Mushrooms – Halloween photography

I often say I would move to a hot place in a heart beat and never look back, but I have to admit that since I’ve started taking pictures on a more regular basis – yeah right, three times a year can qualify as regular – the constant change of seasons has grown on me. I still hate winter and that will NEVER change.

The different colors, textures, smells are indeed interesting, but I have started noticing something that would probably,most likely, go unnoticed  before. Light. I love how different seasons have an impact on light. And although summer is still my favourite season of them all, light on a sunny, warm fall day is my favourite kind of light. Not only because it looks good in pictures, but also because it makes the sky look amazing. And I am a BIG sky lover.

Every year, around September my yard is taken over by a mushroom invasion, which is so cool because I don’t really have time to go places to take photos. Having them in the yard gives me so many opportunities to practise and play with different camera settings. I have a growing collection of mushroom photos taken these last years, I am even thinking about maybe gathering them together and doing something like a mushroom series because I find they look better together. They are the same mushrooms each year, yet look so different every time. Although there is nothing amazing about them in the sense they are the boring, common type growing all over the place, I still think they look so pretty.

So in the meantime, very likely to be something like a few years based on how much time I put into photography, here’s one I took this year. Halloween is coming up, too. What would be a more appropriate image to start the Halloween 2015 season than a spooky mushroom photo?

I am a bit late, I know, supermarkets have already started getting out the Halloween stuff in July, but I will eventually catch up 🙂

M

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Paradise Found – beach photography

I am someone who is known to be a bit intense when it comes to stuff I like or hate; if I love something, I tend to make sure people around me know it, if I hate something, people around me end up knowing it too. I tend to immediately know what I love and what I hate, but the thing is I sometimes find it just too difficult to know what I like. Sweet souls having experienced immediate love for a pair of shoes in the store only to have second thoughts right after bringing them home certainly understand. Just like they will probably understand why that yellow Italian leather bag has to come home with us the moment we spot it in the store in spite of the $400 price tag. That sweet “OMG we need to be together and nothing can keep us apart” feeling
You know, that feeling that can get quite intense in spite of our efforts to keep calm and breathe. Recently my heart skipped a few beats the first time I saw the place pictured above. I am not much of a drinker, but I do enjoy a good wine or a funky looking cocktail, so every now and then a bar makes its way on my “favourite places to be” list. Pair those cocktails with a beautiful, beautiful beach, AMAZING music playing in the background, the best (human) company I could ask for and you get the image of the place that made my heat stop for a second. Love at first sight.

This time around, I think I found paradise.

The most wonderful time of the year is not what you thought – travel photography

The most wonderful time of the year might be Christmas for the rest of you, but let me disagree and declare vacation time the most wonderful time of the year for me.  And vacation, vacation, vacation does rhyme with location, location, location right? Well there’s a reason for it – vacation location is important. Especially when the first glimpse of your vacation destination gets you so excited you wish your plane landed only to take off again and then land again, take off again. Imagine the photo opportunities?

This is a country which knows how to make an entry, so to speak. It was my first visit and right there, right then, on that plane I realized I was going to have the chance to get close and personal with the sexiest country I have seen so far. There might be others and we just haven’t met yet, but the Dominican Republic stole the show and revealed itself with such grace I instantly fell for its charm.

If this place does not scream sexy at you, I don’t know what other non human thing does. I mean a non human thing captured on a cell phone screen, to be more exact.

M