After the bud

After the bud…

… the flower!

I think this variety is called ‘Single Lilac’. The flowers don’t last for long, but they are delicate and beautiful. And, they are followed by a lovely seedhead.

I love the way that the sun is shining on the top of the seedhead. I love the fact that we have sun in Scotland!

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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Poppy-bud

Poppy-bud

Last year we planted some annual poppies. We decided to leave the seedheads through the winter – partly because they looked good, but mainly to see if they would self-seed.

I’m pleased to say that they have self-seeded… a bit. I’d like to have more of them, but I can’t be too greedy, given that they are effectively ‘free’.

I think this flowerbud looks quite threatening!

Taken in our garden, Perth, Scotland.

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Cathedral

Cathedral 

While in St Andrews, I managed to find a quiet-ish spot to eat my lunch. After I’d eaten, I turned around and was – not for the first time – captivated by the cathedral.

It was a beautifully sunny day with a few wispy clouds in a perfectly blue sky… But I decided to convert it to black and white.

If you want to see the coloured version, it’s on Flickr (link below).

Taken at St Andrews, Fife.

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Procession

Procession

I was in St Andrews last week, and it happened to be a day of graduation ceremonies at the University. I (consciously) didn’t have my camera with me, as I knew it would be a temptation when I had other business to attend to. Of course, I took some photos using my phone.

While I spent much of the day trying to avoid the graduating students and their families, I was glad that I was in North Street as one of the graduation processions took place.

As the procession moved around the quadrangle in ever-decreasing circles, I noticed that the colour of the academic hoods was best seen from behind. So, while most people were looking for the faces of their children/friends, I was looking away from the faces and following the procession from the back side.

A simple conversion to black and white, then layer masks to pull through the colours… and you have this image.

Taken at St. Andrews University

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As time goes by

As time goes by

Walking along The Strand (during my one lens, one hour challenge) my eye caught the frontage of the old Strand Station. I was attracted by the shades of red in the image. The contrast of the man sitting still and the pedestrians rushing past was an added bonus.

To emphasise the red, I’ve desaturated most of the other colours, giving an almost monochrome feel to the background.

Taken on The Strand, London.

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