Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat!

For the challenge of Afloat I thought I’d post a few photos of this Seagull who seemed to be having fun floating over the waves at Durdle Door in Dorset, England, on a very windy afternoon a few weeks ago!

 

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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: Perspective

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post asks us to look at perspective…

“Photos aren’t objective – they show what we want them to show”

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

This shot was taken in Mevagissey, Cornwall.  I was meandering along the harbour and crouched down to take a photo of the rowing boat with all the other boats and cottages providing the wonderfully colourful background and reflections in the water when the Seagull landed and posed for me!  So this is my One for this weeks challenge

Fishing boats and Seagulls... typically Mevagissey!

Fishing boats and Seagulls… typically Mevagissey!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

Not in black and white but I think they’re definitely eerie so I reckon they fit this weeks photo challenge

These were taken at a local cemetery a few years ago… apparently the webs were created by a little caterpillar called ermine yponomeuta moths, which are common in Britain. It was a pretty amazing sight!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

For this weeks challenge set by The Daily Post here are a few lines and patterns taken in the garden, on the beach and by the river…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This weeks photo challenge got me thinking about what the sea really means to me, how does it make me feel… there are so many emotions the sea evokes. When I have been away from it for a while, I miss it, I feel it’s pull… it makes me feel calm, peaceful, able to breathe deeply… renewed, alive, invigorated and full of life’s possibilities.  

The photo below was taken on a beach we had stumbled upon quite by accident (sometimes the best kind) whilst looking for a completely different one!  The perfect afternoon turned into a glorious evening with an amazing sunset which I couldn’t capture because my camera battery died!  Gutted and lesson learned!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand... staring out at the distant horizon...  life is beautiful!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand… staring out at the distant horizon… life and the world is beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

The photos below were taken on a beach in Cornwall a few weeks ago.  I was focusing on the texture at the time but I think these go well with this weeks photo challenge theme

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The top of a post in the fence bordering the beach

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Same fence… different post!

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I love the texture that the elements have etched and carved into the wood over the years

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: Companionable

These two were fishing together, taking it in turns to go ‘bottoms up’ for food!  They looked very cute and companionable so thought it rather apt for this weeks photo challenge

Mrs Ducks goes fishing first... delicately does it...

Mrs Duck goes fishing first… delicately does it…

Mr Duck threw himself full throttle into a nose dive... get those tail feather's up!

Mr Duck threw himself full throttle into a nose dive… get those tail feather’s up!

They did this for quite a while… sometimes both at the same time which was wonderfully funny!  Wish I’d captured one of those!

Pigeon… In My Lounge!!!

I had just made myself a lovely lunch and a cup of green tea… everything was arranged and I was just about to get comfy to enjoy some peace and quiet… apparently not!

I heard some noise in the fireplace and upon inspection found some soot had fallen out and onto the rug… as I stood and watched, more and more kept falling down and out in front of me.  There was a few moments of nothing then again more fell out… Ohhh nooo… I looked at Mutley, Mutley looked at me… and promptly took off upstairs!  Fine protector she is!!!

I was left looking at the fireplace and said out loud “please don’t let anything dead fall out!” and then “actually, no, please don’t let anything live fall out!!!”  Literally two seconds later a pigeon landed unceremoniously in the fireplace and took flight into the room, missing my head by two inches as I ducked and ran for the door!  I flew for my camera whilst screeching to my son… “There’s a pigeon flying around the lounge!”

Doesn't look too ruffled or dirty... all things considered!

Doesn’t look too ruffled or dirty… all things considered!

My son arrived on the scene a little bleary eyed and dishevelled, having just woken up (he’s 17… say no more) armed only with an old childhood dressing up Spiderman glove, recently found in a loft clearout!

Spiderman glove meets pigeon and my son says... "Ah, can we keep him?!"

Spiderman glove meets pigeon, pigeon’s thinking ‘what the hell is that?’ and my son says… “Ah, can we keep him?!”

Flash back… to when he wanted a German Shepherd and promised to walk her and pick up her poop… Ha! Not falling for that one again!

Decided he doesn't like Spiderman glove!

Decided he doesn’t like Spiderman glove…

Taking off after the Spiderman touch!

… and takes off only to fly straight into conservatory door!

Looking out of my blinds to freedom, whilst pacing up and down... and pooping!

Looking out of my blinds to freedom, whilst pacing up and down on the back of my sofa … and pooping on my hand stitched Indian throw!

Mutley... proved to be a bit of a 'fraidy cat!

Mutley… proved to be a bit of a ‘fraidy cat!

Of course after she realised it was only a bird, not something sinister and could hear it flapping around she tried her best to get back into the room, nearly tripping me up everytime I retreated with my camera when the pigeon flew in my direction… he had already proved he wasn’t great at navigating!

All wrapped up and ready to go!

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Armed now with some more sensible gloves, my son managed after several attempts to throw my youngest son’s jacket over the pigeon so that he could pick it up and carry it out…

First flight of freedom... my son ducking to the left while pigeon makes a break for it to the right!

Making a break for freedom!

My son ducks to the left while the pigeon makes a break for it to the right!

I'm free, I'm free!

I’m free, I’m free!

He looks a bit bewildered but focused on his destination towards the rooftops and hopefully away from chimneys… mine anyway! 🙂

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: Curves

Swans are so elegant and beautiful… I chose this picture for this weeks photo challenge because of the graceful curves of the Swans head, neck and body… the curve of the lake and also because of the curved wingspan and tail feathers of the pigeon flying over it!

This Swan was enjoying posing for the camera!  If you look in the background you can see Mrs Swan approaching with her Sygnets!

I think this is ‘Mr’ Swan, he seemed to be enjoying posing for the camera! If you look in the background you can see ‘Mrs’ Swan approaching with the Cygnets!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting… #2!

I have been trying (for some time now) to capture some squirrels on camera… unfortunately for me, Mutley normally spots them either at the same time or before me and sends them scurrying up the nearest tree!

Squirrel watching Mutley...

Squirrel watching Mutley…

This one stopped to watch Mutley just long enough for me to click but not as sharp as I’d like it!  Maybe next time the moment won’t be so fleeting…

... Mutley watching squirrel... hoping it comes down the tree she's just chased it up!

… Mutley watching squirrel… hoping it comes down the tree she’s just chased it up!

Look at that face intent on the squirrel… give it up Mutley… it’s never gonna happen!

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.

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

My Son was enjoying some of his leftover pizza for lunch, so Mutley assumed the position…

Oooh that looks sooo good...

Oooh that looks sooo good…
... hot dog stuffed crust!? You're killing me here!

… hot dog stuffed crust!? You’re killing me here!

... if I stare at it long enough it may levitate towards me!

… if I stare at it long enough it may levitate towards me!

The last piece of the last slice... must concentrate all efforts into looking as cute & adorable puppy as possible!

The last piece of the last slice… must concentrate all efforts into looking as cute & adorable a puppy as possible!

 “I can resist anything… except temptation!”  Oscar Wilde

I think Mutley did a pretty good job of resisting… she was rewarded with a small piece of hot dog! 

The Serpentine… Hyde Park, London

Just a few photos taken at The Serpentine in Hyde Park a few weeks ago…

Try something different…!

Three lovely ducks chillin’ on the banks of a river… wanting to do something different but not quite knowing what… the conversation (Jungle Book, Vulture style) goes something like this…

1st Duck…

So, what do you wanna do?

So, what do you wanna do?

2nd Duck, looking at 3rd Duck…

... I dunno, what do you wanna do?

… I dunno, what do you wanna do?

3rd Duck…

... I dunno, what do you wanna do? ........... 1st duck... sighing... shall we go for a swim then?

… I dunno, what do you wanna do? ……….. 1st Duck… sighing… shall we go for a swim then?

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

Hmm this tastes good...

Hmm this tastes good…

... doesn't smell too good though!

… doesn’t smell too great though!

Can't you put that camera down for two seconds...? The stick's not going to throw itself!!!

Can’t you put that camera down for two seconds…? The stick’s not going to throw itself!!!  Humph…!

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!

Slow down… and breathe…

Most of my days are spent rushing from one thing to another, always so much to do and not enough time to do it!  Except when I’m out walking Mutley…

There’s a certain point I get to in the local wood where the sun streams through the trees and the only sounds are those of the birds going about their business (and Mutley panting as she charges about chasing squirrels) that I tilt my head to the sky, slow down… and breathe…

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

This may look like just any old stick to the untrained eye...

This may look like just any old stick to the untrained eye…

... but today my stick is a flute!

… but today my stick is a flute!

What? ... The music's in my head... and it's so mellow!

What? … The music’s in my head… and it’s so mellow!

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

There's nothing quite like a good stick for chomping on...

There’s nothing quite like a good stick for chomping on… once I’ve got it held firmly in place!

Phrrt phrrt... It's just annoying trying to get the bark off of my tongue!!!  Phrrt phrrt...

Phrrt phrrt… It’s just annoying trying to get the bark off of my tongue!!! Phrrt phrrt…

Happy & contented with my stick of the day!

Happy & contented with my stick of the day!

Mutleys’ pic of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!!!

Wolf dog!

Crazy wolf Mutley!

Mutleys’ pic of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and decided she would like a side line to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’ So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!!!

Stick of the day!

Stick of the day!

Introducing Mutley!

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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