Daily Prompt: Flower penchanting

Migros Watering Trough 29.05.2017

I suppose you could say I have a penchant for taking photos of flowers, although I take photos everywhere and of everything. I suppose it all began with one of the challenges in WordPress, “Flower of the Day”, but this would mean 365 photos of flowers in the year and I do not have 365 different kinds of flowers in my garden. I doubt if the surrounding gardens in our village would supply me with a flower every day.

Where do you find the best flower selection? In the store of course. I visit the store three times a week and at the entrance there is the floral department, packed with examples of bouquets, cactus, orchids and all sort of strange flowers that do not even have a name. My favourites are the protea, which are certainly a relation of the triffid, although no-one has been killed by a flower up to now.

So I have found my choice and when we leave the supermarket, Mr. Swiss walks on and waits for me outside whilst I go to work with my mobile phone camera. I always have my Nikon camera in my bag, but for the quick flower shots, the mobile phone does the job nicely.

Of course it is noticed that the lady that walks with the stick regularly takes photos in the store of flowers. One day an assistant said her boss saw me and would like to know why I always take photos. I admitted that WordPress was the culprit as I showed my floral trophies regularly on my blogging site – and that was a difficult one to explain in German. However, the lady laughed (in sympathy?) and said that it was fine I naturally said I would not longer take photos if there was a problem, but she told me to go ahead. This conversation was at least a year ago, the lady is no longer there, but I am still taking my photos.

This little penchant of mine has lead to the fact that I now recognise many strange flowers by name: flowers that I would never see growing in our area. Flowers sold in a store are naturally the best, because the store wants to sell them.

I love to see the flowers of the day that others show on this particular challenge. We come from all over the world and I see examples of local flowers from other countries and others see samples of flowers that grow locally in my country: yes it is a win-win situation.

The flowers that are being sold for gardens, are moved outside in the Summer, which means I can shoot away at my hearts delight. It is now going towards Autumn, so the roses and other specials have now made room for the various heathers, chrysanthemum and Autumn selections. The choice is now somewhat reduced. If you see a lady taking photos of flowers in our local store, inside and outside, it is me. I am following my penchant for flower photos.

Flowers Migros

Daily Prompt: Flower Penchanting

Good Morning

Dawn

And as the sun rises in East Switzerland, it decided to illuminate our little settlement in Feldbrunnen. I decided to take a photo whilst it was here which was a good idea, because the sun has disappeared again. It is very cold and windy and yes, we are heading for the cooler season of the year.

I see that iPhone 8 etc. is now almost here and yesterday evening I began to watch the video of the introduction from the new Seve Jobs Theater in the Apple headquarters in a place called Cupertino. There was a large audience and I was wondering who these people were. How did they choose them, or were they just neighbours who wanted a local night out. I decided to make myself wise about this new communication development.

The introduction was done by various Apple guys. I noticed they were all wearing blue jeans and casual shirts, the look for cyber office people. I was then guided through the new phone by demonstrations and I must say the whole concept is now a little clearer. We are entering a science fiction world. In future all you do is look at your phone and it switches on, no more finger prints or codes. There is a face recognition system which you can easily organise, although how easy it is I am not sure. Just look at your phone and it lights up.

It really reminded me of something from a Stephen King book or something from Star Trek. Who know, perhaps our ears will start to grow like Mr. Spock. There is no longer a home buttom, just do a swipe. I clean my present iPhone once daily in the morning out of habit, to remove the finger prints. Now I will have to remove the swipes, or only use my phone after washing hands.

So I watched the  video introduction where it took me step by step through all the new goodies. When I got to the camera part it began to get interesting, but then the East Enders series was on the TV, so I decided that would be more interesting. I wanted to continue this morning, but it is no longer in Internet where it was, and there is now only a video on YouTube. I will save it for later. I decided by watching this introduction from the Apple extra terrestrials, I did understand a little more. I also understood the price very well, so am still thinking about it, but one day I will probably be swiping like the rest and looking at my phone hoping it will switch on.

I have also at last found a book to read. I was at a loose end and wanted something to keep me busy. I noticed that Ken Follet’s new cadthederal book was ready and yesterday was the first day that it was published. I had read Pillars of the Earth some years ago and also the second book “World without End” all from the fictional town of Kingsbridge somewhere in England. We are now approaching the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, and now there are  protestants as well as catholics – blame it on King Henry VIII. I have only read 30 pages on my Kindle up to now, but am already in the story.

I quite like Ken Follet books as they always have a good story line. So now I am kept busy and not causing any mischief – I have a book to read. It was quite a reasonable buy in the Kindle version. If I bought the real book, even as a paperback with over 900 pages, it would be too heavy to hold

I also planned today’s shopping list on my iPhone in the evening, so what could possibly happen. We are really forgetting to buy far too many important items at the moment: even the fridge is running out of stuff to cook if you forget everything else, the iron reserve.

We will be visiting our supermarket this morning. The last time we drove home Mr. Swiss took the scenic route, as in the photo that follows.

Road to Langendorf 11.09 (1)