the flame sways in meditative radiance * remembering days filled with laughter amidst autumnal golds and browns * breathing air thick with scents of damp earth and ripe berries and rotting plants and sugarbeet * a small hand held within age-gnarled fingers frog wellies stomping through fallen leaves * days now circled beneath the wheel gone... Continue Reading →
you could simply watch through weary eyes as an ever-changing world ebbs and flows * or you could keep on stretching fearlessly higher refusing to accept defeat When my sister and I moved in to our new house, there was a pagoda in the garden that was barely standing beneath the weight of dead wisteria... Continue Reading →
rain washed greenery amidst an urban landscape tools laid down to rest as the day fades This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is It IS Easy Being Green. The photos were taken over the allotments (community gardens) near my sister's home in Lincoln (UK). It's nice to have some greenery in the... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
History's enigmatic weight settles, cloak-like, upon your shoulders as you walk beneath the graceful arches. The weathered stones may be mere remnants of times past, but still they stand, elegant and proud, marking the route along which devout men once walked. As the wind dances around the columns you can almost hear the sound of male voices... Continue Reading →
Anticipation clings to the air as the engine, wreathed in puthering smoke and steam, pulls steadily closer to the station. The gathered crowd jostles for position, each individual determined to find the best position available. Voices chatter excitedly, a thrum of excitement carrying along the packed platform. You strain your ears to hear the familiar huff and... Continue Reading →
Gentle light caresses fields shorn of their summer abundance as the newly awoken sun peeks above the horizon, tinting the wide sky in pastel shades. A lonely blackbird breaks the lingering hush of the pre-dawn hours. Soon it is joined by its fellows, and their voices rise in joyous chorus. Peace settles upon me as I breathe in... Continue Reading →
fragile gems draped in elegant purity amidst an array of elusive dreams interlaced with droplets of shimmering starlight in celebration of the morning 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... Continue Reading →
poised before an expansive ocean of stilted maturity presenting youthful enthusiasm whilst all outdated dictates constraining adulthood are deposited abandoned on the shoreline far below a life of graft replaced by a fun-filled existence happiness becoming the prime objective These pictures (which were taken at Tintagel, in Cornwall, UK) were nearly posted a few days ago for the... Continue Reading →
time flows with the shifting tides tumbling over castle walls to drown in watery obscurity This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is edge. The photograph was taken on the battlements of the castle at St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, UK.
wait soon it will emerge the beloved of the sea pathway to secrets released from watery slumber as the morning tide recedes * step carefully ahead footsteps on slick cobbles the journey to the truth is treacherous This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is morning. The photos were taken at St Michael's Mount... Continue Reading →
Over Gilded landscape Beneath watchful Moon's gaze Take to the sky with vibrant wing And soar This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is Cherry on Top, and we're asked to share a picture with a feature that makes a good shot even better. Last week I was out for a walk during the... Continue Reading →
Gathering storm clouds Ominous shadows spreading Time to seek shelter This post is for the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is Look Up.
Protective arms reach Offering shelter from storms Open seas cry home This post is for the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is Curve. The pictures were taken in Newlyn, the fishing village in Cornwall that we stayed in during our recent holiday. Newlyn harbour has been in use since at least 1435,... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is harmony. Exultant voice trills Joining triumphant chorus Harmony embraced I encountered this incredibly tame robin when I was down at the stream last week. He flew from branch to branch in the tree above the bench where I like to stop to write, singing... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's theme is State of Mind and we're asked to share pictures that reflect our emotions at the time we took the photograph. I often take pictures of reflections on water - I love to look at them as you do clouds, finding images in the play... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is time. Sunlight caressing A stark landscape awakens Vibrant leaves unfurl Days advance onwards Dancing on the turning wheel New growth supplants old Yesterday, for the first time in over a week, the weather was pleasant enough for me to venture out for a walk. It was nice... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is vibrant. Take flight, embracing each bright possibility, vibrant wings unfurled in joyous wonder.
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is optimistic. Hoping: warm sun remains, dispelling bleak darkness, setting winter to memory. Eager. We're having a very weird, wet, windy yet warm winter over here in England. Daffodils in January. Need I say more? The picture above I actually took right at the beginning of January - it was... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is weightless. Tumbling thistledown Catch a fairy, make a wish Dreams take soaring flight When I was a child I was told that each floating thistledown was actually a fairy in disguise. I'm not sure exactly who told me this - I have several relatives who told magical... Continue Reading →
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change. Don golden garments Dance through the spiralling year Winter soon will come I love this time of year - as summer shifts into autumn, greens fading into gold. With this week's theme I thought I'd capture that change in progress. I hope you like them.
Riverboat idling Amidst the harvest sun’s glee Youthful dreams recalled The child’s wants expressed In wildly scattered glitter River flowing on It took me quite a long time to decide what to write to accompany these pictures. I knew that I wanted to express at least one of the ways in which they fit the Weekly... Continue Reading →
Transfixed in disgusted fascination, you can't help but watch as the grotesque figure dances. It twists and turns, bows and leaps in a skin-crawling parody of life. The eyes stare, a piercing gaze filled with eerie intent. Boring deep into your mind it sets its strings to your psyche. Dance, puppet. Dance. This post is... Continue Reading →
I've been considering using this set of pictures in a post for a while now. With one of them being used for this week's FFfAWs prompt, I thought It was about time I shared them all. These pictures were taken last summer at the Castlerigg stone circle in Cumbrian Lake District in the UK. The circle was constructed in... Continue Reading →
This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Close-up. To have a look at the other entries go here. I know I'm a little late with this - there's probably a new theme up by now! - but I didn't think I was going to post anything until I went out for a walk... Continue Reading →
I was out taking photos of views and flowers around the village when this colourful lad on a motobike whizzed past me. I few years ago that would have been me, until I traded in for a car. I don't miss riding down these lanes in the middle of winter. This is in response to... Continue Reading →
Shadowed What secrets lie hidden within the shadowed corners of history? With gazes drawn to the bright vistas, the carefully chosen points of focus, we view a scene shaped by the victors’ hands, by those in positions of prominence and power. Seek with a careful eye amongst the shadows: the secrets of the dispossessed may someday... Continue Reading →