From my archives – orchids

November will be filled with photos from the archives .

Orchids are easily distinguished from other plants, as they share some very evident derived characteristics . Among these are: bilateral symmetry of the flower ), many resupinate flowers, a nearly always highly modified petal  fused stamens and carpels, and extremely small seeds.

Since I am sharing close-ups, mostly of flowers I’ve decided also to participate in Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. 

White orchid

From my archives – Peony

November will be filled with photos from the archives .

The luxurious flowers of Peony ‘Double Pink’ are ruffled and petal packed, unfurling from round buds in early summer, revealing petal after petal until fully open. Large, flamboyant blooms coupled with a sweet, light fragrance.

Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is an exquisite herbaceous peony with ruffled, flamingo-pink, double blooms that open from large, and rounded buds. This RHS AGM variety has been popular since its introduction in 1905, and still beguiles gardeners with its sheer flower power. With a slightly taller habit than most, this beauty is one for planting towards the back of perennial borders, where its glamorous blooms will rise above a clump of deeply divided, dark green foliage.

I don’t know which one these are, I do know I love peonies, one of my favorite flowers. I some how was able to kill mine at my summer house, but then again I don’t remember planting it, it appeared and after several year it disappeared… but it was lovely addition to my very scantly garden

Since I am sharing close-ups, mostly of flowers I’ve decided also to participate in Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. 

Pink Peony

Abstract – icy

“Abstract art is uniquely modern. It is a fundamentally romantic response to modern life – rebellious, individualistic, unconventional, sensitive, irritable.” – Robert Motherwell

“You can`t look at abstract art without thinking.” – Patricia Cole

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” – Lucian Freud

Abstract – pink tones

“Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible a reality that we can neither see nor describe, but whose existence we can postulate.” – Gerhard Richter

“Even abstract shapes must have a likeness.” – Willem de Kooning

circle of roses

“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.”

– Paulo Coelho

Colors #5

PINK! The color of love and compassion. Pink is kind and comforting, full of sympathy and compassion, and makes us feel accepted. Its friendly, playful spirit calms and nurtures us, bringing joy and warmth into our lives. Pink is also a feminine and intuitive color that is bursting with pure romance.

Pink scarf

Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude


Leading with passion, kindness, and understanding, the color pink embodies all that is good in the world. Pink seeks to make others feel accepted by offering an unmatched level of sympathy. As an exceedingly approachable color, pink doesn’t intimidate or threaten. Instead, it offers the opposite effect. Those who encounter this euphoric shade are often overcome with unbridled joy.

Pink sky

Simply put, the color red can’t be described in a word or two. It embodies so many wonderful Oozing with positivity, the color pink provides warmth and comfort. When we see the color pink, it inspires us to cling to hope. There’s no obstacle too big for pink to overcome. With its steadfast optimism, pink is perpetually upbeat. In addition to boosting morale, pink also offers signs of good fortune. If you see the color pink often, it could mean that success and good health await you.

pink shoes

PINK lipstick

Continuing with the pink theme; Lipstick. PINK lipstick. I edited them rather differently, can you pick the one I chose for my challenge. I most probably chose something other than most of you.


One of the groups I participate have color there, but not in collage. This month its pink. Going outside to find pink is not an option. It is a good thing I favor pink in apparel, I have lots of pink scarfs for one thing. I took several photos, does that surprise anyone, no? I took some time to edit them. Now I should pick my favorite, could you help me?

This one?


 I love the color Pink, so when I noticed this Challenge going around , well obviously I decided to participate. Pink for September Squares #InthePink one-color-4-of-13 (2)

Fading rose

I started with the idea of capturing the beauty of a fading rose, the texture and structure; that is, in its own way also lovely. I did end up taking also other sets;  marble my previous post. Kitty, and red necklace. Here is my faded roses first.

Ritva Sillanmäki -textures (14 of 62)

One Word Photo Challenge: Pink

the color is PINK, I have tons of photos of pink flowers, but I thought I would try something different. I love pink lipsticks, here a few from my vast collection.


All photos can be enlarged by a click if you wish to see the different shades of pink 🙂

Soft light on cherry tree blosoms

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny

RS 2014-16

Ritva Sillanmäki (103 of 126)


RS 2014-19

Ritva Sillanmäki (102 of 126)


RS 2014-23 RS 2014-17 RS 2014-20


More at: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Here is this weeks color collages, in the last one you can see the colors you are supposed to find to add into the collage.



Welcome to Wednesday around the world!!

Still waiting  for spring and flowers to pop up in the nature, but Easter is approaching us, maybe some decorations  should be added to flowers. All photos can be enlarged by clicking them.


Pieni Lintu

A Photo a Week Challenge: Pink and Gold

A Photo a Week Challenge: Pink and Gold