Shroom time!!

mushrooms in the grass, raindrops
The other day I went to my usual photo walk with a project in mind - to catch the last remnants of summer. I looked everywhere, believe me, but all I found was a butter cup with half eaten petals. 


The green, I discovered, is not very green any more and doesn't remind me of summer either. So, I definitely have to put the thoughts of summer behind me and as much as I don't want to welcome the rain, the cold and the constant cloud cover, they are here to stay. But there is something else that I found instead of my summer reminders - I found mushrooms!  

Shrooms everywhere in every shape and size!  They sprouted overnight and literally took over the world!! It's shroom time everyone get ready, but please don't go picking and eating if you don't know what you are doing!!!!! It's far too dangerous than you think!

Enjoy my Shroom gallery, I certainly enjoyed taking those images:


big bunch of mushrooms in the grass, raindrops
click on the images to see them as a slideshow
close up of mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

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mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

tiny mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

mushrooms in the grass, raindrops

I found this gathering on the side of the road right in my neighborhood. They grew overnight for my own personal delight when I passed with the camera in the morning it was a wonderful moment but a dreadful delay for the dogs!! They had to wait patiently until I finished shooting happily.   
  
In case you are wondering, I always shoot in RAW and the images are taken with 50mm lens 1.8 aperture, my camera is Canon 400D. I am in love with this lens and I am exploiting it to its full potential  she is performing miracles for me I dare say!!

Thank you for stopping by! Please don't hesitate to tell me what you think!    

buttercup© Annie Japaud 2013

Daisy for a friend

I have to admit that this year we were blessed for a first time in 6 years with a real summer, followed by a mild autumn which actually turned into an Indian summer


How much better can it get?! Probably not much, so it's better if I leave it at that, I say, and let's keep our fingers crossed, so far we got away with a lot of bad weather (well there was that random tornado on the other side of Galway...) but I shouldn't talk too much it's still in the middle of October so I will really change the subject and I will start talking about daisies!

daisy for you © Annie Japaud Photography
 Daisy for you
I promised a couple of friends from the states that I will tell them about my secret daisy place. Somewhere in Oughterard, off Cregg road, there is a little lane that leads off into the fields and ends there in the middle of nowhere. Hidden in the bracken and the briers there is a ruin of a barn which no one would notice most of the time except in June and July when the place goes wild and crazy with daisies. They simply grow everywhere - around, on top and throughout the ruins. If you don't see it with your own eyes you won't believe it. So here you go, my images from the Daisy ruin. A sweet memory from last and other summers.

Enjoy everyone 
and don't hesitate to comment!!  
For all of you who love daisies!


This is how the the Daisy ruin looks like in the summer covered with daisies from top to bottom.
daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

These images are from the roof

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

You can actually climb to the top ( NOT RECOMMENDED because the roof has collapsed and there is a big hole in the middle) and guess what!? there are daisies growing there as well!!!
daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

I have been going to this place for many years and believe me it was very difficult 
to select just a few images for this new blog post.
daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography  daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

Sometimes I like to take something different and I like to experiment :)
daisy ruin, Oughterard, Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard, Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard, Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard, Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

daisy ruin, Oughterard © Annie Japaud Photography

Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my images and your visit to the daisy Ruin!

If you like my first image with the hand and the daisy it is available for sale
as a postcard, print and a variety of other products.
Have a look at Society6, Daisy-for-you

Autumn Celebration


It is the first of October and I have to admit that this year Autumn strolled in without hesitation and it is definitely here to stay. 

Up until a few days ago, the trees were still more dark green than brown, the grass was less rusty than it is suddenly today and certainly, there weren't as many leaves dancing in the wind either.


Since my Sunday walk, when I officially went into Autumn mode, all the signs are boldly present. The dark luscious green of the trees is suddenly enriched with reddish and brown tones. The birches are slowly adorning their golden attire and the rushes in the bogs are becoming all rusty with a touch of crimson where the sun rays touch them.
It is an amazing scene that can drive anyone crazy with all that stunning beauty. Nature is perfect and we need to protect it and keep it clean!

There is nothing more annoying for me than finding everyday litter by the side of the roads. How come, some people can not wait to trow their garbage in the bin like everyone else?Why do they have to toss it out of their car window?! The answer evades me completely but their actions, sadly, I witness on daily basis.

Let us live this conversation for another day because this topic has been on the tip of my lips for a while now and continue the celebration of Autumn' arrival. Enjoy nature's palette of colours, so fascinating and so gorgeous.