Floral Friday: Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Yesterday I stopped of to take photos at Cornwall Park.  The sun was quite low and strong.  There weren’t many plants left, a few delphiniums and these foxglove.  I was shooting blind as I was shooting into the sun.

Here is some info from Wikipedia –

Digitalis (/ˌdɪɨˈtlɨs/[2] or /ˌdɪɨˈtælɨs/[3]) is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae.[1] This genus is native to western and southwestern Europe,[4] western and central Asia, Australasia and northwestern Africa. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in colour from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings.

The first year of growth of the common foxglove produces only the stem with its long, basal leaves. During the second year of the plant’s life, a long, leafy stem from 50 to 255 centimeters tall grows atop the roots of healthy plants.

The larvae of the moth the “foxglove pug” consume the flowers of the common foxglove for food. Other species of Lepidoptera eat the leaves, including lesser yellow underwing.

The term digitalis is also used for drug preparations that contain cardiac glycosides, particularly one called digoxin, extracted from various plants of this genus.

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Cee’s Fun Foto challenge: Chorus

Dogs that bite

This week Cee has gone for the chorus of this song, My favourite things.  I have really loved this series.  It really has been a lot of fun searching for the photos to go with it.

When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel so bad.

So the first photo – actually I don’t think that Abbey would bite.

But this bee would certainly sting.

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I would say that my favourite thing is to take these photos when I am feeling sad.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favorite Things, Chorus

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favourite Things Chorous

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One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

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Good morning from a cool sunny Hastings morning.

I am a bit late today as I had to drive my son to EIT, his college.  He gave me a heart attack, or at least gave me a huge fright when he opened his door on me.  I had thought he had already gone, but no, he had slept through his alarm.  I got him there with 1 minute to spare.  It was a complete waste of time as I grabbed my camera and went to Cornwall Park on the way home.  I was in 7th heaven.  Bliss.

So onto Jennifer’s challenge which this week is saffron.

One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

Actually this photo would have been good for last week’s challenge of seafoam.

This is an older photo I found this morning.  I tweaked around with it, sharpenening and darkening the middle tones and I think it is a stronger photo for it.

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/one-word-challenge-saffron/

One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/one-word-photoo-challenge-saffron/

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Weekly Pet Share

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Michelle has changed her pet challenge to Weekly Pet share this week.

I never found my lost camera.  It is annoying as I also lost 4 memory cards, another small camera and the bag.  I felt lost without it.

So yesterday I went out and brought the best camera that I could afford.  It was a choice between a camera and a sofa.  No choice really.  So now I am the proud owner of a Nikon Coolpix P600.  What a difference to my old camera.  So responsive and fast.  When I got home I saw the price on the box – $250  cheaper than I brought it for – I was meant to have it then.  I also got the plum coloured one.  It is smaller and lighter than my old camera and fits smugly into my hand.  So guess what I have been doing – yup, making up for lost time.

The zoom on this is great.  There is a small dial on the right that operates it which I like.  This photo was taken at maximum zoom of a thrush on the top of the house next door.  I am totally a happy chappy now.

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Phoneography: Black and White at Ahuriri

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Good morning from a cold and cloudy Hastings.  We should be in summer but it feels like winter.  I wish I could send some of this cooler weather to South Africa as I know they are sweltering and are having to endure power cuts.

I am madly beading at the moment for this weekend.  I didn’t realise just how much I will be beading.  Needless to say I don’t want to see another bead for quite some time after I have finished it.  Even The X Files isn’t doing the job in keeping me going.  My dress is getting heavy but it looks good.

So onto this challenge by Sally where we get to use our phones for photos.  These photos were taken at Ahuriri beach, looking the other way from the port.  I am not sure what these old wooden posts were. Probably an old pier.

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-srl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-and-the-afternoon-light/

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I wanted to be a bit more serious this week with my black and white so only did minimal editing with Snapseed.

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https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-how-black-and-white-saves-the-day/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-airport-au-natural/

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Some Moonshine

Moonshine

Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.

Yesterday I helped my parents with their stand at the Clive fair and car show.  It was freezing for being in February and we had some rain.  Luckily I had checked the weather forecast and had dressed in warm clothes.  I would not have won any fashion contests, but I was warm.  I think the cold kept people indoors and it was a very low key event and for once my father didn’t sell much.

Today my son starts his course at the local community college (for those in America) and I wish him all the best.  He is nervous about it but will soon settle in.

Yesterday when it was quiet I would wander around the stands with my cell phone.  I get itchy fingers when I see so much I want to take photos of.  I had a laugh when I saw this sign for moonshine.    I think it was just some fruit or vegetable juice.  But those bottles don’t look good. Ah, I thought.  Great for Cee’s challenge this week.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #7

What a Doll!

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WPC: Symmetry

Symmetry of Man versus Nature

Good morning from a grey, rather stormy Hastings morning. A great day for The X Files and beading. Yup, still at it.

Thank you everyone for your kind wishes for Ruth.  She got down to Wellington safely and is settling into her new flat.  She still texted to make sure her brother was home from work.  And she texted to ask what I was eating for tea.  Some habits die hard.

This week Cherie from The Daily Post has given us the prompt to find symmetry.  I have chosen this photo as I love the fact that nature still prevails over man.  The daffodil still manages to poke it’s head through the fence palings to seek the sun.

Symmetry (noun): the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position; the quality of having symmetrical parts.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/symmetry/

https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

http://teepee12.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-down-the-middle/

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Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge – Symmetry

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/wpc-symmetry-in-bloom/

Symmetry on the River

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/symmetry/

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Double Delight: A Rose For Ruth

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Good morning from a sunny but cool Hastings day.

Today is a sad day, but also an exciting day.  My daughter Ruth is leaving us to move permanently to Wellington to attend university.  So I am dedicating this rose and post to her.

On the one hand I am happy for her to follow her dreams, but on the other it is hard to say goodbye.  Last night was spent laughing over Agent Carter on the TV and her knitting.  She has been knitting madly on this jumper (sweater) the past few days to get it finished.  I made her knit the sleeves too long, so I had to undo it and finish that sleeve off.  But she knitted the other sleeve way to long as well.  So in the end it wasn’t finished and so Mum gets to do it properly and send it down to her.  We had lots of giggles.

The past year hasn’t been easy for her.  Ex-hubby was determined that she wasn’t going to go to university and told her that she was only good enough to work in a shop.  She had already applied to a university in Hawaii but was told to apply in another year.  That wasn’t so bad as I wanted her to have a gap year to save some money.

Then we were thrown out of our home so Ruth applied for Massey University in Wellington for the Graphics and Design course.  And of course she got in.  She has worked long hours 7 days a week at times to save her money for this year.

So now it is time for her to go.  So Ruth I wish you all the best for your studies and your future.

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When her brother left school I had to write him a letter to express how proud I was of him and wished him all the best for his future. So Ruth, this is your letter.

Actually while I am writing this I am starting to feel emotional.  I think that reality is hitting me now.  I want to thank you for all your support over the last year.  I want you to do well in your studies and follow your dreams.  You are a bright, witty and fun girl and are so determined.  So you will do well.  Make the most of your opportunities.  Don’t forget that I am really proud of you and know you will do well.

With all my love,

Mum.

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