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Magical Spanish Forests

Did you know that there are some pretty amazing forests in Spain? Who would have thought?
Photographer Guillermo Caballa (and his dog Malu) are well acquainted with this magical kingdom. Caballa has amounted an amazing collection of photos taken when walking his dog through these picturesque landscapes.

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

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Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Guillermo Caballa

Found on Bored Panda
Original source: 500px
Read more about Guillermo Caballa

Magical Mushrooms

Do yourself a favor and check out Steve Axford’s very impressive photographic collection of fungi photos. Wow – it’s hard to believe that any of these little specimens are actually from this planet. Most of these fantastical ‘shrooms are very seldom seen and some have never been photographed before. Oh, and yes, the colours are totally untouched (no Photoshop here).
Steve, you are a genius!

Originally spotted on This Is Colossal.
Check out more of Steve’s photos here.

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve Axford

All photos are by Steve Axford (you MUST check out the rest of the collection – it’s magical!)

Kitchen love

Tomorrow is an important day in South Africa – we all get to cast our vote, thus doing our part to move our special country forward.

What are you planning to do for the rest of the day? Hang out with family or friends? Relax at home? Eat something delicious?

Isn’t it wonderful how food always seems to be at the center of most celebrations and special occasions. Tomorrow is no exception. We are planning a braai with friends which will naturally involve lots of laughing, a healthy supply of bubbly (our mates are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary), lazy dogs, kids playing and general public holiday shenanigans – I can’t wait!

While looking for recipes for interesting salads to serve tomorrow I was reminded of Julie’s Kitchen – if you aren’t already following Julie Lee on Instagram, do so right away! Her photos are so delicious, and will have you totally inspired to whip up something amazing in the kitchen.

According to Julie Lee, Julie’s Kitchen is “where photography and food fall in love” – I couldn’t agree more. Her style is clean and fresh with every detail meticulously planned and executed.
Her delicate photos are edible works of art – each composition carefully assembled using produce sourced from local markets (or foraged) and never bought from a store. So beautiful!

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

Julie's Kitchen

All photos by Julie Lee

Magical Moments

I recently stumbled upon the work of Ukraine based art photographer Oleg Oprisco and I am in love. Oleg is a genius – not only does he source, style and shoot all the pics single handedly (what a legend!) but he does this all in film – amazing!

In his words ” I like the ability to stop time and create my version of reality” he goes on to say: “you press the shutter button but do not know what happens. This is real magic.” I have to agree – his whimsical photos are truly impressive.

Visit Oleg Oprisco’s portfolio of breath taking work here and check out the original interview with Oleg here.

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco

All photos by Oleg Oprisco

Water Babes

As a kid, did you ever dive to the bottom of the pool and just lay there for a couple of seconds, quietly listening to the weird distorted world above you? I remember wishing I was a mermaid – imagining how cool it would be to be able to stay under the water for more than the 20 seconds my little lungs would allow – surely a magical kingdom existed down there?

Alix Martinez manages to beautifully capture this aquatic fairyland in her children’s photo series called Water. Alix’s work is so gorgeously intimate and fresh, effortlessly capturing the wide eyed enthusiasm of childhood. I love it all.

Be sure to check out her portfolio – it’s so inspiring.

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

Alix Martinez

All photos by Alix Martinez

New haircuts

A visit to the hairdressers always inspires me – a morning of pampering mixed in with pots of tea and red velvet cupcakes is good for the soul (yes, my hairdresser spoils all her clients with the cutest cupcakes). I always walk away from the salon feeling ready for anything.

After my most recent visit to this magical place (otherwise known as Mooi Hair & Beauty Salon) I happened to spot the amazing collage work of Erin Case. One of her digital collections is aptly called Haircut (done in collaboration with Andrew Tamlyn) – I love the simplicity of these “cut’n pastes” so sublimely surreal.

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Erin Case

Check out more of Erin’s work here

Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Being a huge bird fan – I love British photographer Luke Stephenson’s “Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds”. Having said that I am opposed to the keeping of caged birds and sadly most of the birds photographed in this amazing body of work are all caged pets, but Stephen has done them all justice, he has carefully captured their delicate finery and vibrant characters beautifully – doing justice to both the birds and their loving owners.

In his words: “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds began with a very simple idea, that I wanted to photograph budgies. I met a great deal of people (mostly men) who were very knowledgeable about their hobby and only too happy to share it with me. Their enthusiasm became infectious so that by simply photographing a species I felt I was adding it to my collection.”

An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds has been published in a really gorgeous book and can also be seen in Luke Stephenson’s portfolio.

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

All photos are from Luke Stephenson’s Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Test driving my new lens

In the hope of improving my photographic skills I recently purchased a new lens for my camera – a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is a very basic lens and is often referred to as the “Thrifty Fifty” (it’s slightly more expensive brother the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM being referred to as the “Nifty Fifty”).
Well what can I say… I wish I had bought one of these ages ago. It makes photographing stuff in low light a breeze and as you can play around with really large aperture settings you can get great blurring effects in the foreground and background – making portrait style photos so much more interesting.

The first few photos I took with my new lens where all pretty bad, but after reading a lot about using this lens and watching some tutorials on Youtube, I thought I better buckle down and take some serious shots.
Of course Stripes (better known on Instagram as #bestcat) was quick to volunteer and making use of the bright autumn sunshine – we set up our own little home photo shoot.

I know I have a long way to go, but I thought I would share some of my favorites from this morning’s little session – what do you think?

Stripes

Stripes

Stripes

Stripes

An evolutionary marvel – Dirds

Okay, you know how somethings on the interwebs just make you chuckle and you have to share them, well these Dirds did it for me.
They livened up my Wednesday completely! I hope they put a smile on your face too.

I know Stripes (#bestcat) licked her lips when she saw these tasty little critters.

Found via Lost at E Minor

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Found via Lost at E Minor

On my Christmas wish list: A pet sheep

Dear Father Christmas, if you can fit him on your sleigh, I would very much like a pet sheep. Much love xxx

When I lived in the Lake District in the UK, the owner of the hotel I worked at also owned a flock of prize winning sheep. Not ever having fancied sheep much (except for their delicious legs) living in the midst of sheep country, I really did get to know these funny creatures a whole lot better.

Contrary to popular belief they are not as stupid as folks think, and within their flock, the Mums all take turns to baby sit the lambs – it’s so sweet seeing five or six little lambs frolicking in the daisies together, with one watchful ewe resting in the shade nearby.
Thankfully I was privileged enough to be around during lambing season and so got to hold an almost brand new baby – her coat was soft but bristly and she smelt SO amazing (as most young due). A truly wonderful experience.

While trawling through vintage photos on Pinterest I found loads of pics of people with what would appear to be pet sheep.
SO… I now want one too! Never mind that our front courtyard is the size of a large postcard – my new fleecy companion and I will make do! I am not sure how Stripes (#bestcat) will take to her new hoofed sibling, but we will try to keep him off the furniture and out of her pellet bowl.

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Movember is around the corner

We are over half way though October and the month is rushing by. If you (or your nearest and dearest) are planning on growing your tash for the month of November, here are some pretty inspiring role models to keep you going.

These amazing examples of male grooming where photographed for the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships (which took place in September in New Orleans) by Greg Anderson. The competition involved 150 hairy contestants from all over the world.
You can see more of these manly beasts in Greg’s giant gallery of 164 portraits.

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All photos by Greg Anderson.
Found via This Is Colossol.

Rebecca Groves Photography goes live

I am so lucky – I get to work on amazing projects with really exciting people. One of these inspiring peeps is my most recent Blog Makeover client Rebecca Groves. Rebecca is a super talented photographer who’s work makes you want to get married all over again (just for the photos). After much hard work, many late nights and a ton of emails, Rebecca’s new website went live this week.
Check it out: www.rebeccagroves.com.
Thanks Rebecca for being such a rocking client!

Is your blog (or website) in need of some loving? Why not drop me a line, I may be able to help. Check out my website for more info.

Below you can have a sneak peak at a couple of steps in my design process. For all my Blog Makeover clients I put together a mood board of imagery collected on Pinterest.

Rebecca Groves - Mood board (Pretty Pretty)

For some clients I also put together a brand board, it helps set the tone and showcases how the new look brand will be best represented online.

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Check out Rebecca’s new website here.