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An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
May 6, 2013 7:43 PM



It was an absolutely amazingly gorgeous weekend, the sun was out - and so was my doggy Lisen and I to enjoy it. Lisen and I spent this Saturday in my mum's garden helping out with some garden chores, which was really nice. We finished off the day's work with a great barbecue, my first of this year - yum!

Yesterday was also a very beautiful sunny day, Lisen and I went for a lovely morning walk and then I soaked up the sun on my balcony the rest of the day. Lisen preferred to stay in the shade though. Hehe. Actually, I even managed to get sunburned this weekend. Lol! :p

Below are some photos from this Saturday in my mum's garden.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Lisen enjoying the outdoors.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Sniff, sniff and stare. :-)

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Almost in full bloom.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Almost.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
This is actually a rhubarb plant, I had no idea they look like this before they become edible?

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Hm... Not sure what this is?

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Dandelion.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Beautiful bright red flower, no idea the name of this one either..? Hehe.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Daffodil.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
My favourite part of the barbecued meal was the corn on the cob - slurp!!!

I am so grateful for weekends nowadays, being away from home as much as I am during the week. And this one certainly gave me enough energy to last this entire week. Ahhh! Thank You Mother Nature! :p

/A.L


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Finally Some Flowers
April 28, 2013 12:25 PM



It has taken a bit longer than usual this year for flowers and trees to bloom here in Sweden. But finally this week I started to see some pops of colour beaming along the roads I usually walk. And the fact that the sun gave us several days with pleasant weather and spring temperatures this week certainly reassured me that the winter season at last has passed. Ahh. :-)

Below are some flower filled photos from my walks with Lisen around Lyckeby this week.

Finally Some Flowers
Pop!

Finally Some Flowers
Leopard leaves?

Finally Some Flowers
Ahh.

Finally Some Flowers
Beaming.

Finally Some Flowers
Drizzle flowers.

Finally Some Flowers
Red and yellow.

Finally Some Flowers
A beautiful mix.

Finally Some Flowers
Flower pole.

Finally Some FlowersFinally Some Flowers
Did you see the flowers, Lisen? Hm...

/A.L


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My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
March 11, 2013 6:42 PM



A while back I bought some tulips for myself. One afternoon I just got the urge to take out my camera, put on the macro lens and play around a bit. So below are some photos from My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens. :-)

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Pink beauty.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
White back.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Trio.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Sunshine.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Claw.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Warp speed.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Bird.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Star.

My Play Date With Tulips And A Macro Lens
Take a bow.

/A.L


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In Honor Of Tulip Day
January 15, 2013 2:48 PM



Today we celebrate Tulip Day here in Sweden, so in honor of this day I of course had to buy me some gorgeous tulips. :-) Below are some photos of the many colourful tulips I encountered today in the stores, as well as some snaps of the tulips I bought.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Pink bird's nest.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Sunbeams.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Rainbow.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Deep dark.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Fall.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Snow white. (One of the two bouquets of tulips I bought today.)

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Welcome, my tulips.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Hm...

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Oh my.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Flower drop.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Shy.

In Honor Of Tulip Day
Peekaboo.

To find out why we celebrate Tulip Day in Sweden and to read some fun facts about Swedes relationship with tulips, check out my page --> Swedish Tulip Day Traditions.

Happy Tulip Day! :p

/A.L


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Iris Through A Macro Perspective
June 14, 2012 2:46 PM

   

I have finally gotten my own camera, a Canon EOS 600D. Yay! The one I used before was my mum's, a Canon EOS 450D. But the coolest thing is that my mum has bought a macro lens for her camera, which also fits mine (another yay!). So I tried it out yesterday for the first time, and I absolutely LOVED it!

I loved it because my favourite part of photographing is to get as close to the subject as possible, and to try to capture it from different angles. Which this lens is perfect for. Therefore I was in photograph heaven for a few hours yesterday. Hehe. And sorry mum, but I will most likely borrow your macro lens many more times in the future. Lol! ;-)

But for now, below are my first captures through a macro lens with my new camera - Iris Through A Macro Perspective. A perspective which truly made me discover things I had never noticed before.

Iris Through A Macro Perspective
Inside another world.

Iris Through A Macro Perspective
A world filled with fruitful life.

Iris Through A Macro Perspective
And a world filled with beauty.

Iris Through A Macro Perspective
A marvellous little world of Iris, right in front of my eyes. :-)

/A.L


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Surprising Bleeding Heart In The Garden
June 7, 2012 6:05 PM

   

Now I have never really been interested in flowers, plants or gardening. But recently I have actually come to appreciate these things a bit more, at least flowers and herbs. Though I still only have one green plant in my apartment and two window boxes with herbs during the summer on my balcony. However, now and then I come across flowers in stores that really capture me. Like this one:

Surprising Bleeding Heart In The Garden
This flower is called Bleeding Heart in English, a very dramatic name I think. Hehe.

Surprising Bleeding Heart In The Garden
In Swedish it is called Löjtnantshjärta, which if literally translated becomes Lieutenant's Heart. The scientific name for it is Lamprocapnos Spectabilis.

Anyway, I had never seen this flower before when I saw it and I thought it was the cutest thing. But when I told my mum about it she said that she actually have those in her garden. Ops... I had completely missed that! So of course when I visited her next time I had to see them for myself, and yupp - there they were.

Surprising White Bleeding Heart In The Garden
Right alongside the house wall, a pretty Bleeding Heart in her garden. Though in white.

Surprising White Bleeding Heart In The Garden
But equally as cute.

And the fact that my mum already had this flower in her garden was a bit of a relief for me, because I then realized that I did not have to buy one myself. Lol! I can just admire the loveliness of the Bleeding Heart in her garden instead, where I am sure that the flower also has a much higher chance for survival than in my apartment. Hehe. :p

/A.L


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Golden Fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
May 14, 2012 6:01 PM

   

Yesterday when I drove home with my dog Lisen after a visit and barbecue at my mum's we passed some absolutely stunning golden fields. So of course I just had to stop and take a little stroll by them with Lisen, and take some photos. :-)

Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
The Golden Fields.

Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
Filled with dandelions.

Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
Lisen strolling along the fields with me.

Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
As well as looking over them.


Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
She even decided to take a little stroll through them.
Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
My treasure. :-)

Golden fields, The Treasure Of An Open Mind
Looking pretty in the fields.

Now because last week was a very busy week for me with more work than usual, I even had to leave Lisen at my mum's for a few days so I could get it all done on time, it was very nice to finally get my head out of blind work mode yesterday and truly enjoy the sights I saw outside. I mean, even though I must have driven passed these fields a few times last week when I was dropping off and picking up Lisen, I really only actually noticed them yesterday. But hey, it is not easy to find treasures with a busy mind I guess. A problem I hopefully will not have this week though. :-)

/A.L


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Just A Little Sunshine
April 17, 2012 8:23 PM

   

It has rained, hailed, snowed and blowed outside here in Lyckeby in Sweden today. But in between showers, our lovely Lady Sun also made some appearances. And it is indeed a relief to know that she is always up there behind the clouds, regardless of how thick they are.

Because a little sunshine...

Just A Little Sunshine
... certainly has a lot of power.

/A.L


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Pond Artistico
August 17, 2011 4:28 PM



I played around a bit with my camera at my mums garden pond in Rödeby, Sweden recently. Man how I bent, crawled and laid down on the ground to try and get some good photos. My leg muscles were so sore the day after! Yikes. But I'm so focused while I'm photographing that I don't even realize I'm straining my muscles in the process. Lol! Anyway, below are the top 4 photos I snapped.









By the way the camera I used here was a Canon EOS 450D. And although there are no Tuscany Villas in Rödeby, Sweden, this pond do remind me of Italy for some odd reason...


/A.L


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Flying art
July 27, 2011 9:20 PM



Lisen and I are housesitting at my mums. So earlier today I went outside to see if I could find anything fun to take photos of in her garden. And I found flying art!


Butterflies!


Hungry butterflies.


Beautiful butterflies.


Butterflies all over the place.


Even a moth???


Who practised camouflage.


I also saw a lovely ladybug.


But she flew away pretty quickly.

It must be nice to have wings like that, to be able to fly around wherever you like. Perhaps make some flights to alicante. Hehe. Oh well, butterflies sure are beautiful. As are ladybugs too. And I'm so glad I got to enjoy the flying art they are today. :-)

/A.L


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