The weather has been so horribly bad for the last week it was simply impossible to do anything outdoors.
I am not going to even mention a casual stroll with a camera in hand, not when there is a warning for everyone to keep indoors and keep the shutters bolted. Not when it keeps hailing every few hours - big hard balls of ice that the wind drives into the face with particularly unpleasant force!! Not when everything that is a bit loose and forgotten somewhere in the garden starts flying happily around - you can simply forget about it!! It's been a hell of a week and apparently it is not over. The weather will continue to be unpleasant over Christmas and after that. Or so I heard. The only images I managed to take lately were from the car in the pouring rain and the horrible wind!! I have too say I rather like doing that since I am not the driver mind you!! Certainly don't try to do that if you are driving please!!
For some really annoying reason my best photos didn't upload properly!
I had to delete them because their colours got distorted.
A day that deserves a post of its own just because it's such a great number which will never ever happen again in all history of mankind. I find it so absolutely cool for no particular reason at all, just cracks me up.
So, for this occasion, I have prepared some special photos to mark a special day. Lets celebrate with some nature photography from me. Enjoy everyone and please leave a comment to tell me what you think!
thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my images
I was just handed the SUNSHINE AWARD by the lovely Miss Annie .
It is given to bloggers who inspire creativity and positivism.
I have to admit that I am really pleased
if my work has that effect on people.
This is exactly what I WANT and HOPE to achieve by my images.
I want to share the beauty I see with all of you
and I wish to make you feel good about the world we live in
I wish to inspire you to grab a pencil and draw,
or get the camera and take a photo
JUST CREATE SOMETHING
IT IS THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!!
The rules are to provide 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions set for you, provide 11 questions yourself and tag 11 lovely bloggers to do it too.
Copy and past the questions I have provided below and I look forward to reading your responses!
11 FACTs ABOUT ME
I am madly in love with photography and never go anywhere without my camera. This is my RULE NUMBER 1
My second passion is being outdoors, walking, hiking, mountain climbing etc... anything related to all that is my cup of tea. With my camera in hand obviously.
I am mad about water too. If I see a puddle, lake, mountain stream, ocean, sea, glacier lake, I am in it. Swimming is the only sport I ever did seriously in my life.
I love to read. I am mad about books and I think that the smell of a brand new book is intoxicating. I am very open minded I read a lot of different genres - Sci-Fi and fantasy among my favourite though. I am a girl with a lot of imagination.
I always listen to music - especially when I am working - I need to have the music going on strong!! The same as with books, I am open to many different styles that can surprise you, some can be a bit incompatible.
I don't drive, I cycle or walk.
I don't like hot weather.
I love drizzling rain and fog.(!!I know?!)
I adore chocolate but I have't had any for ages...:-(
I want to go to Alaska and Iceland and take photos there until I drop!!
I love trees, I eat healthy, I exercise every day, I love coffee and I haven't smoked for 12 years but I still enjoy a good glass of wine!!!
Well, this is me. More or less.
Here are Annie's questions:
Why did you start blogging? - I thought it would be fun, and it is. I love doing it
Where is your happy place? - Walking the ridges of Connemara
Facebook or Twitter and why? - Facebook, never really tried twitter seriously
If you could go any place in the world, where would you go and why? - Alaska, I am in love with the landscapes and the pine trees
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Use margarine to grease the baking tins not oil
Where is the next place you want to visit? Home - I was born in Bulgaria but have lived abroad for the last 20 years
Where was your last vacation? I wentHome instead, at the time I hadn't been there for 7 years
Who would you most like to have dinner with, dead or alive? Terry Pratchett
Cats, dogs or guinea pigs? Boxers, I have 2 and I am totally in love with them
What are you having for dinner tonight? sun-dried tomato pasta with fresh basil and feta cheese
Best beauty or fashion tip? Colour co-ordinate your clothes
My questions for the next winners are:
What is your favourite thing to do, the one that brings you peace and happiness?
What is your preferred form of art?
What was the last great book you read?
Do you like to cook and what is your best dish?
Are you a water person? Do you like to swim?
Are you an early riser or a night awl?
What do you prefer coffee or tea?
If you had the time would you go hiking and hitch-hiking around the world?
Do you like going to the Cinema and which is you favourite movie at the moment
Are you on a diet?
Would you say you have a healthy life style?
and now here are the blogs I nominate for THE SUNSHINE AWARD
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I needed a bit of cheering up today so I decided to post a few shots I took last Friday in Galway Shopping center.
I have discovered that at this time of the year looking at Christmas images lifts my spirits up. Well, call me hopelessly romantic or soapy, or old-fashioned or corny ...whatever I don't really mind! I love it and that is that!! This is the new Christmas decoration of the Gourmet Tart Co. shop window. I think it is really cool and deserves a bit of attention!! Good job and well done guys!!
The rest of the images are just random captures from the Galway Shopping center
thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a bit of colour !!
I have to admit that there is no better combination than late autumn, blues skies, golden leaves and bright afternoon sunlight. Use the few days left of bright sunlight and the last of the autumn leaves on the almost naked trees and make the most of it. Take the kids and the dogs and just go. You won't be sorry, believe me!!
I did yesterday. I got leaves for gold or gold for leaves, who knows...The important thing is that it worked just perfectly. you can judge for yourselves:
I just love autumn colours! Have a look at some of my last years pickings