365 ~ 1st ~ 7th August

I was looking forward to this one as it’s colour week, blue, and that’s my favourite colour of all. I was determined that no amount of AFACs or (Airy fairy abstract concepts) or AAFPs (annoying as expletive deleted prompts) were going to spoil things, and mostly it went well I think. So dear reader, onwards to the week’s offerings…

Day 213 ~ Scatter. ~ I can be scattered at the best of times so this clue is perfect for me! (this does not surprise me – F) It’s colour week again and blue is my favourite colour.  I was playing a Paw Patrol matching game with my grandson Charlie and I noticed that the cards scattered on the table were blue.  Perfect! What scattered items will you come across today?  If you don’t come across anything scattered in your travels, take things into your own hands and scatter away!   Have some fun with it.   Don’t forget to include something blue.

This one non-plussed me for a couple of minutes and I thought of scattering some of my blue mosaic tiles on the floor as if I’d spilled (spilt for my USA reader 😊) them, but then I thought of all the hassle of picking them all up after so I didn’t do that. Instead I photographed the blue lobelia scattered throughout the purple and white lobelia in the hanging basket Phil did for my shed.


Day 214 ~ Facilitate. ~ Color week is such a fun week. This week we are photographing “blue” which is my favorite color. Today’s prompt is “facilitate.”  Facilitating is helping something along, making it easier. I chose these umbrellas because they would definitely be a help on a sunny day.  What can you find today that “facilitates?” Or… what can you find that helps you in taking your photo today. Approach it with whatever makes sense to you!  But make it BLUE!

A definite AFAC but she redeemed herself at the end with the ‘what can you find that helps you in taking your photo.’ AFAC neutralised! I have just the thing!


Day 215 ~ Grainy. ~ The word “grainy” takes on new meaning to photographers.  We tend to do whatever we can to avoid grainy photos.  In a more general sense, grainy refers to texture…something not smooth or not fine. With this photo, I converted the original image to black and white and then overlaid it with a blue filter.  Doing this made the flower pop from the “grainy” (not smooth) background. Think about what grainy means to you.  Mix that with some blue and share your creative concoction with us.

To be honest all that converting and filtering didn’t really work for grainy, so I wasn’t going down that road. And now and then when I’ve been art~farty inclined I’ve added a shed load of grain to a photo for a vintage effect, but I didn’t fancy that either. So I did a still life on some grainy wood instead.


Day 216 ~ Edited. ~ My favourite colour happens to be blue!  I have some ‘love in the mist’ flowers in my garden.  To make the blue stand out even more, I edit in Lightroom and make the greens more blue. Show us how you edit your photo to be more blue!

Is everyone’s favourite colour blue?? I’m changing mine to teal or turquoise then. I kind of completely ignored the bit where she says ‘edit your photo to be more blue’ and didn’t realise that was the thing to do until after I’d gone mad ‘editing’ it to be less blue! I didn’t change it though as I liked the result.


Day 217 ~ Words. ~ Today is the day to go out and find some words written in the colour BLUE!  I didn’t have to go far!  The sign outside my cabin door reads “Welcome to the Barmby’s Lake House”. It is a welcoming sign and I will greet you with a glass of wine or a refreshing beverage of your choice. Think graffiti, think store signage, think hand writing, think tattoos!  What can you find in your world that is written in blue today!

Thanks Mrs.Cocktail~Dress, my refreshing beverage would be a glass of wine so that kills two birds with one stone. I’m an easy guest. But today is not the day to go out looking for words, it’s doing stair rods here! No blue tattoos, no graffiti or store signs either. Handwriting? Well I’ve done calligraphy a couple of times but I don’t like to keep doing similar things, so that was out. I chatted on to Phil about it and he came up with a solution, songs are made up of words aren’t they?


Day 218 ~ Collection. ~ Today’s color prompt can be taken literally or figuratively! You decide! You could photograph a collection of blue items you may have; for example, a set of dishes, an array of yarns, a handful of seaglass, etc. Or You could make a collection of the blues you find as you go through the day! Consider creating a collage or a flatlay to show them off.I ended up having a very blue day! My collage included flowers along the sidewalk, a trip to the store, the rising moon, and a stroll on the beach.What Blue’s did you collect!

I did the lot here, I did a flat lay of some jewellry and rocks, photographed my collection of bottles and gave the blue kimidolls from my collection a photo shoot with Frego, and shot my collection of blue cameras, though I had to chop that a bit to fit it into the frame. I used the same collage template I use on the header at the blog here, but changed all the frames and sticks to shades of blue. I’m winning at collections! 🤣


Day 219 ~ Interior. This prompt is pretty wide open especially after I read the actual definition of interior, which is: being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center…  I could find so many blue things in my home.  Then, as I was working late one evening, I noticed this pretty blue light glowing from the interior of my laptop cooling tray and decided this was the winner.  Today, find ANYTHING blue inside of something and your photo of the day will be done!      

Well you’d think that would be pretty straightforward, but it turned into a right AAFP! I have lots of blue things in the house but not a single recepticle that a) has blue thing/blue things in it and b) is photogenic. I did try and photograph my chinese balls which are a beautiful dark shade of metallic pthalo blue with Cloisonné dragons on them, actually I’m not certain they’re dragons, they could be chickens. They’re in a pretty box, but they’re so shiny I couldn’t kill the reflections in them so after fannying on with blackout curtains, and trying to spot heal the reflections in post I gave up and started over. Not winning at shiny balls. 😔 Then I tried photographing my jars of blue mosaic tiles in various iterations, and whilst I solved the reflection problems they had it just wasn’t working. Had a cup of tea and that did the trick. I found an old silver pendant inlaid with Turquoise Ben bought me years ago on holiday in Turkey when I was looking for stuff for the collections shoot, and I bought a silver chain for it which arrived today. Amazon, sigh. I have a small box of the same colour as the Turquoise, with a ribbon on it, so put them together, and hey presto! I’m winning at interior! Finally!


So blue week is, sadly, over. It’s been a good one, maybe that’s because I like blue things so much! I wonder if I had the same prompts but for say, brown, which I’m not so keen on, I might have ended up with my usual moanfest. But that’s a psychological conundrum that I’ll be exploring in the colour week at the start of September. Next week we are doing ‘Patterns’, and having perused the prompts can safely predict the moanfest will return.

Stay frosty people!

Day 228~366

The meaning of colours 5~Blue

Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.
Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
(The origin of these meanings arise from the qualities of the ocean and inland waters, most of which are more tangible.)

Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity
(The origin of these meanings is the intangible aspects of the sky.)

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as symbol of depression in American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of color symbolism and how it has been evolved in different cultures.

Blue’s global similarities are significant:

Blue is the #1 favorite color of all people.

53% of the flags in the world contain blue.

Blue is the most commonly used color in corporate identity.

A dark blue suit is professional business attire.

Blue jeans are worn all over the world.

Aristocracy is blue-blooded in all European languages.

Unique Meanings of Blue in Different Cultures

Greeks believe that blue wards off “the evil eye.

The English “to feel blue” has no equivalent in other languages while in German “blau sein” (literally: to be blue) means to be drunk or in Russian “голубой” (literally: light blue) means to be homosexual.

Dark blue is the color of mourning in Korea.

The god Krishna has blue skin.

Shades of blue are described as shallow or deep instead of light or dark in China.

Blue is for a baby girl; pink for a baby boy in Belgium.

“Prince Charming” is called “The Blue Prince” in Italy and Spain.

(info from Colour Matters)


and because she was there…



Day 15~366

Holy moly we have blue skies! Still freezing and the snow is still around, but a bit of sun and blue certainly makes a nice change.  I heard on th e radio that one village in Pembrokeshire, Wales has had rain for 80 consecutive days! 80! I’d shoot meself. Anyway here’s my photo to celebrate the blue! Also posting the final part of Fuerteventura on the filmblog, must sort out the next lot!