Magda Indigo photography

+ CHRISTMAS 2017

RED CATKINS BRANCH… Pussy Willow Catkin
A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...
ICY COLD…
A BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas
CELEBRATION...
CANDLES, LOTS of CANDLES…
WAITING for MIDNIGHT…
FIVE to TWELVE…
A MOMENT of SILENCE and REFLECTION...
PARTY-ANGEL...
MY DOVES OF PEACE...
STILL THE FESTIVE SEASON...
THE OLD AND THE NEW…
FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...
SEASONAL ROSES…
LOVE... THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT
THE ONE… ROSES
LOVE IS ALL WE NEED… ROSES
A THEME for LOVE … ROSES
A SYMBOL of PEACE, WHITE ROSE...
FADING BEAUTY… TULIPS
CHRISTMAS COLOURS GALORE… TULIPS
TALKING HEAD, TULIP…
WELCOME to MY WORLD…
TO MAKE YOU SMILE…
SALES…
SUSPENSE… ROSES
NOW RED ROSES in SUSPENSE…
EYE-CATCHING, Roses
AND RED… ROSES and RIBBON.
FESTIVE CREATION…
DAYLIGHT ROSES….
ON OUR WINDOWSILL...
CHRISTMAS MAGIC…
FESTIVE GOODIES...
ON THE FIRST DAY…
CHRISTMAS SILENCE…
THE GREAT ESCAPE…
LIVING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER…
MY LOVE IN LIGHT…
’t WAS CHRISTMAS EVE…
HOME for CHRISTMAS…
A WAVE of GOLD AND LIGHT…
READY for CHRISTMAS…
LIGHTS ALL SORTS…
FOREVER LIGHTS…
COZY CORNER…
LET THE FESTIVE SEASON BEGIN...
GOLDLEAF...
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... TULIPS
NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…
RED and PURPLE...
OF MISTLETOE…
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE
HOLLY…
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY... THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
NOT FOR CHRISTMAS, POINSETTIA…
THE FLOWERS in the STAR…
SECRET LIFE of SCHLUMBERGERA…
THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos
WHITE THISTLES...
OLD FAVOURITE… TREE
ROMANCE EN ROUGE...
THE WINTER-PLAIT…
A SPARKLING HEART for DECEMBER...
JINGLE BELLS ...
WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
THE RED BOW…
FAVOURITES…
CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…
OUR BEST WISHES...
TELEGRAM FOR YOU...
GIFTS WRAPPED?
SMALL BAGS FOR SMALL PRESENTS?
A SCOTTISH YULE SURPRISE?
LITTLE TOY TRAIN...
SOPHISTICATION...
LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
TWINKLE TWINKLE...
THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...
FIVE SQUARE…
FRUITY and NUTS...
SWEETHEART, SUGAR CANES...
ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...
MORE THAN SPICE…
WINTER FRAGRANCES…
FIBRE-OPTIC LIGHTS…
Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT
ON ICE...
CANDLES, LOTS of CANDLES…
FINAL FLURRY…
DARKNESS FALLS OVER THE CITY EARLY...
WINTER WINDOW…
A CITY IN LIGHTS…
CAUGHT UP IN THE GLITTER...
A DECORATED CITY…
CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA…
A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...
FROSTY the SNOWMAN…
HO-HO-HO HOLLY HOLLY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO
SSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen me
CHRISTMAS SKATES…
CHILDREN'S WONDER …
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...
CHRISTMAS-shopping…
SAW THREE SHIPS…
AFTERGLOW…
SNOW IN WHARFEDALE…
DRAMATIC WINTER SKIES...
A TOUCH of FROST…

RED CATKINS BRANCH… Pussy Willow Catkin

Salix discolour (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 NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...

A metaphor, 2018 as the bud of a flower! PLEASE ON BLACK. Full of PROMISE of all things good. Petal after petal, layer after layer, day after day, week after week, it opens... with ups and downs, sunshine and rain, warm and cold! Get through the 'lesser' days and enjoy the 'better' days, it is like fighting through the storms and then basking in the warm sunshine. I hope 2018 brings a LOT of SUN for you, beautiful flowers and PEACE. Looking forward to another year filled with the beauty to all the senses that flowers provide. Personally 2017 was not a bad year, a lot of good things happened, I look back with a smile on that year. 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ICY COLD…

so white, so cold, so beautiful… weeping Winter beauty, yes, I see beauty in every season! 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 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 BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas

PLEASE, A MUST on BLACK I took this image for New Year, and although it is just the two of us on that night, our family living abroad and not a greatest time for travel... we still have a party! Getting all dressed up... Paul in his tux. Yes, a black tie event…LOLOLOL We dance out the old year into the new, at home. I photographed these Callas tied with a black silk cord, love the challenge of black on black.... Thank you for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CELEBRATION...

#abfav_festive People make a site what it is. Facebook, Flickr and 500px are indeed, as so many have said before me, like a big social circle, you make friends... I enjoy the fact that it is so very International. On top of everything else, here the common factor, our love for our photography. We share our images, each time giving a little bit of ourselves away. It is amazing what photos often tell about the person who took them! I thank you for sharing your images and your time. I arranged this so that the 'angel-hair' would look like the Champagne is flooooooowing. Have a great time, Magda, (*_*) For more of my 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_winter Winter for me means lots of candles all sorts. I love their special warm light, the fragrance of pure stearin and wax, and ooohhh when you blow them out… I love the shadows they cast, and the sparkle they create... A great positive in Winter, pleasure and delight. It is what you make of it, lol. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (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

WAITING for MIDNIGHT…

#abfav_festive After a nice meal, there was some more time to look around our home and photograph some more…. we were waiting for the New Year to chime in. Hope you had a good one too. Wishing you ALL THE VERY BEST! Stay Safe AND HEALTHY. 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

FIVE to TWELVE…

Almost there... HAPPY NEW YEAR. Like I wrote before... Once I was also a beginner, this is one of my 'earlier' images, developed and printed in the wet darkroom.. yes, photographers used to do it in the dark, LOL... I wish you ALL good health for 20018, good light and ever-charged batteries... 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

A MOMENT of SILENCE and REFLECTION...

#abfav_festive On the brink of a New Year, it is a good time to take a moment to reflect on things past and future…. This was a difficult neg, but had plenty of room for manipulation and interpretation. 'Electric' candles with 'angel-hair', I love the mystery created, the light-play. Well, I hope you like it too, have a wonderful day and thank you for viewing and commenting, always 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

PARTY-ANGEL...

#abfav_festive I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR, may 2018 be kind to 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

MY DOVES OF PEACE...

#abfav_festive I photographed the two wooden 'peace' doves... I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. — Gandhi During the festive season, I think it is a good time to ‘reflect’ Have a wonderful time, with love, 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

STILL THE FESTIVE SEASON...

#abfav_festive To be jolly... A wonderful time for young and not so young children! Thank you for visiting, have a great long w-e, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE OLD AND THE NEW…

and so the years go bye… Our garden was at its peak, the roses exploded. The white climbing spray-Roses. So opulent, swaying gently in the breeze and painted in the dappled sunlight. A paradise for humans, a haven for bees. They sometimes come out with a 'blush'... but that disappears, fades as they open and 'mature'. 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

FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...

(best on black) My quote for this year: ‘BE HAPPY with what you have and NOT UNHAPPY with what you do NOT have!’ by magda indigo Alas... tulips, once cut, have a lifespan of about 7 days, if you are lucky and bought them VERY fresh, in closed buds! Often they retain their beauty till the end and then, oops, all the petals drop. These had stayed in the studio, where, for obvious reasons, it is never very warm, I came in, they had opened completely, showing off all the secrets of the inside flower, aach, how can I resist such beauty, even when fading... Mysterious and still passionate... they look unreal, like ’silked’. The year 2017 is also fading rapidly now, its lifespan 365 days nearly exhausted. Some will be sad others will be glad... ... we take it as it comes if we want to get through life 'gracefully'? I am doing my utmost to focus on all the good in my life, around me and in Nature. I wish you all a very good week 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 tulip, emotion, red, petals, flowers, "conceptual art”, studio, black-background, colour, design, square, "magda indigo"

SEASONAL ROSES…

It is fantastic, all the choice we have, ALL year round, we can choose from many favourite flowers and cheap little bouquets… I remember when I grew up… in Winter, at the florist, a few expensive blooms, only for very special occasions. We are most fortunate, best not to forget! Have 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 MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on my web pages: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LOVE... THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT

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

THE ONE… ROSES

White amongst the red, lol MY MANDALA of ROSES… For PEACE, always.. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolising unity and harmony. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolises cosmic and psychic order. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists. These dainty roses are small and non-fragrant. 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

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED… ROSES

LOTS of LOVE!!! And ‘optimism’ and positivity? These dainty roses are small and non-fragrant. The buds no more than 2cm, and the blooms about 5cm diameter, so much beauty in such little flowers! These two speak to me, of love, tenderness, togetherness… Have 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 MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on my web pages: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A THEME for LOVE … ROSES

Paul bought me those two beauties, long-stemmed roses...View On Black Most of you know by now how I love 'playing' with light, a never ending beautiful challenge, food for my creative soul, lol... Flowers are a great 'subject' because of their diversity. Contrary to what many think: I AM NOT A FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHER! Just A photographer. I love my job, but contrary to what most 'enthusiasts' think, and wish it was their 'job', pro photographic work is often boring, the clients tell you what they want, if they know what they want, which is not always the case, that, or they DO know and just can't bring it across, there's not much space for personal input (not by lack of trying!!!). This here is my FREEDOM! Each flower seems to have a different 'personality' which I'm trying to capture. And yes, they speak to me… and I gladly listen, er, with my eyes. here there was LOVE. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

A SYMBOL of PEACE, WHITE ROSE...

THIS CHRISTMAS... 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

FADING BEAUTY… TULIPS

My quote of this year: “You only know it is a mistake once you've made it!” by magda indigo Alas... tulips, once cut, have a lifespan of about 7 days, if you are lucky and bought them VERY fresh, in closed buds! Often they retain their beauty till the end and then, oops, all the petals drop. These had stayed in the studio, where, for obvious reasons, it is never very warm until I photograph and the lights are on, when they start fighting for the limelight, LOL. As I came in, they had opened completely, showing off all the secrets of the inside flower, aach, how can I resist such beauty, even when fading... Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS COLOURS GALORE… TULIPS

RED and GREEN. Yep, I bought the first Tulips of the season. Such a festive accent in our home. We all need a lot of affection and warmth in these ‘cold’ times! 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

TALKING HEAD, TULIP…

Looks like it is licking it’s chops? LOL A close-up portrait of a vibrant red Tulip, in the shops for Christmas. 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

WELCOME to MY WORLD…

#abfav_festive … where there is warmth and kindness, beauty and goodness. Once I let you in, I treat you well and hope you feel the same way too. I will not suffer anything else, as I am convinced this is the only way forward, with friendship and love… Behind this door my images are created, many more to come! Thankyou 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

TO MAKE YOU SMILE…

#abfav_festive through the window. We had a lot of snow here, were out of course, chasing images. Lots of people out making a snowman of course. Grab it while it is there, already melting! And then on your ‘travels’, you come across fun things too. 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

SALES…

#abfav_festive More sparkling reflections in the dark days. The madness of the pre-Christmas just had a days rest and already the madness of 'THE SALES' start... After spending their money on presents, people are now falling into the 'bargain' trap. The decorations will not be admired anymore, just a frantic rush to find 'THAT BARGAIN'... Have fun, I will not be amongst you. This is taken in the new shopping ‘cathedral’ Victoria Gate… 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, (*_*) 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

SUSPENSE… ROSES

abfav_festive WITH A DIFFERENCE. Festive, on the inside, I love flowers in our home, an integral part… you probably guessed that by now LOL, not just to photograph though, but for our well-being. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NOW RED ROSES in SUSPENSE…

For Christmas the roses were white, because of the surrounding sparkle and brightness. But now, the dreary month of January is upon us… with a drizzly rain today and since we’ll get no snow to ‘brighten’ and beautify things, SO: the roses are RED… LOLOLOL FIRST IMAGE taken in 2018! Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EYE-CATCHING, Roses

mini roses in a small square vase, meant to be hung, so the festive season seemed ideal for some vibrant accent, on a red ribbon in the window overlooking the garden. Oh I do love quirky stuff! Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AND RED… ROSES and RIBBON.

mini roses in a small square vase, meant to be hung, so the festive season seemed ideal for some vibrant accent, on a red ribbon in the window overlooking the garden. Oh I do love quirky stuff! Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FESTIVE CREATION…

#abfav_festive FESTIVE… I love creating new things, with ‘old’ things. To combine, I have had these white ‘pearls for years and some of the candleholders also, saw this cheap square cake stand , which I thought was quite novel, added some new lights, et voilà… Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

DAYLIGHT ROSES….

Blush Roses on our table, opulent and gorgeous. 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON OUR WINDOWSILL...

There is no season like the festive season, when all is sparkly and bright with lights and candle-light, I love the warmth and festivity. Enjoy yours as well, 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 visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS MAGIC…

A red Ribbon/bow, some lights, sparkle and you can create magic… Merry Christmas LOL, it is what you make of it ! Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

FESTIVE GOODIES...

Stollen is a fruit bread of nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit, coated with powdered sugar or icing sugar. Bite size here or as a loaf… Our table was particularly pleasing this year. 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON THE FIRST DAY…

… of the New Year, we had another special breakfast. A festive table, with lots of goodies, cheeses and different breads, yum. Our table was particularly pleasing this year. 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SILENCE…

Christmas Eve and all the candles were shiny brightly… a window for Christmas. Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

THE GREAT ESCAPE…

#abfav_festive Or was it: BOXING DAY... rush-off to the SALES??? I have a Christmas basket, and in it… many of my favourite decorations… But it looks like the King is trying to escape, together with the snowman? LOL Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LIVING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER…

Paul suddenly saw something in the … eeeuh, cheese… lol And then it is whatever camera is at hand… I saw the lovely 'NORTH'- light and I had my camera close, snap... 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 LOVE IN LIGHT…

#abfav_festive like I said, candles and lights in our home during this, the darkest season of the year, lots and lots of candles and lights. It is quite a ‘job’ lighting them every night, replacing and then extinguishing them SAFELY! They get reflected and multiplied in mirror and glass and… our eyes, lol. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (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

’t WAS CHRISTMAS EVE…

#abfav_festive A staircase in our house, on Christmas Eve, the silence was heavenly. We had our main celebration, today is a relaxed day, first a Christmas brunch and this evening a cold buffet with our favourite things! Enjoy your day, Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

HOME for CHRISTMAS…

#abfav_festive Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

A WAVE of GOLD AND LIGHT…

I admit that I am addicted to lights, all sorts, and lighting, errr ALL sorts, too These tiny lights on copper wire are the latest, so sparkly, they cast a lovely warm tone on everything. With some gold, some glass baubles looking like soap bubbleswhen I saw this shot, rushed for my camera, just like they were going to run away… but that is how I, as a photographer, think… LOL Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

READY for CHRISTMAS…

#abfav_festive https://youtu.be/9lIHKyYmWGU O Tannenbaum Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LIGHTS ALL SORTS…

#abfav_festive Warm candle light in dark days, I am grateful for the seasonal festivities, the glitter and shine. Candles on water, Led lights on wire and many more. It see the sparkle in the eyes. Lights of all kinds, yes please! 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. :copyright: All rights reserved

FOREVER LIGHTS…

I am addicted to lights, all sorts, and lighting, errr ALL sorts, too These tiny lights on copper wire are the latest, so sparkly, they cast a lovely warm tone to everything. I was unwrapping them on our Christmas decorated table when I saw this shot, rushed for my camera, just like they were going to run away… but that is how I, as a photographer, think… LOL Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

COZY CORNER…

#abfav_festive An attractive display for the festive season in Salt’s Mill Home shop. Always lovely. 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 visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (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

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"

THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... TULIPS

Yes, the 'goodies' are in the shops! In the flower department... it is still mostly green and red, with some white or silver or gold... Still with the theme of the colours of Christmas, these red beauties look like CAROL SINGERS? AAhh well, maybe I've got a vivid imagination... Please View On Black 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

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

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

OF MISTLETOE…

Viscum album – the original mistletoe of European myth, legend and tradition. The word 'mistletoe' derives from the older form 'mistle', adding the Old English word tān (twig). 'Mistle' is common Germanic (Old High German mistil, Middle High German. mistel, Old English mistel, Old Norse mistil). In France it was often given as a Porte-Bonheur - a gift for luck, particularly for the New Year, rather than at Christmas. This association with peace may have origins as ancient as the kissing custom, as the plant is associated with peace in the Norse, Greek and Roman traditions about mistletoe. The peace association was a tradition in Britain too at one time, though it has become eclipsed by the kissing custom feature. During the First World War embroidered ‘silk’ postcards sent from the Front at Christmas often depicted mistletoe, perhaps emphasising mistletoe’s value both as a symbol of peace and as a message for loved ones. There are many explanations of the kissing tradition – though most relate either to the Norse legend of Baldr or to the view that mistletoe is an ancient symbol of fertility. The most obvious fertility aspect is that, as an evergreen growth on a deciduous host, mistletoe, as a parasitic can be seen as symbolic of the continuing ‘life-force’ (and vitality/fertility) of the host tree through the winter (which may be particularly significant if the tree is your sacred oak, in Druidic traditions). According to the custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described as early as 1820 by Washington Irving in his ‘The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon’: ‘The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases!’ I wish you all the very best, and 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

THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE

#abfav_festive According to Christmas custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. "The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases." The tradition dictates that a man is allowed to kiss any woman standing underneath mistletoe, and that bad luck would befall any woman who refused the kiss. Mistletoe is the common name for a group of parasitic plants that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub. The name mistletoe originally referred to the species Viscum album (European mistletoe, of the family Santalaceae in the order Santalales); it is the only species native to Great Britain and much of Europe. A broad array of animals depend on mistletoe for food, consuming the leaves and young shoots, transferring pollen between plants and dispersing the sticky seeds 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

HOLLY…

I'm not surprised that it is so popular, so fresh, green, with the jolly berries AND plentiful in the garden, this time of year, and also, so very decorative. But ooohhh so prickly too! I am trying to use as little light and dof as possible, a challenge that I love. I find it necessary and refreshing to regularly go back to the basics of photography. As a discipline, I used to go out with my Nikon F4, a 50mm lens, b&w or colour film. Now of course it is much more with the 'ease' of digital, however, I do NOT take hundreds of photos, the discipline is: I use my camera as a 'film' camera, each push of the button COSTS! So, I compose carefully, wait, look, ... if I AM SURE, pleased... then, I click! Or like here, I'll preconceive a scenario, go in the studio, set it up and photograph it only when I am happy that I have the result in front of my eyes that I had in my head. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROMANCE EN ROUGE...

Hold me, embrace me, cocoon me... Coiled silk. Like I told you, I am more a traditionalist for Christmas, I love the reds, greens, with some white, a little silver and some gold. I adore silk, shiny (but no too bling)finer ornaments. I can so enjoy them, like this one. Hope you do too? Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) IT IS FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE or COPY ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

JINGLE BELLS ...

# abfav_festive Love the sound of bells in Winter. Small or big ... Fun These here are tiny, make lovely little accent amongst white. I wish you all the 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

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

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

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…

So, it was almost 5 o’clock in the afternoon in England. Darkness and a stormy wind made the interior even more cosy? The presents unwrapped, lots of ribbon left now. With a joyous smile, I rest some before our festive evening meal. A cold buffet with lots of our favourite food! Rest is photographing in the studio… lol Hope you enjoyed yours? Cheers, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OUR BEST WISHES...

#abfav_festive We wish you all a warm festive time, enjoy, love, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

TELEGRAM FOR YOU...

URGENT! 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

GIFTS WRAPPED?

#abfav_festive Colourful parcels, are we all set for the two most festive weeks of the year? A sigh of relief that so much is already done, or is it a sigh... so much still to BE done? Try and enjoy it? Wishing you a fine time, MWWWWWWWAH, (*_*) 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

SMALL BAGS FOR SMALL PRESENTS?

#abfav_festive They say it is recession, which is a slowdown or a massive contraction in economic activities. Political scaremongering about the fall-out of Brexit. A significant fall in spending generally leads to a recession. It is global, so many have to go with less. Beware; small presents can often contain much more than the bigger ones? Also, if it is given with much love and care..., just add some of your gold-dust, the meaning will be there! I wish you all the best 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

A SCOTTISH YULE SURPRISE?

#abfav_festive Bows and ribbons, 'a l'Écossaise'... ready for wrapping... glad I spelt that correctly, and not put rapping eh? LOL 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

LITTLE TOY TRAIN...

Many a little boy's dream? Many people are travelling to be together with loved ones, loaded with presents. I wish you all the very best and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments, faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

TWINKLE TWINKLE...

#abfav_december Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Diamanté stars on a twig of Holly, fun Enjoy the coming festive days! M, (*_*) For more stories and anecdotes, visit my non-commercial Blog here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/ For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

FIVE SQUARE…

Baubles for this year… tiny, I have gone for a white table and sober decorations with vibrant accents, still to photograph it. I wish you all the best 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

FRUITY and NUTS...

#abfav_december Are they nuts? Are they fruity? Well, they are both, did some shopping and there are some lovely foods around, I thought this one so good looking I bought it, ... to photograph= double pleasure, afterwards, you enjoy your prop and eat it! Hihi. It is a tray with roasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries, blueberries, Sicilian pistachios, blanched almonds, sour cherries and mulberries. Bon appetit, perfect for the season. Wishing you a lovely day and thank you for all the comments, M, (*_*)

SWEETHEART, SUGAR CANES...

#abfav_festive STRIPED CANDY CANES. In its early form, the candy cane began as a simple white stick of sugar for children to eat - there was no "cane" shape or stripes to speak of. While it is uncertain where the first canes originated, it is clear that by the mid-17th century, if not earlier, its use had already become widespread across Europe. The distinctive "hook" shape associated with candy canes is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, legend has it, in 1670 bent straight candy sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's crook, and gave them to children at church services. It is also possible that, as people decorated their Yule trees with food, the bent candy cane was invented as a functional solution. Wishing you a lovely day and thank you for all the nice comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL 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

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

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

FIBRE-OPTIC LIGHTS…

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is to be many different things... FROM THE SERIES CIRCLES AND LIGHTS. I am always on the look-out for visually interesting props, this is obviously a set of fibre optic lights, consists of 6 balls which I arranged in different ways to get a pleasing composition. The light-guiding principle behind optical fibres was first demonstrated in Victorian times when the total internal reflection principle was used to illuminate streams of water in elaborate public fountains, but modern optical fibres were only developed in the beginning of the 1950's. Now that we are back on Winter time, it is dark very early, the weather's gone bad, I've had plenty of time to think and be creative in the studio once more. I am enjoying the burst of creativity, I wish you all a day full of light and THANX for your visit and comments, so appreciated, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

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

FINAL FLURRY…

#abfav_winter ALL IMAGES ARE BEST seen On Black, yours too! Fun in the city. I end this theme of Winter with one last flurry of snow… such a happy image. If we have more snow this winter, of course I’ll be out there, chasing the shots! LOL Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DARKNESS FALLS OVER THE CITY EARLY...

#abfav_december THE GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET in Leeds. Here only four in the afternoon, I was determined NOT to use flash..., I love mixed light images... Thank you for your comments, take good care, M, (*_*) FOR THE FULL IMPACT and ATMOSPHERE, BEST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

CAUGHT UP IN THE GLITTER...

#abfav_december A closer detail of the completely new Christmas tree that year, this is under the main cupola in the main gallery, used to be a street, but they put a gorgeous glass roof over it, so it is now a place with posh shops, terraces in the middle to meet friends have a coffee, classy... 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

A DECORATED CITY…

#abfav_december CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA 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

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

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

FROSTY the SNOWMAN…

#abfav_december Today it is officially WINTER! I am dreaming of a White Christmas... however, that is ALL it will be here... a dream. Have a great time! And thank you for all the good wishes. M, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

HO-HO-HO HOLLY HOLLY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO

#abfav_festive HO-HO-HO, HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLIDAYS are here! Last night, I saw him looking through the window! Thanx for your visits and support! M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen me

#abfav_festive A Christmas story. The Christmas party was in full swing, the house full of laughter. The ladies in their colourful and sparkling dresses, looking gorgeous, the gents smart and preened... many of them swaying to the tune of the sweet music. Lights and flickering candle-flames spreading a lovely glow. The smell of good food was tickling the nostrils, yes a very merry atmosphere. The weather was awful, sleety snow battering and drumming on the windows, but nobody seemed to notice, I was overlooking the pleasant scene when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a red blur, I looked, no... nothing there. A little later, I was sure I saw it again, nudged a little closer to the window, and yes, there he was, Santa, shushing me, I rushed into the hall snatched a hat and coat and hurried outside. 'Sssssssssshhhhhhhhhh, I'm over here, quiet please?' I could see his reindeer snuffling for some grass under the white layer. 'These are busy times for me, as you know, I came across your house and I could not help looking in, it looked so inviting I couldn't stop myself and have a look through the window, ooh, I do love to see people so happy, are you enjoying it?' I blushed, or was it the wind that coloured my cheeks? 'Euhh, well yes, Santa, but I must confess, I'm not really here to feast and this is not my house, I am here to work, I am a photographer...' He stroked his beard: 'Aha, I see... and do you like what you are doing?' I shrugged and smiled: 'Yes and no, I love photography, but this here is work, earning a living, and no, not my favourite, you see, I think I am too shy really for it, each time I have to overcome a barrier, I mean, the clients must not see my nerves, he?' He clasped my hands in his: 'Hohoho, you make me laugh with your honesty! Sssshhh, between you and me, that sometimes happens to me too, I can also be nervous! Tell me what is your dream?' I sighed deeply and looked at him: 'My dream would be to just be a creative photographer, I have so many ideas, not enough time, aaah, yes, to photograph when I like and what I like...' He stroked his beard again and seemed thoughtful : 'That is quite a wish! In this day and age, mot easy, Mmmm. Well, my dear, it was great meeting you, I have to be on my way again, I wish you all the best and remember SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen me!!!' He offered me a branch of festive Holly, waved good-bye. I heard the sleigh-bells disappear into the dark of night, quickly silenced by the snow, gone... and me, also back to work again. This was a few years ago now, and I got my wish! I live the photographer's dream! I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thank you for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SKATES…

#abfav_festive From a commission to do the poster and flyers for a Christmas market with an ice rink as the main attraction. I contacted an ex-skating champion, who kindly lent us these. They are the type called, in Holland, Belgium and Germany, 'NOREN' (meaning of Norway). They are long and very flat and are used for speed and long distance. The short, higher ones are for hockey and very high for figure skating This was one of the many ideas I had. The proper shoot was done on the technical (Horseman) camera, on transparency film, 4x5". I've always liked this one. Graduated bg, I have great fake snow, looks more real than the real stuff. Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

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

CHRISTMAS-shopping…

#abfav_festive A poinsettia, flowers to make an arrangement, underneath: big oranges and other goodies, at this time of the year a common trolley at the supermarket... M, (*_*) 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 Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

SAW THREE SHIPS…

#abfav_festive come sailing in On Christmas Day, LOL https://youtu.be/hw3oVtQHrM0 Hope your day is filled with warmth and all things good, thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

AFTERGLOW…

#abfav_festive We were in Pateley Bridge (known locally as Pateley), a small market town in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. It lies on the River Nidd. It was a lovely drive to get there, through Dales and Moors, and these two decorated trees welcomed us. 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

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

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

A TOUCH of FROST…

Today it is officially WINTER! I am dreaming of a White Christmas... however, that is ALL it will be here... a dream. This was the loverly surprise one morning, not often to be seen, a fairy-tale like beauty... The sun showed up, the sky turned blue... suddenly, it was gone... Enjoy it while you can! 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 visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved