Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This photo was taken at St Jame’s Park in London.  The mother Swan and her sygnet’s looked very serene gliding and preening through the calm, sunlit water…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

This week’s photo challenge is silhouette.  The photo’s below were all taken locally to me recently… 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object #2(?)

I realised, when going to bed last night that I hadn’t included my Wish Angel in my first entry for the photo challenge! Mon Dieu… I hear you say!

My Wish Angel was a Christmas present from my Mum… she sits on my bedside table (my wish angel, not my mum!) and is the first thing I see in the morning (other than the alarm clock!) and the last thing I see at night (other than setting the alarm clock!) she makes me stop for a moment and remember to embrace the ebb and flow of everyday life but also makes me realise that there is more to life than setting alarm clocks are many possibilities to come, many directions my life can take… she makes me excited and calm about the future, she makes me smile!

My Wish for you, is that you embrace every ebb and flow…

That you feel the full breath of possibility…

That you listen to what is calling you…

...embrace every ebb and flow...

…embrace every ebb and flow…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

For this week’s photo challenge I’m posting some photos taken recently in London’s Piccadilly Circus with a silhouette of the famous Eros statue in one of them.  A couple were taken at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter, which I totally recommend to any Harry Potter fans out there… it was awesome!  Some taken locally and of course you’ve gotta have candles!

 So without much further ado… Let There Be Light!  

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside…

I had fun with this weeks photo challenge it made me think outside the box! Couldn’t resist this, inside the lens…

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Books on the bookshelf inside one of my lenses on the arm of the sofa!

Cropped image of the one above showing books, upside down inside the lens!

Cropped image of the one above showing books, upside down inside the lens!

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Photographer inside the lens! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This weeks photo challenge is the golden hour… that time of day when the sun is rising to herald new possibilities, when the air is fresh and the world is quiet… when you can breathe deeply, ready for whatever challenges or adventures come your way… or when the sun is setting, the air is warm but there’s a lovely welcome, gentle breeze and you close your eyes and exhale… reflecting on the day as it closes its sleepy eyes.

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year...

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year, one of my favourite places…

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission...

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission…

My Mum had recently done a degree & had graduated with a 2.1 and wanted to celebrate...

My Mum had recently gained a 2.1 in her degree and wanted to celebrate…

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne...

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne…

We were rewarded with this gorgeous sunrise after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them...!

We were rewarded with gorgeous rays of sunshine streaming through the clouds after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them…!

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain soaked earth

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain-soaked earth…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

I took these photographs a few weeks ago… whilst clearing out my loft, I came upon a bag full of the children’s old dressing up clothes… my teenage sons of 17 and 15 were delighted with this blast from their pasts and promptly dressed up in everything that they could still fit into!  So this is my take on nostalgic for this weeks photo challenge

Eldest son, on the left, is dressed in a fushion of Cowboy hat, meets Jack Sparrow pirate head band with hair attachments & pirate sword, meets Lego bear shield!  Youngest son is dressed in a fushion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask, meets Knights facial armour, meets Lego Eagle shield, meets Laser tag gun!

Eldest son, on the left, is dressed in a fusion of Cowboy hat, meets Jack Sparrow pirate headband with hair attachments, Jack Sparrow pirate belt & pirate sword, meets Lego Bear shield! Youngest son on the right is dressed in a fusion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask, meets Knights facial armour, meets Lego Eagle shield, meets Harry Potter glove, meets Laser tag gun!

I had to add this one... when my youngest son looked down and saw his old handmade hat he wore for a school assembly his voice went all high pitched as he exclaimed with a sharp intake of breath... 'My broccoli hat!'

I had to add this one… when my youngest son looked down and saw his old handmade hat he wore for a school assembly his voice went all high pitched as he exclaimed with a sharp intake of breath… ‘My broccoli hat!’

I could not stop laughing for ages… it was so much fun seeing them enjoying all of their old childhood stuff once more… such a lovely nostalgic moment!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable #2

I captured these yesterday whilst enjoying the sunshine for a wonderful change!  I thought they were perfect for this weeks photo challenge… just imagine all the adventures going through their minds!  Oh to be a child again!

Four companionable adventurers...!

Four companionable adventurers…!

The wonders of childhood...

The wonders of childhood…

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes…

Nature and animals are what inspire me most.  Being among nature and around animals always makes me feel calm, happy and peaceful… literally makes me feel alive, the only time I really breathe deeply.  I’ve always wondered what the world looks like through animals eyes so that’s why I’ve chosen these for this weeks photo challenge

I couldn't not include Mutley's beautiful eyes!

I couldn’t not include Mutley’s beautiful eyes… she looks dopey because she’s just been rudely awoken by my camera! Sorry Mutley! 🙂

This horse was in an enclosed field but I love to see them running free and wild!

This horse was in an enclosed field but I love to see them running free and wild!

Ah Swans... so beautiful and elegant

Ah Swans… so beautiful and elegant

This little squirrels eyes were only interested in where the next nut was coming from!

This little squirrels eyes were only interested in where the next nut was coming from!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting…

I love plants but I’m useless at keeping them alive!  My daughter bought me an amazing Orchid which I have affectionately (and in the interest of positivity) called ‘Possibility’ 🙂  I thought I would take some photographs of Possibilities amazing blooms because they are ‘fleeting’ and if my luck hasn’t changed, I may never see them again!

So beautiful… at least if Possibility never blooms again (and I so hope she does) I will have captured them forever here.

There’s a buzz in the air…!

Every year when I see the first Bee of Spring I get really excited… Summer’s on the way!  After, what seems like the longest Winter ever, I was more happy than ever to see this wonderful busy Bee collecting pollen from the blossom…

I heard the buzz before I saw the bee...!

I heard the buzz before I saw the bee…

I hear it before I saw it...

Bumbling about his busy afternoon…

Such delicate wings...

perfect delicate wings…

My first bee of Spring... wonderful!

My first bee of Spring… wonderful!

Magical Dartmoor, Devon

The sun peeping through the clouds is one of those moments that makes you breathe deeply and smile…

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Quotes that speak to my soul…

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things,
long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes." - Ernst Haas

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

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