Spring is Sprung

Here’s a little ditty for Spring:

Spring is sprung

The grass is riz.

I wonder where the birdies iz!

I wandered around our garden and parking area today and got the following photos, showing that Spring is popping its lovely head up as it’s now quite mild here in North Cyprus, thank goodness.

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Hawthorn buds
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Oxalis buds – yes, I know oxalis is a week but it’s still very pretty and indomitable.
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First leaves of wildflowers – very pretty and delicate when they do flower but I have no idea what they are.
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Wild fennel
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Winter flowering jasmine
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First pink-red roses of the season
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Lavender Bush
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary's Rose
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary’s Rose

Super Moon over North Cyprus

I just happened to look out the window this evening, around 6.30pm, to see this month’s Super Full Moon shining big and bright, much more brilliant than the last Super Moon that everyone banged on about. Here it was pathetic!  So here’s the lovely full moon shining down on our little island in the eastern Mediterranean and also another image with Pixlr overlays (just ‘cos I felt like having a bit of creative fun!).

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Art Playground

I’ve been having enormous fun playing with a new app I discovered by accident called ToolWiz, and also an updated version of piZap.  The piZap site is only available for current users and only on Chrome or Apple, to test out new features and give feedback. It has heaps more gizmos than the current version so keep your eyes open for the new version when it’s finally released.

Here are some of the images I created on piZap from one piece of digital art:

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Chrysanthemum Blooming (aedm21)

I didn’t manage to post every day in Leah Piken Kolidas’ Art Every Day Month November 2016, had back problems. So I’m catching up on the posts I did manage so I’ve got a record of my art creations.

The photo below is of a bunch of chrysanthemums I found dumped in a bin outside a supermarket we visit occasionally on the east side of Kyrenia (we live on the west side). They were fresh, in great condition, so I indulged my inner bag lady, fished them out, stuck them in a vase and they lasted three weeks. Wonderful!  ]

The pic has an overlay from Prisma, which is an app I use on my tablet.

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Anthem: Song of the Moon, Song of the Trees (AEDM18)

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A tribute to Leonard Cohen and a reminder of his words that, whatever happens, “the light gets in”.

Never give up. Never give up. Never give up!

“Anthem”

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

 

Rocks at Prayer (AEDM17)

Two for the price of one today: Rocks at Prayer. The original photo is of Langi Beach in Western Australia. I played with PicMonkey and Pixlr, with the resultant image (pink and green) reminding me of rocks at prayer for planetary and galactic love with the pink and green chakra colours. Then I was playing with frames on PicMonkey and got the sepia image which rather reminded me of the ancient-ness and mystery of stones.

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