A day of flowers and chicken

My first resting day was not even 24 hours into my pilgrimage – but why not have a rest and relax with nice people at any time?
Maia and Thorbjørn and their three sweet daughters are living twenty kilometers north of Copenhagen. I met them a couple of years ago, when I offered help on the preparation of their outdoor wedding party, to which I was then invited – but that’s a story for itself. 😉

The family lives in a nice and calm place in nature, with a beautiful garden, lots of flowers, chicken, fledglings and in general a good atmosphere for children to explore the world.

My main program there was relaxing, playing with the kids, talking with the adults and helping in the house hold. Thorbjørn is staying at home and caring for the children at the moment. I love Denmark for such liberty and equality.

Posting pictures of children I shall not do. But I shall post pictures of flowers, which I happen to fancy taking.

Two Aquilegia (Wikipedia) or in German Akelei. The bright one was in front of a dark shed, the purple one half a meter away was taken against the bright sky, which allows this opposingly different picture type.
Forget-me-nots I like because of their delicateness. (Focusing them is always a bit tricky.)
Another subtle flower, of which I do not even know the name (if anyone knows, I will be very happy if you post a good guess in the comments). My guess is that it is a type of Geranium or German Storchschnabel. It’s flowers are merely 1cm and go quite unnoticed, so a macro presentation is useful.
Iberis or candytuft or German Schleifenblume I instantly loved when I saw them first time. Their flower composition is just adorable.
Something from the genus of Ipomoea or German Prunkwinden. They grow easily. Having raw images and tweaking contrast and sharpness is key here.
Daisybushes or Osteospermum and in German most commonly known as Kapmargeriten. In recent years these can be found in every second super market. I like this variety most, as well as the ones with the leaves white on the upside and lavender underneath.

This one flower had much brighter color than the others. I usually only adjust the contrast, sharpness, brightness of the entire picture in two minutes and crop it to suit my personal arrangement aesthetics.
Editing all pictures of this entire article cost me around two hours. Of which half an hour was deciding which pictures to take or omit. My workflows are simple, and I do not even want them to be more complex and time consuming. I enjoy taking the pictures, getting the perspective and background right. I do not enjoy hours of photoshopping. (I use Affinity, not Photoshop, but the verb is still „to photoshop“, I guess.)
Some type of Geranium or German Storchschnabel – I do not know which species exactly. The cousins of the real Geraniums are the Pelargoniums, which we Germans still call „Geranien“, the ones that are so common on window sills – and I have to admit, that I find these super boring, they will be the very last flowers my house will ever have and you will never see me posting pictures of them. But this here is a Storchschnabel and I like it. 🙂
Guess what, the poetic name Star of Persia is not half that poetic in German: Sternkugel-Lauch. There were a lot more of these in the garden, but the just opening one was most interesting. Everyone knows them when they are fully opened, this here is more a delicate snapshot in time.

Intermediate question to the readers:
Who noticed that the last eight flowers were all from the purple-blue spectrum? I am not sure if Maia and Thor like this flower color most, neither did I purposefully only photographed these. It just happened.
To relax your eyes, now come differently colored plants and … chicken!

Some red Papaver or German Mohn. The background shed was unavoidable from the flower position – but I think it fits nicely. I wouldn’t post an entire flower series in this style, but to show that I was in an actual garden and not in a park, it is okay.
Basil or German Basilikum, green and appetizing.

Maia and Thorbjørn have half a dozen hens in their garden and currently also seven fledglings. Their oldest daughter is surprisingly fast in catching fledglings and the cuddling them, setting them on the chicken house to fly down again or giving me a hand full of them. In two days we probably spend two hours in the hennery. 🙂

And here is the opinion of the adults hens regarding humans catching fledglings:
„Seriously, humans? If you wouldn’t grain-bribe us, you’d get this beak here right into your hands.“
McHen is not impressed.

(No, seriously, the hens did not seem to mind a lot. This particular hen here just has a beak that is of the very most unimpressed shape.)

That’s it for today. No pilgrimage pictures, no pilgrimage stories, only flowers and chicken.
I still quite enjoyed both taking and posting these pictures.
If you have some more precise plant knowledge or if you just enjoyed the pictures as well, feel free to leave a comment.

See you soon,
Peter

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