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A walk on the warmest day of the year in the forest in the Netherlands.

The picture was taken in Het Kralingse bos in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

October is here and summer is over, but before I add some autumn images I'm going to share some more from the warmer months.


This is monarch butterfly that was graciously flying around while I was doing macros of flowers. At this point as you can see its wings have been damage. Strong wings? Predators? Branches of shrubs or trees? Probably a little bit of all of the above, and still they manage to survive with their very thin and delicate wings.


I don't know how many I have photographed, and still they fascinate me!


Something about them:


How about this one about flying...


Have a fantastic weekend everyone!



Photography is one of my passions, and nature photography is my favorite.


I have been in Explore for more that a hundred times, and it is an awesome experience to have your photos showcased in such a special way.


I thank your for coming today, for leaving a comment, and make a favorite of yours this photo, (if that is the case) thanks again!


The best part of this forum is the contacts and friends that I have made over the years, that have the same passion for this art that is called photography!




Alstroemeria ( Peruvian lily, Indian Summer). Taken in St James`s Park when e did have some sunshine, these flowers seem to bloom all year round in the London Parks.

Spring migration Fort De Soto Park St Petersburg Florida, a first spring male.


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A riot of colour :)

Enjoying our summer gardens.


Texture/Painting created by me in Topaz Studio.

The glory of the hibiscus!

Summer Scenes challenge for Handheld Art

Apps: Snapseed, Distressed fx, Mextures, Icolorama

A walk on the warmest day of the year in the forest in the Netherlands.

The picture was taken in Het Kralingse bos in Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Dear friends, I wish you a Happy Summertime.

Thank you for your friendship.

See you soon :-)


Bel été à vous toutes et tous mes ami(e)s.

Merci de votre amitié.

À bientôt :-)


Ich wünsche allen FlickrFreunden

einen wunderschönen Sommer.

Bis bald :-)




beautiful and ephemeral.

At least, that's how it is on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula!

Boca Tapada - Costa Rica

"Verano del 16"

Created for Challenge 53 (Non-voting): Summer Moods - 18 July 2016 until 16 August 2016 in Kreative People.

"Thank you all my kind Flickrs Friends. Your comments are much motivating and appreciated".


Textures : my own.

© All rights reserved.

A rose in the very pink of condition taken in our garden last summer.


A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.


The name rose comes from French, itself from Latin rosa, which was perhaps borrowed from Oscan, from Greek ρόδον rhódon (Aeolic βρόδον wródon), itself borrowed from Old Persian wrd- (wurdi), related to Avestan varəδa, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr.


The leaves are borne alternately on the stem. In most species they are 5 to 15 centimetres (2.0 to 5.9 in) long, pinnate, with (3–) 5–9 (–13) leaflets and basal stipules; the leaflets usually have a serrated margin, and often a few small prickles on the underside of the stem. Most roses are deciduous but a few (particularly from South east Asia) are evergreen or nearly so.


The flowers of most species have five petals, with the exception of Rosa sericea, which usually has only four. Each petal is divided into two distinct lobes and is usually white or pink, though in a few species yellow or red. Beneath the petals are five sepals (or in the case of some Rosa sericea, four). These may be long enough to be visible when viewed from above and appear as green points alternating with the rounded petals. There are multiple superior ovaries that develop into achenes. Roses are insect-pollinated in nature.


The aggregate fruit of the rose is a berry-like structure called a rose hip. Many of the domestic cultivars do not produce hips, as the flowers are so tightly petalled that they do not provide access for pollination. The hips of most species are red, but a few (e.g. Rosa pimpinellifolia) have dark purple to black hips. Each hip comprises an outer fleshy layer, the hypanthium, which contains 5–160 "seeds" (technically dry single-seeded fruits called achenes) embedded in a matrix of fine, but stiff, hairs. Rose hips of some species, especially the Dog Rose (Rosa canina) and Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa), are very rich in vitamin C, among the richest sources of any plant. The hips are eaten by fruit-eating birds such as thrushes and waxwings, which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. Some birds, particularly finches, also eat the seeds.


Rose thorns are actually prickles - outgrowths of the epidermis. While the sharp objects along a rose stem are commonly called "thorns", they are technically prickles — outgrowths of the epidermis (the outer layer of tissue of the stem). (True thorns, as produced by e.g. Citrus or Pyracantha, are modified stems, which always originate at a node and which have nodes and internodes along the length of the thorn itself.) Rose prickles are typically sickle-shaped hooks, which aid the rose in hanging onto other vegetation when growing over it. Some species such as Rosa rugosa and Rosa pimpinellifolia have densely packed straight prickles, probably an adaptation to reduce browsing by animals, but also possibly an adaptation to trap wind-blown sand and so reduce erosion and protect their roots (both of these species grow naturally on coastal sand dunes). Despite the presence of prickles, roses are frequently browsed by deer. A few species of roses have only vestigial prickles that have no points.


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Processed on my iPad using Procreate, IColorama and Distressed FX. Submitted to Handheld Art Group for the theme "Summer Scenes".

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I love fresh produce, grown as close to home as I can find. This morning at a small Mom & Pop grocery I bought locally grown tomatoes (also heirloom slicing tomatoes not shown), peaches grown one state over and basil from my own plants.


Texture: French Kiss

Processed: Topaz


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A walk on the warmest day of the year in the forest in the Netherlands.

The picture was taken in Het Kralingse bos in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Summer Dream (Rêve D'été)

Landscape, Impressionisum Series


One of the best ways to draw attention to your photography is by shooting colourful subjects. This is an easy technique you can use to immediately impart more impact to your images.


Jim Zuckerman

I already miss Summer with all it´s colours and light.


I am sorry to say that I no longer manage to follow up by commenting and thanking everybody personally, but I want you to know that I truly love every comment and fav I get from you and it gives me inspiration to take more pictures :-)


Thanks to everyone who takes the time to view, comment, and fave my photo.


Back from a trip to Greenland. It is so beautiful with the ice bergs and even flowers in summer. This photo was taken along the Ilulissat ice fjord in western Greenland.

Found right in my own backyard! It seemed like a summer dream to me....

Created for Handheld Art, Summer Scenes Challenge. Apps: Snapseed, Distressed FX, iColorama, Mextures.





All rights reserved - copyright © Stefano Scarselli


“Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them."


"I don't believe in ghosts," I said, faintly.


"Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there," she replied.”

Quote ― Sue Grafton, M is for Malice


"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." Qoute ― Henry Rollins


Enjoy it in Large.

"Fiesta Despedida del Verano".

Created for "MIXMASTER CHALLENGE #10 - Chef: skagitrenee in Artistic Manipulation Group" and "New! Challenge 146.0 ~ Summer's End ~ The Award Tree ~"

"Thank you all my kind Flickrs Friends. Your comments and invitations are much motivating and appreciated".


Textures : my own.

© All rights reserved.

Summer Overture (Ouverture d'été)

Petals Love Series


When To Turn Off Our Lens' VR Function


I never turn off my lens' VR (Anti-shake) function. Some photographers said you have to turn off your VR function in your camera or lens when you camera is on tripods. It will cause bouncing that may affects image quality.

True or false!


True, because you do not need it and it consume battery power.

False, even my cheap tripods needs anti-shake.


What is it in your mind?

Small tortoiseshell in a summer meadow


Kleiner Fuchs in einer Sommerwiese


A walk on the warmest day of the year in the forest in the Netherlands.

The picture was taken in Het Kralingse bos in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Summer begins today in our part of the world!

Sweet memorie of the summer from last year: the gorgeous fragile flower of a cactus

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. ~Elizabeth Lawrence


Smile on Saturday: Bee-autiful!


Have a beautiful weekend everyone!!💝


Thank you for your visits, kind comments, awards and faves. Always greatly appreciated.


Copyright 2019 © Gloria Sanvicente

Boca tapada - Costa Rica

Processed on my iPad using Snapseed and finished in Glaze. Submitted to HandHeld Art Group for the July theme of Summer Scenes.

© 2013 Werner Schnell - All rights reserved !


Processed on my iPad using Snapseed and further enhanced in iColorama. Submitted to HandHeld Art Group for the July theme of Summer Scenes.

Sunset at the Flint Park Waterfront Nature Trail (Larchmont, New York). Earlier in the day, the temperature soared to 100°F (37.8°C), breaking the previous daily record of 98°F (36.7°C) set in 1986 and tied in 1999--July 7, 2010

To be on the water, feeling the wind and the sun, sailing ... that's a kind of freedom.


My summer song this year

Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Created for Spotlight Your Best "Summer Days"


Not hot, not sunny but Summer nevertheless!


Today's forecast: Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southeastern parts of England this afternoon, lasting into the evening. Whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where torrential downpours occur large amounts of rain could fall in a relatively short space of time.

Please be aware of the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel. Courtesy BBC Weather Tuesday 12 July.


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Calopteryx splendens.


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To see the Summer Sky

Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie --

True Poems flee --

Emily Dickenson


Thank you for your kind visit. Have a wonderful and beautiful day! xo❤️


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