Magda Indigo photography

+ THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2016

CELEBRATION...
HO-HO-HO HOLLY HOLLY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO
HHHHHHMMMM, WHAT NOW?... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen m
JINGLE BELLS... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
OUR TREE, in OUR HOUSE...
LET THE FUN BEGIN...
A SCOTTISH YULE SURPRISE?
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS
HAPPY NEW YEAR...
ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS...
ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS
MORE CHRISTMAS COLOURS… TULIP
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!! TULIP
FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...
NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…
AMARYLLIS AND BUD... A CHRISTMAS THEME.
AMARYLLIS, in FULL GLORY...
THE JOYOUS SCHLUMBERGERA…
HOPE - SCHLUMBERGERA
SECRET LIFE of SCHLUMBERGERA...
FLEUR DE CACTUS...
THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos
MORE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE
A BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas
WHITE THISTLES...
THE HUG… TULIPS
A SEASONAL EMBRACE… TULIPS
WINTER BLUES and LIGHT IN THE DARK SEASON… Nigella
THE FLOWERS in the STAR…
ONE POINSETTIA LEAF…
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK…
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA
POINSETTIA...THE COLOURS of THE SEASON.
A CHRISTMAS STAR... Poinsettia
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…
THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS...HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY
THE HOLLY and THE IVY…
OF MISTLETOE…
UNDER THE MISTLETOE...
For a laugh... WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
MORE JOY…
TRADITION...
GOLDLEAF...
COILED SILK… for CHRISTMAS
AN ARTIST'S WORK...
Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT
A LITTLE WINTER-SCENE...
A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...
CHRISTMAS CHEER…
LITTLE TOY TRAIN...
STREAMING EYES?
CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…
FESTIVE NEST…
TIED UP WITH STRING…
BEST WISHES...
CHRISTMAS STORY 2015, Cool Santa...
A MODERN CHRISTMAS TALE...
A CHRISTMAS STORY… SANTA’S HAT
IMAGINE... MY PEACE DOVES...
A SHINING HEART...
LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
MORE LOVE for CHRISTMAS…
JOY, JOY, JOY…
THE CAROL of THE BELLS…
IN FREEFALL..
SOFT LANDING…
A CHRISTMAS HALLELUJAH…
WHERE ANGELS REST…
THE QUILL…
THE WINGS of AN ANGEL's FIRST CHRISTMAS...ANOTHER
THE WINGS of ANGELS...A CHRISTMAS STORY...
THE THREE LOST FEATHERS ...
ANGEL’S BIG WINGS... ANOTHER STORY
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS…
POSH BAUBLES…
FIBRE-OPTICS...
STARRY CHRISTMAS…
TWINKLE TWINKLE...
SNOWFLAKES…
A Franz LISZT: CHRISTMAS-TREE SUITE…
CHRISTMAS SPARKLE…
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA...
GLASS HEARTS…
For a laugh... WE HAVE A WOBBLE TREE!!!
ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR...
ORANGE AND SPICE…
WINTER FRAGRANCES…
ORANGE, SPICE and ALL THINGS NICE…
MORE THAN SPICE…
GREAT EXPECTATIONS...
MOTHER and CHILD...
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...
HOME for CHRISTMAS, Paul Indigo...
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…
COCKTAIL…
GERMAN MARKET is BACK in TOWN…
CHRISTMAS EVE…
CHRISTMAS MORN…
LAST CHRISTMAS…
SPECIAL BREAKFAST...
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING…
GLITTERING...
MAGIC FLOWERS FLOWING…
MAGIC MUSHROOMS…
THE SNOW-BERRIES...Symphoricarpos
LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER...
SNOWBLANKET…
A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…
ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS...A WINTER'S
ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS... WHARFEDALE
WINTER…
SNOWY PINHOLE...
A TCHAIKOWSKY WINTERDREAM...
ON ILKLEY MOOR...
HAPPY NEW YEAR
A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...

CELEBRATION...

People make a site what it is, Facebook, Flickr and 500px are indeed, as so many have said before me, like a big social circle, you make friends... I enjoy the fact that it is so very International. On top of everything else, here the common factor, our love for our photography. We share our images, each time giving a little bit of ourselves away. It is amazing what photos often tell about the person who took them! I thank you for sharing your images and your time. I arranged this so that the 'angelhair' would look like the Champagne is flooooooowing. Have a great time, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission.© All rights reserved

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ HO-HO-HO, HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLIDAYS are here! Last night, I saw him looking through the window! Thanx for your visits and support! M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This Santa is concerned about what he hears and sees!!! I think not without reason: ’15, a 1000.... people dead!' 'New war situation'. Shootings,’Floods kills hundreds!' Draughts, earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, wars, unemployment, racism, extremism, you name it... It is difficult to watch TV news or read a newspaper, without seeing sadness everywhere. Every year we wish each other a Happy New Year.. in the hope it IS going to be better? Sometimes it is not easy to remain positive and optimistic, he? On we go, though! I do my best to sprinkle some kindness and joy around. Maybe if we each do our bit? I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Another Christmas story. The Christmas party was in full swing, the house full of laughter. The ladies in their colourful and sparkling dresses, looking gorgeous, the gents smart and preened... many of them swaying to the tune of the sweet music. Lights and flickering candle-flames spreading a lovely glow. The smell of good food was tickling the nostrils, yes a very merry atmosphere. The weather was awful, sleety snow battering and drumming on the windows, but nobody seemed to notice, I was overlooking the pleasant scene when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a red blur, I looked, no... nothing there. A little later, I was sure I saw it again, nudged a little closer to the window, and yes, there he was, Santa, shushing me, I rushed into the hall snatched a hat and coat and hurried outside. 'Sssssssssshhhhhhhhhh, I'm over here, quiet please?' I could see his reindeer snuffling for some grass under the white layer. 'These are busy times for me, as you know, I came across your house and I could not help looking in, it looked so inviting I couldn't stop myself and have a look through the window, ooh, I do love to see people so happy, are you enjoying it?' I blushed, or was it the wind that coloured my cheeks? 'Euhh, well yes, Santa, but I must confess, I'm not really here to feast and this is not my house, I am here to work, I am a photographer...' He stroked his beard: 'Aha, I see... and do you like what you are doing?' I shrugged and smiled: 'Yes and no, I love photography, but this here is work, earning a living, and no, not my favourite, you see, I think I am too shy really for it, each time I have to overcome a barrier, I mean, the clients must not see my nerves, he?' He clasped my hands in his: 'Hohoho, you make me laugh with your honesty! Sssshhh, between you and me, that sometimes happens to me too, I can also be nervous! Tell me what is your dream?' I sighed deeply and looked at him: 'My dream would be to just be a creative photographer, I have so many ideas, not enough time, aaah, yes, to photograph when I like and what I like...' He stroked his beard again and seemed thoughtful : 'That is quite a wish! In this day and age, mot easy, hhhmmm. Well, my dear, it was great meeting you, I have to be on my way again, I wish you all the best and remember SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH, don't tell ANYONE you've seen me!!!' He offered me a branch of festive Holly, waved good-bye. I heard the sleigh-bells disappear into the dark of night, quickly silenced by the snow, gone... and me, also back to work again. This was a few years ago now, and I got my wish! I live the photographer's dream! I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

JINGLE BELLS... A CHRISTMAS THEME.

More fun bells! Time for the decorations to come out, rediscovering old and new memories. Make the home festive, another way of being creative, goes together with the usual upset of lights not working, untangling ribbon I had so carefully packed... A number of times I'd put this 'wreath' of brass bells and red ribbon, hanging on one of our inner doors, on my head for fun (and because I'm a bit mad???), now it was serious! Crowned by the jingling bells, lol! Thank you Paul Indigo for the portrait. May your day be full of goodness, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OUR TREE, in OUR HOUSE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Glittering, lighting up our Winter evenings. Have a great time and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved ,

LET THE FUN BEGIN...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... It has become a tradition to start the festive season with this image. We are now again the month of December, the Christmas decorations are up in towns and cities, and already many homes, everything looking sparkling and festive. A stall on the Christmas Market in Manchester, saw this big festive wreath, could NOT resist. I'm convinced it is meant to hang outside your front-door, me I put it on the table with a big candle, most romantic and colourful, it is just too soon still for the Christmas stuff, a lovely 'in-between'... Thank you for ALL your comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SCOTTISH YULE SURPRISE?

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 thanx, M, (*_*)
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TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... for CHRISTMAS

Summer is a distant memory... how time flies, another new year upon us, technology evolving at an unbelievable pace, it was never easier to communicate, all is faster, not fast enough, call me, text me, skype me, email me... and yet more and more lonely people, alienation, families dispersed... We take the week between Christmas and New Year OFF! Free to do only what we want! TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES... Wishing you well, and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HAPPY NEW YEAR...

2016 ALL NEW… A New Year, A New Flower,full of promise. Both in bud, to unfurl, petal by petal, day by day. It will bring joy and sometimes a tear? If I have good/reasonable health then I can handle everything that comes my way... looking forward already. Looking forward to another year filled with the beauty to all the senses that flowers provide. 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

ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS...

FLEUR ROUGE... UNE ANEMONE... www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgEOlwzgQIg&feature=BF&li.. for music lovers: FLEUR ROUGE... A bouquet of Red Anemones, with one opening its heart to us, just about... Perfect colours for Christmas I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANEMONISSIMO for CHRISTMAS

FLEUR ROUGE... UNE ANEMONE... www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgEOlwzgQIg&feature=BF&li... for music lovers: FLEUR ROUGE... A bouquet of Red Anemones, with one opening its heart to us, just about... Perfect colours for Christmas I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE CHRISTMAS COLOURS… TULIP

RED and GREEN. Yep, I bought the first Tulips of the season. Such a festive accent in our home. This one standing out from the rest, it was trying to hide behind a petal/leaf, something quite different! I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!! TULIP

I don't talk to plants, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Very small red tulips in the shop, huddling amongst the white larger ones. They had my name on them ,haha. What I heard here was what one little tulip, in the studio…. shivering and hugging in the cold, was saying!!! HAHA, once the lights came on, they quickly opened, now gracing our place. For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FADING BEAUTY, FAST FADING YEAR, TULIPS...

(best on black) My quote of this year: ‘BE HAPPY for what you have and NOT UNHAPPY for what you do NOT have!’ by magda indigo Alas... tulips, once cut, have a lifespan of about 7 days, if you are lucky and bought them VERY fresh, in closed buds! Often they retain their beauty till the end and then, oops, all the petals drop. These had stayed in the studio, where, for obvious reasons, it is never very warm, I came in, they had opened completely, showing off all the secrets of the inside flower, aach, how can I resist such beauty, even when fading... Twilight flowers? Mysterious and still passionate... they look unreal. The year 2016 is also fading rapidly now, its lifespan 365 days nearly exhausted. Some will be sad others will be glad... ... we take it as it comes if we want to get through life 'gracefully'? I am doing my utmost to focus on all the good in my life and Nature. I wish you all a very good week and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NAISSSANCE of an AMARYLLIS…

I love having Amaryllis over the festive season. They are to regale us with their beauty for many days, just opening and starting to reveal the inner secrets, the stamens just peeping out ... yes... we are well and truly in full communication again! They speak, I listen. LOL It is said that: Art is Expression of the imagination............ Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"(An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). I love the curves and lines in this. Hope you do too. Have a great day thanx for your comments and visits, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AMARYLLIS AND BUD... A CHRISTMAS THEME.

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... It has become a tradition to have them in our home for Christmas. Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"(An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics. Virgilius wrote the Bucolica, consisting of 10 Eclogues). As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! With the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. Two big opening blooms protecting the bud. Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.cm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Amaryllis,Hippeastrum,red,sensual,flowerhead, stamens, petals,flowers,conceptual art,studio,black-background,,colour,design,square,Nikon D7200, magda indigo

AMARYLLIS, in FULL GLORY...

A CHRISTMAS THEME. For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... It has become a tradition to have them in our home for Christmas. To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly, a little more every day The explosion finally materialised and filled the room and our hearts with the warm glow of their bright colour... Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"( Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics. Virgilius wrote the Bucolica, consisting of 10 Eclogues). As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star").Beautiful as it is, it has no fragrance! Another close-up with the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE JOYOUS SCHLUMBERGERA…

or FLEUR de CACTUS. Schlumbergera is a genus of 6 known tree-dwelling cacti from Brazil. These are the tropical rain forest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. They are named after the Frenchman, Frédéric Schlumberger, who was the owner of a famous plant collection. This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, frequently mislabeled Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. There is also an Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers. The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. I bought this when we'd just moved into our new house, it loves it here, this is the third 'flowering' in 9 months! Again I played with lights in the studio, the petals are shiny and silky with light. Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOPE - SCHLUMBERGERA

It is a genus of 6 known tree-dwelling cacti from Brazil. These are the tropical rain forest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. They are named after the Frenchman, Frédéric Schlumberger, who was the owner of a famous plant collection. This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, frequently mislabeled Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. There is also an Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers. The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. The flowers close up at night. I bought this when we'd just moved into our new house years ago, it loves it here, this is the third 'flowering' in 9 months! So many buds, so full of promise... again I played with lights, the petals are shiny and silky with light. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SECRET LIFE of SCHLUMBERGERA...

Schlumbergera is a genus of 6 known tree-dwelling cacti from Brazil. These are the tropical rain forest epiphytes, growing on tree branches where, despite the high rainfall, water drains off quickly so that "dry" conditions prevail much of the time. They are named after the Frenchman, Frédéric Schlumberger, who was the owner of a famous plant collection. This genus contains the popular Schlumbergera truncata, also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, frequently mislabeled Christmas Cactus, which may flower in white, pink, red or purple. There is also an Easter Cactus or Whitsun cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) which produces vivid scarlet flowers. The stems of Schlumbergera resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and the flowers appear from areoles at the tips. The flowers close up at night. I bought this when we'd just moved into our new house years ago, it loves it here, this is the third 'flowering' in 9 months! So many buds, so full of promise... again I played with lights, the petals are shiny and silky with light. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLEUR DE CACTUS...

This very ephemeral flower usually seen around Christmas, the scientific name is Schlumbergera. I love the way all the pollen is on the petals. Also the name of a famous film and play. In the film Cactus Flower ( Cactus Flower ) of Gene Saks ( 1969 ), this is Ingrid Bergman 's character who plays Stephanie Dickinson, dedicated nurse for ten years the dentist Julian Winston, played by Walter Matthau . Goldie Hawn had her first screen appearance in this! Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SNOW-BERRIES... Symphoricarpos

Of seasonal plants! Symphoricarpos, with common names in English of Snowberry, Waxberry or Ghostberry, is a small genus of about 15 species of deciduous shrubs in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.cm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... MISTLETOE

According to custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described as early as 1820 by Washington Irving in his "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon": "The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases." Quote from movie Mickeys Christmas Carol (1983): Belle: Ebeneezer? Scrooge: Yes, Isabelle? Belle: My eyes are closed, my lips are puckered, and Im standing under the mistletoe. Scrooge: You're also standing on my foot... LOL! Mistletoe is the common name for a group of parasitic plants that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub, it is a parasite. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A BLACK TIE AFFAIR... Callas

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

WHITE THISTLES...

For December I upload images to do with the festive season. I saved them, dried them, sprayed them! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins. Prickles often occur all over the plant ñ on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HUG… TULIPS

So, the ‘festive ‘ season? Not for everyone? All the festivities accentuate the loneliness of many even more? Some find a way of dealing with loneliness or have something in their lives that, even in a small way, that alleviates their loneliness. What is also vital is that the focus has moved beyond old people. The loneliness epidemic is affecting people of all ages. It can be as big a problem for young and middle-aged people as for the grandparents. Society has changed – our communities, villages, towns and cities are different. We move away from our support networks – for work, for training, for college, for university or for whatever economic reason. As a photographer, yes, I lead a ‘lonely’ life, yet I am not lonely, clients come and go, or I am contacted via the internet, all very anonymous and often impersonal. I am okay with my own company and cherish even more the time spent with Paul. Virtual ‘friendships, ever increasing means of communication and more and more lonely people, a poor substitute for a good old hug! Can we try harder at being kind to others and creating new support networks to replace the traditional ones, now lost? If you have children you are usually no longer surrounded by your relatives. Why not look around and see if you know someone who is alone? Spread some warmth? May the season light the way for the lonely as well as those experiencing abundance, and, this year, may the lonely remember that winter does not ever last. Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SEASONAL EMBRACE… TULIPS

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Yes, I bought the first tulips of the season. They only had tiny white ones, aah I came home happy! I arranged them lovingly, kissing in an embrace, all for PEACE in December! Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINTER BLUES and LIGHT IN THE DARK SEASON… Nigella

Yes, it is that time of year again here in the Northern hemisphere… 21 December, in the UK we are on winter time, so it is darker an hour sooner than in most parts of Europe! This long period stretches in front of us, I know it influences and affects many people’s lives, they have the blues, they become morose, altogether down and even angry. Not enjoying life. And of course, it seems trendy to be ‘cynical’ about Christmas, New Year, the ‘commercialisation’ of the festivities, the music, the presents, the sending of cards, family gatherings and parties, hats and party-poppers, the cold, dank- and darkness and of course, SNOW!. I’m different; I love the cold, especially snow, blue skies and crackling fresh air… that is if and when we get it, which is no guarantee nowadays, even in the North of England. Snow makes everything so beautiful and silent; you see small details, on familiar buildings, you never knew were there. I love the long evenings, I bring out the candles, they give off such a romantic light, I love the flickering flames, the shadow play on the walls, the smell when you blow them out before bedtime. When I’m out, the festive lights are on, since last week, they twinkle in the wind, sparkle in the rain. Shop windows are dressed festively, glittering and enticing. It is the season of silver and gold, red and green, multicolours. Everywhere you walk or drive, decorated homes, I agree some over the top, it again makes me smile… each to their own, it is much more pleasurable than driving through dark streets. For many animals, winter is about hibernation, for me it is about reflection, making up the emotional balance, joy for a good year, hope for a better year? Thinking of people, making contact, touching once more… most of all the lonely ones (some with families!). I embrace it, accept it, you see, I believe the more you rebel against something, the worst you make it for yourself! It is not going to go away! Just imagine that whole ‘LIGHT’ period away from the dark months, how would we feel then? Many more people depressed and even more on Anti-Depressants? The festive season is ultimately what YOU, yourself make of it? The Christmas market is back in town, we are going for a visit next Sunday. A lot of happy smiles there, blowing on a steaming hot German potato pancake, eating bratwurst fresh from above the glowing coals, drinking a cool beer, children looking wide-eyed at all the wooden toys, spinning toys, glass baubles, candy and sweets. For many years now, Paul and I celebrated by ourselves, dressed up to the nines, having a real party, just the two of us. On Christmas day, we see and hear families arrive in our street… not for us, that is when you miss your loved-ones even more. And when all is over and the baubles and bling packed away till next year, I’ll have the smile of the memories… and in the meantime, gradually, it will get lighter and brighter again, the soil will break up with the new life and colour of the crocus, followed by the daffodils and tulips… the hope of Spring, then the warmth of Summer, the nostalgia of Autumn, to come full circle to the darkness of Winter. And so our life goes by… I dread to think the dark season without the festive season, even with all its ‘trappings’. Have a great one, be safe and enjoy! And thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FLOWERS in the STAR…

This is the palest pink poinsettia I ever saw! The tiny flowers in the middle of the pink star look like little mouths? Euphorbia pulcherrima is a shrub or small tree, typically reaching a height of 0.6–4 metres (2 ft 0 in–13 ft 1 in). The plant bears dark green dentate leaves that measure 7–16 centimetres (2.8–6.3 in) in length. The coloured bracts —which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. The colours of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change colour. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest colour.[ The flowers of the poinsettia are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. They are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, and are called cyathia.] The poinsettia is native to Mexico. It is now found in the wild in deciduous tropical forests at moderate elevations from southern Sinaloa down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico to Chiapas and Guatemala. It is also found in the interior in the hot, seasonally dry forests of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE POINSETTIA LEAF…

does not make Christmas… The French proverb ‘une hirondelle ne fait pas le Printemps’ is almost identical to its English equivalent "one swallow doesn't make a Summer" other than one glaring difference: the season. The coloured bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. They are already available in the shops,I don’t know about you, by the time it is Christmas, mine will be gone? I’m no good with them… Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, see the drop on the top, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS? At Christmas, here in the Northern Hemisphere, our gardens and most plants are hibernating and invisible. So, what do we do, we bring plants inside, the shops are brimming with Poinsettias, large and small, red or white and pink. With Amaryllis and gorgeous bouquets with Winter-green and colour. The coloured bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. They are already available in the shops,I don’t know about you, by the time it is Christmas, mine will be gone? I’m no good with them… Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. May your w-e and the coming days be full of goodness and joy, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA

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 plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... POINSETTIA

For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... I'm quite traditional, green and red are THE colours for Christmas, of course with some silver and some gold, often white included, all depending on my creative mood... This Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The ‘flower’ is in the centre. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus...Where I come from, we call this a 'Christmas Star' There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

POINSETTIA...THE COLOURS of THE SEASON.

Nowadays, like in everything, there are 'trends'? This year, hot pink trimmings seem to be the latest rage, the MUST HAVE! Me, I'm more traditional, green and red are THE colours for Christmas, of course with some silver and some gold, often white included, all depending on my creative mood... It probably originates in my childhood, but yes, to me, this is it! This Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize 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 diarrhea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CHRISTMAS STAR... Poinsettia

THE COLOURS of CHRISTMAS... OPEN and view on black for the full impact! For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see.. Now, like in everything, there are 'trends'? This year, hot pink trimmings seem to be the latest rage, the MUST HAVE! Me, I'm more traditional, green and red are THE colours for Christmas, of course with some silver and some gold, often white included, all depending on my creative mood... It probably originates in my childhood, but yes, to me, this is it! This Poinsettia is a Euphorbia pulcherrima. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus... There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is not true; it is mildly irritating to the skin or stomach and may sometimes cause diarrhoea and vomiting if eaten. As with all Euphorbias, they bruise easily and give off a white 'milk' when broken, so those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY…

Both from the garden. "The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional British folk Christmas carol. "The holly and the ivy, now are both well grown" The Holly and the Ivy is thought to have Pagan origins and could therefore date back over 1000 years. It is most unusual for a carol like the Holly and the Ivy to have survived over the years especially during the stern protestant period of the 17th century. The Holly and the Ivy have always been taken indoors during the winter the hope being that the occupants would survive difficult conditions just like the hardy Holly and the Ivy. The colours of the Holly and Ivy, green and red are traditionally associated with Christmas. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... Personally the colours of Christmas are still (mostly) red, green and white! Holly berries are somewhat toxic to humans, though their poisonous properties are overstated and fatalities almost unknown. They are extremely important food for numerous species of birds and are also eaten by other wild animals. In the fall and early winter the berries are hard and apparently unpalatable. After being frozen or frosted several times, the berries soften, and become milder in taste. During winter storms, birds often take refuge in this evergreen, which provides shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves) and food. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOLLY-HOLLY-HOLLY

THE COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS... For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is many different things... Personally the colours of Christmas are still (mostly) red, green and white! Holly berries are somewhat toxic to humans, though their poisonous properties are overstated and fatalities almost unknown. They are extremely important food for numerous species of birds and are also eaten by other wild animals. In the fall and early winter the berries are hard and apparently unpalatable. After being frozen or frosted several times, the berries soften, and become milder in taste. During winter storms, birds often take refuge in this evergreen, which provides shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves) and food. I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HOLLY and THE IVY…

"The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional Christmas carol, which is among the most lightly Christianised carols of the Yuletide, the holly and the ivy being among the most familiar Druidic plants. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens accounts" (Roud 2004). I'm not surprised that they are so popular, they are fresh, green, with the jolly berries AND plentiful in the garden, this time of year, and also, so very decorative. But ooohhh so prickly too! I am trying to use as little light and dof as possible, a challenge that I love. I find it necessary and refreshing to regularly go back to the basics of photography. As a discipline, I used to go out with my Nikon F4, a 50mm lens, b&w or colour film. Now of course it is much more with the 'ease' of digital, however, I do NOT take hundreds of photos, the discipline is, I use my camera as a 'film' camera, each push of the button COSTS! So, I compose carefully, wait, look, ... if I AM SURE, pleased... then, I click! Or like here, I'll preconceive a scenario, go in the studio, set it up and photograph it when I am happy that I have the result in front of my eyes that I had in my head. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

OF MISTLETOE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Viscum album – the original mistletoe of European myth, legend and tradition. The word 'mistletoe' derives from the older form 'mistle', adding the Old English word tān (twig). 'Mistle' is common Germanic (Old High German mistil, Middle High German. mistel, Old English mistel, Old Norse mistil). In France it was often given as a Porte Bonheur - a gift for luck, particularly for the New Year, rather than at Christmas. This association with peace may have origins as ancient as the kissing custom, as the plant is associated with peace in the Norse, Greek and Roman traditions about mistletoe. The peace association was a tradition in Britain too at one time, though it has become eclipsed by the kissing custom feature. During the First World War embroidered ‘silk’ postcards sent from the Front at Christmas often depicted mistletoe, perhaps emphasising mistletoe’s value both as a symbol of peace and as a message for loved ones. There are many explanations of the kissing tradition – though most relate either to the Norse legend of Baldr or to the view that mistletoe is an ancient symbol of fertility. The most obvious fertility aspect is that, as an evergreen growth on a deciduous host, mistletoe, as a parasitic can be seen as symbolic of the continuing ‘life-force’ (and vitality/fertility) of the host tree through the winter (which may be particularly significant if the tree is your sacred oak, in Druidic traditions). But that’s not all. The fertility imagery is enhanced by European mistletoe’s shape and form – the forking paired branches, paired leaves and berries full of white sticky juice hint of sexual organs in shape, and in content. According to the custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described as early as 1820 by Washington Irving in his ‘The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon’: ‘The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases!’ I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNDER THE MISTLETOE...

KISSES for you! Wishing you a wonderful time, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

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

MORE JOY…

JOY, an emotion, as though you’d suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle —Katherine Mansfield Joy is not a constant, it is small fractions, short bursts that touch you in a good way. A great feeling to have. Lots of it in December, depends on yourself and how open you are to it? Spread a little bit of gold-dust around you and you will experience JOY! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRADITION...

It has become a tradition to start the festive season with this... LET THE FUN BEGIN... We are now again the month of December, the Christmas decorations are up in towns and cities, and already many homes, everything looking sparkling and festive. I had another book printed, this time not just with flowers but other things as well. It is successful. Here is the link.www.photoboxgallery.com/magdaindigo/collection?album_id=1... Why not have a look through it... What's more, I allow you to put your very own, dedicated, signed book together, you decide from my images what you want in your book! Unique! Thank you for ALL your comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLDLEAF...

GOLDLEAF... A Fern leaf that thinks it is a (Christmas?) tree... lol. It came in a mixed flower-bouquet, I loved the way it looked so much that I put it in a separate vase, lovely... and sprayed it gold! There are four particular types of habitats that ferns are found in: moist, shady forests; crevices in rock faces, especially when sheltered from the full sun; acid wetlands including bogs and swamps; and tropical trees. I often see them on roofs, walls, places where NOTHING else grows. Ferns have been studied and found to be useful in the removal of heavy metals, especially arsenic, from the soil. Thanx for your time and visit, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COILED SILK… for CHRISTMAS

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Like I told you, I am more a traditionalist for Christmas, I love the reds, greens, with some white, a little silver and some discreet gold. I adore silk, shiny (but no too bling)finer ornaments. I can so enjoy them, like this one. Hope you do too? THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE or COPY ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com

AN ARTIST'S WORK...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The candleholder was made by an interesting metal-Artist, I love the curvy elegant lines, just HAD to photograph it in the studio in a dramatic way. Have a bright day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Lucia... THE FEST of LIGHT

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ On the 13th of December, in Sweden, the festivities of Lucia Day begins. In our home, for Christmas, red candles are a MUST!!! In Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Finland, Lucia is venerated on December 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray Lucia. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head, she walks at the head of a procession of women, each holding a candle. The candles symbolise the fire that refused to take St.Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned. The women sing a Lucia song while entering the room, to the melody of the traditional Neapolitan song Santa Lucia; the Italian lyrics describe the view from Santa Lucia in Naples, the various Scandinavian lyrics are fashioned for the occasion, describing the light with which Lucia overcomes the darkness. Each Scandinavian country has lyrics in their native tongues. After finishing this song, the procession sings Christmas carols or more songs about Lucia. A similar version occurs in Scandinavian communities and churches in the United States. According to the Julian calendar, the night of Lucia was the longest night of the year. This is likely to be the reason why the tradition has lived on in the Nordic countries in particular, as the nights in November and December are very dark and long before the snow has fallen, and the idea of light overcoming darkness is thus appealing. There are traces of the legends of Saint Lucia in the Nordic countries even in the Middle Ages, and her day of remembrance is December 13th (just like the Lussi). Yet another name is relevant here, namely Lucifer( In Dutch that means a matchstick!). His name has the same etymological background (the name literally means 'light-bringer' ;). I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

A LITTLE WINTER-SCENE...

3 jolly snow-men, as they would say in Scotland: 'warm yourself at this roaring candle'? LOL Light in the dark season. Hope you this warms up your day. Thanx for visiting, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A LITTLE WINTER SCENE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ BEST ON BLACK!!! some fun, festive, candle-warmth, winter-fragrance, sparkle and bling, it brings plenty of joy in the dark days! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS CHEER…

CHRISTMAS CHEER… Our tree is not very big, so, it can only be decorated with dainty baubles. I bought this felt ‘basket’, and put some of the larger ornaments in, and I like it! Turned out well, happy and colourful! Wishing you a very good w-e and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LITTLE TOY TRAIN...

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

STREAMING EYES?

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Christmas, ribbon like streamers, the bobbins like eyes… a graphic image, imagination. In the colours of the festive season. Fun fun fun for Friday. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED…

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

FESTIVE NEST…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Around this time of year there are always quite different items around, like this black organza wrapping and fancy ribbons. It is willing me to photograph it, LOL. Love the challenge: black on black! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great day, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TIED UP WITH STRING…

FANCY STRING! For Christmas. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favourite things. Text From The Sound of Music Fun fun fun for the w-e. Some left over festive string/ribbon. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEST WISHES...

During the festive season, I especially think of you who, like us, are far away from your country and your family. Home is only ever the place where you chose to live, the unique ’nest’ that you make; THAT is your home! Often when some hear, that here, it is only the two of us, they sigh, and mutter, you are lucky… many are not looking forward to having the family around… We make the best of it, happy to be together and miss our loved ones in silence. Emotional times, not in a bad way, sometimes in a sad way… We’ll meet again. So, whether near or far, I wish you all a very merry Christmas. I thank you for all your good wishes, enjoy! M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk

CHRISTMAS STORY 2015, Cool Santa...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Once again, this time with a sigh, because another year had flown bye so fast, the ‘ special cupboard’ was opened and all the memories of years gone by were released. Joining the latest ones. Because, each year something new is bought! It went well, made good progress, the tree and room in full glory once more, glistening and shining brightly. The days are so short now, it is dark by 15.30, but that means that the sparkling new lights look even better. So, I had been enjoying our festive home for a few days, and, now it was time to wrap the parcels, another sigh… to be sent; I brought out fancy paper, bows and ribbons, scissors and tape. I sat down and admired the tree, some classical Christmas music floating in the air, the fragrance of fresh pine, cinnamon, orange and spice and then, of course, proper incense from the special candles I had bought in Germany and saved for this occasion, all filling the senses with wonderful feelings and stimulating good memories. I heard a HOHOHO, looked around and there he was, Santa, wow, full of glitter and bling, looking so cool as he sat on one of the rolls of paper, jolly he smiled, his cheeks all red from the cold. He already brought a parcel, only to open for Christmas. Together we untangled the ribbon, cut to size, wrapping and reminiscing about the year, all the good things that had happened, we did not dwell on the sad stuff for long. Yes it had been a good photographic year and yes I was still enjoying my camera, no, did not want a new one, thank you. Yes, I was happy and there was not really anything I specifically wished for, except Peace and good-will amongst men? We both stopped and sighed deeply… Then it was done, aahhh, he had more homes to visit! I wished him all the best, gave him a kiss on the cheek, he blushed, ’you made an old gent very happy, dear. I wish you and your family and friends a great time!’ Again, HOHOHO I opened my eyes, he was gone, and oooh, it was all still there, on the table, to be done… hey but what was that? Under the tree, there was a parcel: Only to be opened for Christmas… Best wishes from me, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A MODERN CHRISTMAS TALE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Christmas 2013... AAAHHH, at last the day arrived to open the 'magic' cupboard again, the Christmas cupboard, it always holds a few surprises of things you just forgot about yet like very much. A wonderful trip of re-discovery, haha. It had gone smoothly, I was pleased. The tree was up, the whole place filled with the Christmas aromas of pine and orange and cinnamon and candle-wax. Outside the wind was howling and playing with everything lying loose? I greatly enjoy the silence of night, but on this occasion, I was listening to seasonal music, varied, from bells to music box to angel-singing. Humming along, dreaming of Christmases past, yes the whole family passed the review. Myself as a little girlÖ my children little again, yeah time does fly. I was enjoying the moment, relaxing, everything sparkling in the flickering candle-flames and twinkly lights. When suddenly I heard the most almighty booming voice, I sat up, it was outside, I jumped up and looked through the window and there he stood, Santa, in the snow, on a roof. The bag he was carrying was full and heavy. He was looking up at the sky; I followed his gaze and saw nothing. I rushed outside, now I could hear what he was hollering: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ Oh dear, poor man, I saw the footsteps where he’d walked, the chimney, I saw how he had dirtied his beautiful red coat’s white trimming on the soot? I shouted up: is there anything I can do?î He turned and almost slipped, looked down and said: ‘Yes, that’s very kind of you; I’m in trouble, I had so many mince pies I just could not get through the chimney. So, please, can you call Rudolf with me? So there we were, both of us: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ We waited, could we hear anything? I looked around; light after light came on, every house lit up. Neighbours came out, soon we were all calling: ‘Ruuudolf, Ruuuuuuudolf’ At last, the sleigh bells in the distance, Rudolf was rushing through the night. He halted next to his master: ‘Well? Rudolf? What do you have to say for yourself? You know we have much work and not so much time? Hmmmm?’ Rudolf’s nose was redder than ever; he bent over gently and whispered something in Santa’s beard, everybody on tiptoes curious, eyes wide open. Santa started to roar with laughter, his belly shaking. Before climbing under the warm blanket in the sleigh, he turned and smiled at us: ‘Thank you for helping me, my dear friends, all is well; in the team there is a new reindeer, a first year youngster, doing his best, only slowed it down a little and in this weather I am not the most patient of men! Be good and Merry Christmas, HOHOHO And he was gone. We looked at each other, shook hands; here we were; people from Africa, Asia, Europe, from all over. Then shyness overtook again, each returning home, light after light went out, darkness and silence descended in the street. All was back to the usual, each in our homes, doing our thing, living our lives. I sighed; it had been a good moment. I sat down again in the warmth, when in front of the fire, I saw a parcel, ooh I was torn, wait until Christmas? Or open it now? I’m also not the most patient, so I tore the colourful outer wrapping, gently unfolded the tissue paper and out came a beautiful angel, smiling kindly holding a heart. My soul filled with joy, I must be doing something right? I walked over to my tree and put my new treasure in a prominent place. Hope you enjoyed it? Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CHRISTMAS STORY… SANTA’S HAT

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ 't was after midnight, we'd again worked late, the lights in our Christmas tree were on, some candles spread their wonderful light and made everything flickering sparkly. We relaxed in front of the fire, to unwind and enjoy, before going to bed. The previous night a dusting of snow had whitened our world, the day was bitterly cold with a biting frost. I heard a tinkling bell in the silence of the night, a slight knock on the door... I opened and there was Father Christmas, he was on one of his pre-Christmas rounds, to see how 'good' everybody was, what they deserved, or not... (he doesn't always get it right, but maybe that's his helpers?) and he had been caught in a blizzard! Saw our lovely inviting home, the soft candlelight… I quickly invited him in, he took of his hat, the gentleman that he is... I saw how wet and icy it was and offered to hang it up to dry. I fixed him a hot drink, we sat and chatted, he asked how my photography was going, (he really does know EVERYTHING!), was I happy with my new camera? And why had I not waited... he would have put one under the tree for me... I blushed and confessed that I'm not the most 'patient' of people. He smiled and stroked his beard. Well, warmed up and dry, he was ready to go, lots to do, deadlines to meet, gosh it all sounded so familiar... A hug, I waved him out, another bell-jingling, ho-ho-ho...then he was gone... that's when I woke up! may the light shine bright for you today and thank you for visiting, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IMAGINE... MY PEACE DOVES...

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

A SHINING HEART...

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

LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

from when I was a little girl, I have always loved red ribbon. Often it is easier to pin down why you do not like something. I was wondering why this photo was so appealing to me. Started to analyse… so, the red ribbon, and then, the little bauble separated itself from the rest as all fell on the black velvet, I SAW it! THE photo!!! LOVE, this month people will gather and give. I have a feeling that December can be an ‘emotional’ month, where we ponder over the past year… So now I know why I like it. Happiness all around! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE LOVE for CHRISTMAS…

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

JOY, JOY, JOY…

When there is love in your heart, there is joy in your heart. That warm feeling of elation and well-being. Christmas and New year, December, a month for giving, the ‘dark’ month, brighten it, give with your heart and not your wallet, it will bring you JOY! LOTS of JOY! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE CAROL of THE BELLS…

https://youtu.be/k-W2Bkz_Rno Listen to this wonderful performance. You do not have to be a ‘believer’ to enjoy the spirit of the moment I think. We all need some love and tenderness at the moment, that is what I try to spread, beauty and joy. It always makes Paul laugh… when I see BELLS, I have to ring them and uhh, I often buy them. I suppose a lot stems from one's youth?Eventually they end up in the charity shop… for someone, as besotted with them as I am, to love, LOL I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN FREEFALL..

These little felt Christmas dolls seemed to have fun in the studio… I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SOFT LANDING…

What goes on in the night in my studio? What are the Christmas dolls up to? Having fun with the feathers? LOLOLOL These little felt Christmas dolls seemed to have fun in the studio… I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CHRISTMAS HALLELUJAH…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A cry of elation! A jump for joy? This is an BIG fave song of mine: https://youtu.be/OPf0YbXqDm0 Uptown Funk, it has a very trendy new lyric. So it says: Girls hit your hallelujah "hitting a hallelujah" is a figure of speech meaning "sing"... LOLOLOL I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHERE ANGELS REST…

In our home, we have a cupboard under the eaves. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are stored. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. They weren't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise.Once again, with a sigh, because another year had flown bye so fast, the ‘ special cupboard’ was opened and all the memories of years gone by were released. Joining the latest ones. Because, each year something new is bought! The days are so short now, it is dark by 15.30, but that means that the sparkling new lights look even better. A box was standing a little precariously, probably the last one in, with those things always left behind when all else is safely put away? But no, It fell open, there were my white feathers, the wings and the angels! Aha, so this is where angels rest? LOL I stopped my activities, to photograph: THE priority!!! Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE QUILL…

“A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw” Did the angel loose a feather? LOL It used to be a tradition to write Christmas cards to family and friends. A way of touching base again. Sadly it is a habit that is fast declining eh? We now have faster ways to convey our good wishes, just as well meant. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Fun Blog HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/11/light-in-dark-season.html

THE WINGS of AN ANGEL's FIRST CHRISTMAS...ANOTHER

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedragled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy,things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw, where the wings had been hanging... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attick, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box, I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedragled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy,things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw, where the wings had been hanging... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE THREE LOST FEATHERS ...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ A STORY IN THREE IMAGES, this is the last in the series In our home, we have a cupboard. Nothing extraordinary there? Except, it is opened only once a year, it is where our Christmas decorations are kept. I still feel the same excitement I felt when I was a little girl, and I'd climb the stairs, behind my dad, up to the (huge) attic, yes... open 'the cupboard' holding all the cardboard boxes with the shiny glass baubles, the sparkling garlands.. It wasn't heavy, so I was allowed to help, and ooooh, when I opened the first box; I smelled the pine and wax from years past... Most of the treasures you remember and look forward to seeing again, many are a renewed surprise. Last Sunday, it was the moment, the day the tree was put up, the lights were working, the wreath hanging on the door, it was all going smoothly... Wind and sleety rain battering against the windows, nice and snug indoors, I was slowing down, growing a little tired... when I heard the most heavenly music, voices singing of a Silent Night, I opened the door, three little angels stood there, bedraggled and cold. I rushed them quickly inside, rinsed off their wings and hung them up to dry. Made the angels a nice warm drink, in no time, they'd recovered and sang their songs of bells that jingle, chestnut roasting, some little drummer-boy, things in a pear tree? They helped me decorating in a festive and jolly mood, lighting the candles, arranging the Holly. One of them felt the feathers, they were dry, and they fluffed them up a little, stroked some smooth, time to go... Two were quick to don their wings, I noticed that one was a bit slower, turned to me and whispered: "I've not been an angel for very long, this is my first Christmas, bbbrrrr..." The music echoed in the distance for a brief moment, aaaahhh, what a lovely dream, now I still had to finish what I had started! I carried on with renewed zest, smiling...when I suddenly saw...three lost feathers... I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANGEL’S BIG WINGS... ANOTHER STORY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The wind was whistling around the house, dancing a rondo with dry fallen leaves. I sat in my chair, warm and cosy, yes, once again, the Christmas cheer and sparkle filling our home and hearts. I closed my eyes and listened to the pretty music, the bells, the harps, music box... Do you remember? Last year, three angels visited, I dried their wings and the little angels flew off happily with their soft wings, and all I had left with was three feathers? For on angel it was a first Christmas, hadn't been an angel for long... still an apprentice really. But, good material, great potential... otherwise, so I was told... you do not get any wings at all! Well, this time, I felt the gentlest caress on my cheek, hihi, it tickled, I brushed it away, but it was there again, it was the angel, I recognised it, how it had grown, smiled and said: "Yes, you remember me, you where so kind to us, we had fun, he? I wanted to come and tell you myself: I got my BIG wings!" "How wonderful! That pleases me greatly! Well done my angel! You must be thrilled? But, can I ask you, what did you do to earn them?" The angel blushed a little, I said " Oh, maybe you can't tell me?" "No, no, I can, only, it seems so minor, all I had to do was watch over you and your loved ones... and, I know that now and then I made a small mistake, like when you lost your camera-lens-hood in the dunes in Belgium, and, oohhh, do you remember, you almost tripped on the stairs in Holland when you visited your son and family, I was just able to grab you, aah and I..." I put out my hand and touched the silk sleeve: "Please, my dear, you deserve your Big wings! You kept us all safe, that IS the most important, I am so grateful to you! Come sit closer, and please can I take a portrait of you? The family are arriving on Christmas day, and I would love to tell them and show them?" The angel smiled again: "Of course!" I ran upstairs for my camera, came back, a quick make-shift studio, black-background up, the angel was very patient, yes, really 'had the patience of an angel', haha. I took the photo. The angel came closer and whispered: "I am sorry, I have to go now, with the new wings come more responsibilities. Just wanted you to see them!" I felt a gentle kiss on my forehead, again the tickle on my cheek from the wings, a gentle rustle of feathers… Silence. I was alone again. I picked up my camera, so curious to see... And THIS is what I had captured... THE BIG WINGS... I wish you all things good and wonderful, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS…

For god-sake, we ALL get weary? Oh she may be weary Them young girls they do get wearied Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah But when she gets weary Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah From the song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods in 1932 and performed by many of the greats! Feathers symbolise for me, tenderness, softness and warmth, all the things we need in real life and especially now, when the world, once again, feels like a harsh place. We will have to be strong, however I am convinced that the good will survive… with a lot of tenderness and care for our fellow man. I wish you a life full of peace and goodness, thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

POSH BAUBLES…

with pearls and bling, embroidery and sequins, all ready for the festivities. Fun fun fun for Friday. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks for visiting, have a great w-e, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIBRE-OPTICS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I'll upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things... FROM THE SERIES CIRCLES AND LIGHTS. I am always on the look-out for visually interesting props, this is obviously a set of fibre optic lights, consists of 6 balls which I arranged in different ways to get a pleasing composition. The light-guiding principle behind optical fibres was first demonstrated in Victorian times when the total internal reflection principle was used to illuminate streams of water in elaborate public fountains, but modern optical fibres were only developed in the beginning of the 1950's. Now that we are back on Winter time, it is dark very early, the weather's gone bad, I've had plenty of time to think and be creative in the studio once more. I am enjoying the burst of creativity, I wish you all a day full of light and THANX for your visit and comments, so appreciated, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STARRY CHRISTMAS…

STARRY CHRISTMAS… Cool made, 6 diamanté stars,designed in the shape of a christmas tree. I had a lot off fun in the studio! Thanks for visiting, have a great day, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.cm Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TWINKLE TWINKLE...

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

SNOWFLAKES…

A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth's atmosphere as snow. Each flake nucleates around a dust particle in supersaturated air masses by attracting supercooled cloud water droplets, which freeze and accrete in crystal form. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperatures and humidity zones in the atmosphere, such that individual snowflakes differ in detail from one another, but may be categorised in eight broad classifications and at least 80 individual variants. The main constituent shapes for ice crystals, from which combinations may occur, are needle, column, plate and rime. Snowflakes appear white in colour despite being made of clear ice. This is due to diffuse reflection of the whole spectrum of light by the small crystal facets. Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A Franz LISZT: CHRISTMAS-TREE SUITE…

Part 4 www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ek5Hz1Lb90 Be mesmerised. If, like me, you ears are tired of having all the pop christmas music being rammed down your ears, but you still need beautiful sound caressing you, then, here you go! Franz Liszt is an fine alternative. Franz Liszt seems the last person who would write charming Christmas music. Virtuoso fireworks, desperate passion and the smell of hell-fire was more his line. But by 1881 he’d turned 70, and become a mild and introspective clergyman. His music had become gentle, as this Christmas-tree Suite shows. In the Autumn he went to stay in a modest hotel in Rome, where his grand-daughter Daniela kept him company. On Christmas day he played the Suite for her and a few guests. Interesting… I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SPARKLE…

I mentioned I was a 'classicist' for Christmas. I prefer the colours green, red, white... with some gold or silver. I looked up why Red? An early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays. Red is also the colour of Holly and many other berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. Red is also the colour of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform? AAAHHH well, there you go. I just find it festive! Hope you this warms up your day. Thanx for visiting, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA...

Colours... hard to resist... hard to get right... MMMMM (*_*) FOR MORE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/ For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GLASS HEARTS…

After the Wobble tree, the glass hearts, some transparent, others just shining. When someone has a heart of glass, they are easily affected emotionally. I am happy with my heart... 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Yes, it is about 20cm tall, a coiled brass spring, decorated with green and red. You lift it, drop it, it WOBBLES for a while… LOL, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

ORANGE AND SPICE…

Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-size seed in each of its eight segments. Native to China and Vietnam, star anise comes from a small evergreen tree. Its flavour is slightly more bitter than that of regular anise seed. The "sweet orange", which is the kind that are most often eaten today, grew first in Asia but now grows in many parts of the world. Oranges are round orange-coloured fruit that grow on a tree which can reach 10 metres (33 ft) high. Orange trees have dark green shiny leaves and small white flowers with five petals. The flowers smell very sweet which attracts many bees. An orange has a tough shiny orange skin. Inside, the fruit is divided into "segments", which have thin tough skins that hold together many little sections with juice inside. There are usually ten segments in an orange, but sometimes there are more. The colour orange takes its name from the fruit. The word "orange" is unusual because it is one of only a few English words that does not rhyme with anything. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

ORANGE, SPICE and ALL THINGS NICE…

Not a bad idea to 'take stock' once in awhile? I always say: be happy for what you have got and not unhappy for what you have not? Sometimes difficult, but it works! Dried orange, vibrant husks and fragrant Cinnamon. yummy, Have a great day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Cinnamon, husks, spice, orange, brown, food,design,colour,black-background,square,conceptual art, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

MORE THAN SPICE…

Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod that contains a pea-size seed in each of its eight segments. Native to China and Vietnam, star anise comes from a small evergreen tree. Its flavour is slightly more bitter than that of regular anise seed. 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. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GREAT EXPECTATIONS...

For Christmas. As I am very much a night person, I was inspired in the middle of the night, suddenly sat up in bed and had the PERFECT image in front of my mind's eye. I consider pregnancy a very beautiful natural event, but also private, so that's why she's in silhouette. Everybody who knows her, immediately recognises her profile. Prepared the studio and lights, with Paul's help, in she came, I gave her one of my Japanese house-kimonos, she took the pose with total ease. Took a couple of polaroids, to check the angle of the lights to perfection, then I took THE SHOT, not 2 or 3, no, just the ONE! Most people say, it's like she is looking into a 'crystal' ball, what will the future bring? I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MOTHER and CHILD...

Mother and child... This is probably the greatest association with Christmas, what it is about, the birth of a child, LOVE... Once the baby is there, the expectations are even greater. A previous image ... see GREAT EXPECTATIONS This here is a moment of intimacy, tenderness, closeness. The song 'Getting to know you' springs to mind. A difficult negative to print, so! Hope you like what I've done. May your day be a good one, thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things as you can see... I had to dig deep for that one, in every sense, it was a very special, moving and private moment. We had a photo gallery and it was shortly before Christmas. I was doing the window dressing, and had decided, since Christmas is greatly connected with children to use that as a theme. I bought one of the electrical Santas holding a candle, moving his head, with a very kind and jolly face, totally new then, a huge success, kids kept dragging their parents to see it. It was in the morning, cold and drift-snow flying, nobody in the streets yet, although the angels were already singing the carols over the tannoy (loudspeakers in the street). Santa was doing his thing, I was giving the framed images a last wipe, when I heard a gentle thump and I looked up to see this sweet tender moment. This elderly gent stood there, looking with the joy of a child in his eyes. I grabbed my camera from the chair, I saw I had one shot on a grainy 400 asa film left to take this one off image, I did not know how long he was going to brave the elements, turned out he gazed for quite some time. Then he spotted me, nodded at me, a smile and he was gone, a very emotional moment! ONE SHOT!!! Always keep the child in a small corner of your heart, never let go of that wonderful feeling... May your w-e be full of goodness, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOME for CHRISTMAS, Paul Indigo...

't Was before Christmas... like I said , every year we like something new, this year we found these extraordinary lights, copper wires, with tiny 'lights, you pull the spiral and open it up as much as you like or where it suits. We came home with them and just HAD to try them out immediately. LOL Yes, we are photographers and LOVE everything 'light'! Have a wonderful time, with love, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…

DAY 7 As the Grenadier Guards are standing tall, I hear a flighty sound and beat of drums. What is coming? A feast for the eyes… The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. It turns out that the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers are a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. They come to a halt in front of me, when I spot this lovely detail. The gloved hands of a musketeer holding his drumsticks. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COCKTAIL…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ For December I upload images to do with the festive season. This is many different things as you can see. the German christmas market in Leeds is in the centre, mostly on Millennium square. Now around there you have the city hall, town hall, musea and lots of eateries and the inevitable bars and pubs. This is a cocktail bar. It looked very inviting and cosy, could not resist the shot. Where people meet? I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GERMAN MARKET is BACK in TOWN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Every year, in Leeds, Yorkshire there is a German Market. This Kindelmarket is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. The fragrance of pine, food and glue-wine is attractive! Glass baubles, wooden toys and colourful candles from Continental Europe are a jolly note in this otherwise dark month of December. A great atmosphere. How I remember the thrill and feeling in my tummy when swinging in these littles seats, haha. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.cm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS EVE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ ’t Was the evening before Christmas day. The work was done, all dressed in our finery, lol, ready for the festivities. At home, great ambiance! BON APPETIT! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHRISTMAS MORN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This year we opted for an all white table. How I love Christmas morning. You do not have to be religious to enjoy the festivities? It is the morning for a special breakfast, which means different breads and stolle, fancy cheeses, and a lot of ambiance with flowers and candles. BON APPETIT! I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST CHRISTMAS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ our breakfast on that special morning, Christmas Day, when all is silent in our neighbourhood… It is just the two of us. Again, we have no family coming over as we are celebrating in the warmth of our own home. Families are dispersed nowadays, ooohhh I know some "envy" us and wished their family did not descend on them? LOL. I think it is human nature to want what you cannot have and not want what you have? I can tell you that it is bittersweet, the longing in your heart can hurt and telephone becomes a sad substitute for hugs and kisses. But, hey, let's rejoice and look forward to the future, some people have far less, I will try and sprinkle a bit of joy during those days. Tell me if you are lonely? May ALL your wishes come true! This year the table decorations are completely different, haven’t photographed it yet! Love, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPECIAL BREAKFAST...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ just the two of us... Make it special, not just for visitors, but for yourself! A feel-good factor? LOL. I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Roses, candlelight… Sitting across the one you love... Romantic. Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.' quote by Ashton Kutcher Have a wonderful day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GLITTERING...

GLITTERING… As I love lights and lighting (surprise? lol), we do have quite a collection in our home. We have this ground floor-light, a ball, over it an unusual Christmas decoration, designed especially for light. Abstract,so right for the season, all the festive attractions are out in the shops and streets, yes, already! Which is nice since, with the hour change, it is dark here at 17hrs! The sparkle is most welcome, a bit soon, but hey viva consumerism eh? LOL I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAGIC FLOWERS FLOWING…

The Magical Lantern Festival is now in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year. The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Of course I was seduced by the flowers, lol, on ‘black-background’! A stunning outdoor festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals. From as early as the Western Han Dynasty, 206BC to AD25, the Lantern Festival had become a festival of great importance to Chinese communities. A fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeer to flowers and animals. Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs used to create more than 30 giant handmade lanterns. A visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways. Visitors see some of the most artistic and beautifully constructed lantern installations outside of China. A fabulous experience! Of course more to come. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAGIC MUSHROOMS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ These beautiful structures are metal frames covered in material. The Magical Lantern Festival is now in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year. The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Of course I was seduced by the flowers, lol, on ‘black-background’! A stunning outdoor festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals. From as early as the Western Han Dynasty, 206BC to AD25, the Lantern Festival had become a festival of great importance to Chinese communities. A fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeer to flowers and animals. Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs used to create more than 30 giant handmade lanterns. A visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways. Visitors see some of the most artistic and beautifully constructed lantern installations outside of China. A fabulous experience! Of course more to come. Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SNOW-BERRIES...Symphoricarpos

This is an older image, one from the days of 'film/negative' photography. When bokeh was called DOF (depth of field) and noise was grain! Of seasonal plants! With early snow. Symphoricarpos, with common names in English of Snowberry, Waxberry or Ghostberry, is a small genus of about 15 species of deciduous shrubs in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Found this splash of splendour in the garden. It occasionally happens that a rose will have the strength to produce just one more flower... We just had a bout of wintery weather here, woke up to a white-covered world. May your day be bright and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SNOWBLANKET…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ walking through this wood, the snow crunching underfoot and leaving perfect bootprints in the virgin white, I arrived at this clearing, the pile of logs looked ever so snug under that blanket of snow. Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_yKk0k5XEAz Flander’s winter-sunset waited a long time for the right moment, was on my way home when I saw this in the side mirror. I left my car on the side of the narrow road, grabbed my camera. Nikon F4 and 400asa film, scanned from neg and comp in camera! This is so very typical, the gnarled willows to keep the flat land 'dry', the sky reaching poplars, the majestic elm trees standing tall against the North wind. In winter the sun just drops,he? Ah well I got it... M, (*_~) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

For December I am uploading images to do with the festive season. This is going to be many different things A typical Yorkshire Dales' view, with old trees, the sheep and the ever ongoing dry-stone walls drawing dark dividing lines through the land. The light was golden, the air crisp and clear, I love Winter. It reminds me of the paintings of one of the Brueghel's. Since it was taken with 400 asa film, I reduced the grain for once, however the main reason was to get that 'paint' effect that the famous Flemish painter's family BREUGHEL and others put in their paintings. This was how I saw it, a bright sky and some mystery in the trees, the cold wind gently blurring my tear-filled eyes. This image is an artistic interpretation. Have a great day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALWAYS DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS... WHARFEDALE

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I am fortunate to live with such beauty. The Wharfe is a river that carves out the Wharfedale. So I was standing on the South side of the Dale, the sun behind me shining on the other side. The light was superb, the air crisp and cool. I love the lose or dry-stone walls, so typical in the North-Yorkshire Dales. Dry stone walls are commonly used as field boundaries in the highlands, such as the Yorkshire Dales. In the lowland regions of England hedges are the most common traditional boundary. They are a feature in every season, yet Winter is even more special. I love the chaud/froid in this... Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINTER…

My favourite season, lol. WHERE ELSE but YORKSHIRE? A meadow that I photographed with a bit of early winter in the Yorkshire Dales. Dry stone walls are commonly used as field boundaries in the highlands, such as the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. A dry-stone wall is a wall that is made up of stones skill-fully placed one on top of the other with no binding agent to hold them together. The wall is held up by a special construction method and by its own weight, and the stones must be carefully selected by shape to ensure that they have a large contact surface area with their neighbours and so do not slip. Containing sheep in specific fields is the main reason for the existence of dry stone walls. Also, they are a thing of beauty, they last much longer than 'wet' walls, and they're safer than fences when it comes to herding in wildlife. Besides, what else is there to do with all those stones cluttering up the countryside? The moors are bleak, the higher you go the less vegetation there is, nothing to stop the wind, wet walls would not stand a chance, but now the wind just ‘whistles’ through the stones! Wishing you all a beautiful day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SNOWY PINHOLE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We lived on the 11th floor, the penthouse, one side overlooking the sea and harbour-entrance, the other side the city-view. It was a watery, wintry, stormy morning. Snow blown against the window, the heating melted the center... just enough to oversee the city and take a shot through it... A small window of opportunity, literally, LOL. THIS IS NOT AN EFFECT ADDED IN Photoshop!!!! Pure unadulterated photography. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, M (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A TCHAIKOWSKY WINTERDREAM...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-UpAQacyzI The weather is too soft, when, really, it SHOULD look like this? The world changes with frost or/and snow, you see things you did not know were there. A silence envelops you, sound doesn't travel so well anymore, but the air is crisp, the cold fills your lungs and makes your eyes sparkle and cheeks blush. AAAhhh I love the cold, right ! Lol.Magda (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON ILKLEY MOOR...

't Was on a cold Sunday, late afternoon. It had snowed, 't was freezing cold, what little sun there'd been, was fast going down, the light was fading, no more folk around, they'd all gone home to warmth and cosiness. And me I was still standing, waiting for t'right moment... You have to read this with a Yorkshire accent, hihi. Ilkley Moor is very famous, I was standing high on the ridge, in the distance you see the other side of the Dale (valley). I love snow and cold, when it is that dry crisp air that tastes healthy and reinvigorates you. This had been it, properly dressed for this occasion, I felt so good. Hope you do too, thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) ON ILKLEY MOOR... ( old folk song) Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee, On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! (bare head, no hat) Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee? Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee? On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! On Ilkla Moor baht 'at?! Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane On Ilkla Moor baht 'at Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane On Ilkla Moor baht 'at On Ilkla Moor baht 'at On Ilkla Moor baht 'at For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER... The old one has GONE, only memories and good images left now, LOL. A metaphor, 2016 as the bud of a flower! 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 2016 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. 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

A NEW YEAR IS LIKE A BUDDING FLOWER...

A metaphor, 2017 as the bud of a flower! 2016 GONE, only memories and good images left now, LOL. Full of PROMISE of all things good, we hope for. Petal after petal, layer after layer, day after day, week after week, it opens... with ups and downs, sunshine and rain, warm and cold, the laughter and the tears! Get through the 'lesser' days and enjoy the 'better' days, it is like fighting through the storms and then basking in the warm sunshine. I hope 2017 brings a LOT of SUN for you, many beautiful ‘flowers’ and above all PEACE. Looking forward to another year filled with the beauty to all the senses that flowers provide. Our best wishes. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved