Flowering Wisteria

I am very proud to announce that my Wisteria has got flowers this year!

I am living here since 2010. The poor Wisteria was cut down to the ground when I moved in. I did not cut it since 2010, and it became a better-grown climber. At the other side of my back fence, where it grows, are big waste bins. Every morning people from the workshops open the lids against the fence breaking off the new growth. There never were any flowers.

This year the climber gave me at least 20 strings of flowers.


It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9, and prefers moist soils. It is considered shade tolerant, but will flower only when exposed to partial or full sun. It will also flower only after passing from juvenile to adult stage, a transition that may take up to 20 years. It can live for over a hundred years.


(Extra)ordinary clouds : The daily Post : Photo Challenge

The sky was very blue and this cloud was extra white!

It looks like a big fish mouth!

What do you think?



Photo 101, Day eleven : A pop of color

Today, pay attention to how color affects your images. Experiment with one color, and think about how to feature it prominently.

Today’s Tip: As you train your eye to look for color, keep it simple:

  • Choose one bold color against a neutral background, instead of several colors competing for attention in a scene.
  • Look for a strong color within a basic composition of uncomplicated lines — your pop of color will stand out more.
  • Continue to experiment with light and POV as you shoot color-as-subject — the color may transform as you move.
  • Don’t ignore soft, pastel shades — colors like mint and pink can make statements, too.
  • Juxtapose pastels with black and darker shades.
Blue and pastel pink
Blue and pastel pink

Soft pink brightens up the blue giving the windows and reflection a sparkle.

Yellow spots and bright orange
Yellow spots and bright orange

Orange brightens up the street and buildings

Yellow. Red spot in the blue
Yellow. Red spot in the blue

Calm and peaceful – pastel blue.

What do you think? Which color gives you the best feeling about the photo?

Your comment is appreciated!

Hats : Travel Theme

Aren’t hats fabulous? I think the world would be a much better place if we all wore hats more often. Are you ready to throw your hat into the ring with your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!)

That is what Ailsa says at

Travel theme: Hats




A tam o’ shanter (in the British military often abbreviated TOS or tam) is a 19th-century traditional Scottish bonnet worn by men. It is named after Tam o’ Shanter, the eponymous hero of the poem by Robert Burns, of 1790.

The tam, or tam cap, became a fashionable women’s accessory from the early 1920s and was derived from the tam o’ shanter. It followed the trends for closer fitting hats and for borrowing from men’s fashion


Photography 101: A Pop of Color

Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.



Blue is calming!

Blue - from the front
Blue – from the front
Blue - from the side
Blue – from the side