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Christmas Roses

It's Christmas eve here in New Zealand and my Christmas preparations are largely complete thank goodness!! In some ways I envy you northern hemisphere people your winter Christmas celebrations. As well as preparing for Christmas we have to cope with organising summer...

Abundance

Some more roses from my garden, these ones sadly have almost finished flowering and being "old roses" only flower the once each season, but they more than make up for that with the abundance of blossom and wonderful fragrance.I grew the bush from a cutting I'd...

Nostalgia

Cecille Brunner is such a pretty little rose, I have the bush variety and it's lovely at this time of the year. My mother used to have the climbing version in her old garden, it was a huge bush which scrambled up an old plum tree and was smothered in blossom and...

Faded Memories

These half dead flowers are the remainder from an earlier photo session but they caught my eye when I was trying out my new 50mm lens. Focusing at f1.4 is very hit and miss I can see even with auto focus :-)Processed with Flypaper Textures Tarte Tatin @ Soft light...

Quince Trio

Quinces are such beautiful fruit, well not to eat raw, but cooked they're delicious,quince conserve, quince paste....yum!As well as being nice to look at they have such a lovely fragrance -a bowl of quinces can scent a room. Another photo from last autumn, these...

Honesty (texture tutorial and recipe)

Honesty (texture tutorial and recipe)

In this quick and easy tutorial, I'll illustrate how I transformed this photo of honesty in a bottle into something more painterly and rich. Mouseover the photo to see the before and after effects. The first texture I tried was Pompeii stucco, an easy-to-use texture...