Inspiration Photos

The photos of the felt piece I was going to blog about today didn’t turn out, so I thought I’d share some photos I took recently for inspiration. I was up early enough to enjoy some morning sunshine in the back garden, so took lots of photos of anything which caught my attention. The first thing was these little wild geranium flowers which grow everywhere in Spring:

They look nice, but they are really invasive and have a pretty unpleasant smell. I know lots of people hate Dandelions, but I’ve always really liked them. I had no idea the centres looked like this until I got a camera with Supermacro settings:

The next thing was this little glass cabochon. I used it as a weight on a stencil a few weeks ago and it got flecks of spray paint on it:

I’m not sure what this plant is or even if it’s something I bought or something which found its own way here, but it’s another thing whose detail is lost (to me, anyway!) without the Supermacro camera setting:

I’ve taken photos like this before, and I’m pretty sure I’ve shared them on here. This is a leaf from a teasel plant. I love the way it looks when it starts to die/decay:

I love the texture of Sage leaves, especially when they are young:

I’m not sure what is clinging to the ‘hairs’, but here’s a cropped close up:

If any botanists know, please enlighten me! The cat who has adopted us joined me in the garden, she enjoyed rolling around in the dust. She has nice patterns and markings anyway, but the sun seemed to make them more obvious. Even though this is really soft, it reminds me of a hedgehog:

I took this photo because I really like the soft hair behind her ears, but when I looked closer at the photo, I noticed that on just one small part of her head she has lots of different types of hair/hairs:

I only took this photo because I think the cat’s chin is really cute:

But when I looked closer, the fur seemed to be in a kind of pattern, kind of like the pattern of Sunflower seeds or a Dandelion seed-head. I’m not imagining it, am I?

I took these last photos a few weeks ago at the park near the well being centre. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve shared photos of these trees here too, they’re at the entrance and always make me want to photograph them. I thought it was interesting the way the clouds matched up with the trees.

This tree has a really unusual trunk, it seems really fibrous:

There’s a tree behind it which has really interesting seed pods, at least that’s what I think they are! I thought this might be something which Ruth might find inspiration in:

I don’t often sit down and plan a project directly from the inspiration photos I take, but I’m pretty sure the textures, colours and patterns influence my work anyway. Do you take or collect inspiration photos? What do you do with them? Please feel free to use any of these photos for direct or indirect inspiration.

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6 Responses to Inspiration Photos

  1. annielynrosie says:

    Beautiful photos Zed – yes Annie and I are always taking inspiration photos! Far more than we could ever use.
    The cat’s under chin really does look a dandelion head – very pretty.
    Anyone taking time to look really closely at Mother Nature’s creations will always be in awe of the complexity and beauty of it all.

  2. Lillian Johnson says:

    I thought the same about the clouds matching the tree branches and the cat chin resembling the dandelion flower
    Isn’t nature grand!?

  3. ruthlane says:

    Your photos are wonderful. You are way ahead of Montana on the spring factor. My daffodils are just now blooming and I haven’t even seen a dandelion flower yet. I love the fibrous tree and of course the branches against the sky. I am always taking photos like that. The cat fur is really interesting in the way that it grows, definite patterns there and the chin is adorable.

  4. Great photos Zed! I’m sure they work on a subliminal level while you’re felting.

  5. Antje says:

    I couldn’t agree more with all the comments thus far….great photos Zed.

    I’m always to be found with a camera and stopping at the slightest ‘arty’ thing to take a photo, much to the amusement or bewilderment of many I hasten to add. What do I do with them? Mmmmm…sadly just stored in subject files (trees, flowers, water, ironmongery, walls, buildings etc etc) on my computer….awaiting further action.

  6. Great pictures Zed. Years ago my mom had close up rings for the camera and she took some very cool close ups of plants. You and Ruth are ahead of me. I have scillas blooming but my daffodils are a week away form blooming.

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