Busy Bees

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How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labors hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.

-Isaac Watts

Daucus carota

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If anyone could tell me the name of the plant, I would be very happy.

Edit: Thanks to this site, I believe I have found the plant in question – it is called a Wild Carrot or a Bird’s Nest, Daucus Carota in Latin.

August Photo a Day #2 – Lunch

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We had a (7 pm) lunch in a small roadside pub. The meal tasted rather nice (chicken with cheese and peach slices, fresh salad with fruits, lettuce and carrots, French fries, and garlic bread for starters), the picture doesn’t do it justice, a food photographer I sure ain’t!

August Photo a Day Challenge

I have decided (or been persuaded) to take part in this fun challenge once again. I have done it in the past as well, hopefully I will manage to follow it through the whole month.

Click on the photo to visit Fat Mum Slim’s website and read what she has said about the prompts, and why not take part yourself!

 

Edited to add: In order to make this challenge even more challenging I have decided to attempt all these shots with my trusted, and slightly battered nifty-fifty – the Canon 50mm f1.8. Even I’m curious about the results!

A Sleepy Kitty

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Our kitten, or a young cat I should say, has been floored by the heat, meaning that when she usually plays for several hours during the day, she now decides it’s playtime and hunting time at around midnight, when we are preparing to go to bed. During the day this is her usual position.

A Flashy Gathering

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Entering a parking lot of a popular hiking location and lo and behold, the lot is full of flash chrome and then… a blackboard?
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Someone has done a shoddy job when wrapping the BMW.

A Teaser – Rally Estonia 2014

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This years Rally Estonia took place on the 18th and 19th of June and for the first time it was a part of the European Rally Championship’s rally calendar, which meant even more big names, fast cars and people lining the roads in anticipation of a great race, which it truly was. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reach all of the stages I wanted to see, but it was still a very enjoyable event (and the weather was great as well, although cleaning the camera might still take some time).

So here’s a quick glimpse of what you can expect once I find some time to sort out all of the pictures I took and put together an album – stay tuned!

Life Through a Tinted Piece of Glass

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In this instance, the piece of glass being a Hoya R72 Infrared filter.

I got it for my birthday last year and so far I’ve barely taken it out of its box, simply because it seems like so much hassle to get good results when taking IR photos – there is so much post processing involved and the subject itself needs to be special in it’s own way as well. My boyfriend has used the filter much more successfully – as demonstrated here – but today I finally found a scene that in my view warranted the use of the filter.

The picture is taken in Luke Manor Park, a delightful little place, not far from Tartu.

For the past several hours I’ve been reading articles about how to process infrared images to get the desired results. After a bit of experimenting (Lab Channels being one of the keywords) I ended up with the image displayed above, which I’m quite happy with. The picture that came out of the camera can be seen here.

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Sõmerpalu Staadionikross 2014

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The Sõmerpalu Motokross 2014 took place in a small village named Sõmerpalu. The place is probably best known for it’s motocross events, it has an excellent outdoor motocross stadium and a few years ago an indoor arena was also opened there – the Adrenalin Arena. If you are into motocross you might recognise the names of Tanel or Aigar or Avo Leok, who have all trained and competed on these tracks.

This annual event is held in the memory of Väino Leok, who is the founding father of the Sõmerpalu Motocross Club, and the head of the Leok dynasty. The winner of this year’s superfinal was his grandson, Tanel Leok.

 

The full album can be viewed here.

The Gherkin

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Formally known as 30 St Mary Axe. One of my favourite buildings in the world.

Taken in April 2014, during our wonderful trip to the ever delightful London.