Monday, 29 December 2014

Indoors and Outdoors

One of the things that blogging gives you is a tiny glimpse into the lives of other people - and one of the things that I enjoy most is see what other people are up to in different seasons to the one I am in.

It still surprises me the number of 'I'd forgotten it was not winter with you' type comments from the Northern Hemisphere!

Anyway - these two images are a result of me thinking about these differences and similarities.

The first image is taken indoors - where I assume the state of our loving room is very similar to many in other parts of the world.  I also decided to play with zooming during a long exposure - and the chaos and confusion seems appropriate for Christmas!  And before anybody asks, the blurred vision is nothing to do with red wine or fine Tasmanian malt whiskey (honest!)


The second picture is about summer - not the bright blue sky, the cricket on the radio nor sandy days at the beach. Its about the background hum of insects - the white noise of summer.

While me and H were taking a bit of a walk - all 850m of it! - we found this bee swarm in a bird box.  I can only assume that there were no birds in it!


You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

23 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart. That is an interesting first shot and of course you had not been drinking!!!

Fun60 said...

I think your photos sum up the wonderful chaos of joy that abounds on Christmas day and the sound of Summer.

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful pictures, the first with many colors is quite beautiful.
Second is pretty intense, I'm sure there is no bird more.
Best regards, Irma

eileeninmd said...

The first shot looks like crazy fun and colors. I would be worried if there were birds in the birdhouse with all those bees. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Revrunner said...

I can hear them buzzing.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Hope you had a fun time over Christams... certainly that first shot suggests you did! I love it... YAM xx

bas said...

Stewart dit is wel een heel speciale foto

Bethany Carson said...

Neat shot of your home at Christmas! It does look like the bees are keeping that birdhouse occupied!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Those bees are CREEPY. Givin' me the willies.

I like the fun chaotic atmosphere you created with the indoor image.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

cool blur...nah...I don't think there were any birds.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've never seen a bee swarm in person before. That would be cool to witness.

Mary Hone said...

Wow those bees are great. And the zoomy shot, fun stuff.

Linda W. said...

Cool photos, especially the first one. To us in the Northern hemisphere, a hot, sunny Christmas seems weird, but to you it's perfectly normal! :)

Sylvia K said...

Fun, different shots for the day, Stewart! And a fun look at your world as well!! And the bees? Without a doubt that is where the saying "busy as a bee" came from! Terrific!! Have a great new week!

Bob Bushell said...

Just beautiful.

ladyfi said...

That's a lot of bees! Love that first shot.

TexWisGirl said...

our bees are just a bit drowsier than yours. :)

Lee said...

Thousands might believe you re the red wine and the Tassie "fine malt whiskey", but I don't. The Tassie fine malt whiskey was a dead give-away, Stewart! But I'll not tell anyone...it'll be our secret, one I shall carry with me through to 2015!

I hope you have a Happy New Year...you will, if there's any of that fine Tassie Malt Whiskey left! :)

amanda | wildly simple said...

With winter's cold, seeing daylight fading so early in the day through iced up window panes, it's a delight to see all those bees and imagine their buzzing sound! December / January are such a time of stillness and quiet for us in the far north.
Hope you and yours are well, Stewart!!

Pallavi Puri said...

Such wonderful images!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We see those bee swarms a lot here in the cold north (ha ha...our weather this time of year is more like yours ). A good picture of it and gosh your living room looks just like ours used to when we had kids the age yours are.

Chris Rohrer said...

I love that first shot! Really creative and quite beautiful. Looks like the cover for an upcoming movie! Happy New Year!

Marie said...

I got very behind with you over Christmas (as well as most everyone else!) I have a lot of catching up to do! Great photos! We had a swarm in our back yard for a couple of months two years ago, and I had to stop feeding the hummingbirds during that time. I could barely get into the back yard to water. I am in general not afraid of bees, but we have some killer bees here in AZ and it worried me. They finally all moved on.