A reflection of your heart was born in 2011 while studying for A Level photography. It was during this time that I began looking at shadows and finding creative ways to use them in my photos.
While out in the garden today I became transfixed with the shadows dancing on the wall of the house, the bees flying by, the flowers and foliage waving in the wind and the stillness of my own shadow as I stood there taking it all in.
Using a method I tried back in 2011 I created this 30 Days Wild mural using natural light, framed by the wildness of the borage plant…
Creative Shadows…© Lisa Cullingworth, 2017
After a day of feeling down yesterday I decided that today was a day for looking up! As I walked my daily walk through the park gardens I spent a few moments looking up into the trees and watching the sun dance through the leaves. I just love shadows, so don’t be surprised if they dominate my 30 Days Wild posts!
The shadows and silhouettes cast by the overlapping leaves in the horse chestnut tree were stunning, defining every little detail of the leaves as they swayed gently in the breeze. I also noticed a little heart shape silhouetted on the lower leaf…I took it as a sign of hope for positive times ahead…
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Peace Rose – Raindrops © Lisa Cullingworth, 2017
Peace Rose BW © Lisa Cullingworth, 2017
Peace Rose © Lisa Cullingworth, 2017
I planted this rose 11 months ago and it was chosen for its beautiful two tone colouration and name. This week saw the first bud of the year open and I waited until it had fully emerged before documenting it in all its glory.
The name of this rose is very symbolic of my ongoing desire for inner peace and was very much in the forefront of my mind when choosing from the rows and rows of different roses at the garden centre – honestly I never knew there were so many!!
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However when I bought it I never really thought about its history until today…
After a quick search on the internet I found out that the ‘Peace’ rose was invented by French rose breeder Francis Meilland in 1935 but was at the time unnamed. Five years later when Hitler invaded France, three parcels of bud wood were sent out of France and one was smuggled into America. In America their agent planted the rose and trialed it in different climates across the United States and it soon became very popular.
The launch date for the rose was set for 29 April 1945 in California. Coincidentally on the same day that two doves were released in America to symbolise the naming of the rose, Berlin fell and a truce was declared. In naming the rose the following statement was read: “We are persuaded that this greatest new rose of our time should be named for the world’s greatest desire: ‘PEACE’.”
The official name is Rosa Peace (‘Madame A. Meilland’) after Francis Meillands mother Claudia.
(Information sourced from www.gerbera.org although info can be found via a number of sources)
After a busy day I took a late evening stroll through the park. It was so peaceful, hardly any people were around and just the sound of bird song could be heard coming from the trees over head. As I knelt down by the pond to photograph the ducks I had a sudden awareness that I was being watched.
As I looked up from my camera I was surprised to find I was not alone at the waters edge…I was surrounded by pigeons! I assume as I knelt down they spotted me and thought I was there to feed them!!
I spent a few minutes watching the ducks preen themselves in the low evening sun and then walked around the pond. I was alerted to the sound of loud moor hen calls and at that moment I spotted a family of 6 chicks being herded back to their nest by the parents. One of the parents was calling loudly and circling the chicks ensuring that they were all following until one by one they were all safely back ‘home’…
A walk in the woods…
Walking through the woods this evening with my partner we spotted some foxes trotting along a pathway before slipping quietly into the undergrowth. This one seemed a lot less shy and after every few steps it stopped to watch us for a while before continuing on its journey.
We felt quite privileged to be sharing this precious moment with such a beautiful animal in this peaceful setting. It was really uplifting for the mind!!
Wood Pigeon, © Lisa Cullingworth, 2017
Young Wood Pigeon, © Lisa Cullingworth, 2008
Ever since I worked for a wildlife rescue centre in 2008 and had the privilege of hand rearing a variety of birds I have held a soft spot for the Wood Pigeon. Not the most attractive baby birds, the young woody is pretty much a ball of air with a beak and legs!
Since I started feeding the sparrows in my garden last summer we have attracted a rather handsome Woody. In January he introduced a female to his stomping ground and the two have been frequenting the garden ever since. I have been watching them from the safety of the kitchen window as they are quite timid and fly off at the slightest movement, but yesterday I made progress and was able to walk out quietly and sit and watch him. Today I sat out in the garden with my camera on the off chance of getting a few photos and this is the result!! Mr Woody happily hopped up on top of the containers and posed for a few photos before scoffing a load of seed from the table!
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‘Dreaming’ – Levitation to a new chapter of life.
This image demonstrates my dream state, desire for peace and a pain free future.
Chasing Shadows II © Lisa Cullingworth, 2014
Black and white silver gelatin print.