First Cherry Blossom of the year

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The last winter in our side of the world has been extremely mild, even now we have some unusually warm days, causing plants to bloom early. Weather reporter even say that nature is one month ahead of itself.

When we had one of these warm, spring days earlier this week, me & the boyfriend headed to a parc we have heard of in Amstelveen  ( a city near Amsterdam ), a Cherry Blossom Parc. The Parc has 400 cherry blossom trees, the trees were donated by the Japanese Women’s Club, also we found out that all trees have been named; 200 have Japanese women’s and 200 have Dutch woman’s.

When we arrived only a few were blossoming, yet still I got to take some nice shots. With some adjustments in photoshop, I got to create a nice whimsical effect.

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THE BEAUTIFUL DUTCH FLOWER FIELDS

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In this time of year it’s great to live where I live, which is a the edge of the bollenstreek or “flower area” Tourists from all over the world make a stop here to enjoy the sight of these flower power fields and no wonder, cause on a sunny day, as it was when I drove through there, the colors are so beautiful and intense.

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Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

When you have the change to buy some of tulips or hyacinths, grab the opportunity to brighten up your house with a bit of dutch spring colors.

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Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch Flower Fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Update: 3 May – Since I have made it onto Freshly Pressed and this post is greatly visited, I decided to add a couple more photos 🙂

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Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

The Garden Chronicles: Beeezzz & butterfly

For eight years I have lived in this house, and although our garden is relatively big, and it does attract a lot of birds, this summer was the first time I saw a butterfly. So I rushed in to get my camera and grabbed my camera to capture the moment.

Also the lavender attracted a lot of beez, but these little creatures were so buzzzy buzzzy that wasn’t easy to get them in the picture. And i was disappointed to find out that the photo’s weren’t sharp or under exposed. There went my project.

On a lazy day I took the pictures, and saw if anything lost could be fixed, and quite frankly I was amazed with the results that came out.

Pretty arty beeeezzz pictures!

Blossoms and a bit more…

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I know that in general too many pictures of flowers are taken and posted on blogs and sites like Flickr. I myself am also guilty of this, but it’s because they’re such an easy and often beautiful subject; they never complain when you take ten minutes longer or stick your lens in between their peddles.

I took these photo’s from blossoms, but posting similar photo’s seemed a bit boring, so I let my creativity flow, and added some beautiful quotes.

These are the results….

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My garden is ready for spring.

 

After a long cold winter, the whole garden is barren looking, the ornaments are rusty & crusty and  even some pots did not survive.

And then yesterday there was the sun,  and even though it was still very cold, me and Brandy

(black&white in the right top) got outside to do some sweeping & tidying.

I can’t wait for in a couple of weeks, I’ll be planting some beautiful plants & flowers…

My garden is ready for spring….!!!

 

Orchid Love

 

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Orchid Love – Copyright LosAngelas

I never had green finger, most plants died before the even entered my living room… Until a couple of years ago somebody gave me an orchids.

To my astonishment he did not only not die, but after a couple of months rewarded me with beautiful flowers.

Now, about three years later, I have a few more, and this is the result…. Enjoy!!

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Up close: Canteen Decorations

 

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Canteen Decorations - Copyright LosAngelas

 

In our office canteen everything is always the same; the same people lunch together every day, and on thursdays we have chips, on fridays there’s fish every week.

The only thing that changes every week, is the small decorations on the tables. Every Monday there are different flowers to cheer up lunch.

For weeks I have been captured them, and this is my collection….

I enjoy it so much that probably in a couple of weeks I’ll be posting an update

 

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Canteen Decorations - Copyright LosAngelas

 

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