Tag Archives: photography

Wordless Wednesday – Penguins & Meerkats…

26 Jun

Wordless Wednesday – Inshriach Nursery

19 Jun

Wordless Wednesday – Highland Wildlife Park

12 Jun

Wordless Wednesday – (Misty) Braid Hills

22 May

Wordless Wednesday – Views from the Scott Monument

17 Apr

Wordless Wednesday – Harlaw Reservoir

10 Apr

Friday Finds – Spring Fresh

5 Apr

‘Spring Fresh’ by The Candy Tree

It finally feels like Spring is starting to arrive! Here are a selection of bright and breezy finds for Spring.

Click on the images to be taken to the relevant Etsy listings for more information.

Hand painted silk chiffon sc…


Wedding cufflinks chevron li…


Lime green lampwork glass dr…


Origami Rustic Paper Butterf…


Czech Glass Turquoise blue a…


mauve purple and white gold …


Peach Wall Art-Upside Down-S…


Sweet Bees – 8×10 Fine Art P…


Mint ear studs, floral, gift…


Moleskine journal cover, aqu…


Purple Theme Rainbow Color F…


Fiber Art Scarf – Luxurious …


Wallet Ready to Ship


cuff bracelet /pink leather,…


Vintage jewelry recycled GRE…


Seashell Photography – 8×10 …


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Etsy Love – A Flash of Nature

25 Jan

il_570xN.363567611_jvbzNext up in my Etsy Love series is Kacie from A Flash of Nature, a nature photographer who sells prints and gadget cases featuring her stunning images.   I’ve always been a fan of nature and Kacie’s photographs capture the vivid colours and natural patterns which sum up my passion perfectly!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

Nature photography has provided me the opportunity to blend my two passions as a Biology Major who also happens to love art. I came across Etsy in 2009 as a shopper and fell in love with the sheer volume and variety of hand-crafted items available. About a year later, I was looking through all of my photos and realized that I had a number of unique shots. For the next two years, I pondered the idea of opening up an Etsy shop until finally this past summer I took the plunge. Since opening my shop, I have added two lines of functional art depicting my photography including iPhone cases and neoprene iPad sleeves.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN.363577260_7pyi

I actually have several favorite pieces, but probably the photo I am most proud of is my “Hummingbird Flight” photo; it is part of a 17 piece collection. One of the things I really enjoy doing during the summer is sitting at my hummingbird feeder and watching these amazing creatures do their aerobatic acts. I had always wanted to photograph a hummingbird in flight so that I could share with my family and the world what beauty lies in their own backyard. Capturing a flying hummingbird on camera however is not easy. Hummingbirds are jumpy and fast, they beat their wings 70 times per second. So, in order to get the perfect photo I had to not only gain the bird’s trust, but also be quick to take the shot. It took me two summers, but eventually I captured a female on high-speed.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My shop is unique in a few ways. As I mentioned above, I like to get close to my subjects. I’d say at least 50% of my pictures are macro photography. Often times, when you see wildlife photos for sale, they are taken using a fancy camera with a zoom lens. With my photos, if it looks like the animals are close, it’s because they are. My photos are also unique in that they are realistically vivid and color saturated. These pops of color make them ideal for functional art. Not everyone has a place in their home to hang another photo, but just about everyone has a cell phone and a computer; which is why I started offering iPad/iPhone cases this past fall. It enables my customers to take their art with them wherever they go!

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I hope to keep adding to my photo collection and hopefully expand my functional art line. I will also be having at Valentine’s Day sale from January 23rd- February 14th. All items are 10% off with coupon code MDVD13.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I do custom orders as well, so if you see a photo you like but need it in a different size or if you wish a photo were offered in another form of functional art such as a laptop bag, coffee mug, or note card, let me know!il_570xN.375782343_teg8

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/AFlashOfNature
Wanelo: wanelo.com/aflashofnature
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/aflashofnature

Thanks Kacie, you have a wonderful eye for detail and have captured some beautiful shots!  Don’t forget to visit A Flash of Nature and use Coupon Code MDVD13 for 10% off – offer ends 14th February!


Hunting for Conkers

18 Oct

I haven’t gone conker hunting since I was little and this year I have decided to try and find some, mainly for nostalgia’s sake, but I thought I could try and make beads out of them as well.

For the past couple of weekends I’ve been out searching for them amongst the trees near my house, but to be honest I’m not even sure what the right trees look like!  I might still be a little early as the leaves have only just started to fall, but we did find evidence of conker shells on the ground, already torn to pieces by the squirrels.

Last weekend we continued the hunt with a walk around Almondell Country Park.  Unfortunately I came home empty handed but managed to get a couple of nice photos with my phone.  I just love the autumnal colours and wearing my wellies meant I could go splashing through the mud and puddles as well!

The hunt continues this weekend…hopefully those pesky squirrels haven’t already pinched them all!

Back to The New Forest

12 Sep

I recently went back to The New Forest for a week of beautiful sunshine.

We really tried to make the most of our time and below is a slideshow of the photos I took from my phone.  We visited Beaulieu Motor Museum (which has fantastic James Bond and Top Gear exhibits), Winchester, Salisbury (where I got a photo of Stone Henge through the fence as we drove past) and Poole which is right on the south coast.

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As always, the week passed so quickly but I’m sure we’ll be back to visit again soon!