Swedish Blogger, Katarina at Roses and stuff hosts ‘Blooming Friday’. This week she has chosen the topic ‘Contrasts’ and after much talk, this week I'm finally going to walk the walk and join her.
If you’re a blogger perhaps you might like to join in too… I’m sure she won’t mind if you post over the weekend – just leave a link in her post for everyone to find yours. There are many, many memes in the Blogging World but this one has caught my eye a few times. So, here goes with my first contribution.
With a topic of Contrasts, I knew instantly which two photos I would include…
Full garden tour to follow (was keeping this for a snowy day).
July 2009. Clicking on all images should enlarge them
The view from this garden always catches my eye. Now owned by the NTS, Culross Palace (a Merchant’s House in the late 16th - early 17th century trading in coal mining and salt production) with its restored garden on one side of the Firth of Forth. Grangemouth Refineries (an oil refinery) with smoking chimneys on the other side.
Back in my garden, contrasts in garden visitors are always fun to watch and observe from the bold ‘intelligent’ Jackdaw, to the tropical ‘out in all weathers’ Goldfinch.
Then you’ve got the contrast of night and day visitors with mice and hedgehogs usually visiting feeders at night – not always though which is great for catching photos and video :-)
Finally, the biggest contrasts of all for a gardener…
climbers and foliage providing shelter for birds and other wildlife.
providing food for butterflies and the very important bees.
Other contrasts I considered included the many textures of my plants and the contrasts in plumage between male and female birds. Standing up for the female birds visiting my garden, I think it’s a bit unfair that the males get the coats of many colours ;-)
The one species that has caught my eye in the bird Kingdom (although I should add here my knowledge is limited) would be the male Superb Fairywren found in Australia. My friend told me about this bird a few years ago and I’ve never found the right time to post an image until now.
Nope… no Photoshop has been used to enhance anything here. Isn’t he a beauty? I just can’t imagine this bird flying from feeder to feeder in my garden… quite a contrast he would be! For those who missed my profile on our Wren, you can see the contrast here where you'll find video too.
I wonder what springs to mind with you on the topic of Contrasts? Care to share? Wishing you a great, contrasting and fun weekend. :-D