Magda Indigo photography

+ GARDEN FLOWERS

DRUNK ON POLLEN...
AQUIVER THEY STAND… PRIMULA
WISTERIA in BRUGGE…
A FLOWER HEART...
THEM BELLS... ALLIUM...
THE CHERRY BLOSSOM...
IN a FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN 2...AQUILEGIA
IN A FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN...
IN A FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN 3... WISTERIA
ROAMING in the CLOVER...
AND... THEY'RE OFF... DANDELION SEEDS
GOING WILD...
GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME...
PLANTS of THE CAPE 1... Phymaspermum acerosum
PLANTS of THE CAPE 2... Pōhutukawa
PLANTS of THE CAPE 3... HIBISCUS
PLANTS of THE CAPE 4... HIBISCUS
A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…
BLUE LARKSPUR...
BLUE PLUMBAGO...
THE RARE BLUE POPPY...
CORYDALIS, China Blue.
HOT PINK MORNING GLORY...NATURE'S COLOURS
LAVENDE PAPILLON...NATURE'S COLOURS
MONEYPENNY…
VIRGINAL HEBE...
ORANGE CROCOSMIA...
THE SWEET HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER...
GERANIUM, CRANESBILL…
DARK DESIRE...
ANOTHER from THE GARDEN, DAYLILY…
VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...
WILD ROSE…
The True "Wild" Roses…
JO’S ROSE…
JUST JOEY in THE GARDEN...
AND RAINDROPS ON ROSES...
EL GRECO'S VELVET...
THE TEARS OF THE ROSE...
GOLDEN...
GOLDEN EARS...
MORE TONE ON TONE...
SIDALCEA, NATURAL HABITAT...
ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR
IN THE SHADOW OF THE POPPIES.REMEMBERANCE DAY... 11.11.2011 at 11 o'clock .
ANOTHER POPPY on the FIELDS OF WAR.REMEMBERANCE DAY... 11.11.2011 at 11 o'clock
BACK HOME from the land of poppies
11-11-11... A SINGLE POPPY in FLANDERS
ANOTHER POPPY on the FIELDS OF WAR...
LE COQUELICOT...
FLANDERS' POPPIES...
In The Shadow of the Poppies
NATURE'S COLOURS...
GONE TO SEED...NATURE'S COLOURS
FROSTY MAGIC...
THE SNOW-BERRIES...Symphoricarpos
LATE ROSE, EARLY WINTER...
WILD STRAWBERRIES...
ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE... WILD STRAWBERRIES
SUMMER OPULENCE...
LEGEND… St John’s Wort
AN ARIA... DIGITALIS.
LINARIA PURPUREA…
PLAYFULL… VALERIAN.
ALL ABOUT HEATHER…
Money Penny...

DRUNK ON POLLEN...

#abfav_summer_theme Crete, I discovered this field of artichokes, and teeming with wildlife... 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

AQUIVER THEY STAND… PRIMULA

forming a flower-carpet, they are out, for sale now, all waiting for the transplant in someone’s much loved garden. It is still early in the year, and they tremble in the chilly wind. The flowers still quite hidden, frightened to come out. The word primula is the Latin feminine diminutive of primus, meaning first (prime), applied to flowers that are among the first to open in Spring. 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 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

WISTERIA in BRUGGE…

DAY 5 A detail of the trailing Wisteria on the ‘purple house’. Could it be that I have withdrawal symptoms already? Starting to take flower photos? LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLOWER HEART...

WELCOME TO Spring. The icy wind is gone for now, replaced by a milder one. The crocuses stand in all their glory, trembling on their delicate stalks, but, it’s fantastic to see them, at last some splashes of colours in the grass. In some areas there are whole carpets of them, fills me with hopeful expectation of all the things to come, the beauty to absorb and eternalize… I saw this cluster in the shape of a heart, how could I resist? Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Have a beautiful day and thank you for visiting, Magda, (*_*) And 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

THEM BELLS... ALLIUM...

Allium. The flowers of garlic bulbs, different garlic... different flowers! Taken in our garden. Light is so important in this type of photography, I love 45 degrees, and slightly backlit and minimal dof, this here is a variety where the singular flowers are little bells. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FUN GARDEN ANECDOTE Thanx for your time and comments, ALWAYS! 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

THE CHERRY BLOSSOM...

PLEASE, READ THIS... MY IMAGES ARE ONLY FOR SALE FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The sky had been a milky soft box the whole day, but I sensed a glimmer of 'more', as everyone went home, the 'sun' came out gently for a while.It was wonderful, the tender full blossoms ever so gently swaying in the warm evening light, walking in wonderland, so beautiful… so fleeting. The next day it was windy, across from our house; the neighbours have a Cherry tree… most of the petals now a pink carpet on the ground… grab it while it's there! Just a few of the images I came home with, a flavour of the opulence with which I was surrounded, what a feast for all the senses. Have a glorious day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

IN a FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN 2...AQUILEGIA

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! I walked around with my macro lens! Aquilegia (common names: Granny's Bonnet or Columbine) is a genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers. With love to you and thanK you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

IN A FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! I walked around with my macro lens! Hardy Geranium Macrorrhizum Spessart, white flowers producing a dense mat of aromatic leaves which take on rich autumn tints. It is a humble little flower. Loved by bees! There is confusion with Pelargoniums (which most people call Geranium), so here, the REAL GERANIUM! With love to you and thanK you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

IN A FLEMISH COUNTRY GARDEN 3... WISTERIA

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! I walked around with my macro lens! It was dreamlike! Wisteria are the jewels of the botanic world; easy to look after, very long lived, vigorous, and simply magnificent when in flower. The usual Wisteria you find on front walls of English cottages is Wisteria sinensis, which must be 7-8yrs old before it will flower. Also popularly called 'purple rain'? Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria) is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes ten species of woody climbing vines native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. Some species are popular ornamental plants, especially in China and Japan. A fun bit of info here: Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 20 m above the ground and spread out 10 m laterally. The world's largest known Wisteria vine is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring more than 1 acre (0.40 ha) in size and weighing 250 tons, planted in 1894 of the Chinese lavender variety! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

ROAMING in the CLOVER...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! on the verge of Flanders' country lanes... I find the 'wild' flowers, or 'weeds' like people like to call them, LOL! Clover (Trifolium), or trefoil, is a genus of about 300 species of plants. AGAIN some interesting trivia? Shamrock, the traditional Irish symbol, which according to legend was coined by Saint Patrick for the Holy Trinity, is commonly associated with clover, though sometimes with Oxalis species, which are also trifoliate (i.e., they have three leaves). Clovers occasionally have leaves with four leaflets, instead of the usual three. These four-leaf clovers, like other rarities, are considered lucky. Clovers can also have five, six, or more leaves, but these are rarer. The record for most leaves is 56, set on 10 May 2009. Such an abundance of soft colours and interesting shapes, super for wildlife. With love to you and thanK you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

AND... THEY'RE OFF... DANDELION SEEDS

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! More in the Flemish country garden... I walked around with my macro lens! The Dandelion clocks were in abundance, upon a closer look, I saw the seeds were leaving the 'mother' and flying away on the wind. Fascinating! With love to you and thanK you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

GOING WILD...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! on the verge of Flanders' country lanes... I find the 'wild' flowers, or 'weeds' like people like to call them, LOL! Such an abundance of soft colours and interesting shapes, super for wildlife. Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain. Ripple Grass. Waybread. Slan-lus. Snakeweed. Cuckoo's Bread. Englishman's Foot. White Man's Foot. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.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

GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME...

In the garden, three years ago, I scattered a packet of 'mixed ornamental grasses'. Briza maxima (Greater quaking grass) is a beautiful grass with thin stems, hung with pale green flowers that look like rain drops as they catch the light. This neat one comes back every year. Good thing it's recognisable, I probably 'weed' the others... The grass is greener in our garden, as you can see, hihi. PS: you will have noticed by now that I prefer versatility and refuse to be 'categorised' just as a 'flower-photographer'. A good one can photograph anything and everything... Preferences... now THAT is something else! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PLANTS of THE CAPE 1... Phymaspermum acerosum

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! DO YOU ALSO SEE GREEN? LOL. This was taken in Kirstenbosch, the foot of Table Mountain in South Africa, the most beautiful park ever! This ASTERACEA: Phymaspermum acerosum (geelblombos). They will add splashes of warm yellow colour when blooming! Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.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

PLANTS of THE CAPE 2... Pōhutukawa

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! NOW I SEE RED? The natural range of the Pōhutukawa or Metrosideros excelsa...is the coastal regions The tree flowers from November to January with a peak in mid to late December (the southern hemisphere summer), with brilliant crimson flowers covering the tree, hence the nickname New Zealand Christmas Tree. This was taken in Seapoint, at the foot of Table Mountain in South Africa, on the promenade, overlooking the Ocean! Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.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

PLANTS of THE CAPE 3... HIBISCUS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! TRANSLUCENT IN SILHOUETTE. Of course in Cape-Town, like in all Southern and Mediterranean climes, you'll find HIBISCUS! Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names in many countries around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is well known for its colour, tanginess and flavour. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.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

PLANTS of THE CAPE 4... HIBISCUS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! In Cape-Town, like in all Southern and meditareanan climes, you'll find HIBISCUS! LOTS of them, virtually in every garden... Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names in many countries around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is well known for its colour, tanginess and flavour. Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.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

A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…

DAY 6 A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS… My friend and I both love our flowers so to finish yet another lovely day, as per tradition, we have a wander through her gardens. The light hits one of the sunflowers the perfect way, another shot wanting to be taken. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE LARKSPUR...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Delphinium... or more popularly known as Larkspur, in my favourite 'hot' blue colour, straight from the Summer-garden! All parts of the plant contain an alkaloid delphinine and are very poisonous! All parts of the plant are poisonous... yet like so many plants... in small amounts, extracts of the plant have been used in herbal medicine. Blue flowers, in my personal experience, are some of the (if not THE...) most difficult to light correctly, so that you keep the original tonality... A true blue or purple is not so common in the flower world and not easy to photograph well... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE PLUMBAGO...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Popular: leadwort. The generic name, derived from the Latin words plumbum ("lead") This may have referred to its often lead-blue flower colour, the ability of the sap to create lead-coloured stains on skin, or Pliny's belief that the plant was a cure for lead poisoning. Walking through the last beauties of summer that year, in the botanical gardens of the park, near where we like to go, I discovered this 'learly' bloomer. It took me quite some time to get everything right, you know how I love playing with dof, especially in flower-photography. Flowers in a natural environment and with natural light. Have a lovely day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY 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

THE RARE BLUE POPPY...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Meconopsis betonicifolia or Himalayan Blue Poppy. I only had this ONCE! A series of flowers from the garden... where I love back-lighting. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CORYDALIS, China Blue.

CORYDALIS, China Blue. From the garden The C in my garden A-Z, I used minimal dof here because there were too many ‘distracting’ factors around that rather small plant, this is a ’macro- macro’, very much the style in which I like to photograph flowers. … The first discovery of the species Corydalis flexuosa occurred on an expedition in 1989 to Western China. There's no popular name. It is of a huge plant-family that the Chinese have used as herbs in their medicine for centuries. I love this delicate little plant for the wonderful blue flowers (1, 1/2-2cm) and their beautiful foliage. A Spring plant. Flowers in a natural environment and with natural light. Wishing you a very colourful day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOT PINK MORNING GLORY...NATURE'S COLOURS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! NATURE is TRENDY IN EVERY SEASON and sets the tone! Just look at this Morning glory in HOT PINK!!! How wonderful is that? magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-effect-of-colours.... The COLOUR theme continues Went for as little dof as possible. 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.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 MORNING GLORY, hot pink, garden,Summer,nature, natural light, macro, colour,square, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

LAVENDE PAPILLON...NATURE'S COLOURS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE COLOUR PURPLE... NATURE is TRENDY IN EVERY SEASON and sets the tone! Just look at this Lavende papillon!!! How wonderful is that? I love this plant for the fragrance but especially, when it's full of flowers, swaying in the wind, the flowers fluttering, well, just like butterflies. magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-effect-of-colours.... The COLOUR theme continues Went for as little dof as possible. 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.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

MONEYPENNY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 We have our traditional walk around the garden. It is Spring and everything looks fresh, lots of bright colours. In my usual ’style’… I isolate a few. Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty in English. The Latin name lunaria means "moon-shaped" and refers to the shape and appearance of the seedpods. The common name "honesty" arose in the 16th century, and may also relate to the translucence of the seedpods. In South East Asia, it is called the "money plant" and in the United States it is commonly known as "silver dollars", "Chinese money", or "Chinese coins" because its seedpods have the appearance of silvery coins. For the same reason, in French it is known as monnaie du pape ("the Pope's money"). In Denmark it is known as judaspenge and in Dutch-speaking countries as judaspenning (coins of Judas), an allusion to the story of Judas Iscariot and the thirty pieces of silver he was paid for betraying Christ. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIRGINAL HEBE...

More from our garden! In Greek mythology, Hēbē is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventas). She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, serving their nectar and ambrosia, until she was married to Herakles (Roman equivalent: Hercules). This HEBE here is a genus of plants native to New Zealand. Hebes are grown in many gardens and public areas; they attract butterflies. They come in various colours but white is my fave. Easy to grow and maintain it is a popular plant/shrub in many gardens. The colours of Hebe flowers range from white through pink, blue, lilac and purple to bright crimsons. FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On proper Black Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Have a lovely day and as always, 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.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

ORANGE CROCOSMIA...

More from our garden. The name is derived from the Greek words krokos (saffron) and osme (smell), referring to the saffron-like scent, when dried flowers are dipped in water. They are commonly known in the United States as coppertips or falling stars and in Britain as Montbretia. FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On proper Black Crocosmia flowers from early summer well into fall. They are pollinated by insects, birds (hummingbirds) or by the wind. They grow prolifically in our garden, the lancet like leaves afterwards do look a bit 'messy', but insects LOVE it! It was only later that I saw the waterdrop... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.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 SWEET HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER...

Taken in our garden during an almost 'sunny' moment. The sweet fragrance in the evening can be intoxicatingly heady. I love the delicate intricacy of the honeysuckle, you see the different stages( except the very last one, the forming of bright red berries) and all the colours in just one bloom. FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On proper Black Honeysuckles (Lonicera, Caprifolium Mill.) are arching shrubs or twining vine climbers, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the species have sweetly-scented, bell-shaped flowers that produce a sweet, edible nectar. Breaking of the honeysuckle's stem will release this powerful sweet odor. The fruit is a red, blue or black berry containing several seeds; in most species the berries are mildly poisonous, but a few (notably Lonicera caerulea) have edible berries. *Flowers attract bumblebees, butterflies and moths to drink nectar. *Bullfinches, warblers and thrushes eat the berries. The name Lonicera stems from Adam Lonicer, a Renaissance botanist. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? About my flower photography: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/12/1.html thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY 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

GERANIUM, CRANESBILL…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 My friend and I love a walk around her garden. It is Spring and everything looks fresh, lots of bright colours. In my usual ’style’… I isolate a few. This was a new one one me, did not know it in this colour! So I looked it up, it is Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’, a striking form of this cranesbill. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DARK DESIRE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! This IS the link to a live and exclusive interview!!! I get so many questions every day, I thought it might be a good idea, so here goes: Best view it Large, in HD, AND it is 17 minutes!!!! Sit back and ENJOY. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u1aOqA4KdM For those who viewed it already, thank you for your feedback, lovely!. Pink Tiger- or Oriental Lily. The stamen loaded with pollen, ready to receive bees and butterflies... These anthers are made to seduce... Stamens are the male reproductive parts of flowers. A stamen consists of an anther (which produces pollen) and a filament. The pollen consists of the male reproductive cells; they fertilize ovules. Pollen must fertilize an ovule to produce a viable seed. This process is called pollination, and is often aided by animals like bees, which fly from flower to flower collecting sweet nectar. As they visit flowers, they spread pollen around, depositing it on some stigmas. After a male's pollen grains have landed on the stigma during fertilization, pollen tubes develop within the style, burrowing down to the ovary, where the sperm fertilizes an ovum (an egg cell), in the ovule. After fertilization, the ovule develops into a seed in the ovary. Have a wonderful day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

ANOTHER from THE GARDEN, DAYLILY…

INNER GLOW. A Daylily is a flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis. These lovely plants produce a succession of lily-like flowers each of which lasts for just one day. 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

VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...

That Sunday we had very hot and sticky weather... now being a 'Scandinavian' type.... I SUFFERED, could not work in the garden, sit in the shade? Mmmmm, maybe, naah, take photos? ALWAYS. The peonies, of which I have 3 different varieties, had just unfurled and displayed all their luscious glory and beauty, a good thing I shot them on the D70 (with the nikkor macro 60mm)... I photographed them from all angles, good thing coz on Monday... thunder and lightning... Another example of DO NOT POSTPONE...when it's there, TAKE IT!!! A REAL TREAT, LARGE and View On Black All natural, no crop, no manipulation, lol. y few diseases. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Have a gorgeous day and as always, thank you for your comments, 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

WILD ROSE…

UNDER ATTACK… Spotted this beauty but when I looked closer I saw all the movement of the furry caterpillars. They were slowly eating this bush of gorgeous pink wild Roses. Notice they are single roses. THANk you for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The True "Wild" Roses…

Such dark-leaved beauty. The botanical term for wild rose is "species rose", which means just what it says — a species that occurs naturally, with no help from man — a true "wildflower." There are over 100 of these worldwide, some native to North America, many from the Orient and Europe. These true wild roses are all single with exactly five petals — never more, and almost all of them are pink, with a few whites and reds, and even fewer that range toward yellow. (By the way, there are now over 20,000 hybrids, with about 200 new ones every year.) Pasture Rose, Prairie Rose, Wild Rose, Dog Rose, Eglantine, Sweetbriar, and Scotch Briar are just a few of the very common names for wild roses. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JO’S ROSE…

#abfav_yellow Inner light in this bi-toned beauty. have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JUST JOEY in THE GARDEN...

I bought this new rose for the garden, because Paul loves them. I was a little worried.. I had never grown roses... It had a label, with the name and a washed out image. Never realised it would be an old-fashioned rose, so plump, so fragrant, so blousy,so beautiful. This Summer, they are really suffering with all the rain and wind, the abnormally cool temperatures, I feel sorry for them, and bringing them in, mmm, not really, they do not last long or buds don't even open, definitely an outside rose, like so many flowers really! Another aspect of Summer... ALWAYS BETTER on properBlack Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished! Have a lovely day and thanx for your comments, 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

AND RAINDROPS ON ROSES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Oh yes I DO take flowers in their natural environmen! How could one resist? I was put in 'THE SPOTLIGHT', a new feature here on 500 px, with INTERVIEW, check it out: portfolios.500px.com/spotlights/magdaindigo# A rose in the garden. Late,in bud,it is windy with showers.Just Joey, even plump and blousy and with a fragrance to die for! 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.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

EL GRECO'S VELVET...

#abfav_holidays_theme EL GRECO'S VELVET... This beauty was just one, taken just outside the little El Greco museum (that closes whenever they feel like it?) up the mountain outside Fodele, on the island of Crete. EL Greco, (1541-1614) Cretan-born painter, sculptor, and architect who settled in Spain and is regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. He was known as El Greco (the Greek), but his real name was Domenikos Theotocopoulos; and it was thus that he signed his paintings throughout his life, always in Greek characters, and sometimes followed by Kres (Cretan). Little is known of his youth, but he was born in Fodele. Only a few works survive by him in the Byzantine tradition of icon painting, notably the recently discovered Dormition of the Virgin (Church of the Koimesis tis Theotokou, Syros). In 1566 he is referred to in a Cretan document as a master painter; soon afterwards he went to Venice (Crete was then a Venetian possession), then in 1570 moved to Rome. The miniaturist Giulio Clovio, whom he met there, described him as a pupil of Titian, but of all the Venetian painters Tintoretto influenced him most, and Michelangelo's impact on his development was also important. I wish you all a fantastic day and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) FOR THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: View On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE TEARS OF THE ROSE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below. In the east it is still believed that the first rose was created from a tear of the prophet Mohamed, and it is further believed that on a certain day in the year the rose has a heart of gold.’ It is wonderful that sites like these brings so many of us together, it has left me more hopeful for the future and the future of our children, but like everything in life and roses in particular, beware of the thorns… I'm optimistic, there is not as much hate as they’d like us to believe. The Rose is a flower of great Symbolism and importance in many cultures, mythologies and religions.I started growing roses because Paul told me how much he loved them; I never had them because I thought they were very high maintenance and ‘difficult’, how wrong I was! This is a 'FIRE and ICE' rose, in June the weather turned bad for a couple of days and a few roses were just at their peak perfect, so as it started to rain, quickly rushed out to photograph, my Nikon unharmed! 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.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

GOLDEN...

Isn't light wonderful? If used in the correct way... and for those who see it? LOL. The golden sunset painted the world around me in this superb hue, such 'sweet' light. 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

GOLDEN EARS...

These grasses became golden in the sunset. The air pregnant with promise of Summer. Most people had gone home. The silence was music to my ears, never a complete silence, a hum, a flutter, a good-night call, the wind... A beautiful moment where day ends in glory, already embracing the incoming darkness for a well-earned rest. That 'sweet' backlight that caresses everything in golden beauty, 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

MORE TONE ON TONE...

When part of the garden turned pink and I wore a pink blouse. Another of my passions is flowers and over the years I had created a garden, that was low maintenance (oh yes it can be done!), but also a garden that is friendly to all living creatures. To bees and butterflies, so important in our ecosystem, ladybirds and bumblebees, frogs (they eat the snails!), a whole array of birds, squirrels, now and then even a fox runs through it… to us it was an oasis of peace and tranquillity, a daily changing tableau of beauty, all the year round. This was taken in the beginning of July when this part of the garden was just a wall of pink Lavatera with in front of it the Sidalcea and Roses, I went and stood amongst it so that you would have a good sense of proportion. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Have a wonderful day and thanx for your time, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please RESPECT this:IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SIDALCEA, NATURAL HABITAT...

IN MY GARDEN. Common Name: Checkerbloom Genus: Sidalcea Butterfly Host Plants. Sidalcea is a genus of the botanical family Malvaceae. Very compact plant with attractive soft or darker pink flowers on neat flower spikes. Sidalcea resemble miniature hollyhocks, with clusters of upright stems bearing pink mallow-like flowers from early to late summer. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) 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

ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR

The little winding road takes us to the Ostend-Brugge Canal, this canal flows partially in the historical bed of the Ieperlee . In the period 1618 - 1623 this old sea-gully was deepened and from Plassendale connected to the sea. From then on you could sail from Ostend via Brugge, to the interior of Ghent. The blue sky colours the water blue, and right next to a bridge over the canal, a patch of Nénuphars. Water lilies, specifically the European white water lily (Nymphaea alba). From Medieval Latin nenuphar, from Arabic nīnūfar. Monet would have put up his easel there, me… I lifted my camera to my eye. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN THE SHADOW OF THE POPPIES.REMEMBERANCE DAY... 11.11.2011 at 11 o'clock .

'In The Shadow of the Poppies'. © Copyright Magda Indigo Raised surrounded by the remnants of war. In the landscape, whether it be coastal or inland. In the people, whether it be story or silence. This delicate flower is part of my youth, Bright red. The child in me attracted, Picking it to offer or cherish, only to find it extremely ephemeral. The young woman I became, Lesson learnt, loved running in those colourful fields, Not enjoying the stains poppies left on a favourite dress. The young mother I became, Teaching her sons, Trying to protect them from the disappointment of the fast wilting flower, the stains, the symbolism... Now, I'm older and wiser, More tolerant and more intolerant. Now, I am back, they greet me, gently moving with the wind. I just stand; take in the beauty with a smile around my lips, And let the echoes of the past swirl behind my eyes. I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering. 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

ANOTHER POPPY on the FIELDS OF WAR.REMEMBERANCE DAY... 11.11.2011 at 11 o'clock

Last in this small series to honour those who fell, let's not forget? We received the sad news that a young friend was killed in Afghanistan. He wrote exactly the month before; in his own words... ...all the poppies are just getting harvested and all the flowers look quite pretty... ...Got to go for a walk later or a ‘patrol’ if you will, which is nice cos it means I get to hide in poppy fields, put them in my helmet, that type of thing, Great fun. The poppy harvest is just on so enemy activity will be low for the next couple of weeks. As not to disturb the crop… I'll NEVER understand 'war', I cannot get my head around it, I do understand the underlying quest for power, the hatred, the motives... the logistics, but not the emotions, if you know what I mean. I am always sad when I hear of lives being lost, but when you are close to it, as we were that day, it takes on another dimension... my heart goes out to his family. If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. By Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.) 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

BACK HOME from the land of poppies

Good to go and goot to return. A great break, rekindled friendships, seen wonderful things, batteries recharged, missed the fun I have in my work, so I am looking forward... Hope you are all well, 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.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

11-11-11... A SINGLE POPPY in FLANDERS

.... And still the poppies gently blow, Between the crosses, row by row. The larks, still bravely soaring high, Are singing now their lullaby To you who sleep where poppies grow In Flanders' Fields. ~~By John Mitchell.~~ Allied Soldiers Killed: * Belgium: 13,700 * British Empire: 908,000 o Australia: 60,000 o Canada: 55,000 o India: 25,000 o New Zealand: 16,000 o South Africa: 7,000 o United Kingdom: 715,000 * France: 1,240,000 * French Colonies: 114,000 * Greece: 5,000 * Italy: 650,000 * Japan: 300 * Montenegro: 3,000 * Romania: 336,000 * Russia: 1,700,000 * Serbia: 45,000 * United States: 50,600 Central Powers Soldiers Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 1,200,000 * Bulgaria: 87,500 * Germany: 1,770,000 * Turkey: 325,000 Civilians Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 300,000 * Belgium: 30,000 * Britain: 31,000 * Bulgaria: 275,000 * France: 40,000 * Germany: 760,000 * Greece: 132,000 * Romania: 275,000 * Russia: 3,000,000 * Serbia: 650,000 * Turkey: 1,000,000 NO MORE WORDS.... Magda, (~_~) 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

ANOTHER POPPY on the FIELDS OF WAR...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 6th of June 2013. Another D-DAY. I'll NEVER understand 'war', I cannot get my head around it, I do 'understand' the underlying quest for power, the hatred, the motives... the logistics, but not the emotions, if you know what I mean. I am always sad when I hear of lives being lost, but when you are close to it, it takes on another dimension... my heart goes out to the families. If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. By Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.) magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/06/in-shadow-of-flanders-po... 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.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

LE COQUELICOT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! HERE: A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u1aOqA4KdM It's true that the flowers are very fleeting, lasting in a vase sometimes only for hours. They don't wilt, but the delicate petals begin to fall quickly. To avoid this, there is something you can do. As you cut the flowers, take only the freshest. Then use a large match or cigarette lighter, holding the cut end of the stem over the flame, and let it sear the end of the stem until it's almost black. This seals the milky juices into the stem, and usually at least doubles the life of the flower in water. Even with searing, your arrangement won't last long, and you may want to put a tray or large plate under the vase to receive the red petals as they fall, and stain! In Persian literature, red poppies, especially red corn poppy flowers, are considered the flower of love. Papaver rhoeas , common names include corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, Flanders poppy, red poppy, red weed, coquelicot in French. It is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae. MORE THAN EVER: Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work 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

FLANDERS' POPPIES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Thank you for our freedom, to all those who fell and fought on D-DAY, 6th June 1944. We owe them our freedom! I find that earlier in the year, their red is much more vibrant and deeper... the eternal wind on the great flats of the plain was blowing them around, the lower sun painting beautiful shadows... Flanders without poppies? No way!!! MORE THAN EVER: Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work 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.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

In The Shadow of the Poppies

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom! 'In The Shadow of the Poppies'. © Copyright Magda Indigo Raised surrounded by the remnants of war. In the landscape, whether it be coastal or inland. In the people, whether it be story or silence. This delicate flower is part of my youth, Bright red. The child in me attracted, Picking it to offer or cherish, only to find it extremely ephemeral. The young woman I became, Lessons learnt, loved running in those colourful fields, Not enjoying the stains poppies left on a favourite dress. The young mother I became, Teaching her sons, Trying to protect them from the disappointment of the fast wilting flower, the stains, the symbolism... Now, I'm older and wiser, More tolerant and more intolerant. Now, I am back, they greet me, gently moving with the wind. I just stand; take in the beauty with a smile around my lips, And let the echoes of the past swirl behind my eyes. I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering. Most of them gone now too. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NATURE'S COLOURS...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! NATURE is TRENDY IN EVERY SEASON and sets the tone! Just look at this POMPON DAHLIA!!! How wonderful is that? The COLOUR theme continues! HERE: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thanx for your visit and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

GONE TO SEED...NATURE'S COLOURS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! NATURE is TRENDY IN EVERY SEASON and sets the tone! Just look at this!!! How wonderful is that? I Had NEVER seen anything like it... Aren't they beautiful? magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-effect-of-colours.... With love to you and thanK you for ALL your faves and comments on my images, 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

FROSTY MAGIC...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ tonight is gonna be the coldest night so far. Time to cuddle up! I wish you all the very best, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

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

WILD STRAWBERRIES...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Straight from our garden in Summer, Wild Strawberries... They are sweet and full of flavour, but very tiny! Woodland Strawberry fruit is apparently still grown on a small scale commercially for the use of gourmets. Hey we got so many maybe I should try and sell them, hihi? Lol. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? NEW!!! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD The 3 different stages of a plant again. WILD STRAWBERRIES... an Ingmar Bergman Movie Wishing you a fine day and thanx for your visit, as always, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE... WILD STRAWBERRIES

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Wild strawberries, here to show you how small they really are! So get the sense of proportion. And these are some of the 'larger' ones. They are different from most fruits in that their seeds are produced on the outside of the fruit - this combined with their bright red colour has the unfortunate side-effect of making them very attractive to birds. I told you our garden was friendly for man and beast, hihi, now will we have to 'fight' over those little delicacies? Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? NEW!!! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD The 3 different stages of a plant again. WILD STRAWBERRIES... an Ingmar Bergman Movie Have a fruitful day and thanx, as always, for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER OPULENCE...

A bit rain-damaged, doesn't make it less appealing to me because it's not 'perfect'! Another type of beauty... Again, all from my garden, a fragrant Rose, white Hebe, Yellow St John's wort (Hypericum), and some blue campanula, bell type flowers... again ala Victoriana... With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

LEGEND… St John’s Wort

A small series of more humble flowers from the garden. Hypericum perforatum, known as Perforate St John's-wort, St John's wort is a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. St. John's Wort has been used in medicine for over 2.400 years. It was used in ancient Greece and prescribed by Hippocrates and others for insanity, among other problems. It was also used in the Crusades to treat battle wounds. It is associated with St. John the Baptist. It was gathered on St. John's Day and soaked in olive oil to create an anointing oil called the "Blood of Christ". It is said that the red sap "bleeds" in August on the day when St. John was beheaded. The ancient name Fuga Daemonum (Scare Devil) and the Latin name Hypericum ("over" + "apparition") attests to its usefulness in driving away evil spirits. The latter may also refer to the fact that it was hung over religious icons. It was hung in the home, and carried as a talisman. It was also used to protect from lightening strikes. One legend says that if you step on a St. John's Wort plant, you will be stolen away by a faerie horse. St. John's Wort was also used for divination of romance and longevity. St. John's Wort was hung over the beds of the members of a household to divine their longevity. The sprig that was most wilted the next morning indicated who would die the soonest. Keeping a sprig under your pillow is said to grant you a vision of St. John who will promise that you will live another year. If no such vision comes, however… expect you will soon die. All of these should, of course, be done on Midsummer or St John's Eve. LOL. This is a bushy little perennial and very winter hardy.It is a medicinal herb with antidepressant activity and potent anti-inflammatory. Flowers are used to produce a yellow dye. The stem produces a red dye. In the garden St. John's Wort attracts bees. In large doses, St John's wort is poisonous to grazing livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, horses). Wishing you a bright day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

AN ARIA... DIGITALIS.

A small series of more humble flowers from the garden. Singing their Summer song. It never ceases to amaze me how ‘hairy’ most flowers are! Digitalis purpurea was named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in his pivotal publication Species Plantarum in 1753. The generic name Digitalis comes from the Latin for finger (digitus), referring to the shape of the flowers. A popular ornamental, with tall spires of tapered, tubular, purple to pink or white flowers. Digitalis purpurea (foxglove, common foxglove, purple foxglove or lady's glove) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Digitalis, in the family Plantaginaceae, native and widespread throughout most of temperate Europe. It is also naturalised in parts of North America. It is also grown to attract bumblebees to gardens. However! Foxgloves are a source of digitoxin, a glycoside used in the drug digitalis, which has been used as a heart stimulant since 1785. It is also well-known for its toxicity, and ingestion of the leaves (usually as a result of misidentification for comfrey, Symphytum officinale) can result in severe poisoning. Despite their toxicity, they have been widely used in folk-medicine. Foxglove tea (an infusion of the leaves) was taken for colds, fevers and catarrh, and compresses were used for ulcers, swellings and bruises. Its most common use was as a diuretic against dropsy (accumulation of fluid in the tissues), for which it was sometimes effective, but occasionally proved fatal. William Withering, an 18th century botanist and physician, studied the medicinal use of foxgloves, in particular their use in the treatment of dropsy(water retention). He discovered that an infusion of the leaves could slow and strengthen the heartbeat, which in turn stimulated the kidneys to clear the body and lungs of excess fluid. He also showed that foxglove leaves could be used in the treatment of heart failure (but that high doses could stop the heart). Withering’s work led to the eventual isolation and purification of digitoxin and digoxin (cardiac glycosides used in modern medicine as heart stimulants in the drug digitalis). Wishing you a bright day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

LINARIA PURPUREA…

You can't get any easier to grow flowers than Linaria purpurea. Slender spikes of tiny violet-blue snapdragon-like flowers over narrow, whorled, blue-grey leaves light up many an old garden. Blooms all Summer in full sun or part shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established & it reseeds! I have had them for years… jolly and ‘discreet’ flowers! I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here:www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PLAYFULL… VALERIAN.

A small series of more humble flowers from the garden. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae) is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Also known as Jupiter’s Beard, Keys of Heaven, Fox’s Bush Centranthus ruber. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America. It grows on walls, sea-cliffs, rocks and waste land and brownfield sites, especially near the coast. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. In medieval Sweden, it was sometimes placed in the wedding clothes of the groom to ward off the "envy" of the elves. Wishing you a bright day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.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

ALL ABOUT HEATHER…

I brought some home of course, for you to see in detail. It is found widely in Europe and Asia Minor on acidic soils in open sunny situations and in moderate shade. It is the dominant plant in most heathland and moorland in Europe, and in some bog vegetation and acidic pine and oak woodland. It is tolerant of grazing and regenerates following occasional burning, and is often managed in nature reserves and grouse moors by sheep or cattle grazing. Heather was put to many practical uses. Where long leggy stems could be harvested it was used for durable thatching. A yellow dye was derived from it, strong ropes which withstood the effects of seawater were twisted from it, and it was gathered together in bundles to make a variety of besoms and brooms - heather's Latin name Calluna is derived from the Greek kalluna, meaning 'to brush'. In the Highlands the medicinal properties of an infusion of heather tops were used to treat coughs, consumption and to soothe the nerves, and heather tea and ointments were used to treat arthritis and rheumatism. Heather honey is a highly valued product in moorland and heathland areas, with many beehives being moved there in late summer. ’Moorland tea' made from heather flowers, was reputed to be a favourite of Robert Burns. The soporific aroma from the dried flowers was also put to use to make heather mattresses, by packing long lengths of dried, flowering heather together in the bed frame, flowers uppermost and leaning slightly towards the bed head. In the 16th century James VI's tutor George Buchanan wrote that a heather bed was "... so pleasant, that it may vie in softness with the finest down, while in salubrity it far exceeds it ... and restores strength to fatigue. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Money Penny...

These annuals and perennials are found naturally from Europe to eastern Siberia. They are grown for their pretty mauve flowers and decorative seedpods, called silicles. The scientific name is Lunaria but commonly called Honesty, Money Plant, Money Penny, Moonwort, Satin Flower and Silver Dollars, the name is derived from luna, the moon, and refers to the shape of the seedpods. Monnaie du Pape in French. Judaspenning in Dutch. This is the final product, the end of summer, you cut them, peel off two papery sides in which are all the seeds, you are left with this delicate silver center. Wishing you a golden day and thanx for you visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved