Catching the fleeting scenes of many splendored life with a camera.
'Look closely. The beautiful may be small' — Kant

29 December 2012

Autumn Treats. Delicious Organic Pomegranate

When I cut open this organic pomegranate, it turned out to be so beautiful that I couldn't resist the temptation to take some pictures as you don't come across such a magnificent deep cerise (reddish pink)-ariled specimen every day.

Open pomegranate. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

25 December 2012

Summer / Autumn Colours, Dark orange.
Hedging Plants. Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)

Despite the nip in the air, there're still flowering plants left to please the eye and brighten the view.
Campsis is a genus of flowering plants in the bignonia family, Bignoniaceae.
Trumpet vine or trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans), also known as "cow itch vine" and (in horticulture) as "hummingbird vine", is a large and vigorous woody vine of the family Bignoniaceae with showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It is native to woodlands and riverbanks of the southeastern United States.

Trumpet vine, Campsis radicans, close-up
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17 December 2012

Horses (Equus caballus) and Draught Horse Showing

As long as I can remember, horses have always been my passion. I take special joy in horse riding, I still believe that horse is the best means of transport, and getting off the horse is one of the worst mistakes humanity has ever made.  History of human kind is inextricably linked to the horse — equine has been our indispensable companion for thousands of years, and look what has become of the world in the last 100-odd years.
Yet, people dope horses to make them win competition, geld male horses to make them docile, or slaughter them for food as a sign of gratitude for their help throughout the centuries. The very thought of humans eating horseflesh makes me sick — to me it's not much different from cannibalism.

Apart from its obvious utility (mind that neither the horse nor any other animal has ever needed us for its survival, but we do need animals for ours), there's something very romantic about this beautiful animal, largely due to its mane and tail streaming in the wind.

Anyway, last week we chanced upon a draught horse showing and had a lot of fun.
It was one of those halcyon days of splendid weather filled with joyous, festive atmosphere, and thankfully, I had my camera with me.

Flaxen Chestnut Pony (Equus caballus) portrait
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