Monochrome Monday: Wraiths

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ivory forms glide

adrift in silent dreaming

wraiths on the water

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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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WPC: Solitary Watcher

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lonely gaze watches

abandoned to solitude

awaiting friendship


This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s prompt is solitude.

I photographed this jackdaw when we were in Cornwall last summer. It was sitting all on its own in a tree in the middle of Tintagel village. Jackdaws are very social creatures, seen more often in groups than on their own, so I thought of it as soon as I saw this week’s prompt.

My internet connection is still very hit and miss at the moment. The last several days I’ve been told it’s been great during the daytime while I’ve been at work. Unfortunately it’s been abysmal each evening after I’ve arrived home. Grr. It took ages to upload this picture, and I’ve had the message ‘saving of draft failed’ flashing up on my screen every few minutes while I’ve been putting together the rest of the post. I’m now just hoping that I manage to get an internet connection long enough to actually post it! I’ll respond to comments, and visit everyone’s blogs as soon as I can, but, as you can probably guess, commenting is very frustrating when you have to type the comment several dozen times before it sends.

Late Bloomer

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willful late bloomer

shrouded by chill apathy

awaiting sun’s touch


I had intended to share my November Changing Seasons post today, but, as it’s getting late here and it’s still not ready to go, I thought I’d share one of the pictures I took during November instead. The haiku was written in my notepad with somewhat frozen fingers while I was still down at the meadow taking pictures. The words came into my head as soon as I saw the frosty dandelion. They then wouldn’t leave me alone until they were on paper!

I hope you like it.

Dionysus Smiles

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lord of wild spaces

revelling in vibrant shades

before frosts return

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I thought I’d take a little break from my NaNoWriMo writing to share a couple of photos and a haiku with you. These pictures were both taken in my sister’s garden – a fascinating area that’s full of little moss covered statues and odd ornaments. The statue of Dionysus is one of my favourites. The first picture of it was taken last week. The second was back in January.

Hopefully I’ll return to the blog later on in the week. For now I really need to return to working on my steampunk novella. I’m ridiculously behind my target word count after working all weekend!

Dragonfly

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sun-kissed wings shimmer

calm affirmations exchanged

connection achieved

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Yesterday morning I was sitting on a bench in the corner of the meadow, my eyes closed as I listened to the birds singing, my face tilted to the sun as I enjoyed its warmth on my skin. I was feeling incredibly relaxed and happy, and connected to the natural world. I heard a buzzing, and, opening my eyes, I saw a dragonfly hovering right in front of me. It stayed there for a long moment before darting away.

It was a beautiful experience.

dragonfly

Dragonflies are said to symbolise: change and transformation, adaptability, joy and lightness of being, connection to the emotional realm, and connection with nature’s spirits and the fairies realms.

I like the final one best!

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elegant dancer

mercurial flight embraced

awaken to joy

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All of these pictures were taken in the meadow during September. I used a couple of them on yesterday’s Changing Seasons post, but couldn’t include them all.

I hope you like them.