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Spring transforms nature

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!

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

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.

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.

Hiking in the forest

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

Virginia creeper

Quite recently, on our trip to Kakopetria village, I spotted this creeper on a house wall.

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Virginia creeper | by karafc

I have to say that, as much as I love shooting plants and flowers, I don’t know much about them besides the common ones. I thought it would be hard to find information about this creeper because I only had a picture and no clue what is called. So I searched for it  as a red creeper in the web and I found it quickly.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, known as Virginia creeper, Victoria creeper, five-leaved ivy, or five-finger. It is a prolific deciduous climber. It is grown as an ornamental plant, because of its ability to rapidly cover walls and buildings, and its deep red to burgundy fall (autumn) foliage.

Virginia creeper
Virginia creeper | by karafc

An important information is that its berries are highly toxic to humans. On the other hand they are not toxic to birds, which provide an important winter food source for many bird species.

source: Wikipedia

Autumn photography

 Autumn is here!

The turning of the season is always a great opportunity to capture the change of the surroundings.

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Autumnal scene by the lake Kuchajda, Bratislava | by karafc

Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter.  One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees and plants. The  leaves are changing colors and become yellow, orange, red and brown.

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Tree in Autumn | by karafc

Red, yellow, orange and brown  leaves are blending all together and create a colorful veil, which is embracing the earth and transforms the surroundings into a spectacular view.

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