Sunday, November 23, 2014

I HEART MACRO


These photos are taken of very interesting sculptures made out of almond willow and straw, and their creator is British willow sculptor, Tom Hare.  They were fascinating and the workmanship outstanding.  We found them in a botanical garden in Oslo.  You can enlarge each photo and enlarging the explanation will tell you more.  You can see more of Mr. Hare's work at his blog here.  Keep clicking on the down arrow which appears below each exhibit in the middle of the page for another work to appear.  























I am not sure what this one is but it makes a very nice seat.  I didn't take a photo of their marker, having my mind on the 'apple' in another part of the garden. 


The 'apple' was enormous, they all were.  









I put Gregg in this photo so that you could see the size.































I am linking up with Laura's I Heart Macro here

Shine the Divine

Thank you for hosting this great meme Laura.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 324 and MOSAIC MONDAY

You can find all kinds of beautiful flowers on the TODAY'S FLOWERS home page here.

A change of pace today.  I have been sharing several photos recently from The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  As I am also linking with Mosaic Monday this week, I thought I would do a compilation of flowers taken from the paintings I saw.  





Luiz Santilli Jnr created Today's Flowers.  I am very happy to now be its host.  Thank you Luiz!







You can see beautiful flowers from around the world if you go here.

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I am also linking with Judith's Mosaic Monday, where you will be able to visit other participants in this lovely meme.  Thank you for hosting Judith. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS, BIRD D'POT, NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

These photos are from our trip to Europe in June.  We went to a botanical garden in Oslo and I was able to take a few photos of the birds.  I recognize the Common Wood Pigeon and the European Magpie but I am not sure of the others in the first two photos.



Theresa at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report asked whether the bird in my next photo could be a "Fieldfare".  On doing a Google image search it looks just like it.  Thank you Theresa!  Exciting for me never having seen one before.  I learned that it is one of the larger thrushes . It breeds in central and northern Europe and into Siberia.  It is migratory and winters mainly in western, southern and central Europe.  It moves south in October and November, and tends to return to Scandinavia around April.












I am linking to the following memes as they become available.  You can click on the links below to see other participants.  A big thank you to our hosts for these wonderful memes.