Natural World: Lesson 4 Leading Lines

A good photographer is a constant observer. Out in nature, we have opportunities to watch and study a scene, from big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — to the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches.

While shooting outdoors, look for natural lines that lead your eyes to different parts of the frame. Study the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal. How can you use these lines in your composition?  – Developing Your Eye II, Lesson 4: Leading Lines – Continue reading “Natural World: Lesson 4 Leading Lines”

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Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light

I had an adventure this morning, running through Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, and then finding myself at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.  I covered only 7km but it was a delightful hour wandering through paths new to me, and while I have run through both these areas often, I did not realise they were connected.   The joy of discovery! Continue reading “Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light”

Please grow!

Older Daughter & Loving Husband planted a handful of rosehip seeds which they harvested from a rosehip plant.  This little guy was the only one who sprouted.  Older Daughter checks on him every morning and evening, watering him carefully and tenderly. We are all waiting with her to see if more leaves will grow.    Continue reading “Please grow!”

Taking a Closer Look

“Look at these leaves: they look artificial!” exclaimed Older Daughter as we brushed past this planter box after breakfast.

Younger Daughter had a break this morning, so we decided to have breakfast with her Sister on Campus before classes started for the day.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Structure, where we are invited to take a moment to take a moment to notice the structure of things around Continue reading “Taking a Closer Look”

Green is the City

I enjoy running on city streets; yet sometimes I take running in Singapore for granted.  After the recent trip to Bangkok and running with some difficulty there, and then waking up this morning to a serious haze (the PM2.5 Air Quality index on aqicn.org logged at 153 Unhealthy at 8am), I have come to appreciate the days when we can go out and run safely. Continue reading “Green is the City”

It was going to rain

It was going to rain so it was overcast and cool; the air had that swollen feeling, like a watermelon ripe to burst; there was a eerie quiet despite traffic sounds in the distance.  I could hear the birds sing with clarity, smell the pond, feel the brush of the wind.  Everything was poised for something to happen …

But it never did.  No rain yet.

Still, a perfect morning on record.

Feature Photo: Pinecone Ginger Flowers at the Visitor’s Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Glittering Grass

As I sit at my usual window spot at Starbucks, I enjoy the airconditioning which makes an overcast & muggy day pleasant.  As I daydream in the relative cool, I  recall a message from my aunt in London that temperatures had climbed up to 18 degrees centigrade yesterday! Unseasonably hot for them.

While we had bemoaned the lack of snow while we were in London in December & January, it certainly wasn’t 18 degrees.  And we did have a flurry morning, so we did get to enjoy some of the magic of winter. Continue reading “Glittering Grass”

Unlikely Delights

At first glance, the side of this road lacks the considered greenery of the rest of Bukit Batok Nature Park, and does seem somewhat disordered, a riot of grass & shrubs.  At closer look, it is apparently a playground to about half a dozen White-crested Laughing Thrush.  I’ve seen many of them before in this Park, but never in such great  numbers together.

They were fearless and allowed me to come fairly close to them.  They were busily eating, hopping about & generally, having a merry time.  Amidst the chaos of the fallen leaves and overgrown shrubs, I found delight. Continue reading “Unlikely Delights”