Magda Indigo photography

+ 2017 PART 4

MORE THAN SPICE…
DANTE'S INFERNO, AMARYLLIS BUDS
Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS
OLD FAVOURITE… TREE
GOLDLEAF...
SECRET LIFE of SCHLUMBERGERA…
NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…
THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY... THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
LET THE FESTIVE SEASON BEGIN...
WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
RED and PURPLE...
A SPARKLING HEART for DECEMBER...
LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
SOPHISTICATION...
THREE RED, THREE WHITE…
THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...
ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...
WINTER FRAGRANCES…
THE RED BOW…
FAVOURITES…
NOT FOR CHRISTMAS, POINSETTIA…
NOT FOR CHRISTMAS, POINSETTIA…
THE FLOWERS in the STAR…
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
WHITE THISTLES...
CHILDREN'S WONDER …
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...
WINTER APPLES…
DRAMATIC WINTER SKIES...
SNOW IN WHARFEDALE…
WINTER WINDOW…
A CITY IN LIGHTS…
CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA…
CANDLES, LOTS of CANDLES…
A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...
ON ICE...
LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER…
DON’T be BLUE… Violets
GOSSIPING? TULIPS…
HELLO, HELLO AND HELLO… Tulips
THE FLOWER MUSKETEERS, Lysianthus...
ILLUMINATI… PARROT Tulips
Les Cocos Rococo... Parrot Tulips
SCRIMMAGE… Three ANTHURIUMS
WE TOOK THE FALL by STORM!
THREE… PHYSALIS
LES BLEUS… HYACINTH
TRI-COLORE… POPPY
MORE RED CATKINS…
RED CATKINS…
A NOSEGAY of ANEMONES…
PURPLELICIOUS... CHRYSANTHEMUM.
TRIO of WHITE ROSES…
ARCUS TRIUMPHALIS… FREESIA
COLOURBURST… FREESIAS.
IT'S BRIGHT, IT'S ORANGE, IT'S FREESIA...
SECRET LIFE of FLOWERS… LILY
BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower
THREE FEATHER DUSTERS...
YOU LIKE MY NEW 'GLASSES'???
THE WINTER-PLAIT…
TOOLS of the TRADE…
STAR BRIGHT…
SLINKY OOOOOOOOOHHH…
JUMP FOR JOY… SLINKY
GROUP HUG… SLINKY
CROSSOVER SLINKY…
INSIGHT… Slinky
UPON REFLECTION… SLINKY
MESMERISING SLINKY…
CARRY THE HEAVY LOAD… SLINKY
DELICATE BALANCE… SLINKY
EQUILIBRIUM… SLINKY
INTERWOVEN CONTINUUM… SLINKY
COLOUR CODE...
COLOUR FUSION… SLINKY
Of COLOURS...
TEMPTING… ALSTROEMERIA
CHANTILLY CREME… Peony
PURE ELEGANCE…Lisianthus
WHO ARE YOU? Gerbera…
THE JOY of COLOURS… GERBERA
SOME BEAUTY and WARMTH… Gerbera
THREE LITTLE MAIDS... GERBERA
O YELLOW… Gerbera
PURE JOY and WARMTH… Gerbera
A BUNCH of HAPPINESS… GERBERA
THE CHASE… GERBERA
ALA MICK JAGGER…. IRIS
FLEUR BLEUE pour UN AMI, IRIS,
IRIS… IRISSIME
RHAPSODY IN BLUE… HYDRANGEA
POPPIES for ARMISTICE DAY…
PRETTY as A PICTURE CALLA…
STARS in the NIGHT… Amaryllis
ALLURE… Lily
SAFFRON FREESIA…
BROKEN WINGS…
GARDEN ZEN…
MONT ST MICHEL. The boy in the window.
LITTLE FRUIT-PICKERS...
THREE IN A ROW…
SOME BLUE…
ON TOP OF THE WORLD…
MY BELOVED FLANDERS…
LANDLINES…
WINDOW in the WATER…
BONFIRE-NIGHT...
DONE FOR THE DAY…
STATUE VIVANTE…
EBB-TIDE at STAITHES…
SAND-WATER ART…
LAND IN WAITING…
Beach-Art 1…
END OF SUMMER…
SUMMERY BEACH-SCENE…
SCARBORO WALL…
SCARBOROUGH BEACH HUTS…
LE TEMPS des COULEURS…
YIN YANG, ME…
YIN YANG…
FRIENDS…
STILL CRAZY...
ONE MAN and HIS DOG…
THE UNLIKELY COACHMAN…
HEAVE HO…
OVERLOOKING THE SEA… for MOVEMBER.
OLD WARRIOR…
GRUMPY OLD MAN?
MALE GESTURES…
Sir Chris Bonnington...
Mr MANDOLIN-MAN...
THE DISTINGUISHED GENT…
GLASS…
CONCENTRATION…
GOING DUTCH…
Mr PIANOMAN… for MOVEMBER
FOR MOVEMBER ...
MODEL BREAK… LAST ONE for Movember
MODEL… for Movember
THE GENUINE BIKER…
GRASSINGTON…
WILLEM VERMANDERE…
CHEERS… for MOVEMBER
WILLEM VERMANDERE, the raconteur...
BRUSSELS... Tour-de-France…
CARLOS in CLOSE-UP…
THE COFFEE BREAK…
SHADES OF GREY… for MOVEMBER
LE CHEF…
BILL… for MOVEMBER
AN AIR OF MYSTERY AND ROMANCE...
FROM THE CAR…
MOOD INDIGO…
SHELLING PEAS…
EXPLOSION…Chrysanthemum.
SOLOIST… Chrysanthemum.
SPECTACULAR…Chrysanthemum.
GOLD in AUTUMN… Chrysanthemum
FIRST of NOVEMBER… CHRYSANTHEMUM DAY
ODE to AUTUMN…
DOUBLE FUN, ORANGE PEELS…
HUGG A l’ORANGE…
CODE ORANGE…
CURLED, PEELED and DELIVERED… ORANGE
OAK SMOKED GARLIC...
AIL, AIL, AIL, AIL... PHEW, WHAT A SMELL!!!
ONE BIG FAMILY…
MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!
AUTUMN FINALE..
TRICK or TREAT…
THE HAND and THE PUMPKIN…
HAPPY HALLOWEEN…
BIG BADABOOM…
COLOUR CONTAMINATION…
PUNTA ROJA…
FULLY LAYERED... RANUNCULUS
WHITE POPPIES…
THREE STAR TULIPS…
SOLITAIRE… TULIP
LET LOOSE... TULIPS
VICTORIANA ROSES...
SHOW-ALL… White Tiger Lily
VISSI d’ARTE…
ONE BRANCH of Lisianthus...
THE LITTLE BEAUTIES, ROSES...
A ROSE of BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER...
BLUES in the NIGHT…
LA PLUME DE MA TANTE...
THE LONE TREE…
A LUTHIER’S HANDS at work…
POLES of the LIGHT KIND…
ON A STORMY SUNDAY...
GOOD SOLITUDE…
ENRAPTURED…
THE DREAM DANCER…
MY NAME IS LILY…
DITES-MOI… CYCLAMEN
GYMNOPEDIE… Cyclamen
SWEET HARMONY… ORIENTAL LILIES
HABLA con ELLA… Alstroemeria
NOCTURNE... for WHITE MAGNOLIA
THINKING PARROT TULIP…
OPPULENCE, GLADIOLI...
I FEEL LIKE A FLOWER TODAY...
A FLOWER BASKET, filled with HYDRANGEA...
JUST BECAUSE... I AM HAPPY! CYCLAMEN
GATHERED…
OF AUTUMN COLOURS and FADING LIGHT... HYDRANGEA.
MINI CONES..
JEWELS in THE AUTUMN CROWN… ROWAN berries
AUTUMN BOUNTY…
l’HELICE… THE PROPELLER
THREE MAPLE-COPTERS…
CONKER… One
WILD CHESTNUT… Stage two
WILD CHESTNUT… Stage three
AT LAST…
CHRYSALIS… A LEAF
ULTIMATE AUTUMN APOTHEOSE....
THE FALLEN…
FALLEN GLORY...
BERRY BERRY NICE...
BERRY SEASON… AUTUMN
B-SIDE… of COTONEASTER
RED OCTOBER… ROWAN berries
WE’RE NUTS, COBNUTS…
DARK DAYS of AUTUMN…
AUTUMN CHARMS…
INSIDE the BOX…
OUTSIDE the BOX…
QUINTESSENTIAL AUTUMN…
LEAVES OUT OF MY LIFE...
COLOURFUL AUTUMN…
SOUVENIRS d'ENFANCE…
WHEN LACE ADORNS THE AUTUMN... HYDRANGEA
WHEN SWEET CORN IS RIPE….
LES PLEUREUSES…
THE WONDROUS WORLD of THE PINK OYSTER MUSHROOMS...
QUATTRO-GRAPHY… RANUNCULUS
EXPLOSION… NERINE
SEMI-LILY...
TULIP... REVEALED.
LIPPY TULIP…
ET VOILA... TULIP
A TULIP named DESIRE...
CREATIVE HEADACHE... TULIP
TAKE A BOW... TULIP
A GRAND PAS de DEUX… TULIPS
THE VON TRAPP TULIPS…
SEVEN… Fringed Tulips
SONG of LOVE... TULIPS
SWAYING… TULIPS
THE SAILORS' CHORUS...
OUR MADNESS…
CREATIVITY IS A VERY DELICATE FLOWER...
THE EMBRACE… PROTEA
FROM THE HEART... GERBERA
L'EMBRACE… Gerbera
CARELESS LOVE... GERBERA
AUTUMN SWEETNESS…
Chrysanthemum. TODAY'S FLOWER for October…
THE FULL GLORY AUTUMN COLOURS, Chrysanthemum
ALL the COLOURS of AUTUMN…
GOLD in AUTUMN... Chrysanthemum
EXPLORATION… CHRYSANTHEMUM
BRIGHT STARS… CHRYSANTHEMUM
DEEP PURPLE… CHRYSANTHEMUM
SEVEN BEAUTIES… Chrysanthemum
Dee-light... Chrysanthemums
ASTER-ISSIMO…
GENETICS… ASTERS
POT of JOY…CYCLAMEN
Mr, Mrs and BABY FUCHSIA…
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN...
DAHLIA FULL FACE…
DARLING BUDS… DAHLIA
The ART of LOVE, The LOVE of ART...
MY MONDAY ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE… SUNFLOWERS
SUN-LOVERS… SUNFLOWERS
SILK-LIKE… IRIS
STELLAR... Cosmos
BOUND TO BE LOVED... CALLA
EXOTICA… LILIES
A PROPER YORKSHIRE WHITE ROSE…
THE LITTLE WIND-DANCERS… FUCHSIA
SALTO MORTALE… FUCHSIA
JUMP WITH COLOUR…
A GIRL’S DELIGHT… SKIPPING ROPE
THREE TULIP WRAPS…
OIL AND VINEGAR…
HAPPY DIWALI…
PIUME BIANCHE…
FEATHERS in DETAIL…
LES TROIS PLUMES…
COLD COLOURS…
WARM COLOURS…
TO TICKLE YOUR FANCY?
SOFT TOUCH...
BEACHED…
THE SECRET WORLD OF THE CAULIFLOWER...
AIL, AIL, AIL... GARLIC!
ONCE UPON A TIME… (mini cabbage)
MONEY-PENNY…
SOUL MIRRORS…
HAPPY DIWALI…
SIMPLY RED… Autumn Colours.
15 MILLION CELEBRATIONS at Studio Indigo
PRECIOUS AUTUMN...
APOTHEOSE…
LAST DAY of NOVEMBER…
GOLD ABOVE THE LOCH…
PRIORY ISLAND in LOCH TAY…
I Think It's Going To Rain Today…
THICK GREEN LINE…
UNDER GENTLE RAIN…
LIGHT-PLAY in the HIGHLANDS…
MY MAN, KILLIN, AUTUMN…
OLD MANSE…
DOWN, BY THE WATER…
EARTH, WIND and FIRE…
The soft side of Loch Lomond...
ALSO AUTUMN…
A LONE TREE in AUTUMN…
THE ENCHANTED WOOD…
DEAD of WINTER…
EBBING GLORY ...
WELSH GOLD ...
THE WING OF AN ANGEL?
WARMING OUR FEET…
DONE FOR THE DAY…
KIDS in the CITY…

MORE THAN SPICE…

#abfav_december 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. Physalis is characterised by the small orange fruit similar in size, shape and structure to a small tomato, but partly or fully enclosed in a large papery husk derived from the calyx. The berry also goes by the names Golden Strawberry,Chinese Lantern and Cape gooseberry. Not all Physalis species bear edible fruit. Select species are cultivated for their edible fruit, however; the typical Physalis fruit is similar to a firm tomato in texture, and like strawberries or pineapple in flavour, with a mild acidity. Physalis fruit is a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins. These fruits contain 18 kinds of amino acids . These berries are also abundant in polysaccharides, compounds that may help fortify the immune system. Thank you 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

DANTE'S INFERNO, AMARYLLIS BUDS

They shone as flames, just waiting to explode and fill the room and our hearts with the warm glow of their bright colour... GORGEOUS DETAIL LARGE and View On Black Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"(An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics. Virgilius wrote the Bucolica, consisting of 10 Eclogues). As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). The theatrical bottom-light I've grown to love so much. . I love the curves and lines in this. Hope you do too. Have a great w-e and thank you for your comments and visits, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT

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' ;). Brought this candle holder from Sweden. I wish you all the very best, and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments, and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (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

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... Small roses in the colours of Christmas, red, white, green. 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

OLD FAVOURITE… TREE

#abfav_december Christmas ornaments are decorations (usually made of glass, metal, wood, or ceramics) that are used to decorate a Christmas tree. The first decorated trees were adorned with apples, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass baubles were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and also garlands of glass beads and tin figures that could be hung on trees. The popularity of these decorations grew into the production of glass figures made by highly skilled artisans with clay molds. Thank you 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

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. Thank you 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 Fern, leaf, gold , tree-shaped, foliage, colour, design, studio, black-background, square, Hasselblad, "magda indigo"

SECRET LIFE of SCHLUMBERGERA…

This very ephemeral flower usually seen around Christmas, the scientific name is Schlumbergera. Revealing all here. Have a super day and thank you, 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

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 thank you 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

THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos

#abfav_december 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.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY... THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY... THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS Nowadays, like in everything, there are 'trends'... Less new stuff in the shops to other years it seems, yet this year, black 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! I wish you all the very best, and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. 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 COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY

#abfav_december 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 hollies, which provide shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves) and food. Most festive!! I wish you all the very best, and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. 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 COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA

Nowadays, like in everything, there are 'trends'... PLEASE VIEW ON BLACK Less new stuff in the shops to other years it seems, yet this year, black 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. A story... The plant's association with Christmas began in 16h 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 thanks for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. 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

LET THE FESTIVE SEASON BEGIN...

For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season, as per tradition. This is going to be many different things... 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 a little too soon still for the Christmas stuff, a lovely 'in-between'... Thank you for ALL your 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

WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!

#abfav_december For a laugh... 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

RED and PURPLE...

A FAVOURITE COLOUR COMBINATION! Callicarpa (beautyberry). Nothing can rival the vivid colouration of the beautyberry’s fruits in Autumn, an eye catching bright shade of purple. In mid-summer the Callicarpa shrub is covered in masses of tiny star shaped lilac-pink flowers, these are much loved by bees and other beneficial insects, and once pollination occurs, the berries begin to form. The bright violet coloured berries have an almost metallic sheen to them in bright autumn sunshine. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (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 SPARKLING HEART for DECEMBER...

#abfav_december 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

LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

#abfav_december We need love... lots of LOVE! 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, so well served here. 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, 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

SOPHISTICATION...

#abfav_december For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Roy L. Smith December, when the cupboard in the attic opens again, there boxes come out and oooh: the re-discovery of favourite baubles… Have a happy day and thank you for viewing, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE RED, THREE WHITE…

#abfav_3 Bows, for pleasure, two triangles in a circle, more fun in Studio Indigo. The sparkling season of lightness in the dark is upon us! The season for giving...LOL, Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your visit, 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

THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...

#abfav_3 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, 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

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

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

THE RED BOW…

ANOTHER BIG FAVE… Around a present, it is nice to have ribbon, a bow, a red ribbon and bow... The present is your wonderful comments and kind words, I'm wrapping it in this 'thank you red ribbon'! This red bow, was swirling into my composition... with flair... Another 'light-play' in the studio. Often it is good to 'position' something and NOT fiddle with it too much? In other words, leave it alone, just light it well and photograph it... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, 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

FAVOURITES…

two of them, I love ribbons and stark, graphic images I can make with them. Yes, a favourite combination in my photography. I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, 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

NOT FOR CHRISTMAS, POINSETTIA…

#abfav_lines_stripes This is the palest pink poinsettia I ever saw! But for me, for the festive season definitely red! 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 centre 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. 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

NOT FOR CHRISTMAS, POINSETTIA…

This is the palest pink poinsettia I ever saw! But for me, for the festive season definitely red! 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 centre 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. May your day 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 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 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 thank you 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

WHITE THISTLES...

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. So different. 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, thank you, 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

CHILDREN'S WONDER …

#abfav_december December is such a magic month for children. LITTLE SECRETS Every year, from when he was a baby, we photographed this boy, then one of the photos was chosen and made into a Christmas card the family sent to their friends. Every year I had to come up with a different idea. I particularly like this one, it is the same electrical Father Christmas as in the image called 'Christmas Spirit’ where the gent thought Santa was nodding at him, lol The little boy became so fascinated and involved, stroking the beard, holding Santa's moving hand gently, looking deep into the kind, artificial eyes. So full of that wondrous marvel only children or very old people seem to posses, it looked like they were having a secret conversation. All the little secrets... May your day be filled with joy, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...

#abfav_december 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

WINTER APPLES…

#abfav_december Late apples? Early Winter? Definitely good bird food! A gentleman, 80, has lost his wife, left in a big Victorian house with a huge garden, consoles himself by gardening. He cuts his hedges, mows the lawns refusing electrical tools, needless to say he is very fit. I photographed his garden a whole year round. I could pop in whenever I had some time, sometimes he called me to say something 'special' (of which there were MANY, hihi) was about to peak! This is in his orchard and a bit of early Winter in the Yorkshire Dales. There are a lot of lonely people out there, and paying a visit now and then can be very rewarding. May your day be sunny, thank you 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

DRAMATIC WINTER SKIES...

#abfav_december and INDIGO EVENINGS… and the beauty of skeletal trees 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 thank you 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

SNOW IN WHARFEDALE…

Yorkshire is a beautiful county, in any season, yet as I love snow and the dramatic sky-sunplay, I think it is at its VERY best in Winter, so beautiful! One of the Dales, where the river Wharfe winds its way through, taken from the top of the right hill (lol, depending where you come from...) Take care! Make sure you see this on black? View On Black Cheers to ALL, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINTER WINDOW…

#abfav_december that moment of dusk, the lights are on… curtains not yet closed, cold outside, warm inside, to stand, walk, drive and look into the cosy Winter windows… December. One of our favourite places, Saltaire, Yorkshire May your day be bright and thank you for viewing, 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

A CITY IN LIGHTS…

#abfav_december I love how buildings and streets are lit in the dark period, it pays to look up! LOL Leeds Town Hall was built between 1853 and 1858 on The Headrow (formerly Park Lane), Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to a design by architect Cuthbert Brodrick. It is one of the largest town halls in the United Kingdom and as of 2017 it is the thirteenth tallest building in Leeds. It was opened by Queen Victoria, in a lavish ceremony in 1858 as Leeds celebrated the completion of an important civic structure. The town hall is classical in style but baroque in imaginative power and drama. It stands squarely at the top of a flight of steps (altered from their original shape) on a mound made specially for the purpose. The whole facade is made of giant columns and all the sides reflect that pattern. The central portico has ten huge Corinthian columns. Then there is an immense frieze and rising above it all the central tower, 225 ft (69 m) high, which was not in the original design. May your day be filled with joy, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA…

#abfav_december Taken at the beautiful Victoria Quarter in Leeds. Not only are the different Arcades ornately decorated in their architecture, but, since all the posh shops are mostly there, they have wonderful Christmas decorations every year, it's a sparkling world. Victoria Quarter was originally designed by architect Frank Matcham. He used rich marbles, gilded mosaics, handsome cast and wrought iron, as well as carved and polished mahogany, to create two streets, two arcades and the Empire Theatre (now Harvey Nichols). Today Matcham's work has been sympathetically restored to its original splendour, introducing the style and creativity of the present. The Victoria Quarter is often described as one of the UK's most beautiful shopping centres - and quite rightly so. (the last bit courtesy of Leeds council) Wishing you a sparkling day, thank you for viewing, 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

CANDLES, LOTS of CANDLES…

#abfav_december Warm candle light in dark days, I am grateful for the seasonal festivities, the sparkle and shine. I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thank you 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

A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...

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 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

ON ICE...

#abfav_3 From the series Circles and light. I bought this candle display in the charity shop. Shaped as a sheet of ice, made out of glass, it reflects the light beautifully, works well on the table decorated with a few flowers, or small stars or holly, it is something that stimulates the creativity and my imagination. But I still love it best like this. Most of photos are taken with 'fresh' candles just lit; I prefer this, the more 'used' feeling... Have a bright day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER…

#abfav_december Found this splash of splendour in the garden. It occasionally happens that a rose will have the strength to produce just one more flower... May your day be bright and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*)

DON’T be BLUE… Violets

Many suffer in the short, dark days, through lack of light and get the blues. Well, the season of lights is here! Violets, the flowers, leaves and roots of various Viola species are used for medicinal purposes, being rich in vitamins A and C. They also contain a type of antioxidant. And they are edible, THANK you, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOSSIPING? TULIPS…

YAK YAK YAK... Parrot tulips, yakking on... I love Parrot Tulips, especially the red ones, the colourful frivolous buds can open into a gorgeous voluptuous blooms... PLEASE View On Black Isn’t there always one with attitude? Or a joker? LOL Lol, have fun. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HELLO, HELLO AND HELLO… Tulips

#abfav_3 in two tones, curious, looking round the corner When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. - Georgia O'Keeffe Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FLOWER MUSKETEERS, Lysianthus...

#abfav_3 A TREAT LARGE and View On Black 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. They are great cut-flowers. Double and single-flower varieties exist. These three are stage-struck... THANK you, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ILLUMINATI… PARROT Tulips

#abfav_3 A BIG ABsolute FAVourite of mine. The ‘enlightened”, LOL, or in this case the ‘well lit’, euhhh, or lit my way? The lumen (symbol: lm) is the SI derived unit of luminous flux, a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source. Brightness (white light output) measures the total amount of light projected in lumens. The colour brightness specification Colour Light Output measures red, green, and blue each on a nine-point grid, using the same approach as that used to measure brightness. Parrot tulips, which first appeared in France, found their way to the Netherlands in the Eighteenth century, where they were highly prized and extremely expensive. They are cup-shaped, fringed, twisted and ruffled tulips decorated with vivid, flame-like splashes, stripes or feathery markings. They came in many colours, here white and pink, a ’softer’ variety. Have a glorious day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Les Cocos Rococo... Parrot Tulips

#abfav_3 Coco is commonly called a parrot in fiction, especially comic books, but also in reality! I love Parrot Tulips, especially the red ones, the colourful frivolous buds can open into a gorgeous voluptuous blooms...View On Black Isn’t there always one with attitude? Or a joker? LOL 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

SCRIMMAGE… Three ANTHURIUMS

#abfav_3 Paul offered me these beauties. I really get annoyed when people use the worn cliché, that a man only gives flowers if he has done something 'wrong', if he needs forgiving! I'm sick and tired of it, plus I find it most unfair to men. Many give flowers just to say, I care, I love you, thank you... 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. Thank you for your comments and time, M, (*_*) A MUST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WE TOOK THE FALL by STORM!

#abfav_3 #abfav_autumn Autumn is a season tinged with the beauty of colours and yet also with some nostalgia... Another Summer gone, the 'dark' months upon us, with the season of light nearing! The weather is quite gusty, we did not have the colour for very long, some leaves still hanging on for dear life, others have let go... Keep well and thank you for viewing and commenting, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE… PHYSALIS

#abfav_3 I love Physalis. Both to eat and to photograph! Physalis is characterised by the small orange fruit similar in size, shape and structure to a small tomato, but partly or fully enclosed in a large papery husk derived from the calyx. The berry also goes by the names Golden Strawberry,Chinese Lantern and Cape gooseberry. Not all Physalis species bear edible fruit. Select species are cultivated for their edible fruit, however; the typical Physalis fruit is similar to a firm tomato in texture, and like strawberries or pineapple in flavour, with a mild acidity. Physalis fruit is a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins. These fruits contain 18 kinds of amino acids . These berries are also abundant in polysaccharides, compounds that may help fortify the immune system. Thank you 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

LES BLEUS… HYACINTH

#abfav_3 The name hyacinth comes from the Greek Hyakinthos, a handsome young man who in Greek mythology was loved by the sun god Apollo. One day they were practicing throwing the discus but the jealous god of the West Wind, who was also in love with Hyakinthos, blew the discus back and it fatally wounded him. From his blood grew a flower which the god Apollo named after him. The bulbs were first brought to Western Europe in the 16th century and were first cultivated in Austria in the 1500's. During the 17th and 18th centuries, like the tulip, it was to be found only in the collections of very rich flower collectors. Because of the hyacinth's pervasive perfume (used in perfumery in France), the bulbs were exorbitantly expensive. Their heady fragrance, their delicacy and their inimitable spring feeling make them very desirable. 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

TRI-COLORE… POPPY

#abfav_3 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)… HERE IN COMBINATION with a vibrant blue budding cornflower or Centaurea. 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

MORE RED CATKINS…

The festive season is coming closer! Pussy Willow Catkin Salix discolor (American willow) is a species of willow native to North America, one of two species commonly called pussy willow. It is native to the northern part of the globe. It is a weak-wooded deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall, with brown shoots. The flowers are soft silky silvery catkins, borne in early spring before the new leaves appear. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

RED CATKINS…

Pussy Willow Catkin Salix discolor (American willow) is a species of willow native to North America, one of two species commonly called pussy willow. It is native to the northern part of the globe. It is a weak-wooded deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall, with brown shoots. The flowers are soft silky silvery catkins, borne in early spring before the new leaves appear. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

A NOSEGAY of ANEMONES…

Anemone coronaria (poppy anemone popularly in English, Spanish marigold, "dağ 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. In making these Macros, I discovered that some flowers had 'hairs, something I did not know nor expected, like the previous tulip and some of these Anemones here! FOR FULL IMPACT of THE BEAUTY AND DETAIL, View LARGE and On Black 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 thank you for your visit, 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

PURPLELICIOUS... CHRYSANTHEMUM.

An aspect of Chrysanthemum, tightly packed, a true Autumn flower, built against rain, wind and cold? 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. Wishing you a day full of good light and thanks 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRIO of WHITE ROSES…

#abfav_3 WHITE ROSE, A SYMBOL of PEACE… If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. — Thich Nhat Hanh There are plenty of myths and legends behind the white rose. As one myth has it, the first rose on Earth was a white rose, and it miraculously transformed to other hues. The pure white rose was said to have been tainted by blood, making it red; and it was also made to blush from a kiss, making it pink. Another myth came from the Ancient Greeks. It was said that roses were originally white until one day Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty pricked herself with the thorns of a rose. The blood that dripped from her finger turned the white roses red. These myths indicate the loss of innocence, which is the absolute opposite of what the white rose symbolises – innocence and purity Have a sweet day and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ARCUS TRIUMPHALIS… FREESIA

#abfav_3 Three branches of fragrant Freesia, facing the same way, forming an arch in honour af all of my followers? LOL Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to Africa. Of the 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, the remaining two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. The genus was named in honour of Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), German physician. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Thank you for your support and comments, 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

COLOURBURST… FREESIAS.

Pure elegance and fragrance these beauties. A branch of Freesia, aah, I see them, I smell them... my resistance is low... I confess... LOL Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to Africa. Of the 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, the remaining two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. The genus was named in honour of Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), German physician. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Thank you for your support and comments, 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

IT'S BRIGHT, IT'S ORANGE, IT'S FREESIA...

Branches of Freesia, aah, I see them, I smell them... my resistance is low... I confess... LOL Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to Africa. Of the 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, the remaining two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. The genus was named in honour of Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), German physician. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Thank you for your support and comments, 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

SECRET LIFE of FLOWERS… LILY

The reproductive organs of a white lily, the anthers at the end of the stamens look as though they are ready to burst? LOL Just starting to release the pollen. Photographers are the keepers of reality, this flower will only ever be seen like this again, because I 'eternalised' it! It's gone now, but not completely... the photo remains! Hope you enjoy viewing as much as I did making the images! Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, 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

BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower

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

THREE FEATHER DUSTERS...

#abfav_3 I bought four, all in striking colours, they are very decorative (when I have no fresh flowers I put those in a vase! LOLOLOL). Can't get over the fact that they are each quite different, individuals, I wonder if it has to do with the paint? I love the deep rich tones and all the intricate detail, hope you do too. Have a colourful day and thank you for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOU LIKE MY NEW 'GLASSES'???

#abfav_lines_stripes MADE TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES? LOL. Please View On Black Have a good one! 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 WINTER-PLAIT…

#abfav_december Here in NORTH-ENGLAND/ YORKSHIRE, there is no more warmth in the air, the migrating birds have long flown South, the trees stand bare, all things 'SUMMER' stored away... ready for next year! No, everything is cold, this morning car-windows frozen for the first time, so out with the SUPER warm stuff, these are the Winter scarves, light fleece... I wonder how many plastic bottles were recycled to make them? This is not how I wear them, that was just for the shot, I wear them separately, assorti with the colour-choice of the day... Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TOOLS of the TRADE…

#abfav_3 Can you tell that I love red? It makes such a lovely happy accent in the kitchen. These are also fantastic to work with in the non-stick pots and pans. As I love being 'creative' in the kitchen these are definitely my kind of GADGETS, those that actually WORK and are properly helpful!! More fun from studio Indigo. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

STAR BRIGHT…

LOL, just pastry cutters that caught my attention and made it into and out of Studio Indigo. Have a wonderful day, filled with love, 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

SLINKY OOOOOOOOOHHH…

#abfav_lines_stripes best on black I made this photo with a giant metal slinky. Another eye-teaser, I really had a lot of fun with it, always the child at heart... thankfully. I love all the 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 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 IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JUMP FOR JOY… SLINKY

#abfav_3 Three happy to meet again? A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

GROUP HUG… SLINKY

A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilise sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would ‘walk’. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighbourhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky; meaning "sleek and graceful”.A Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

CROSSOVER SLINKY…

A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

INSIGHT… Slinky

Have a look inside… LOL A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

UPON REFLECTION… SLINKY

… uhh, NOT a reflection, but two of the temperamental Slinky, mirroring? A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. More great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

MESMERISING SLINKY…

A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilise sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would ‘walk’. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighbourhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky; meaning "sleek and graceful”. On COLOURS... Light and colour can influence how people perceive the area around them. Different light sources affect how the colours of walls and other objects are seen. Specific hues of colours seen under natural sunlight may vary when seen under the light from an incandescent (tungsten) light-bulb: lighter colours may appear to be more orange or "brownish" and darker colours may appear even darker. Light and the colour of an object can affect how one perceives its positioning. If light or shadow, or the colour of the object, masks an object's true contour (outline of a figure) it can appear to be shaped differently than it really is. Objects under a uniform light-source will promote better impression of three-dimensional shape. The colour of an object may affect whether or not it seems to be in motion. In particular, the trajectories of objects under a light source whose intensity varies with space are more difficult to determine than identical objects under a uniform light source. Carl Jung is most prominently associated with the pioneering stages of colour psychology. Jung was most interested in colours’ properties and meanings, as well as in Art’s potential as a tool for psychotherapy. Colour has long been used to create feelings of cosiness or spaciousness. However, how people are affected by different colour-stimuli varies from person to person. There is evidence that colour preference may depend on ambient temperature. People who are cold prefer warm colours like red and yellow while people who are hot prefer cool colours like blue and green. A few studies have shown that cultural background has a strong influence on colour preference. These studies have shown that people from the same region regardless of race will have the same colour preferences. I'm ALWAYS fascinated by COLOUR! Hope this brings a smile again, 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

CARRY THE HEAVY LOAD… SLINKY

To me it looks like the one is carrying the other? A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

DELICATE BALANCE… SLINKY

I can’t get enough of them… LOL Such fun in Studio Indigo. A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

EQUILIBRIUM… SLINKY

I laced 5 small ‘party’ slinkies together and made them stand in balance... not easy, lol A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum. In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilise sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would ‘walk’. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighbourhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky; meaning "sleek and graceful” Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

INTERWOVEN CONTINUUM… SLINKY

A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilise sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would ‘walk’. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighbourhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky; meaning "sleek and graceful”. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

COLOUR CODE...

LOL more of the temperamental SLINKIES... Thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) Hope this brings a smile again, 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

COLOUR FUSION… SLINKY

#abfav_lines_stripes A Slinky is a toy pre-compressed helical spring invented by Richard James. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilise sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would ‘walk’. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighbourhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky; meaning "sleek and graceful”. Great fun from Studio Indigo. Hope this brings a smile again, 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

Of COLOURS...

#abfav_lines_stripes Light and colour can influence how people perceive the area around them. Different light sources affect how the colours of walls and other objects are seen. Specific hues of colours seen under natural sunlight may vary when seen under the light from an incandescent (tungsten) light-bulb: lighter colours may appear to be more orange or "brownish" and darker colours may appear even darker. Light and the colour of an object can affect how one perceives its positioning. If light or shadow, or the colour of the object, masks an object's true contour (outline of a figure) it can appear to be shaped differently than it really is. Objects under a uniform light-source will promote better impression of three-dimensional shape. The colour of an object may affect whether or not it seems to be in motion. In particular, the trajectories of objects under a light source whose intensity varies with space are more difficult to determine than identical objects under a uniform light source. Carl Jung is most prominently associated with the pioneering stages of colour psychology. Jung was most interested in colours’ properties and meanings, as well as in Art’s potential as a tool for psychotherapy. Colour has long been used to create feelings of cosiness or spaciousness. However, how people are affected by different colour-stimuli varies from person to person. There is evidence that colour preference may depend on ambient temperature. People who are cold prefer warm colous like red and yellow while people who are hot prefer cool colours like blue and green. A few studies have shown that cultural background has a strong influence on colour preference. These studies have shown that people from the same region regardless of race will have the same colour preferences. I'm ALWAYS fascinated by COLOUR! Have a lovely day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TEMPTING… ALSTROEMERIA

Alstroemeria, also called Peruvian /Inca lily, named after the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer They are all native to South America although some have become naturalised in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Species of Alstroemeria from Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. Please View On Black Have a great day and thank you for your 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

CHANTILLY CREME… Peony

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

PURE ELEGANCE…Lisianthus

I'm in a very creative and inspired 'state' at the moment, tee hee. I really had fun with these in Studio Indigo. LYSIANTHUS , unfurling in front of your eyes. 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. THANK YOU, 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

WHO ARE YOU? Gerbera…

#abfav_3 Your colour is different! Said the two yellow to the orange… Emotion in photography no matter the subject! 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 and news, 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

THE JOY of COLOURS… GERBERA

To ease off the stresses of the week, deep breath, sigh, hope you 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 and news, 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

SOME BEAUTY and WARMTH… Gerbera

We all know what the ‘bad and sad’ news is each day, we are bombarded with it? All too aware of it. Why would I want to repeat-share this? I prefer to sprinkle some beauty, goodness, kindness and joy, we all need it. 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. Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images and news, 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 LITTLE MAIDS... GERBERA

#abfav_3 the song of the soft peachy Gerberas. 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 centre of the flower is sometimes black. Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images and news, 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

O YELLOW… Gerbera

What ye have been ye still shall be, When we are dust the dust among, O yellow flowers! Quote by Henry Austin Dobson There are people who need every bit of joy, beauty and warmth we can give them. 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. Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images and news, 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

PURE JOY and WARMTH… Gerbera

We all know what the ‘bad and sad’ news is each day, we are bombarded with it? All too aware of it. Why would I want to repeat-share this? I prefer to sprinkle some beauty, goodness, kindness and joy, we all need it. 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. Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in so many images and news, 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 BUNCH of HAPPINESS… GERBERA

To ease off the stresses of the week, deep breath, sigh, hope you had 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 and news, 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

THE CHASE… GERBERA

Sometimes mysterious and surprising things happen in Studio Indigo… I positioned the one red Gerber and when I looked through the lens, I saw the ‘discarded’ red one, parallel, almost out of frame, like fleeing or being chased? LOL I love it, it pleases my creative brain/eye. Also love 'creating’ and playing with light in the studio, gives me a real 'PHOTOGRAPHY' buzz. 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. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comments with all my heart, 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

ALA MICK JAGGER…. IRIS

Iris’s tongue. LOL Iris, the palest blue I ever saw. Dutch iris are popular with florists and home gardeners because they are dependably pretty and easy to use. Long, strong, straight stems pair with blooms that are an ideal size for medium bouquets. Have a safe day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLEUR BLEUE pour UN AMI, IRIS,

"Sogna fiore mio (Dream, my flower)" Lucilla Galeazzi & L'Arpeggiata youtu.be/d0A22hPE8Mw?list=PLCF2DB36F8C78668D I dream of Beauty, I dream of Peace, I dream of all things good, I dream of a different world, I dream of people living side by side in kindness, I dream I hold you all with love, I can but dream, I cry in my dreams... Iris, the palest blue I ever saw, reaching out. Have a safe day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IRIS… IRISSIME

Since Iris is the Greek goddess for the Messenger of Love, her sacred flower is considered the symbol of communication and messages. Therefore the flower iris in the language of flowers symbolises eloquence. A purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. A blue iris symbolises faith and hope. A yellow iris symbolises passion while white iris symbolises purity. As you can see, the gift of iris can be used to convey many emotions. Dutch irises are hybrids of two older varieties, giving it a look all its own. The distinctive ‘fleur-de-lis' flowers come in a variety of blues, yellows, purples, and white. Organic, sensual, all about shape and colour. The Iris is just born elegance... extremely ephemeral, they barely last a few days, yet with unbelievable beauty and style. Best to leave them in the garden... like so many of the bulbs! Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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 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

RHAPSODY IN BLUE… HYDRANGEA

The Hydrangeas did very well this year. Now some have been dried and form a lovely dash of colour in the room. View On Black Hydrangea, the name, comes from the Greek words "hydro" or water, and "angeion," or vase = water vase, they prefer a lot of water. A very ancient plant, found in fossils going back thousands of years. Photographed the way I like it, minimal dof, it gives it a lovely sense of mystery, well, I think so... Flower lovers will know that there is a flower language. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by delicate blooms. Of course, even the experts disagree on the "true meaning" of many flowers and most have different meanings to different people. So, while all flowers convey thoughtfulness and love, a gift of flowers for a special someone will always create its own personal meaning, too. HYDRANGEA - Thank You for Understanding. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comments with all my heart, 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

POPPIES for ARMISTICE DAY…

Some people choose to wear white poppies as a pacifist alternative to the red poppy. The White Poppies are not created to insult those who have created red poppies as wreaths in memory of their lost loved ones during war. Instead it is to emphasise that war should be avoided so that there will be no more wasted lives. The White Poppies are important flowers that remind people about the beauty of peace - while the Red Poppies remind people of the cost of war. The Co-operative Women’s Guild was the first one to sell the artificial White Poppies in 1933. The artificial form of the poppy flower were sold by groups of women who have lost fathers, husbands, brothers and even children during the war and desire that no further bloodshed prevail. Since then, the White Poppies were popular during Remembrance Day especially for the “No More War Movement”. Iceland Poppies. Three white Poppies, Three Red Poppies, so dainty, so feminine, so sheer. Papaver nudicaule , the Iceland poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia (but not in Iceland). Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PRETTY as A PICTURE CALLA…

“If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it." quote by Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) 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. Thank you, 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

STARS in the NIGHT… Amaryllis

#abfav_lines_stripes Here, you know the festive season is near, the Amaryllis are back in the shops! AND, we are well and truly in full communication again! They speak, I listen, er, with my eyes. 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. 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"). I love the curves and lines in this. Hope you do too. Have a great day thank you 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

ALLURE… Lily

This Lily looked very alluring, attracting me with its petal-shapes, pollen-laden stamens, its vibrant colours. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for ALL your comments and visits, so 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

SAFFRON FREESIA…

It is great to see the structure of different flowers and the beautiful detail. Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to Africa. Of the 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, the remaining two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. The genus was named in honour of Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), German physician. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Have a sweet day and thank you, 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

BROKEN WINGS…

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. Some of the patterns, particularly the silver leaved varieties are exquisite and can truly be described as a wonder of nature. From the family Primulaceae, they come in beautiful colours from white, pink, purple, red and combinations of these. Cyclamen like the cool; the smaller the leaves, the cooler they can stand it. The tubers are regarded as the favourite food for pigs in the South of France, Sicily and Italy, hence a rather uncommon common name Sowbread. Cyclamen are poisonous; they have been used medicinally as a powerful purgative, but their toxicity makes this risky. I love them! Bought this one cheap... because it had a 'damaged' flower!! Full of promise though, plenty of buds. Thank you for your visit and comments, M, (*_*) BEST LARGE and View On Black 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

GARDEN ZEN…

#abfav_lines_stripes I upload this to thank you all for your understanding, sensitivity and creativity with which you so often regaled me. I photographed this small corner of our garden; I enjoyed creating it, now I have the joy of seeing it. I love the way the light plays with the circles. The incoming leaves are left in the composition deliberately, nothing is ever 100% perfect, why should it, those small imperfections can make something even more endearing and worthwhile! In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. — Dalai Lama May you all have a radiant day and thanks for your visit, always appreciated, 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

MONT ST MICHEL. The boy in the window.

#abfav_3 ... Seen from the outside, the cloister and windows just to give you an idea... ALWAYS BETTER LARGE and View On Black The cloister is rectangular, and on the one side, there are windows… one almost down to the ground. Apparently, another part was eventually to be added and this was to be a doorway… but now, thick safe glass is set in the arches, I can assure you, it is not for the fainthearted or those suffering from fear of height! Even ‘mildly, however the views are stunning, the bay, as far as the eye can see, the tide is out, it is the ‘low season’ that means the sea can be out 12 km! THANK you, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LITTLE FRUIT-PICKERS...

#abfav_3 At a farm where you can pick your fruit and veg, A great day out and going home with goodies. Kids love it! Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE IN A ROW…

#abfav_3 sheep, standing in or against the wind? High on the North-Yorkshire Moors, there’s very little vegetation; the heather is lost, being replaced by coarse, unpalatable grasses and bracken, maintained by the sheep. We’d been driving a 4X4 (for obvious reasons) for a number of years, so do the farmers, so, whenever we drove up, the animals thought it’s the farmer turning up and they all started bleating and came a running, that or I must have an animal attraction, hihihi ? Often , the views are stunning, we walk and look for the best viewpoint. The cold wind playing its whistling tune on the grasses, the only thing that grows there. Have a great day, sorry, not much around, out photographing, thank you for visiting, 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

SOME BLUE…

#abfav_3 yes, there is some blue in the sky above these three trees, LOL It is an older image, taken on grainy film, to me it looks like a charcoal drawing. It IS colour! Have a wonderful day and thank you for your visit, 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

ON TOP OF THE WORLD…

#abfav_3 #abfav_lines_stripes My beloved Flanders, it lies by the sea with the wide white sandy beaches, washed daily by the North-Sea, the blond dunes come next, for protection of the fertile flat lands behind them. These here are called De Polders, where you can stand and look as far as your eye can see, except for the odd gentle ’hill’. As you go further inland, the hills start to glow gently. I was driving, but a photographer’s eyes are always roaming, always hunting and alert! Saw those, looked for a safe place to leave the car and then started running up and down, clambering through nettles, over the green verges to find the right angle, the right light, those lines had to be right, I knew exactly the composition I wanted… this was it! Tee hee, life of a photographer, he? Have a wonderful day and thank you for your visit, 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

MY BELOVED FLANDERS…

#abfav_lines_stripes On our way back from Denmark… After enjoying Breskens, where we had a super meal of a giant sea-platter, we drive on, and very soon, we cross the border into Belgium. We are back in my beloved Flanders. Our welcome is this golden gift. It is also the flat lands, I find it less ‘austere’ and rigid than the Dutch flat lands, like friendlier? The sun is falling, the land ready for the night, we get closer to our destination now. Thank you 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

LANDLINES…

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

WINDOW in the WATER…

#abfav_lines_stipes It was a very hot day, we'd meandered the narrow small roads of Flanders, in an air-conditioned car, stopping whenever we saw something of interest. Waiting for 'better', evening, light, planned to be around Damme again. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! There is a silence and a peace there that the rustling of the majestic Poplars even enhances. I saw these reflections in the water and I saw a cathedral window... I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (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

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.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DONE FOR THE DAY…

#abfav_lines_stripes STREAKY SUNSET. The sun was fast dropping, I was on my way home after a hectic day shooting a 10 hr wedding. I desperately needed to unwind, what better way, he? By the sea, on the beach and a wonderful sunset? Take some more shots!!! As I used 400 ASA film, I pushed the limits, keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a fantastic result. The sun painted the sky and beach in a golden glow, it got too dark I was done for the day! LOL , THANK you, M, (*_*) For A GREAT EXPERIENCE: Large AND View On Black 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

STATUE VIVANTE…

#abfav_lines_stripes I saw this lovely structure in the seawall and asked Paul to go there and pose for me, it is so much better, you get a greater sense of the proportions! The term living statue refers to a mime artist who poses like a statue or mannequin, usually with realistic statue-like makeup, sometimes for hours at a time. This is an art that requires a great deal of patience and physical stamina. Living statue performers have been known to pose as shop window mannequins in order to fool passers by, and a number of hidden camera shows on television have had living statues suddenly spring to life to startle people. As with all performing arts, living statue performers may perform as buskers or in commissioned shows. Some living statues are also invited to perform in fine arts exhibitions. Now you often see them on thestreets. Have a great day and thanks for your visit, 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 reserve

EBB-TIDE at STAITHES…

#abfav_stripes_lines This was taken of the beach of Staithes, from the pier... Please view On Black Staithes is set on the dramatic and beautiful North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and located in the North York Moors National Park. Roxby Beck is the small river running through Staithes and forms the border between the Borough of Scarborough and neighbouring Redcar and Cleveland. Formerly one of the largest and most productive fishing centers in England by the North Sea, Staithes is now largely a tourist destination thanks to its picturesque appearance of brightly coloured and freshly painted cottages. It is also the birthplace of Captain Cook. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SAND-WATER ART…

#abfav_lines_stripes FUERTEVENTURA. On our first free afternoon, we decided to explore the local harbour of Morro Jable. The ferry to Lanzarote and the other islands, leaves from it, for the rest it moors a few yachts, some catamarans, a place for jet skis, but best of all the local colourful fishing boats, we were too late to catch them with the people, it was siesta time! Wandering around, I discovered at the bottom of the rocks the tiniest 'beach', only a sandy corner. Climbing and jumping down, I saw all the patterns the small lapping sea waves had painted in the sand. I felt like I had struck gold, this was photography paradise. Needless to say I have MANY??? But I find this a SUPER that will go on the wall, it made me think of charcoal drawings on coarse grainy paper. I fact Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, and THAT is what ‘paints’ the sand. Please let me know what you think? Hope you like it? Have a great day and thanks for your visit, 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 reserve

LAND IN WAITING…

#abfav_lines_stripes Farmers keep a close eye on the weather signs to know when to sow, plant and work the land. In the meantime they prepared it, the neat lines are forming pleasant patterns to the discerning photographer, lol Lovely long furrows, narrow trenches made in the ground by a plough, especially for planting seeds or irrigation. A nice graphic image. Have a lovely day and thank you for commenting, 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 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

Beach-Art 1…

#abfav_lines_stripes We were on the North Sea Coast in The North East of England, Northumberland. Lots of wind, wild seas, STUNNING light, I love walking on beaches and ALWAYS see something that strikes me as Nature's Art... I never move or change anything!I do realise that it is not to everybody's taste, it takes a certain 'eye' to appreciate these. The thing is, I do not take images for other people, not to please anyone, I take them because they touch me... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

END OF SUMMER…

#abfav_lines_stripes Stacked deckchairs. St Ives, Cornwall... end of October… end of Summer... The tables and chairs are empty, the beach reclaimed by the seagulls and the sea by the local fishermen... Gone are the sun worshipers, the children's laughter... The sailing boats safely tucked away for Winter. Only working boats now, men out there, on the wide open waters earning their living... That day was a calm day... with a kind of melancholy... Thanks for viewing and commenting, M, (*_*) BEST Viewed LARGE and On Black 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

SUMMERY BEACH-SCENE…

#abfav_lines_stripes Spotted on a beach in Ostend, Flanders, Belgium. This family was well protected from sun and wind… AAAHH, a lovely memory of Summer. 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

SCARBORO WALL…

#abfav_lines_stripes One of our favourite places; one of the piers in Scarbourough, on the North-Yorkshire Heritage Coast. A medieval Icelandic saga tells how two Icelandic Viking brothers called Kormak and Thorgils were the first men to "establish the fort called Skardaborg". The fort was named after one of its founder’s nicknames, for Thorgils was called Skardi, meaning hare-lipped, by his brother. It is now generally accepted that the name Skardaborg, which has come down to us as Scarborough, means "the fort belonging to Skardi". The port is situated on the East Coast of England at the foot of Scarborough Castle Hill. It has a North and a South bay and 15 km of this coastline is defended by either natural or man-made structures to protect it from the aggressive North Sea environment. The harbour consists of three piers enclosing an outer and an inner basin. The outer basin is mainly used by pleasure boats and the inner basin by commercial fishing and cargo vessels. This photo is of the new parapet of the outer wall, part of the sea defence works of Scarborough's East pier, 5.500 tonnes of stone masonry has been used for repair works. I was on the lower part of the wall, this is the higher parapet behind which is a breakwater of rocks and pieces of concrete forms - called "dolosses". There is no distortion in this photo, the wall is curving like an embrace. Have a great day and thanK you for viewing, 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

SCARBOROUGH BEACH HUTS…

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

LE TEMPS des COULEURS…

#abfav_lines_stripes These are sleeves to go over a plant-pot, very colourful and attractive to photograph. Love the dof here. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YIN YANG, ME…

#abfav_lines_stripes Here's the answer to all your questions. The original idea I had was 'the curves', Yin Yang, all I needed was my black dress(=photographer's dress code?hi) and a white bg. It was about perception and reality, the philosophical side of it, the way we can be 'tricked' and perceive something, but there is only ONE reality and here it is. I took the shots and looked from which one the best 'crop' would come. When I saw the results I realised there was more there, so took some more... Yin, the darker element, is passive, dark, feminine, downward-seeking, and corresponds to the night; yang, the brighter element, is active, light, masculine, upward-seeking and corresponds to the day. Thank you, M(*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YIN YANG…

#abfav_lines_stripes Something completely different today, one of my favourite 'EYE-TEASERS'. This is actually a colour image! Yin and yang are descriptions of complementary opposites rather than absolutes. Any yin/yang dichotomy can be seen as its opposite when viewed from another perspective. What was the first thing YOU saw? The 'curvy' lady in black dress against a white bg? Or the one in white against a black bg?? Is the white a 'bump'(pregnant lady) against a black bg? What is the reality? THANK YOU, Magda (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRIENDS…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Not many are friends THAT long nowadays, 47 years, people move away 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

STILL CRAZY...

and euhh, NEW CAMERA! MOVEMBER ... after all these years, still crazy. I got a surprise: a new camera, the fabulous Nikon D7200. Always a great moment in the life of a photographer! I am over the moon, it performs beautifully. This IS how it came out. Tradition here, the first photo I take with a new machine is a portrait of my love. I only downsized it, NOTHING else, fantastic. So, my friends... from now on, you can expect even better images??? LOLOLOL 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Thank you, 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

ONE MAN and HIS DOG…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? On a break during their trek, they first take care of the animals, now it was his turn! Rolling a cigarette and drinking a cup of tea, a laugh with his fellow travellers, and us. Tony loves his dogs... View On Black READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/07/day-we-met-travelers.html Wishing you all a beautiful day and thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE UNLIKELY COACHMAN…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… At the end of the resting row of horses, carriages and coach drivers, I spot another 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, over the famous cobblestones 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

HEAVE HO…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Poole, Dorset. A magnificent and elegant sailing boat came gliding in called 'Overlord'. This is the skipper who had his colourful crew well in hand and looked like a formidable man. The manoeuvre here was to pulling the boat onto its moorings. The term heave ho is a call used to coordinate the efforts of several seamen hauling on a line. Have a wonderful day and thank you, 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

OVERLOOKING THE SEA… for MOVEMBER.

Ostend, on the Belgian Coast, this gent took a break to sit and stare. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Gentlemen, look after yourselves, NOT just in November… although it is a good thing bringing it to your attention in this month! Thanks, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: VIEW LARGE AND View On Black 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

OLD WARRIOR…

FOR MOVEMBER 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… We see 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

GRUMPY OLD MAN?

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? taken at a garden centre, there was a BBC program called 'Grumpy Old Men'??? This gent was muttering to his wife all the time, I could not resist... too good to miss, lol, thank you, 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

MALE GESTURES…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? THIS is something men with beards DO… LOL. They stroke their beard, often when nervous? Inquisitive? Typically masculin. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Sir Chris Bonnington...

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? This is Sir Chris Bonnington giving a lecture on his conquest of Everest. He's a very soft spoken man, slim and even a bit gauche. I asked him to pose before and after the lecture. Here he's in front of a projection screen, looking up to the heavens, reliving his adventure, transported to another world, it's good to accompany him on his interesting, adventurous, often perilous voyages. This was what I was after, the twinkle in his eyes, the joy in his voice, the smile around the lips, the Himalayas right behind his forehead. I greatly admire him for his endurance and determination. THANK you, 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

Mr MANDOLIN-MAN...

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? It is interesting to photograph people, especially musicians, OBSERVE THEM FIRST, it is so much about HANDS and FEET! Before I photograph, I observe... for quite some time, and THEN: I SEE, what is for me, the essence of what I am experiencing. Duo Magit (MAndolin&GITaar) at work again, this time it was 'unplugged', at the home of one of them, 10 years later! Another amazing afternoon, plenty of music and a lot of laughter. Like so many photographers (and I'm one of them) hide behind their camera, these two were hiding behind their instruments. The weather was lovely, the concert took place in the garden. Mr mandolin-man came in, the private concert started, I think by the time we finished, they'd gone through their whole repertoire again! This is the Mr Mandolin man, a lovely man, he plays many different string instruments, was a bit peeved when was of the strings sprung and ... he hadn't brought a replacement, oops. it didn't bother me. Another lovely experience! THANK you for viewing, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE DISTINGUISHED GENT…

FOR MOVEMBER 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… It was the yearly Carnaval, loud music, happy people dancing and fabulous colourful costumes... and of course some men to guide, escort and secure... He was one of them, stood out in the crowd! BEAUTIFUL On Black 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

GLASS…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? On the ‘bucket-list’ was a shoot with a glass blower, I had approached Marcel Vlamynck and he graciously agreed to open his atelier for us. We were thrilled and really enjoyed the experience. Here he shows off one of his pieces, which we bought and now every day enjoy in our home. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other

CONCENTRATION…

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? A famous Flemish actor, artist and now a glass blower too. Luk D'Heu ‘works’ a piece of glass in the furnace at the Art in Glass studio in Brugge. We were kindly invited by Marcel Vlamynck to make a reportage on glass-blowing: HOT stuff! LOL A big tick off our bucket list. Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOING DUTCH…

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Gentlemen, look after yourselves, NOT just in November… although it is a good thing bringing it to your attention in this month! Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Mr PIANOMAN… for MOVEMBER

WILLEMSSON... PIANO IS KEY IN HIS LIFE. Why not like his FB page, listen to and share the music of this talented musician that I had the pleasure of photographing. — at www.facebook.com/willemsson and visit his website HERE: www.willemsson.com 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Thank you, 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

FOR MOVEMBER ...

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… Coming off the 12/13 hour night travel on the ferry, terrible delays at the passport control, only two booths, it is slow going. As usual in our world today, everybody is in a terrible rush. We all have to be somewhere, presto, the relax is over now, com’on, hurry, we're in our starting blocks, bikers and cars revving. Holidays??? We wait alongside a long queue of bikers and spot this interesting face, I ask myself: why? Of course it is the moustache that attracts my attention and interest 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

MODEL BREAK… LAST ONE for Movember

I DID IT…I had taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL. We always had our gorgeous Border-Collie Pica with us, and he always seduced everybody… 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. Gentlemen, look after yourselves, NOT just in November… although it is a good thing bringing it to your attention in this month! Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MODEL… for Movember

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Gentlemen, look after yourselves, NOT just in November… although it is a good thing bringing it to your attention in this month! Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved portrait, man, Movember, moustache, street, model, jeans, coat, colour, natural, vertical, magda indigo

THE GENUINE BIKER…

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? East Leeds Lions (10th Anniversary, this year 2009) Easter Rally. A yearly gathering of bikers from all over, often an interesting bunch, as you can see here, a giant of a guy! This year, on the three day event, the object was raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GRASSINGTON…

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? Every December in Grassington, a beautiful village in the deep Yorkshire Dales, for two week-ends, there is a Dickensian Christmas market, old and young dress up in period costume, all very festive. Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WILLEM VERMANDERE…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… Willem is a multi-faceted man, a sculptor, poet, musician, writer and above all... a raconteur. Here sitting in his studio, the afternoon sun caressed his face... View On Black Willem Vermandere is a famous Belgian Artist. He never lost his sensitivity, wit and goodness, always a joy to spend time with him, THANK you, 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

CHEERS… for MOVEMBER

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? This was a guest at our gallery. We got such a wonderful mixture of people in. A very cheery Englishman, quite a character. We all had a drink together and some great chats. I've been so fortunate to meet some great people in my life! Never seen myself as a portrait photographer and yet I do seem to have so many, hhhhmmmmmmm! I think his goodness shines through here. Thanks, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: VIEW LARGE AND View On Black 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

WILLEM VERMANDERE, the raconteur...

Willem Vermandere is a famous Belgian Artist. He never lost his sensitivity, wit and goodness, always a joy to spend time with him. Willem is a multi-faceted man, a sculptor, poet, musician, writer and above all... a raconteur. Here sitting in his veranda, the afternoon sun caressed his face...View On Black 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUSSELS... Tour-de-France…

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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? A HAT and a haunted look We live in strange times, good on the one hand, great new technology... supposed to keep us MORE in contact??????????? What I notice is an enormous ALIENATION amongst people... less and less caring, in a self-centred society where people get lost... I can see it in their eyes... and it pains me... Give some to a charity and your conscience is salved? I don’t think so. Normally I refrain from taking this kind of image... but I liked his lovely face. 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, (* _ *) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CARLOS in CLOSE-UP…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… Carlos; the biker, the man... It amazes me, Paul and I, two photographers, standing shoulder to shoulder... coming home with totally DIFFERENT images, goes to show he, we all have our own 'view' on things when we look through that viewer! Result of a chance meeting in Scarborough. 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 COFFEE BREAK…

FOR MOVEMBER. 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… Yvan, the artist, during a photoshoot where he impersonated different characters, here with a French alpino beret. He spent a lot of time in France over the years. As a young artist, he transformed a van into a camper van, drove all through Europe and North-Africa. When he saw something inspiring, he’d climb on top of his van and paint until it was finished or dark. In the South of France he encountered a French lady of the aristocracy, she taught him a lot about pigments, making your own paints, painting with your hands and palette knives. He would tell me about the gorgeous smells of linseed oil, resin, right down to Indian cow’s urine. A joy to have in the studio. From the series: Ex- and impressions. 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

SHADES OF GREY… for MOVEMBER

#abfav_monochrome This portrait was quite a challenge, a black hat, black b/g, the way I like it, push the boundaries, a challenge! Getting all the tonal values correct in a black and white is not always easy (without losing detail) and it is of course open to massive subjectivity and artistic interpretation. The rule (often, once you know it… to be broken, look at all the good high key images around today!) is A TRUE BLACK, A TRUE WHITE …AND ALL THE GREYS IN BETWEEN, a reflection of life itself? After a cup of coffee, we were all set for the next session. He adjusted his French beret called 'un Alpin'... 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… 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

LE CHEF…

FOR MOVEMBER 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. I now have taken on the challenge, one photo each day: a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP… He came after the meal to do his round of all the tables and ask his clients if we had enjoyed his food. OOhh YES! 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

BILL… for MOVEMBER

#abfav_monochrome 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. This was taken for a big national Millennium project 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. Sadly, recently I heard he passed, almost ninety. I now picked up the challenge, a month of men with moustache and beard, LOL, HELP, will I make it? … Thank you 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

AN AIR OF MYSTERY AND ROMANCE...

#abfav_monochrome Pickering, North-Yorkshire... I ran alongside, as the steam train was leaving the station..., photographing on the run... It made the driver smile and I captured it! 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 with the, nowadays, often forgotten important ingredient: EMOTION! 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

FROM THE CAR…

#abfav_monochrome When we're out together, Paul does most of the driving. Me, I look around and love the challenge of shooting images from the car... hit and miss, but I have a whole series of 'hits' now and even more 'misses'... hihi, and I had a lot of fun! Wishing you a fun day and thank you for your visit, 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

MOOD INDIGO…

#abfav_monochrome When I get that mood indigo, I could lay me down and die. Beautifully sung by Nina Simone and others... This is my son, then 19 and lovesick as you can only be at that age? He became quite detached and solitary for a while. We had gone for a drive, through woods and arrived at this old military airfield, He just walked over and stood like this for quite some time, not moving, I ached for him, he was hurting and there was very little I could do, except… be there. The whole body language and stance languorously emanated sadness and loneliness. A couple of years later he met the right young woman and they are happily married, I wonder if he even remembers this? Taken with the Canon AE1, in b&w and tinted Indigo in the darkroom. Have a lovely day and thanks for your precious time, Magda, (*_*) 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

SHELLING PEAS…

#abfav_monochrome FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On Black When I visit a country, I prefer the small back streets and alleys, where the local people go about their daily business, away from tourism... This is taken in Crete, it was very hot, this lady sat in the shade of her porch, black stockinged feet out of the sandals, shelling the peas. Although I was quite a distance away, she spotted me as I took the image. I talked to her afterwards, LOVELY! Taken on my 'beloved' Nikon F4... A stocking-print. Thank you, and have a super 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

EXPLOSION…Chrysanthemum.

#abfav_3 please please VIEW on black FIREWORKS, FLOWERWORKS… Chrysanthemum: the big blooms are often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. However, this looks like a new variety, NEVER saw these before. Have a blooming time, filled with love and beauty, 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

SOLOIST… Chrysanthemum.

Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife. quote by Tim Gunn Chrysanthemum: the big blooms are often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. However, this looks like a new variety, NEVER saw these before. Have a blooming time, filled with love and beauty, 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

SPECTACULAR…Chrysanthemum.

please please VIEW on black Heartfelt In this world, so many times I feel what people say is a joke too much sarcasm and a lack of sincerity. If all the words that escape our lips mean nothing How can we feel? How can we express? Excerpt of a poem By Meredith Roaten Copyright © Chrysanthemum Flower Chrysanthemum: the big blooms are often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. However, this looks like a new variety, NEVER saw these before. Have a blooming time, filled with love and beauty, 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

GOLD in AUTUMN… Chrysanthemum

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono 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 thank you 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

FIRST of NOVEMBER… CHRYSANTHEMUM DAY

Today, 1 November is the day that, in many countries in the west, our dead are remembered, graves are cleaned and decorated with the iconic Chrysanthemums. Another aspect of Chrysanthemum, tightly packed, a true Autumn flower, built against rain, wind and cold? 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. Wishing you a day full of good light and thank you 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ODE to AUTUMN…

#abfab_autumn "No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds — No-vember!" — Thomas Hood LOL, I lay this wreath… an Autumn wreath for… LAST Summer Wishing you a day full of good light and thank you 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

DOUBLE FUN, ORANGE PEELS…

Two orange peels, intact. Orange is the colour between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light. In painting and traditional colour theory, it is a secondary colour of pigments, created by mixing red and yellow. It is named after the fruit of the same name. The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn and Allhallowtide seasons. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism. More new fun from Studio Indigo Thank you 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

HUGG A l’ORANGE…

Two orange peels, intact, not wanting to let go? Orange is the colour between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light. In painting and traditional colour theory, it is a secondary colour of pigments, created by mixing red and yellow. It is named after the fruit of the same name. The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn and Allhallowtide seasons. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism. More new fun from Studio Indigo Thank you 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

CODE ORANGE…

what are they trying to tell us? LOL Two orange peels, intact. Orange is the colour between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light. In painting and traditional colour theory, it is a secondary colour of pigments, created by mixing red and yellow. It is named after the fruit of the same name. The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn and Allhallowtide seasons. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism. More new fun from Studio Indigo Thank you 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

CURLED, PEELED and DELIVERED… ORANGE

LOL An orange peel, intact… Orange is the colour between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light. In painting and traditional colour theory, it is a secondary colour of pigments, created by mixing red and yellow. It is named after the fruit of the same name. The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn and Allhallowtide seasons. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism. More new fun from Studio Indigo Thank you 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

OAK SMOKED GARLIC...

Egyptian slaves were given a daily ration of garlic, as it was believed to ward off illness and to increase strength and endurance. As indicated in ancient Egyptian records, the pyramid builders were given beer, flatbread, raw garlic and onions as their meager food ration. Upon threatening to abandon the pyramids leaving them unfinished, they were given more garlic. It cost the Pharaoh today's equivalent of 2 million dollars to keep the Cheops pyramid builders supplied with garlic. Although it may seem a new concept, garlic was in fact introduced to Britain by the Romans and has been a cook’s staple for millennia. The bulbous vegetable was praised in ancient Sanskrit writings, the Egyptians buried it with their dead and by 1500BC it had spread across the world – it even turned up in the medieval court of Richard II. But by the 19th century, Mrs Beeton was describing it as ‘offensive’ and for most of the 20th century you barely caught a whiff of it in the domestic kitchen. Cheap flights and package holidays changed our perceptions, and Britain soon rediscovered garlic’s 'pungent' charms, using it in everything from curries to casseroles, stir-fries and soups. Coupled with a renewed thirst for traceable, local produce, British-grown garlic is set to become a great household favourite. I wish you all the very best and thanks 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

AIL, AIL, AIL, AIL... PHEW, WHAT A SMELL!!!

#abfav_lines_stripes Ail is the French for garlic, it is pronounced like 'eye' or simply 'I'... The one on the left seems to think the others SMELL??? LOL View On Black please Allium sativum: here the Softneck Garlic. Softneck garlic is the type you'll most likely see in the produce section of your grocery store. Its name comes from the multilayered parchment that covers the entire bulb, continues up the neck of the bulb, and forms a soft, pliable stalk suitable for braiding. Its papery skin, or sheath, is a beautiful creamy white colour. I wish you all the very best and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE BIG FAMILY…

Garlic (scientific name Allium sativum) is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. With a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use, garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran, and has long been a common seasoning worldwide. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used both as a food flavouring and as a traditional medicine. A must in one’s kitchen? Red onion, for my Spanish paella and Italian salad, shallot for all ‘delicate’ dishes, and garlic for the garden, to deter greenfly on flowers and plants, LOL 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!

#abfav_halloween 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 ?????? LOL TEE HEEEEEE Thanks for your visits and comments, most 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AUTUMN FINALE..

#abfab_autumn We almost come to the finale of the fruit and nut harvesting! Physalis; 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. 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. I love these warm hues, it is truly Autumnal… Thank you 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…

#abfav_halloween A treat? Have a wonderful day, filled with fun, 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 HAND and THE PUMPKIN…

#abfav_halloween Stealing my pumpkin I had saved for Halloween… LOL May your day be a good one, Thank you, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

HAPPY HALLOWEEN…

#abfav_halloween At last the 'Spook of Bolton Abbey' gave the ghost... It was caught by the trees along the bank of the fast flowing river Wharfe… HIHIHI, been saving this one for today, hope you enjoy it. Have a fun day and thank you for your 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 any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BIG BADABOOM…

A colour-explosion… for 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. LOTS of FIREWORK! Another graphic image with old favourites: pencils… The latest from Studio Indigo. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, 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.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

COLOUR CONTAMINATION…

so difficult/impossible to keep the colours PURE and uncontaminated… Another graphic image with old favourites: pencils… The latest from Studio Indigo. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, 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.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

PUNTA ROJA…

came back to an old love of mine: the pencils. Sometimes you need a change, and I am pleased to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it, a completely new set of creative images. The first is a red colouring pencil with sharpener and shavings, nicely graphic and minimalist, still with my personal stamp. New from Studio Indigo. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, 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.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

FULLY LAYERED... RANUNCULUS

PINK for OCTOBER A bit of brightness on a windy day. I love Ranunculus, densely layered, and this bloom 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... For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) 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.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

WHITE POPPIES…

The White Poppies are not created to insult those who have created red poppies as wreaths in memory of their lost loved ones during war. Instead it is to emphasise that war should be avoided so that there will be no more wasted lives. The White Poppies are important flowers that remind people about the beauty of peace - while the Red Poppies remind people of the cost of war. The Co-operative Women’s Guild was the first one to sell the artificial White Poppies in 1933. The artificial form of the poppy flower were sold by groups of women who have lost fathers, husbands, brothers and even children during the war and desire that no further bloodshed prevail. Since then, the White Poppies were popular during Remembrance Day especially for the “No More War Movement”. Iceland Poppies. Three white Poppies, so dainty, so feminine, so sheer. Papaver nudicaule , the Iceland poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia (but not in Iceland). Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE STAR TULIPS…

PINK for OCTOBER A specialty variety of tulip, the petals tipped like stars, a gorgeous bright pink, with here and there a touch of the green brush... So, the last for this year Pink for October: breast cancer, please remember, the battle continues and also KEEP CHECKING! Thank you for your time 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

SOLITAIRE… TULIP

a full-on portrait to show yo again, all the beauty and detail in the texture and shape of a tulip. Wishing you a day full of good light and thank you 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

LET LOOSE... TULIPS

PINK for OCTOBER Wild beauties, Spring flowers, Tulips, Rock&Roll? Because of the warmth of the lights, they opened and revealed all. Ruffled skirts, ready to Rock? I noticed in the 'beginning' of the season, the more usual type of Tulips and now, at the end the more special ones! Yes, in full communication with the flowers again. Hope this makes you smile, have a great day and thank you for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

VICTORIANA ROSES...

PINK for OCTOBER..................... best viewed on black Hybrid Perpetual ROSE— The dominant class of roses in Victorian England, they first emerged in 1838 and were derived to a great extent from the Bourbons. They became the most popular garden and florist roses of northern Europe at the time, as the tender tea roses would not thrive in cold climates. The "perpetual" in the name hints at repeat-flowering, but many varieties of this class had poor reflowering habits; the tendency was for a massive spring bloom, followed by either scattered summer flowering, a smaller autumn burst, or sometimes nothing at all until next spring. They were opulent, however, this 'head' of 5 beauties opened one day... the next day it was mad, raining, thunder and lightning, so in between showers... yep, I rushed out, yep another 'rescue' job, lol. I wanted to make this photo as a 'period' image. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, 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

SHOW-ALL… White Tiger Lily

This flower is really showing us all, a little pollen dusted again There is an old legend from Asia about the Tiger Lily. A Korean hermit helped a wounded tiger by removing an arrow from its body. The tiger asked the hermit to use his powers to perpetuate their friendship after his death. The hermit agreed and when the tiger died, his body became a tiger lily. Eventually the hermit drowned and his body was washed away. The Tiger Lily spread everywhere searching for its friend. There is a superstition that smelling a Tiger Lily will give you freckles. The Tiger Lily stands for wealth and prosperity. The Tiger Lily, has six stamens (composed of anthers and filaments), one pistil (composed of the stigma, style and ovary), a long style, and a three-lobed stigma. Thank you, 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

VISSI d’ARTE…

Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, non feci mai male ad anima viva! Con man furtiva quante miserie conobbi aiutai… From Tosca by Puccini I lived for art I lived for art, I lived for love I never did harm to a living soul With a furtive hand so many troubles I encountered I soothed… PEONY, PINK for October. Most of my images are made under the influence… of music, lol, in Studio Indigo. Here: https://youtu.be/lQ1iW58Xuqg , a modern version by Filippa Giordano. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE 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

ONE BRANCH of Lisianthus...

I'm in a very creative and inspired 'state' at the moment, tee hee. I really had fun with them in Studio Indigo. LYSIANTHUS , unfurling in front of your eyes. 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' Lisianthus is also known as eustoma. Colours include white, light and dark pink, lavender and deep purple. Double and single-flower varieties exist. Many people do not know what it is, but everyone loves it! THANK YOU, 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

THE LITTLE BEAUTIES, ROSES...

PINK for OCTOBER Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson Tiny dainty roses, a soft pink with colourful edges. Thank you and have a peaceful day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A ROSE of BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER...

PINK for October One of the last roses this year in the garden, it was rained on (hence the waterdrops), and the wind was blowing this beauty mercilessly about, I took pity on it, and brought it in. FOR MAXIMUM detail and pleasure: View On Black "Just Joey" is a Hybrid Tea Rose and has a fruity fragrance ( to me it smells like ripe raspberries mmmmmm) which wafts from large ruffled salmon blooms, once opened. This superstar rose is from England. Just Joey roses were inducted into the Hall of Fame by the World Federation of Rose Societies in 1994. The flowers are well-formed with large, high-centred buds, supported by long, straight and upright stems. Each blousy flower can grow to 8-15 cm wide. Hybrid Teas are the world's most popular type of rose by choice due to their colour and flower form. Most shrubs tend to be very upright, reaching up to 1.8 metres and are repeat- or recurrent-flowering (flowering constantly during the season, unlike wild dog roses that flower once). Have a wonderful day, filled with love, 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

BLUES in the NIGHT…

https://youtu.be/WMvVHSLN3TU by Katie Melua or: Cornflowers on a black background… Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favourites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word "corn", referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Bon Appetit! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA PLUME DE MA TANTE...

#abfav_monochrome Short for "la plume de ma tante est sur la table" (French for "My aunt's pen is on the table"), an expression used to mean stilted, textbook-derived speaking of a foreign language. The expression comes from the really odd sentences used in some textbooks to demonstrate grammar (rather than the sort of thing you are actually likely to say in the spoken daily language). There was also a song out of a famous revue and play (which I grew up with): La plume de ma tante est sur le bureau de mon oncle... This is a fun anagram of that sentence: Rude Uncle Leo stole Aunt Mabel's pen; true Madame. (By Tony Crafter using Anagram Genius) (2003) Here I use PLUME which means feather as well in French! Another image ALL ABOUT LIGHT, shape and texture, I'm trying for as much depth/relief as possible in photography. Have a great day and thank you for your comments, M, (*_*)

THE LONE TREE…

#abfav_monochrome ZEN? We walked through a beautiful park called 'Golden Acres' when I saw this tree; everything was green, including the trunk of the tree, from the recent moisture and moss. It had something of the Japanese drawings, I saw it in nothing but B&W, I saw this image like this here in my mind before I even took the photo. Apparently that's what makes it art... if it is a preconceived idea, the rest is photojournalism! Must find that article and refer you to it! LOL! Have a magic day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) View BEST On Black! 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

A LUTHIER’S HANDS at work…

#abfav_monochrome making a violin or a guitar, such delicate work with probably the smallest plane in the world? HANDS... THE BEST TOOLS IN THE WORLD... they are fascinating They can give and take... We touch, feel, handle, build and destroy, hurt and caress, kill and heal, make music (noise) and command or pray for silence, our hands can be rough or smooth. Only Man has hands. We use them as a tool, to make tools, and as a weapon, they serve as eyes for the visually impaired, we can 'talk' with them, they have become a symbol of salutation, supplication, and condemnation... I like this image for the depth and graphic quality. 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

POLES of the LIGHT KIND…

#abfav_monochrome I am in a ‘graphic’ mood today. Colour is totally irrelevant in some photos. Wishing you a wonderful day and as always, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view on Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON A STORMY SUNDAY...

#abfav_monochrome On a stormy Sunday, while visiting one of my sons, and his little family, who lives in Holland, the beach called... I'm one of those people who just loves the beach and the sea during winter, warm clothes, good boots, fight the wind and the elements. Then come home all aglow and rejuvenated. Ready for a nice cup of hot chocolate? It also gives for many a great image. It was Scheveningen or Katwijk, Holland, A North Sea Beach (sorry, can't remember now), but I sure enjoyed it. Hope you do too. I wish a wonderful day and thank you for viewing and your time, 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

GOOD SOLITUDE…

#abfav_monochrome www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1dWW4_O0w&list=PL673E48271B... Sometimes it is good to be with just yourself. I was walking on the beach, waiting what kind of a sunset it would be, unwinding from a busy day... I saw this young woman standing, playing with the waves, her sandals nonchalantly dangling by the hand, turned deep into herself. It looked like she was dancing to an inner tune, but she wasn't listening to music, what I saw was the cord to hold her sunglasses. I love the atmosphere and emotion in this image, taken with the 300mm lens. Have a lovely day and thanks for viewing, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ENRAPTURED…

#abfav_monochrome 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 another new instrument, an Autoharp, 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 sculptor, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, sculptor, poet and painter, but also a wonderful philosopher and raconteur. A ‘Force de la Nature’ with immense sensitivity. THANK you, 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 DREAM DANCER…

#abfav_monochrome Christian Dedeene, he was for 5 years a solo and star dancer with one of the greatest choreographers of the century, Maurice Béjart. I was fortunate to have him in our studio a couple of times, and what an experience it was, each time. Thanx Christian, for being so patient and sharing my artistic vision. In collaboration with Paul Indigo​ This is the result of having a professional ballet dancers in the studio, up for a challenge and something different. How do you capture the graceful, often powerful movement 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. We had tremendous fun and are happy with the results. This has been achieved by strobe flashing. NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION. ONE SINGLE EXPOSURE, ONE NEG. 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 as many now seem to think; just using FLASH! Wishing you a wonderful day and as always, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view on Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY NAME IS LILY…

#abfav_monochrome Lilium longiflorum. And I have a demanding presence! Also a most pleasant fragrance. 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 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 emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? Movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg Wishing you a bright day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DITES-MOI… CYCLAMEN

#abfav_monochrome Dites-moi Pourquoi La vie est belle, Dites-moi Pourquoi La vie est gai, Dites-moi Pourquoi, Chère Mad'moiselle, Est-ce que Parce que Vous m'aimez? From South Pacific (Rodgers & Hammerstein) The cyclamen commonly sold by florists is Cyclamen persicum, which is frost-tender. Selected cyclamen cultivars can have white, bright pink, red or purple flowers. While flowering, florists' cyclamens should be kept below 20 °C (68 °F), with the night time temperatures preferably between 6.5 °C to 15 °C (44 °F to 59 °F). Temperatures above 20 °C (68 °F) may induce the plant to go dormant. Cyclamen are native to the Mediterranean region from Spain east to Iran, and also in northeast Africa south to Somalia. VIEW movie: THE MONOCHROMES here: youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg 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

GYMNOPEDIE… Cyclamen

#abfav_monochrome youtu.be/S-Xm7s9eGxU The word was in a musical dictionary Eric Satie had at home, and the given definition was “An event at a greek festival wherein maidens danced in the nude.” Most of my images are made under the influence… of music! I was working on a new project. A book called THE MONOCHROMES. Movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg I had been ‘neglecting’ my black and white photography, which I still love so very much. 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 here 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. Have a glorious day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SWEET HARMONY… ORIENTAL LILIES

#abfav_monochrome The perfect music for a SUMMERY FEEL… youtu.be/xRyH9aOucUQ Chris Hinze. The Oriental Lily opens a 6 petal bloom that can spread up to 20cm in diameter. The height of the Oriental Lily can range between 3 to 5 feet. Oriental Lilies tend to flower mid-season (July/August). They are a long lasting and highly scented variety. All the shades of grey... from a true black to white... as it should be! Movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg Thank you 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

HABLA con ELLA… Alstroemeria

#abfav_monochrome Alstroemeria, also called Peruvian /Inca lily, named after the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer They are all native to South America although some have become naturalised in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Species of Alstroemeria from Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. Please View On Black Monochromatic? Not really he? All the shades of grey... from a true black to a pure white... as it should be! 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 emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? Have a great day and thank you for your 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

NOCTURNE... for WHITE MAGNOLIA

#abfav_monochrome www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIW2r1EalM Chopin Nocturne Magnolia proctoriana, an abundant early flowering tree, with 6 very large pure white tepals. The tepals droops, which gives the plant a unique appearance. It is a upright tree with large fragrant white flowers. I love the different lichen on the fragile branches... probably not so great for the tree? Brought these into the studio, they have a short life span, one was already wind-damaged, a must take portrait... I am very often inspired by music, just listen to the above... All the shades of grey... from a true black to white... as it should be! 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 emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? With love to you and 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

THINKING PARROT TULIP…

abfav_monochrome 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 emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? Please view the movie: THE MONOCHROMES here: youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVgWith 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 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

OPPULENCE, GLADIOLI...

PINK for OCTOBER. Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). It is sometimes called the 'Sword lily', but usually by its generic name (plural gladioli). Came into the stdio, eager to photograph and was greeted by these beauties. Love this, as sweet as candy? Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I FEEL LIKE A FLOWER TODAY...

PINK for October Anthurium andraeanum. What the title means is that today I felt like uploading a flower... no, sorry I wasn't referring to myself, wouldn't dare, tee hee Paul gave me those beautiful flowers; they are long-lasting and a thing of beauty in a room. A challenge to photograph their shiny and waxy heart-shaped spathes referred to as the floral portion. A long spadix projecting from the spathe bears the true flowers and seeds. The way of lighting was very important, they are very reflective, I did not want those highlights, but a soft light still revealing all the beautiful detail. I put a green leaf behind it, out of focus, just for contrast and colour. Have a day filled with beauty and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) Have a wonderful 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!), 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, filled with HYDRANGEA...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbztUizvDjw A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket I wrote a letter to my love And on the way I dropped it, I dropped it, I dropped it, And on the way I dropped it. A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket. The rhyme was first noted in the United States in 1879 as a children's rhyming game. It was sung while children danced in a circle. One of the number ran on the outside of the circle and dropped a handkerchief. The nearest child would then pick it up and chase the dropper. If caught the dropper either was kissed, joined the circle, or had to tell the name of their sweetheart. 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

JUST BECAUSE... I AM HAPPY! CYCLAMEN

PINK for October I have every reason to be happy... I am privileged to live in PEACE ! How beautiful is that? Ordinarily, flower-baskets are round and for hanging up... Gathered all the cyclamens in one basket, I decided to photograph the whole scene instead of an 'isolated' few. I just love those colours... 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. Some of the patterns, particularly the silver leaved varieties are exquisite and can truly be described as a wonder of nature. From the family Primulaceae, they come in beautiful colours from white, pink, purple, red and combinations of these. Cyclamen like the cool; the smaller the leaves, the cooler they can stand it. The tubers are regarded as the favourite food for pigs in the South of France, Sicily and Italy, hence a rather uncommon common name Sowbread. Cyclamen are poisonous; they have been used medicinally as a powerful purgative, but their toxicity makes this risky. JOY from STUDIO INDIGO. Thank you 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

GATHERED…

#abfav_autumn Some leaves of the Hawthorn I gathered for their beautiful autumn colours. Hawthorn is beautiful all year round but especially in Autumn. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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 AUTUMN COLOURS and FADING LIGHT... HYDRANGEA.

#abfav_autumn This late bloom of Hydrangea gave me all the wonderful colours of Autumn, the flower spoke to me of fading light... I obliged! 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 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

MINI CONES..

#abfav_autumn I find all kind of wonderful autumnal items, like these mini cones from the European larch (Larix decidua). Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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

JEWELS in THE AUTUMN CROWN… ROWAN berries

#abfav_autumn I found these on the ground, in the ‘wild’. Berries are so autumnal, only very few are edible now, except for the birds and other animals. A jelly made from them is popular for dressing game. According to Robert James in 1747, the fruit is excellent for treating the scurvy, and the exudates from the bark is good for the diseases of the spleen. When dried and powdered the berries have been turned into a type of bread, and in an infusion make an acidulous drink. A gargle made from the berries is good for a sore throat and inflamed tonsils. However, it is bitter – very bitter. Sorbus is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the rose family Rosaceae. Species of Sorbus are commonly known as white-beam, rowan, service tree and mountain-ash. This upright, tree is the most compact of the Rowan trees making it ideal for small gardens. Fluffy, white corymbs of flowers appear in April-May that are popular with bees. Mid/dark green pinnate foliage turns vibrant shades of orange and red in the autumn which complements the reddish orange berries that hang in heavy clusters and are a treat for the birds. Popular folklore maintains that a heavy crop of fruit means a hard or difficult winter. Similarly, in Finland and Sweden, the number of fruit on the trees was used as a predictor of the snow cover during winter. However, as fruit production for a given summer is related to weather conditions the previous summer, with warm, dry summers increasing the amount of stored sugars available for subsequent flower and fruit production, it has no predictive relationship to the weather of the next winter. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE 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 BOUNTY…

#abfav_autumn When I am out and about, like last weeks, in Scotland, my main interest is never far from my brain, I always scan for ‘bounty, so, I brought back, found on the ground: Maple-copters, Mountain Ash berries, small cones and rose-bottles. Not just leaves that maked the Autumn! LOL Yep, I bring ‘work’ home, all too happy to! As always, fun from Studio Indigo. Have a fun day and thank you, 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

l’HELICE… THE PROPELLER

I created a propeller with the ‘maple-copters’. More fun from Studio Indigo, lol. INFO: Also found under a tree in bonnie Scotland. Maple trees (Acer) produce winged seeds called double samaras, which twirl to the ground in late summer or early fall. They resemble helicopters in motion, earning them the common name of helicopters or whirligigs. The seeds vary slightly in size and colouring among species, but all produce winged seeds affectionately called helicopters. 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! Have a fun day and thank you, 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

THREE MAPLE-COPTERS…

#abfav_3 Speak of childhood memories!!! Found under a tree in bonnie Scotland. Maple trees (Acer) produce winged seeds called double samaras, which twirl to the ground in late summer or early fall. They resemble helicopters in motion, earning them the common name of helicopters or whirligigs. The seeds vary slightly in size and colouring among species, but all produce winged seeds affectionately called helicopters. 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! Used the ring flash on this. Now, DO NOT rush out to get one of those! It is not a priority, has quite 'limited' usage, is particular and specific and not the easiest to use! I use it together with other sources of lighting, but that's my game, my challenge (obsession?) literally PLAYING and PAINTING with light. Have a fun day and thank you, 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

CONKER… One

#abfav_autumn Fresh conker from a horse chestnut tree. A wild chestnut found under the tree, I recorded the ‘opening’, over almost 18 days. It was fascinating. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large tree, commonly known as horse-chestnut or conker tree. The horse chestnut's fruit is colloquially called a "conker" and refers to the shiny brown, poisonous seed that is protected by a green spiny capsule. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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

WILD CHESTNUT… Stage two

#abfav_autumn More open. Fresh conker from a horse chestnut tree. A wild chestnut found under the tree, I recorded the ‘opening’, over almost 18 days. It was fascinating. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large tree, commonly known as horse-chestnut or conker tree. The horse chestnut's fruit is colloquially called a "conker" and refers to the shiny brown, poisonous seed that is protected by a green spiny capsule. Autumn fun from Studio INDIGO. Have a wonderful 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!), 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

WILD CHESTNUT… Stage three

#abfav_autumn Almost there. Fresh conker from a horse chestnut tree. A wild chestnut found under the tree, I recorded the ‘opening’, over almost 18 days. It was fascinating. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large tree, commonly known as horse-chestnut or conker tree. The horse chestnut's fruit is colloquially called a "conker" and refers to the shiny brown, poisonous seed that is protected by a green spiny capsule. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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

AT LAST…

#abfav_autumn the husk breaks open and the wild chestnut/conker is born, after 4 weeks… the wait is over, LOL A wild chestnut found under the tree, I recorded the ‘opening’, over almost 18 days. It was fascinating. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large tree, commonly known as horse-chestnut or conker tree. The horse chestnut's fruit is colloquially called a "conker" and refers to the shiny brown, poisonous seed that is protected by a green spiny capsule. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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

CHRYSALIS… A LEAF

#abfav_autumn No, not a proper butterfly one, but a leaf (less than 3cm that thinks it is a Chrysalis, LOL The pupae of different groups of insects have different names such as chrysalis for the pupae of butterflies. The term is derived from the metallic gold-coloration found in the pupae of many butterflies, referred to by the Greek term χρυσός (chrysós) for gold. TO MAKE YOU SMILE! Fun from Studio indigo. 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

ULTIMATE AUTUMN APOTHEOSE....

#abfav_autumn 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, thanks 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

THE FALLEN…

#abfav_autumn aaah, those beautiful leaves of Autumn, so much reminding me of people. A cycle almost complete, with imperfections now, some scars, the veins showing more, but still attractive and vibrant, yes, like so many friends I know LOL. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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...

#abfav_autumn 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? 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, bearing 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! Taken in the studio, it was an 'easy' one to light! 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 COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BERRY BERRY NICE...

#abfav_autumn Leaves, greenery with berries. This is a detail, not a crop, a new composition, comp in camera. Thanks 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BERRY SEASON… AUTUMN

Cotoneaster species are used as larval food plants by some Lepidoptera species including grey dagger, mottled umber, short-cloaked moth, winter moth and hawthorn moth. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and the fruits are eaten by birds. Although relatively few species are native there, in the UK and Ireland, Cotoneaster species are used, along with the related genus Pyracantha, as a valuable source of nectar when often the bees have little other forage in the June gap. The red berries are also highly attractive to blackbirds and other thrushes. I brought back a lot of interesting samples with me from Scotland, to photograph in the Studio Indigo. Have a wonderful 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!), 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

B-SIDE… of COTONEASTER

Yes, the back of a beautiful branch of Cotoneaster, because the berries tend to ‘hide’ under the leaves, and these are a downy grey on the underside! Cotoneaster species are used as larval food plants by some Lepidoptera species including grey dagger, mottled umber, short-cloaked moth, winter moth and hawthorn moth. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and the fruits are eaten by birds. Although relatively few species are native there, in the UK and Ireland, Cotoneaster species are used, along with the related genus Pyracantha, as a valuable source of nectar when often the bees have little other forage in the June gap. The red berries are also highly attractive to blackbirds and other thrushes. I brought back a lot of interesting samples with me from Scotland, to photograph in the Studio Indigo. Have a wonderful 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!), 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

RED OCTOBER… ROWAN berries

I found these on the ground, in the ‘wild’. Berries are so autumnal, only very few are edible now, except for the birds and other animals. A jelly made from them is popular for dressing game. According to Robert James in 1747, the fruit is excellent for treating the scurvy, and the exudates from the bark is good for the diseases of the spleen. When dried and powdered the berries have been turned into a type of bread, and in an infusion make an acidulous drink. A gargle made from the berries is good for a sore throat and inflamed tonsils. However, it is bitter – very bitter. Sorbus is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the rose family Rosaceae. Species of Sorbus are commonly known as white-beam, rowan, service tree and mountain-ash. This upright, tree is the most compact of the Rowan trees making it ideal for small gardens. Fluffy, white corymbs of flowers appear in April-May that are popular with bees. Mid/dark green pinnate foliage turns vibrant shades of orange and red in the autumn which complements the reddish orange berries that hang in heavy clusters and are a treat for the birds. Popular folklore maintains that a heavy crop of fruit means a hard or difficult winter. Similarly, in Finland and Sweden, the number of fruit on the trees was used as a predictor of the snow cover during winter. However, as fruit production for a given summer is related to weather conditions the previous summer, with warm, dry summers increasing the amount of stored sugars available for subsequent flower and fruit production, it has no predictive relationship to the weather of the next winter. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE 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

WE’RE NUTS, COBNUTS…

#abfav_autumn 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

DARK DAYS of AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn Used as DECORATIVE CORN and Fresh Hazelnuts, called cobnuts Here you see Corn ’Black Aztec’ a delicious heirloom corn said to have been grown by the Aztecs 2,000 years ago. And a Zea mays 'Strawberry’, ruby-red rounded cobs produced in abundance on this highly ornamental variety. Once dried, the kernels are simply the best variety for popping! Flint corn (Zea mays indurata; also known as Indian corn or sometimes calico corn) is a variant of maize (var. Linnaeus), the same species as common corn. Because each kernel has a hard outer layer to protect the soft endosperm, it is likened to being hard as flint; hence the name. … et voila, Autumn in studio Indigo. 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…

#abfav_autumn 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. Hope you 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

INSIDE the BOX…

Autumnal ornaments, seasonal decoration, little pumpkins, to stimulate the creativity? Thank you for your visit 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

OUTSIDE the BOX…

Autumnal ornaments, seasonal decoration, little pumpkins, to stimulate the creativity? Thank you for your visit 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

QUINTESSENTIAL AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn Autumnal ornaments, seasonal decoration, little pumpkins, to stimulate the creativity? With berries and acorns. Fun from studio Indigo. Thank you for your visit 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

LEAVES OUT OF MY LIFE...

#abfav_autumn I like the analogy, we are here for our one beautiful ‘season’, to bud, unfurl and grow, in sunshine and rain, in wind and storm, holding on. Some vulnerable to diseases, not making it... In light, in dark, brightness and fog, from fresh green to mature to colourful, with missing bits, some scars, by far not ‘perfect’ anymore if ever, 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… SO, in my garden, this is the only plant I do not know the name of! I bought it on the market, years ago, it had a lovely photo of what it would become, no name though... shows again how deceptive photos can be, LOL. It is in fact tiny! Anyway, it is very hardy, with insignificant small leaves, in late Spring... it grows insignificant little white flowers, mostly hidden under the leaves, in Summer it is ... just there? Then comes Autumn, and the leaves turn on all the colours of the rainbow, for a few short weeks, two if your lucky with the weather, it becomes an ABSOLUTE focal point of attraction in the garden... pure GLORY... then it's gone again... till next year! I thought I'd share this with you. View On proper Black Wishing you a day full of good light and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COLOURFUL AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn Hawthorn is beautiful all year round but especially in Autumn. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings. Autumn fun from Studio Indigo Have a wonderful 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!), 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

SOUVENIRS d'ENFANCE…

#ab fav_autumn MAPLECOPTER-MEMORIES Speak of childhood memories!!! Also found under a tree in bonnie Scotland. Maple trees (Acer) produce winged seeds called double samaras, which twirl to the ground in late summer or early fall. They resemble helicopters in motion, earning them the common name of helicopters or whirligigs. The seeds vary slightly in size and colouring among species, but all produce winged seeds affectionately called helicopters. 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! Used the ring flash on this. Now, DO NOT rush out to get one of those! It is not a priority, has quite 'limited' usage, is particular and specific and not the easiest to use! I use it together with other sources of lighting, but that's my game, my challenge (obsession?) literally PLAYING and PAINTING with light. Have a fun day and thank you, 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

WHEN LACE ADORNS THE AUTUMN... HYDRANGEA

#abfav_autumn 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. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY ART 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

WHEN SWEET CORN IS RIPE….

#abfav_autumn you know it is Autumn… here in Northern Europe at least. All Summer you see the fields getting higher. The fruit of the sweet corn plant is the corn kernel, a type of fruit called a caryopsis. The ear is a collection of kernels on the cob. Because corn is a monocot, there is always an even number of rows of kernels. The ear is covered by tightly wrapped leaves called the husk. Silk is the name for the pistillate flowers, which emerge from the husk. Sweet corn occurs as a spontaneous mutation in field corn and was grown by several Native American tribes. The Iroquois gave the first recorded sweet corn (called 'Papoon') to European settlers in 1779. It soon became a popular food all over. 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!), 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

LES PLEUREUSES…

#abfav_monochrome Women mourners, like in the Greek tragedies, that's what these look like to me... especially in B&W. In fact they are Buna Shimeji, a highly esteemed exotic 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! 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 Please do not 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...

#abfav_autumn 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.. I wish you all the very best and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (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

QUATTRO-GRAPHY… RANUNCULUS

PINK for OCTOBER. Four candy-pink, Ranunculus, beauties. Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus) is a perennial plant that can grow to be a foot and a half tall. They have blooms that resemble roses, with simple , like HERE, or branched stems. The petals are often highly lustrous, some species are popular ornamental flowers in horticulture, with many cultivars selected for large and brightly coloured flowers. What got me 'in' to 'flower-photography', was that I was fascinated by ‘light’ and wanted to know more about lighting... That was 27 years ago, it started with painting and evolved into photography. Flowers seemed the perfect subject matter, because of their different colours, shapes, textures, great variety and 'characters', I'd had many a garden, grown my own, so, I started out with an advantage, I knew about flowers... I found a niche in the market, for 15 years now people have been 'raving' about them, asking me how I 'do' it? Copying, imitating and stealing, photos, words and even titles. They say it is the highest ‘accolade’ for an artist? LOL. There is NO magic formula, each flower is unique and treated as such! I do NOT consider myself a 'flower-photographer' but a a photographer who knows how to use lighting well... Glad you enjoy them. Thank you 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

EXPLOSION… NERINE

PINK for OCTOBER. Like a firework display. Saw a lovely flower shop in Scotland, always curious what they sell, and to my amazement saw these… in bud, bought two stems to bring back… as you can see: they made it! Survived the trip and 5 days till this. Nerine, also known as Guernsey lily, Jersey lily, spider lily, is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family. They bear spherical umbels of lily-like flowers in shades from white through pink to crimson. Native to South Africa, there are about 20–30 species in the genus. Though described as lilies, they are not significantly related to the true lilies (Liliaceae), but more closely resemble their relatives, Amaryllis and Lycoris. The genus was established by the Revd. William Herbert in 1820. Have a wonderful 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!), 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

SEMI-LILY...

PINK for OCTOBER. BEAUTY LIES OFTEN IN THE DETAIL. Love often shown most in the 'little' attentions and gestures! Ain't that the truth? For some reason this pink lily had lost two petals... showing the inner beauty. They are such showy flowers! Pink lilies stand for wealth and prosperity, but are seen as a symbol of youth and acceptance, as well. Also, their appearance may lead our thoughts to feelings of hope and aspirations. In this dreary season, a dash of colour and fragrance can do wonders! I have another agenda when I buy them... I just know I'll photograph them, cannot resist! I MAKE time! And 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 thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission: copyright © All rights reserved

TULIP... REVEALED.

PINK for OCTOBER. Saw this mixed bouquet, spotted a few of these beauties amongst other Spring flowers. Tulips, of the frayed/frazzled variety. Because of the warmth of the lights, they opened and revealed all. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Yes, in full communication again. Hope this makes you smile again, have a great day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

LIPPY TULIP…

A close-up portrait of a vibrant duo-tone Tulip, dusted with blue pollen. Have a glorious day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ET VOILA... TULIP

PINK for OCTOBER. Et Voilà! It is French and means, 'there (it is)', 'here' it is done, often an expression of satisfaction after something is finished. Born in Flanders, my beautiful language is influenced by French, as France is our Southern neighbour. Now, I never realised this, however, a friend made me aware of the fact that I often say it, well... each time after I've done something? How lovely, of course I now hear it each time I say it. Thanx, you know who you are! And I am NOT going to change! I know you love my accent and what I say, LOL. This little fondant-pink tulip said to me:"Et Voilà!" What's it 'saying' to you? ALWAYS BEST LARGE and View On Black Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thank you for your visit, so very much appreciated, 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 OR LINK ANY OF MY images or TEXT to websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A TULIP named DESIRE...

PINK for OCTOBER Obvious, curling with desire? I love these little aberrations. TO MAKE YOU SMILE! Fun from Studio indigo. 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

CREATIVE HEADACHE... TULIP

PINK for OCTOBER. those fondant pink tulips were small and very beautiful, also they had a silky shine to them... no 'easy' lighting here... And to find something 'new' each time... yep, sometimes a creative headache... LOL Hope again that this will make you smile and have a wonderful 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 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

TAKE A BOW... TULIP

PINK for OCTOBER Bowing because SHY? And A little 'frazzled' in the process? LOL The elegance still thrills me! I am bowing my head In the eye of the Mother who gave me birth, In the eye of the Maiden who loves me, In the eye of the Crone who guides me in wisdom, In friendship and affection. Through thy gift of nature, O Goddess, Bestow upon us fullness in our need. … from carmina gadelica I wish you a good one and thank you for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A GRAND PAS de DEUX… TULIPS

PINK for OCTOBER. A tender pink, a tender gesture… A grand pas de deux is effectively a suite of dances that share a common theme, often symbolic of a love story or the partnership inherent in love, following each other’s movements. I wish you all a very good day and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. 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.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 VON TRAPP TULIPS…

Pink for October. The Tulip was originally a wildflower 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. Oversupply 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. ALWAYS BEST LARGE and View On Black Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

SEVEN… Fringed Tulips

PINK for October. There are seven virtues: humility, chastity, kindness, patience, abstinence, diligence and liberality. The number seven is one of the most significant in the Bible. Scholars say it denotes completeness or perfection. In other religions, according to the Talmud in Judaism, the universe is made of seven heavens. The Koran often speaks of seven heavens and Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca walk seven times around the Kaaba, the cuboid building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque. In Christianity, Judaism and Islam, God resides above the seventh heaven and one of the most important elements in Jewish weddings is the conferring of the seven blessings. And in modern Jewish wedding ceremonies the bride often circles the groom seven times. In Hinduism there are seven higher worlds and seven underworlds. In the ancient Vedic form of the religion the sun god’s chariot is pulled by seven horses and the human body has seven basic chakras or “wheels of energy”. Japanese mythology has seven gods of fortune responsible for good health, long life, happiness, knowledge, wealth, warriors and fishermen. In Buddhism the newborn Buddha rose to his feet and took seven steps. Thank you for your visits 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

SONG of LOVE... TULIPS

PINK for October. “You don't love someone for their looks, but because they sing a song only you can hear"... That's the long and the short of it? LOL. A song by the 7 tulip choir, lol More fun from Studio Indigo Wishing you a colourful day and thank you for commenting, always 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

SWAYING… TULIPS

Swaying to the music. Candy pink tulips, which first appeared in France, found their way to the Netherlands in the Eighteenth century, where they were highly prized and extremely expensive. They came in many beautiful colours, here a ’softer’ variety. Have a glorious day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SAILORS' CHORUS...

#abfav_lines_stripes THE SAILORS' CHORUS... By Wagner from The flying Dutchman - The Sailors' Chorus For the music lovers, listen here: https://youtu.be/fztb-TipoH0 Flamboyant red tulips, swaying in togetherness singing their hearts out... Dutchman... tulips??? OOOHH my imagination is running riot again, under the influence of music? I wish you all a very good day and thank for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OUR MADNESS…

In these, our ‘modern’ times, it would seem that we want EVERYTHING ALL year round? Who decided this? Do I really want tasteless tomatoes or strawberries in Winter? Do I enjoy hot stews with sprouts or cabbage in Summer? NO! Now it looks like the commercial madness is extending into the flower world! I bought these Parrot tulips, 2 days ago, they are only supposed to bloom in April/May!!! They are ‘forced’ in green-houses and do not perform so well in a vase. Ah well, I stored my soapbox again. Enjoy! LOL Have a sweet day and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CREATIVITY IS A VERY DELICATE FLOWER...

represented here by A PEONY. PINK for OCTOBER. They write (amongst many other things): It is the ability to "think outside the box" ! I ask: WHAT BOX???? LOL I must admit that as a 'creative', 1, being a night-person, my 'best' ideas mostly come after midnight! 2, it is an urge, not a choice... and 3.... as soon as you have 'problems', however small, with client, family, health... the first thing to GO is: my creativity! So please, tee hee, do not upset me, he? Characteristics of the creative personality: Creative individuals have a great deal of energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time. Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and rooted sense of reality at the other. Creative people seem to harbor opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion. Creative individuals are also remarkable humble and proud at the same time. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape rigid gender role stereotyping and have a tendency toward androgyny. Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent. Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment. Text found HERE: California State University, Northridge, From Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recognize myself COMPLETELY in this! THANK you 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, 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 EMBRACE… PROTEA

PINK for October “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” ― Albert Einstein They look soft and furry but are actually quite 'leathery' and waxy? This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. I buy this beauty for Paul, because it reminds him of his mum, of his native South Africa. It is the National Flower, it is especially the particular fragrance (fijnbos) but of course also the stunning and 'shining' colours of this beautifully structured flower that is so enticing. 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 They are all over in The Cape, in abundance. Beauty from Studio Indigo 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

FROM THE HEART... GERBERA

Pink for October, breast cancer month. To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. -- quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson 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). I love 'creating' and playing with light in the studio, comp in camera, gives me a real 'PHOTOGRAPHY' buzz, lol, 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

L'EMBRACE… Gerbera

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease... I think by now everybody knows or sadly has somebody... Breast cancer is about 100 times as frequent among women as among men, but survival rates are equal in both sexes. Please think about making a month long commitment to sharing your pink photos during October! I upload this especially for this cause, 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

CARELESS LOVE... GERBERA

PINK for OCTOBER. Two pink Gerbera. Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

AUTUMN SWEETNESS…

A bigger, more ‘feathered’ variety of Aster. Asters are about the last flowers to bloom in the garden? I held them up, when I saw a spider....... so, I turned them down till it was gone and that's when I saw THE image! FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL, View Large and On PROPER Black 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

Chrysanthemum. TODAY'S FLOWER for October…

Chrysanthemum. TODAY'S FLOWER for October… 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 thanks 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

THE FULL GLORY AUTUMN COLOURS, Chrysanthemum

#abfav_autumn Chrysanthemum: the big blooms are often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. FOR FULL IMPACT E: PLEASE View On Black Still a touch of the vibrant red and green of Summer and already the paler golds of Autumn, nostalgia... Autumn is a season tinged with the beauty of colours and yet also with some nostalgia... Another Summer gone, the 'dark' months upon us, with the season of light nearing! Have a blooming day and thanks for your 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

ALL the COLOURS of AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn …In one flower! Chrysanthemum: the big blooms often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. Still a touch of the vibrant red and green of Summer and already the paler golds of Autumn... Autumn is a season tinged with the beauty of colours and yet also with some nostalgia... Another Summer gone, the 'dark' months upon us, with the season of light getting closer! Have a blooming day and thank you for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLD in AUTUMN... Chrysanthemum

OOOH MUM, lol Every season has its own particular colours, not just the leaves on the trees, but also the flowers, animals, food, Fashion, even humans... Chrysanthemum: the big blooms often duo toned, collectively known as kotengiku or antique chrysanthemums. A beautiful top view of the 'heart', the centre, from where all the gold and red glory unfolds Still a touch of the vibrant red and green of Summer and already the paler golds of Autumn, nostalgia... Autumn is a season tinged with the beauty of colours and yet also with some nostalgia... Another Summer gone, the 'dark' months upon us, with the season of light nearing! Something to look forward to! Have a blooming day and Autumn, thanks 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

EXPLORATION… CHRYSANTHEMUM

A Japanese Spider Chrysanthemum, so 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 thank you 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

BRIGHT STARS… CHRYSANTHEMUM

White and yellow spider chrysanthemum. The name "chrysanthemum" is derived from the Ancient Greek: χρυσός= chrysos (gold) and Ancient Greek: ἄνθεμον anthemon =flower. Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. Over 500 cultivars had been recorded by the year 1630. The plant is renowned as one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese and East Asian art. In Chinese art, the Four Gentlemen, also called the Four Noble Ones, are four plants: the plum blossom, the orchid, the bamboo and the chrysanthemum. The plant is particularly significant during the Double Ninth Festival. The flower may have been brought to Japan in the eighth century AD and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. The "Festival of Happiness" in Japan celebrates the flower. Here they are year-round favourites, a staple. 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

DEEP PURPLE… CHRYSANTHEMUM

Spray Chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums also 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 centre of diversity is in China. There are countless horticultural varieties and cultivars. Always a great accent in the house. Enjoy and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit NEW, FAST site here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SEVEN BEAUTIES… Chrysanthemum

“Seven Beauties” is an Azerbaijani ballet, composed by Gara Garayev in 1947/48 to mark the 800th anniversary of classical poet Nizami Ganjavi. https://youtu.be/jQQeF3llOiM Many of my images are made with the sound of music! ‘Mums’ in Autumn, 4 blooms and 3 buds, one of them the ’individualist’, lol 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 centre of diversity is in China. There are countless horticultural varieties and cultivars. 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

Dee-light... Chrysanthemums

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

ASTER-ISSIMO…

#abfav_white Although the common name is Aster and they are known to many by that name, the genus is Callistephus. There is a genus of Aster with approximately 180 species. This Callistephus Aster has a large solitary flower head at the top of the stem and sometimes on branches Names: Aster, Chinese aster, China aster, Matsumoto aster, Callistephus and annual aster Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time 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

GENETICS… ASTERS

this happens when you have white and purple next to each other, you get ‘mixed’ ones: whurple??? LOLOLOL Asters are almost the latest flowers in the garden here, still some colour though, despite the weather. The most popular asters are Monte Casino and the New England aster. Asters range in colours of white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue. Like the sunflower, the Aster flower is actually a collection of very tiny tubular flowers, which are grouped together in a central disk and surrounded by a “ray” of flowers or petals. Asters are one of the easiest garden perennials to cultivate. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time 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

POT of JOY…CYCLAMEN

#abfav_white 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. Some of the patterns, particularly the silver leaved varieties are exquisite and can truly be described as a wonder of nature. From the family Primulaceae, they come in beautiful colours from white, pink, purple, red and combinations of these. Cyclamen like the cool; the smaller the leaves, the cooler they can stand it. The tubers are regarded as the favourite food for pigs in the South of France, Sicily and Italy, hence a rather uncommon common name Sowbread. Cyclamen are poisonous; they have been used medicinally as a powerful purgative, but their toxicity makes this risky. I love them! Full of promise, plenty of buds. Thank you for your visit 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

Mr, Mrs and BABY FUCHSIA…

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 (1501ñ1566) 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 even orange... For those interested, the anatomy is as follows: 1:at the top the green 'stem is the PEDICLE 2:the thicker bit of green is the OVARY 3:then you have the (red here) TEPALS 4:the mauve petals are the COROLLA 5:there are 8 STAMEN/FILAMENTS/ANTHERS 6: And finally: the STYLE or PISTIL, with at the end: 7: the STIGMA: the sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. 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

NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN...

#abfav_white youtu.be/QdykXAT19Go At the end, the poem "Late Lament." It was written by Graeme Edge. Breathe deep the gathering gloom, Watch lights fade from every room. Bedsitter people look back and lament, Another day's useless energy spent. Impassioned lovers wrestle as one, Lonely man cries for love and has none. New mother picks up and suckles her son, Senior citizens wish they were young. Cold hearted orb that rules the night, Removes the colours from our sight. Red is grey and yellow white, But we decide which is right. And which is an illusion??? This detail of a White rose reminded me of folds, soft waves... white satin sheets... nights in white satin. Wishing you a day full of good light and thanks for your visit, 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

DAHLIA FULL FACE…

A beautiful bloom! Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia. Dahlia hybrids are commonly grown as garden plants. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremonies, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DARLING BUDS… DAHLIA

I love Dahlia buds, so photogenic, and flowers are like people, some are more so than others! Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia. Dahlia hybrids are commonly grown as garden plants. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremonies, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, 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 ART of LOVE, The LOVE of ART...

#abfav_white Some have butterflies, I have feathers? LOL Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection ("I love my mother") to pleasure ("I loved that meal"). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—"the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another". It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals. Ancient Greeks identified four forms of love: kinship or familiarity( storge), friendship (philia), sexual and/or romantic desire (eros), and self-emptying or divine love (agape). So, LOVE is MANY things... Read More Here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/04/at-all-times-love.html 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

MY MONDAY ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI

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

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE… SUNFLOWERS

HELIANTHUS Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. They seem lost, no sun! As the sun was shying away, I bought this bouquet of Sunflowers (Helianthus), to brighten up the place and your life. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! With my eyes.. 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

SUN-LOVERS… SUNFLOWERS

HELIANTHUS Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. As the sun was shying away, I bought this bouquet of Sunflowers (Helianthus), to brighten up the place and your life. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! With my eyes.. 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

SILK-LIKE… IRIS

#abfav_white I dream of Beauty, I dream of Peace, I dream of all things good, I dream of a different world, I dream of people living side by side, I dream of love, I wake up, beside my love… Not only is the iris a beautiful flower, but also they have several uses. As a live plant they are used as a water purifier. They are ingredients in some perfumes, homemade toothpaste, pottery and herbal medicines. The stylised iris, fleur-de-lis, descends from the white iris which is native to Florence, Italy and which grew even in its city walls. Catherine de Medici carried this symbol of Florence to Paris when she married the king of France where this most famous of irises acquired its nickname, fleur-de-lis. The iris has been associated with France as Louis VII adopted it as a symbol in the 12th Century. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STELLAR... Cosmos

#abfav_white White Cosmos... a reminder of Summer, starred in my garden... thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BOUND TO BE LOVED... CALLA

#abfav_white I positioned these beauties, the stage was set, the lights were on, camera/action/ ready for their close-up... yet... something was missing... I looked in my box of tricks and found this small piece of red velvet ribbon YESSS!!!! That was it, now, they were bound... and I loved it... My imagination running wild again... lol. 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, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea. All species are endemic to southern Africa. Thank you very much for your time, visit, comments and awards, 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 ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXOTICA… LILIES

#abfav_white 'I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.' Helen Keller The white trumpet-lilies seemed to reach for ... THE LIGHT? Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanks 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

A PROPER YORKSHIRE WHITE ROSE…

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

THE LITTLE WIND-DANCERS… FUCHSIA

Fuchsia, free, fun, they dance to the tune and rhythm of the wind. 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 all descended from a few parent species. A whole week of magic again… Am I the only one to enjoy the beginning of the week? LOL Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SALTO MORTALE… FUCHSIA

Fuchsia flowers, some of the last from the garden, the were dangling precariously in the strong wind… I took pity on them lol. So delicate and pretty and in a lovely colour-combinations! Yes the garden is slowly beginning the long winter hibernation, I hope often under the beauty blanket of snow, to stop it from freezing! Because I want to see them back next year. 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... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), 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

JUMP WITH COLOUR…

#abfav_lines_stripes RAINBOW SKIPPING ROPE... it reminded me of when I was a little girl, then I saw THIS image... and then another, and another... the usual... View On Black Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A GIRL’S DELIGHT… SKIPPING ROPE

#abfav_white A skipping rope... it reminded me of when I was a little girl, what a delight, just loved it. I saw THIS image... and then another, and another... the usual... Don’t ever let your inner child go. View On Black 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

THREE TULIP WRAPS…

#abfav_3 For muffins. Muffins are still SO SOOOO TRENDY!!! Muffin tulip wraps are a great way to make your muffins look like they've come straight out of a coffee shop. I love playing with stuff in the studio, most stimulating AND it is RED? No kidding, LOL. A client wanted some photos for the kitchen, where the 'accents' are RED! Gave me a few items to be creative with... Have a wonderful day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OIL AND VINEGAR…

#abfav_white From the series Circles and lights. I saw how many round objects there are in our home, so, now that we are back in Autumn, it is dark early, the weather's not good, 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, cruets, have now become part of a collection, the first was the 'ball' one in front! I wish you all a sweet day and thank you for your visit, always welcome, 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 any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HAPPY DIWALI…

THE SEASON pf LIGHT… Please view on black. From the series Cubes and lights. Taken in the studio with only ambient light, no star effect-filters used. This is a glass cube often used as a vase, or candleholder, or I put small lights in. The glass cube is 20cm, on top of the 'CUBE TABLE' which has a light inside, here switched off. In the studio, black background, NO extra light, just the tiny ones inside the glass cube. Tripod work, and using the dof button a lot! I'm enamoured with glass, light, reflections, for all the unexpected light refractions... Diwali is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India, and is the Hindu Festival of Lights.. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did making them. Thank you, 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

PIUME BIANCHE…

#abfav_white LOL, I often have a lot of fun in the studio and usually it starts with one idea (the serious one?), which brings on another and another and before you know it… the hours have flown and I am left satisfied with many new images! This was one of those days. I love plumes, the are so textile, light and euhh ‘different’ I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FEATHERS in DETAIL…

Feathers insulate birds from water and cold temperatures. They may also be plucked to line the nest and provide insulation to the eggs and young. The individual feathers in the wings and tail play important roles in controlling flight.[17] Some species have a crest of feathers on their heads. Although feathers are light, a bird's plumage weighs two or three times more than its skeleton, since many bones are hollow and contain air sacs. Colour patterns serve as camouflage against predators for birds in their habitats. As with fish, the top and bottom colours may be different, in order to provide camouflage during flight. Striking differences in feather patterns and colours are part of the sexual dimorphism of many bird species and are particularly important in selection of mating pairs. A good alternative for flowers, if you want colour, shapes and textures, is feathers. I had a lot of fun with these, always trying to ‘perfection’ and bring the best. Here straight feathers in graduating Autumnal colours. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LES TROIS PLUMES…

a good alternative for flowers, if you want colour, shapes and textures, is feathers. I had a lot of fun with these, always trying to ‘perfect’ and bring the best. Here straight feathers in graduating Autumnal colours. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COLD COLOURS…

PLEASE VIEW on BLACK Even more of my coloured test-tubes and feathers.Water and plants are blue and green and they are relaxing. Cold colours are: green, blue, indigo and violet. Cold colours are linked to quietness, sweetness, rest, contemplation, sadness and different shades of these frames of mind. When we walk into a yellow room, we will feel more cheerful and lively than if we enter a blue or green room, which conveys tranquillity. And there is another distinction: Red, orange and yellow (warm colours) have a positive radiation; Blue, violet and indigo (cold colours) have a negative radiation; Green is both negative and positive and many experts say that it is the link between the two categories. Have a fun day and thank you for your appreciation, 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

WARM COLOURS…

PLEASE VIEW on BLACK. More of my coloured test-tubes and feathers. Warm colours are: red, orange and yellow. Colour theory classifies all shades of colours: warm colours convey joy, passion, sensuality, whilst cold colours are associated with sweetness and rest. Warm colours are exciting, they convey joy, strength, power, energy, passion. In the natural environment we can find the same analogies: blood is red, flames are orange and the sun is yellow and they are all warm. If we get into a yellow room, we will feel more cheerful and lively than if we enter a blue or green room, which conveys tranquillity. And there is another distinction: Red, orange and yellow (warm colours) have a positive radiation; Blue, violet and indigo (cold colours) have a negative radiation; Green is both negative and positive and many experts say that it is the link between the two categories. Have a fun day and thank you for your appreciation, 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

TO TICKLE YOUR FANCY?

LOL, I had these 6 glass, coloured ‘test’ tubes, and a big pack of feathers I separated the plumes, and had some fun in the studio with them. When finished, I saw the holder with the coloured glass, stored the feathers in them and was HIT by the visual: THE IMAGE! So it goes… By the way, I am not gay… these just happened to be the colours of the rainbow, which the gay community ‘appropriated’, making it sometimes more difficult for others to use these colours, without being labeled. Well not me, as you can tell by this creation from studio Indigo.. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet are the proper colours, so here Indigo missing, so I stepped in haha, completing it. Have a fun day and thank you for your appreciation, 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

SOFT TOUCH...

more feathers, this time straight ones, just as soft and they lovingly, tentatively touching. A favourite colour combination! More fun from Studio Indigo. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEACHED…

#abfav_white White Cockle are unique with lots of bumps and ridges lined up in rows or ribs. Cockle shells belong to the large famous family of shells know as the Cardiidae. Living in sandy sheltered beaches throughout the world, they have a distinctive rounded shell which when pieced together and viewed on end resemble a heart shape. A common species in waters throughout the Indo-Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The rounded shells can have a pronounced heart shape and are frequently ribbed. In both Europe and the Far East cockle shells are one of the most popular edible shell fish. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SECRET WORLD OF THE CAULIFLOWER...

#abfav_white I found this out today, that cauliflower is low in fat, high in dietary fibre, folate, water and vitamin C, possessing a very high nutritional density. As a member of the brassica family, cauliflower shares with broccoli and cabbage several phytochemicals which are beneficial to our health, including sulforaphane, an anti-cancer compound released when cauliflower is chopped or chewed. Boiling reduces the levels of anti-cancer compounds, with losses of 20–30% after five minutes, 40–50% after ten minutes, and 75% after thirty minutes. However, other preparation methods such as steaming, micro waving, and stir frying had no significant effect on the compounds. Along with other brassica vegetables, cauliflower is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. The compound also appears to work as an anti-oestrogen, appearing to slow or prevent the growth of tumours of the breast and prostate. Cauliflower also contains other glucosinolates besides sulfurophane, substances which may improve the liver's ability to detoxify carcinogenic substances. A high intake of cauliflower has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. PLEASE view On Black 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

AIL, AIL, AIL... GARLIC!

#abfav_white There may be upwards to six-hundred types of garlic being grown world-wide. In England, although it may seem a 'new' concept, garlic was in fact introduced to Britain by the Romans and has been a cook’s staple for millennia. The bulbous vegetable was praised in ancient Sanskrit writings, the Egyptians buried it with their dead and by 1500BC it had spread across the world – it even turned up in the medieval court of Richard II. But by the 19th century, the famous Mrs Beeton was describing it as ‘offensive’ and for most of the 20th century you barely caught a whiff of it in the domestic kitchen. LOL Have a lovely day, 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

ONCE UPON A TIME… (mini cabbage)

There was a mini pointed 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 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

MONEY-PENNY…

#abfav_white These annuals and perennials are found naturally from Europe to eastern Siberia. They are grown for their pretty mauve flowers and decorative seedpods, called silicles. The scientific name is Lunaria but commonly called Honesty, Money Plant, Money Penny, Moonwort, Satin Flower and Silver Dollars, the name is derived from luna, the moon, and refers to the shape of the seedpods. Monnaie du Pape in French. Judaspenning in Dutch. This is the final product, the end of summer, you cut them, peel off two papery sides in which are all the seeds, you are left with this delicate silver center. Wishing you a golden day and thank you for you 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

SOUL MIRRORS…

#abfav_monochrome WHO'S THAT GIRL? For years I have been working on a project, mostly for a book, but it became at some stage a wall of fame in a city…Where people had to guess who the person was. Eyes are our soul mirrors in my view. This was a model and one of the first I did. She wore one of my jackets with a big collar. The trial, done on the technical camera and developed and printed in the 'wet' darkroom. The negatives are not easy to scan. Studio Indigo means FUN! THANK you, 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

HAPPY DIWALI…

I give you light... In certain parts of 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 (*_*) 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

SIMPLY RED… Autumn Colours.

#abfav_autumn Isn't that what photography does: Holding Back The Years (by Simply Red)? Mother and daughter, both the same hair, real Titian Red... Plus in typical Autumn colours, fashion often follows the seasons in colours! Taken on Hasselblad and on film, a scanned negative. Fashion from Studio Indigo Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

15 MILLION CELEBRATIONS at Studio Indigo

yes, today, 15 million views on Flickr! I hope all enjoyed as much as I did making the images, inside and out. Thank you, M, (*_*)

PRECIOUS AUTUMN...

#abfav_autumn “Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono My beautiful ( inside and out) grandson, Jim. Kindness equals beauty! Thank you, 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

APOTHEOSE…

#abfav_autumn Plants are rapturing me with their stunning colours, sadly not for long this time, the strong winds play havoc, tear the leaves off the branches, throw them in the air, a few saltos and twirls and then down on the wet ground... nature... It is easy , in Autumn, to look past the weather, as we are being treated with a beautiful festival of colours. Selective dof. I wish you all a wonderful day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST DAY of NOVEMBER…

On this the last day of this month I upload an Autumnal view of the Yorkshire Dales, at Bolton Abbey. Today it is snowing here, just some playful whirling against a gray and heavy sky. A month too early, I am still dreaming of a White Christmas lol… With love to you and 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

GOLD ABOVE THE LOCH…

#abfav_autumn We discover Loch Lubnaig, a nice spot for a break, in between two showers, we are to get a lot of images. Loch Lubnaig is a small freshwater loch near Callander in the Stirling council area, Scottish Highlands. It lies in the former county of Perthshire. It is part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. It is around 5 km long, and has depths of up to 44.5 metres. The loch nestles in the space between Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. Fed by the River Balvaig from the north and drained by the Garbh Uisge to the south, Loch Lubnaig offers fishing from the shore while canoes can be rented at the north end. Alternatively, two car parking areas on the east shore offer perfect, albeit sometimes busy, canoe launching points. A golden Autumn branch decorates my view. Hope that this will make you smile and have a wonderful 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

PRIORY ISLAND in LOCH TAY…

#abfav_autumn Taken from the bridge of Kenmore, a small village in Perthshire, in the Highlands of Scotland, located where Loch Tay drains into the River Tay. The village dates from the 16th century. Priory Island in Loch Tay. The largest island in Loch Tay, as being 'at least superficially of artificial construction’, in other words, man-made islands, around 18 in the area, crannogs thousands of years ago. The most easily visible is Priory Island, a wooded crannog at the north end near Kenmore; this was joined to the shore by a causeway, which is now submerged. Have a beautiful day and thank you 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

I Think It's Going To Rain Today…

Randy Newman - https://youtu.be/k9Fn8VhkK5g SCOTLAND… PLEASE ON BLACK. It is early October and we are in Scotland, so the weather is ‘Scottish’… which means, racing clouds, fast showers, lots of light play on the hills and lots of interesting light. As we are high up, we are closer to the sky, so; often the top of the hills are covered in eerie wisps of white cloud. Like a lover’s caress. The weather doesn’t bother us, we take it as it comes, everything has its charms and moods. We stand on the shore of Loch Lubnaig, standing silent, stunned by such beauty, which changes by the second! I capture the rain This is again how it came out of my camera! I’m a ‘purist’, lol Have a beautiful day and thank you 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

THICK GREEN LINE…

#abfav_autumn Please view on black. Here, on the right banks the colour is still mostly green ever so slightly turning yellow, also Autumn! It is serenely quiet across the water, and nothing is rippling the surface, so the reflections are smooth. It starts to rain more, but it passes quickly, on the little beach we photograph from, there are trees which give us some protection. Loch Lubnaig is a small freshwater loch near Callander in the Stirling council area, Scottish Highlands. It lies in the former county of Perthshire. It is part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. It is around 5 km long, and has depths of up to 44.5 metres. The loch nestles in the space between Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. Fed by the River Balvaig from the north and drained by the Garbh Uisge to the south, Loch Lubnaig offers fishing from the shore. Have a wonderful 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

UNDER GENTLE RAIN…

#abfav_autumn The bigger picture of the Thick Green Line yesterday. On the right banks the colour is still mostly green ever so slightly turning yellow, also Autumn! It is serenely quiet across the water, and nothing is rippling the surface, so the reflections are smooth. It starts to rain more, but it passes quickly, on the little beach we photograph from, there are trees which give us some protection. Loch Lubnaig is a small freshwater loch near Callander in the Stirling council area, Scottish Highlands. It lies in the former county of Perthshire. It is part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. It is around 5 km long, and has depths of up to 44.5 metres. The loch nestles in the space between Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. Fed by the River Balvaig from the north and drained by the Garbh Uisge to the south. Have a wonderful 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

LIGHT-PLAY in the HIGHLANDS…

On our way to the ‘coast’, not far outside Killin; our base, we discover this plain where the river Dochart meanders from one Loch to the next. It is fairly windy, so the clouds are chasing again, playing with the sun, casting shadows on the land. Makes for interesting landscape photography. Have a wonderful 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

MY MAN, KILLIN, AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn We stayed in Killin, in the heart of Scotland, where you find the Dochart falls in the centre of the village. Our first day, we had seen them upon arrival the night before, but in the morning: beautiful sunlight. What a sight! Many photographers around, so difficult to get ‘empty’ shots, lol. We both enjoyed it tremendously, out of my ’comfort-zone’, but to use a ‘trendy’ cliche! Hope that this will make you smile and have a wonderful 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

OLD MANSE…

On our explorations in the heart of Scotland, on the less touristy side of Loch Tay, we discovered a lovely, unchartered waterfall called Old Manse. The ‘hills’ around here are over 3000ft (over 1000m), so you can imagine that IS a LOT of water running down to te Loch, from those that are Moors and not forested, Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

DOWN, BY THE WATER…

Loch Tay and we have found a nice place to park and walk, get close to the shore, whereas we were driving high up the whole time, enjoying the epic views from above. Low angle, risking camera and limb to get the shot I had in my head, LOL. Loch Tay is a freshwater loch in the central highlands of Scotland, in the Perth, Kinross and Stirling council areas. It is a long, narrow loch of around 14.55 miles (23.42 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1½ miles wide, following the line of the strath from the south west to north east. It is the sixth-largest loch in Scotland by area and over 150 metres (490 ft) deep at its deepest. Ben Lawers on its north shore is, at 1,214 metres (3,983 ft), the tenth-highest mountain in the British Isles, and is the highest peak in a group of seven munros. Killin, where we are staying, is at the head of the loch, and Kenmore at the outflow of the River Tay, are the main settlements on the loch-side today. The loch is fed by the rivers Dochart and Lochay at its head and numerous smaller streams. Loch Tay is a popular spot for salmon fishing. Have a beautiful day and thank you 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

EARTH, WIND and FIRE…

This is the photo I took when Paul photographed me reaching up, LOL https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212717373342408&set=a.2707714205258.135393.1028880187&type=3&theater Three of the elements... The earth was planted with young saplings, the wind played on Loch TAY, the Fire was glowing in the colours of the ‘weeds’… This is how it came out of my camera! Have a beautiful day and thank you 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

The soft side of Loch Lomond...

We stop to enjoy the stunning views of Loch Lomond, variable weather conditions make it interesting. Loch Lomond (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Laomainn) is a freshwater Scottish loch (=lake) which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault. It is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area. “Oh, ye'll tak the high road, and I'll tak the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore ye; But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.” Type: freshwater loch, ribbon lake, dimictic Primary inflows: Endrick Water, Fruin Water, River Falloch Primary outflows; River Leven Max. length : 24 mi (39 km) Max. width : 5 mi (8.0 km) Surface area: 27 sq mi (70 km2) Average depth: 121 ft (37 m) Max. depth: 620 ft (190 m) Surface elevation: 25 ft (7.6 m) Islands: 60 (Inchcailloch, Inchmurrin, Inchfad) Settlements: Balloch, Ardlui, Balmaha, Luss, Rowardennan, Tarbet Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

ALSO AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn Please view on black. Autumn can be a nostalgic season, the closing of another chapter, nature getting ready for the hibernation of Winter. It is the season of mist and fog, moodiness, mystery. Sometimes you have to guess what is there, use your imagination.LOL The clouds were low and euh, we were high… High up the hills, where you could almost touch the skies, wonderful. Thank you, 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

A LONE TREE in AUTUMN…

#abfav_autumn A strong survivor! A more atmospheric day, with rain, which made for interesting moody images. We once more drove up along Loch Tay, the ‘BENS’ (=hills), mostly with their heads in the clouds, Autumn colours gradually dressing all now… Wishing you a colourful day and thanks for commenting, always 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

THE ENCHANTED WOOD…

#abfav_autumn To my grandchildren, on a visit from the Continent, this was an enchanting and enchanted wood! They ran through the rustling carpet, collected coloured leaves, conkers and chestnuts, pine-cones, saw the squirrels, all the things that kids love to do in Autumn. Have a super day, I know I will, and thanks for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DEAD of WINTER…

#abfav_december First frost, and mist, and cold, and dank... short days, long evenings... it is The Dead of Winter!!! I looked for the most photogenic leaves, qua pattern, colours and shapes. Trying all kinds with new ring-flash, with compensations, having fun... Have a day full of joy and thank you for your comments, ALWAYS, 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

EBBING GLORY ...

#abfav_autumn 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 wall coulored with Virginia creeper, 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 thank you 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 ...

#abfav_autumn An Autumn Sunday in North-Wales. Little winding roads amongst the golden larches, up towards Mount Snowdon, this river surprised me with its golden and indigo 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. Today, Welsh gold is scarcer than it has ever been. When mining took place at the Clogau St. David’s Gold Mine in the late 1990s it used to cost over £1000 an ounce to extract. THANK YOU, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE WING OF AN ANGEL?

#abfav_white We'd had rain and floods in June and July, 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... View On Black I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WARMING OUR FEET…

#abfav_lines_stripes It was Easter, but still quite cold. I saw these birds huddling on the wires, I hope the conversation underfoot was not too hot? Lol, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DONE FOR THE DAY…

#abfav_lines_stripes READY FOR TOMORROW When you get back everything has to be shipshape again for the next trip! The sails are at rest in the glorious sunset. Thank you for your time, M, (*_*) FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On Black Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

KIDS in the CITY…

#abfav_white Spotted this, there was a muslim wedding, everybody dressed up, but kids will be kids, they moved from the main venue to the backyard of a derelict house and seemed to have a jolly good time… Kids in the city... There is so much going on if you look, it makes me smile! Have a great w-e Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), 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