travel theme: edge

Living a busy life. we experience being worried, get tensed and be anxious. Sometimes we tend to be living on EDGE… being distraught or deeply upset over some things that did not turn out right according to plans. Some of these are inevitable. But… a good and simple relaxation may do wonders. I need not go to a luxurious and expensive spa to get relaxed. I have my own easy ways to feel better.

  • taking deep breaths –  i close my eyes and do deep breaths slowly in or out. Believe me, this works.
  • finding something to distract myself – i sit down on the sofa, turn on tv and watch my favorite Lifestyle tv programs.
  • stroking my kitty’s coat – this really works because as i hear my cat purr it also gives me that certain contentment and happiness. It has been proven that animals really do have calming effects and they help us fight depression, loneliness and anxiety.
  • getting my camera and taking photos – i need not go far, i just visit my garden and take lots of photos of flowers in bloom. This really soothes my nerves.

I took these photos this morning. Almost all my cattleya orchids are now flowering. I love the shiny drops of rain hanging on the delicate and curly EDGE of the petals. I feel good by just looking at them.

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cattleya orchid

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cattleya orchid

Some may have their own ways of battling stress and it sure would help a lot if you find time to “stop and smell the roses”.

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weekly photo challenge: carefree

Little plants growing so carefree beneath the flower pot..

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carefree tiny plants

See more CAREFREE photos on the weekly photo challenge by DailyPost.

dreamweek three

I’ve blogged about this flower here but i wanted to share another photo as my take on the Dreamweek Three photo challenge by Snapshooter.

Thank you to Schelly as she’s been so kind enough to give me some ideas as to how to make a “dreamy” photo.

I’ve been so anxious to post my kind of “dreamy” photo so i made a little trick to produce one. What i did was choose one of photos that is somewhat blurred, edit it using the soft focus and matte effect and this is the result.

dreamy flowers

I am satisfied with the outcome but i would love to hear more about your suggestions. A newbie like me still have so many things to learn.

a word a week photo challenge: bisect

We’re having nasty weather today because of a super typhoon but i’m glad that late this afternoon the rain has stopped. I was feeling lazy the whole day and this weather makes me want to just snuggle up in bed with the kitties.

This week’s theme for A Word A Week Photo Challenge is BISECT. I really don’t have that much photos about scenery but i would like to share these photos that i think could fit in the challenge.

Here’a photo of a pink wildflower. Notice how the clear focus in the middle bisects the entirety of the photo.

pink wildflower

Here’s another photo of a leaf which is full of rain droplets that look like crystal beads that glisten. The leaf tends to divide the photo diagonally.

rain droplets

For more BISECT photos, head over to Sue’s Blog.

travel theme: architecture

Most of the photo entries for this week’s travel theme are all about man-made architecture. For this challenge, i decided to post the wonderful design and masterpiece of this little fellow.

The house is made of silk, with plenty of sunshine, some showers perhaps. It is located in a beautiful garden surrounded by lots of flowering plants.

nature’s architecture

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weekly travel theme: wild

No need to look that far for a “wild” photo. Here’s a photo of some pink wildflowers growing in my backyard.

pink wildflowers

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weekly photo challenge: fresh

Kissed by the sun, these flowers open up revealing its bright colored petals. They are called Vietnam Rose and comes in a variety of colors like pink, violet, yellow, orange and red. They are also called the 10 o’clock flowers since they are in full bloom at exactly 10 o’clock in the morning.

Propagating this plant is quite easy. It grows easily from cuttings. Mine are just days old but they are blooming instantly. It doesn’t need much water, it blooms all year round and grows best with lots of sunshine.

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vietnam rose

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vietnam rose

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vietnam rose

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weekly photo challenge: curves

Walking around my garden, i marvel at the different loops and curves a single tendril could have. Aren’t they pretty?

This one formed so many little loops before curving into a letter C.

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tendril

How about double loops with each loop curving into more loops for each loop. Oh did i make any sense?

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tendril

This one has even some web encapsulated by the spirally curves.

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tendril

And if you’re wondering where these loops and curves came from? They are tendrils from my dazzling and exotic red passion flower plant.

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red passion flower

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tagged X: xyloid

The vivid orange color of the crossandra flower petal looked so attractive and striking against the woody earthy background. I made use of driftwood and it’s xyloid texture provided character and substance on my rather simple photo subject. The soft and creamy bokeh at the right side of the photo made it more visually appealing and pleasant.

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crossandra petal

Definition of xyloid: (adj.) (botany) of, relating to, or resembling wood; woody or having woody characteristics. Origin from the Greek word xyl (wood) + oid

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cee’s fun foto challenge: lines

Today’s temperature reading is a hot 30 degrees. In the days to come it’s going to go hotter than that.

Last weekend, it rained just a little, sort of just passing through and i managed to capture some photos of my garden as soon as the drizzle stopped. I’m dreaming of a cooler weather so here are my entries for this week’s theme.

It’s exciting and refreshing to see the lines formed by droplets of rain on leaves on a hot and humid day.

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avocado tree

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avocado tree

Oh by the way, it’s my avocado tree. It has grown so tall since the day we planted it. It’s almost reaching my terrace.

For more stories/photos with LINES as theme, visit Cee’s blog.