Summer InstaFun

June on Instagram was not very fruitful, but it still gave me one of my favorite images ever. I find it a great success capturing bugs in their everyday life. Stalking this little bee probably looked strange to passersby, but who cares? 😀

A flower here, a pine cone there, you never know where you will find your own treasure chest.

My usual suspects, Hendrix and Berta, can not escape my attention. The heat wave shortened my morning walks, that is why there are so few images.

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.


Peace Lily

My victim for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is my little Spathiphyllum, the only plant that can survive my caregiving. And it even blooms! Considering me being a serial killer of plants, it is a miracle. On the other hand, it would be quite a miracle if I managed to kill this one, considering it being very resilient. I finally found a perfect match for me. 🙂

The only thing worth mentioning about my post-processing is adding a frame. It seldom works, but I find it quite an improvement here.

For more interesting monochrome images, I recommend a visit to Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.


Magical World of Flowers

Nothing special this week, just a little corner of the rose garden. If you’ve been good today, you’ll see two little fairies, playing hide and seek.


As usual, for additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.


Cherry Blossoms

It is funny how it seems that in a single moment the monochrome world of winter fills with colors of spring and everywhere you turn, a flower blossoms in front of your eyes. It is even funnier to turn that colorful world into a monochrome image.


For more beautiful monochrome images, visit Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.



This flower is such a mystery to me, I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. The funny part is it has lovely orange and yellow colors and I was surprised to see this transformation in black and white.


Eureka! I found it. 😀

Kniphofia /nɪpˈhoʊfiə/, also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 10–100 cm (4–39 in) long, while perennial species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured.[4] The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.

The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist.

Another day, another lesson…That is my favorite motto.

As always, be so kind to check other great entries in this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge on Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY.