I’m back in the forest again

I’ve not been posting as much but still trying to keep up with everyone, though a bit more slowly. I’m starting to feel better and I’m loving Robyn’s One Four challenge along with   Leanne’s Monochrome Madness 37 . I’ve been in a slump and trying to regain my enthusiasm after the wonderful holiday and a few minor family crises, not to mention the sore ribs, terrible weather, and not much money coming in!

walk in the woods again

and my first macro offerings with a real macro lens ( along with my crystal cave and ammonite )

All you wonderful macro artists,(you know who you are!!!)I’ve been inspired by you all.  Please feel free to drop me some hints or pointers at my contact me. Other than that I’m just practicing and not always getting the results I hope for!!  I’m using a Canon EF 100 mm macro f2.8 with stabilizer.

beads

and as I am fond of traditional and  obscure pieces, I found another old folk song that I quite like. One of the compiled Child Ballads ( Some of you English bloggers might know it),  This song I think was also once sung by Joan Baez the famous American folk singer.

Geordie

observatory
Dominion Astrophysical Obervatory

My monochrome madness submission

54 Comments Add yours

  1. love your photos ❤

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    1. thanks so much!!

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      1. youre welcome! 🙂

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  2. Roy McCarthy says:

    Enjoyed that old folk song Cybele.

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  3. Love the way you’ve caught the light in the jewels Cybele, it goes without saying that I love the light in the forest 🙂

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    1. Glad you stopped by Andrea!! Thank you!!

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  4. joshi daniel says:

    beautiful rays 🙂

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    1. a beautiful afternoon! thanks Joshi!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful macro shot Cybele, fantastic crystal color!

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    1. Coming from you much appreciated!!! It’s a new challenge!!

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  6. Peter Nena says:

    The forest capture is unequalled. That light filtering through! I love it.

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    1. Pleased that you like it Peter!! We do have some lovely rain forests on the coast – rain being the significant word here!! I so long for sunshine!!

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        We have the sunshine. But the rain has been increasingly vanishing.

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      2. Oh no, that’s not good!!

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  7. Both beautiful images. I like your macro, it’s always nice to see new stuff, we need to step out of our comort zone more.

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    1. We do indeed. Sometimes it’s hard to motivate myself- It’s either feast or famine!! Thank you so much!! It’s always good to have encouragement!!

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  8. katieprior says:

    I know what you mean about trying to keep up, I’m trying to post more often, but finding it hard. I love what you are posting though, quality is more important than quantity! Glad you’re feeling better hope things pick up for you. Beautiful macro shot, keep practising, we want to see more of these! 🙂

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    1. What a lovely comment Katie- yes, I can’t keep up but will try to post a couple times a week anyway!! Sometimes I need to push myself off the pc!! 😀 I will keep practicing!! Thanks so much for visiting!!

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  9. lauramacky says:

    It’s gorgeous!!! So smooth with beautiful light. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Laura!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome!

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  10. Listening to the music while writing. I love your photos — the light breaking through the trees; the light refracting through the jewelry; and last but not least the observatory. I’ve always thought it would be so fascinating to visit an observatory and view the night sky through a huge telescope. This whole post just put me in a dreamy mood! I do hope you’re feeling better, dear Cybele. Hugs.

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    1. I’m so pleased you like the music selections too!! I love looking for different pieces!! Thank you especially for your lovely comments. Yes the observatory is a fascinating place and I’ve always loved the look of them on top of mountains scanning the heavens.

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  11. Such lovely images and I’m glad you’re starting to feel better Cybele!

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    1. thanks so much Sarah!! and I am!

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  12. Mélanie says:

    may I ask you, please: why my comment is still awaiting moderation?… @ my blog, once I approved your 1st comment, all the others show up instantly. Merci-thanx in advance for your explanation! 🙂

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    1. Oh I think I must go into settings to change something there!!

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  13. You are so clever with your cameras. Wish I was capable of such technical expertise.

    Hope your life will soon be on an even keel again, with both your body and your bank balance healed!

    “Geordie” used to be one of my party pieces when I was a teenager. I think my singing was better than my guitar-playing! I love Joan Baez and can sing most of the songs in a collection of her works from the 60s. “The House Carpenter” is another particular favourite of mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RekFGUtexc

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    1. Thank you Sarah!! Things will improve after winter lol!! Actually I enjoy Christmas and all the lights- so that is cheering!! thanks for the link to that beautiful song! That’s wonderful that you sang folk songs!! I also love some of the old jazz/blues pieces including those of Judy Henske who sang a combination of folk and jazz. You have to get past the intro to hear her sing Lord Henry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB5SBpyFKDw. She had a wonderful voice.

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  14. Norma says:

    I like the softness of the first shot.
    Take care, and hope you have an early recovery. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Norma!!

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  15. Mark Simms says:

    Gorgeous 😊

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  16. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful images as usual.

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    1. Thank you Maria!!

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  17. I love the sun light coming through the trees. There is always a desire burning inside me that I wanna take photos with the backlight. However, I have never have a chance to do that. Maybe my wish will be granted someday ❤ Thanks for sharing

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    1. I hope your wish comes true!! Thank you Voth!!

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  18. Glad you are mending! Great shots here – as usual.

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    1. Thanks Robert!!

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  19. Robyn G says:

    LOVE both these images!!
    Theyre both amazing. Have fun playing.. I know you will 😊 The micro world is so incredibly interesting and inspiring Cybele… Oh and a bit addictive..lol
    I love the challenges too – so happy youre having fun!!
    Hope youre mending xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!! I will keep at it ( macro shots). I love your challenge!!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Thank you Cybele – makes me smile 😊
        Also wanted to say how much I enjoyed your MM entry!!

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      2. oh thank you Robyn- I didn’t have a lot to choose from this time.
        I have to say, I’ve got a bit carried away on my next entry for One Four Challenge. I hope anything goes!! A story appeared out of the cosmos so I’m going to throw it out there with the processing and hope it’s fun – for those who don’t mind reading!! lol.

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      3. Robyn G says:

        Of course anything goes!! 😃 Love that you’re doing your thing and that you’re inspired.
        So looking forward to it!!

        Being stuck inside is awful isn’t it? How good is this photography (and storytelling for you) passion of ours when movement is limited?! Im up and about a fair bit now – wishing the same for you at the right time xxx

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      4. Robyn G says:

        PS again. We all love your stories 😀

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      5. 🙂 TY!! and hope you are feeling better too!!

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      6. Robyn G says:

        … yes I am making progress now thankfully.
        TY too xx

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  20. sixpixx says:

    My absolute sympathies with your ‘slumpy’ mood; give us more indoor, macro shots please – not that I don’t love the forest 🙂

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    1. yes Six!! Do you get like that too!!? Thanks for the encouragement with macro!!

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  21. Mélanie says:

    I love strolling in the woods and thanx for Lady Joan Baez… btw, she’s a January Cappy gal like me… 🙂
    http://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/diamonds-and-rust/
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    good-night and c u asap… cheers, Mélanie

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    1. yes and I am too- a cappy!! She had a wonderful voice. Did you ever hear anything by her sister Mimi? She also had a beautiful voice. Thanks for your visit!

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  22. dbp49 says:

    The jewelry looks pretty good to me, and though I can’t say I’m familiar with the tune, it certainly is a nice selection. I’ll read you soon.

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    1. thanks so much Db!! Glad you listened!!

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