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The Universe Quotes

Curated from Google Images. Just some salient quotes about how the Universe will always take care of us, even when we don’t realise or appreciate it.

Hope some or all of these strike a chord in you. They sure did with me!

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My Favourite Bokeh Flower Photographs

Just a curated selection of some of my favourite Pinterest photos, this time featuring Bokeh Flower Photography. Think Romantic, blurred backgrounds, soft colours, a vintagey feel, out of focus shots, light glows, orbs.

Eye Candy!
(Images sourced from: Pinterest. You can find them on my Board, “Inspiring Flower Photography”).

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Going For Gold

When I was first starting out in mobile photography, on an Apple iPhone 3, I read about the Golden Hour and decided the magical sunlight quality that we get here Western Australia was too good to pass up on. I am a firm believer that different countries have different qualities of light, and some offer better photo opportunities than others. That may be why I’m drawn to the idea of living in Tuscany in Italy.

In Western Australia, our sunsets are often quite spectacular, and the dusky pinks and oranges often linger in the sky for nearly an hour after the sun has gone to bed.

Wikipedia defines the Golden Hour thus:

In photography, the Golden Hour (sometimes known as Magic Hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky.

It’s that time of day when everything is covered in a soft shimmer of gold, and photos often turn out magical, even if the subject is mundane or pedestrian. Mother Nature’s gifts to the human eye.

Even to this day, nearly 5 years after picking up my first smartphone camera, I still like taking photos at around sunset.

These days, you don’t really need the Golden Hour or Magic Hour to get the same effects in photography. There are photography Apps and software that will allow you to recreate and/or add the same effects from within your own home. After-effects, so to speak. You can add bokeh, sparkles, light trails, firefly glows, the list is endless. With some imagination, you can create the most awesome photos.

Having said that, there are still some happy flukes of Nature that allow great photos to be developed without the need for any external, human or technological assistance. Right place, right time, right eye for detail, right capture.

Here are some of my favourite images from Pinterest, that celebrate not only the Golden Hour/Magic Hour, but also the colour Gold in its myriad shades and intensities.

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Somebody

Every now and then I type some keywords into Google Images, to see what results come up, and whether I can use them for my blog. I also find it rather cathartic and eye-opening at times, like I’m discovering things about myself I never really thought about until then.

Today’s word was simply “Somebody”. Now, even as I type this, I can hear Depeche Mode’s song in my head. Arrghhh…musical earwig! I can’t get it out of my head now…

Anyway, I just wanted also to share with you some inspiring quotes around the subject of “Somebody”, curated from Google Images. Have a great weekend, everyone, and I hope you can make Somebody smile today!

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Have a great day! Namasté. 🙇

In the Mood for Flowers

I don’t have a green thumb, but I adore flowers. Flowers are such tarts, flaunting their pretty blossoms like Victorian petticoats, tempting the eyes with their vivid colours and exotic structures, tantalising the senses with their heady fragrances.

I wish I had a knack for growing flowers, or indeed any plants. Alas, no, so instead I contend myself with taking photos of them whenever I see any that catch my eye. And if there aren’t any around, why there’s always Pinterest.

And so here are just some of my current favourite flowers, curated from my burgeoning Pinterest board “Inspiring Flower Photography”. If you need further information on any of the photos, just go to my Pinterest Board and click on the photo in question, where you will be whisked away to the corresponding weblink.

Enjoy! And have a great week ahead! Flowers always make me happy. :-) I hope they make you happy too!

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Happy 1st of June, everyone! :-)

These Make Me Happy

I’m a visual person, and I love Colour. Not for me the stark austerity of black and white. I like my colours bright, zingy, vibrant, they have to SING. That’s why I love Pinterest so much – it always comes up with the goods, and is the best Colour Therapy I know of, besides my own crazy experimental Gelli Plate printing sessions.

Here are some of my favourite Pinterest images, curated for their colour. I hope they make You feel happy too!

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For Mother’s Day this year, The Kid picked out a teacup and saucer set from my favourite tea shop in Perth City, T2. It’s from the “She Loves” range, and it came wrapped in a beautifully illustrated paper. I took a photo of the wrapping paper, blended some more colours into it using Apps, and it is now my Note 4’s wallpaper. It makes me happy.

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I’m an Eclectic Magpie

Today’s post is just a motley collection of images that appeal to me, curated from my travels in the wonderful lands of Pinterest and Google Images. All credit and copyright remain with the original artist/photographer/designer etc. I always save my favourites to my Pinterest boards (just search for AlyZen Moonshadow), so if you need further information about any particular image, that’s where you should head first.

What can I say, I’m an eclectic magpie. I collect images like the ones below, to help stir up my creative juices, provide a springboard for inspiration, serve as colour or mood boards for future photography and art projects, trigger nostalgia, or just make me feel all sunshiney happy and gooey on the inside. :-)

Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful weekend, all! :-)

Dreamy

It’s Sunday, and a lazy one at that. Just thought I’d share some of my favourite dreamy photos, curated from Pinterest. I chose these because they struck a chord deep within me. It could be a look, a feeling, a colour, or a combination of elements. A picture tells a thousand words, that sort of thing.

Some of these photos transport me to distant places, places of fantasy, or stir up feelings of nostalgia.

Some are just plain awesome.

Copyright belongs to and remains with each of the photographers, of course. You can find these photos, and dozens of others like them, on my Pinterest boards under “Awesome Photos”, “Amazing Places” or even under “Photographic Artists ❤”.

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Just more of my favourite things

Just a random selection of images that I’ve curated from Pinterest, Google Images and Facebook. I like to post them here and reflect back later to see what patterns or trends emerge, if any.

Sometimes these images spark off ideas for new creative projects. Other times it could just be a colour I like, or a feeling I get from looking at it.

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Happy weekend, all!! :-)

My Favourite Things Part I: Ceramics & Pottery

A while back, I quite fancied putting my hand to turning out some ceramic teacups and plates. This dream never panned out, as I realised it would be a really messy affair, and my home life is already messy enough. There was also the question of space. I had none to spare. Besides, I didn’t have the money to buy a kiln for firing my pieces afterwards. No glorious glazes for me then!

So, I took to curating Ceramics, China and Pottery on Pinterest instead. No mess, no fuss, no financial investment involved. And et voila! A virtual collection that I can enjoy and share with my friends at any time.

I also thought about painting plain white ceramic spoons and ladles, just for decorative purposes. I even bought some white spoons for this purpose. And yet again, my intentions got thwarted by other matters. This is me – cosmic magpie, collector of ephemera and all things both real and virtual.

So today I’d like to share with you just a few of my curated Ceramics & Pottery images from my Pinterest board of the same name. If you are interested in finding out more about any particular artist, simply go to to my Pinterest page and click on the images on the Board there.

Tomorrow I’ll share my curated collection of quirky Ceramic Spoons in My Favourite Things Part II.

For now, enjoy!

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