I have been almost absent in this July. The reason for it has been that we moved from our home in a semi detached house to an apartment in a flat house. Time had come to get rid of several staircases indoors and outdoors, snow shovelling and also gardening in our small garden in the back yard. Instead we now have a large balcony in 5th floor facing sea.
I took these last photos from our garden. They show garden tree-mallow (lavatera thuringiaca). The CI given an idea why the English name contains "tree". The light was too harsh in the middle of day, so I had to underexpose and adjust in PP.
We have never earlier had deer eating plants in our garden, but just this summer they have eaten many buds of different flowers. Earlier we have had only hares and moles as nuisances.
The bee - or is it a wasp - justifies the choice of the main post. I also have a weak spot for the ci. I have understanding for your moe to a flat. I am sure the large balcony with sea view will compensate the loss of the garden.
ellelloo (2019/07/29 05:41:36): Thanks for your comments John! It looks like a wasp. The balcony is like another room, where one can eat or drink coffee and enjoy the view towards the sea also in quite chilly weather, because the balcony has glasses.
Now you start with urban gardening :-) You will be surprised about the outcome. We have more salad than we can eat, it all grows in pots ... and we have bees too. Fantastic to see the sea, this is first class. Wonderful images full of this summer feeling with a lovely warm light. Yes maybe hint harsh but it contains lots of summer.
ellelloo (2019/07/29 05:35:43): Right, "urban gardening". So far we have there only the first flower pots, but my wife has talked of salads as well. ;-)
Lovely main post. For sur a great picture to keep in your souvenir.
I'm sure you will also appreciate your new pov on the see from the 5th floor :)
ellelloo (2019/07/29 05:23:34): Thank you JMarc.
Almost 30 years ago we also had a sea view and I like it a lot. Sea changes its appearance all the time with weather and light conditions, which makes it attractive in all seasons.
I can comprehend your feelings concerning your garden - and you express them in the picture's title. Well, one has to accept ageing - but I think your balcony will be decorated by some flower boxes ... ;-)
I like both photos very much. In spite of the harsh light you really could take advantag of it and the resulting shadows on the flowers. I also like the visible structures in the petals very much - and the bee of course is the cherry on the cake here. The sharpness is amazing.
The blurred but still discernable background makes the flowers pop out from the photo and the yellow of the loosestrife provides a wonderful contrast to the mallows..
ellelloo (2019/07/29 05:27:03): Thanks Frank,
My wife has there already 3 flower pots. ;-)
Wonderful detail in the main. I like the way the main includes the forested setting even more. I would miss my garden, in spite of all the hungry wildlife around here. Barbara's comment about all the salad they can eat from a balcony planter makes me a bit envious. My salad garden isn't doing too well and an ocean view is much nicer than a river view. Still winter will be much easier! Wishing the two of you happiness in your new home. Pat
ellelloo (2019/07/29 05:33:12): Thanks Pat for the fav an your good wishes! I consider the the view as a sea view, which we have from the balcony. We see there Espoo Bay of sea, so no open ocean view, but very attractive anyway. ;-)
Sorry to hear you have given up the house and garden, but having a sea front flat should be nice. Getting older really bites, ugh!
ellelloo (2019/07/29 06:27:40): Thanks John for your comments. As Frank says, one has to accept ageing, which also means that one has to give up different things. But in this case we have now something nice to compensate the loss of garden, a view towards sea. ;-)
I am sure you will both be very happy in your new apartment and although you will probably miss your garden at first, balconies can look wonderful with pot plants and good attention, and of course you will not have moles on the 5th floor :)
ellelloo (2019/07/29 06:32:12): Thanks Elaine for your comments! Ha ha, yes, no moles, no hares, no deer up here.