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.

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I hope you like the pictures.

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Cee’s B&W: Silent Guardian

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embodied

in resolute metal,

he watches

from the rocky heights,

forever awaiting his call to arms,

a silent guardian

poised

in enigmatic grandeur,

the once and future

mingling

of legend and history

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This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is things made by human beings. 

The pictures were taken at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and are of a statue called Gallos, which is the Cornish word for ‘power’. The statue was inspired by the legends of King Arthur – who, it is said, was conceived at Tintagel – but it can also be seen as a representation of the old kings of Dumnonia, a kingdom of the 5th and 6th centuries that stretched across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. It is thought that this dynasty made Tintagel the site of their summer court.

If you’d like to know more about the statue, there’s an interesting article from The Guardian that you can find here.

CB&W: Sign

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here,

amidst the overgrown

tranquility,

let’s hope to see

no discarded packets

or rusting cans:

the only litter allowed

is nature’s own


This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is signs of any kind.

The picture, in case anyone is curious, was taken on the lane near to the meadow I tend to spend most of my time photographing.

I’m now in the third week of NaNoWriMo, and my novel is progressing. I’d like to say it’s progressing well, but that wouldn’t really be accurate. Whilst I’m happy with my word count of 16,000 words, I’m still well behind target!  The par for day 15 is 25,000 words. Eek! Despite still having a lot of catching up to do, I thought I’d take a little while off from novel writing to put together a photo and a few words for one of my favourite challenges.

While I’m here, I’d also like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s visited and commented on my last few posts, and ‘sorry’ if I’ve not returned the visit or replied to you yet. I will get around to everyone eventually – there are just so many wonderful blogs to visit and so little blogging time available!

Talk to you all again soon. 🙂

CB&W: All About Nature

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In amongst the

minutiae,

the everyday,

the hither and thither

of life rushing by,

there’s no time to talk,

no time to rest,

no time…

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Stop.

Breathe deep.

Tilt your face to the sun;

feel the warmth on your skin.

The world will wait.

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Listen to the

harmonies of nature’s music

as wind strummed trees

join in chorus with buzzing insects,

whilst trilling birdsong

fills the air.

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All it takes is a moment.

So stop.

And breathe deep.

The world will wait.

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This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is It’s All About Nature. The pictures were all taken at the meadow at various times this year.

I hope you like them.

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WPC & CB&W: Droplets

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fragile gems

draped in elegant purity

amidst an array of

elusive dreams

interlaced with droplets

of shimmering starlight

in celebration of

the morning

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This post is for both the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, with the theme H2O, and Cee’s Black and White challenge, with the theme liquid. The pictures were taken on a very misty morning down in the meadow, when the little trees were festooned with dewdrop covered spiderwebs.

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I hope you like them.

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Steps

This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is: steps – inside or out.

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The steps stretch before you in a seemingly endless trail up the cliffside and you curse your decision to make the trip, your legs aching from the strain. The steep drop alongside the path is enough to make you grip the rail tightly as vertigo sets your senses spinning. You shift your gaze resolutely ahead, focussing on the crumbling stonework barely visible at the summit. The climb you’re undertaking might be a nightmare brought into reality but the promise of ancient ruins, their fabric woven through with tales of magic and mystery, gives you the strength to push onwards. 

The views will be worth it, you tell yourself.

You just hope it’s true.


These pictures were all taken around Tintagel Castle, a place that you have to climb far too many steps to get to!  I have to say that the views were definitely worth it.

Tintagel is most well known for it’s connection to the legends of King Arthur. This link dates back to the 12th century when Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place of Arthur’s conception. The legend says that the wizard Merlin used his magic to disguise Uther Pendragon as Gorlois, King of Cornwall. This allowed Uther to sneak into Tintagel and into the bedchamber of Gorlois’ wife, Igraine, and Arthur was conceived.

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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.