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This week is all about ‘it’s in the details’, which for me, means getting out the macro lens. That’s something I do quite a lot anyway so I wasn’t expecting any AFAC’s (airy fairy abstract concepts) or anything much to be very challenging.

Day 178 ~ Focused. ~ One of the things that I love most about a daily photography project is that it asks me to look at the details of my life me closely.  It asks me to slow down and appreciate the subtle details of my day that might otherwise go unnoticed. Find a familiar something in your world.  Look at it with fresh eyes.  Photograph a detail that you had not noticed before.

The only problem with this one is how to find something I haven’t noticed before, but I managed. I have an old jewellry/trinket box that has a Chinese cork carving encased in it’s lid. It’s been sitting on a shelf gathering dust for aeons and I haven’t used it or really looked at it. When I picked it up the lid fell apart, so I photographed part of the carving whilst Phil repaired the lid. The carving is so delicate, the little temple here is just under 4cm high.

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Day 179 ~ Rusty. ~ I love rusty old things that are lying around in all sort of places.  These horse shoes are on this rack at a farm that I sometimes pass on my walks. Think about what details you want to show.  I took this at a wide aperture (a low f number) so that I could get the details on the first horse shoe. I got in close to see the detail and reminded myself to consider  the length of focus of my lens. What rusty thing can you find today to show the details?

I was at work all day and very busy, no rust there but I sent a text to Phil and asked him to find something rusty in his shed. He had a better idea though, the chains holding up the hanging baskets Phil has put together are quite rusty, (hmm, hope they don’t break under the weight ๐Ÿฅด ) so that worked for me!

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Day 180 ~ Worthy. ~ Life is short.  Eat more ice-cream! You are worthy when you say you are!  And being worthy might mean you can gift or treat yourself to something you love or desire.   What are you worthy of treating yourself to today? It might be a bubble bath,  a good book, a glass of wine, a hike, a delicious meal or any number of things you find enjoyable. In my case, it was an ice-cream cone! Remember to include the details!  

Well this was a bit AFACy but not really, just had to figure out a treat. Again a busy day at work, it really is mad there these days and I’m knackered when I get home. But I sat in my garden with a nice cup of tea, and admired my wildflower patch that I’m dead chuffed with. It’s a treat to see all the bees on it and that does make me feel worthy. I am an eco-warrior!

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Day 181 ~ prompt free day. ~ Prompt Free Days often bring to mind the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”  Some days, we feel restricted by the prompt, but on other days, no specific prompt makes us feel lost by having no point of departure. Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in you day now feel bigger and call to be documented? Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you. Keep our eyes open and have fun!

Another work day, though I finish earlier on a Wednesday (thank heavens) but had a dental appointment to attend in the afternoon. A lovely sunny afternoon and when I got home I meandered my estate (๐Ÿคฃ) taking macro shots of flowers and cats. The picture I chose is one of the emerging daisy type flowers in the hanging baskets. They have quite strange greenery as you can see, which is neither wet or sticky, just sort of rough. Quite fascinated me and I’ll have to find out what that’s all about, presume some sort of protective device.

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Day 182 ~ Skillfull.~ These skillful hands belong to none other than our own community member, Jenny Ziegler!  She and I share a love of scrapbooking as well as photography.  Lucky for me, we recently got together with some other friends to do some scrapbooking.  It was a perfect opportunity for me to capture skillful hands at work.  Today, see if you can find skillful hands to capture and if you can’t – try to find something that tells the story of what skillful means to you.  

Firstly, neither the USA spelling, nor the UK spelling of skilful, is ‘skillfull’. Just wanted to clarify that. Luckily the lady gets it right in the rest of her prompt. Well at least right for American members of the 365, and 1 in 4 Canadians. Scrapbooking seems to be a thing on Instagram, it’s where people stick bits of meaningful paper/photos etc into a large paper book. I used to make scrapbooks, it was a thing we did as kids, but now lots of grown-ups do it too. Also journaling is a similar thing only just with words and doodles, also something I did as a kid, except I called it keeping a diary. People must have oodles of time to do all this, or be retired, or be married to rich chaps. (Not being sexist, have yet to come across a male scrapbooker). Skilful to me means Phil, what with his bass guitar skills, his modelling skills and his D.I.Y skills, all of which are well documented on this venerable blog at various points. But he is also a skilled Mr.Fixer, and when things break, or snap, or come apart, he is the go-to person.

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Day 183 ~ Over. ~ It’s the small details in this photo that tell the story.  Brian is looking over Charlie both literally and figuratively.  He’s his protector.  The detail of them holding hands portrays the special relationship between grandfather and grandson.  Together, they are walking over a bridge.  I have no idea what the conversation was but I’m sure they were talking about bugs, dinosaurs or sharks.  I love capturing details of the special relationship between my two favourite people. What story do you want to tell today?  What details can you include in your photo that help tell that story?  Don’t OVER-think it!

Wasn’t sure what to do with this one. The prompt-lady worked hard to make her example shot of her hubby and grandson fit in with ‘over’, wasn’t what sprung to mind when I saw it anyway. I’m classing it as a minor AFAC. We went off to Lidl for a few bits and pieces this morning where I bought some maple and pecan danish pastries for our breakfast tomorrow. I love the flavour of maple syrup, it has a je ne sais quoi that hunny or golden syrup do not have. So I poured some of it over one of the pastries, a Canadian-Danish conjoining of great yumminess. Job done. Winning at details!

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Day 184 ~ Benefit. ~ For our “in the details” photo today, we are going to be looking for something that benefits.In my example photo, the dragonfly is very beneficial. Where I live, mosquitos are a huge problem. The dragonfly eats 100’s of mosquitos per day helping keep them at bay. They also feed on horseflies and other pests. I love the details on a dragonfly. Each variety is so interesting in color and markings. When you get in close, you can really see all of the delicate features. Look for something beneficial today and get in close for the details.

I should have saved taking a bee picture for this prompt, sigh, never mind, other people have done that and I like to be different.. It’s raining here today and forecast thunderstorms which is exciting, haven’t had one for ages. I decided my specs were a good candidate for this prompt as they prevent me from crashing my car into people when I’m out on the road, always a benefit to other motorists and pedestrians.

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So that’s the end of the ‘details’ week, and also Thursday was the halfway mark for this 365, which divided by 2 = 182.5, so only another 179.5 days to go now. ๐Ÿฅด
Stay tooned for next weeks adventures in Green!

62 comments on “365 ~ 27th June ~ 3rd July

  1. Alex Good says:

    This sounds like it was the Week of Phil! What a handy fellow to have around!

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    1. He is! And I got him for free!

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Any houses for sale in your street? I’m thinking of moving nearby so I can casually mention to Phil about all the things I need fixing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Classy specs!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Haha I’ll let you know if one goes on the market! Cheers Pete. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. We had a slate come down off our roof during the heavy rain yesterday. Would Phil be able to come over and take a look at it?
    If he could bring his toolbox, because the lock on the French windows is playing up again.

    Great pictures, but the way, the macro look is always impressive!

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    1. He draws the line at roofing I’m afraid, but the window isn’t a problem. Petrol costs and lunch would be necessary.

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      1. That’s great, can you just send him up and I’ll get some half-covereds in. Would he be able to do it before Countryfile starts?

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        1. What are half-covereds?

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          1. McVities? I’ve got some hob-nobs if he’d prefer. Does he bring his own dust sheets, or do we need to provide them?

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          2. If you don’t have any we can bring some. (I’ll have to chauffeur because of the eye problem). Chocolate chip cookies would be optimum biscuit though.

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          3. How about half a packed of M and S Double Belgians, and the other half on competition of the job?

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          4. Oh dear, we’ll have to decline then. Now shhh I’m trying to read film review and stuff!

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          5. Right, Iโ€™ve invested 50p in a pack of Marylandโ€™s from Poundland, do we have a deal?

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          6. Yep, will be along.

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          7. Cool, will leave the door open. Try and just ignore the messโ€ฆ

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  4. April Munday says:

    I like your glasses. They’re very stylish. The bee is my favourite this week, but those weird plants look like sci-fi aliens. Perhaps that’s what you’ll find out if you look them up,

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    1. They are Livingstone Daisies and the weird bits are bladder cells that hold water, making it a succulent.

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      1. April Munday says:

        I still think I could write a short story proving that they’re alien creatures who want to take over the world.

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        1. Hah yes I think you could too!

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  5. Your Chinese carving is impressive. Both the carving and your capture of it. You definitely win at details!

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  6. For quite a few years I did scrapbooking!

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    1. OK I stand corrected!

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      1. But I am sure it is rare! I have also not heard of any other guy doing it, so you were correct. ๐Ÿ™‚ My mother loves it, so it’s probably where I got it! Have a great day!

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        1. You too Marland! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. I enjoy learning about you via these photo posts. It’s a such a great idea and quite interesting. The cork model is special because you’ve focused in on it. I love all the shots. Looking forward to green!

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    1. Hah I’m not, not a colour I’m all that fond of and looking at the prompts there’s going to be a lot of moaning! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks Cindy!

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  8. Jennie says:

    Delightful! I love the tiny bud opening in โ€˜prompt freeโ€™. There is hope, joy, and much more there. โ€˜Overโ€™ is a perfect image, plus nothing beats real Canadian maple syrup.

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    1. Thanks Jennie! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Jennie says:

        Youโ€™re welcome, FR!

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  9. I love all your photos this week! My favourite is the glasses (I love the bling!) The bee is a close second. As usual, I love your dialog with the prompts (we are definitely on the same page). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Connie, I’m already annoyed with green week ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. me too … empathy? really … sigh !!!

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        1. I know ๐Ÿ˜ณ I have no idea on that one!

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          1. I just came back from taking photos; Iโ€™m going with โ€œgreen is the colour of tranquillityโ€ & have some lovely grass to show. ๐Ÿ’š

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          2. I’m still doing one a day only, but am away in a couple of weekends time so might have to preload!

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          3. I have a busy week – car will be in the shop & physio appointment, so getting a bit ahead.

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          4. ๐Ÿ˜Š happy Independence Day BTW!

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          5. Thanks – ours was actually on July 1st ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐ŸŽ†, but appreciate the good wishes. (Though being retired, everyday is a celebration ๐Ÿพ) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š

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          6. Oops of course you are in Canada, duh! And stop rubbing it in with the retirement ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I don’t want to wish my life away but I.CAN’T. WAIT!!!

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  10. Mary Jo Malo says:

    The budding succulent is exquisite, and your maple syrup has me practically salivating.

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo! It was yummy!

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  11. Bookstooge says:

    Way to be an eco-warrior! They make “good people” ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. richlakin says:

    Great pics. The ๐Ÿ and wildflower is fantastic

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  13. Francis.R. says:

    A very rich treasure of details, and a nice testimony of your tastes, fragglerocking. I think this week was more relaxing than the others : )

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    1. Thanks Francis, yes it was a nice week.

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  14. Phil to the rescue! I love your sparkly specs. I have to replace my purple ones in the next couple of months and now I find myself fancying sparkles.โ˜บ๏ธ

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    1. Yes do nothing wrong with a bit of bling! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. M.B. Henry says:

    I have glasses envy for your spectacles ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ They are very pretty, as are the rest of these photos. I got my macro out this weekend too! It’s fun to shoot with.

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    1. Just about my favourite kind of photography, cheers M.B.

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  16. Great imaginative images as usual. You really have to think outside the square at times….love the trinket box. Dad brought something similar home from his Korean war service in the 50s, probably bought in Tokyo. Long gone now unfortunately.

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    1. I did a bit of googling and found they are quite inexpensive to buy, especially on eBay. The cork carving thing only started up in 1914, so vintage, but not antique, yet!

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  17. Resa says:

    A wonderful week in fabulous photos!
    Thank you! Love your talent!
    Weekend is coming up. Have a great one!

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    1. Thanks Resa! You too hun.

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  18. Your glasses are beautiful, Fraggle. I loved the watch repair photo. Great responses to the prompts. Hugs on the wing.

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  19. Michelle GD says:

    hey, macro buddy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    what a beautiful emerging flower…what fascinating texture on the leaves! and love that you have bling on your glasses.

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    1. Thanks Michelle ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  20. steviegill says:

    Cool shots. The “prompt free” macro shot is very alienesque, which I like ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

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