Monochrome Monday: Shadows

Sun through Trees BandW

light peers through treetops

the world cast in negative

life in shadow-form

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A Family Gathering

Family Group

laughter

and camaraderie

found throughout the ages

amidst the love of

family

Family 2

Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while may remember that I used to regularly join in with the One-Four challenge, editing a picture in four different ways over a month. Unfortunately, the challenge changed from being monthly to being quarterly, and the month when it was running always seemed to clash with NaNoWriMo, when I was off the blog, writing.

Family Vintage

This picture – taken at Lincoln Castle this summer, during the joust – just screamed out for multiple edits. As I’m sure you can imagine, I had great fun playing around with it.

Family Group Painting Framed

I’d love to know if you have a favourite version.

CB&W: B is for… Boundaries

Dead Hedging

boundary lines marked

containing Earth’s wild spaces

guardianship claimed

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This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is Letters A or B, and I decided to show pictures of some of the boundaries of the meadow and wooded area.

Woodland Fence

Both the first and last pictures show newly erected boundaries, as management of the wooded area has recently been taken on by the same couple – Kate and Ollie – who own the meadow. They’ve been putting in a lot of work to regenerate the area. The first picture shows a stretch of dead hedging, created from branches and other foliage gathered during pruning. This type of hedging provides habitat for insects, birds and animals, whilst also providing a barrier that blends far more naturally into the landscape than a fence. The gate in the final picture below takes you through onto their own land next door. I’ve been invited to go through the gate to photograph around their pond, though I haven’t done so yet.

Gate

I hope you like the pictures.

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CB&W: Two Different Things

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“Silly Little Bear,

what are you doing in there?”

Mummy Bear

smiles at her cheeky boy.

“I’m playing hide and seek

of course.”

Laughing,

Little Bear runs away.

“You’ll never find me,”

he says.

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This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is two different things or the number two. 

The photos are yet more that I took in Cornwall this summer – this time at Wheal Martyn, an old china clay mine that has now been turned into a museum. The bears were scattered all around the site, providing visiting children with a game of find-the-bear as they explored the different areas.

I couldn’t resist joining in!

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Cee’s B&W Challenge: Crooked and Squiggly Lines

This is my entry into Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is Crooked and Squiggly Lines which immediately brought to mind the many pictures of curious tree roots I have in my archives . I hope you like them.

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Writhing,

 coiling,

serpentine formations

slithering

 out of the darkness

of concealing earth,

tendrils stretching

into sunlight

in search of nourishment,

 longing

for richer soils.

 

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GPC: February’s Monochrome Garden

This post is for Jude’s Garden Photo Challenge. For February we’re asked to share monochrome photographs from around the garden.

I took all of these pictures around our garden earlier today. I’d intended to share photographs from my sister’s garden as I did for January’s Garden Photo Challenge – she has lots of nooks and crannies with interesting statues and ornaments – but unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to take any. Each time I’ve visited her house the weather has been too foul to venture out of the door! I managed to find lots of things around my own garden, though, that I thought would work quite well in black and white.

I hope you like them.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Food and Beverage

This is my entry into Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is Food and Beverage.

This is another of those themes that I didn’t think I’d be able to find much for at first. I don’t usually take pictures of food, other than the fruit growing in the garden. Once I started flicking through my archives, though, I found a few things I could use.

The apples pictured were collected off our trees last year. I took the photograph in August but never got around to posting it on here. The jars and the oranges show my only attempt at making marmalade – it didn’t work very well! The snowman is made of coconut ice and is decorated with sweets. I used to make them with the children in the play area as one of our Christmas activities.  The chocolate coated Brazil nuts are something I make for my family every Christmas. My dad can never resist sampling them for long.

I hope you like them. Do you have a favourite?

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