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What is the name of this flower?

Unknown flower. Photo: Ulla Hennig

There are people who see a flower and say “Ah, that’s a ….!” And then they take a photo of it. For me, it is the other way round – I see  flowers, think they are worth taking a photo of and take the picture.

No problem with that if I use the photo only to show it to friends (or on my blog) – I call it “unknown flower”. But, as some of you may know, I am into Zazzle for quite some time now, and “postcard with unknown flower” would sound as if I just discovered an up to now unknown flower species.

Not that I did not look it up on some websites. It can be that I know the German name of it, but there was no way to have the English translation.

And now you, my dear reader, are wanted: Do you know the flower above, and how do you call it?

And by the way, that’s my 251st blog post! Isn’t that a reason to do a very moderate Happy dance?!

Playing around with Photoshop Elements

Photo and photoshop creation: Ulla Hennig

I wanted to find out what you can do with those wonderful photoshop filters. Here is one of the results.

Pansies

Pansies. Photo: Ulla Hennig

It is the time of the pansies. People are buying them for their flower boxes, and they can now be seen on graves as well. For me they are a sign that we are in mid spring.

Pansies were first introduced and became popular in Europe in 1812. In Germany we call them “Stiefmütterchen”, which means “little stepmother”. Did you know that the name “pansy” comes from the French word “pensée” meaning “thought”? Wikipedia just told me so – and whenever I’ll see pansies now I will be reminded of faces in thought.

Zazzle – another way to be creative

Last weekend I installed my new Photoshop Elements 8. I don’t know why, but I am always a bit afraid of installing new software on my laptop, but everything was nice and easy. And of course I had to try it out.

Normally I put the results of my photo processing activities on flickr, but somehow my inner creator told me to do some zazzling. “What’s that”, you may ask. Well, zazzle.com is an online platform on which you can put your photos on mugs, mousepads, postcards, greeting cards, stickers, magnets and other things, and then offer those products for sale.

Some time ago I had created my first greeting card, and now I’ve added some more products. It is really fun. Searching for the proper image and enhancing that takes most of the time. Uploading it and putting it on a range of products is the result of half an hour (including the time you need to think about which product you like to design – for example there are different kind of bags to chose from).

For me, the fun I have while creating the objects is the main reason for zazzling. Of course I won’t cry if somebody decides to order one of my postcards, bags or magnets…

Pink Rose

Pink Rose. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Pink Rose. Photo: Ulla Hennig

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December”

James Matthew Barrie, Scottish Dramatist and Novelist, creator of Peter Pan, 1860-1937

In addition to that we could say today “God gave us the digital camera so that we can look at roses in December”.

But maybe we will like to look at

  • colorful candles
  • white snow
  • yellow, blue, or red scarves
  • colorful christmas decorations?

What colors can you think of in December?

Another Web-Adventure: Zazzle

If you would have asked me one month ago “What’s zazzle?” I would not have been able to answer the question.

In the month of September I came to know zazzle via my Squidoo activities. Zazzle is a print-on-demand shop where you can sell certain products with your photos or design on it. You can put your lovely flowers on postcards, greetings cards, mugs, caps, sweatshirts or t-shirts. Or on a calendar, like the one you can see here.

kareyj has become a virtual friend of mine – we met the first time on photophlow.com–a place where you can show your pictures and chat about them at the same time. Her flower pictures are amazing, as you can see here. I showed her my pictures and got many helpful hints.

I like to have calendars on the walls of my flat, and so I asked her to create a calendar for me which I would pay for. This was in the time before I knew zazzle. Now her calendar is on zazzle. They have even opened a German zazzle shop a few days ago, so to order it and to pay it via paypal were just a few clicks.

I am looking forward to holding the calendar in my hands, to touch the product with the pictures we talked about in our weekly chat. I know how much energy and time she put into the calendar, and looking at at from Januar 2010 on will remind me of one very dear virtual friendship very single day.

Dahlia

Dahlia. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Dahlia. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Now is the season where you can see dahlias in full blossom in all kind of colours and forms. On the one hand they are a symbol for the coming end of the year (did you know that we have only 101 days left in 2009?), on the other hand they are a symbol for the beauty of the last late summer days.

Dahlias are plants native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia. In Germany they can be found in almost every garden. My father used to plant them in the tiny garden belonging to our flat. I remember him visiting them every evening after work, watering them, and selecting the prettiest one for the vases in our living room. Ah, sweet memories!

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