Happy New Year 2012!-Macro Flowers Saturday 87

Hi, everyone and welcome to this year's last round of Macro Flowers Saturday.
Thank you all, veterans and occasional posters for participating and sharing you beautiful work on Macro Flowers Saturday.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

As the calendar turns over to a fresh year, dear friends, I wish you all a year of peace, happiness and joy.

Fill this year with reasons to smile,
It will only last a little while.
Try new things. Get some rest.
Here’s to hoping this year’s your best.

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year 2012
Last night we finally had our first snow but most of it is already melted.
This picture is from last year when the early snowfall covered our still blooming roses.

snow on red rose-macroHave a wonderful New Years Eve!
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Merry Christmas everyone!-Macro Flowers Saturday 86

I wish you all, dear friends, a bright and cheerful
Merry Christmas!

May your days be merry and bright
May all your Christmases be white.

Merry Christmas everyone
Red rose-closeup

Have a wonderful Christmas time with your loved ones!

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Poinsettia flower-Macro Flowers Saturday 85

I know you are in a hurry but stop for a moment.
Take a brake and have a coffee and some cookies with me!
Cup of coffee and cookies
Now we can talk about flowers. Remember, you can post anything you want to Macro Flowers Saturday in the holiday season.

I have poinsettias not just on the napkin, I have a real one too.
This is my new poinsettia flower, it's my first, ever. I have to learn jet how to care for it, though I don't think it is possible to induce to reflower the poinsettia after the initial display when purchased.

Its a very interesting plant with all these leaves turning flaming red, though it feels a bit (a lot) like plastic.

The flowers are in fact just the small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch.
Poinsettia flower-macro
Poinsettias are lovely Christmas decoration.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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More white orchids-Macro Flowers Saturday 84

Welcome to our weekend flower share!

Winter holidays are almost here. I hope you all are having a nice shopping for your loved ones.

I want to move this blog to custom domain soon. With such kind of changes it often happens that returning visitors can't access the new url. The reason for this is your own computers' DNS cache (not the web cache), meaning that each OS remembers details of the visited sites locations and when the pages' url changes the system loads the old url. Than you have the "Server not found notification".
The fix is very simple, the so called DNS flush. I will post a tutorial on my main domain at the right time.
Just remember this in case it happens to you.

And now, back to the flowers!
These orchids at the flower center are my contribution to today's share:

Have a great weekend!

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Frost crystals on plants-Macro Flowers Saturday 83

Hi everyone and welcome!

The days are so short that I always end up taking photos in the dark. But this is one of the reasons the flash was invented, isn't it?
I took these photos this evening; the sun was already down but there was a beautiful red reflection of the sky in the partially frozen river.
Red sky reflection in the frozen river
I love to take shots of frost crystals on plants near the river, here are a few of them:
Frost-ice crystals on maple leaves
Frost crystals on leaves
Frost on dried thistle seeds
What's new with you all?
It's time to begin Christmas preparation activities, shopping, cleaning up... Yippee!
Do you have your Christmas wishlist ready?

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Belated Happy Thanksgiving-Macro Flowers Saturday 82

Hi everyone and welcome!

I would like to wish all my American friends a belated Happy Thanksgiving. For Canadians its a double belated though.
I hope that you all had a wonderful time with your family and friends.

I don't have Thanksgiving turkey for you as we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but I offer you these roses instead.
I know, that's not much, so I have some sweets for you too.

Yellow rose - macro
Pale yellow Brose
Now, these cake slices are for all of you. I usually don't share my sweets but now it's different.
Two slices of cake with chocolate and walnut
Have a great weekend my friends and share you lovely flowers with us.

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Big White Chrysanthemums-Macro Flowers Saturday 81

Hi everyone and welcome!

Many thanks to all of you for your amazing contributions and for the opportunity to see and learn about so many different, new flowers from different parts of the world.

Our flowers are long gone, so I'll share some white chrysanthemums from this autumn.
Big white chrysanthemum flowers
Bunch of white chrysanthemums.

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Fading roses-Macro Flowers Saturday

Hi everyone! Glad to have you for another flower sharing this weekend.

These are the last roses I photographed this autumn. They are washed out a bit but still roses.
Last roses this autumn
pink autumn roses
Let's see what's flowering or fading in your world!
Have a beautiful weekend!

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Blue berries of Oregon grape-Berberis Repens

Creeping Oregon grape or Creeping Mahonia (Mahonia Repens) produces showy blue berries in autumn.
Creeping barberry is an attractive evergreen bush, very appreciated in landscaping.
In spring Creeping Mahonia produces bright yellow flowers and matte blue berries in autumn. Its shiny, dark green, waxy leaves turn a warm bronze in winter.
Blue berries of Creeping Oregon Grape
Berberis repens-Mahonia berries

Brugmansia flowers-Macro Flowers Saturday 79

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I hope you all had an interesting Halloween and a beautiful all Saint's Day, this past week.

There are a few more weeks left till the winter holidays and soon we can start decorating our blog for the holiday season.
If you are interested, check out my tutorial about decorating your blog; you can even find a button there, that does all the decoration by itself.

Till than, these are the last Brugmansia flowers photographed this autumn in the church yard.
Brugmansia flowers
Brugmansia flower-closeup
See also its close relative, the Datura. Both are also known as Angel's trumpets.

Some tradition and customs are essentially the same around the world but some differ from nation to nation.
I thought it would be interesting to share some decorating ideas and also some traditional or personal recipes, in the time left till the holidays.

I welcome all of you to be a quest publisher on my main blog with articles about the above mentioned subjects.

How it works:
You write your post about your chosen subject, table decorations, gifts, craft, greeting cards and you provide some amazing pictures too (they can be from your archive as well) and send me a draft to check it out. Christmas cookie recipes, your favorite food and drink recipes, whatever you find suitable for the holidays and want to share it, are all welcome.
It will be published as a quest post on the weekend chosen by you, on my main blog.

What's in it for me?
I've heard that, it's a fair question, so here is the answer:

You will get:
  1. a fair review of your blog;
  2. more traffic to your blog;
  3. a direct link to your blog;
  4. you may gain some extra friends.
It's not much but still something and after all it's about interacting in holiday spirit.

I'm open to any suggestions and questions. We can start out right next weekend (Saturday or even Friday afternoon) if someone is willing to brake the ice.

Are you in?
Click this envelope to the right to announce your participation!
Note: you may not publish this article elsewhere in the same form, for not to be considered as duplicate content.

A beautiful weekend to you all!

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Pansies in November-pansy photos

These lovely pansies are still flowering, even now in November. They enjoy the chilly mornings and the cloudless November sky on glorious warm afternoons.
Orange pansies-closeup
White pansies
Yellow pansy-macro
See how pansies can thrive even under a snow blanket.

Chrysanthemum galore-Macro Flowers Saturday

Hi everyone and welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

First of all, before I forget, I want to let you know that starting next week I'll post 1 hour earlier, as summer daylight saving is over this weekend. It will still be the same GMT/UTC, but 1 hour earlier for me.

A week before 1 November, the Chrysanthemum parade begins.

All Saints Day and All Souls Day have long been holidays in which people go to cemeteries with candles and flowers, in many countries with a Roman Catholic heritage.

On the 1st and 2nd of November it is All Saints day and All Souls day.
There are not many people knowing what is the religious meaning of these days but quite sure, everybody in Europe celebrates the Day of the Dead on 1 Nov.
On this day we go to the graves of dead relatives with candles and flowers and say prayers over the dead.
Chrysanthemums are a must on this day and the vendors raise the prices to the maximum, though nobody complains. They are gorgeous flowers.
Golden-yellow Chrysanthemums-closeup
The candle lights, the graves covered in a see of chrysanthemums and pine branches are a spectacular view.
What I like most is that it is a sober celebration, no parties, drinking or feasting in the cemetery, in our parts.

This is my favorite date of the year, the only celebration left these days that speaks about respect, kindness and remembrance. Somehow this day brings out those deeply hidden, noble human feeling, the way no other holiday can, not even Christmas.
Pink Chrysanthemums-closeup
I often observed and witnessed how human behavior changes as soon as people enter the cemetery.
The same person who was pushing others to advance faster in the sea of people in front of the cemetery, is no longer grumpy once in, he even becomes polite and helpful.

What is your opinion and experience about holidays that influence, in a good way, human behavior and emotions?
Orange Chrysanthemums-closeup
Have a great weekend!

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Cabbage flower-ornamental flowering kale photos

Cabbage flower and Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea) are colorful and somewhat unusual plants in the late autumn landscape. These plants love cool weather and after the late autumn frost bites them, their center leaves begin to change color.

Many varieties of Flowering Cabbage are available at this period of the year, with green outer leaves and white, pink or purple centers. They are not flowers but beautifully colored leaves.

Ornamental Kale plants have fringed leaf margins being even more beautiful than these flowering cabbages in the picture. Some cultivars have a dainty look with feathery leaves.
Ornamental Cabbage-Brassica oleracea closeup
Cabbage flower purple center-Brassica oleracea
Ornamental abbage-Flowering Kale-Brassica oleracea
Ornamental cabbage and flowering kale are beautiful and interesting additions to any flower bouquet, during the cold season.
Like other plants in the Brassica family, these flowering cabbages and kale plants are edible as well, though not so tasty as the well known vegetables.

Roses and blue sky-Macro Flowers Saturday 77

Hi everyone and welcome!

There still are some beautiful roses left, even now, so late in autumn.
I've found these rose bushes the other day on a sunny spot, being protected by a tall building, so the light frost we had till now didn't affect them.These rose bushes are about 2.5m tall, so this time, I could take these shots with the sky in the background without laying down in the dirt.

You may find boring to see so many roses but I just had to post them.

Pink rose and blue sky-closeup

Pink rose on green background-closeup

Red roses and blue sky

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Beautiful pink chrysanthemum flowers-photos

Chrysanthemum is the November birth flower and is believed to bring happiness and laughter to the home.

Mums are my favorite fall flowers, the last splash of color, in late October.
They are one of the most popular flowers, next only to roses.Most chrysanthemums are in full bloom now and others will open in the next few days, just in time for The Day of Dead on November 1.
In most European countries people bring flowers, mostly chrysanthemums, to the graves of deceased relatives, on this day.

Pink chrysanthemum flowers

Pink chrysanthemum-macro

Beautiful chrysanthemums

Rudbeckia Triloba-Brown-eyed Susan-Macro Flowers Saturday

Hi everyone, and welcome to another round of Macro Flowers Saturday!

It is cold and windy outside but we can't complain; the sun comes out once in a while and we still have some flowers blooming in our gardens.

Browneyed Susan-Rudbeckia triloba- also called Thin-leaved Coneflower is one of these late blooming flower. It is the little sister of Black-eyed Susan-Rudbeckia hirta, with smaller, but still lovely blooms.
Rudbeckia triloba-Brown-eyed Susan
Browneyed Susan-Thin-leaved Coneflower
Have a beautiful weekend!

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Shasta daisy-Leucanthemum x superbum

These are the last two Shasta daisies left in the garden. These classic, white daisies are one of my favorite garden flowers but now they say goodbye till next summer.
White daisies in autumn
Shasta daisy closeup-Leucanthemum x superbum

Roses for Libra-Macro Flowers Saturday

Hi everyone!

Happy Birthday Libra natives and Happy Birthday to me!

I know, I know, they are difficult people but Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of beauty and love.
That must count for something!

I wish you all the happiness in the world, may all your dreams come true!

Of course, the roses are for all of you, participating or just visiting Macro Flowers Saturday!

Usually, all your flowers are perfect birthday flowers, so let's see what you come up with this week!
Beautiful red rose-close-up
Red rose bush
Pink rosebud
Orange-pink rose head
White rose close-up
Have a beautiful weekend!

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Colorful Gazania flowers and Floss Flower

Gazanias and Floss flowers are still flowering.
We had a sunny, warm October till now but that will change soon. Heavy rain and storms are announced starting from tomorrow, so I took advantage of today's "golden hour" to capture these last flowers.
Light yellow Gazania and floss flowerGazania on fire, in the late afternoon sun.
Orange gazania close-up