“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
Now the garden is starting to come alive I am loving it, it is amazing wondering around with a macro lens the amount that can be found and it is not just flowers.
Then there are the birds………
and also the cheeky squirrels. We now have a family of them in the oak tree near our house, just waiting to see the babies when they arrive, they are always so tiny:-) I never tire of wandering around my small garden seeing what I can find. Once we manage to get it tidied up and planted more for wildlife, hopefully I will see even more!
Many beliefs involve blowing on the seed head to tell us something we want to know, and some of these are listed below:-
- If you blow hard on a dandelion seed head and all the seeds blow off, a wish will come true.
- Blow on a seed head until all the seeds are gone. The number of puffs it took will tell you what time it is. Alternatively, blow three times on the seed head and the number of seeds left will tell the time.
- If a woman blows hard on a seed head and all the seeds blow off, her lover loves only her. If seeds remain, he is not loyal.
- Blow on a seed head and the number of seeds left will tell you how many years you have left.
- Blow hard on a seed head and the number of seeds left will tell you how many children you will have.
- If you see seeds falling off the seed head when there is no wind, rain is on the way.
- Blow on a seed head and your wish will be carried to your lover.
Dandelion flowers also have beliefs surrounding them, include the following:
- If a child picks a dandelion flower off the plant, he will wet the bed that night.
- If you rub yourself all over with dandelion flowers, you will be welcome everywhere you go and your wishes will be granted.
- To find out if you will be rich, put a dandelion flower under your chin, and the degree of the glow on your chin will be the degree of your financial success.
This is the common dandelion, each flower head consists of hundreds of tiny ray flowers.
The flower head itself can change into the familiar, white, globular seed head overnight. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind. This is the part stage of the plants cycle that I personally think is most photogenic, hence the number of shots I have taken over the years!
My daughter has a lot of craft bits and pieces in her bedroom, she was making a bracelet for her cousins with these small beads and I could not resist a shot or two for Macro Monday this week. 🙂
In Blogging 101 today the prompt is to personalise a blog post in response to a prompt, more specifically in response to the daily post prompt. I have looked at the prompt and as I have already been joining in weekly prompts, the latest being wall, which I posted at the weekend. I hope this will be good enough for today as work commitments mean I will not get new photos taken today, except my project life ones that is.
I have decided to do both the Photography101 and blogging101 course, my blogging about me and why I have decided to blog can be found HERE. The Photography101 prompt today is “home” and what it means to us, well for me home is the place that I tend to take most of my photos as I work full time and have two children who have very active social lives. I tend to spend most of my free time running them here there and everywhere in between this I can be found taking photos on the kitchen table, in the garden, of my kids etc etc, but the common theme is that most are taken at home.
The Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honour of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber. They are very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip).