Waiting on a Raincloud – Original Music by DARREN CLAXTON
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I wrote ‘Waiting on a Raincloud one bright spring morning back in March/April, whilst eating breakfast!
As I looked out onto the garden, I saw birds feeding, bees flying and plants growing!
Here in England six weeks prior to this, it was a bitter -5c and bitterly cold.
This song is to remind us all of how beautiful nature and our planet really is.
I’m waiting on a rain cloud
And a sunny afternoon
Everyone is over friendly
Cos they put you in the mood
Warm sun strokes my skin
Which gives me, oh! an awesome glow
Children playing on the parks
The innocence we all once knew
I’m loving nature’s bounty
And the wonders that it grows
Reflecting on the winters
And the icy freezing cold
But we were warm inside our homes
And didn’t really want
To go outside for very long
It’s buried under snow
Under snow oh oh
And nature’s bounty
Was buried under snow
I’m waiting on a rain cloud
And a sunny afternoon
Everyone is over friendly
Cos they put you in the mood
Darren Claxton is a Songwriter, Musician and Producer of his own music, from Derbyshire UK. The music he writes is often heartfelt acoustic indie folk with a sprinkling of rock and country influences, with an occasional world music flavour as heard on his track ‘Dragonfly’ . But most of all, it’s his passive emotive thoughts and feelings that are delivered through that soothing vocal, and intricate guitar playing of his.
All Music, Lyrics and Photography Copyright (c) 2018 Darren Claxton
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Colour Splash can add some rather dramatic effects to your photography, which is a fun way to make those colours pop right out of the screen! Here’s a few of my personal favourites.
This is my family! I took this shot as a selfie which really captures the colour and beauty of this bunch of amazing people!
Check out this beautiful African Daisy and the water droplets that embellish its vibrant yellow
And finally, my children!
Thanks for checking out my photography here on Stishit and be sure to try the colour splash technique on your future pics!
photography Copyright © 2018 Darren Claxton
It’s really difficult to work on Stishit stuff and ignore this… Besides, my merlot is also getting in the way!
**Could You guess where this picture was taken? Example how we don’t need the landscape to be covered in trees and plants to be beautiful. As I consider green to be calming, red has its own warmness that can somehow give out the feeling of being on another planet.**
This image consists of three planes placed in the front ground, middle and background. Light colored plant in front makes most of the main focus and front ground. Middle part of the picture is the biggest one made up from red ground that dominates most of the picture. Because of the background light and blue sky we can almost have the feeling of shadows and silhouettes separating the planes. Nice details to this picture are clouds, path and the plants. Bright, warm and different.
*Walking on the same path people have walked before can make you feel safer and calmer and it is easier that way, but you will not find anything new. Those are the tracks worn out long time ago.*
…ah, Yes.. taken on the main island of Tenerife.
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Here’s a few photos of my beautiful little trees especially for #thursdaygreen
Bonsai is an ancient botanical art which I’ve been learning about this past year.
Dwarf Mountain Pine
Green is the colour of health and nature.
A green front door is always welcoming.
That fresh green vegetable on your plate is full of vitamins and minerals.
And finally, this beautiful little birch!
Photography in spring
Spring is an incredibly beautiful time of the year and is always a good idea to have a camera in your pocket.
The best camera you can ever own is the one in your pocket! yes that’s right, your mobile phone! I’m lucky to own a Huawei P10 with duel Leica Lenses which produces stunning pictures.
Here’s a small selection of my spring and early summer pics.
The best camera you can ever own is the one in your pocket!
Your smartphones camera can do amazing things if you get to know it a little better.
I am lucky enough to have the Huawei P10 which has dual Leica lenses that can take just about any style of photo you’ll ever need.
I’m toying with the idea of a DSLR camera but –
1) They’re stupidly expensive!
2) I’m a poor musician and would much prefer to spend my hard earned cash on musical instruments that rarely lose value!
3) I’m uber clumsy and would probably break it anyway!
4) My Huawei takes amazing shots in the right hands.
Here’s some specs on my phones amazing camera –
Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, PDAF, OIS) + 20 MP, Leica optics,
2x lossless zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus,
dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p @30fps, 1080p @60fps, check quality
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.9 front facing camera.
If you’re interested in this amazing bit of kit you can find out about it here –
So here’s a few pics I’ve taken recently whilst out on my adventures!
The Grand Hall stairs at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire UK
Experimenting with lens flare – the light hit the top left just at the right moment in this very simple photography subject.
Flowers are such a simple photographic subject. Take these beautiful spring snowdrops as an example – I used a narrow field to capture this shot.
Thanks for checking out my photography post.
Spring has finally sprung here in Derbyshire, UK
I’ve managed to get out into our lovely cottage garden this afternoon to assess the potential damage caused by ‘The Beast From The East’ which hit us two weeks ago.
This adverse #weather forced many parts of the UK to a complete standstill on the Wednesday, and through to the weekend. Schools and businesses had to close and some shops even ran out of supplies for the rest of that week. Now, for those of you used to 10-12 inches 0r 30cm #snow during winter, maybe laughing at this amusing anecodte, but we’re just not geared up for that kind of freakish weather here! It absolutely battered our little rural village, with 2 foot snow drifts, which was overly exagerrated by the 80mph winds which caused face melting blizzard like conditions. We’re a few miles from the nearest main travel route, but Luckily, the snow plough arrived early on the Saturday morning to clear our lane. The garden has survived surprisingly well considering we had some -6c thermometer readings for 5 consecutive days. A few of my outdoor bonsai and some bulbs have perished, and I can live with that. All is good in my horticulture world and I look forward to many more green fingered evenings this#spring and #summer, if I can drag myself away from #Steemit and#Discord for long enough!
The Crocus is one of my favourite first blossoms in spring.
Permaculture has been on my mind recently and I’m finding more and more ways to embrace frugalism and sustainibilty. Composting old fruit and veg and recycling everyday items to use around the garden, have been on my list of priorities last year and going forward ito this growing season.
I now grow our strawberries in these re-purposed nylon builders bags, which are great for keeping those hungry ground dwelling creatures from gorging on these sweet fructose rich fruits!
What is Permaculture?
I was really intrigued about this way of living, after talking to my fellow horticulture friend Huw Richards of @huwsnursery – We met after talking about me writing some instrumental music for his YouTube videos, and how gardening and growning your own food is such an inteseting and rewarding way of life.
Huw has an extensive knowledge of homesteading and permaculture, which you can learn from his very popular YouTube Channel
But I wanted to know more, so I set about everyones favourite search tool#Google and found a website dedicated to this sustainable way of living.
Here’s some info from the home page of their website –https://www.permaculture.co.uk/what-is-permaculture
Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living. It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.
This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.
Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere:
City flats, yards and window boxes
Suburban and country houses/gardens
Allotments and smallholdings
Farms and estates
Countryside and conservation areas
Commercial and industrial premises
Really interesting reading I’m sure you’ll agree. I recommend you visit Huw’s channel and the website I mentioned, as they have so many amazing ideas for us all to try, however large or small, or rural/urban your area is. There’s no excuse not to grow something of your own, to then enjoy natures bounty for yourself.
Our composter full to the brim ready for our wrigglers to do their magic!
New seedlings grown from last years Naga and Birds eye chili fruit,s that I cultivated in our poly-tunnel.
Parsnip seedlings are doing very well under cover too – They tend to be quite a tricky crop to cultivate and car for.
Spring onions benefit from an early sowing under cover – These were sown early January to be transplanted outside after the last frost.
I went all exotic last year and bought some banana seeds online to try at home.
This variety of banana is ‘Musa balbisiana’ and was sown last February. The fruit are between a blue and green colour and are considered inedible because of the seeds they contain. I did read that agriculturists must of cooked and eaten these centuries ago to establish how to modify the heavily cultivated varities we consume today. As you can see, it’s doing really well so far, much to my good lady’s delight of my plants being spread all over the house on any empty windowsill available.
Rhubarb is one our summer favourites and is so easy to grow, as nothing seems to like to eat it! I make a crumble from it by chopping the stalks into chunks and covering with the mixture which is made from flour, sugar and butter –
Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food
THICK VANILLA CUSTARD
Heat 600ml double cream until steaming but not boiling. Meanwhile, mix together 6 egg yolks, 4 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tsp cornflour and ½ tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Pour the cream onto the eggs, stirring continuously as you pour. Pour the whole lot back into the saucepan the cream came from and place over a medium heat. Stir until it thickens, about 10 mins, then pass through a sieve and serve.
Another successful trial was to grow one of my favourite fruits, Nectarines! I sowed this seed last March which I got from a fruit that I ate.
you have to carefully crack open the stone to reveal the slim oval shaped seed inside.
I didn’t do anything special to it either, but did purchase a heated propagator for £30 online which has been an amazing investment. It germinates seeds very quickly by keeping them at a constant 21c.
Our cottage was built in the 1850s of Early Victorian England and some of the plants have probably been in the ground a lon long time. This is my favourite sash window which looks kind of bare at the moment as we’re just coming out of winter. I’ll try and grow a grapvine each side on the trellis this year. It’s sheltered and get’s lots of sun too as we have a south facing garden.
The Pansies I sowed in November are now budding nicely.
I also love to upcycle wood, so I made this nesting box. I’ve seen some interested birds hanging around in the tree opposite so they’ll hopefull be moving in soon!
I hope you enjoyed my first indepth gardening post and liked the Rhubarb crumble recipe too!
Let’s get out in our gardens, rooftop spaces and kitchens and grow some food! It’s fun and good for the soul!
Yes, I made this chair too!
Here’s a simple shot of a bottle on a shelf. To the side, is a plant pot in a jade green colour, the bottle is printed in that glorious purple tone and the lens flare top left was just a beautiful accident.
Here’s my Huawei camera spec for you expert snappers among us.
I got my mobile phone real close to the target and tried to use a macro setting I have on my Huawei P10 smartphone which has an amazing double camera with Leica® Lenses.
Have you ever taken a shot with such an amazing natural lens flare effect before?
This was just one of those #LuckyShot moments.
Thanks for checking out my photography.
Rayab waterfall is one of the tourist destinations in the north Aceh region, many families who visit there to enjoy a weekend getaway in the open, this is some photos of the beauty of Rayab waterfall.
Photography is part of my other hobbies, these are some of the photos from my camera phone shots.
The location of this photo is all in the Aceh region. where I live now. aceh has many beautiful tourist destinations, such as sea tourism, mountains, rice fields, rivers, waterfalls, diving, and many others.
All photos shots by alpasee09
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THIS FLOWER IS TAKEN IN SIRAO GARDEN IN CEBU.
I recently wrote a blog post on Steemit about our trip to the Belgian Ardennes. We took so many pictures that I couldn’t possibly fit them all into one blog post, so I thought it was a good idea to share some more original ones here.
You can find my original Steemit post here: