Tree decorations Photo Challenge

Photographs to inspire you to enter my tree decorations photo challenge ūüôā
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Bucket Tree

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Shoe tree

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Resting hammock tree
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Pom pom tree decorations

I’ve been doing a lot of ‘spring’ cleaning and going out and about with my camera. ¬†I wanted to set you all a fun little photography challenge. ¬†A while ago, when the skies opened and down came the rain, I took a series of pictures of shoes dangling from trees and mentioned on an earlier blog post that my grandfather used to take me to see a kettle tree. ¬†Sadly, I have no photos of the tree and it has since been felled. ¬†However, I did manage to locate the tree of buckets that I took while out on a school trip with Year 9 students. It was an amazing day out as for once, the speed boat was in operation and we were able to have a fifteen minute boat ride around the Jurassic coastline.

So, the photo challenge is set – can you find any unusual or interesting decorations on or in trees? ¬†Have you seen and photographed birds’ feeding their young, or eggs in a nest? ¬†Could you come up with arranging your own unique decorations on a tree in your garden? ¬†Love to see what you come up with. ¬†Blog about it and add a link in a comment on this page so others can enjoy your findings too.

 

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Photo Challenge – Spring

The Daily Post set up a photo challenge on what spring means to you/me. ¬†For me, it is not just the sun shining, but the various shades of green appearing along verges out in the countryside and the bloom of wisteria on the fronts of pretty houses. ¬†My husband and I took a drive through the countryside and saw this gorgeous wisteria while on the way to a lavender farm. ¬†The lavender fields haven’t changed colour yet to the fabulous purple, but we were able to sample a couple of lavender scones with our tea and purchase some sugared lavender to make some of our own.

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Yarn Bombing!

As some of you are aware, I knitted and crocheted some flowers (roses) when I read about ‘yarn bombing’¬†and people were being urged to help take part in producing lots of flowers! ¬†Well, today I drove twelve miles in search of a special Easter outdoor event in some beautiful grounds and these are just some of the pictures from it. ¬†Next month sees a number of ‘unusual’ festivities happening near us and includes the flowers people have been knitting plus the possibility of an installation of a 90 metre waterslide filled with washing up liquid and water (of course). ¬†My son’s registered for a ticket ¬†… if he gets selected he will get one go on the slide.

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Beach Huts and Houses Heat-Fused Collage

Beach Huts and Houses heat fused fabric collage

Several layers of fabric, pieces of envelope; a magazine; card stock; strips of paper and blue foil fused with heat.  This is what I produced :

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Sun sensitive paper

Craft 15/3/14 sun sensitive photographic paper panda

Would you believe how difficult it is to get hold of this sun sensitive ‘photographic’ paper? ¬†I tried several shops on the high street and the nearest city to where we live. ¬†My son, who is studying photography/media and is about to head off to university to do special effects for film is continuing to build his portfolio; I thought he might like to experiment with this paper. ¬†The packet of ten sheets sat beside the sofa for several weeks until the curiosity began to burn…I had to have a go!

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A few days ago, I posted a drawing of a panda as a prep for a future project. ¬†I have an exhibition going up next week of some of my art work and was considering whether to add this to the other pictures I’m showing. ¬†I’ll see what they look like when they’re dry and decide if I want to transform them further (and of course add a frame or two).

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The idea is to expose flat objects placed on the dark blue side of the paper for two minutes out in the sun.  The dark blue paper that you can see begins to turn pale blue. image Once this happens, protect the exposed paper from any more sun and run under cold water for about a minute.  The image will look as though it is going to disappear and then the image strengthens.

Now my son has seen the results, he finally wants to have a go himself!

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The pictures are then left to dry on a flat surface.