Posts Tagged ‘garden’

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455. Last Rose Of Summer + Ivy

July 17, 2011

The last rose of summer

Hedera helix (I think)

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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452. Spiderwebs

July 14, 2011

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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442. Decay

March 25, 2011

Weird spiky plant

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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Mawarra Victoria

November 17, 2009

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387. Green Bug on White Rose

October 6, 2009

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Photograph, April 2009.

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380. Leaves

September 18, 2009

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Photograph, mid 2009.

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379. Mr Hippo’s Herbarium

September 17, 2009

 

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Ink fineliners on paper, August 2009.

Caption reads: “When Mr Hippo was not chasing the local river fishermen, he enjoyed growing herbs for the organic produce market.”

I was trying to combine a Beatrix Potter-inspired cute animal in pretty garden vibe with that morbid truth that the hippopotamus is an incredibly dangerous animal.

A few years ago, on a visit to a zoo, we were able to handle the skull of a pygmy hippopotamus. I could not believe how sharp its teeth were… and that was the smaller hippo. I imagine the full size version would be full on terrifying!

I have made this design available for sale on greeting cards and art prints: http://flokot.redbubble.com/sets/81539/works/3526674-2-mr-hippos-herbarium

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341. Backyard Photo Blitz

May 20, 2009

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My mum tells me that this is called a swan plant.

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Some chalk art on the driveway, courtesy of the children.

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Air vents on the side of the house.

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A crack in the footpath.

Photography, April 2009.

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337. Red And Yellow Rose

May 11, 2009

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Photograph, April 2009.

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333. A Lot Of Autumn Roses

April 27, 2009

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Photographs, March 2009.

Autumn has arrived and, in for us that has meant beautiful roses to photograph. We took some time out over two weekends in March and April to capture some of the beautiful blooms. I’ve so far sold two prints of photo #2 shown here (via RedBubble.Com)! It always feels very exciting when people enjoy my art and photography.

I find beautiful gardens so uplifting and, thankfully, this garden seems to be low allergy. Phew!

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325. Multi-Coloured Rose #2

March 30, 2009

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Another photo of my rose!

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324. Multi-Coloured Rose

March 27, 2009

200903-flokot-art1Photograph, February 2009.

Some of my readers may have heard of the terrible heatwave, bushfires and severe storms that have hit the state of Victoria, Australia, in the previous month. February is normally marked by uncomfortable heat, but this year was a record breaker in terms of temperature, and in the number of people killed by the bushfires. When, in early March, Victorians received text messages from the police warning of coming storms, it was time for more tension and fear. Thankfully those storms weren’t as devastating as initially expected, and the rains they brought were a definite blessing!

So it was nice that, in admist the chaos, my poor little pot plants actually survived. We had pretty much abandoned them in search of air conditioning, but here they were, still waiting. This rose bush produces these amazing multi-coloured red-and-yellow roses. I had intended to do a daily series of photographs of this bud flowering, but was distracted by the storm preparations…

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More information…

about bushfires and heatwaves in Victoria:

Country Fire Authority

Google Image Search for Victorian bushfires

The March 2009 Text Message… – at news.com.au

Victoria’s Record Breaking Heatwave, 2009 – Bureau of Meteorology

All links accessed 5 March 2009.

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237. Plastic Shovel

May 15, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Photograph, May 2008.

This is one of those sights I just found in the backyard. The kids had left their toys strewn (?) across the lawn, and I decided to help them tidy up. This sight of the lonely red plastic sandpit shovel seemed to begging for a portrait.

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233. Flowers

May 11, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Photograph, January 2008.

This is a pot of assorted miniature flowers that my mum gave me. (Happy Mothers’ Day, by the way!) It’s still flowering away on our front doorstep. I think these purple flowers are pretty – I know they’re common garden flowers and have a well-known name but right now I can’t think of it. That doesn’t change how nice they are. They’re so small and cute!

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232. Leaves

May 11, 2008

Copyright 2008 F. Lokot

Photograph, January 2008.

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