are the tropical rain forest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. They are named after the Frenchman, Frédéric Schlumberger, who was the owner of a famous plant collection. This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, frequently mislabeled Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. There is also an Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers. The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. I bought this when we'd just moved into our new house, it loves it here, this is the third 'flowering' in 9 months! Again I played with lights in the studio, the petals are shiny and silky with light. Have a super day and thanx, 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

REACHING FOR THE SKY, THE PURPLE ORCHIDS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Purple Dendrobium Orchids, I bought them in the Chinese Supermarket, where they sell them at the vegetable and fruit counter... because: they are EDIBLE... and NO I have not tried them yet... Have a great day and 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

THREE WHITE MINI-CYCLAMEN...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An image without words... except, I love it! 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, 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

A FLOWER-BASKET with HYDRANGEA.

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A bit of Autumn melancholy... Ordinarily, flower-baskets are round and for hanging up... Gathered the Hydrangea heads in one basket, I decided to photograph the whole scene instead of an 'isolated' few (which I could not resist doing anyway, phaaahhh). They are nicely drying and getting the 'Autumn' colours... for the rest of the year. I love them! Thanx for your visit 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

LOVE ME TENDER…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Prawns have claws on three of their five pairs of legs, shrimp have claws on two of their five pairs of legs. Their gills and body shape are different too. As far as cooking them goes, they are identical and interchangeable. Heart-shaped? I love them. After I photograph the seafood, after the 'proper' shoot I then can have some 'freedom and fun'... before we eat the props... if we still can, because food photography is very much about 'tricks' to make it look shiny, fresh, attractive and appetising. Bon appetit 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

APRICOT, THE COLOURS of AUTUMN?...

This one was really showing all the gorgeous colours, over yellow and orange... with the warmth of still, the warmth of SUMMER? Fresh apricots are loose-stoned fruit that range in colour from pale green to yellow to flushed orangey pink. When ripe, their flesh is sweet, soft and juicy. The apricot was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long that it is often thought to have originated there. Its scientific name Prunus armeniaca (Armenian plum) derives from that assumption. MORE THAN EVER: 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

ALL CARROT AND NO STICK?

MY AB FAV today https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The Carrot and stick is an idiom that refers to a policy of offering a combination of rewards and punishment to induce behaviour... Mini carrots, maxi health? 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

ANATOMY of a MINI POINTED CABBAGE…

Inside and outside. I love the curves and lines in this ‘Pointed cabbage’ Pointed, hispi, hearted or sweetheart cabbage as it is sometimes known is a type of green cabbage with green leaves and a pointed head. The leaves are more open than those of a green cabbage and they have a softer texture and sweeter taste. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

ONCE UPON A TIME… (mini cabbage)

There was a mini cabbage in the shop… A creative photographer came along and spotted it, picked it up, turned it around and around, looking at all the beautiful angles… could not resist, saw the potential… and bought it. Eagerly took it home, into a dark studio, positioned it, switched on the lights, set it it all up beautifully and made a portrait of the mini-cabbage… RESULT! LOLOLOL Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

ITALIAN TONIGHT?

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and basil? A good base to start? Eating the props again! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) 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 WONDROUS WORLD of THE PINK OYSTER MUSHROOMS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ FOUND/ BOUGHT them on the Farmers' market. The Oyster mushroom, or Pleurotus ostreatus, both the Latin and common name refer to the shape of the fruiting body. I love the detail in the gills! Many also believe that the name is fitting due to the flavour resemblance to oysters. The pink colour will fade on cooking. In fact, cooked oyster mushrooms all look the same, regardless of the colour they started as. These beautiful Oyster Mushrooms seem more like fast growing coral than easy to grow delicately flavoured treats.. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD I wish you all the very best and thanx 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 (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

LES PLEUREUSES… Buna Shimeji

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ LES PLEUREUSES… Buna Shimeii Women mourners, like in the Greek tragedies, that's what these look like to me... aaahhh, imagination, what a wonderful thing to have! In Fact they are The Buna Shimeji, a highly esteemed mushroom in Japan where cultivation techniques were first developed. About 10cm high. In nature, Buna Shimeji grows on wood, often on beech trees hence the common name Beech Mushroom, an oyster-like mushrooms. It is a slow growing mushroom, taking over 100 days from planting to harvest, the fairly slow growth probably adds to superior texture and flavour. This group of edible mushrooms, native to East Asia, is a mycorrhizal fungus (similar to porcini and truffles)! Not advised to eat raw, rather a bitter taste that disappears completely when cooked! I love trying new things… not just in the studio… Photograph them and then eat your props, lol! Bon appétit! THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, READ MORE HERE, new Blog: http://magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativity.html Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN?

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ LOL, I know it is a little early, however, I am not taking any chances! I don't want no VAMPIRE biting me in the neck, so here comes the garlic, Thanx for your visits and comments, most 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

MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!

AB FAV 1 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I know HALLOWEEN is only tomorrow, however, I am not taking any chances! I don't want no VAMPIRE biting me in the neck, so here comes the garlic AND the rest of the family, red onion, shallots, surely I'll be safe when the time comes??????? LOL. I wish you all the very best and thanx 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 (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

DOES THIS RED ONION make you CRY OR SMILE?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A red onion took on a life of it's own in the kitchen. I could not resist, the colours too attractive and the sprouts too elegant not to be photographed. Have a great day. Thanx, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ORANGE AND SPICE…

Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-size seed in each of its eight segments. Native to China and Vietnam, star anise comes from a small evergreen tree. Its flavour is slightly more bitter than that of regular anise seed. The "sweet orange", which is the kind that are most often eaten today, grew first in Asia but now grows in many parts of the world. Oranges are round orange-coloured fruit that grow on a tree which can reach 10 metres (33 ft) high. Orange trees have dark green shiny leaves and small white flowers with five petals. The flowers smell very sweet which attracts many bees. An orange has a tough shiny orange skin. Inside, the fruit is divided into "segments", which have thin tough skins that hold together many little sections with juice inside. There are usually ten segments in an orange, but sometimes there are more. The colour orange takes its name from the fruit. The word "orange" is unusual because it is one of only a few English words that does not rhyme with anything. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

ORANGE, SPICE and ALL THINGS NICE…

Not a bad idea to 'take stock' once in awhile? I always say: be happy for what you have got and not unhappy for what you have not? Sometimes difficult, but it works! Dried orange, vibrant husks and fragrant Cinnamon. yummy, Have a great 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 Cinnamon, husks, spice, orange, brown, food,design,colour,black-background,square,conceptual art, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

WINTER FRAGRANCES…

So welcome in December, the fragrance of orange, cinnamon and Star anise, then add some pine from the tree, maybe some candle-wax and all set? LOL Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-size seed in each of its eight segments. Native to China and Vietnam, star anise comes from a small evergreen tree. Its flavour is slightly more bitter than that of regular anise seed. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. Cinnamon has been known from remote antiquity. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BC. Cinnamon was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and even for a god: a fine inscription records the gift of cinnamon and cassia to the temple of Apollo at Miletus. Though its source was kept mysterious in the Mediterranean world for centuries by the middlemen, who handled the spice trade, to protect their monopoly as suppliers, cinnamon is native to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India, and Burma. The "sweet orange", which is the kind that are most often eaten today, grew first in Asia but now grows in many parts of the world. Oranges are round orange-coloured fruit that grow on a tree which can reach 10 metres (33 ft) high. Orange trees have dark green shiny leaves and small white flowers with five petals. The flowers smell very sweet which attracts many bees. An orange has a tough shiny orange skin. Inside, the fruit is divided into "segments", which have thin tough skins that hold together many little sections with juice inside. There are usually ten segments in an orange, but sometimes there are more. The colour orange takes its name from the fruit. The word "orange" is unusual because it is one of only a few English words that does not rhyme with anything. Thanks for your time and comments, greatly 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

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...

Warm cheer, Santé, and keep warm... Festive fragrances for Christmas Mulled wine is a drink usually made with red wine along with various spices and fruits. It is served hot or warm and may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. It is traditional during winter, especially around Christmas also called Glühwein. It was first recorded as spiced and heated in First Century Rome. The Romans travelled all across Europe, conquering much of it and trading with the rest. The legions brought wine and viticulture with them up to the Rhine and Danube rivers and to the Scottish border bringing their recipes with them. Very much part of tradition now! I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, faves and likes. Very much 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WE’RE NUTS, COBNUTS…

Every Autumn beautiful, unusual small nuts appear in the British larder. They are not dissimilar to a hazelnut, but should not be mistaken for them; the Cobnut is a nut in its own right. They are super-delicious fresh but can also be dried and eaten later in the season. Cobnuts, filberts, hazelnuts are all varieties of the Corylus family. They grow in Britain and can be found fresh from early Autumn, or dried and processed for using year round. Cobnuts are very distinctive in their pretty, downy cover which, when fresh, is easy to remove as is the shell of the young nut. Once they begin to dry the shell toughens yet will still only need a sharp tap to break. When young, the green cobnuts have a taste very similar to coconut and as they mature and become golden, they are much sweeter and juicier. Thank you for your comments and time, 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

AUTUMN CHARMS…

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I don’t know about you, but hmmm, every season has its charms? Each their colours… not that Spring doesn’t have orange or Summer doesn’t have reds, I think it much lies in the ‘combination’ of colours? And this here is pure Autumn! An orange onion Pumpkin, some Strawberry Corn (mostly decorative Zea mays 'Strawberry'. Popping Corn), some cobnuts (fresh Hazelnuts) and a few Physalis… et voila, Autumn in the studio. Have a lovely w-e. Thank you for your comments and time, 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

AUTUMNAL FOLLY…

AUTUMNAL FOLLY… all things Autumnal, the clue is in the colours! Knifophia, Gerbera, pumpkin, Physalis and decorative fruits. Bright and vibrant. What you see in my images is the years of experimenting, the years of studying lighting and composition, the years of experience, the endless creativity! Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

MAPLECOPTERS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ It was September, the month of melancholy, another Summer almost over, Autumn already in the air but not yet visible in nature... Is it going to be a long Winter... With the lovely long evenings? One night we had some gusty winds, earlier this year, a bit thundery, so in our garden, on the grass were hundreds of those, blown off their home, the maple tree... No seed in there yet, they were fresh, so no flying... we'd have to wait for full Autumn. The innocent fun you could have with those twirly thingies, throwing them up, running after them (kept us fit!), guarding and treasuring your 'best' ones! Speak of childhood memories!!! The distinctive fruit are called samaras, "maple keys", "helicopters", "whirlybirds" or "polynoses". I call them ‘MAPLECOPTERS’! These seeds occur in distinctive pairs each containing one seed enclosed in a "nutlet" attached to a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue. They are shaped to spin as they fall and to carry the seeds a considerable distance on the wind. People often call them "helicopters" due to the way that they spin as they fall. During World War II, the US Army developed a special air drop supply carrier that could carry up to 65 pounds of supplies and was based on the Maple seed. Seed maturation is usually in a few weeks to six months after flowering, with seed dispersal shortly after maturity. However, one tree can release hundreds of thousands of seeds at a time. Depending on the species, the seeds can be small and green to orange and big with thicker seed pods. The yellow seeds are released individually and almost always without the stems. Some seeds can remain dormant in the soil for several years before germinating. Have a fun day and thanx, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FALLEN GLORY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I love Autumn; I perceive it as a time of 'reflection', look back on the past of this year, remembering the joys of spring, the warmth of summer... and always the light... It can be a bit nostalgic, the days get shorter, the shadows grow taller, however... the evenings get longer... it is cosy, bring out some candles, we seem to get ready for the 'hibernation', being more inside, wondering what this season has in store, will it be wet? Will it be cold? Will we (please) get snow? A long autumn and short winter, or a short autumn, making winter seem endless? Here the days now start quite misty, but the sun is still strong enough to burn it off, the evenings are cold, the skies are most beautiful, with sunsets to die for... In a sudden burst, the leaves change from tired-looking into this magic coat of colours. If lucky the fun can last, but it often takes only a few stormy hours to make it a multi-coloured carpet, baring the now skeletal trees. Food for the roots, the new leaves next year... and so it goes on... year after year... A COLOURFUL GOOD-BYE! More of my work here: www.indigo2photography.com THANX 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

ULTIMATE COLOUR AUTUMN APOTHEOSE....

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ ULTIMATE COLOUR AUTUMN APOTHEOSE.... A grand celebration of Autumn. My neighbour grows this lovely vine... it is now absolutely delightful. I brought some leaves into the studio and made a few compositions. First thing you see of course are the colours in this grapevine leaf... but then the eye gets drawn in to complexity of the texture, all the veins, the small bumps, little scars due to weather or ‘visitors’? Wishing you a wonderful day and as always, thanx for visiting, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A LEAF OUT OF MY LIFE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I like the analogy, we are here for our one “4 seasons”, to bud, unfurl and grow, in sunshine and rain, in wind and storm, holding on. In light, in darkness, brightness and fog, from fresh green to mature to colourful, missing bits, some scars, by far not “perfect”, ever more interesting and beautiful though, until we gently float down and come to a final rest… No, to me this is not negative, it is realistic, the way it is. Just a thought... THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) More of my work 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 LEAF,DESIGN,Autumn,yellow,red,green,macro,black-background,lighting,colour,studio,happy,bright,square,Hasselblad, magda indigo

OF HALLOWEEN CROSSES and COLOURS… Physalis

We come to the finale of the fruit and nut harvesting! Large papery husks derive from the calyx. The berry inside, also goes by the names Golden Strawberry,Chinese Lantern and Cape gooseberry. Not all Physalis species bear edible fruit. This here is decorative. Any sort of religious symbol might deter a vampire… Have you ever wondered about the origin of Halloween colours? It is the custom of the celebration to use orange and black in decorations and costumes. The colour orange also signifies strength and endurance. We don’t know if that is for the holiday or strength and endurance at the harvest time. Since the Celtics were involved in wars with Julius Caesar, they may have believed orange gave courage to those who wore that colour during battle. As the Celtics are given the most credit for beginning the holiday as the festival of the harvest, a colour of autumn is used. Orange, being the most prevalent autumn tone, is derived from the pumpkin and leaves. In the final confrontation with Dracula, Van Helsing, finding himself in a showdown without any weapons, grabs two nearby candelabras and holds them up in the shape of a cross, which repels the Count. This scene created a visual trope since adopted by many other cinematic slayers: since then, we have seen characters use whatever is at hand from baseball bats and even two of their own fingers—to form an impromptu cross. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

THE INDIVIDUALIST… PHYSALIS

you will encounter the individualist everywhere! One who does not ‘follow’, is innovative and creative, not once but continuously? I often get the comment: ‘simple’ on my images, LOL. Yes that makes me smile, I remember Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and so many more, … it looked so simple and easy what they did, you know, like you could get up and dance in the same way… NOT! I experience the same with my work… it gets copied and tried, never seem to achieve that same depth, the tonalities, the richness and the emotion. I get asked repeatedly for workshops and tutorials. For which I have no time I’m happy to say, so much work, euhh, rephrase that, pleasure and fun? What you see in my images is the years of experimenting, the years of studying, the years of experience! Thanx for your time and comments, greatly 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

TRICK or TREAT? MMMMMACARONS...

THOSE GUILTY LITTLE PLEASURES... We ALL need them, he? MMMMMMM, irresistible... euhhh to be photographed... and then (of course) savoured... Macaron is a sweet meringue-based confectionary made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and food colouring. The French macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. Its name is derived from the Italian word maccarone or maccherone. Not to be confused with the English MACAROONS!!! These here are the fancy French kind, not the rustic, chewy, coco-nutty variety. The confectionery is characterised by its smooth, domed top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot"), and flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavours that range from the traditional (raspberry, chocolate, caramel) to the new (marmite, matcha). The fillings can range from jams to ganache to butter. Above: Venezuelan Chocolate, Vanilla, Raspberry and Passion Fruit. Lead a sweet life! Thanx, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OIL AND VINEGAR…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I saw how many round objects there are in our home, so, now that we are back on Winter time, it is dark very early, the weather's gone bad, I've had plenty of time to think and be creative in the studio once more. Glass is one of the most difficult substances to photograph; my challenge is to use the reflections in a positive manner so that they add to the image. I love using different oils and vinegars in the kitchen, so over the years these glass beauties have now become part of a collection, the first was the 'ball' one in front! I wish you all a sweet day and thanx for your visit, always welcome, Magda, (*_*) Please do not 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 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

TIED UP WITH STRING…

FANCY STRING! For Christmas. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favourite things. Text From The Sound of Music Fun fun fun for the w-e. Some left over festive string/ribbon. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, 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

STREAMING EYES?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Christmas, ribbon like streamers, the bobbins like eyes… a graphic image, imagination. In the colours of the festive season. Fun fun fun for Friday. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, 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

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…

So, it is almost 5 o’clock in the afternoon in England. Darkness and a stormy wind makes the interior even more cosy? The presents unwrapped, lots of ribbon left now, with a joyous smile, I rest some before our festive evening meal. A cold buffet with lots of our favourite food! Hope you are enjoying yours? Cheers, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FESTIVE NEST…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Around this time of year there are always quite different items around, like this black organza wrapping and fancy ribbons. It is willing me to photograph it, LOL. Love the challenge: black on black! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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

WHY KNOT??? TO ART or NOT TO ART????

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 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 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 poster, I knotted it like when I was a little girl, then I saw THE image... I photographed it in my own style... Called this first one WHY KNOT??? Uploaded it and it did very well. Then I got an interesting comment that I want to share with you, as it provoked a reaction from me: "In a way this photo is everything that is WRONG with upload-sites. And, everything that's RIGHT. Some people will say what does a mess of different coloured string all placed together and tied into a knot mean? How is that art? Others will say ah, what an excellent metaphor/s that applies to so many themes. What a simple minimalist piece of art. Why didn't I think of that? It's been right in front of me a million times. Most people will lie somewhere in the middle, struggling with the image for a second and quickly flipping to the next piece. Isn't art strange? LOL Thanks for sharing,..." I replied by email: ... You mention the big A... art? I consider myself a creative photographer, not an art photographer. It is such a massive discussion what art is... been there, worn that T-shirt, lol. Until the day there is a definite and 'plausible' definition of ART, I'll change my mind, in the mean-time, I'll stick to creative... Photography is a craft that is acquired over many years! When not 'dictated' by a client, I take images that come out of my brain, the birth of the idea, the development of it, my vision and the creation, my enjoyment and the challenge, the hype and the anticipation, the struggle and disappointment of the failures, the gathering of your courage to try again... the stamina, the madness some love to call passion? The playing with light, to me, the ultimate high, I don't need anything else. Once the image is there, I'm content, and if it 'inspires' others, releases an emotion, that's wonderful! And I've seen how my photos have 'inspired' many! I'm not stupid to think that everybody is going to like, let alone understand my images, but I can easily live with that, because I do not have that expectation! I, in the first place, have to be happy with it, the quality, the composition, EVERYTHING, it has to be immaculate, I have to stand by it 100% or the outside world will NEVER see it! That goes for my pro AND my free work (what you see here). I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope that you enjoyed my 'rave'? Take care, all the best and above all... enjoy your photography. If the day comes I don't enjoy it anymore... I'll GIVE AWAY all my gear (it's a lot, gathered over the years, please don't hold your breath, heeeee), M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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???

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ LOL! Trendy cupcake moulds in paper! 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 (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

AN ALL-TIME ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE… PENCILS.

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 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! I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much 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

MY COLOUR CATERPILLAR...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ New thread! Naughty little faces! Reels of sewing thread... for ALL THE DETAIL AND BEAUTY View HERE On Black Fun in the studio... Some days I need colour!!! And today is again one of them. When it is wet and grey outside... 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. 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 and always is! 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. 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! 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. Yes and still get a kick, be surprised, ALWAYS thrilled. More creative than ever... 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

SLINKY OOOOOOOOOHHH, RAINBOW...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I made this photo with a giant slinky. Another eye-teaser, I really had a lot of fun with it, always the child at heart... thankfully. http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-effect-of-colours.html I love all the vibrant colours in this funky and temperamental 'model', it is 'alive', misbehaved a lot and got entangled quite a few times, oohh give me children and animals any day, tee hee! Mind your eyes, don't jiggle this about... you have been warned! LOL. I wish you a colourful day, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALWAYS QUESTIONS???

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ As far as I can remember, there was a question mark at the end of my sentence! That's how I gathered a load of knowledge, never been afraid to ask a question, so the subject of this image a very useful tool all through my life! Always hungry for the how and why. Yet, I, luckily, do not suffer from morbid curiosity about other people. I am a good listener, they can tell me things, I'm interested, but I will rarely ask personal questions. I don't consider this indifference, I call it respect. Think before you ask... there are questions... and: ...you HAVE to be able to live with the answer! If and when I want to photograph someone or something, I ask, if the answer is yes, I am happy, if it is no, I respect it, at least I ASKED! There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? 1. There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. 2. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. 3. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. 4. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions. Buddha THANX for ALL your comments and for your visit, 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

LOVE OVERFLOWING …

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ These flower petals are like all the reasons why I love you, I hold them in my heart... to cherish, so beautiful. And often too many, overflowing= butterflies! 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! 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

COILED SILK… for CHRISTMAS

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Like I told you, I am more a traditionalist for Christmas, I love the reds, greens, with some white, a little silver and some discreet gold. I adore silk, shiny (but no too bling)finer ornaments. I can so enjoy them, like this one. Hope you do too? THANX 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

ROMANCE EN ROUGE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Hold me, embrace me, cocoon me... thanx for your time and comments, 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 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

FUN, FUN, PAPER BALL…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I just love these things, one moment they are flat, next a bright ball. Always love paper-fun! Fascinated by COLOUR too! Have a wonderful time and thanx for your comments, 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 image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA...

Colours... hard to resist... hard to get right... MMMMM (*_*) FOR MORE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/ 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

POSH BAUBLES…

with pearls and bling, embroidery and sequins, all ready for the festivities. Fun fun fun for Friday. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, 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

REMEMBERING PAVAROTTI…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Today, his birthday. https://youtu.be/2J7JM0tGgRY Una furtiva lacrima, a furtive tear… Pavarotti would routinely wipe his brow while performing, and would take his trademark white handkerchief on stage with him. I grew up with opera and classical music, and now often work to the beautiful sounds of arias and choirs. The voice is such a beautiful instrument, What a legacy Luciano left us! Maestro, thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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 Pavarotti, handkerchief, remembering,white, tear, colour, black-background, square,studio, Hasselblad, magda indigo

THE QUILL…

“A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw” Did the angel loose a feather? LOL It used to be a tradition to write Christmas cards to family and friends. A way of touching base again. Sadly it is a habit that is fast declining eh? We now have faster ways to convey our good wishes, just as well meant. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS…

For god-sake, we ALL get weary? Oh she may be weary Them young girls they do get wearied Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah But when she gets weary Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah From the song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods in 1932 and performed by many of the greats! Feathers symbolise for me, tenderness, softness and warmth, all the things we need in real life and especially now, when the world, once again, feels like a harsh place. We will have to be strong, however I am convinced that the good will survive… with a lot of tenderness and care for our fellow man. I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thank you, 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

SOFT LANDING…

What goes on in the night in my studio? What are the Christmas dolls up to? Having fun with the feathers? LOLOLOL These little felt Christmas dolls seemed to have fun in the studio… I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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

A CHRISTMAS HALLELUJAH…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A cry of elation! A jump for joy? This is an BIG fave song of mine: https://youtu.be/OPf0YbXqDm0 Uptown Funk, it has a very trendy new lyric. So it says: Girls hit your hallelujah "hitting a hallelujah" is a figure of speech meaning "sing"... LOLOLOL I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 WINGS of AN ANGEL's FIRST CHRISTMAS...ANOTHER

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedragled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy,things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw, where the wings had been hanging... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attick, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedragled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy,things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw, where the wings had been hanging... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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 THREE LOST FEATHERS ...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A STORY IN THREE IMAGES, this is the last in the series In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box; I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedraggled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy, things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, and they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw...three lost feathers... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

ANGEL’S BIG WINGS... ANOTHER STORY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The wind was whistling around the house, dancing a rondo with dry fallen leaves. I sat in my chair, warm and cosy, yes, once again, the Christmas cheer and sparkle filling our home and hearts. I closed my eyes and listened to the pretty music, the bells, the harps, music box... Do you remember? Last year, three angels visited, I dried their wings and the little angels flew off happily with their soft wings, and all I had left with was three feathers? For on angel it was a first Christmas, hadn't been an angel for long... still an apprentice really. But, good material, great potential... otherwise, so I was told... you do not get any wings at all! Well, this time, I felt the gentlest caress on my cheek, hihi, it tickled, I brushed it away, but it was there again, it was the angel, I recognised it, how it had grown, smiled and said: "Yes, you remember me, you where so kind to us, we had fun, he? I wanted to come and tell you myself: I got my BIG wings!" "How wonderful! That pleases me greatly! Well done my angel! You must be thrilled? But, can I ask you, what did you do to earn them?" The angel blushed a little, I said " Oh, maybe you can't tell me?" "No, no, I can, only, it seems so minor, all I had to do was watch over you and your loved ones... and, I know that now and then I made a small mistake, like when you lost your camera-lens-hood in the dunes in Belgium, and, oohhh, do you remember, you almost tripped on the stairs in Holland when you visited your son and family, I was just able to grab you, aah and I..." I put out my hand and touched the silk sleeve: "Please, my dear, you deserve your Big wings! You kept us all safe, that IS the most important, I am so grateful to you! Come sit closer, and please can I take a portrait of you? The family are arriving on Christmas day, and I would love to tell them and show them?" The angel smiled again: "Of course!" I ran upstairs for my camera, came back, a quick make-shift studio, black-background up, the angel was very patient, yes, really 'had the patience of an angel', haha. I took the photo. The angel came closer and whispered: "I am sorry, I have to go now, with the new wings come more responsibilities. Just wanted you to see them!" I felt a gentle kiss on my forehead, again the tickle on my cheek from the wings, a gentle rustle of feathers… Silence. I was alone again. I picked up my camera, so curious to see... And THIS is what I had captured... THE BIG WINGS... I wish you all things good and wonderful, Magda, (*_*) 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

WHERE ANGELS REST…

In our home, we have a cupboard under the eaves. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are stored. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. They weren't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise.Once again, with a sigh, because another year had flown bye so fast, the ‘ special cupboard’ was opened and all the memories of years gone by were released. Joining the latest ones. Because, each year something new is bought! The days are so short now, it is dark by 15.30, but that means that the sparkling new lights look even better. A box was standing a little precariously, probably the last one in, with those things always left behind when all else is safely put away? But no, It fell open, there were my white feathers, the wings and the angels! Aha, so this is where angels rest? LOL I stopped my activities, to photograph: THE priority!!! Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting 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

FAN-tabulous?? PLUMES

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ FAN-tabulous?? PLUMES l'Éventail MAGIQUE. Hot pink feathers, arranged as a fan. So softly tactile. Do you think they ere plucked off a pink chicken? LOLOLOL Have great time and thanx for everything, M, (*_*) For more of my other work 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

VISUAL SILENCE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I had been 'playing' with this concept for a while in my head. I called it (instead of the Silence of the Lambs) the Silence of the Bird. When I had the final result, it came to me immediately: VISUAL SILENCE. I don't often 'dive' into the digital 'magical' darkroom that photoshop can be, but for certain projects it is a great creative tool! Here, in the case of visual silence, what is being absorbed is not sound but gaze. If silence is the absence of noise, then this visual silence is defined as the gradual absence, the vanishing, of what surrounds it, where we burrow from the visible surface to the invisible core. Our focus on the image involves a diminution of the optic field: in this sense, visual silence is like a poem, its power arising from its sheer vulnerability. The image cannot be penetrated even by the most powerful of gazes because it is already open, in full view... and yet the transparency of the image, one that does not attempt to hide anything, is still capable of mystery. Visual silence arrests us because it is the interface between two realms of partial knowledge: between he who does not know he is being watched and those who do not know what they are watching. Some images leave us speechless, we watch them in silent awe. Ultimately the camera is merely an extension of the human eye, it only sees and cannot wholly know what it is seeing. May PEACE be with you and thanx for everything, M, (*_*) For more of my other work 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

THE MASK...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ NO, not VENICE... Part of a series CRAVING COLOUR. INTENSE colour photos. Had been doing a lot of b&w in the studio. In the days of film! My eyes craved some colour... Enough? This is done on the technical camera/ Horseman.4x5 Lens: Rodenstock 180 Film: Polaroid pro 4x5 YES, sigh, gathered a lot of props over the years. 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

AN ARTIST'S WORK...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The candleholder was made by an interesting metal-Artist, I love the curvy elegant lines, just HAD to photograph it in the studio in a dramatic way. Have a bright day and thanx, 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

HAPPY DIWALI...

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ HAPPY DIWALI I give you light... It is tomorrow, however in India, they are celebrating it already. Diwālī is the Hindu Festival of Lights. For Jains it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the Jain year. It is also a significant festival for the Sikh faith. Diwali is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India. It is celebrated for 5 consecutive days in Hindu month of Ashwayuja which usually correspond to the months of October or November. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali and use the occasion to celebrate life and strengthen relationships. Typically, celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional diyas, although electric lights have become widespread. Fireworks may also be associated with the festival in some regions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I brought in the garden lights ( 8 plastic tubes with LED lights inside), decided to have some fun with them in the studio again. Here I'm using 2 tubes, I tried different techniques with the studio-lights. To freeze me=washed out the lights too much. So, the old joke was always that photographers do it in the dark! Here's PROOF! A happy Diwali to All friends around the world. 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

BONFIRE-NIGHT, TONIGHT 5 November....

Guy Fawkes Night 5 November is Bonfire night in England. Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!" Words to Guy Fawkes rhyme. In November 1605, the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes along with a group of conspirators, took place. The story is remembered and celebrated each November 5th when 'Guys' are burned in a celebration known as "Bonfire Night". Huge parties all over, in every city and town, villages and parks, the spires are ready, the fireworks waiting to be lit. Preparations for Bonfire Night celebrations include making a dummy of Guy Fawkes, which is called "the Guy". Some children even keep up an old tradition of walking in the streets, carrying "the Guy" they have just made, and beg passers-by for "a penny for the Guy." The kids use the money to buy fireworks for the evening festivities. This image was however taken in Belgium, and the pyrotechnics courtesy of a Spanish group, music and fireworks amongst the people, never seen anything like it! Keep safe, and have a great day, Magda, (*_*) Just adding this note for those interested in the techy stuff; this was taken on my Nikon F4, on 400asa film, because I loved grain, low light, handheld. I am such an impulsive/ intuitive photographer and after all the years, I do things by 'feel', like driving a car, you know what I mean, but I'll try. I'd say f 4.5, 1/30 of second. Of course on a tripod and with cable release. I was way behind the crowd on a small hill, with a long lens probably between 200/250. The result also depends on the film and sensitivity. Photographic film is a sheet of plastic (cellulose acetate) coated with an emulsion containing light-sensitive silver halide salts (bonded by gelatine) with variable crystal sizes that determine the sensitivity and resolution of the film. Colour film uses at least 3 layers, I now use film with 4. Dyes added to the silver salts make the crystals sensitive to different colours. During development, the silver salts are converted to metallic silver, as with black and white film. The by-products of this reaction form coloured dyes. The silver is converted back to silver salts in the bleach step of development. It is removed from the film in the fix step. Hope that helps, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

COCKTAIL…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is many different things as you can see. the German christmas market in Leeds is in the centre, mostly on Millennium square. Now around there you have the city hall, town hall, musea and lots of eateries and the inevitable bars and pubs. This is a cocktail bar. It looked very inviting and cosy, could not resist the shot. Where people meet? I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, 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

GLITTERING...

GLITTERING… As I love lights and lighting (surprise? lol), we do have quite a collection in our home. We have this ground floor-light, a ball, over it an unusual Christmas decoration, designed especially for light. Abstract,so right for the season, all the festive attractions are out in the shops and streets, yes, already! Which is nice since, with the hour change, it is dark here at 17hrs! The sparkle is most welcome, a bit soon, but hey viva consumerism eh? LOL I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much 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

MAGIC FLOWERS FLOWING…

The Magical Lantern Festival is now in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year. The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Of course I was seduced by the flowers, lol, on ‘black-background’! A stunning outdoor festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals. From as early as the Western Han Dynasty, 206BC to AD25, the Lantern Festival had become a festival of great importance to Chinese communities. A fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeer to flowers and animals. Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs used to create more than 30 giant handmade lanterns. A visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways. Visitors see some of the most artistic and beautifully constructed lantern installations outside of China. A fabulous experience! Of course more to come. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, 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

MAGIC MUSHROOMS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ These beautiful structures are metal frames covered in material. The Magical Lantern Festival is now in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year. The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Of course I was seduced by the flowers, lol, on ‘black-background’! A stunning outdoor festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals. From as early as the Western Han Dynasty, 206BC to AD25, the Lantern Festival had become a festival of great importance to Chinese communities. A fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeer to flowers and animals. Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs used to create more than 30 giant handmade lanterns. A visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways. Visitors see some of the most artistic and beautifully constructed lantern installations outside of China. A fabulous experience! Of course more to come. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, 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

GERMAN MARKET is BACK in TOWN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Every year, in Leeds, Yorkshire there is a German Market. This Kindelmarket is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. The fragrance of pine, food and glue-wine is attractive! Glass baubles, wooden toys and colourful candles from Continental Europe are a jolly note in this otherwise dark month of December. A great atmosphere. How I remember the thrill and feeling in my tummy when swinging in these littles seats, haha. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.cm 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

EAST AND WEST? CAN MEET!!!!

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ EAST AND WEST? CAN MEET!!!! THE BALLAD OF EAST AND WEST. Rudyard Kipling Poems Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth! (Excerpt) This image means so much to me, it came about (like many good things in life) by sheer luck. We had this couple in our studio for a portrait session. She is the gentlest, sweetest lady you can imagine. Of Indian descent, born in Africa, just like her husband, they met in England, fell in love, married and after all these years, are still very much in love, there ís an ease about them and we all share a great sense of humour. She was waiting for him to join her; he was looking through the lens, talking to Paul about the whole set-up, technicalities and cameras. I sat next to her for a chat; we suddenly realised that we both wore a long skirt, a pink top! We sat in the same way, no, this is not posed!!! So I asked Paul to push the shutter. (In our book, it is not the one who pushes the shutter, but the one who has the idea, that the photo belongs to ) I treasure her as my friend, I respect her for her religion and beliefs, I admire her for her beauty, both in and out, if there were more people like her, the world would be a better place. East and West have firmly met! Have a sweet day and thanx for visiting, 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

SAX BABY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Was in Holland, studio and all for a big architectural job in Amsterdam. An assistant asked if I'd have the time to take some portraits of her and her sister. The girl also played the saxophone and had tentatively brought her instrument. I didn't mind, so long as I could do some shots for myself... Also brought the baby. In an unplanned moment of pause, a blow on the sax to the surprise of the baby, where was this sound coming from? Out of that shiny toy? LOL Just had time to pick up my camera and take the photo... ALWAYS be ready? Thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The GIRL and the PARROT...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We had the pregnant mum in the studio first, then dad came with this little angelic tearaway... I got out this colourful Parrot, a prop we've had for years, you say something and the parrot repeats it 3 times, imitating whatever sound you made, or whatever you said... you can make it bark, miau. moo... We've had a lot of fun and laughter out of the silly thing... However the girl was fascinated, it kept her busy for a while, while the parents were getting ready for the portrait session. The studio was set before they came, she was faed in the parrot...so, bang, I got her! LOL, M, (*_*) For more of my other work 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

GENETICS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I got this lovely family with 3 children in the studio. Whilst the two youngest looked very much like their dad, her eldest son was just the spitting image of his mum. AAAhhh, the Art of genetics. I placed their hands like that in this portrait because often I find they play such a vital role and say so much. FOR MORE ON THIS and other anecdotes.. magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-p... Taken on the Hasselblad, which has square negs, so it is slightly cropped. Scanned from the print that was printed by Paul Indigo, in the wet darkroom! The 80mm Zeiss lens and the film Ilford Delta 100. Wishing you a beautiful day and as always, thanx for visiting, 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

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, the shadowdancer...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Those 2 ballet dancers (he is Christian Dedeene), he was for 5 years a solo and star dancer with one of the greatest choreographers of the century, Maurice Bejart. I was fortunate to have him in our studio a couple of times, and what an experience it was, each time. She has her own Ballet school, Rose d'Ivry in Ostend) are true professionals, otherwise I would not have been able to use this technique, ONE take...no PS! FILM! This is the result of having those 2 wonderful ballet dancers in your studio, who are up for a challenge and something different. How do you capture their graceful, often powerful movements and action in such a static medium? And challenging it was, as ballet dancers need to be able to fix on a point to execute the figures correctly and land on the same spot. This image is taken in a completely dark studio. Technically challenging though it is, the results always thrill me. A bit of lateral thinking of what 'action' can all mean in photography, given the 'still' nature of the beast. We had tremendous fun and are happy with the results. This has been achieved by strobe flashing. A PROPER STROBE PHOTO! Modern photographic stroboscopy in its simplest form is a method whereby a subject in motion is lit by repeating flashes of light while the shutter of the camera remains open for a period of time long enough to capture the subject in multiple locations during the time of exposure... not just using 'flash' as many seem to think. So, Halloween is getting closer, BEWARE… As always, thanx for visiting, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

B&W MAGIC...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A LONDON STREET ARTIST. They were a couple, wearing the same colour-costumes, they had a different discipline but were both so very graceful, elegant and talented. It was pure magic to see them at work. I burned out the public in the bg, it looks like his crystal balls were 'giving' off the light... Thanx 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE CYGNE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ www.youtube.com/watch?v=b44-5M4e9nI Le Cygne, or The Swan, is the thirteenth movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-SaÎns. Le cygne is often refered to as The Dying Swan, made famous and 'interpreted' like this by Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. This piece features a solo cello (my favourite instrument) in tenor key (clef) and two pianos. I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. - Orson WellesSo, I'm always on the quest for new things... had this idea of 'merging' two images (both taken on Hasselblad) in the 'magical' digital darkroom that photoshop can be... does not often happen!I'm sure you'll let me know what you think? Have a lovely day, thanx for your time and comments, ALWAYS, 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

MAGDA INDIGO...IN CAMERA!

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A self portrait, Magda with a difference? I love the challenge, the buzz of 'complicated'... and beyond the obvious. Bring out the mirrors, the Pneu Air shutter cable release... prepare for running and mutter the odd swear word... LOL! Here I set up the Hasselblad on a tripod, my Nikon F4 with polaroid back!(I resisted digital for a long time, till I was satisfied with the quality) On another, looking into the mat glass of the Blad, you still with me? It wasn't until the film was developed that I realised my feet were in... now I could have 'cropped', but I preferred it like this, an added touch in my view, and anchored the image, serendipity he? thank you for ALL your faves and comments, 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 or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

DADDYYYYYYYYYY????

A studio impromptu! To understand this image you really have to know that, this was a portrait session of a very pregnant lady, her husband standing behind her and embracing her belly. The toddler was demanding daddy's attention, I love the contrast, the tiny hand, the strong hands, the interlaced fingers. The 'link'... In photography, emotion is the often discarded yet so important ingredient! Talk about emotion in a photo, do you agree? I love the beautiful tools that are our hands, FOR MORE ON THIS and other anecdotes.. magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2008/01/all-shades-of-grey.html magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-p... Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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

VALSE LENTE... A STORY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Taken at a Dance Hall, where more mature people gather in the afternoon and come to dance... ...This lady, one of the first to arrive at the dance hall, was well liked and cherished. She was obviously just there to see and enjoy her friends dancing. I had already taken several shots, and sat down on the side to absorb the whole atmosphere; when out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. The one foot was moving with the tune, the stick tapping the beat, the rest of her body still, her face ecstatic. I wondered where she was in her memories, for a moment I saw the young girl emerging, a youthfulness in her shining eyes. The music stopped, applause, her shoulders sagged a bit; she leant a bit more heavily on her stick. Valse Lente... The slow waltz... In photography, emotion is the often discarded yet so important ingredient! 400 iso b/w film Ilford HP5 (grainy), wet darkroom developed and printed, scanned. Keep young, have a great time and thanx, M,(*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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

ENRAPTURED…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ WILLEM VERMANDERE and his new instrument... Willem Vermandere is a famous Belgian Artist. We always enjoy a get-together when we visit the Continent, this time no different! Well, he had just acquired a new instrument, an Autoharp (despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp at all, but a chorded zither), which he cradled with tremendous affection whilst his hands caressed the strings and he was clearly in his own musical world...forgetting for a brief moment that we were there? Such moments are pure magic. My friend is a singer,songwriter, musician, sculptor, writer, poet and painter, but also a wonderful philosopher and raconteur. In photography, emotion is the often discarded, yet so important ingredient! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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 MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. Monochromatic? Not really he? All the shades of grey... from a true black to white... as it should be! Sometimes I just 'feeeeeeeeel' like this, a flower image in b&w... I love the subtle tones, all the varied tones, that give the flower/petals/stems their texture, depth and form, their delectable shapes accentuated, extracted and emphasized without the colour. Don't you agree? 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, 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

HISTOIRE de SWAN…

AB FAV 1 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ You cannot visit Brugge, and return without a photo with or of a SWAN. Why Swans in Brugge? At the end of the 15th century, the oppressed people of Bruges rose in revolt against the unpopular Emperor Maximilian of Austria. They captured Maximilian and imprisoned him in the Craenenburg House on the Market Square, together with his equally unpopular adviser, Pieter Lanckhals. Lanckhals was condemned to death and Maximilian was forced to watch the execution. The Emperor eventually escaped and later took his revenge: he decreed that ‘until the end of time’ the city should be required at its own expense to keep swans on all its lakes and canals. And why swans? Because swans have long necks – and the Flemish for ‘long neck’ is ‘lange hals’ – or ‘lanckhals’! And so a city legend was born… Reality? More likely… The first swans in Bruges go back to the Middle Ages. In the early 15th century, Bruges bought the right to keep swans from the Count of Flanders. At that time swans were a symbol of distinction. The killing or stealing swans was forbidden. Swans were first mentioned in the city accounts in 1403. At that time the swans tended to stay on the vests around the city because the canals were the water highways of the city and too busy for the swans. A Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), sleeping with one eye open. The mute swan is commonly associated with romance because of its stark white beauty, graceful swimming and the fact that it mates for life. Yet there are many things most people don’t know about this swan, including that it is not native to North America and it can be one of the most aggressive waterfowl. I chose this strong graphic composition, because I wanted something different. Hope you like it too. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

IN MEMORY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Today, traditionally, the Catholic Church celebrate All Saints Day today and All Souls Day tomorrow. Now for some reason, on the first, in Belgium, THAT is the day that the graves of loved ones are visited. I remember also, that was the day you got to wear your new Winter outfit for the first time. I always felt that, on the cemeteries, when I was a girl, because it was/ is a family affair, people were parading new hats and coats, lolol. aaahhh the memories. It is also the done thing, to see, beforehand, that the graves are clean, no weeds or wilted flowers, but Chrysanthemums are put everywhere! IN MEMORY... a poignant detail of the beautifully carved statue of a kneeling angel, overlooking the vast expanse of the Irish sea, from the St Tudno cemetery. This is a very special place, where Christians have been worshiping for more than 1400 years. The churchyard, within the boundary wall surrounding the church, was for many years the main burial place for the people of Llandudno, whose coffins and gravestones had to be brought up the steep roads of the Great Orme. The earliest inscribed stones date from the 18th century, the latest I saw was 2004... On the northern side of the Great Orme, North Wales, nestling in a sheltered hollow, you find the church of Saint Tudno with its churchyard and the adjacent town cemetery, still in regular use. This little church, open daily during the season, was built in the 12th century on a Christian site dating from the 6th century and dedicated to the memory of its founder St. Tudno (feast day June 5th). The ancient church of St. Tudno is a place of pilgrimage, peace and prayer and is an active place of worship within the Parish of Llandudno, including weekly open air services during the summer. There is a timeless and carefree feel to this place, your lungs are so full of fresh air it fills your head too, leaving no room for life's woe. It's hauntingly beautiful up there, with the sound of the wind and sea; and the ever rushing cloud chariots casting their passing shadows over the land. If you want to get high and forget all you troubles, put things back into perspective, go to the top of the Great Orme, stand there, tears streaming down your cheeks. Joy? Emotion? The wind? Probably all of it. Who cares, it just made it more difficult to look through the viewer, haha. Have a super day and thank you, M (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, 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 bugler of the last post in Ieper…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The Menin Gate Memorial to the ‘Missing’ is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the commemoration of British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. It is a place where you become still... the sadness AND madness hits me each time... Another big, unanswered WHY...what was it all for? "All Wars Arise For The Possession Of Wealth" (Plato) Following the Menin Gate Memorial opening in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. As such, every evening at 20:00, buglers from the local fire brigade close the road which passes under the Memorial and sound the Last Post. Except for the occupation by the Germans in World War II when the daily ceremony was conducted at Brookwood Military Cemetery, in Surrey, England, this ceremony has been carried on uninterrupted since 2 July 1928. On the very evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres in the Second World War, the ceremony was resumed at the Menin Gate despite the fact that heavy fighting was still taking place in other parts of the town. The ceremony is a solemn occasion.. it cannot leave you untouched! The echo bouncing off the thousands of names, all young men, who had no life, they gave it for us... so that we could have today our biggest treasure, FREEDOM! Let's not forget. Reginald Blomfield's triumphal arch, designed in 1921, is the entry to the barrel-vaulted passage for traffic through the mausoleum that honours the Missing, who have no known graves. The patient lion on the top is the lion of Britain but also the lion of Flanders. It was chosen to be a memorial as it was the closest gate of the town to the fighting, and so Allied Troops would have marched past it on their way to fight. Actually, most troops passed out of the other gates of Ypres, as the Menin Gate was too dangerous due to shellfire. Its large Hall of Memory contains names on stone panels of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Salient but whose bodies have never been identified or found. On completion of the memorial, it was discovered to be too small to contain all the names as originally planned. An arbitrary cut-off point of 15 August 1917 was chosen and the names of 34,984 UK missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing instead. The Menin Gate Memorial does not list the names of the missing of New Zealand and Newfoundland soldiers, who are instead honoured on separate memorials. People are still coming from all over the world every day, to look for and honour the names of long lost relatives, just to see the engraved name and try and stick a poppy next, just to say: you are not forgotten... I thank you, 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

IN GOOD TIMES remembering THE BAD TIMES...

THE VETERANS On our last Friday in Belgium, we had a 'quiet/free' day, and decided to just drive of into my beloved Flanders and see where the wind and the roads took us. We came at a crossing where we had to make a decision when I saw a road sign, it would take us to a place full of memories that we had not seen for ages, as we neared, a helicopter flew over, we saw lots of military vehicles, meandering the narrow road, crossed a small bridge and round the bend... we were stopped by military police, with a smile they waved us into a field full of cars. We were close to the river IJzer ( ISERE), where so many had fought, had lost life or limb and eventually won the battle. This was the place where in 1918 the invader was brought to a halt! That's what it said on one of the memorial stones... We arrived in the middle of an important commemoration. Soldiers from all over ... It was very moving you see them, they look forward to these ceremonies, meeting up with old friends, remembering old friends... Not a poppy in sight, the growing season is over. They all look so proud. Sometimes there are tears in their eyes, then there's a smile round their lips, afterwards, the sound of laughter is echoing against the wall of the old tower, drifting off into the rustling of the poplar leaves, the silence returns, another year gone, hope we'll meet again! Thanx, M, (*_*) 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 BRITISH...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Flamborough, the parking next to Smuggler's Cove. I had just had my usual chat with my good friend Robert, had bought one of his tasty, fresh crabs off him, for later. I saw those two going up, in, let's say, dress code of another era, as they walked on, I saw the reason why, the strangest car I ever saw, half rocket/ half... Sometimes there are things that, if you hadn't photographed them, you'd swear you'd dreamt them... THANX, 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

JUST CHECKING...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, and at least a third of women will not self-check their breasts. Early diagnosis is essential in treating breast cancer, and thatís where monthly self-checks come in. If you find it difficult, ask your partner for help, I'm sure he won't mind? :) OCTOBER: Breast Cancer Awareness month... Near the barn of Ter Doest in Flanders is the largest sculpture of Belgian Sculptor Laurent Geers: 12 naked women sitting next to each other on trestles. This work is called 'Attempt to hold the transience of beauty and make it last. The 12 women seem to sit together in four groups of three - though, that is not quite so - there are older and younger women, fuller and slimmer, happy and sad, women communicate , comfort one another and share joy. The image offers a kaleidoscope of human emotions and interactions. And every woman is an individual, they are all different. You would have to speak about a book to write. Successful and impressive! 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! You'll be able to live a life with few regrets! 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!), 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

SPINNING THE WOOL...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An old craft. Not something you see often these days, where clothing has become so cheap? Louet wheels treadle lightly, are low maintenance and nearly adjustment free and can be modified with accessories for the expert spinner. Louet wheels were originally geared towards spinning medium to heavy yarns. Although bobbins and flyers are available for spinning this type of yarn, the standard wheels have been redesigned to be more suitable for spinning fine to medium yarns. This type of wheel is powered by the spinner's foot rather than their hand or a motor. The spinner sits and pumps a foot treadle that turns the drive wheel via a crankshaft and a connecting rod. This leaves both hands free for drafting the fibres, which is necessary in the short draw spinning technique, which is often used on this type of wheel. 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 woman,spinning, spinning wheel,Louet,wool, natural light,colours, vertical,NikonD7000, magda indigo

THE FARMER'S WIFE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ From the series: People@work. THE END OF MILKING. For quite some time now I've been collecting impromptu images of people whilst doing their daily work. They are not set up, it is great doing, I've learnt a lot, because even the most shy people like to talk about their particular skill. This is one of the first I did, the last milking of the day, hence the golden glow. It was a lovely evening and we wanted some fresh air after a day working in the studio... A balmy summer's eve in Flanders. I don't think it matters where this was taken, farmers all over the world are sunkissed and have a ruddy complexion. The tight comp is done in camera, it is not a crop, taken in the 'film' days with my Nikon F4. Hope you have a fine day and thanx 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

GREAT AFFECTION

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ between the horsebreeder and the foal...or, is she whispering? LOOK AT THE HANDS... I love photographing horses, not the easiest to do, there are standards, but with the help of the breeders it usually becomes a very pleasant and exciting experience. Here was a fortuitous moment, as a photographer, yes you have to focus on the main subject and there is MUCH to think about and concentrate on, but as a creative you stay aware of what is going on around you, and these 'off' images often become my favourite shots... One of the horses I had photographed was taken back, so this was one of those 'in-between' moments... This is the mother in the family that breeds horses, it is tough and yet rewarding. They witness the birth and tend to the foals with love and yet when they lose one, they are quite stoic about it... Such tenderness, closeness, emotion, just HAD to be captured. I wrote a BLOG about THE IMPORTANCE of HANDS in PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: click HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-p... I uploaded a small series here, well, it was hard to choose... I wish you the best of days and thanx for your visit, always very welcome, 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

A TRAY FULL OF CASANOVAS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ From the series: People@work It is a well known fact that the best chocolates (we call them pralines) are made in Belgium, tee hee! The fat content is lower and the cacao content is higher, that's why they are so extraordinarily yummy. While I was making my choice, a tray of fresh Casanovas was brought in, yes they all have superb names, like Desiree, Irresistible, Merveilleux, Delice, Forever, mmmmm all very romantic... Casanova: Pralinée with crisped rice, coated with white chocolate. TAKEN ONLY WITH AVAILABLE LIGHT! Have a sweet 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

GUESS WHAT I'M SELLING???

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ From the series: People@work.... And the fun continues! The first part of the pier in Llandudno, in North Wales, is just a walk-along stretch full of stalls for gaming, fooding... kitschy-ing, retro-ing... Not everybody seems to enjoy being there... Can you guess what this young lady is selling? LOL. thanx for your comments and time! 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

SHY STERGIOS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This is the shop-owner, it was evening, most people at table, he sat outside with a friend, he had dreadlocks and a kind face. I gathered my courage and approached him, I wanted to take his portrait... We exchanged names. Meet Stergios! I empathised with him when he told me he did not like to have his photo taken, I also am not keen on it. After a lot of cajoling and a major charm offence, he finally agreed. Inside we went. I did not ask him to pose, just please look at the lens... Barely time to put the camera settings right, no time to put the flash on the cam, which I do not like anyway! Overhead neon-lights which cast a green colour-cast... aiaiai. Fast as I worked I could sense it was still taking too long for his liking... What an expression! We had a lovely chat afterwards and I came home with bags of Cretan herbs, honey and their famous saffron. So everybody happy. (?) LOL, THANX, 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

PATRIOTIC CAPITALISM?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ It was a hot Summer’s day in London… This gent took a moment's rest from selling his hats... along the Thames... A BIG THANK YOU ALL, 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

THE GIRL and THE GIANT BUBBLE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I bought my grandchildren each a new toy: The Giant Bubblemaker. Also the new hat she fell in love with, as you do at this age or do we always have that? This was taken in our garden, we ALL had a try, a lot of fun... Wishing you a lovely day and thanx, , M, (*_*) Thank you for your comments and time, 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

WONDERFUL WORLD? CAN BE!

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ My son had found this seat amongst the red Begonias, his little boy ran towards him, picked up one of the fallen flowers and offered it to his dad, a very tender moment... Not something you can set-up! Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and more than ever, 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, 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

A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PHOTO-HEAVEN?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A poppy-field, a man, a camera... discovered some pink poppies amongst the red. Same poppy-field, a woman and a camera... the result... Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) 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 The Shadow of the Poppies

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom! 'In The Shadow of the Poppies'. © Copyright Magda Indigo Raised surrounded by the remnants of war. In the landscape, whether it be coastal or inland. In the people, whether it be story or silence. This delicate flower is part of my youth, Bright red. The child in me attracted, Picking it to offer or cherish, only to find it extremely ephemeral. The young woman I became, Lessons learnt, loved running in those colourful fields, Not enjoying the stains poppies left on a favourite dress. The young mother I became, Teaching her sons, Trying to protect them from the disappointment of the fast wilting flower, the stains, the symbolism... Now, I'm older and wiser, More tolerant and more intolerant. Now, I am back, they greet me, gently moving with the wind. I just stand; take in the beauty with a smile around my lips, And let the echoes of the past swirl behind my eyes. I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering. Most of them gone now too. Thanx, 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

LONE POPPY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ FOR 11.11.11 Tomorrow we remember.... Thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) 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

GRIEFSTRICKEN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ In many ways! I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, Belgian, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian and German... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering ... Most of them gone now too This is 2 images, one a work of Art in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the other one of my poppies which I took in Flanders. Thanx, 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

11.11.11

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The small church in the middle, surrounded by an old graveyard, a few houses circled around, to the left the road ends at a Belgian military cemetery. There are a few British and Commonwealth graves as well. But mostly Belgians… they seem to get less attention, yet don’t forget it was there, in Flanders, that the fierce battles happened and the years of occupation! If you want to hear the sound of silence, that is the place to go, or so one would think? The rustling of the poplars and light breeze waves the leaves of the trees and we can hear sparrows twittering nearby, their chorus changes into a chirping frenzy, probably to warn of danger to the birds sunbathing in the soft earth, between the carpet of green and the rows upon rows of headstones, uniform, with the Belgian flag enamelled into the stone, above the names, the age, the rank. All those young lives curtailed, so much sadness, the silence has descended within me. Allied Soldiers Killed: * Belgium: 13,700 * British Empire: 908,000 o Australia: 60,000 o Canada: 55,000 o India: 25,000 o New Zealand: 16,000 o South Africa: 7,000 o United Kingdom: 715,000 * France: 1,240,000 * French Colonies: 114,000 * Greece: 5,000 * Italy: 650,000 * Japan: 300 * Montenegro: 3,000 * Romania: 336,000 * Russia: 1,700,000 * Serbia: 45,000 * United States: 50,600 Central Powers Soldiers Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 1,200,000 * Bulgaria: 87,500 * Germany: 1,770,000 * Turkey: 325,000 Civilians Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 300,000 * Belgium: 30,000 * Britain: 31,000 * Bulgaria: 275,000 * France: 40,000 * Germany: 760,000 * Greece: 132,000 * Romania: 275,000 * Russia: 3,000,000 * Serbia: 650,000 * Turkey: 1,000,000 NO MORE WORDS.... Magda, M, (*_*) 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 GENTLE AUTUMN...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Scarborough, on the North-Yorkshire Heritage coast has a bit of a strange lay-out, pleasant? VERY! It has a North bay, more for the locals, surfers and on the top all the hotels with a fabulous view in front of them. Then there is the point sticking out into the sea, dividing this from the South bay, where all the fun is, the Fair, the harbours, both yachting and fishing, the arcades , Fish&Chips shops, ice-cream parlours, the donkeys... Now ON the top of that point you have the old (ruin) castle, and a small church with very old graves, lovingly maintained, that's where we ventured that day! Behind all of that, the shops and businesses. A lovely, mellow Autumn Sunday-afternoon... Hope you have a great w-e. 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

THE SKEW BARN...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ On my way to the Yorkshire Moors, the weather changed again, he sky was ominous and the light dramatic ... then I saw this!!! A skew old barn in the spotlight, luckily, I could stop and park, my camera at hand, as usual, what a beauty! The landscape, as usual, fabulous in any season, with those shadows cast by the clouds moving like a painter's hands across the fields and hills. Higher up, you see the Moors, bleak, and lower down, the Dales, always greener. Have a super-duper day and thanx, 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

AUTUMN in LLANRWST... WALES

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Llanrwst, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. The name is a real tongue-twister, eh, for non-Welsh speakers? Apparently a welsh Icon... This cottage, next to the bridge, draped in a throw of Autumn colours. We discovered it by chance on the road from the Coast of North Wales UK, where we were staying, to Betws-y Coed, Snowdonia and Mount Snowdon. A CHOCOLATE BOX PICTURE? Lol, thanx, 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

AUTUMNAL OUTING...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Nothing Gold Can Stay poem by Robert Frost (1923) Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. It all looked very leisurely, I was photographing when I heard the clopin-clopant of hooves... I turned, pointed and got this image! They disappeared into the green distance... Have a good one! THANX, 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

EBBING GLORY ...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The last Autumn leaf on the still water. poem by Srividya (24 Sept 2006) a clear reflection, on still waters contended existence nothing else did matter the wind blew away the last autumn leaf it rippled the reflection and it was gone now nothing does matter The leaves, hurled by vehement winds into the pond beneath the firewall (see previous image), were gently drifting, the blazing colours quickly tempered by the water... ebbing glory. My heart filled with a sudden sadness, in Nature beauty is so ephemeral, I saw however that in everything there is beauty... As you can see, I am a 'photography purist'? I do not mess with my images, I spent too many years 'getting it right'? Plus I feel Nature is doing a damn good job already... Have a beautiful day and thanx for your 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

WELSH GOLD ...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An Autumn Sunday in North-Wales. Little winding roads amongst the golden birches, up towards Mount Snowdon, this river surprised me with its golden colours, the limpid water ice cold and wild. Wales, with its dramatic scenery, is steeped in mystery and romance. Its majestic heather-clad hills cut by cascading waterfalls, and mountain streams rushing through gladed valleys are both the places of legends and of history running back into the mists of time. Yet, beneath the quartzite surface of this jewelled landscape, there is another treasure, as valuable as it is beautiful – Welsh gold. 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

WELSH GOLD...

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ or GOLDEN HANDSHAKE? LOL North Wales, Autumn, on a drive across the National Park at the foot of Mount Snowdon, discovered this small river. The rock looks like a giant hand trying to hold or catch the wateror hold on to his gold... Maybe a giant fell? Isn't imagination a wonderful gift? I wish you all a golden day and thanx for visiting, 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

FROSTY MAGIC...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ tonight is gonna be the coldest night so far. Time to cuddle up! I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much 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

LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Found this splash of splendour in the garden. It occasionally happens that a rose will have the strength to produce just one more flower... We just had a bout of wintery weather here, woke up to a white-covered world. May your day be bright and thanx 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SNOW-BERRIES...Symphoricarpos

This is an older image, one from the days of 'film/negative' photography. When bokeh was called DOF (depth of field) and noise was grain! Of seasonal plants! With early snow. Symphoricarpos, with common names in English of Snowberry, Waxberry or Ghostberry, is a small genus of about 15 species of deciduous shrubs in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON ILKLEY MOOR...

't Was on a cold Sunday, late afternoon. It had snowed, 't was freezing cold, what little sun there'd been, was fast going down, the light was fading, no more folk around, they'd all gone home to warmth and cosiness. And me I was still standing, waiting for t'right moment... You have to read this with a Yorkshire accent, hihi. Ilkley Moor is very famous, I was standing high on the ridge, in the distance you see the other side of the Dale (valley). I love snow and cold, when it is that dry crisp air that tastes healthy and reinvigorates you. This had been it, properly dressed for this occasion, I felt so good. Hope you do too, thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) ON ILKLEY MOOR... ( old folk song) Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee, On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! (bare head, no hat) Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee? Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee? On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane On Ilkla Moor baht 'at Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane On Ilkla Moor baht 'at On Ilkla Moor baht 'at On Ilkla Moor baht 'at 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

SNOWBLANKET…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ walking through this wood, the snow crunching underfoot and leaving perfect bootprints in the virgin white, I arrived at this clearing, the pile of logs looked ever so snug under that blanket of snow. Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting 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

WINTER…

My favourite season, lol. WHERE ELSE but YORKSHIRE? A meadow that I photographed with a bit of early winter in the Yorkshire Dales. Dry stone walls are commonly used as field boundaries in the highlands, such as the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. A dry-stone wall is a wall that is made up of stones skill-fully placed one on top of the other with no binding agent to hold them together. The wall is held up by a special construction method and by its own weight, and the stones must be carefully selected by shape to ensure that they have a large contact surface area with their neighbours and so do not slip. Containing sheep in specific fields is the main reason for the existence of dry stone walls. Also, they are a thing of beauty, they last much longer than 'wet' walls, and they're safer than fences when it comes to herding in wildlife. Besides, what else is there to do with all those stones cluttering up the countryside? The moors are bleak, the higher you go the less vegetation there is, nothing to stop the wind, wet walls would not stand a chance, but now the wind just ‘whistles’ through the stones! Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, 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

DESOLATION, WINTER IN YORKSHIRE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Suddenly, a deep frost! Dry stone walls are commonly used as field boundaries in the highlands, such as the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. A dry-stone wall is a wall that is made up of stones skilfully placed one on top of the other with no binding agent to hold them together. The wall is held up by a special construction method and by its own weight, and the stones must be carefully selected by shape to ensure that they have a large contact surface area with their neighbours and so do not slip. Containing sheep in specific fields is the main reason for the existence of dry stone walls. Also, they are a thing of beauty, they last much longer than 'wet' walls, and they're safer than fences when it comes to herding in wildlife. Besides, what else is there to do with all those stones cluttering up the countryside? The moors are bleak, the higher you go the less vegetation there is, nothing to stop the wind, wet walls would not stand a chance, but now the wind just ‘whistles’ through the stones! THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so 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

ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS...A WINTER'S

For December I am uploading images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things A typical Yorkshire Dales' view, with old trees, the sheep and the ever ongoing dry-stone walls drawing dark dividing lines through the land. The light was golden, the air crisp and clear, I love Winter. It reminds me of the paintings of one of the Brueghel's. Since it was taken with 400 asa film, I reduced the grain for once, however the main reason was to get that 'paint' effect that the famous Flemish painter's family BREUGHEL and others put in their paintings. This was how I saw it, a bright sky and some mystery in the trees, the cold wind gently blurring my tear-filled eyes. This image is an artistic interpretation. Have a great day and thanx, 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

ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS... WHARFEDALE

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I am fortunate to live with such beauty. The Wharfe is a river that carves out the Wharfedale. So I was standing on the South side of the Dale, the sun behind me shining on the other side. The light was superb, the air crisp and cool. I love the lose or dry-stone walls, so typical in the North-Yorkshire Dales. Dry stone walls are commonly used as field boundaries in the highlands, such as the Yorkshire Dales. In the lowland regions of England hedges are the most common traditional boundary. They are a feature in every season, yet Winter is even more special. I love the chaud/froid in this... Thanx, 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

SNOWY PINHOLE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We lived on the 11th floor, the penthouse, one side overlooking the sea and harbour-entrance, the other side the city-view. It was a watery, wintry, stormy morning. Snow blown against the window, the heating melted the center... just enough to oversee the city and take a shot through it... A small window of opportunity, literally, LOL. THIS IS NOT AN EFFECT ADDED IN Photoshop!!!! Pure unadulterated photography. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Bamburgh Castle...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Bamburgh Castle seen from Seahouses... Bamburgh Castle is an imposing castle located on the coast at Bamburgh in Northumberland, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamburgh_Castle Seahouses was the harbour village where we rented a cottage! Way up North. Thanx 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA MER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I stood on the edge of The Great Orme, (Welsh: Y Gogarth or Pen y Gogarth) a prominent limestone headland on the north coast of Wales situated in Llandudno. A REAL TREAT LARGE. I was looking out towards Ireland, the light changing constantly playing on the water, seeing the clouds race, the wind tearing at my hair, at my clothes, my eyes were watering and I loved every nano-second of it! And this went through my head: "LEISURE" What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this is, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. By Wm. Henry Davies One of my favourite places to stand and stare... This is how it came out of the camera, NO photoshop... I used to make pastels like this... THANX 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!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : 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

ON A STORMY SUNDAY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I enjoy each season and I'm happy with the variety they bring, While visiting one of my sons, and his little family, who lives in Holland, the beach called... After a copious meal, what better than to go out for a brisk walk, warm clothes, good boots, to fight the wind and brace the elements. I’m one of those people who just loves the beach and the sea in Wintertime! Then come home all aglow and rejuvenated, to a nice cup of hot chocolate... It also gives for many a great image and often strange colour skies. I wasn’t the only one that day near Scheveningen or Katwijk (sorry, can't remember now), but I sure enjoyed it. Hope you do too. This is the way the image came out, no manipulation. I wish a wonderful day and thanx for viewing and your time, 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

An INDIGO EVENING…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The weather had been fierce the whole day, the wind winding and hounding around the house, pulling at everything, with rain lashing against the windows. Here the sun sets at 4.15 now, so dark very early, it seemed like we'd never had a day, when I noticed a bit of golden sheen, I looked and this greeted me. An Indigo sky with a strip of pale light. I grabbed my camera, opened the window and took the image. We live on the side of a hill, it glides down into the Dale and climbs back up. Wish you a glorious day and thanx for your visits, 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

A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_yKk0k5XEAz Flander’s winter-sunset waited a long time for the right moment, was on my way home when I saw this in the side mirror. I left my car on the side of the narrow road, grabbed my camera. Nikon F4 and 400asa film, scanned from neg and comp in camera! This is so very typical, the gnarled willows to keep the flat land 'dry', the sky reaching poplars, the majestic elm trees standing tall against the North wind. In winter the sun just drops,he? Ah well I got it... 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

DRAMA IN THE SKY...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ From the series 'Celestial delights'. Never have I seen better and more beautiful skies to photograph than here in Yorkshire, especially in the late Autumn and early Winter. The added bit for me is the plane, on its descending path to the airport, way in the distance, gives the magnitude even more impact. It feels so textured and opulent, yet is so ephemeral, and never the same twice you shall see... awesome thought. This image has not been manipulated. I prefer taking 'uplifting' images...life is tough enough, there is more than plenty of 'darkness' and 'Angst'... I am not 'hiding' from reality, only refuse to live with only that', I want to show there IS still 'ANOTHER', beautiful, side to it... for those who care to look? All the best and THANX, 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

SHIPLHOUETTE ...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An 'older' image, on film, no filters nor manipulation... We lived on the 10th floor, a penthouse, on the one side the sea, the other the city. Many an evening, as we came home from a days' work, we'd be just in time for the evening light and although 'scratchy-eyed' from looking through the lens most of the day, we could not resist picking up our cameras again to capture the beauty, so different each time. FREEDOM... Here the yacht was slowly steering into the harbour, the North-Sea where as you can see, the light changes in seconds, most photographers call it THE GOLDEN HOUR??? I call it the GOLDEN MINUTES (if you are lucky, lol!), the sun disappeared behind a low band of cloud, leaving just some gold dust behind.... All you could hear was the gentle lapping of the wavelets, a lonely gull screeching in the dusk and smell the iodium,tar and salt sea-air. I do miss the sea... Have a lovely day and thanx for your time 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

SAIL'S CATHEDRAL...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE of freedom and space: View large 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 thanx 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 my web pages: 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...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The sun was going down, still a lovely afterglow, the people driving home still smiling after a lovely day on the beach. The lights came on, back to work for the night, shops and attractions were closing down grateful for the calming rest, DONE FOR THE DAY... Photographically an interesting time, 'they' call it the 'Golden Hour@? Me, I prefer to call it 'the Golden minutes' LOL. This is a pond on the North Beach, in Bridlington on the North-Yorkshire coast, where kids can ride little boats. The promenade light reflecting in the still water. Another aspect of Summer... Have a lovely day and thanx for your comments, 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

THE WING OF AN ANGEL?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We'd had rain and floods in June and July that year, so as we left a sodden Yorkshire for the 6/7hrs drive South for our midnight ferry to the Continent, about 4 hrs into the journey, just above London, the sun came through and I saw this cloud in the sky. It looked like the wing of an angel... even if you don't 'believe' in them... I have been fortunate enough in my life to have a few angels! To me the 'earthly' angels are those who wear the kindness of their heart visibly on their face, you see it in their eyes, the goodness a halo surrounding them, they radiate with that beauty. They are compassionate, feel empathy, are there for you always! Some I've sadly lost and luckily been replaced by new ones, life can be good if you will let it?! Thanx, 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 NET...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ saw this on New-Year's day in Fuerteventura. View On Black Passing an overcrowded shop with everything displayed outside, I saw this blue net sticking out above the rest. For butterflies or little fish? Or both? LOL... 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 Iím 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 eyeÖ one of my personal favourites from the trip. Have a fun day and thanx, 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

SPANISH FISHING NETWORK...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Wherever we go in the world, it is especially the sea that attracts us most. We're always drawn to the harbour, not to admire the big luxury yachts, no, the fishing harbour, the working boats, the people, the different methods they use. The netting depends obviously on the type of catch they fish for. The majority of rigged nets are made to order, allowing fishermen to have exactly the right net for their needs. Here, in England and the North, the size of the mesh is often bigger than what we saw here in Spain. I fell in love with this scene when I saw it! The colours, aahh, everything! Of course I took a whole selection, this is only one of them… thanx for all your words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com PLEASE RESPECT THIS: 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

BONDS...

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Series: METAPHOR OF LIFE, of knots and ropes and hooks. I wrote this blog about it: http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009_04_01_archive.html So, back from the Continent, we reinforced the bonds with family ... with old friends and new friends... Yes, the feeling good! And this image of some mended nets on board of a boat in the harbour in Ostend/ Flanders is the perfect illustration of how I feel and what I mean. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, hope you all had a great time! M, (* _ *) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com PLEASE RESPECT THIS: 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

COLOURED TEARS... for a HAPPY MONDAY

My AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ At some point, we had a studio that used to be a ballet school, a great space. At the back were two mighty heavy sliding doors, that opened onto a small back-garden, in the middle of the city, luxury. They were behind our backgrounds, so, often in Summer, it could get extremely hot with all the lights and creativity (LOL), we soon found out that letting in some fresh or cooler air via the doors was not an option, as it was probably the fave 'haunt' of all the cats (=flies) from the neighbourhood. One day it was just too much, so I rushed out and I bought one of those 'anti fly' curtains, we hung it up... AND this is what I saw... Coloured teardrops in the sunlight. Enjoy a colourful day and thanx for visiting, Magda (*_*) 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

WANT SOME COLOUR IN MY DAY... Scarborough

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I love those rainbow-coloured beach-huts. The patterns, the textures, everything... Even in lesser weather they make me smile! Have a great day and thanx 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 Scarborough, roofs,red,yellow,green,blue,rainbow-coloured,beach-huts, horizontal, colour,Nikon-D7000, magda indigo

SCARBOROUGH BEACH HUTS…

AB FAV 2 for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ They are so cheerful and attractive, here in more detail. I love those rainbow-coloured beach-huts. The patterns, the textures, everything... Have a great day and thanx 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

SO LOVINGLY RESTORED and MAINTAINED..

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 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 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

TUBULAR EYE TEASER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Salford, Manchester... I love eye-teasers! Thank you for ALL your comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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

ROW upon ROW…

DAY 3 Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Only when I come home do I see the strange division that occurred in this image! 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

THE BEND…

DAY 3 I was always under the (false) impression that these canals were straight? But no, here’s a bend that leads to the siphons. Lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  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

NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…

DAY 3 We relax under the rustling canopy of leaves. It is a Zen place. These canals are lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat lands needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  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

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE We have come, because we want to explore Brugge… fully! I want to revisit places I haven’t seen since I was very young, I want to show Paul, I’m chasing memories. Often when we came to Brugge, it was with someone, so as you do, you show them parts they ‘have’ to see, and in the meantime, you ‘miss’ the bits you ‘want’ to see? LOL The lesser know Brugge! So, we set out, view from the Groenerei onto the Molenbrug. Somewhere in the distant past… there was a mill (molen) close by, hence the name. 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

A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 yet another view of the PEERDENBRUG, taken from the end of the GROENEREI… The Peerdenbrug is first mentioned in 1392; it was a wooden bridge already rebuilt in 1431. The current stone arch bridge dates back to 1642. In addition to the bridge, along the Groenerei, they built a watering hole for horses. From 1855 was advocated by the residents to remove the watering hole, which happened in 1862. . The Peerdenbrug a humpback bridge. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant watermill. It was dug by the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Groenerei translates into ‘Green canal’, I see why! The majestic Halletoren , Belfry, is towering over Brugge. 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

STRICTLY DANCE….

DAY 4 it often pays to look up too! I spot this couple dancing, totally engrossed in each other… during the day? LOL Brugge, humour… 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

I SPY…

DAY 4 Always looking for the weird and wonderful, it is a type of spying… I saw, way up, this little gnome, hand over ears, it struck me, less, as weird and wonderful… abstract, the reflection of sky in the window: a bonus! The other Brugge. 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

HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE

DAY 4 well, a warm day, perfect to see Brugge from the water, so many boats on the canals… here the Saint Anna-rei. On the right the Verversdijk with in the background we see the 19th century stepped gable of a former chicory factory, demolished in 1976. The St. Anne Bridge, was built in 1975 to replace an iron swing bridge. 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

WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH

DAY 4 Next to the church, a gable with a window… to the sky? For any visitor to Bruges, the Jerusalem Church is off the beaten track. It is in an old working-class district, with low brick cottages surrounding a substantial complex of buildings that originally belonged to the wealthy Adornes family, who migrated here from Genoa in the thirteenth century. The Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk) in Bruges is a unique chapel built in 1428 by a rich pilgrim, Anselm Adornes who had returned from Jerusalem. There were many notable guests of the time, such as the King of Scotland, the Lords of Gruuthuse and the Dukes of Burgundy. Modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it includes a round tower, a macabre altar featuring skulls and ladders, and a replica of Christ's tomb. The exterior of the chapel is dominated by an octagonal tower, which is topped with a Cross of Jerusalem, to commemorate the trip to Jerusalem and Mount Sinai that Anselm and his son undertook in 1470. The two turrets are crowned, one with the sun, the other with the moon, somewhat echoing the two different towers of Chartres cathedral, which also represent the sun and the moon. More of the other Brugge. 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

THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…

DAY 4 Off the beaten tourist track in the Venice of the North – Bruges – stands a chapel, commonly known as the Jerusalem Church. In the early part of the 15th century, the Italian Renaissance brought great benefits to Bruges, which saw the arrival of Florentine bankers like the Portinari family, the local representatives of the powerful de Medici family. The Adornes prospered in their role of middlemen, as they traded in the wool from Scotland that arrived and which was enriched into the luxury products that were sold in the Italian cities. It is why Bruges became known as the Venice of the North, even though it was largely ruled by merchants from Florence, not Venice. With its increase in wealth and the new breeze that was the Renaissance blowing over the city’s canals, the Adornes family decided upon the construction of a new chapel in front of their home, to replace a wooden chapel that had become derelict. A Papal Bull of Martinus V, dated May 12, 1427, detailed the pope’s consent. Size-wise, the new construction would remain small: a nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…

DAY 4 The Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. The main altar is weighed down by three enormous crosses, representing Golgotha. On the altar itself are depictions of skulls – Golgotha translates as Place of the Skull – as well as ladders, bones, whips, the crown of thorns, nails, hammers, even dice – as the Roman soldiers were said to have been gambling while the Lord was dying behind them on the Cross. The various instruments of the Passion have been depicted on the altar as if chaotically heaped together. A nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…

DAY 4 Behind the altar is the crypt, at the back of which is a very low entrance into what is a representation of the Holy Sepulchre, in which the body of the dead Christ was placed. It is this feature – quite unique in Flanders and more in vogue in Mediterranean countries, thus betraying the country of origin of the Adornes family – that gave the church its name, whether or not its floor plan is conform to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. More of the other Brugge. 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS

DAY 4 JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS While in Scotland, in 1483, Anselm Adornes was killed in a battle near the town of North Berwick. He was buried in Linlithgow, inside St Michael’s Church, but his heart was placed in a leaden box and brought back to Bruges, where it was placed next to his wife, inside the central mausoleum. Decoration wise, the chapel has remarkable stained glass windows, which alas “only” date from the 16th century. They represent members of the family, each accompanied by their patron saint. The walls are graced with two triptychs from the 15th century: one is a Madonna with St Catherine and St Barbara, the other a Christ on the Cross with Jean de la Coste Adornes, his wife Catharina Metteneye and their sons and daughters. Though it is often the small room in which the body of the dead Christ is placed that is believed to have earned it the name of Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. (info Philippe Coppens) Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else, the most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…

DAY 4 Of course we climb the stairs up to the mezzanine, only to find the ancient doors closed. Now, I know that way up, in the tower there is a beautiful vaulted ceiling, which I so wanted to photograph! So, what can you do? Chance it, put your camera in, face it up, try to angle it correctly and take a few, hoping that one will be ‘IT’! LOL So this is my ‘IT’ The Adornes family had a hand in many pies: local Bruges politics, Scottish interests, links with noble orders with ties to Jerusalem and, who knows, perhaps much more, for despite their local prominence, much of the Adornes family history remains obscure. Unexplained, for example, is a “treasure” of the Jerusalem Church: a silver cross, said to contain a piece of the wood of the True Cross. How the family would have gotten such a precious relic in its possession, is a good question. Why it is so little-known, or hardly worshipped at all, is an even bigger question. In fact, so little pomp and attention is given to this relic that one might almost conclude that its origins could not easily be explained and that it might perhaps be the real deal? Not necessarily that one could ever prove it is a piece of the real cross, but that some organisation strongly believed as much, and that only very few families were privileged enough to own such a relic. And it would explain why the Adornes family constructed a chapel that would have, as theme, the Holy Sepulchre and whose interior would be dominated by three gigantic crosses, the central one symbolising the True Cross. Only the future will tell. For the moment, the chapel remains largely the obscure twin to the more illustrious Holy Blood Chapel in the centre of the city. In the much quieter St Anne quarter, the remains of Anselm and his wife lie facing Golgotha, while nearby lies the body of the dead Christ and a relic said to be of the True Cross. Though we could perhaps call it the Jerusalem of the North, somehow, the question needs to be asked whether some people back then were not shaping Bruges into a New Jerusalem. (info Philippe Coppens) The most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. 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

THE ALMSHOUSES…

DAY 4 The compound of the Adornes Domain also features twelve almshouses (Godshuizen) for poor women provided for in Anselm Adornes' will. They are adjacent behind the Jerusalem church. Six of these houses still are existing, view here on the left. Also. it looked and felt like they were still the original cobblestones! More of the other Brugge.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

OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…

DAY 4 This is the Strostraat (translation: Strawstreet), A narrow alley, since the Middle-ages-> a street, yes this is Brugge! A bridge over the St. Annarei, the canal this is heading to, was mentioned already in 1305 the Strobrucghe. The origin of the name is doubtful. It could have had something to do with straw, for example, if there was a storage place for hay and straw in the periphery. It is not excluded that the Straw family here could serve as origin. The name was known in Bruges and maybe a ’Straw’ lived near the bridge or in the street. The Strostraat runs from the St. Annarei to Jerusalem Street. Typical Brugge, cobblestones, leaning old walls, narrow, it does take you back , strange feeling… 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

VENICE of THE NORTH…

DAY 4 Canal after canal, bridge after bridge we walk… This is the Gouden Hand Rei, ( Golden hand) and de Torenbrug, a lesser known place, out of the centre, where you meet less tourists! ‘Tower’ Bridge is a bridge across the Golden-Handrei and Augustijnenrei in Bruges . The origin of the name is the Spanish family of merchants de la Torre. A rich family of Spanish origin mentioned in connection with the bridge; 1331: the Brugghe Daer Jan van den Torre; 1340: an die vor Brughe John van den Thorre. It is true that the name then covered the bridge that is now the Golden-Hand Bridge, particularly the bridge that allows passage over the water where the Golden-Handrei flows into the Langerei . They named that bridge not the Torre Bridge, they just said the bridge next to the house of de la Torre… Gold-Handrei is part of the first city walls and, together with the Smedenrei the Speelmansrei and Augustijnenrei dug in 1127-1128. In 1270 the Golden-Handrei was, along with the other inner canals , deepened to make shipping possible. More of the other Brugge. 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

The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…

DAY 4 The people of Brugge are know for their sense of detail, ornaments and humour. I noticed this above a door, and was curious why all the ‘Golden hand’ in that area? So here is the legend! Long ago, when the Gold-Handrei was still called St. Gillisreitje, the water of the Bruges canals was so pure that it was swarming with fish. Perch, bream, pike, carp, roach, white bream and eel. You only had a net or throw out a line and a few minutes later you already caught a fish. But, and this was common knowledge, eel you better stay away from. Eel has something of a snake. In addition, it only emerges at night. It has to be possessed by the devil. There was an unwritten rule prohibiting fishing for eels. Now there was a man, it is said that he came from Lissewege, who wasn’t worried about laws and traditions. One evening he laid a trap in St. Gillisreitje. The next morning, his eyes sparkled with pleasure at the sight of so many delicious fish. Since his wife would make a nice meal of it. For a few days they would not have hungry stomachs. But to his surprise he saw a beautiful, golden yellow eel amongst black ones. Curious, he pulled the trap a little higher to lift the eel out of water. Until suddenly a strong, golden hand rose from the water. Who grabbed the man by his ankle and dragged him into the water. Never has anyone heard from the poor guy, and since then they call the inhabitants of Lissewege rather mockingly "eel catchers." It was as if the devil himself wanted to warn fishermen no more fishing for eels. Impossible, because since that day all eel disappeared from the canals and they never returned. The bridge, since then is called the Golden-Hand Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. 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

The BLUE DOOR…

DAY 4 and, the inevitable and beautiful Madonna and child. The College campus of the Europa College and its halls of residence are situated in the centre of Bruges. In order to maintain a close proximity, the College has a policy of acquiring suitable buildings and of renovating them to an equal standard of comfort. Gouden Handrei This beautiful Bruges style house dates back to the 17th century and is a listed monument. Now Europa College. During the 2005-2006 academic year it was renovated and provides 48 spacious rooms with private bathrooms. The Gouden Hand student bar which is situated in the cellar is the place where students have been gathering for years. The building has been a backdrop for many films and documentaries. On the Torenbrug, Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. 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

THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…

DAY 4 We continue as the canals change names after each bridge. I love the reflections on the green water. This is a different bridge,the Augustijnenbrug. The name comes from the Augustinian monks who settled in the second half of the thirteenth century on the Augustijnenrei. In 1294 given the Augustinians of the city's permission for their religious right to build a bridge over the rei. They must do this at their own expense. The current bridge dates from 1391 and was built by the Bruges master mason Jan van Oudenaarde († 1412). In 1396 Jan van Oudenaarde was charged with providing two stages of the Augustine bridge. In 1937 the bridge partly re-maconed and strengthened. In 1984 the bridge was again restored to the design of the Bruges Studiebureau Verschave. The Augustine Bridge is a triple arched bridge. The facing stone built of regular cut stone blocks, probably Tournai limestone, bluestone using the keystones of the arches and the wrappers. The middle stone between the arches are reinforced with buttresses. At the height of the road surface, there is a profiled, bluestone water table on both sides of the parapet. On the west side bridge and two on the east side one brick flare. On the inner side of the ramparts are made stone benches. The road surface of the bridge is cobbled. More of the other Brugge. 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

SPAANSE LOSKAAI…

DAY 4 Standing on the Augustijnenbrug, I look back and see the lovely reflections zigzagging on the water. From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was an important trading centre at the crossroads between the Hansa cities of Scandinavia, England and Germany (known collectively in those days as the 'Easterners’) and the most important commercial regions in France, Spain and Italy. The Spanish traders established themselves at Spaanse Loskaai (Spanish Unloading Quay). Numerous foreign merchants were welcomed in Bruges, such as the Castilian wool merchants who first arrived in the 13th century. After the Castilian wool monopoly ended, the Basques, many hailing from Bilbao (Biscay), thrived as merchants (wool, iron commodities, etc.) and established their own commercial consulate in Bruges by the mid-15th century. During the 15th century the Zwin, the waterway linking Bruges to the sea, silted up. Despite attempts to build another canal, the city’s economic lifeline was gone. When the headquarters of the Hanseatic League moved from Bruges to Antwerp at the end of the 15th century, many merchants followed, leaving abandoned houses, deserted streets and empty canals. Bruges, a former hub of Europe, slept for 400 years. More of the other Brugge. 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

SPOT THE WINDOWS…

DAY 4 A house, a wall, windows and a curtain of Ivy along the canal. It drapes onto the green water. More of the other Brugge. 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

ON OLD WALLS…

DAY 4 we walk a little further, another old wall, along the canal of the Augustijnenbrug, covers with vibrant Flamenco Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans 'Flamenco' Like the species, this vigorous, hardy climber has clusters of rich red trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer and excellent for covering walls, stumps or rock work. An irresistible invitation for a photograph! More of the other Brugge. 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

WHAT’S the TIME???

DAY 4 Alice in Wonderland? Walking on, I discover all kinds of weird things, here a garden, again along the canal where they seem to collect alarm-clocks! Surreal! More of the other Brugge. 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

OIL&VINEGAR…

DAY 4 OIL&VINEGAR… back in the busy, commercial streets, I find the shop I’m looking for. One of my favourites. Not only am I creative with photography but also in the kitchen. I love to experiment, I love salads so I need oils and vinegars. Here you can taste all kinds of specialties, tapenade and other spreads One of the top ones is Champagne vinegar and Chardonnay vinegar not easy to find. But at Oil&Vinegar, THEY have it! Here you can also fill your bottle, in the size you want. A wall of different oils and vinegars, so well presented, wow I’m in heaven, lol. Taking home some goodies! 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

LEFFE BLONDE…

DAY 4 We arrive back on the market of Brugge, and need some more refreshment. Choose one of the many inviting terraces. A few table removed I spot an Oriental family enjoying a proper Belgian beer, Leffe. They come from all over the world to sample the beer of Belgium! Dripping cool, on draught, they slowly savour it. I photograph it. There are several beers in the range, and they are marketed as Abbey beers. The abbey of Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale, starting in 1240. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale with a subtle taste and high alcohol content, brewed only at the abbey. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. There are 9 different Leffe beers. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and is best served at 5-6°C in a beer chalice, which will allow all the flavours to come through. SANTE!Cheers… 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

IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…

DAY 4 yes, the heatwave still on, so we sit, in the shadow of the Belfry, the Halletoren, on the market in Brugge, having some refreshment. I look up and see this, an extreme angle, but I like it. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The city archives, however, were forever lost to the flames. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. 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

THE HALLEN…

DAY 4 relaxing on a terrace in the shadow of the Belfry, on the market, we notice great activity in and out of the right ‘Hall’ paintings and sculptures being removed from the exhibitor that was held there. We walk over and ask if we can step inside to have a look? It is near empty, a few are still cleaning up, the lights are on! WOW. I remember, how my grand-mother used to ‘drag’ me along on a Saturday morning when there was still market in these beautiful halls. She went to the ‘Butter-hall’, which was the hall on the other side, where farmers came with their dairy products. She loved Boereboter (farm butter) for everything, and always went the same woman, they would have their weekly chat and I would get bored… Later, I remember dancing at a ball, the halls filled with music, dancing, laughter and beer, aaah… More memories. Medieval remains in the city include the old Market Halls (13th–15th century), to the sides and back of the Belfry-tower stands a rectangular building only 44 m broad but 84 m deep, with an inner courtyard. The belfry, accordingly, is also known as the Halletoren (tower of the halls). Now tete awesome spaces only get used for the occasional exhibition. We were lucky!!! 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

REFLECTIONS…

DAY 4 I spot the sunny reflections in the windows of the beautiful row of houses, on the shadow-side of the market of Brugge. Some things change, some things remain. I see the book shop, still the same, where my father would take me, put me in front of the correct section of books for me to choose, while he had a chat with his friends, the owners. Sweet memories. I am still a reader, 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

HEY, LISTEN…

DAY 4 The horses and carriages are resting on the market. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, like these two here. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear, like he does here! To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. I often had a good opportunity to observe how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. that is at the Beguinage. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. 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

THE BREAK…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. Set against one of the most famous row of colourful and typical gables. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some chack their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. 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

LOST TO THE WORLD…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. A closer look. Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, to see her sitting there, this young coach driver was completely absorbed in her book, lost to the world around her. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. 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

THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…

DAY 4 At the end of the resting row of horses, carriages and coach drivers, I spot an other reader. No hat, he doesn’t look like a coachman? Then I ask myself, what does a coachman look like? I have seen plenty, and this one is the odd one out, more the arty or professor type? LOL Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, he is sitting there again, completely absorbed in his newspaper, lost to the world around him. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. 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

BRUGES LACE…

DAY 4 once more, memories, my family all being from Brugge, my paternal grand-mother and my sister, had lace making as their passionate hobby! Had the schooling. I remember winding the bobbins! I remember how important the patterns were, some kept secretly.Just another facet of Brugge’s fame is its beautiful lace. BRUGES made bobbin lace in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and the name of Bruges is given to a lace of a scrolling character. From the end of Middle Ages Flanders maintained an active exchange between the Low Countries and the great centres of Italian art, so it was not unnatural that at the close of the sixteenth century lace was known and made in Flanders. Spinning flax threads and weaving fine textiles is closely associated with the early commercial history of Flanders, and when the progress of manufactures was endangered by the religious persecutions of the sixteenth century, the linen trade alone is said to have upheld itself, and to have saved the country from ruin. The fineness of the thread used especially is important. These date from about 1630 to 1660. 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

UP UP and AWAY

DAY 4 IT WAS A LONG DAY… On our way home, I spot a hot-air balloon, gently floating through the sky, above the city. Must be quite a spectacular view! In the last sunlight of the evening. We are to download our images and look at our catch of the day. And go to sleep with a smile! 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

FIFTY SHADES OF RED…

DAY 5 And we’re off again! One of the first things I spot is this terracotta madonna with lantern, rather unusual,set against red brick. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. 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

MODERN MADONNA…

DAY 5 and then, suddenly, what a surprise! This Madonna must be a modern replacement. On the corner of a street. the old foot stand, completely different to all others. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. 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

PURPLE RAIN…

DAY 5 A house in BRUGGE… COLOUR CO-ORDINATED with the plants! The Wisteria still has some purple blooms pending although it is late Summer now. All purple, very attractive! 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

WISTERIA in BRUGGE…

DAY 5 A detail of the trailing Wisteria on the ‘purple house’. Could it be that I have withdrawal symptoms already? Starting to take flower photos? LOL 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

BOTTLE BRUSHES…

DAY 5 It is a very hot day once more, we saunter through the narrow streets, the stones radiate the days of heat. We end up at the Simon Stevens place where we relax on a terrace, in the shade. I see a shop that I remember: Dille & Camille. They sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A proper attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. These bottle brushes make me smile, this is from my youth! Long handled brushes with rows of radial bristles, designed to fit into small mouthed bottles and access the larger interior. The things you encounter… 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

BASKETS ANYONE?

DAY 5 Still at ‘Dille & Camille’ Where they sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A real attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. They sell baskets, LOTS of them… I find them very photogenic. 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

GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…

Day 5 Massive renovations are going on still, so for a number of years now, I have not been able to visit it. The reopening is planned early 2018. Presumably in the 13th century, a rich family from Bruges received the monopoly to levy taxes on gruit. Great (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. They built a storage for it. The building was changed in the early fifteenth century by Jan IV van der Aa to a luxury house for his family, which subsequently changes its name to "Van Gruuthuse" ("From the Gruit house"). His son Louis de Gruuthuse adds a second wing to the house, and in 1472 a chapel. This connects the house to the adjacent Church of Our Lady, Bruges.[1] In 1596, the house is bought by king Philip II of Spain and in 1623 given to Wenceslas Cobergher to house the Bruges mount of piety. The city of Bruges bought the house in 1875, and architect Louis Delacenserie completely restored it between 1883 and 1895. The exterior is partly original, partly a reconstruction; the interior is mostly a late 19th century Neogothical reconstruction of a medieval interior. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

WINDOWS…

DAY 5 probably the most photographed in Brugge, along the ‘canal route’, alongside The Dijver. It’s been like that for years now. and people seem to love the quirkiness so they photograph it, as I did! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

FEMININITY…

DAY 5 This lady sits in solitude, all the fun bits in her hair attract my attention, plus the fact that, although it is very warm, she is wearing a black, heavy coat. As I press the shutter…… a puff of smoke appears next to her head. We ALL have a story! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

EVENING IN BRUGGE…

DAY 5 we walk in the welcome shade of the tall trees of the Dijver. Dijver is the canal and a street in the historic center of Bruges It runs from the Gruuthuse Bridge to the Rozenhoedkaai and Huidenvettersplein. Dijver is part of the course of the original river Reie and is spanned by the Gruuthuse Bridge and John Nepomucenusbrug. Still people are filling up the boats to tour and view Brugge! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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 WEEPING BEECH…

DAY 5 A WEEPING BEECH… This must be the most photographed tree in Brugge. Hanging like a Tantalus above the still water. I’m pretty sure it is a weeping Beech, could not find any info, I would have love knowing how old it is. View towards the corner of the Rozenhoedkaai, again in evening light. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…

DAY 5 HUIDEVETTERSHUIS, it was already in 1302 was this pleasant place was known as the 'hudewettersdam' where the tanners gathered ... The tanners were members of the wealthy and influential ‘guild of tanners’. They lived not only in the largest house in the square, but they also had the use of the entire square until the 15th century. Previously, the two entrances to the square were closed by two solid doors. The blazon (coat of arms) is still located in the middle of the square: two lions and scales that served to weigh the sheets. The guildhall of the tanners dates from 1450. It was rebuilt to its current form in 1680. It is now a restaurant. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

BILL… for MOVEMBER

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide. A retired policeman of the old kind, his name is Bill. What a character, so full of stories... He brewed his own beer On grainy 400 b&w film, white on white, OOOOHHH, I DO LIKE A CHALLENGE, lol!!!I took another image of 'his moustache', not a crop, it was used for the cover of a book. thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, 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

THE BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…

DAY 5 We had a lovely meal with my friend of 46 years! It was good to talk and reacquaint. The evening was balmy, and we took a stroll through the now lit up city, before settling on a terrace again, on the Rozenhoedkaai. So very familiar to us. The beautiful reflections never tired of… I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

FRIENDS…

DAY 5 Not many are friends THAT long nowadays, 46 years, people move more, then loose sight. Not here, we live in different countries but always see each other when we can. This was after the meal, a relaxed moment in the balmy night, on one of the most iconic places in Brugge, the Rozenhoedkaai. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

MORE FRIENDS…

DAY 6 We drive to the southern part of Flanders, towards France, the ‘Bowl’ formed by the river Isere, scene to so much fighting during the first WW. We are meeting friends for the day. First exchange of presents, a book of my latest flowers, which delights them. They appreciate it so very much. After that, we set off to Ieper, for a meal and a visit to the exhibition Flanders’ Fields… I do not take many photo’s, it is either socialising or photographing, I find it difficult (impolite?) to mix them. So, Ieper, on the big market place, walking along, I pass a shop with this window display. They are still having the (unusual) heatwave, so this is a bit incongruous. But I like it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

IEPER, POPPY…

DAY 4 After a pleasant meal in one of the many restaurants, we visit the Flanders’ Fields Museum, dedicated to the first WW. In the beautiful Hallen, fully restored after its complete demolition. The images are there. It is busy, very well done, but NOT my thing, and as we continue, I become more and more uneasy, I see that Paul and our friends are also passing everything faster now, we gather and decide we’ve seen enough. We head to the ground floor for the cafeteria, and reminisce! Everywhere there are ceramic ‘ART’ giant poppies, also in the shop, where my friend buys me an umbrella, uhh, with poppy, of course. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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 Ieper, giant, poppy, display, ceramic, Belgium, Flanders, horizontal,colour, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

ARCHITECT or BUILDER…

DAY 6 On our way to another exhibition, I spot this in the facade of a house. A bas-relief in terracotta, trying to figure out what it represents, a building-master with his planner? All in good old Flemish bricks! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..

DAY 6 We decide to have a drive through that part of Flanders, South and close to the boded of North France. what a Plat pays, it does my eyes good to see it again. As it is a hot and thirsty weather, we end up in a tiny village, Houtem. Turns out my friend knows the owner of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure), the village pub. Quite a character, as is his establishment, full of antiquities. I spot this gorgeous pulley lamp. Before the simple flick of a switch, pulleys were used so the lamps could be lowered, lit, then raised up high again for general lighting. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

IN A DARK CORNER…

DAY 6 Of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure, LOL), in Houtem, Flanders, where antiques were lovingly collected over the years, I spot this lamp. I can’t help but wonder, where has it hung, what house has it lit up before and how did it end up here, in this remote corner of Belgium, almost France? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

DE MOEREN…

DAY 6 De Moeren is a reclaimed land, it once was a swamp,as the name suggests,and was situated on the border between Belgium and France. This is the St. Gustavus Mill (seen from the back) or what remains of it. A solid solid hull, top decorated with stone heads. The roof is covered with new shale, but the blades are no longer there. De Moeren are between 3 to 4 meters below sea level and are therefore the lowest point of Belgium. Since the 17th century, works, canals have been going on to reclaim this very fertile land, Once you would see 20 mills, to drain the water, The original wooden mills were later replaced by stone mills that used an Archimedes screw to draw water up and feed it into the drainage channels. The stone mills have now been replaced by modern pumping stations. The light is extraordinary in De Moeren. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…

DAY 6 A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS… My friend and I both love our flowers so to finish yet another lovely day, as per tradition, we have a wander through her gardens. The light hits one of the sunflowers the perfect way, another shot wanting to be taken. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,

DAY 7 BACK IN BRUGGE… We are going on another exploration in this beautiful city. Always new angles and details, always different light on the familiar places. A view of De Groene Rei and canal from the Meebrug, In the distance the Belfry. The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. These two are the oldest, and apparently there are 70 bridges in Brugge. Mee is a plant which’s roots contain a dye in order to dye cloth In the Middle Ages and long after. The mashed root are called madder, Turkish red. The madder (Rubia tinctorum), also whether fellow (see woad ) is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae (Rubiaceae). Madder was used as raw material for the red dye alizarin I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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 GROPE… DAY 7

I have no qualms in uploading this, or even taking the shot! They were walking amongst hundreds of tourists, it was NOT just a brief moment, no, LOL, his hand was there for quite a while, much to our merriment! So, If they didn't care, why should I? We must remember, the world nowadays is full of cameras, CCTV but also, everybody walks around with one at hand? If you do do not to be caught, don’y do it? Aha, what if you are sooo in love eh? Have a cool day! 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

AAAH BACH…

DAY 7 As we approach the Burg, we hear the floating of music, lovely tones! Buskers from an Eastern European country, judging by their instruments. They play Bach, and they play it very well... for our enjoyment. The girl is playing a massive instrument that sounds to my western european ear like a balalaika. Have a cool day! 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 AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…

DAY 7 We walk the main street, where all the shops are. I see this display, telling us what the trendy colours are to be for Autumn and Winter, LOL. I was taught how to knit, but have no interest in it, I was merely attracted by this window display, the way it was presented with the needles and especially the colours! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

ALLEYS of BRUGGE…

DAY 7 Brugge is famous for its alleys and cobblestones. The narrow alleyways are a network of shortcuts if you know them. I use them often, very few people, you really gain time! It gives you once more that feeling of ancient history, I know my for-fathers walked here mmmmm. As for the cobblestones, they got a little bit better but still not made for ladies in stilettos! LOL Have a cool day! 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

SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…

DAY 7 It is Friday and many seem to be shopping, including us, tomorrow we go home! Talk about serendipity, this lady comes out, with an armful and, LOL, the arrow points at all her purchases… Sitting on a terrace with cool water, people watching. Can be great fun! Have a cool day! 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

INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…

DAY 7 I shot this photo from the hip. We walked inside after we had a drink on the terrace. So beautiful and inviting. Le pain quotidien means: the daily bread. The Simon Stevin square is situated in the heart of Bruges, a picturesque city with a long history. The building where you nowadays find the bakery and restaurant of Le pain Quotidien used to be a weaving factory. The location always has been a place for craftsmanship, only now it serves artisanal and organic fair. Their philosophy: “Long enough for all to fit and narrow enough for all to talk, our tables are where friends reconnect and new friendships are forged over the shared appreciation of delicious food and good company. In a space where colour comes to life, music mingles with the melody of conversation and fresh-baked smells stoke the imagination, there will always be a place for you at our table.” Have a cool day! 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

ORIGINAL DISPLAY…

DAY 7 Another beautiful display this time of trendy materials for the coming Autumn and Winter. Presented in an original and creative way, looking like giant scarves. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

ALL CHOCOLATE…

DAY 7 The aroma of chocolate comes out of many shops when walking the streets of Brugge. It is now trendy to buy these, everything for the DIY-er: IN CHOCOLATE. Looking like rusted tools. I would think that is a small market? But there you go. Gimmicky, fun, personally I am not overly keen on it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

CHOCOLATE… by the KILO

DAY 7 These are BIG chunks of dark chocolate, with hazelnuts, with fruit, white chocolate, chocolate galore! It looks like they smashed big slabs. Belgian chocolate is renowned, it is quality and tasty, more cacao and less fat. Good for the skin, did you know? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

DAPPLED LIGHT…

DAY 7 A beautiful old house, and the Peerdebrug, around the midday. I love dappled light, especially on these beautiful buildings with the gables and well maintained facades. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

GROENEREI…

DAY 7 The sky is still white with heat yet it feels like change in the air. We are once more at the Groenerei. Groenerei is a stream and a street in the center of Bruges. The name "Groenerei" would be derived from an inn called 't Groene. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant mill (the Molenbrug on the St. Annarei, dug in the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Of all the canals in the centre of town; The Groenerei, the 'green canal', is the most romantic I think. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…

DAY 7 Alongside the canal, still warm in the late-Summer sun I spot the first sign of Autumn on one of the old historic walls. A Virginia Creeper (parthenocissus) clinging on very elegantly. Brugge will be even more beautiful in Autumn dress! I can just imagine it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…

DAY 7 We arrive back on the Burg, we had seen the set-up earlier, but not paid it much attention. These things pop up, come and go. This time it is different, there is a buzz in the air, and lots of security… We sit on the terrace as more and more people gather, we ask the waiter and he mumbles something about a parade and royalty attending. So, unwittingly, we are about to witness something special! The empty chairs are beginning to fill with lots of dressed up, uniformed and decorated men, plus ladies in their fineries, le beau mode! I check the batteries of my camera, like a chef sharpens his knives before cooking,lol I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

THEY ARE COMING!

DAY 7 More and more activity now. The Burg is now closed off, with lots of armed security and military people. Sadly a flavour of our world today. But hey, on a happier note, little by little we are beginning to see what is awaiting, so, recap: I am from Brugge, live in England, here I am back in Brugge for a week and hey, the English followed me here and are to play for me? LOL. Two soldiers walk on, nicely synchronised even in walk! The Grenadier Guards trace their lineage back to 1656, when Lord Wentworth's Regiment was raised in Bruges, in the Spanish Netherlands (present-day Flanders), from gentlemen of the Honourable Artillery Company by the then heir to the throne, Prince Charles (later King Charles II) where it formed a part of exiled King's bodyguard. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! Of all the coincidences.WOW I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

IN FULL RAGALIA…

A bearskin is a tall fur cap, usually worn as part of a ceremonial military uniform. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers and it is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the 1st Foot Guards was renamed the Grenadier Guards and their entire regiment adopted the bearskin covers for their ceremonial dress. The purpose appears to have been to add to the apparent height and impressive appearance of these troops both on the parade ground and the battlefield. A Bearskin weighs 680 grams. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

ON PARADE…

In The Royal Guild of St Sebastian of Bruges, in 1656, the exiled future British King Charles II created the Grenadier Guards (and in 1658 the Life Guards) to be his personal bodyguards and defend his allies in the Low Countries from French invasion. After helping to restore the monarchy in Britain in 1660, these British Troops have gone on to fight with distinction against oppression on Belgian soil for centuries, most notably at Waterloo and in two World Wars. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! In commemoration and gratitude the Belgian Government and Government of Flanders are hosting a series of parades and events this weekend for Britain's First Regiment of Foot Guards. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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 LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…

DAY 7 As the Grenadier Guards are standing tall, I hear a flighty sound and beat of drums. What is coming? A feast for the eyes… The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. It turns out that the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers are a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. They come to a halt in front of me, when I spot this lovely detail. The gloved hands of a musketeer holding his drumsticks. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

ARMOURED PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and rest and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

A PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I couldn't help myself, I just HAD to take some portraits of these characters! Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

OLD WARRIOR…

DAY 7 It is just one after the other of interesting looking men, huh, Pikemen that is! I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

MORE LACE…

DAY 7 The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s and are tasked with providing a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and escorting him when he is on official business. Company of Pikemen & Musketeers to parade no more than 63 members at any one time, that being the size of a company in the 17th century. Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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 MUSKETEER…

DAY 7 A little series of The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers parading in Brugge, an occasion attended by the sister of the Belgian king, in honour of their 360th anniversary. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. A musketeer (French: mousquetaire) was a type of soldier equipped with a musket. Musketeers were an important part of early modern armies, particularly in Europe and the west, as they normally comprised the majority of their infantry. The musketeer was a precursor to the rifleman’s. The iconic "Redcoat" of the British Empire was the staple unit in the British armies that created the largest empire in history. The British infantryman was well trained by the standards of the time, training with live ammunition. A fully trained redcoat could fire four times a minute. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

WITH PANACHE…

DAY 7 The musketeers wear their plumed black felt hats with great panache! Waiting, while the royalty enters the arena, lol, they stand holding the pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

WHEN LACE ADORNS AUTUMN... HYDRANGEA

I declare February LOVE, romance and beauty month. This bloom of Hydrangea turned into lace... skeletal... beautiful and delicate. I gently brought it in. The flower spoke to me of essence, the spine; I thought of an Autumn bride, all things romantic. VIEW the NEW BOOK and movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: https://youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! 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