Monochrome Madness 2-16 – and Dragonfly Summer

Here is my submission to Leanne Cole‘s magnificent Monochrome Madness 2-16 . Visit her site for a beautiful and varied gallery.

This will be my last post till next week. I will be away from WordPress for a few days visiting my brother in the interior of British Columbia where it is hot  believe it or not- 40 Celsius this weekend for those who think of Canada as cold!! I’m not looking forward to the heat but I’m going for my niece’s graduation.

The Okanagan is one of the fine meeting places of the winds! It is a beautiful orchard and vineyard country (BC wines have come into their own), of rolling hills and mountains, and of valleys with fish filled rivers running through them. It is the land of lakes and the legendary Ogopogo – a cousin to Nessie.  I hope I’m able to bring back a few good images of the beast.

Meanwhile here is the Mount Doug area of Victoria, a peaceful pond and the light in the lotus – om mane padme hum.

lily pond

One morning I went to a place beyond dawn.
A source of sweetness that flows
and is never less. I have been shown
a beauty that would confuse both worlds- Rumi

home of the fierce Dragonfly Squadron Circus

I find that my canon zoom lens images aren’t very crisp ( 75-300mm and the 55-250 is worse), but with a few photoshop tweaks I was not unhappy with these.

Okanagan Country ( taken a few years back and a stitch)

Lake countryab

62 Comments Add yours

  1. The dragonfly photos are amazing!

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    1. thanks Lizzie! I love the little hovering creatures!

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  2. Amy says:

    I’ m so in awe,…

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    1. thanks so much Amy!

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  3. ‘A place beyond dawn’ – those photos are certainly reminiscent of such a lovely place. I hope you find the Ogopogo!

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    1. thanks Andrea- and he’s like Nessie!! Altered states of consciousness might make him visible!!

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  4. robert87004 says:

    For sure, those two Canon lenses are sort of iffy, but they match up nicely with the standard lenses. I have talked to people that swear by the Sigma and Tamron versions, both. That is on beautiful photo, Hannah, the lotus. a jewel of a lotus, indeed.

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    1. Many thanks Robert and I need more lenses!! 😀

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  5. Peter Nena says:

    Also, I wish you well in that heat.

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    1. yes quite hot for us!!! but dry heat which is easier to take!

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  6. Peter Nena says:

    Another dose of magic. The lotus, the dragon fly, the sky flame–all so full of wonder. I love the tones.

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    1. Thank you again Peter!!

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  7. Hannah says:

    Beautiful & captivating photos! 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Hannah!!

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  8. afairymind says:

    I always love the slightly mystical glow your pictures have – they look like scenes from a magic kingdom. 🙂

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    1. oh thank you!! coming from you a compliment! Sorry I’m a bit late responding as I’ve been away and lap top is broken!!

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      1. afairymind says:

        You’re welcome! And don’t worry about the delay. I currently have no internet and can only do anything online when I’m out at places with free wi-fi!

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      2. 😦 We really rely on technology it seems!

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      3. afairymind says:

        Ridiculously so at times!

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      4. 😦 but it is amazing!

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  9. Ann says:

    Your light in all of these is gorgeous!

    We’re having a heat wave here, too. It’s unusual to have temps over 80, but in the last week, they’ve been nudging 90 every day!

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  10. Maria F. says:

    I love all of these, the water lilies look so surreal as if in a dream, and the dragonflies look like a fantasy.

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  11. poppytump says:

    Oh these are very lovely Hannah . A twist and a turn of magic through them …
    Have a marvellous break away 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Poppy!!!

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  12. Norma says:

    There is no beating to the heat this year but I do hope that you enjoy your time there, Moon. I love all the photos but the lotus is the best. Om mane padme hum it is. Oh, and thanks for Rumi’s quote as well. 🙂

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    1. many thanks Norma!! and you are welcome!

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  13. Gorgeous glow on that lily, and I love the woods…both versions!
    Have a lovely and safe trip!

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    1. thanks Debra!! I’m on the way!

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  14. Maverick ~ says:

    Beautiful dragonflies and images. Have a good trip.

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    1. thank you Maverick!

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  15. Suzanne says:

    I love the image of the lotus with the blue duotone effect. I hope you handle the heat ok. 40c is SO hot!

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    1. indeed!! I don’t handle heat well!! Thank you Suzanne!

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  16. Robyn G says:

    Yes breathtaking they are! Love the dragonflies Cybele – wonderful!!
    Have a safe trip and enjoy the heat 😉

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    1. haha!! thank goodness for the lakes!! Thanks Robyn!

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  17. lauramacky says:

    I’m in love with your lotus flower images! They are simply divine. Have a wonderful time!

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    1. thank you Laura and I will!!

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  18. Gorgeous shots Cybele!

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    1. Many thanks Michael!!

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  19. Nicely done – Have a fun and safe trip…

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    1. Thanks Robert, see you soon!

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  20. Debra says:

    I am certain you will have a great time. -love- the B.C. interior. And beautiful photos as usual =)

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    1. in the heat!!! Thanks Debra!

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  21. betunada says:

    XXX (no, not THAT ‘triple-X’) cell NT ! as usual. and, i suspect you don’t want to be considered consistent nor predictable, BUT : you consistently imbue your B/W with a decidedly mystic aspect !

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Bet, and giving such positive feedback!!

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  22. Those top images seem to be from a fantasy world–a world that has secrets and jewels of possibilities.

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    1. Many thanks Sally!! What a beautiful comment!

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  23. katieprior says:

    Beautiful pictures, the lotus flower has a wonderful radiance. Have a lovely time with your family in BC. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Katie and I will- but it will be a bit frantic as usual !! 😀

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  24. sheldonk2014 says:

    As always your finishing work takes it to a whole other level
    Beautiful work,excellent post
    As always Sheldon

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    1. thanks so much Sheldon!! You are so encouraging!

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  25. disperser says:

    You’ll make some money if you do manage a picture of the Ogopogo . . . just don’t try faking one, or you’ll only make half the money.

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  26. ♡eM says:

    As usual, beautiful and breathtaking, these photographs are. Though I always appreciate the woodland, I especially appreciate the dragonfly gallery, as these ferocious (in the insect world) yet gentle (in the human world) somehow suggest that I can be both as well.

    Thanks for a lovely view.

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by again Em and for your lovely comments!!

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