For the last Lens-Artists Photo Challenge in 2019, we were invited by Patti to look at our images taken during the past year and pick the best of it. Long-time followers know I do this every year and I already prepared the post for next week. Stay tuned.
So I had a look at my photos published on Instagram for this challenge and looked for which once the guys voted most.
You know, I’m living in the northern hemisphere. And you also know, it’s currently winter here and it will last about 6-8 weeks until the first snowdrops or crocuses will pop up. So, why do I post an image with a blooming plant?
It’s a Christmas rose, also known as snow rose. It’s called that name because its blooming time is around Christmas. This plant stands in our front garden and is blooming every year. A few years ago, my wife planted two small Christmas roses, side by side in our front garden. Although both looked the same, one of them seemed to be weaker than the other and developed poorly over time. Unfortunately, it vanished some time ago. The other one, instead, developed fantastically. Each year it has more blossoms than in the year before. It’s always a pleasure to see the fresh blossoms either between the other, seemingly dead, plants or…
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It’s time for Lens-Artists photo challenge. This week’s challenge is “on display” by Amy.
During the pre-Christmas time, all shop-owners want to sell as much as possible to make some profit. Thus, they decorate their goods in the windows of their shops as well as in the inside. Additionally, they try to attract possible customers with special (so-called rebates) discounts. But, they simply try to sell as much as possible.
When looking in my archive for a good image, I first scanned the folders containing images taken on different markets in France and Barcelona. But, I ended with this image taken in the Galeries LaFayette in Paris a few years ago. It’s taken in the basement in the perfumery department for ladies. These flacons contain a kind of fragrance. I liked the kind they were decorated.
Yesterday, I published a post in my own blog on the same topic and with a color version of this image. I know, not everyone loves images with a frame or a vignette. But, in this case, I like it very much.
The image is taken 10 years ago when we got plenty of snow in just a couple of hours. The snow layer is approximately half a meter thick. And nowadays that’s a very rare situation. So, for my experience, this memory feels like looking at an image taken by one of my ancestors.
More of my images can be seen on my own blog.
10 years ago, overnight we got a lot of snow. About half a meter in just a couple of hours. For years we didn’t get that much of snow. Since then, we got some snow, but not that much and not in that short amount of time. When I’m remembering correctly, there were even years without any snow. In a past post, I wrote a bit more about the environmental conditions for my region. You can find it here.
The landscape looks very nice when covered with (freshly fallen) snow, but on the streets, the snow is very dangerous. I makes the streets slippery, so you can fall down easily and the stopping distance of vehicles becomes much longer.
It’s time for Lens-Artists photo challenge. This week’s challenge is “Nostalgic” by Tina Schell.
We’re living in a modern world. Time rushes by and instead of creating things that remain, our stuff is made for quick obsolescence. Electronic gear without an option to repair or even replace a weak battery. Instead of writing on paper, we’re writing on computers and save our work in changing media formats. A few decades ago, there were changing clothes 2 times a year: summer and winter. In some regions special clothes for spring and fall were necessary. Nowadays it feels like fashion changes every month. This results in enormous hills of waste and increased usage of resources. The companies try to make more and more money regardless of the resources and the needs of the people.
Because of this, more and more people try to get off of this rush. Small villages in the countryside and special houses offer treatments to slow your life down to bring you mentally back to the ground.