Dewy Gemstones

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week asks us for our Inspiration – what makes us get up and go each day, makes us happy. Of course, there are a number of things – family, friends, missG, nature, so many things that are inspirational, or that motivate us to get up and DO something.

For me, right now, my biggest inspiration is photography – I am inspired to go out with my camera and see what I can find through my lens. It even gets me out of bed πŸ˜‰

The other morning, I woke up beforeΒ 6am and noticed a very heavy fog – unusual for Brisbane and it was just 7 degrees Celsius. Usually, at that time, I would have gone back to bed for another hour. I lay in bed for a few minutes, but couldn’t help it, I hadΒ to go out and try photographing the fog. The photos are fine, but my street isn’t very exciting (and I was in my pyjamas) so I ventured out to the back garden where I discovered that everything was covered in a very heavy dew.

A usually very uninspiring plant was transformed into bejewelled fabulousness.

I have this plant scattered throughout my garden edge and there are two varieties as you can see – red-tinged and purple-tinged. Here is what the reddish plants looks like sans dewdrops:

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These photos belong in Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic.

What inspires you?
x desleyjane

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70 Comments Add yours

  1. Victo Dolore says:

    Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Victo! I was fascinated.

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  2. brittabottle says:

    These are GORGEOUS! An absolutely fantastic way to showcase what inspires you. πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Britta, it was so cool to discover this gorgeousness hiding in my back garden πŸ˜‰

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  3. Jeremy says:

    Wow, amazing! btw, any post-processing?

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Jeremy. Yes, always. Mainly just upping the contrast and clarity to 100 in Lightroom and then just minor slider mods to blacks and whites.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much.

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  4. Su Leslie says:

    These are absolutely stunning.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Su. I was so amazed by nature that morning!

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  5. Agree – amazing photos

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so so much.

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  6. disperser says:

    Very nice compositions and subjects.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much. Such beauty in nature.

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    2. disperser says:

      Nature!? . . . I thought those were from Tiffany.

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      1. desleyjane says:

        LOL thanks πŸ˜‰

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  7. Kat says:

    Wow, these images are incredible…such an inspiration and close up (last week’s theme).. πŸ˜‰

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL yes I had posted quite a few for the close-up theme, since it’s my favourite subject. Thanks so much.

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  8. Kashpals says:

    Beautiful photos. πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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  9. Very beautiful. The dew is like little jewels on the leaves.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks CG, I thought so too. I’d love that heart one as a pendant if it was real jewels πŸ™‚

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  10. susurrus says:

    Your words and pictures are inspirational for me too! I love the idea of you running around in your pjs on a mission to capture something beautiful to share with us.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! LOL yes that’s me, pjs, ugg boots and a giant woolly jumper πŸ˜‰

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  11. Imagining the scene of a Frequent Flying Scientist waking up at 6am, venturing to the frozen garden, wearing PJ’s, ugg boots and a giant woolly jumper, would be enough to prove that there is a passion, and a strong force that moves her into action, despite the cold.
    Looking at the outcome of this action is awe inspiring and breathtaking.
    If there was any doubt that photography not only inspires you, but gets the best out of your excellent artistic skills, and your photography mastery, one just needs to visit your blog daily.
    Having said that, we, our followers, could just submit your photo to the Weekly Photo Challenge, because, you, are an inspiration! Thanks my dearest. xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      What a lovey thing to say. I think what I’ve realized lately is that everyone here inspires me in some way or another. As Deb and I were just saying, it’s a marvellous community here and I’m so happy to be a part of it. Thank you so much for this lovely comment.

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      1. The pleasure is mine.

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  12. Debbie H says:

    Wow, these are amazing. Well worth getting up for. Very inspirational indeed.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Deb πŸ’•

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  13. Wow, these pictures are amazing! Great job!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Kristyna. 😊

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    1. desleyjane says:

      πŸ˜„ cheers Terri!

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  14. nalinki says:

    wow, they are stunning! the early bird made the best shots πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aw thanks so much! I should really try to be an early bird more often!! X

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  15. Occasionally a post generates an involuntary gasp of delight. This is one of those posts. What treasures you captured. And what an absolute demonstration of the fact that if you go out with a ready eye, morning, noon or night, the world rises to the occasion. Thank you – yet again.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Wow thank you so much. So glad you had this reaction. I did as well when I was seeing it through the lens and then in editing later. Yes, I really must be more proactive about getting out there. Thank you so much.

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  16. lensaddiction says:

    A great opportunity and some quite lovely shots in there, nice job!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks very much πŸ˜€

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  17. Jill's Scene says:

    Each drop looks like a diamond, stunning!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jill – I’m soooo happy with these πŸ™‚

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      1. Jill's Scene says:

        With good reason!

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  18. Joanne says:

    GORGEOUS captures! πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you thank you x.

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  19. pommepal says:

    What is that plant DJ? I want one in my garden….The colours are so rich. Did you enhance them at all?

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Sorry I will have to ask Dad, I can’t remember. The colors darken when you increase contrast and clarity but I have also increased saturation to enhance the “jewel” look.

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      1. pommepal says:

        You did very well the images are stunning.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Thanks PP. Dad says that are Nandina domestica (nana) or dwarf. πŸ˜€

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          1. pommepal says:

            Thank you I know that plant it has lovely autumn foliage.

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Dad’s pleasure πŸ˜‰ Yes I’m fascinated in the variations in colour. It seems it depends on how much sun it gets, among other things.

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              1. pommepal says:

                My poor Nandina is a very sad looking bush, it is amongst a lot of natives and I think, doesn’t get enough sun or water.

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  Oh no! Mine seem to be flourishing. I don’t water them very often (maybe once every two months I’ll remember to put the sprinkler on lol) and I recently transplanted 2 of them. They’re still ok.

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                  1. pommepal says:

                    It must be your green fingers!!!

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                    1. desleyjane says:

                      LOL it must be magic πŸ˜‰

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                    2. pommepal says:

                      PHOTOsynthesis magic DJ…

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                    3. desleyjane says:

                      Haha I see what you did there πŸ˜‰

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  20. Robyn G says:

    These are gorgeous and it’s exactly the sort of things that inspires. Beautiful jewelled colours!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate that!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Truly a pleasure πŸ˜ƒ

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  21. Paula says:

    I won’t argue with you. Bejewelled fabulousness it is!!! And your takes are amazing, Desley!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Paula! It was so cool to find them!

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  22. These are stunningly gorgeous. I’ve followed your blog for awhile, but never take the time to just scroll through. And wow I’ve been missing out.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Wow thanks Jennifer, I appreciate your support!

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  23. Nandini says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! Amazing photos. πŸ™‚

    Great that you got up early!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, I really enjoyed this photo shoot.

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