365 ~ 24th ~ 30th October.

This week is colour week, and the colour is ‘black’. I’ve managed to stick to the prompts more or less but I’ve been away down south visiting my son and grandson so that was my main priority and photography took a back seat to playing football with the boyo! I didn’t even read most of the prompts through to be honest and just took the prompt title so I don’t suppose they’re a great fit. Never mind, onwards MacDuff!

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

Day 297 ~ Delightful. ~ Black is a strong color that draws attention and can add visual interest to your photos. It is the color of power and sophistication, mystery and marvel, and can evoke emotions of sadness and edginess. As you go through this color week show us the blacks that add visual interest to your days! I’m always a sucker for a cute sign!

People are a bit bonkers when it comes to decorating their houses for Christmas around here, and now it seems Hallowe’en is also a thing too. But I thought this was quite delightful, it put a smile on my face when I walked past anyway!

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Day 298 ~ Gate. ~ It was the cobwebs that caught my eye first while walking past this black gate. Then as I was focused on the cobwebs, I pulled back a bit more and the light from the sunset really pulled me in and I loved it even more. It’s so much fun when a stationary object winds up becoming such an exciting subject! I think I took over 30 photos, not taking more than 7 steps in any direction.  Either closer, farther away, right or left, each each step gave me something new to focus on and something else exciting to capture. Isn’t it incredible how even the slightest movement can make such a difference in our photos?   

She seems very excited with that gate. I had a 5 hour drive down south this day and then Lewis had to show me his new football tricks to be photographed. No black gates in the vicinity but I got lots of action shots. I liked this one best.

off ~ prompt ~ footymad.

Day 299 ~ Curiosity. ~ I’m curious how is it possible that my nieces are able to stand on the ceiling?  This is a photo from the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.  It is full of inquisitive exhibits that make one wonder.  This upside down room was one of them and was a lot of fun.  Science is awesome and can definitely spark someone’s curiosity.  What will spark your curiosity in today?  Try and include black in whatever it is you capture.

I actually took this photo outside a café Sophie and I had lunch in on our outing the previous Saturday. I think it fits being called a curiosity.

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Day 300 ~ Boo. ~ We are in Black week heading toward Halloween! Today’s prompt is “Boo” Try to take your photo with a scary vibe. You can wait until night or even use a dark room. Try to scare us with today’s photo!

Seriously? Boo?? That’s the best you can doo??? Well as luck would have it I spotted this in a shop window in Leighton Buzzard after Ben and Louie and I had lunch out. Not very scary but very fortuitous I thought. So, BOO.

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Day 301. ~ 10 O’Clock. ~ It’s 10:00…AM or PM; it’s up to you.  Where are you and what are you doing? One of the things that I like most about retirement is the slower pace of my mornings.  I enjoy lingering over the morning paper with my coffee.  I also love the fact that we can go out for breakfast during the week, a little later than the working crowd, and again not feel rushed. I like the blackboard here because its reference to school hearkens back to the life Weber and I both had as teachers and yet it places us square in the present of enjoying a 10am cup (or two) of coffee together.

Not sure who Weber is. Possibly the husband but that’s a name not familiar, at least here in the Motherland. I am assuming Canadian/USA people call their sons Weber, but we’re more likely to call our sons James, or George, Calumn or Chris, that kind of normal name. Also Weber is a surname of German origin, derived from the noun meaning “weaver” so maybe she calls her hubby by his last name. Who knows? Anyhoo at both 10 O’Clocks I was driving, in the morning over to Ben’s house and at night back to where I was staying, but I had to stop off for petrol to fill up the tank so I could just set off early to go back home in the morning.

10 O’Clock (and 5 minutes 😊)

Day 302 ~ Glimmer. ~ The meaning of Glimmer

Verb – to shine with a weak light or a light that is not continuous
Noun – a slight sign of something good or positive

Here is a glimpse at some stormtroopers trying to hide behind some pumpkins! Try lighting up the subject against a black background.  Or, if you can go outside find distant lights glimmering in the nighttime. Looking forward to seeing just a glimmer of something good or positive.

A long and tiring drive home in bad weather and many, many knobs on the road, and my head really wasn’t in photography mode. I did an abstract to suit the Verb definition. Glimmer is a horrid word, I don’t like it. The only AAFP this week!

Also for my readers from other nations, ‘knobs’ does not refer to handle type things, it refers to completely maniacle (mostly male) drivers (usually of Audi’s, BMW’s or white vans) who are aggressive, undertake, cut in and only just avoid hitting your car, ride up your arse and generally believe the road belongs to them and them alone. I don’t like them.

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Day 303 ~ Unique. ~ Unique (yoo-neek) Having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable.  Not typical; unusual. Today look around for something unusual or unique that is also the colour black. It is chestnut season!  I think chestnuts are extremely unique in that they grow from little green sputniks into gorgeous brown nuts and then turn a beautiful shade of black.  

There is nothing more yoo-neek than Lord Vincent of Wardley. Without a doubt he has no equal and is unparalleled and incomparible. Yes I know he’s got white bits, but most of his Lordship is black.

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Surprisingly only one AAFP this week! Can’t see that lasting. Anyways, stay tooned for next week which is a Picture More week, i.e ‘technical’ week and we will be incorporating curves into our doings.

365 ~ 17th ~ 23rd October

This week is kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back, actually several straws, and I consider the whole week AAFP’s. ‘Wildlife’ for goodness sakes. Face palming and eyerolling all the way through this. Consequently I have had to cheat i.e I shot 3 of the prompts when on a photography outing with Sophie this past weekend on a trip to Bolam Lake. On the whole Wardley, Gateshead tends not to have deer or hippo’s and the like wandering around Dunkeld Close or Parklands Way, no giraffe’s use the local Londis store, and though I have seen an urban fox on our night vision hedgehog camera, that’s only been twice, and s/he doesn’t turn up in the daytime, or come when you call. The weather has turned rainy and grey again too and very cold now, so not much sign of insects, slugs or snails either. Still, I’ve done what I can to get through the week, so let’s crack on.

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

Day 290 ~ Happy. ~ How exciting.  This is the week to get outside and find the wild things!  Birds, insects, animals, fish or even your pets if wildlife just isn’t your thing or you simply can’t find any! My grandson was so happy when he caught his first fish!  It was a huge thrill for him even though it was just a sucker.  We always do a ‘catch and release’ so no animals were harmed in the taking of this picture.  

Mrs.Cocktail dress at least gives me the option of pets if no wildlife is available, but that’s such a cop out I think. Happy wildlife? Maybe, maybe not, but I was happy to get this shot of the swan and gull nodding to each other as the swan passed by.

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Day 291 ~ Scene. ~ Today you can take the word Scene in any direction!  It could be a scene that includes wildlife or you could show a wild life on display! I chose to put our beach spin on the latter… most fall days at the beach are anything but wild especially when fishing! It requires relaxing patience to wait for the wildlife to show up! Can’t wait to see which scene to happen across today!

So a ‘scene’ of the prompt lady relaxing on a chair at the beach with a fishing rod in her hand can be classed as a wildlife picture. 🤦‍♀️🙄 sigh. I despair, but there’s worse to come. Another ‘cheat’ shot from Bolam Lake. At least there IS wildlife in it.

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Day 292 ~ prompt free. 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 you day now feel bigger and call to be documented? Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you.

I didn’t have a cheat for this one, so went for the cop out instead 🤣 taken after I got home from work. In fact our Winnie has some Bengal-cat DNA we found out from Sophie which explains a lot as she is mad bonkers wild when not asleep!

prompt~free ~ wild Winnie

Day 293 ~ Climb. ~ This week we’re supposed to feature wildlife in our photos.  Well as far as I’m concerned my two great-nephews are as wild as they come!  The older one, Trace, loves the show American Ninja and loves to climb and do the obstacles that they feature on the show.  I wouldn’t be surprised if someday he actually tries out for it. This playground is just around the corner from my house.  I had never seen anything like it but these two just loved climbing and swinging between the posts.  Wildlife comes in all forms.  What climbing wildlife can you find today?

I did say there was worse to come didn’t I? I mean, SERIOUSLY!!?? “Wildlife comes in all forms”. Nephews! Pfft!! What is the point? Oh let’s give people a prompt and then totally bloody ignore it ourselves and post pics of our grandkids and nephews instead. FFS. AAFP +++ and CBBP. If I was a cartoon I’d have steam coming out of my ears. The only thing to do was subversion. And this isn’t even the end of worse to come. 🥴

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Day 294 ~ Gather. How are you enjoying capturing Wild Life this week? Depending on where you live, this could be a challenge! Today’s prompt is gather. I thought about this golden field, and the deer gathering there. You could look for any animal. You could capture your subject gathering something (i.e. a squirrel gathering nuts) or you can look for animals gathering together.

I think you can tell how much I’m enjoying it. No deer, no squirrels and had my car in the garage having work done so no going out hunting. So I had one ready for this from when I took the last of the quadryptych last week.

But I really don’t like cheating so much. I noticed these shrooms when I walked back from dropping the car off, and I thought, well, they grow wild and are alive and in so many special ways! I recently watched a documentary called Fantastic Fungi on Amazon, and it blew my mind, here’s a 2 minute trailer so you get my drift, even 2 mins is jaw dropping.

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Day 295 ~ Flame.~ This week has been about capturing wildlife or wild life.  After a week of wildness, are you tired?  Are you ready to kick your feet up and relax?  I am.  Around a warm fire is always a cozy way to relax.  Maybe you can relax with family around a fire pit or in front of a fireplace.  Perhaps you’ll share a quiet candlelight dinner with someone special.  Or the flame that warms you today could be that of the sun as you relax outside with some wild ones, or not.  The choice is yours.Whatever your day brings, may warmth and happiness be a part.

Can you imagine my apoplexy dear reader? This is beyond CBBP, AFAP and eyerolling with attached facepalm, and belongs in the What the actual f**kery department. Firepit?? Candlelight dinner??? What has any of that got to do with wildlife?? Anyone? No, me neither. And so, a decision is made. There are 70 days left in this 365 challenge, and I will keep going until the merciful end, but this level of ridiculosity will not be tolerated, and when prompts are this silly I will resort to ‘off~prompt’ days and shoot the cats or whatever else I fancy. So for today we have Lord Vincent, who can’t quite fit as snugly as Winnie does on the tree~house, but where there’s a will…

Off~prompt, ~ Lord Vincent.

Day 296 ~ Bumpy. ~ So the wildlife that I found was a frog, on my bumpy cobbled drive. What wildlife can you find today?

That could have been an impossible prompt but it was my day out shooting (or togging as we call it) with Sophie and we went to Northumberland. It was very exciting as they have recently added Arctic Foxes and Snow Leopards to the zoo which were glorious to see, one day when this is over I’ll share the photos! In the meantime they also have some tortoises, and this one is a Sulkata Tortoise, also known as African Spurred Tortoise, they can grow to be one of the largest reptiles, weighing in at over 90 kilos. He was certainly bumpy!

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And that’s the end of wildlife week, not the best of weeks for me, but hey ho, win some lose some. Next week is colour week and this time the colour is Black. I’m away next week though visiting ‘doon sooth’ with my son Ben and grandson Lewis, so they will be my priority, there’ll certainly be pictures taken every day but whether or not I can stick to the prompts is another matter! Stay tooned! 😁

365 ~ October 10th ~ 16th

This week is sodding selfie week, or ‘Picture You’ officially, and it has an overall theme of ‘What I do’. Can’t say I’ve enjoyed it, and at one point Phil threatened me with doom and gloom if I decide to do this all again next year. No chance of that!

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

On we go..

Day 283 ~ Creativity .~ What do I do? Well I am actually a web developer and a graphic designer, when working, so you could say that is a reasonably creative job. I was creative when showing myself at my desk, as I was feeling a bit tired.  I had jet lag at the time, back in those days when travel was a thing! Show us where you carry out your creativity.

Well we started off easily anyway, off I toddled to my shed, where I’m just about to start a new mosaic poject. Phil has given me his old CD box and I will be adorning it with tiles and millefiori, shiny bits and other mosaicy stuff in a psychaedelic pattern which I’ve yet to design. For the ‘what I do’ bit ~This is me rubbing it down ready for priming.

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Day 284 ~ Bake. ~ It’s Macro Monday!  And it is baking day as well.  How much fun is that? My garden lavender is in abundance so I tried a new recipe for Dowton Abbey Lavender Tea Bread.  It was very easy to make, delicious, and quite beautiful, if I must say so myself!  It has a distinct lavender and lemon taste. Show us some macro baking from your kitchen today.

This is an AAFP. I don’t do baking, so not much fun at all really. I don’t watch Downton Abbey either so that isn’t helpful. I ended up doing a jacket (baked) potato for my dinner for this shot, with prawns and a Marie Rose sauce topping. Not the easiest thing to macro and have yourself in the shot, so this is a bit rubbishy. (This is when Phil decided enough was enough as I was photographing my dinner instead of sitting down and eating it). Can’t really blame him!

bake (ed potato)

Day 285 ~ Spirited. ~ Today let’s get in the selfie spirit by interjecting some silliness into the photo!  This could be something fun in your surroundings or staged for effect!  Like this giant bear… I can’t resist getting a selfie with him every time!

Silliness. Sigh. AFAC and AAFP. Had a busy, long day at work, was really not in the mood for silliness. No giant bears in Wardley I’m afraid. But I had an idea, and got it done. For the ‘What I do’ bit- I’m apparently a lush, but I’m not really, I prefer wine to spirits.

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Day 286 ~ Overhead. ~ You can make this as easy, clean, messy, fancy, or as creative as you’d like today – just make sure to include yourself.  As for me, I look like this 32 hours a week…   I am very lucky to have a job I can do right in my own home.  My hubby built me custom desktops that allow me to sit or stand so it makes it nice to move throughout the day.  This is a fun prompt because when do we get a glimpse of our day from this angle otherwise?  

Another one telling me ‘this is a fun prompt’ when actually it really isn’t. Fannying on attaching my camera to a tall tripod and getting it to stand on the table was a PIA! For the ‘what I do’ bit- I’m processing photo’s I took when out with Sophie a couple of weeks ago.

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Day 287 ~ Serenity. ~ Definition: The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. What does serenity mean to you? Serenity could come in many shapes and forms. It could be the relaxing sound of water, curling up with a good book, listening to your favourite music, the calming benefits of animals. I live in suburbia but am lucky to have large parklands at my back door. This past year has been tough and finding this little lake in the park has been my saving grace. I find myself here every time I go for a walk and like to relax watching the birds and just enjoying the relative peace and quiet that I find here. My little piece of paradise. I like my little lake, but I can also find calm snuggling down on the couch with the cats, listening to the sounds of their purrs. It’s Picture You week so make sure to include yourself as you find your bit of serenity.

This one’s from a ‘guest prompter’. Firstly it’s an AFAC, and secondly that’s too much waffle, get on with it woman. The weather was pants, cold and grey and raining on and off, so no going to anywhere serene. I made do with a reading a book shot. That’s the ‘what I do’ bit, because I do read a lot and then I am the epitome of serenity.

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Day 288 ~ Swag. ~ “Where I Stand” Day. Picture You week allows our community to get to know one another better. This week’s theme is “What I Do.” Today, we are showcasing our “365 Picture Today” Swag! Take a photo of yourself in your 365 Swag and show us what you do. If you don’t own any 365 Picture Today Swag, you can wear something that reflects your love of photography… a shirt, a scarf, jewelry. And don’t forget to show us what you do!

Bliddy Nora! This one’s just a clusterfuck. Firstly when I saw the title I thought ‘they want me to do a robbery???’. Swag of course means ‘money or goods taken by a thief or burglar’. Apparently not over the pond though as Swag means ‘free promotional items’. There are ‘365 Picturetoday’ Sweatshirts and T~shirts that members in the past could buy if they wanted to. Which makes them Purchased promotional items in this case. Anyhoo, I’ve not bought one, and I don’t think they do them anymore, but I wouldn’t even if they did. I did buy a photography T~shirt back in the day as it’s my friend’s brother who does them and I like to help out, but I don’t wear it. From where I stand ~ in front of the mirror. What do I do? ~ take bliddy photographs. 🙄

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Day 289 ~ Reaction. ~ In January, April, and July, we visited the same location, creating a collage of how our world changes throughout the seasons.  Today gives us an opportunity to visit that place one more time and document what it looks like in the final season of the year.  What are you doing in this spot today? Once you have taken today’s photo, combine it with your three previous photos and share your quadriptych or tetraptych (depending on whether you prefer Latin or Greek) by combining your photos in your favorite collage app and show us your world through the seasons.

WTH does ‘reaction’ have to do with any of that!? Anyone? Nope, me neither. Sigh. Anyway I went back to the same(ish) spot as before, and completed the quadrip/tetraptych.

SO that’s the end of this sodding selfie week, only 2 more to do before the end yipee! Next week it’s ‘Picture Style’ week which this week is Wildlife week. FFS, doesn’t anyone in this group do a full days work?? Not sure how I’ll accomplish this bearing in mind I’m at work 3 days. 🥴 Well stay tooned, I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

365 ~October 3rd ~ 9th

This week is all about change. It’s called ‘picture more’ week, which according to the laydeez means it “is ‘technical week’. The prompts will let you explore your creativity with a technical agenda”. So now you know. We’ve had ‘patterns’ and ‘motion’ and ‘shutter speed’ but this week the overall theme is ‘change’. I can’t see how that is a technical thing, so am declaring the whole week an AFAC, but hey ho, not much makes sense in this 365. Anyway, onwards to the pictures!

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also, maybe swearing happens

Day 276 ~ mindful. ~ Fall is my favorite season.  Nature feels like it is settling down, getting ready to rest.  For those of you in the southern hemisphere, nature is beginning to wake up from that long rest of winter.  In either case, things are changing.  The light is changing.  The colors around us are changing.  Perhaps even our mindset is changing. This week, we are going to take a mindful look at what is happening around us.  Be intentional with your photos.  Make this a week of introspection.

Pfft. Mindful. This whole prompt rings with HDBS so I ignored being mindful 🙄 and introspective and just went for ‘change’. I know, I know, nothing wrong with a bit of digging about in the soul and being all self aware, but I did that already the other week, and this is photography, not psychology 101! Anyway Sophie and I went out again today and I found this tree changing colour, so I mindfully shot it.

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Day 277 ~ hole.~ So the prompt word is a bit strange today; hole!  I didn’t know which way to go with it myself.  But then I found a photo of this tree in Central Park from back in October 2017.  I bet that hole is a slightly different shape these days.  It caught my eye as it was heart shaped; and you know that when you find a hole in a tree that is a shape you are going to take a photo! What shaped hole will you find today? Has it maybe changed over time? 

Strange??? More like a CBBP! I was working all day so didn’t get chance to look for holey trees. I did take pictures inside peoples ears with my video otoscope, but I couldn’t really use those. Phil to the rescue (again!) and his jeans for doing D.I.Y in. (He doesn’t go out in them). ‘Change’ as that hole started out quite small back in the day.

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Day 278 ~ Wonder. Nature’s Wonder Physalis alkekengi.  Also known as Chinese Lantern. I am always amazed by these plants that seem to decide when it is fall by just suddenly turning orange.  Find some wondeous fall foliage today….or just something wonderful!

Wondeous? I like it! Another work day for me and I was proper knackered when I got home. I couldn’t think of anything wondeous to do with change. However it came to mind we have had a change of furniture, i.e Sophie gave us the cat tree for Winnie and Lord Vincent. Winnie has claimed it as her own, and won’t let him on it, but when she was out he snuck up there, wondeous that he could fit on it! 🤣

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Day 279 ~ Leaf. ~ Lori’s Phone Challenge:  1)Take your Leaf photos solely with the phone today. 2)Edit the images on your phone, don’t transfer them to the computer. 3)Try one editing app – if you just try one, I recommend Prisma to play with the pop art. 4) Play with it, have fun and see what you can create! 5)Post to the group on Facebook and/or Instagram right from your phone.

*Sigh* well at least it isn’t an AFAC. I found a leaf, shot it with the hipstamatic app on my phone. Tried a few different iterations with it and decided on this one. Didn’t post it to Facebook as I don’t post on there except for Happy Birthdays and the like to family, and I gave up Instagram as that’s AAF all by itself.

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Day 280 ~ Bedtime. ~ Change can bring a sense of sadness sometimes.  That is especially true for me with the photo I’m sharing for our prompt of “bedtime” today.  Looking up at the bunkbed where my oldest slept while camping and seeing his not-so-small feet anymore is incredible to me.  Those 14-year-old feet are as big as his dad’s now.  Physically, I see this young man looking down at me (now that he towers over me) and at the very same time I still see my baby boy and that, my friends, will NEVER change.  I am proud and thrilled and excited to watch all my children grow into the amazing people they are becoming, but it’s fast…  faster than I ever could have expected.  And if I could change anything in this world, it would be that – just to slow time down a bit…  

Yes well, we’d all like time to slow down a bit I’m sure. But that’s no reason to use Bedtime as a prompt really. AAFP folks! As if I’m going to take a photo at 1am! 🙄 So I faked bedtime in the spare room and changed the duvet to the winter setting.

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but then after I finished, I spotted Winnie settling down on our bed, and she changes her sleeping places regularly, so I took a picture of her too. So a twofer for bedtime.

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Day 281 ~ sparkling. My niece turned 40 this year.  Moving from one decade to another is always a big change and one that’s not always easy to accept!  I made this sparkly t-shirt and wine tumbler for her for her birthday.  I can’t wait to give it to her.  It will pair well with her sparkling personality. What sparkling way can you show change?

Sparkling is my favourite word, verb or adjective. I invented another new abreviation for a prompt! AWP! Got to give credit when it’s due, which isn’t often really. I had an instant idea and got lucky with the weather. Off I went in the Mint~Mobile to see the sparkly sea. The body of the sea itself wasn’t sparkly, but the tide was running back to it, and making lots of little rivulets and islands of smooth sand and the sun sparkled them all up. And it was constantly changing. I had a lovely time photographing it all. Best prompt yet!

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Day 282 ~ Folded. We are exploring change this week. Are you a person who embraces change or resists it? How about in your photography?  Today’s prompt is “folded.” The example photo is a simple magazine that has been changed just by folding the pages. What can you change today by folding?  You can fold paper, or bend light, or even fold your body. What will it be?

What the dickens has ‘folded’ got to do with being a person who embraces or resists change? Anyone? Nope, me neither. 🙄 Anyway, I thought of doing a laundry shot, though I’ve done a similar one for an earlier prompt, but then I thought of origami, but have done a couple of paper boats before. So I decided to do a crane, it wasn’t easy, though the youtube tutorial said it was, so maybe I’m just bad at it, anyhow the crane was so shonky I decided to go back to the ironing shot. That was a change of mind! I am winning at change!

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And that’s another week gone woo-hoo! What’s not woo~hoo is next week which, as you were probably expecting dear reader, is a sodding selfie week. Stay tooned 🥴.

365 ~Sept 26th ~ October 2nd

This week it’s back to a colour theme, and this time it’s purple. I do like purple but don’t really possess much of anything with that colour, flowers come in handy this week. Not too bad a week, though still some eye-rolling prompts to get through!

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt. Also, maybe swearing happens.

Day 269 ~ Statue. ~Today’s prompt may tax your brain and creativity. A purple statue? Now is the time to think out of the box. The statue doesn’t have to actually be purple (although that would be fabulous)! Perhaps you can drape something purple around the statue? Or you can stand with it while wearing purple? Find a purple prop to include in the shot? Get the idea? My sample photo was taken in downtown St. Louis. I loved all of the purple flowers reflecting on the statue. If you absolutely cannot figure this one out, think about something that stays very still (statue-like), and include the color purple!

This week Sophie came back from Spain (yay!) so wanted to do a photography trip and we chose today (Sunday) as the weather was forecast better than Saturday. The petrol crisis had just started, though I managed to get some easily, but I didn’t want to go too far just in case. Even so I decided Wynyard Country Park might be nice as we hadn’t been there before and it looked OK on the webpage. I suppose I should have gone looking for a statue but to be honest I know of no purple ones, nor would I ever disgrace myself by draping purple somethings over one. I haven’t got any purple clothes and it is NOT selfie week. But I managed to find a purple (ish) flower staying very still in front of a bunch of other purple (ish) flowers in the park, and figured that would do for me. I know, it’s a stretch. Purple statue indeed. Pfft. AAFP.

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Day 270 ~ detail. ~Have you noticed how many different shades of purple there are?  Purples can lean toward blue or red or brown.  If you are a crafter like I am, you become keenly aware of all of the details in the purple possibilities when you are trying to find that perfect color combination for a project. Notice these details in the shades of purple that you encounter today.  Consider what makes each of them unique.  Which shades of purple do you prefer?  Photograph it!

A fab prompt, I like ‘details’ prompts, as I know the macro lens will do the job. Monday was the usual mad work day, so I again relied on flowers. I had some dying ones in a jug (I forget to top up the water 🥴) and one was a cream coloured rose with purple edges, so although this prompt wasn’t an AFAC I made an arty farty shot.

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Day 271 ~ Unexpected. ~ It was unexpected that I came across some Stormtroopers trying to put the purple rubber band back into place.What unexpected thing can you find today that is purple?

What a load of tosh. The prompt-lady’s picture was of a rubber band ball with lego stormtroopers climbing up it. As far as I know lego stormtroopers are made of plastic and are not sentient beings, and if they were I don’t think they’d be climbing rubber band balls. Hardly unexpected when she obviously placed them there for the photo. 🙄 Such an AAFP and an AFAC to boot. Again it was a full on work day, and none of my clients presented with unexpectedly purple earwax. Luckily some Johnny-Jump-Ups that I thought had died out had resurrected themselves, as they do, a lot! and that was unexpected and purple.

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Day 272 ~ Cloudy. ~ Purple skies are the result of the phenomenon called “scattering”.  Scattering of light by molecules of oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere makes the sky blue. But the magical purple colour can form when the air is supersaturated with moisture and storm clouds hang low in the sky.  It is probably unlikely you will actually find a purple sky or clouds!  I was lucky in that my sky was a beautiful mauve.  However, with magic of Lightroom I was able to add a purple filter and ta da….purple skies for you and me! Find some clouds and see what kind of purple magic you can add. Or, find something purple to highlight in the clouds such as a kite, scarf, flag or flower!

Bliddy typical, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky when I got home from work. I’d bought a helium balloon with purple bits in it as I couldn’t be sure of a purple sunset but on top of no clouds, it was windy as Fuerteventura, or Chicago even, so my balloon went mad in the sky and it was nigh on impossible to catch it in a decent composition. Eventually some white fluffies arrived and I managed this shot.

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and a shout out to Phil, who got out a step ladder, climbed it, and got my balloon up against the sky! My saviour again!

hero!

Day 273 ~ Grateful. Are you seeing Purple everywhere you look? I sure am!  Today let’s jazz up our photos by adding a quote or saying about gratitude! There are a lot of free apps with fun font choices.  Helpful Tip: When you compose your image place your subject on the thirds to allow plenty of space to place your text.  Looking forward to seeing the purple you will be grateful to find! 

I sure am not. This is a total AFAC and AAFP. I am not a fan of quotes written on photo’s, or song lyrics, there’s loads of them and ‘meme’s all over the internet, just not my thing at all. But I did it anyway.

gratitude

Day 274 ~ Metal. ~ I hope you have better luck than I did finding purple metal today; if not, think of a purple background you can use with pretty metal in front.    

Well stiffen the wombats! A straightforward prompt. My gast is flabbered. It’s been a while. I have a lovely photo frame with a metal purple butterfly on it, and a picture of one of our loveliest cats, Skye, we still miss her.

Day 275 ~ Productive. I’ve often thought what would happen if graffiti artists were as productive in legal art projects as they were with their tagging pursuits. Would they be successful artists?  Graffiti takes a lot of talent.  I think it would be awesome to see what would happen if that talent was used in a more productive manner. Graffiti is usually quite colourful and can be interesting to see.  Since it’s purple week, I photographed some purple graffiti for today’s prompt.  Is there purple graffiti around your neighbourhood that you could snap a shot of today?  If not, what other way could you define productive?    .

I am thinking this lady has not visited Toronto or ever heard of Banksy. Also she sounds very judgemental. I’m sure if graffiti artists wanted to be mainstream artists they would be. “if that talent was used in a more productive manner”. Is art supposed to be done in a ‘productive’ manner?? Also ‘productive’ is just another AFAC and AAFP. Nope, no purple graffiti here and the weather is most inclement. I am not inclined to go out searching for it. Instead I decided taking the picture for today was being productive enough. I photo’d myself writing in my (fake)planner and had today’s prompt up on the screen of my laptop. I don’t actually use a planner, I know people do, and have lovely decorated to-do lists and ‘thought of the day’ in theirs. I bought mine a couple of years ago and managed a couple of weeks but I’m quite good at knowing what needs to be done without writing it down so gave up. Life’s too short.

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So that’s another week done, not too bad on the whole I think. Next week is ‘Picture More’ week which is their way of saying a technical week, i.e ‘explore your creativity with a technical agenda’. Like fast and slow shutter speeds weeks were. Although I don’t quite get how the overiding theme of the week ‘change’ equals technical. Sounds more airy fairy to me. Never mind, onward dear reader, ever onward.. stay tooned 😊.