Statues and Carvings – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffy Tufts is taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I am way behind with these, but I will keep plodding along exploring each theme as and when I can!

This time, the theme I am looking at is statues and carvings. I had a look through my back-catalogue and found a pair of animal statues. It is typical of me to always manage to find an animal when I am out and about, even if it is an inanimate one!

First, we have a beautiful wooden hand-carved owl. He can be seen perching in the victorian glasshouse at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. I like the contrast between the glass and metal of the glasshouse and the natural wood used for the carving.

Wooden Owl at Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Then, we have this little squirrel that I spotted on a trip to Dublin zoo. He was such a cute fellow surrounded by all the live animals at the zoo! I like the splash of green in the background as it helps to make the squirrel stand out.

Squirrel Statue at Dublin Zoo

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Orange – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffy Tufts is taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I am way behind with these, but I will keep plodding along exploring each theme as and when I can!

This time, the theme I am looking at is ‘Orange’. I find orange to be a cheerful colour and also a warm colour. The winter days are drab and dreary here, so I hope these photos will add some warmth and happiness!

Orange Plant at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Dark Orange at the Tea Rooms, Templebar, Dublin

Night Lights in Terenure, Dublin

A Single Flower – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffytufts is taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! This week the challenge is to post images of a single flower.

Since getting back into photography over the last year, I have developed a previously undiscovered appreciation for the beauty of flowers. I enjoy getting really close to the flower and using the macro setting on my camera to capture every intricate detail.

Here are two of my favourite captures!

White Flower at the Botanic Gardens

Rose in Rathmines, Dublin

Contrasting Colours – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffytufts is taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!  I am a little late with last week’s theme, “Contrasting Colours”.

I think the reason that I delayed in writing this post, is because I struggled to find any images that fitted the theme. I had to really search through my files to find the following photos. They do demonstrate contrasting colours, but I have to be honest, and say that I have never really put much thought into the colours in my photos.

This challenge made me stop and think about my photography style. I have come to realise that my method is much more focussed on the mathematical side: the rule of thirds, the framing of the image etc. I think that I will have to have a colour day where I will forget my ‘personal rules’ and just play with colour! I’m looking forward to it already!

Blue and Orange:

Auburn Street, Broadstone

Green and Red:

Red Flowers, Botanic Gardens

Yellow and Purple:

Lilac Flowers, Botanic Gardens

Favourite Images – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffytufts will be taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!  This week the theme is “Favourite Images”. I really enjoy photography and love loads of my photos so I found it difficult to narrow things down. I decided to go with two images that make me feel like a “real” photographer, rather than a random eejit with a camera!

I took this photo way back in 2001, when I was taking a photography module in college as part of my Media Degree. I had been photographing my brother’s band and managed to capture this shot. It was one of the first photos where I really thought “Yes! I am a photographer”!

Rock Star

Fast forward over ten years to this next shot! My foray into the world of photography was a very hazy memory. For Christmas 2011, I received the gift of a new camera from Mr Fluffytufts.  I felt self-concious and shy at first…like I was an imposter or a fake. Then I took this shot and was reminded that I am not a random eejit with a camera…”I am a photographer”!

Cactus

National Botanic Gardens in Dublin (Wordless Wednesday – 1 Feb 2012)

Botanic Gardens

Daffodils

The Secret Garden

Flowers

Grassy Steps

Red flowers

Past Wordless Wednesday photos:

A Tourist in my Own City – Part Two: National Botanic Gardens

After our visit to Glasnevin Cemetery, we continued on to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.  They were founded in 1795 and are now home to 20,000 living plants. The gardens act as a type of ‘Noah’s Ark’ for plants. Over 300 endangered plant species are housed here, including 6 that are already extinct in the wild.

We spent a peaceful hour or two wandering through the various Victorian glasshouses.  I had fun playing around with my new camera (my Christmas gift from Mr. Fluffy Tufts)!

Here are a few of my favourite images:

Leaf

Cactus

Jungle in a Glasshouse

Wooden Owl

Terracotta Display