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.
Lisen enjoying the outdoors.
Sniff, sniff and stare. :-)
Almost in full bloom.
This is actually a rhubarb plant, I had no idea they look like this before they become edible?
Hm... Not sure what this is?
Beautiful bright red flower, no idea the name of this one either..? Hehe.
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
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.
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. :-)
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.
Pink bird's nest.
Snow white. (One of the two bouquets of tulips I bought today.)
Welcome, my tulips.
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.
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.
Inside another world.
A world filled with fruitful life.
And a world filled with beauty.
A marvellous little world of Iris, right in front of my eyes. :-)
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:
This flower is called Bleeding Heart in English, a very dramatic name I think. Hehe.
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.
Right alongside the house wall, a pretty Bleeding Heart in her garden. Though in white.
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
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. :-)
The Golden Fields.
Filled with dandelions.
Lisen strolling along the fields with me.
As well as looking over them.
She even decided to take a little stroll through them.
My treasure. :-)
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. :-)
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.
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...
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 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. :-)