Gif – Flowers #4 – Using 3D Transitions

If you haven’t done it yet, I suggest you do…. creating gifs that is.  I am having so much fun learning this new hobby of mine.  The above gif was created using 3D shatter transition and the one below I used 3D curl transition. (1)

I know I still have a lot to learn and that is the fun part.  I love learning new things everyday…. well, maybe not everyday…. I’m a little lazy.


Gif – Flowers #3 – Black In and Out

flowers - black filter - rose

I found this rose on my way to the library yesterday.  You know I love flowers, right?  Ok you probably don’t know.  I just can’t pass a rose without taking a photo or two.  And this one is so lovely I just had to create a gif for it using the black filter.


Gif – Flowers #2 – Negative to Normal

flowers - negative.gif

Ohhh I’m so happy I’m able to take pictures again.  I love flowers and I don’t care if everyone else including their neighbors and their neighbors’ dog take pictures of flowers.  And now with my new hobby of creating gifs, I can do wonderful things using my own photos.

This lovely flower is a Clematis and I turned this shot into a gif using negative filter.


Gif – Flowers #1 – Greyscale Flash

flowers - greyscale flash.gif

I dropped my digital camera a couple of months ago and the repairman said it could not be fixed.  Bummer!  I wanted to wait until Boxing Day to get a good deal but I really missed taking photos when I go walking around my neighborhood.  So on my way home the other day, I dropped in at Best Buy and got myself a tiny Sony Cybershot DSC-W800 for a little over a hundred dollars, really cheap.

Yesterday, I went out taking pictures and this flower shot I created into a gif.


April is Daffodil Month in Canada

April is Daffodil Month in Canada

April is Daffodil Month, which is the Canadian Cancer Society ‘s national fundraising campaign for the fight against cancer.

The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer.

In my Toronto neighbourhood, there is a patch of daffodils in our local park to remember those who passed because of cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to give courage to those who are fighting cancer at present.

Cancer can be beaten.

Purple Tulips for Prince

Purple Tulips for Prince

I’m still in shock.  Music legend Prince is dead at 57.

Rest in Peace, my sweet Prince.  You will never be forgotten.

Here are purple tulips for you.

Crocus Flowers – Sure Sign of Spring

Crocus and a Bee – My Precious, photo by mzrosie

Crocus flowers are a sure sign that spring has sprung.  Crocuses are definitely the first flowers to welcome spring.  At times, they push themselves out through snow as if saying to Mother Nature “Still winter?  What da?”

The lavender crocus picture above with a bee so engrossed in doing what he does best, I call “My Precious” as in a memorable quote from the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings.

This photo of striped single crocus below, I call “The Loner.”

Crocus – The Loner, photo by mzrosie

This photo of two lavender crocus looks so romantic, so I called it “The Lovers.

Crocus – The Lovers, photo by mzrosie

The photo below of purple, yellow and white crocuses represent a group of friends, so I called them “The Group.”

Crocus – The Group, photo by mzrosie

The photo below of yellow crocuses, I called “Yellow Crocus,” for lack of imagination.

Yellow Crocus, photo by mzrosie

And the photo below, I called “Lavender Crocus.”  For obvious reasons.

Lavender Crocus, photo by mzrosie

And, the last photo below is a bunch of purple crocus with a bee digging deep.  So, what do you think should I call it?  Purple crocus with a bee?  Ok, cool!

Purple Crocus and a bee, photo by mzrosie

More crocus photos…

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Can you see it? #3

soapwort, ladybug and bee

While I was taking pictures of the soapwort flowers and a ladybug, something else wanted to be in the picture.  Can you see it?  What is it?




If you can’t see what it is, perhaps another picture might help.

soapwort, ladybug and bee


Now, can you see it? What is it?




Answer: A bee

soapwort, ladybug and a bee







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Soapworts and Ladybugs – Fun Facts

Soapwort Flowers and Ladybugs
Soapworts and a ladybug, photo by mzrosie

A ladybug caught my eye.  It was on a cluster of pretty white flowers, which I didn’t know at the time, were called soapworts.

Fun Facts about Soapworts – Soapworts are sweetly scented flowers, which are also commonly as known as bouncing-bet, crow soap, wild sweet William, and soapweed. The scientific name of this plant is Saponaria, which is derived from the Latin word sapo meaning “soap.”  The leaves of this plant were used long ago to make a cleaning lather.

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Soapwort and a ladybug, photo by mzrosie

Fun Facts about Ladybugs – Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles.  Ladybugs are farmers’ and gardeners’ best friends because they are voracious eaters of plant-eating insects including aphids.

Ladybugs have three ways to defend themselves against predators.  Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste.  And, in a critical situation, they can play dead.  So, who would want to eat a dead foul-tasting bug that could be poisonous (they’re not).


Note to Humans:  Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans but, please refrain from eating them.