a pink dahlia

Towards the end of summer I started a photo file on my computer called 'for Winter' and put a few bright flower photos in it.

Thank you to my 365 friends who have listened to, and commented on, the little chat I had live on radio yesterday about my dad's PoW diaries:

If you are interested:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiosuffolk
look for Listen Again Lesley Dolphin 11/12/2017 and start at 1 hour 24 minutes into the recording.

My dad loved growing dahlias so I think this one is appropriate today.

I had no idea my voice sounded like that - and actually doing the interview was much easier than the anticipation of doing it!
Lovely pink dahlias to brighten the white world surrounding me ! fav
posted December 12th, 2017  
Beautiful flower and so apt in memory of your dad. I have listened to your interview before typing. It is so interesting and very personal. Memories such as these should never be lost. You must be so proud that you managed to get your dad's diaries published as he had hoped he would.
posted December 12th, 2017  
@mandygravil

Mandy, thanks for your interest. I had really given up on publishing the diaries and donated them to the museum. Then when I learnt about Ian Douglas in the same photography group as me and his publishing experience and he agreed to publish them, I had to get copyright permission to use them!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Lovely flower, it reminds me of an exploding firework display.

We never really hear our own voices do we. I still have a Yorkshire accent and I left Yorkshire when I was 4. I have lived in lots of different counties in the UK, Cyprus for 3 years and Australia for 28 years and my accent has followed me.
posted December 12th, 2017  
@onewing I think that is rather nice to have kept the accentu of your birth county - it maybe has attracted a few little characteristics from other places you have lived.....
posted December 12th, 2017  
bep
A good idea to save summer photos to brighten up dull winter days.
posted December 12th, 2017  
So glad you got the diaries published. Love your cheerful photo too
posted December 12th, 2017  
Awesome picture.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Wonderful, bright shot and details...Great idea to show a few summer shots during the cold days
posted December 12th, 2017  
A lovely cheerful shot Hazel, great interview too :)
posted December 12th, 2017  
Love the pop of pink in front of the muted background!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Gorgeous detail, colour and depth of field Hazel, Fav:)
posted December 12th, 2017  
A lovely shot.
posted December 12th, 2017  
I am going to listen to this. A beautiful image.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Lee
Lovely capture of it.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Such a beautiful perfect dahlia, the colour, the shape & the dof, its love,y Hazel. Your dad would be very impressed I think!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Beautiful capture with a wonderful dof! fav
posted December 12th, 2017  
Gorgeous.....very brave doing radio interview but great opportunity too.
posted December 12th, 2017  
oooooh i like your idea "for winter" Haze :) . It is difficult keeping an active photostream going when the days are so short :) This looks almost 3D
posted December 12th, 2017  
Beautiful dahlia!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Pretty vibrant color!
posted December 13th, 2017  
Lovely flower and a really nice splash of color for me on a very gray day. I will have to listen to your interview as I've started your book now.
posted December 13th, 2017  
A beautiful dahlia and such a vibrant colour to brighten the day . I have just listened to your interview Hazel it is so nice to put a voice to your picture and you did very well talking to Lesley. I would have been very nervous.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
What a lovely bright dahlia. Lovely shot.
posted December 13th, 2017  
@wendyfrost

Wendy, thank you. I was nervous the week (!) leading up to the interview, but once I got started on the day, I was fine!
posted December 13th, 2017  
@olivetreeann

Ann, thanks for your interest. I am sure my dad would be happy to know that folk all over the world are reading about his experiences.
posted December 13th, 2017  
@sarah19

Although I was nervous beforehand it was fine on the day and an opportunity I could not have passed up!
posted December 13th, 2017  
@quietpurplehaze Had a chance to listen to the interview today- how fun to hear your voice! And the DJ did a very nice job in promoting the book. I hope you hear from some of the relatives of your father's fellow soldiers- it would be a nice addition to the story.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Such a beautiful flower and a gorgeous colour 🙂
posted December 13th, 2017  
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