Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  One of the things that inspires me most is the beauty of the natural world around us. 

This week’s inspirational picture was taken whilst on a break over Easter at the Kruger Park.  We came upon a large family of elephants at a watering hole, and never have I seen mud and water enjoyed so much!  Over 20 elephants of all sizes – tiny babies to big mammas – splashing and playing together, it was beautiful.

So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Elephant at Kruger Park, South Africa.

Young Elephant at Watering Hole in Kruger Park, Game Reserves, South Africa, Wildlife, Big 5

This little chap in particular was having such fun cooling down – splashing around and spraying himself and the others…. it was lovely to watch.  

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me – and having just come back from a week in the African bush, relaxing with friends and family, I am feeling both inspired and rejuvenated.

This week’s cool pictures were taken at Marrick Safari in Kimberley  – a wonderful place to relax and unwind in a tranquil bush setting (and with awesome food!). This little chap is one of family at Marrick, and is just the cutest thing.  He even came on a trek through the bush  – us, 3 dogs and a meerkat!    

I couldn’t decide which photo to share, so I chose two 🙂  So here we are, two cool pictures to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Meerkat  at Marrick Safari, Kimberley, South Africa. 

Meerkat, Marrick Safari, Kimberley, South Africa, Bush, Wildlife

Meerkat lying down, Marrick Safari, Kimberley South Africa

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Happy Friday!

It Must Run in the Family….

My dad has just turned 70…..   Now, 10 years ago this man thought that computers were evil and owning one, God forbid, would lead to the collapse of civilisation as we know it (he still thinks that about cell / mobile phones….but I digress).  Time can be a great game changer! Not only, does my dad now have a laptop, but he also has a blog (with his own photos), and is writing a series of articles for a website.   I would never have guessed that one day he and I would be swapping notes on blogs and links and such like….

The sun setting over Titchwell Marsh lagoon, titchwell marsh reserve, sunset, rspb reserve

The sun setting over one of the lagoons adjoining Titchwell Marsh reserve

Ray’s Rambles is a blog that was started when the local RSPB bird reserve at which my dad is a volunteer warden, Titchwell Marsh in Norfolk, England (which I have to say is the best in the country – totally unbiased of course) was undergoing major renovations. During this time the majority of the reserve was closed and so attention was diverted to life forms other than birds.  My Dad started out with a challenge to find 800 different species – plants, bugs, butterflies, moths, birds, you name it – during this period.  To date, and now the reserve is fully opened once again, the total sits at 1132 species! (Over achiever!) 

Bird watching at Titchwell Marsh reserve, rspb,

Dad attempting to teach us the finer points between various waders, on the banks of Titchwell Marsh Reserve

Titchwell Marsh is this year celebrating its 40th year.    Apparently dad is the only person who has been around throughout the reserve’s entire 40 years!  Way to go dad!  In this capacity, and with new celebrity status, he has been asked to contribute 40 articles for the next 40 weeks, looking back over the last 40 years from when it opened back in 1973. 

Looking out across Titchwell Marsh, titchwell marsh reserve, bird watching

Looking out across Titchwell Marsh Reserve on a blustery day – in the middle of the picture way in the distance is the house where I grew up (actually its a golf club, but we lived on the premises)

I ascribe my love of all things natural – stones, shells, flowers, birds, butterflies, animals, etc. to my dad and the many hours we spent tramping along the beach, golf course and local countryside in search of various treasures and sightings.  We were interested in all things and had a need to know exactly what everything was – flora or fauna! (My mum did freak out somewhat when we decided to build a moth-trap – she hates moths!)

Black Arches moth

Black Arches moth. 30 years on – still catching moths! Although now it’s at the reserve and not at home (much to mum’s relief).

So here’s to Dad, who taught me to appreciate the natural world around me, which is kind of how I ended up making jewellery – my love of stones sort of lead me there, eventually;  and who’s proven you most certainly can teach an old dog new tricks – remember, it’s never too late!

Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me.

This week’s cool picture is a macro photo of raindrops in the undergrowth, and it was forwarded to me by my beading buddy, Bev Shipley.  It gives us a glimpse into a tiny different world.  So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Raindrops – Macro Photo  (with thanks to Bev Shipley)

Raindrops - Macro Pic, Raindrops on plant,

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Enjoy your weekend wherever you are, and whatever you are doing!

Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  I take great inspiration from my travels – the different sights, sounds and smells all firing up the senses and the imagination!

One of the most amazing places I have been lucky enough to visit is Alaska.  This moonrise photo is a personal favourite – it was such a still evening and watching the moon rise was almost eerie – very atmospheric. You can almost imagine the wolves howling…. So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Moonrise over snow-topped mountains – Alaska.

Moonrise over the Alaskan Mountains

 

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me – you cannot beat the wonders of nature!

This week’s inspirational picture was taken on one of my visits to the Kruger Park.  I love birds and I’m always trying to improve my bird photos – I find birds with their quick movements very challenging to capture! So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Cape Glossy Starling (and an unfortunate cricket) from the Kruger Park, South Africa.

Glossy Starling at the Kruger Park, Bird Photo

Isn’t he beautiful? It’s almost hard to believe those colours are real; and as for that beady eye…….. If you like this, please share it and help brighten up someone else’s day!

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Happy Friday!

Rainbow Jewellery Design Inspiration (in the Rainbow Nation)

Did you know there are several different types of rainbow? Nope? Nor did I – or at least, not as many as 10 different types!

Rainbow Photo taken from my balcony at home, close-up of a rainbow

Rainbow photo taken from my patio at home – we get a lot of rainbows in Johannesburg, due to very sudden downpours on sunny days, but they are not normally as close as this – I almost felt I could touch this one!

Check out the beautiful rainbow pictures in this article and the descriptions of the different types of rainbow:  10 Beautiful Types of Rainbows   (I initially saw this article in a Tweet by Ana Benedicta – so big thanks to her for sharing.)  

Jewellery Design Inspiration

As always inspiration from nature gets incorporated into my jewellery designs.

Rainbow Multi Gemstone Chunky Statement Necklace, Handcrafted Gemstone Beaded Necklace

Rainbow Multi Gemstone Chunky Statement Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery, Handcrafted Gemstone Beaded Necklace

Rainbow Multi Gemstone Chunky Statement Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery  (only $23 + P&P)

This gemstone necklace includes turquoise, citrine, rose quartz, aventurine, black tourmaline, howlite, amethyst, carnelian, crystal, quartz, snowflake obsidian, agate and labradorite – every gemstone under the rainbow!!

Rainbow Multi Gemstone Chunky Statement Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery, handcrafted gemstone beaded necklace

Rainbow Photo taken from my balcony, double rainbow photo Johannesburg south africa

Double Rainbow Photo – Johannesburg, South Africa

You can just make out the secondary rainbow to the left of the primary one if you look very closely….this is known as a double rainbow.

 

 

 

 

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  I take great inspiration from my travels – the different sights, sounds and smells all firing up the senses and the imagination!

Living in South Africa gives us access to some of the best wildlife on the planet (I may be a little biased!) This week’s inspirational picture was taken whilst on holiday at Etosha game reserve in neighbouring Namibia – a beautiful place with a fascinating landscape.  So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Lion at Etosha Game Reserve, Namibia.

Young male lion at Etosha Game Reserve in Namibia

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Just Because It’s Friday…

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see around me.  A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world – nature is the greatest artist of all!

This week’s inspirational picture is one of my own, taken on a holiday to Namibia in  2007.  This was the view from our hotel balcony in the capital city, Windhoek. 

So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Sunset – Windhoek, NamibiaIMG_0984

Isn’t it lovely?  Those that know me, know that I have a ‘thing’ about sunsets – I can’t resist them, and this was certainly one of the finest I’ve seen – it took our breath away. Such beautiful rich colours….

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(Have a look at my other cool pictures here.)

Just Because It’s Friday…

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  A lot of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me – nature is the greatest artist!

This week’s inspirational picture is one of my own, taken on a visit to the Kruger Park in December.  So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Woodland Kingfisher from the Kruger Park, South Africa.

Woodland Kingfisher - Kruger Park, South Africa

Isn’t he beautiful? Just look at those colours! If you like this, share it and help brighten up someone else’s day!

(Thanks to lizzierosejewellery, whose post of a White-throated Kingfisher taken from her kitchen window in Singapore, reminded me of this photo and prompted me to share it.)

(Have a look at some other cool pictures here.)