Last week, while I was taking my daughter for a walk, I randomly noticed this small offshoot on our pecan tree so I rushed to grab my camera and take photos. At the same time I was playing peekaboo with my daughter to keep her occupied. We both enjoyed the activity!
I have to say, it is amazing how the same object looks so different if you shoot it at a different angle and perspective when combined with the lighting conditions, the direction of light, the background and your position.
I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.
As summer is approaching, it is the right time to start thinking about vacations and search for possible destinations. Few days ago, Jen from Gypsybus28, tagged me for the Travel Tag. Her timing was impeccable! I was very excited and immediately started thinking about this year’s vacations.
First of all, I would like to thank Jen for tagging me in the Travel Τag. I follow her blog for a while now and I find it very inspiring. She shares her love about cooking, travelling and beauty. You can check out her blog here.
And now let’s move on with the questions!
1. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE YOU HAVE VISITED?
It is not easy to decide. There are a few places that are on my favourite list – each for a different reason. On the top of my list though, is Prague, Vienna, Greek Islands and Majorca.
2. IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE TOMORROW, WHERE WOULD YOU PICK?
Krakow (Poland). I wanted to visit Krakow since my studies, but somehow it never happened. Now we have friends living there, so a visit is long overdue!
3. WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A CITY HOLIDAY OR A BEACH HOLIDAY?
It depends on which season I’m choosing to travel. For summer time I prefer going on a beach holiday. For autumn and spring I prefer a city holiday. I’m not counting winter period, because I can’t stand the cold weather. I would say yes if it would be a ‘hotel’ holiday only!
4. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS?
Everything I take with me it considered to be essential!
5. ARE YOU AN OVER-PACKER OR AN UNDER-PACKER?
Definitely an over-packer! Every time I’m trying to convince myself to pack less but it’s impossible 🙂
6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT GOING ON HOLIDAYS?
My favourite thing is that I get away from the daily routine. Besides that I enjoy seeing new places, meeting other cultures and certainly trying the local cuisine.
7. WHAT IS ONE PLACE YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO VISIT?
I can’t think of such a place, but I will surely avoid visit places that doesn’t make me feel safe.
8. WHO WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A HOLIDAY WITH, FAMILY OR FRIENDS?
I don’t mind. I enjoy both, even though most of the times I go on vacation with family.
9. WHAT IS THE MOST ADVENTUROUS DISH YOU HAVE TRIED FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY?
Since I am not an adventurous person and I am a picky eater, I don’t try anything that looks odd or includes peculiar ingredients. I like to try the traditional food of the country I’m visiting, if fits my criteria that is – which most of the times it does.
Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa. It is a popular plant for shaded areas, which grows into large clumps; it doesn’t need much water andis normally cultivated as a houseplant.
Clivia miniata flowers are red, orange or yellow and they stay in bloom longer than most flowers. They can be used as cut flowers as well. Just keep in mind that they contain small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.
These beautiful Clivia miniata flowers bloomed the past few days in our garden. I pass by them everyday but somehow I didn’t have the urge to photograph them. After a long consideration, I decided that I should take some photos for my portfolio. And I’m glad I did. The results were really rewarding!
On a cloudy winter day, we were wandering in the alleys of old town Bratislava and we ended up on the top of the hill where the castle of Bratislava is located. As we didn’t have enough time to tour the inside of the castle, we settled with just walking around it and taking in the breathtaking view of the Old town, the New Bridge – which crosses the banks of the Danube River – and the UFO tower, on the bridge’s pylon.
Everything looks different when you are atop!
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop
It’s really impressive that, this year our garden has more species of wildflowers than before, such as the Wild Garlic, Allium Ampeloprasum, Muscari Parviflorum, Gladiolus Italicus, Narcissus Tazetta, Cyclamen Persicumand, last but not least, this beautiful flower called Gynandriris Sisyrinchium.
Barbary Nut is the common name of Gynandriris Sisyrinchium (syn. Moraea Sisyrinchium) which is native to the Mediterranean region. The flowers don’t open unless the day is warm and often not until late afternoon and they do not last very long.
Don’t think that I became a flower expert all of a sudden. Quite recently, I found a book in my mom’s library called The Medical Flowers of Cyprus. It is a wealth of information about the flora of Cyprus, so finally I can gather information easier 🙂
I am so excited to take part in the One Lovely Blog Award. I started this blog for me, as a photographic diary of a sort but I am happy that with the course of time, other bloggers were able to travel through my pictures and it got the response it has.
Special thanks to Allen for including me in this. His blog is worth visiting so make sure to make a stop and wander through his Sticky Note Quotes!
Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
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Share seven facts about yourself
Nominate at most 15 people
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7 Interesting things about me:
I love animals, especially dogs. Ever since I was a child, I remember always having at least one running around the yard and through the house.
Other than our local Mediterranean cuisine, I also love Mexican, Indian and Japanese food.
I love cooking. I always like trying new recipes. I don’t always follow the instructions verbatim since I like being creative in the kitchen. In the future I will post some of my favorite recipes!
I’m not the athletic type. I just like to hike leisurely for as long as I can.
I love all kinds of sweets but not chocolates or anything that contains chocolate 🙂
As weird as it seems, I’m not a big fan of swimming, even though I am from an island and I live very close to the sea, like 5-10 minutes walking distance!
I’m afraid of heights. When we visited the Eiffel Tower and we went all the way up, I turned and looked at the inside part of the elevator. When we reached the second floor I just stepped outside of the elevator, stayed there and held onto the railings while the others were enjoying and admiring the ‘breathtaking’ view.
Taking the trolleybus no. 203 to its final destination, on a sunny winter day, we ended up in Koliba. It is a popular locality that belongs to the Bratislava Forest Park which is located in the foothills of the Little Carpathians in the northern part of Bratislava.
Bratislava Forest Park is a very popular place for the locals. There are a lot of recreational facilities such as hiking, running and biking trails, sports facilities, playgrounds, snack kiosks etc.
While we were walking and enjoying the nature that the hiking trail had to offer, I noticed the sun-rays penetrating into the forest through the leafless trees creating interesting shadows on the ground. I was fascinated by the variety of forms the shadows were creating that I couldn’t resist and found myself in the peculiar and fun position of ‘chasing’ shadows.
It was such a relaxing and joyful day, that we returned back home unwillingly.
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow