Magda Indigo photography

+ CHRISTMAS 2017

LET THE FESTIVE SEASON BEGIN...
GOLDLEAF...
NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…
RED and PURPLE...
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
THE WINTER-PLAIT…
A SPARKLING HEART for DECEMBER...
WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
THE RED BOW…
FAVOURITES…
LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
SOPHISTICATION...
THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...
ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...
MORE THAN SPICE…
WINTER FRAGRANCES…
Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT
ON ICE...
CANDLES, LOTS of CANDLES…
WINTER WINDOW…
A CITY IN LIGHTS…
CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA…
A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...
CHILDREN'S WONDER …
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...
SNOW IN WHARFEDALE…
DRAMATIC WINTER SKIES...

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"

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

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

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

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

LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

#abfav_december We need love... lots of LOVE! This is a bunch to hang up, baubles, hearts and stars in glass, I immediately saw several compositions (in the shop already), had great fun in the studio! Now, as I told you, from when I was a little girl, I have always loved red ribbon, so well served here. Often it is easier to pin down why you do not like something. I was wondering why this photo was so appealing to me. Started to analyse… so, the red ribbon, and then, LOVE… this month people will gather and give. I have a feeling that December can be an ‘emotional’ month, where we ponder over the past year… So now I know why I like it. Happiness all around! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SOPHISTICATION...

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

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

#abfav_3 In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedragled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy, things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw, where the wings had been hanging... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...

Warm cheer, Santé, and keep warm... Festive fragrances for Christmas Mulled wine is a drink usually made with red wine along with various spices and fruits. It is served hot or warm and may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. It is traditional during winter, especially around Christmas also called Glühwein. It was first recorded as spiced and heated in First Century Rome. The Romans travelled all across Europe, conquering much of it and trading with the rest. The legions brought wine and viticulture with them up to the Rhine and Danube rivers and to the Scottish border bringing their recipes with them. Very much part of tradition now! I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, faves and likes. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

WINTER WINDOW…

#abfav_december that moment of dusk, the lights are on… curtains not yet closed, cold outside, warm inside, to stand, walk, drive and look into the cosy Winter windows… December. One of our favourite places, Saltaire, Yorkshire May your day be bright and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CITY IN LIGHTS…

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

CHRISTMAS-VICTORIANA…

#abfav_december Taken at the beautiful Victoria Quarter in Leeds. Not only are the different Arcades ornately decorated in their architecture, but, since all the posh shops are mostly there, they have wonderful Christmas decorations every year, it's a sparkling world. Victoria Quarter was originally designed by architect Frank Matcham. He used rich marbles, gilded mosaics, handsome cast and wrought iron, as well as carved and polished mahogany, to create two streets, two arcades and the Empire Theatre (now Harvey Nichols). Today Matcham's work has been sympathetically restored to its original splendour, introducing the style and creativity of the present. The Victoria Quarter is often described as one of the UK's most beautiful shopping centres - and quite rightly so. (the last bit courtesy of Leeds council) Wishing you a sparkling day, thank you for viewing, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

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