Poppies in the Bright Sunshine

Poppy flowers in a sunny field, yellow background
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Often found growing along roadside ditches and other humble places, these flowers have enchanted poets for centuries. I found these poppies growing along the side of the Camino Francis in northern Spain, the ditches in many places were lined with them.


Tuesday’s Monochrome Madness

Peace Lily in Black and white
Peace Lily in Black and white 

It’s Tuesday, and I am preparing my image for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 52. For 52 weeks now Leanne has been hosting a blog post featuring monochrome images from different photographers from around the world. Working my way through the gallery each week has been inspirational, so many great images, so many great blogs!

I have to admit, with all the travelling we have done I have been a little hit and miss, and over the last couple of weeks I have missed more than I have contributed to the post. So I offer Leanne this lovely Peace Lily, a heart felt congratulations for a job well done, and a big thank-you for introducing me to so many great photographers and bloggers. The world seems a little smaller, and people a little more connected through her work.

If you fancy black and white photography head on over to her blog and check out some of the other contributors and I have a link to some of the images and past blog posts for Monochrome Madness.

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Tulips in Black and White


we have been busy getting our lives organized here in Calgary, I am not sure where the time goes, but my routine for photography, blogging, exercise, and reading seems to have gone right out the door!

I hope you enjoy the tulips, I am hoping to start back into photographing at least one still life a week! I think that should be feasible?!

Drop a line, let me know what you think of the tulips. Share the post with your friends if you like it, and you can find me on instagram if that is where you like to hang out to look at pretty pictures!

34 days until Christmas

34 days until Christmas and the Rose are still blooming! copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
34 days until Christmas and the Rose are still blooming! copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

The days have been getting shorter, we have witnessed cities and town putting Christmas lights on the light standards and in the streets, and I have been talking about Christmas Markets,  so yesterday when I noticed this lovely pink rose blooming in the cemetery at the St. Peter’s Abbey, in Salzburg Germany, I was surprised to see it.

Flowers blooming in November, in Calgary Alberta,  just doesn’t happen, unless of course they are house plants, then I started to think about the date, and realized it was only 34 days until Christmas.

34 more days until Christmas………….

will you be ready?

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain
white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain
gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 
gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain
gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 


Red Poppy and Raindrops

Red Poppy
Red Poppy and Raindrops 

It rained enough today to pull on the poncho’s, a soft gentle rain that is good for the ground and the flowers. I needed to get down in the grass along the side of the road, to get close enough to the poppy I wanted to show the raindrops, and then wait for that perfect moment when she was standing still to get this shot.

I love seeing the beautiful red poppies blowing in the breeze beside the road.

The timing for our walk through Spain, and the Via la Plata has been perfect for spring flowers.

Hopefully we have more sunshine and less rain tomorrow.

Meconopsis; Blue Himalayan Poppy in the UBC Bontanical Garden

Blue himalayan poppy in the sunshine
Blue Himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.

This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down.  There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.

I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?

More beautiful flower images are available for licensing or printing at my gallery.

Red Poppy; beautiful and delicate

Red Poppy
Red Poppy

, here I can hardly wait for the flowers to bloom. I am working through some old files, and finding some flower images to satisfy my needs for flowers! I love the red poppy. They are delicate, the color is rich, and they seem to dance with the slightest breeze.

What is your favorite flower?

Orange Cypripedioideae – lady slipper orchid

Orange Cypripedioideae- lady slipper orchid
Orange Cypripedioideae- lady slipper orchid

not long ago I told you about the Calgary Foothills Orchid Society here is another of the images taken during their last show.

Foothills Orchid Society – Cypripedioideae – pink lady’s slipper orchid

pink lady's-slipper orchid
pink lady’s-slipper orchid 

As part of my Explore Calgary Project, I want to visit activities and events happening around Calgary. The Foothills Orchid Society holds an annual show at the Triwood Community Center, sometime in May.  On display are beautiful and show the dedication members have to their plants. Last year I went early Sunday morning, just as the doors were opening, so it wasn’t too busy. If you are planning on taking pictures, be aware of the other guest to the show, try not to take up too much space or stay in one place too long. Use either off camera or diffused flash to prevent harsh shadows.

The Triwood Community Center is holding their winter festival February 17, 2012: skating, winter games, campfire, definitely something else to add to my calendar for my explore Calgary Project.