Photography 101 – Landmark

Newark Castle
Newark Castle, Newark-on-Trent, UK

Fortress, Once Mighty

Weathered masonry,
moss coated,
mottled with tendrils of
creeping ivy,
standing immovable despite
the passage of years;
regardless of the
ravages of wars,
form altered
but undestroyed.
A landmark for generations,
Gateway to the North,
standing sentinel
beside ever flowing waters.
A witness to
yet to pass.

I took quite a lot of photographs for today’s challenge and eventually whittled it down to three. The featured image suits my poem best, but the other two are better examples of the photography tip – to use the landmark as the background, with something else in the foreground – so I thought I’d include them as well.

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Photography 101 – Connect

Engine 80072 passing through Grosmont, North York Moors Railway, UK

Vintage Connections

View through rose tints
a time of vintage splendour,
the long haul to connect,
the dirt,
the grime,
the hardship,
the narrow views of reality
permeating society.
A time before
before the immediate,
brushing of personalities.
A time before
the tap of a finger
could unlock wonders
to scholars of yesteryear.
A time when to connect required
a touch,
a smile,
a word,
a missive penned
in language
elegant or prosaic,
or a journey lasting days.
A time before
technological progression
reduced the distance

I spent quite a while trying to decide which angle to take with today’s theme: connection to people, connection to history, connections through transport, connections through the internet. In the end I think I covered all of them…


Photography 101 – Weekend Gallery

Black and White

Leach the world of
till naught remains but
stark splendour,
rain drenched earth
lowering skies,
divergent extremes
sketched in
a monochrome palette
of humanity’s devising,
the wild energy of
nature’s spectrum.

I wasn’t sure whether I’d manage to get a post up this weekend as I work rather long hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Luckily I did manage to get out a few times to photograph yesterday but, disappointingly, nothing was particularly impressive. Inspired by a blog I recently discovered, belgianstreets, I decided to try my hand at black and white and had a play with them on photoshop.  I’m a little happier with them now.

I’d love to know what you think.


Photography 101 – Solitude

Photographing Ulswater
On the banks of Ullswater, Lake District, UK

In Solitude

In solitude,
away from negative voices,
find peace,
find strength,
regain your self,
cast away hesitance.

In solitude,
away from positive voices,
find doubt,
find fear,
lose your self,
cast away harmony.

Find balance
in solitude.

Photography 101 – Bliss

Woodland Walk
A woodland near the village of Eagle, Lincolnshire, UK

Woodland Walk

I walk…
the woodland paths
as autumn casts its golden charm.
all negativity,
Senses spread wide.

I see…
the trunks of mighty trees,
branches stretching skyward,
morning sunlight as if
through finest lace.

I hear…
cascading notes of birdsong,
an air-borne symphony,
the rustling foliage of
creatures passing by.

I smell…
old growth mouldering,
musky scents of moist decay,
stale earth with
promise of future richness.

I taste…
aromas carried on the breeze
of the season’s final fruits,
with hints of flavour
that enliven and refresh.

I feel…
the nip of frosty air
stroking unguarded skin,
winter’s approach
as daylight slowly thins.

I walk…
to the rhythms of
the natural world.

In those moments:

Today’s photo was taken on my phone (Samsung Galaxy s4) as I was out and about without my camera. I’m not entirely happy with it but I don’t want to use an older picture until I really need to!

The poem I’m even less happy with. If I wasn’t trying to post a new poem with every photograph for the 101 challenge, I’d keep it in my files for a few more days in order to polish it up and smooth out the rhythm – but I do want to post one every day so it’s going up as it is!

I’d love to know what you all think.


Photography 101 – Water

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November Rose

With raindrops
to tips of petals
withering with age,
still you are
when others have faded,
a splash of sunlight
on shortening days,
the call of the

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I wasn’t sure which of the two pictures I preferred here, landscape or portrait, so I decided to do as was suggested in today’s Photography 101 brief and put them both up. The portrait version I like because the rose looks healthier, but the landscape, showing the withering petals, better suits my poem.  The link to today’s theme is a little tenuous, I’ll admit, but I wasn’t happy with any of the pictures of the local streams and ponds that I took today and I didn’t want to cheat and take something out of my archive.

I’d love to know what other people think.


Photography 101 – Street


Harvest View

quiet, peaceful,
reflecting the sedate pace
of country life,
fill with concentrated energy,
tractors trundling
on repetitive journeys,
trailers overflowing,
as harvests are
gathered in.

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