As we are approaching spring… Wait, are we nearly there yet??

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Falling snowflakes
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Idyllic winter street scenery
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Nope, it’s not a lightroom filter, those are the real snowflakes.
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Beautiful snowy scenery

…Dashing through the snow, on one horse… wait, it’s not THAT time of the year. It’s nearly spring. Are we nearly there yet? Winter: No.  …

ARE we nearly there yet?  Winter: Nope. 😦

While it is nothing unusual for March to give us some snow… BUT, after beautiful above ten degrees on Thursday and Friday… Little beast No 2 ”attacks” UK. Again…

Now, seriously… ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? 🙏 🙏

Thanks for stopping by…

Nikole

Animal Portraits 4 (Beautiful Farm Animals – close up)

A goat
Snack time.
Chinese Goose
Chinese Goose in the pond
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The Rooster head close up
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Chinese Goose – head close up with the muddy background
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Chinese Goose close up
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Hen head close up
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Close encounter with the Chinese Goose.

The animal portraits were taken on the farm by the country park in Birmingham. Hope you enjoy my animal portraits. Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole 🙂

The spring is finally here!

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After the long snowy winter and some really dull, gray skies, this weekend, it was finally sunny for a while. This set of photos was taken in a local country park and is consisted of early spring flowers close ups.

Hope you enjoy my sunlit flower pictures.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole

 

Beautiful Flowers – In anticipation of spring

After very cold two weeks, the sun is finally showing its face, at least for a little while. Some of the flowers have survived the cold, snow storm and have shown their little heads. Looking forward to some nicer weather, I have looked through my last years archive for some flower photos.

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Pulsatilla vulgaris
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Peruvian Lily
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Milk Thistle

 

Thank you for stopping by.

Nikole

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Needless to say, but I still have to say it, nature is absolutely amazing. Especially plants. Besides being so beautiful and being a part of the Earth’s respiratory system, in the big cities, they are thriving on some of the most unusual places.

No matter how hard people try to urbanize, every single spot, the amazing plants will find their magical way to grow, even in the very harsh conditions of a big city.

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The plant growing out of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, UK

The plant on the picture above, is growing near the very top of the modern building, which is a shopping centre. I bet, not many people have noticed this, since I had to hold my camera pretty high in order to take this shot.

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This beautiful, single, isolated poppy flower, was growing by the construction site fence.

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Another construction site. The one and only flower growing in the very harsh conditions.

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And something a little bit  different, a clover plant in the pot. It was bought as a lucky clover, but somehow it grew just the regular three leaf clovers, until after a while… few occasional lucky clovers started to appear. In case you think having a clover plant in a pot is funny, just to let you know, I also have some garlic planted as well (it started to sprout and I just couldn’t throw it in the bin, so I planted it).

Isn’t  nature just wonderful?

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Nikole

Animal Portraits 1

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Summertime sadness

I absolutely love taking pictures of animals, especially close-ups. So much character can be seen, when having a closer look at these beautiful animals. Some of them love posing, some are hiding in the grass. Occasionally (if not often), true emotions can also been seen, such as sadness, especially in animals who are spending their lives in captivity. This beautiful Crane, on the photo above, appears so dreamy, absent, as if he was imagining some better days when he was free.

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Shy Little Red Panda Bear Hiding in the grass

 

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I’m so gorgeous and I love it.

Meerkats are some of my favourite animals. They appear so vain and self assured, more than any other animal I know of. Yet, their glorious posture and facial expressions are always so precious.

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Angry Face

 

Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Nikole K. Hill

 

Beauty and the (Bumble)Bee

 

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This is one of my first Nature close up photographs, taken with the point and shoot (a long time ago), after which I absolutely fell in love with Nature/Wildlife Macro Photography. Now I don’t use point and shoot camera any more, of course, but a DSLR with a telephoto lens.

Thanks for stopping by my little artistic haven…

Good to see you here.

Nikole

Amazing animals B&W Swan photos

You can see these beautiful, elegant birds on many lakes in the UK. It is said that there are around 6,400 pairs of Mute White Swans. Less than twenty pairs of swans were black in 2005th, it is believed that there are more nowadays.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look at my Swan photo gallery!

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Amazing Animals (Seagull Convention)

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Seagull convention – coffee/tea break
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Line of seagulls
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Someone’s not paying attention…

This set of photos was taken in a park. The amazing flock of seagulls, were stood on the fence for quite a long time, as if they were having a meeting.

Hidden Artistic Gem – Custard Factory – Digbeth, Birmingham

 

The Green Man, 12 m high statue by Toin Adams. This giant statue is a must see.

 

                     It also has beautiful Murals, painted as a part of the City of the Colours street art  festival.

 

And the water fountain with beautiful flamingos. These guys are not flying away anytime soon… so if you are in the neighbourhood feel free to stop by, there is a local coffee shop as well.

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For the end, just a little bit more graffiti.  Oh… and one more thing, anybody lost a pair of trainers? Check the third dish from below if you have.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

The Magic of Photography

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Photography is magical… I really mean it.

This beautiful tropical-like sunset photo was taken in England. Yes, this is a view from my window, and no, I am not lucky; there are no cool views from any apartment in England. If I haven’t zoomed in, while taking a photo, you could have seen a giant chimney in the distance, neighbour’s tv antenna, the digger from the nearby construction site… and many other things making the view… well, not that very nice indeed. But I love to take a photo and imagine… imagine it looks, just like this.

Just can’t not to love the magic of photography. 

Sunday Evening contemplations (in England)

 

 

Somewhere far away,

Behind the horizon,

Sun is shining.

And seas are warm.

Maybe,

People are

Swimming.

 

Somewhere over there

Behind the horizon,

Sky is blue.

Not dull grey.

Maybe,

Somewhere

Over there,

Behind the horizon,

Just maybe,

It isn’t raining right now.

 

Maybe somewhere,

Over the horizon,

The nights are

Alive,

With people strolling,

With children,

By their side,

And maybe,

Just maybe…

 

Somewhere over there…

Over the horizon,

People are laughing.

Happy.

Having fun.

Laying on the warm beach.

Having a night swim.

Watching the stars.

Maybe,

 

Just let’s say maybe

Somewhere the sky isn’t

Grey right now.

Maybe it isn’t raining,

Somewhere…

Somewhere over there.

Far.

Behind the horizon.

 

 

 

 

A Story behind the image – My photo adventure!

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Every image tells its story with each shade of its colour and every shadow.

But is that the only story it tells us?

Although, there is a story, we all can see by looking at the photo in front of us, the open and upfront story, the emotion, the message entailed in the imagery of the photograph, there is also a hidden, often untold story behind every single image.

What story could that be, maybe you are asking yourself right now?

It is a story of an adventure, hidden behind the creation of the image, known only to its creator – the photographer.

A Runaway… squirrel

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A story we see: A cute little squirrel coming down the tree trunk.

If you are also doing Wildlife photography, than you might be familiar with several techniques every professional has to master.

The most popular technique, used only by the best, is the TECHNIQUE of CRAWLING and CREEPING. While I was practicing this mighty craft of creeping amongst the fallen leaves, trying to do a close up of a squirrel stretching on the tree trunk, in the local park, I heard a squeaky voice of a boy: “Mummy, mummy look, a squirrel!!!”

It is needless to say that the furry little squirrel didn’t feel like stretching anymore. It ran away, faster than the flash goes off on my camera.

The boy cried out: “Mum, look, it’s gone now! Did you see it?!”

We’ll, since I was the mum in this story, all I could say was:”Really? Haven’t noticed a thing…”

 

A close encounter

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The close (I mean really close) encounter with a swan.

As I have spotted two beautiful white swans on the lake, just by the shore, I came closer and got in the squatting position. I was moving closer and closer in the same position and taking the photos at the same time. At one point when I got by the water, nearby ducks (pretty big ones) and a swan got curious and decided to get out of the water and went towards me.

As the ducks were passing literally next to me I didn’t move, keeping an eye contact with  a swan. The photo on the left was taken as the swan was stood right in front of me. He was observing me as I was watching him, surrounded by the ducks, which were staring at me with their questioning looks.

At the time I didn’t know if they were going to attack me, or just came to say Hello. I decided to stay calm and don’t make any sudden movements, while still taking photos of the swan stood in front of me. Suddenly, they just decided to get on with their own business, assured that I don’t mean any harm. (”Just another funny human with a big camera,” they might have thought.)

This is just one of the experiences I will never forget. I felt connection with the nature. That connection, we are slowly losing every day, more and more with our unhuman artificial lives, imposed on us. People are a part of the nature as well, just we are  forgetting (somehow) who we are.

How deep is your love (towards photography)??

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Kawika Singson withstood the intense heat of a lava flow and allowed himself to be set alight in order to get this photograph on top of a Hawaii volcano. (Borrowed from the Daily Mail Website)

 

My experiences (SO FAR) are nowhere near so extreme, such as the one on the photo above.

Feel free to share in the comment:  How far did you go to get a great shot?  

What is the story behind your photography?

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to share some of your photos and the stories behind them.