365 ~21st ~ 27th February

This week is Symmetry week which I thought wouldn’t be too bad, and it was mostly OK.

Day 52 ~ Square. Symmetry in our images can be achieved when two halves of an image hold the same weight. However, symmetry doesn’t have to be literal in the sense that each half mirrors the other.  But rather, it’s a balancing of objects and space. Symmetry in composition can also be achieved when different elements are used to help achieve the appearance of being symmetrical. This one caused me problems, not sure why, I did a whole month of squares back in the 366 days of 2016, maybe that was it, hard to think of something I hadn’t done before! Kitchen tiles to the rescue!

Square

Day 53 ~ 2 O’clock. How will you find symmetry today at 2 o’clock?  Maybe it’s just the story behind your symmetry.  I am very excited to see how you will find it today!  This one was also hard, I had a full day of clients so had to cheat and alter the clock when I had 10 minutes spare. At the real 2 O’clock I had a sucker in someone’s ear! Still this is what I do after each client, write up my notes on the laptop. There’s symmetry in there somewhere!

2 O’Clock

Day 54 ~ Incredible. When it snows, I like to go out and photograph snowflakes.  It makes winter more bearable. To me, snowflakes are incredible!  Each one is unique and the symmetry presented in each individual flake is perfection.  If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods today, why not try and capture the symmetry in a snowflake.  No two are the same!  If not, I’m sure you can find all kinds of other symmetrical things in your world.  What stands out as incredible to you? Nope, no snow here anymore. What we do have is Winnie, who is incredibly crazy, wild, nosy, fast-as-lightening, funny and definitely symmetrical.

Incredible Winnie

Day 55 ~ Window. Windows are great photography subjects…. whether looking at them or looking out of them. They provide interest and can even pick up cool reflections. We are practicing symmetry in our photography this week and windows are perfect for this. Look for houses or buildings and notice where the windows are placed.  How can you photograph them with symmetry?  I decided the Love Window in my shed would be good for this one. Thinking about it could have used the Wallace & Grommet Window for square. Duh.

Window

Day 56 ~ Meaningful. As we’ve seen this week, symmetry is a multi-faceted word.  In its broadest sense, symmetry means balanced.  In photography, this means that your photo is well-composed and that it has interest and movement throughout.  How lines and light move through an image create balance.  How a subject is placed in the frame with regard to negative space or background creates balance.Find something that is both familiar and meaningful to you.  Study it for a few minutes.  Notice its shape.  How does its look, change in different light or from another perspective?  Photograph the object such that you create symmetry by way of balance.  You may choose to include the entire object or only a part.  Whatever you do, create a meaningful image of something that is meaningful to you. This was easy.

Meaningful

Day 57 ~ Segment. Some images are symmetrical around a central point, like a spiders web. This type of symmetry is harder to find, but when you see it, it will immediately make sense. Radial symmetry pops up in architecture from time to time. Getting into the forest early in the morning to get the best light and with the dew still hanging around makes for great photos.  I am lucky to have such a great place to go so close to home.  Segments can be found in most circles.Where are you going to find your segments today? My first day off and nope to getting up early and finding a forest. I walked up to our local shop and bought a lemon!

Segment

Day 58~ Cones.

Are you ready for some photo fun!  It is scavenger hunt day!  Here is a list of items to go out and find and photograph! Once your hunt is complete, you will compile those images into a collage.  Symmetry is everywhere.  Today you are going on a scavenger hunt to look for cones and you will be photographing them in symmetry.  The cone shape naturally lends itself to leading lines. Let’s find some cones and leading lines!Today you are on the hunt for cones!  You can either position them in your photograph to draw your viewer’s eye, or maybe you might just want to find cones!  Pine cone, ice cream cone, traffic pylon, pencil tip, nacho chip, tree, funnel, party hat, strawberry. I had to send off for party hats and funnels from Amazon as our local shop doesn’t have either, but I managed to cobble everything else together, and Phil got a cornetto for helping me out. I forgot about symmetry and leading lines and just made up little stories for most of them.

Cones

Well that’s another week over, and next week is the first week of the month so more ‘selfies’. 🥴😟

Stay tooned dear reader!

365 ~ 14th ~ 20th February

Well this was ‘pink’ week and I’ll be honest, pink’s OK for nail polish and lippy, and flowers of course, but that’s about as much as I’m bothered with it, or so I thought. However, it seems I have been fooling myself as I seem to have way more pink stuff than I realised!

Day 45~Treasure ~ Happy Valentines Day! Pink is a delicate colour.  It represents all things sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine and tender.  It is associated with bubblegum, babies, little girls, cotton candy and sweetness!  What can you find today that is pretty in pink! Not so much pretty, but at least a ‘treasure’, my World’s Greates Mum rosette which Ben gave me when he was a youngster, and he and my grandson really are my treasures, as are my photo’s of them.

Treasure

Day 46~ Meditative ~ As we continue with Pink color week, I want to encourage you to be mindful and present as you go through your day!  Keep an eye out for the pinks that catch your attention. You may discover pink in the most unexpected place; like these little pinks I found washed up along the shore!  Hope you are surprised by what you find today! Can’t wait to see!  I was at work all day and not much pinks going on there unless we count the ear canal which is (mostly) pink but I’m not allowed to photograph. As it happened though I was sent to pick up lunches at Morrisons and came across this big candle with a pink flower embedded in it so I got that for the photo today.

Meditative

Day 47~ Blurry ~ I just happened to have some pink glitter and scrapbook paper handy to execute my idea today.  I set this up by propping up my paper, getting my camera in place and ready to shoot with my remote, and then I stood behind the paper and just poured the glitter out while using a slower shutter speed and voila – a blurry pink photo!  Slow shutter speeds will be your friend today (and lots of patience as well).  *Sigh* Who I ask you has pink glitter and scrapbooks just ‘handy’?? I have my phone handy, and my purse and some tissues. Who are these people? Roses will suffice.

Blurry

Day 48~ One of the definitions of passion is “an extreme interest in something.”  The colour pink is said to be a combination of the passion of red mixed with the purity of white.    Putting them together for today’s photo seems to be a perfect match.   We all have our individual passions and interests.  As 365’ers I think it’s safe to say that one of them is  photography.   When you think of passion, what comes to mind?  What are you passionate about photographing?  Capture your passion and bonus points if includes the colour pink. I am so glad she defined this as “an extreme interest in something”  and I didn’t have to snog my bloke (again) for a photo. So, mosaic tiles instead, mosaics being my 2nd passion. Or 3rd if we’re counting my hubby, which I wasn’t but I will in case he reads this. ♥️

Passion

Day 49~ Down ~You can interpret today’s prompt a couple of ways.  Are you feeling down? Maybe something pink may cheer you up. Or…you can shoot down for your photo. Think flatlay. Have you ever taken time to experiment with unusual backdrops? The roses in my photo were placed on a cookie sheet. Doesn’t that give it more interest? You can shoot high key on a white background, you can go dark and moody with a black background. You can use contrasting colors. It’s totally up to you. But, think about shooting down on your pink subject and think of a way to make the background interesting so that the pink will pop! Think I did this one OK, it’s not a flatlay but I did shoot down, and the words are motivational/funny for when you are down. Also- cool background and the pink is a’poppin’!

Down

Day 50~ Circle ~ Am I the only one who thinks doughnut when the prompt words are pink and circle? When you are intentionally trying to include shapes in a photo, it is fun to incorporate both the obvious and the maybe not so obvious.  In this photo, the doughnut is the obvious subject.  Its shape is enhanced by the circle of the stand.  The hole in the center of the doughnut continues the “theme” as does the base of the stand even though the circle is incomplete.  The eye is expecting to see circles, so it will find the incomplete ones as well. How many circles can you include in your photo today? Doughnuts shmonuts! Prawn vol au vents for this puppy! 14 circles. I’m winning at pink!

circle

Day 51 ~ Take a photo of something pink that presents itself to you today. You may remember back in December I was looking after Sophies cats for 2 weeks whilst she went off to Spain to stay for Christmas with her chap. Well Sophie is still in Spain due to Covid travel and quarantine problems and we’ve still got the cats. Yesterday I got on Amazon and ordered some toys for them, and today the Postman presented me with a package, and I presented the cats with the contents of it. There were many lurid colours, so I did the selective colour thing, (which I’m none too fond of but sometimes has to be done) to pick out all the pink bits. Not as sharp as I’d like, but was wanting to get one with Vinnie inside it and he moves fast for a big guy! Also, Vincent’s nose, so cute 😀

Present

So that’s the end of pink week, but stay tooned! as tomorrow we start symmetry week.

365 ~ 7th ~ 13th February

Into a new week, away from the trauma of selfies, and into the following week of dreaded landscapes. Dreaded because I’m such a fairweather photographer, I don’t like going out in the rain, it makes me miserable, and who wants to be miserable doing a hobby?? But luckily snow happened so I did manage to get out and about. I was hampered a bit by working and getting home too late in the beginning of the week, even though it’s getting lighter in the evenings. I made do with urban landscapes from my windows, but it’s not like this is an exam so it doesn’t really matter. Anyhoo, on with the show!

Day 38 ~ Surprise ~ This week’s theme is landscape photography, which covers a lot of photos with different sub themes–natural landscape, cityscape, urban landscape, abstract, to name just a few. Some mornings you look out the window and are surprised that the sun is going to be shining and it is going to be a beautiful day.  What surprise in the landscape can you show us today? As it happened there were no surprises at all! It was grey and moody all day and still that way when I came home from work. There’d been a smattering of snow/sleet but nothing major.

No surprise

Day 39 ~ Macro Monday ~ Rough ~How do we combine ‘landscape’ with ‘macro’ and also tie in the prompt word “rough”?  Impossible?  Nothing is impossible! I took my camera and macro lens to work with me, there’s a field next to our building and a college behind it and I thought I might find something there in my lunch time. I was quite chuffed with the result.

rough

Day 40 ~ Ambience ~ Light can set the mood or tone of your image. Just think how the ambience of the day can change from sunrise to sunset. Bright days can feel enchanting, cheerful, even optimistic whereas a low light day often feels dreary, moody or even mysterious.  As you go through your day, take notice of the landscape around you at various times. How does the ambience of the day change? Do you prefer the morning or evening light?  I went for evening light due to aforementioned working, and took a night shot with the Iphone, not great quality but quite ambiotic I think!

Ambience

Day 41 ~ Petal ~ We don’t always have the opportunity to capture a typical “beautiful” something, but remember that you will always have the opportunity to capture what’s beautiful from your day.  What petals do you have access to today? Haha petals in February in Northern England, not going to happen. I took my camera for a walk over to the marshland across the way and some petals from the flowers Phil got me the other week. I scattered some on the frozen marsh ponds and took a few shots but didn’t really care for them, plus it felt a bit like cheating! I liked the look of the bullrushes though so I used my lensbaby to blur the edges and isolate them, and they’ll have to stand in for petals.

petal (not 🤣)

Day 42 ~ I think landscape week is the perfect theme for today’s word, spectacular.  We’ve all seen amazing landscape photos that awe us.  I bet there are plenty of magnificent sites in your area.  Show us what spectacular looks like to you. Off to the coast with Phil to have a walk along the cliff face. I was hoping for big splashy wave crashes against the rocks but it wasn’t that kind of day, in the end I used a shot of the beach and Trow rocks. Not sure it’s ‘spectacular’ but I like it.

Spectacular

Day 43 ~ Chilly ~ Today your challenge is to capture a chilly landscape. That could include snow, or ice, or post processing magic. Well any of the shots for this week would count for chilly, but Phil and I went on a walk around the woodlands near us, then I had too many photo’s to choose from!

Chilly

Day 44 ~ Resourceful ~ Landscape photography is a wide open subject, both literally and figuratively.  As the photographer, we have to decide the intended subject, message, or purpose of the image we shoot, beyond being just a pretty picture.  As you photograph a landscape today, do so with intention.  You may also want to try a “less is more” approach and see what happens.  You may be pleasantly surprised! Well that flumoxed me. Resourceful. Hmm “Think of resourceful people as “full of resources,” or tools for coming up with solutions. They adapt well to new or difficult situations and they are able to think creatively. For example, if a snake gets loose in the pet store, a resourceful person will be able to figure out how to lure it back into its cage again“. Really??? I’d run a mile! Well there’s no snakes or pet stores in the vicinity so I had a wander over to the marshlands again and took some pictures there. I found this tree/bush thing with bobbles on it that reminded me of milk chocolate Lindors and I figured whatever the were they would have been a food resource for birds.

Resourceful.

Well that’s another week gone by, and now we are into a colour week again. This time it’s to be pink. (I’m really not a pink kind of person so bear with me!)

and a little treat for any landlubbers, a few seconds of seashore sound 🙂

365~ 31st January ~ 6th February

Here we go into February, and this is what the 365picturetoday site (which you can go to here, and join in if you like) has to say about February.

Welcome to February, the month of love! You have made it through a whole month of taking a photo a day. Give yourself a pat on the back. During January, you put yourself in front of the camera, photographed travel even though most of us are still stuck at home, spent a week looking for the color red, and got to intentionally break some of the rules of photography. As we greet this month of love, reflect on what you love about being on this journey of daily photography. Are you discovering particular subjects that you love to photograph? Are you discovering a love for a particular lens or camera settings? Maybe you are rekindling a relationship with photography that has been dormant for awhile. Whatever the case, celebrate the power of that love!

So patting myself on the back, check. Made it through the month, check. Put myself in front of camera, check. Yes now about that, if I’d known before I started this that each month seems to have a week of including oneself in the picture I wouldn’t have started! Of course if I’d read the instructions on the site before I’d started I would have known, so it’s my own silly fault and I will have to suck it up. A week each month of my chubby chops. Sigh. It’s not for the faint hearted so I’ll put warning signs up and you may be excused. I now am reflecting about what I love about the journey of daily photography, but no conclusive conclusions yet. Not discovering any particular subjects that I love to photograph (as yet- trying to get the cats in on the act), I love all my lenses, they, like settings are tools really to do a job, not really to love. But yes, I AM rekindling my photography as last year was a write off, and though I can’t do the stuff I love, i.e visiting history and photographing it, I am at least keeping my photography brain healthy and fit. I can celebrate that.

So on to a new week and this week is entitled, ‘Picture You, what makes you happy’. Picturing me doesn’t make me happy at all really but the suck-it-up-buttercup switch is on so I did it anyway.

Day 31~ Smile ~ This week is all about what makes you happy! One of the things that the pandemic has given us the opportunity to do is to think about what really makes us happy, what feeds our souls. There are many people in my life that make me happy. There are many things that I like to do that make me happy. The older I get, the more I realize that I need to do more of those things! Admittedly, when adulting takes over, there are days when it is hard to come by a smile. Those are the days when it is important to remind ourselves of what really makes us happy and then seek out a few moments to engage in one of those things. For me, it can be as simple as stepping outside, breathing a few minutes of fresh air, and throwing a few leaves up to the sky. For a brief moment, I am transported back to simpler times, when smiles were everywhere. Today, do what makes you happy and show us your smile. Oh dear lord, not only have I to do a selfie I have to smile when doing it. So cruel these people. Anyway, it was raining of course, so no throwing leaves in the air for me. What does make me happy is cooking yummy things and this was a fillet steak sunday lunch, which turned out perfect, surprisingly as I usually mess up cooking steak. Gordon Ramsey to the rescue and it was more yummy than a yummy thing on a yummy day. Apologies to vegan and veggie peeps, would love to join you but Phil would wring my neck. (Also, sausages. Triple chilli flavour. Food of the gods. Just sayin’. )

Steak and fake (smile).

Day 32~ Technology~ Add some humour to your self portrait today. And, don’t forget to show some of your technology that you use on a regular basis. Well we have more technology in our house between us than NASA I should think. I am quite au fait with computers and smart phones, TV, bluray machines, xboxes etc, but I cannot get the hang of Phil’s stereo tech, I have no idea which works what. He thinks it’s funny anyway.

one remote to rule them all….? (thanks Stevie)

Day 33~ Balance ~ Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done! Sometimes its perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing! I’m very good at that! Show us how you balance your life with a fun activity. Blimey O’Reilly these people are a bit demanding, smile, be funny, do a fun activity. I had a busy day at work, got home in the dark, had a shower, had dinner and decided Netflix and a glass of wine or two, maybe three was a balancing fun activity.

Balanced

Day 34~ Midday ~ Today we encourage you to share a glimpse of your day with the monthly “Where I Stand” prompt. The idea is to show us where you are at midday whether that’s cleaning the house, taking a break, or running errands…just don’t forget to include your feet. You can get creative with your POV or make it a simple shot from above. Phew, this one’s easy, and I was at work so could do my midday shot between clients.

mid~day in my clinic.

Day 35 ~ Savor ~ Savor is a word that instantly puts the senses on alert. It anticipates a pleasurable experience …… one that will be enjoyed unhurriedly. A phrase that comes to mind with ‘savor’ is: ‘to savor the delights of something or some place.‘ Often, it is a special food or drink we might savor. What would you like to savor today? Blerk. This one stumped me for a while. Going to a place was out of the question so back to food. Luckily I’d got a Greggs sausage roll for my lunch, which you probably know are the best sausage rolls in the world, so I thought that would make for a good ‘savor’ shot, unfortunately that didn’t work out, and as I wolfed it down anyway I don’t think ‘savoring’ had much of a part to play. So I ‘borrowed’ one of Phil’s Magnum salty caramel icecreams on a stick, which I’m not keen on at all really, and made out like it was another sausage roll. Good acting skills here don’t you think?

Savor. (and fake sausage roll)

Day 36 ~Stripes ~ Do you have a favourite striped object or favourite piece of striped clothing that makes you happy? Take a photo of it; and, if you’re up to it, put yourself or a part of yourself in the photo as well. Stripes! Now we’re talking!

Stripes.

Day 37~ Intuition~ According to the dictionary, Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. We are in our “What Makes Us Happy” Personal Week. For me, it’s starting my day with prayer and devotion. Intuition AND reasoning has shown me that my day ends up much better when I start it right. Think about intuition and how it influences the day today. Capture what that means to you. Seriously??? Practically impossible to photograph such a concept if you have a literal mind like I do. Praying and devotion doesn’t help much either. So intuition, it’s a bit like guessing something based on intrinsic knowledge as far as I understand it. I told Phil which hand to put it in before I guessed, so this works for me!

Intuition win!

Well done if you got this far dear reader, you are my favourite! 😘

38 – Signs *

I’ve recently been a collaborator with Frank at his lovely Beach Walk Reflections blog. Pop over and have a walk up the beach with him.

Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking

Special thanks to Fraggle for providing the photos. Fraggle is in the UK and I encourage readers to visit her photography blogFraggle: Rocking a camera across the universe. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. All images are copyrighted by Fraggle and Fragglerocking Photo Blog.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on the feet.

Before leaving the condo, I look for signs about the conditions: the flags, the sky, the waves, the clouds, and the people on the beach. One colored flags are special – red, yellow, green, or purple to indicate water conditions or the presence of harmful marine life. All indicating the conditions that I will encounter as I walk – indicators that are…

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365 ~ 25th ~ 30th January

We are now into the More & Break the Rules week. Not sure I’ve done that right but hey-ho, I’ve taken pictures that vaguely resemble the prompt so that’s OK by me. 😊

Day 25~Prompt Free Day ~ Prompt Free Days often bring to mind the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Some days, we feel restricted by the prompt, but on other days, no specific prompt makes us feel lost by having no point of departure.Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in YOUR day now feel bigger and call to be documented? To be honest this wasn’t a great think piece for me. Phil bought me flowers last week and although that doesn’t really stretch me I didn’t get home from work until after dark and have to have dinner and a shower so an easy shot was my choice.

Rosey

Day 26 ~ Light ~ We are taught right at the beginning of our photography journey to put the sun behind you.  Well, I just love putting the sun in front of me.  If you do this, you need to make sure that your camera settings are correct. No sun today to take a photo?  Find an artificial light to make a beautiful light flare. Well again work and dark skies put paid to all that. But I was recently impressed by Amanda Gorman’s recitation at the US Presidential inauguration, so I made this instead.

Light

Day 27~ Wonderful ~ Wonder inspires delight.  How can we combine ‘wonderful’ with rules? Rules tend to get a lot of flak, but deep down inside, most of us know that rules are designed to make life better.  With photography it’s no exception.  The rules of photography are based on general principles that create great photos.  Sometimes though, the composition calls for rules to be broken!  How much fun is that?  Create a sense of wonder by breaking the rules. She was mostly talking about breaking the rule of 1/3’s and putting your. horizon in the middle, but again, work prevented a landscape shot. I focussed on the ‘wonderful’ and made Phil a Tuscan Chicken dinner to come home to, and it really was wonderful! 😊

wonderful Tuscan Chicken

Day 28~ Branch ~ In the sprit of breaking the rules let us give the prompt an abstract twist. Instead of photographing the trees as they are in their natural beauty let use them to create something unexpected. Of course it’s now my day off and it has rained, and rained, and rained some more, and I wasn’t taking my camera out into the woods in it. I instead hung out of my bedroom window and took pictures of my Happy Eater Tree branches, I’m not sure I’d call it abstract as the branch is a branch is a branch, but I defocussed all around and did a double exposure to get the bokeh.

Branch

Day 29~ Organised ~ Do you have a specific organized spot that makes you happy? Maybe it’s something unusual. Maybe you’re one who does better in organized chaos or maybe there’s no organization at all. Share it with us and break the rules! Off to the shed for this one, and my colour coded mosaic tiles. Rainbow coded on the left, miscellaneous on the right. Anal retention springs to mind! 🤣

Day 30 ~ 1 O’Clock ~ What does 1 o’clock look like in your world.? Is it lunch time, work time, maybe even nap time?  Give us a glimpse into your life today and while you’re at it go ahead and break the rules.  None of the above, 1 O’ Clock here on a Saturday is not long after Brunch, doing the crossword and having a cuppa.

1 O’Clock

So that’s the ‘More’ and ‘Break The Rules’ week over. Not sure I’ve broken any rules, certainly not deliberately as I don’t tend to think about rules when I’m composing shots, I just put stuff where I want. Never mind, the prompts all did the job to get me taking pictures. Next week we are into February, and the first week is all about what makes us happy. I say us, but that means me 😊. Stay tooned!

365~ Jan 18th ~ 24th

Day 18 ~ Leading Lines + Red ~ This is red week. Can you find lines that lead you to red? Lines that are red? Or lines that let you peek through and see red? Can you find an unusual way to incorporate the color red into your photo today? Not sure this is unusual, but it’s the best I could do for red leading lines. Also it tasted so yummy. I didn’t eat the chilli though 😊

Fried Rice and leading lines.

Day 19 ~ Excitement + Red. ~ As you go about your day, keep an eye out for collections of red that create a little excitement in your world.  It could be apples or flowers or crayons… You may choose to get in close and fill your frame; or, back up and show your red collection in context.  The choice is yours.  Remember that this project is about documenting your life so your red collection need only excite you! I just don’t have a ‘red’ collection, I’m more a bluey/purpley kinda gal. But I was excited to receive a photography book I ordered from a lovely chap called Sean Tucker, who’s youtube channel is a delight and inspiring for life, not just photography. So I shot that instead but added a red rose Phil had bought for me, and a glass of róse wine.

Excitement

Day 20 ~ Humour + red ~Using your mini figures helps with making a fun image. Sure, I can do that, as you know if you’ve followed my blogs a while 😊

Humour

Day 21 ~ Inside + red ~ Red is such an interesting colour because it’s at both ends of the emotional colour spectrum. On one end it symbolizes happiness, love, infatuation and passion. On the other end it symbolizes danger, fear, anger and frustration.Document which end of the emotional spectrum you fall into today with an indoor picture of something red.  Or, maybe you just like the colour! Well I’m not on the end of the emotional spectrum today, but I do like this vintage teacup that belonged to my Mum.

Inside

Day 22 ~ Uplift + red ~ I find the color red to be very uplifting! It evokes a certain vibrancy and energy. Today let’s get in close, highlighting the details of something Red. Yep, I can do that too 😊 one of roses from the flowers Phil got me this week.

uplifting

Day 23 ~ A wall + red ~So, today, when you are looking for your red wall, how can you make it interesting?  Play with angles or think about how much of a background or foreground you want to share that will help the red really pop. I didn’t have to go too far for a red wall, and the angle I chose was straight on, and the foreground I shared is all the other red walls 🤣 I think I’m winning at red!

red wall

That was the end of Red week, and now we are on to Picture More week, not sure what that means but we are also doing ‘break the rules’ week, which is fine as I don’t do rules. Mostly.

Day 24~Cheerful ~ Our first Picture More Week you get to “Break the Rules!” Forget everything you know about technique and composition and just let go this week. Today you get to be CHEERFUL while you are breaking the rules. Argh I have no idea what that really means so I fixated on ‘cheerful’ and left the rest out of the equation. Here’s my watch, it always makes me smile when I look at it, and it’s the same smiley used in the Watchmen movie, not the usual emoticon smiley. So that’s me, cheerful. 😊

cheerful

That’s it for this week! Oh yes forgot, my 52 frames project picture is in the portfolio too.

Midnight Snow

For three days it rained non stop, right up to 11pm last night. Then we went to the kitchen about 11.30pm to make a cup of tea to take to bed and through the window we saw

Snow

It’s been a long time since we saw ‘proper’ snow and we ran to the conservatory and opened the door and stood watching, as big clumps of snowflakes floated to the ground, and stayed. It made us smile and wonder. The world was quiet all of a sudden, the traffic noises deadened in the whitening. I grabbed my phone to take some pictures, but it gives an other worldy orange filter to everything

So I took some from all our windows and converted them to black and white

We spent a long time watching it, and were glad that we could enjoy it and not have to go anywhere in the morning. But we got up this morning and it had gone. It left us as swiftly as it arrived, with only a vestige of it’s former self on the lawns and shed roofs. We sighed, our winter wonderland was a fleeting visitor, and I’m glad we didn’t miss it.

365 ~ January 11th ~ 17th

This week seems to be all about travel, and being outside. Of course, the ladies providing the prompts have fek all idea of what North East England is like in January, rain and mud basically.

Monday Day 11 ~”Do you know someone open-hearted?  Do you have memories of open-hearted folks you have encountered in your travels?  How can you bring that memory to life in your photo.  To challenge yourself even further, see if you can incorporate macro photography into your photo today.” I do have memories from when we travelled to America back in 2014 and my friend Kathy who lived in Fairport N.Y met us at the airport . She gave us a welcome pack with all sorts of goodies in it, but my favourite thing in it was this cool stars and stripes wine stopper. Kathy and her husband Dave were so kind to us, and took us on outings all over the place. Great memories.

Openhearted

Tuesday Day 12 was a prompt free day, but based on the weekly theme of travel. Well Winnie travelled from Sunderland to Gateshead for her 2 month holiday with us, so I think she counts. 🙂

Prompt free ~ Winnie

Wednesday Day 13 ~ “take a walk outside and see if you can find something that reminds you of a feather~You may end up with something that feels a bit abstract.  That’s OK.”. Well I was working this day, and not home until after dark, but there is a bunch of Pampas grass in our carpark at work, and I thought they looked feathery, so I walked over to them and used my slow shutter app on the iphone to take a few long exposures. Blended in photoshop to get an abstract-ish picture. Don’t really like it but best I can do today.

Outside~feathery~abstract

Thursday Day 14 ~Travel photography is intended to document an area to which you travel.  Well, travel has been a bit limited recently, so we are just travelling to areas close to home.  Do you have a place close to home that is effortless to get to? Well the answer to that is a resounding No, not at the minute, it’s bloody chucking it down outside yet again. Still I needed a shot, so got myself ackled up with the intention of walking to the secret lake. However, when I got to the beginning of the walk, this is the sight that greeted me. I went home.

Effortless 🤣

Friday Day 15 ~ Today ‘travel’ somewhere in your neighbourhood and show us why we want to visit. Make it CRISP!  Crisp as in camera sharpness, crisp as in cold temperatures, crisp as in leaves. Well I cheated a bit here and travelled to my front garden 😃 although it’s frosty outside there’s still mud, and I’m not doing mud. I think my frozen plant/bush thingy looks crisp don’t you?

Crisp

Saturday Day 16 ~ Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to encounter kindness! It comes in a wide variety of styles! Show us the Kindness you find along the way today! It may be a coffee delivery from a spouse, a bit of encouragement along the sidewalk, chalk drawing in the street to cheer up the neighbors, or yard art to celebrate a special event. The spouse is on a 13hr shift at the hospital, and when I went to the local shop no-one was kind enough to pay for my shopping, and the streets and gardens are undecorated with drawings or art, so I thought I’d best be kind to myself today!

Kindness

Sunday Day 17~Aparently the week starts on Sundays, and we are now into colour week, the first of which is red. Today’s word is abundance. I challenge you as you take your photos this week to look for red and include in your photos.  You can make it the subject of your photo or you can hint at red. Off to the fridge for this one. Glad to be out of travel week! 🤪

Abundance ~ red
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