365 ~ April 25th ~May 1st

Here we are again in what was quite an onerous sodding selfie week. Sigh. This week had a theme, ‘harmony’ so all the weeks shots come under that umbrella. This wasn’t a good start for me, harmony is something you do in choirs, usually the contralto harmonises with the soprano’s, bass’s with tenors, and that sort of thing. I was in the church choir when I was a kid as my Mum played the church organ and couldn’t leave me home alone, so I learned to harmonise quite well. Nevertheless, I figured I’ve heard people banging on about being in harmony with stuff, nature in particular so I’d get the hang of it.

Day 115 ~ Harmonious. This week we want to learn more about the harmonious sides of your life.  Harmony can be elusive to us at times.We feel much better when all aspects of life relate to each other and complement one another. That’s harmony! I’m lucky to live in a part of the world where we experience all four seasons.  I embrace each season and find harmony when I can be outside experiencing all that the season has to offer.  Here I’m embracing winter and the snow as it falls.  I feel harmony and peace when there’s a light dusting of snow over my world. What does harmony mean to you? Show us the harmonious (and not so harmonious) parts of your life this week.

So already we’re in to shilly shallying, show us your harmoniousness or not so harmonious. Sigh. The lady who posted this had an accompanying picture of herself arms wide, head back with little snowflakes falling all around. How very exuberant I thought. I myself am not so harmonious in snow, just bliddy cold. I whinged to Phil, ‘I don’t go around feeling all harmonious’ I whined, what can I do!? ‘Get in your car’, he said, ‘woman and machine in perfect harmony, it doesn’t matter what car you have you always drive like Ben Hur’. Best complement ever I thought!

Harmonious

Day 116 ~ From where I stand ~ shadow.~ Today is one of my favorite prompt days, the “Where I Stand” prompt in Picture You Week. I enjoy looking back at “where I stood” and also enjoy seeing where the community is “standing”. Our theme this week is Harmony and our prompt today is shadow. You can take a photo of your shadow, or you can approach the prompt by placing yourself in a shadow.

On the whole to take a sodding selfie of your shadow requires the sun to be visible in the sky. I know that must happen a lot where the lady who thought this one up lives in North Carolina, but here in Gateshead, not so much. And it didn’t appear at all, all day. I was contemplating getting the bedroom reading spotlight out and trying to do something with that, but just as the day was ending the clouds parted just a little and for two minutes golden hour happened down our drive. “SUN!!’ yelled Phil, and I ran outside and managed to get off one shot of my shadow against our bushy things before the clouds closed up again! Here I am, in harmony with a bush.

Shadow

Day 117 ~ Encouragement. ~ We have all had to work hard to find harmony in our lives over the past year.  To do that we’ve had to change, adapt, and find “a happy song” in places that are unfamiliar. Do you have a meaningful word or phrase that you turn to for encouragement, to find harmony when the world feels out of tune?  Photograph where you find encouragement.

Well no I don’t have a meaningful word or phrase, unless it’s ‘just bliddy get on with it’ (I don’t actually say bliddy BTW, that’s just for writing politely, but in real speech it has a double ‘o’ where the ‘i’and the ‘d’ are). Yet again, Phil to the rescue, as in ‘just get a photo done so we can have our dinner!’. Encouragement indeed, and inspiration! In harmony with my chap.

Encouragement

Day 118 ~ Book. ~ Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be! I love to read books!  I read most days.  In fact, I have to stop myself from reading for too long otherwise I don’t get enough sleep!  I added a few layers to this photo using Photoshop – a text layer and also some white transparent hearts to show my love of books.  Adding a couple of dried flowers helped to harmonise the background colour and the soft look I was after. Show us what you are reading and are you in harmony with your current book.

At last! Something reasonably literal. I set up a nice still life, did a bit of colour grading in photoshop to ‘harmonise’ the look of it, and hey presto. And am I in harmony with my current book? I don’t even know what that means. I’m not drinking sake, eating sushi and bowing to Phil but I like it a lot if that’s any measure.

Book

Day 119 ~ Resilient ~ Resilience is a word I’ve heard a lot in the last year.  Humans have the capacity to recover from all kinds of difficult situations.  The pandemic has highlighted this and pushed us all to our limits in one way or another.  Hopefully, you have all found a way to adapt and continue to live each day to the fullest within the constraints in place to protect everyone so that we can enjoy many more days. Nature shows us resilience in more obvious ways, the forests grow back after fires or plants return after winter. So here I am with the focus on the tangle of branches of one of my hydrangeas simultaneously representing one’s daily challenges and resilience as they are budding with new growth.

Now and again the ladies have a ‘guest prompter’ and today was the day. She looked very stern posing behind some dead twigs. I figured I’ve got some dead twigs in the garden so could do a similar shot, but then I saw my little Jumping Johnnies that pop up every year in the cement joint between my patio slabs, and thought that was about as resilient as it gets.

Resilient

Day 120 ~ Handwriting ~ Here’s a question for you as we continue on with Picture You Week…What do you still write by hand?To do lists, Journals, Love Notes, or the Bills? In this digital age, you might have to stop and think about the answer! Today consider having a little fun practicing your cursive! Don’t worry if you feel your handwriting isn’t camera ready… as you might suspect “there’s an app for that!” Pick a font and get creative! 

Yet again with the shilly shallying, if you can’t do handwriting use an app!!! Is this what the world has come to? I despair. Anyway, I used to do calligraphy so I don’t need a bliddy app to write nicely. Also I went to school as a kid and was taught to write neatly with a fountain pen. That was of course in the Jurassic era when the world wide web was many years away. I suppose kids do everything on a computer now, and handwriting is just a thing of necessity instead of an art form. The poem here is called ‘Leisure’ and is by W.H.Davies, it’s one of my favourites. Annoyingly I’d run out of ink so couldn’t use my proper pen and had to make do with this rollerball, so not as neat as I normally am, but it will do I think.

handwriting

Day 121 ~ Joyful ~ Ending our harmonious week with the word joyful is a nice way to wrap it up, I think.  The definition of harmony says, “forming a pleasing or consistent whole.” What comes to mind for you when you think of a pleasing or consistent whole?  How can you share with us what “joyful” looks like to you?    

Urk, more ‘concept’ photography. Sad. What comes to mind when thinking of a pleasing whole is usually a bottle of rosé and a glass, actually that covers a fair amount of concepts but it would get a tad boring for my viewer. Anyways, the flowers Phil bought me for our wedding anniversary are still going strong 11 days on and they are a joy to look at and photograph.

Joyful

So that’s the end of sodding selfie week for another month. Except..next weeks theme is ‘portraits’ with the addendum to the instructions “If you don’t have any willing subjects this week, take portraits of yourself. ” Wait! What!!!??? This is not fair at all. I am insensed. You may be seeing a lot of Phil and the cats next week. Stay tooned for that!

365 ~ April 18th ~ 24th

This week we are on a composition week, ‘fill the frame’. What does that mean I hear you ask. Well maybe I don’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. When you fill the frame with your subject, you fill the photograph with the subject. So you’re making a clear statement of what’s most important in the photo. As it takes up most, if not all, of the image the viewer is immediately drawn to your subject. So there you have it. Not very complicated and I think I had an OK week. Give or take. SO onwards to the prompts and pics!

Day 108 ~ Goal. How can you use photography to showcase a goal you may have? Maybe the goal is your photography and maybe that means that you are creating a gorgeous photo album to enjoy for years to come.  Maybe your goals require a completely different subject like a musical instrument, textile work, crochet needles, or even food (just to name some examples of things I have seen in our amazing and talented community).I am excited to see the goals you all have – just remember to fill the frame! 

This one was easy. Last year with the plague and all, we didn’t get to any garden centres and consequently didn’t have lots of flowers in pots like I usually have. So this year we’ve gone a bit mental to make up for it. Phil is doing his hanging basket thing, which is quite labour intensive and complicated by the looks of it all, and I’ve got lots of colourful flowering plants to put in my pots, so that’s my goal, to have flowers everywhere, and we spent this day planting up everything.

Goal

Day 109. ~ Fence. What unique fence will you come across today in your travels?  Find an interesting angle or portion of a fence.  Make it the focus of your photo and fill the frame.

Today was a work day but with the evenings being lighter now, it makes things easier. I decided to shoot the fence of the house across the way from us that backs on to the path between the houses, it has lots of colourful berries and foliage so thought it would make a nice shot.

Fence

Day 110. ~ Express. Today we are going to express ourselves in a photo. This is also “Fill the Frame” in Picture Style Week. I love to express myself with flower photography. It conveys what my heart is feeling when words are hard to speak. How do you express yourself in photography? With your kids or grandkids? Pets? Flowers? Nature? Fill the frame with photography that expresses you.

Well I knew straight forward prompts had to end at some point, and here we are. another basically do what you feel day. Actually it wasn’t hard to figure out what to do as today was our wedding anniversary, and when I got up to get ready for work I discovered a lovely card and beautiful flowers from Phil. When I got home I photographed one of the gorgeous roses and added some texture to give it an arty farty feel.

Express

Day 111. ~ Prompt Free Day. 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?Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you.Keep your eyes open and have fun!

Hmm I’m beginning to think someone’s a bit lazy at choosing the prompt! We all know by now I’m going to photograph a cat on these days! Here’s Winnie filling the frame.

Winnie

Day 112.~ 4 o’clock. We are filling the frame at 4 o’clock! What are you doing at 4 o’clock and don’t forget to fill the whole frame up with what you are up to.

This was Thursday, my first day off and is always a chores and laundry day so I can spend the next 3 days in carefree abandonment or similar. I’d just finished the ironing at 4 o’clock.

4 o’clock

Day 113. ~ Powerful. Powerful objects grant those that wield them untold powers and strength.  Examples in our daily lives are tools such as hammers, sporting equipment, vehicles, common household appliances and even instruments of knowledge such as books and computers.  I couldn’t help myself from hiking into a field in 3 feet of snow when I spied an antique combine.  I walked all around it and was marvelled by the power of this magnificent beast.  I took a lot of macros of its inner works because the workmanship is astounding and the patina too hard to pass up. The power these combines gave to our farmers is also a powerful thought!What can you find today that is a powerful tool in your life.  Remember, it is “fill the frame’ week so get in really close and personal and show us your POWER.

This prompt is from the lady who feels fierce in Harley Davison motorcycle leathers and wants to swim in a pond in golden hour. I am thinking she may be a little bonkers. What is my power I wondered. Sigh. Removing ear wax from people is my superpower, but I can’t take pictures of that. I settled on the phrase  “ipsa scientia potestas est” from Sir Francis Bacon’s Meditationes Sacrae and is latin for ‘knowledge itself is power’ as I know how to take a photograph from all the books on it I’ve read.

powerful

Day 114. ~ Fuzzy. Fuzzy is defined by having a frizzy, fluffy, or frayed texture or appearance.The opportunities are endless. Trust me! Take a quick look at what you’re wearing, the furnishings around you, or what’s out in nature – like these fuzzy and rather fluffy little weeds I spotted along the sidewalk.A few things to consider when shooting textures; consider different angles, light and distance from the subject. Remember it’s fill the frame week so get in close and show off yours subject’s fuzziness! 

This was fortuitous as I’d bought white flowers for last weeks ‘white’ week, they included some willow catkins, which are well fuzzy.

fuzzy.

So that wasn’t too bad a week, not much to moan about and I quite enjoyed it. Next week we are returning to sodding selfie week, deep joy, so stay tooned for that.

365 ~ 11th ~ 17th April

Firstly, last week was golden hour week, and every night bar 2 was grey, this week a golden hour EVERY.BLOODY.NIGHT. 🙄🥴

But no good crying over spilt golden hours, on to colour week and this time we are focusing on white, a deceptive colour to photograph as camera sensors see everything in shades of grey and without using flash you end up with a muddy or greyish background, which happened on some of mine, but hey ho, every day’s a school day isn’t it? So here we go..

Day 101 ~ Pair. White has been referred to as the most powerful non-color! It is in this absence of color that we will turn our cameras toward this week. White can symbolize elegance, cleanliness, and purity. It can create a feeling of optimism, balance, and simplicity. However, that absence of color can also feel boring or cold and it can give a sense of emptiness or loss to an image. As you go through this week allow yourself to explore the many facets of White!

I chose Vinnie’s catsocks for this, his little white feet are so cute, and I love a good excuse to photograph the cats.

Pair

Day 102 ~ Exterior. (Macro Monday). I don’t have any fun macro equipment for my cameras.  I don’t even know if I have that feature on my phone. Instead, I get in as close as I can to my subject, see where the sweet spot is for my lens to auto focus, and I take a few shots.  Then, in post processing, I’ll crop the photo even further to give it a macro feel.  How do you shoot your macro photos?    

Hmm. Using a camera phone, auto focusing and cropping is a right clart on if you ask me, and that’s just not a macro shot, it’s a cropped shot. 🙄 How do I shoot mine? With a macro lens of course!

Exterior

Day 103 ~ Peaceful. We all have different definitions of what peace means to us.  We hold it, wear it, experience it or go to it and it brings us peace.  This past year has been especially difficult for many of us and finding some form of peace has sometimes been a struggle.  Being in nature taking photographs is one place where I find peace.  Show us through your daily photo what peace means to you.  And, since it’s colour week, try to include the colour white in your photo.

Well I got home from work and Phil was all stressed over his eyes, and Winnie had been annoying him all morning. Winnie had cystitis too, an on and off problem with her. I grabbed my camera and headed out to do my photo and gather a little peace into myself. I knew I wanted to photograph the blackthorn blossoms for this prompt.

Peaceful.

Day 104 ~ Oblong. Have you been enjoying looking for “white” this week?  White is such a clean and pure color. Look around for an oblong shape today. It can be any elongated object that is rectangle or oval in shape. I held up this bar of soap in front of the bathroom window to backlight the photo, and I held it in my palm for contrast. How can you highlight your oblong object today?

Now an oblong is such a bonkers thing as it’s not a noun but an adjective. – A rectangle is a noun referring to a specific type of shape, while oblong is an adjective used to describe shapes or forms. A rectangle can be characterized as oblong. When referring to a rectangle, oblong can be described as when one set of parallel sides is longer than the other set. An elongated or oblong square can be classified as a rectangle, while an elongated or oblong circle can be classified as an oval. This did my head in. FFS’s rectangle or oval would be sufficient, seems to me oblongs are completely superfluous but if anyone’s got a use for them please tell me how! I didn’t know any of this until after I took my picture, which isn’t really an oblong. Oh well that was another school day!

Oblong. (not).

Day 105 ~ Limitless. By this point in the week, you have probably discovered some of the challenges of photographing the color white. Photographing white is all about capturing the perfect balance between highlights and shadows. Creating a monochromatic image can help turn your eye to these things.This image is cut class against a white background. Though my subject is not white, Photographing against the white background challenged me to pay attention to the form and details of each of the pieces of glass. Shooting through layers of glass against the bright background can can create a feeling of the absence of boundaries. Experiment with monochromatism today. Play with shapes and textures. Pay attention to highlights and shadows. The possibilities are limitless! 

Well I completely cocked this one up. I kind of ignored the ‘experiment with monochromatism’ bit and also I got hooked up on ‘limitless’, thinking that was the prompt when really she meant the possibilities with mono are limitless. 🙄 My bad. I should have been photographing glassware by the looks of a lot of other peoples photo’s. So I did my picture, then realised at the last minute I’d messed up so converted it to black and white, which is not quite the same as monochromatic, sigh.

Limitless.

Day 106 ~ Flower. If you find a white flower, remember to set up your white balance on your camera so that you get a true white, and not yellow or blue.  Manually set the settings based on the situation in which you are shooting.  Auto WB setting has a hard time with true white so it is better to have a few test shots to see if you can get your white right in the camera. Have fun finding out how to get the white right!

At least the prompt was not ambiguous. It wasn’t easy to ‘get the white right’ although the white of the flower is OK, the background seems a little blue to me. Still it was fun trying!

Flower

Day 107 ~ Comfort. White is a positive colour associated with purity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, spirituality, sincerity, humility, understanding and perfection. Take a photograph today of something white that gives you comfort.  Find something beautiful and simple and positive in your world.

Tea. Medicine for the soul.

Comfort

So a bit of a mixed bag really, I am not winning at white, and it’s something I will have to go back to at some point. White on white isn’t easy, and I will be looking into it for next year. Stay tooned for next week, which will be adventures in ‘fill the frame!’

365 ~ 4th~10th April

Well this week has been a bit of a mixed bag really. This is ‘style’ week and the style is Golden Hour. Golden Hour is the period of daytime an hour before sunset, or an hour after sunrise, when the sky is all reddened from the low angle of the sun. Of Course Golden Hour requires the sun to be in the sky, so looking at the weather forecast I knew this wouldn’t be the easiest of weeks. Let’s begin!

Day 94 ~ Nature. In photography the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset. It is also called the Magic Hour!  To me this is so appropriate for today’s prompt of nature. Nature is magic!  It may refer to living plants, geological processes, weather, animals or humans.  We are surrounded by a world of nature right outside our doorsteps.  Step outside at sunrise or sunset and see what kind of magic you can capture in nature during the golden hour. There is the chance that the weather or the hour for photography won’t suit or cooperate with you.  Not to worry!  If that should happen, show us what nature surrounds you today.

So basically do it in golden hour if you can but not if you can’t. Well I am not keen on this shilly shallying, and determined to only shoot in that period of time, which up here is from 6.13am and would require me to get up whilst still asleep, not do-able, or 7pm, which is doable, except that’s just around dinner time so adjustments had to be made. Day 94 did not have a golden hour at that time, it had the grey hour instead, so I made do with my blossom tree which has burst into action this past week or so and added a warming filter to give it a bit of a golden glow. It wasn’t very effective really as you can see how grey the sky is behind it, but here it is.

Nature

Day 95 ~ Energized. I don’t know about you, but when the golden hour turns the sky into a myriad of glorious colors it sure does energize me to grab my camera! When the sun is low in the sky, it is the perfect time of day to take advantage of backlighting your subject or trying your hand at silhouettes. When you illuminate your subject from behind, you might be surprised at details that stand out, things that might otherwise have been overlooked. No amazing sky today? No worries! This effect can also be achieved using the light from a window or open doorway to create your own backlighting. Can’t wait to see the light that energizes you today! 

That ‘Z’ is a bit mad isn’t it? and I had to stop myself from correcting the spelling, as I believe in letting people speak/write in their native tongues however incorrect they are. 😉 I had a really busy day at work and didn’t feel energised at all. Taking energetic pictures was the last thing I wanted to do. The sky was grey and moody when I got in from work so I figured I’d have my dinner and then play around with window light. But at the last minute, a break in the clouds happened and I spotted the chance to catch my eucalyptus tree engoldened. I know how the sun works on our estate, what will be lit up and when, and have spotted the gold happening before so was glad to get the picture. I didn’t bother with the backlighting or silhouette, nothing I haven’t done before, I just loved the side lighting on the tree. So I was energised in the end and chuffed with myself, this is my fave shot of the week.

Energised

Day 96 ~ Cable. Everything kind of fell into place easily for this prompt today.  We bought a fish house/camper earlier this year that has the most amazing cable system on it; and, the golden hour tonight was lovely.  Those two pieces together allowed me to capture the prompt and picture style week quite nicely. I hope you are able to find a cable today that catches your eye.  Just try to remember to use the beautiful hues of the golden hour to accentuate your subject.  I do believe you’ll also have a lovely photo to share with us today as well. 

This one annoyed me. Firstly, I didn’t know what a fish house/camper is. I googled it and found out that a fish house sells fish, but then found out a fish house camper is just like what we call a camper van, but in the USA people use camper vans to go ice fishing. I think that’s right. Here in the UK we don’t have many lakes that freeze over and require the fish to be removed so having a specifically designed camper for ice fishing is just not a thing. The USA ones come in various sizes, mostly ginormous, and cost more than my 4 bedroom house. I imagine the petrol needed to move it would power a small country for a year, so that’s annoying considering the climate thing. Also annoying is the assumption that we can all find a wonderful photogenic cable of all things. The picture she posted was like a winch with a heavy roped cable around it, and I’m thinking where the expletive deleted am I gonna find a winch in Wardley? I was moaning to Phil and he suggested electric cables and we still have a few of the old fashioned telephone cables on poles on the wrong side of the tracks of our estate. Luckily the sun was breaking through the clouds so after dinner I got in the car and drove over there to find one.

cables

Day 97 ~ What’s more refreshing than taking a stroll around a lovely pond at golden hour?  The water flows out of the fountain, hitting the pond surface with the spray lightly touching your face as you walk by…doesn’t that sound like a nice way to spend a warm evening?”Refreshing” can come in many forms such as a refreshing drink, a refreshing swim, or a refreshing change of scenery.  Taking photographs during the golden hour can be refreshing in itself.  The light falls so gently at this time of day, adding drama and texture to your photo. Show us the refreshing way you enjoy golden hour today. 

There was only grey hour this particular evening and no Missy, it wasn’t a warm evening at all, bloody freezing here this week! Refreshing swim??? In yer dreams 🙄. I had no inclination to find a pond. Also I received my new iMac today, and I had a lot to do starting with migrating everything from my old iMac to the new one. It’s an easy process as macs have a migrating assistant, and so long as both computers are on the same internet connection it’s just a matter of invoking the assistant, hitting a couple of keys, and hey presto, a couple of hours later it’s done. So I had a refreshing glass of wine whilst I was setting it up, and as it was in the golden hour timescale, put my golden faced clock next to it. I’m winning at golden!

refreshing

Day 98 ~ 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?Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you.

I usually use a cat for prompt free days, but today I’ve been busy resetting my old iMac to default so Phil can have it, then resetting his old one so we can give it to a grandkid. My old iMac has been with me since 2012, 9 years now and there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just too slow now for the size of the photography programs I use, but will be fine for Phil. The one he’s been using is a smaller iMac that I got in 2008 and gave him when I upgraded last time. It still works too, 13 years and still going strong. They may be top end price wise but at least they don’t conk out after 4 or 5 years. I don’t expect I’ll ever need another, but who knows. So meet the new boss, same as the old boss,but with upgraded internally stuff. Full disclosure, it was a miserable, bloody cold grey hour yet again, so the golden hour look is fake. *hangs head in shame*. 🤪

iMac in (fake) golden hour.

Day 99 ~ Authentic. I have spent many years trying to figure out what my personal style is when it comes to photography.  In a nutshell, I have come to the conclusion that I like authenticity in my images.  I like them to reflect true and meaningful moments in life.  I think that puts me in the category of lifestyle and documentary photographer.  What this means to me is that I don’t generally set up my shots.  I don’t edit out imperfections.  And, I don’t always shoot at “the best time of day.”  My intellectual self knows that shooting during the golden hour makes for gorgeous photos, but the realist in me also knows that a lot of life’s stories take place in the other twenty-three of hours each day.  And those stories need to be captured, even if done so in less than ideal circumstances.  Think about what creates authenticity in YOUR photos.  Capture that today.  If it happens during the golden hour, yay!  If not, shoot anyway.

A woman after my own heart. So this basically means shoot what you want when you like, sod the challenge. Another prompt free day in other words. Maybe she just couldn’t think of anything prescriptive. I had of course decided it was shoot the cats time, but just as I was considering that Phil called me to the conservatory as Lucy the hedgehog had turned up again. She’s been 3 times now during the day, but also turns up at night, as we see her on the wildlife camera. We are figuring her body clock is way off. Also she’s a lot smaller than the others that visit at night so maybe she’s trying to eat herself bigger and needs to do it more often. Anyway she seems fit and healthy, eats and drinks well and runs around pretty nimbly. She is definitely an authentic Hedgehog and not a copy.

Authentic Lucy

Day 100 ~Shine. By taking photos on a regular basis you learn when the best light of the day is for you.  I love it when the sun is shining and everything has a soft glow during golden hour.  I am better at taking the photos in the evening, I am not a person that gets up early enough to see the sunrise most mornings at this time of year. By using the golden hour to take a photo of my magnolia tree, I am making the bud shine. What can you find to shine today at golden hour?

Nothing. That’s what I can find shining in golden hour because bliddy golden hour is bliddy grey. Again. But although no lovely shafts of sunlight came my way, I noticed that it still lit up the higher clouds, the white ones toodling along higher up than the grey blanket in the lower sky. I could see their reflection on the back of my car so thought that looked a bit shiney. Works for me anyway.

Shine

And that is the end of Golden Hour/Grey Hour week. Only 2 shots out of the seven were in a proper golden hour, and the rest I had to fudge, but at least they were taken when golden hour should have been gold. I suppose I could have got up at 5 am and done a morning golden hour thing, but that was never going to happen, and even if I had it would still have been grey more than gold. So a challenging week, but stay tooned for next week, adventures in colour. I think colour week is becoming my favourite week!

365 ~ 28th March ~ 3rd April

Hi guys, this week is the sodding selfie week, and I find I’m taking a perverse pleasure in keeping as little of myself in the picture as is possible, whilst still following the prompts. I’ve checked out other peoples contributions on the Instagram page and am quite appalled at the amount of people who completely neglect to put any bits of themselves in the shot at all. I mean, come on, cheaters! Anyway onwards!

Day 87~ New. Where I Stand is a monthly prompt that we repeat throughout the year.  The idea is to include your feet, either taking the photo looking down or putting your camera on a tripod and taking a photo of just your lower half. What do you have that is new in your life, that you should include in your photo?  Put it next to where you stand and show us.

I didn’t have anything new unless we count some pitta breads and a bottle of milk, which I don’t, so made do with my latest purchases from Amazon and Ebay, though they are a few weeks old now. Some woolly socks, and a watch.

New (ish).

Day 88. Apparel. Don’t be into trends.  Don’t make fashion own you.  You decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live – Gianni Versace. I like an eclectic, bohemian style when I am not dressed for fitness. When my husband bought his Harley I was very excited by the potential for shopping for the clothes I needed in order to be his passenger.   I am in love with my Harley Davidson protective gear.  I feel really fierce in it!  It is almost as fun to wear the leathers as it is to ride on the bike. Fashion is instant language.  Show us your style and let us get to know you better.  

WTF? Fashion?? Style?? Leathers?? Seriously woman, left all that behind many years ago. Mini skirts and thigh high boots were the thing back in ‘my day’ but then I segued into sartorial elegance (jeans, T shirt) and now repose in the Andy Pandy school of fashion. This sums me up perfectly.

(For my non UK readers, Andy Pandy was a kids TV programme in the jurassic era and this is what he looked like).

Andy Pandy @BBC

Apparel

Day 89~ Remember. As we continue on with our Picture You Week show us something that is currently part of your day. When you look back on this day next year what will your photo remind you of? 

This! Today was the first warm, sunny day of the year, and my Happy Eater Tree which had loads of buds on it sprang into action. By the time I got back from work it was blooming gorgeous! (I’ll do a not-the-365 post soon on the other blog with the tree in full gloriousness)

Remember

Day 90 ~ dinner. Picture You week is my favorite week and I am always so willing to be in the photos. Today, however, I was more excited to eat our yummy, colorful dinner and didn’t take the time to get myself in the photo. That’s ok! We definitely want to remind YOU of that as well. What does dinner (or supper) look like for you tonight? 

If someone who likes being in their pictures forgets, what hope is there for the rest of us? Dinner though, that took a bit of faffing about but here it is. Chili con carne with rice and pitta breads and salad.

Dinner

Day 91 ~Relaxation. That feeling of bliss that washes over you when you “get away from it all” isn’t just in your head. Whether you spend time in the great outdoors, reading, or even cooking, total relaxation will help you find, clarity and rejuvenate your mind and body.  The exercise that generally goes hand-in-hand with spending time outdoors (hiking, biking, water activities, etc.) spurs the production of endorphins, your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters which helps you feel loose, clear-headed and calm.  While some find relaxation in exploring the outside, others find relaxation in the quiet alone time reading, doing needlework or just sitting and thinking. What will you do today to reach a state of relaxation; you can do it! Take a photo of YOU…relaxing!

This was guest prompt, the ladies let someone from the group have a go once a month, this time a chap who frankly I think of as ‘lazy geezer’ for suggesting this. Also a bit long~winded there, but if it’s your only chance to be famousish you’re gonna take it I guess. Anyway I couldn’t do my normal relaxation shot as we did that on Day 33, so I decided I’d do meself in the bath as I do know people think that’s relaxing. I don’t think so really as the water keeps going cold so you have to keep topping it up with hot, and the pages of your book get wet too. Just have a quick shower and get on with life FHS!

(fake) Relaxation

Day 92 ~ Centered. What brings you to that place of balance where you feel the most content.  For me, it’s always being in nature with a camera in my hand. It really transforms my entire attitude.We have had several requests for a day where we can show off our 365 Picture Today Swag. Today is the day! If you have your 365 Picture Today swag, wear it! If you don’t own any of our group attire, that’s okay too! You can still show us where you are the most centered and balanced. You can also go in the direction of centering yourself in the photo. It’s totally up to you how to approach it.

This one annoyed me a fair bit. Firstly, be centered, be balanced be content etc. This is a thing that newish people do, oldish people like me grew up just getting on with stuff, not self-analysing every damned thing we do. So I had to google what being ‘centered’ meant. Pfft! Clap trap. Secondly ‘show off your 365 swag’. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary Swag in the USA can mean ‘promotional stuff’ like their sweatshirts with the 365 picture today logo on them. Swag over the pond here means stolen goods. I don’t have either, and I chose to use ‘happy’ instead of ‘centered’ so sat in my car which is my exceedingly happy place for my sodding selfie.

Centered. Pfft.

Day 93. Pocket. Do you remember where you were on January 9th of this year?  Do you remember the photo that you took on that day?  If not, go back and look because you will need to revisit that spot again today. Today’s Picture Your World prompt invites you to photograph the same location four times throughout this year documenting the changing seasons along the way.  You may choose a different perspective or choose to include different subjects in these repeating photos, but try to make it obvious to the viewer that they are seeing the same location. Once you have taken today’s photo, create a diptych using it and your January photo.  

In the January shot I hadn’t realised you were supposed to be in the shot, so this is how it has to be now. Phil and I had a nice walk over to the nature reserve, still a bit of a chill in the air, but nice blue sky afternoon. I tried to match up exactly where I stood in January but didn’t quite get there, but you can tell it’s the same place. Also, pocket???? WTH?? I don’t get that at all.

Pocket

So another sodding selfie week comes to the end, but stay tooned for next week’s adventures in Golden Hour.

😉

365 ~ 21st ~ 27th March

The briefs for this week-

Day 80 ~ Perceptive.This week we will be exploring the many angles from which we can photograph the same subject.  The angle we choose depends on which details of the story we want to be most prominent in our image.  What do we want the viewer to notice first?  What feeling do we want to evoke?  Are there details we wish to downplay?  Do we want to tell the whole story?  Do we want the viewer to figure out what is going on?  As you choose the subject of your photo today, think about the story you wish to tell.  Shoot from several different angles.  Which angle best conveys your perception of the scene?

I kind of think perceptive wasn’t quite the right word, and perspective would have fit better for ‘different angles’, but I’m not the boss so I ignored that bit and shot my plant here from different angles, then chose the one I like best. This little plant is amazing,  drosera capensis secretes a sticky ball of fluid at the end of each spine on it’s leaves, which attracts little insects. The insects come to drink, get stuck, and the leaf slowly curls over the fly and absorbs it. I have one next to my orchid, as orchids tend to attract tiny flies, and it works a treat.

Perceptive

Day 81 ~ Sidewalk. I had to look up the word ‘sidewalk’ to make sure I understood what it was, as we don’t have sidewalks here in Europe.  We have pavements. Whilst out and about today, try to look down and see what you find.  You will be surprised by what you can find to photograph.

I did know what a sidewalk was as I am a world traveller and watch American movies. Anyway, this day was a Monday and me at work all day. We don’t have pavements where I work, but on my way home I drive through a little villagey place called Earsden, and they decorate their pavements with big tubs of flowers. I think they are quite posh in Earsden. They also put flowers around the bus stops next to the pavements, so I pulled up the car and took a shot from low down.

Sidewalk

Day 82 ~ 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 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 am quite glad when prompt free day falls on a work day as it was this Tuesday. It means I can just apply my default position ~ ‘when all else fails, shoot the cat’. This is Vincent, or Vinnie as we call him. He’s a very big but very placid boy, which is just as well considering his lunatic sister is a handful.

Lord Vincent.

Day 83 ~ Marble. I once read that to boost your creativity, instead of buying new equipment you should buy a step ladder and knee pads…reminding us sometimes it is not about the equipment but the placement of it. So today, let’s place our camera on the ground and take a photograph from the Ant’s Point of View! I promise you will gain a whole new perspective from this angle! p.s. this is where those kneepads come into play! 

Of course I already did the ground placement thing with Vinnie, but I don’t think it matters. The marble bit confused me, but my pal Connie who is also on this journey (and the inspiration for me doing it ~ I still haven’t forgiven her 🤣) thought it’s because you get down on your knees to play marbles. This reminded me that I have some marbles in a jar in the kitchen, so I got them outside and had a little play and shoot session in the garden.

marble

Day 84 ~ 3 o’clock.We are going to use a “normal” angle today because most of us find ourselves in a sitting position around 3:00 in the afternoon. Where are you sitting at 3:00 today? If it helps you to remember to take a photo at this time, set an alarm in your phone when you read your email. It doesn’t have to be exactly 3:00 on the dot – capturing your 3:00 could be anytime within the 3:00 hour. If you have a clock to show the time, that’s even better. 

Can’t see the point of it being 3 o’clock and then not being exactly 3 o’clock. I suppose it lets off all the numpties who don’t set an alarm and forget ~ really? You’re doing a project everyday, how can you forget??? Anyway I wasn’t a numpty and took my shot on the dot of 3. I was watching a video by photographer Sean Tucker who has an amazing perspective on photography and life in general.

3 o’clock

Day 85 ~ Depth. Depth can be defined as the distance from top to bottom or the quality of being intense or extreme.  We use depth a lot in our photos.  It makes them come to life and adds interest to them.  Using a different angle when you shoot is also a great way to add interest to your photo. Depth can be interpreted in many ways; the depth of a colour; the depth of an emotion or depth through distance.  Show us how you choose to interpret depth in your photo today.  Remember to look up, you never know what you might find!  

Well y’all know how literal minded I am, I hear ‘depth’ I see a lake/sea/ocean. Also looking up doesn’t give you depth so much as height I think, but hey-ho, each to his/her own. So I toddled off on a windy day to the secret lake. It’s been a couple of years since I went there. It’s on the way to my usual nature reserve, you can just see it through the hedgrows if you know it’s there, and it’s fenced off as it was once an old mining quarry and presumably not safe. But you can’t keep kids from finding a way in, nor pesky photographers 😊. It was cool to see a swan has taken up residence there, probably one of the offspring from the pair in the nature reserve. He came all the way across the lake to see what I was up to, and allowed me to take his photo.

depth

Day 86 ~ Vibrant. When I think of vibrant, I think of bright and striking color. Color with a lot of depth. This week has been about angles and perspective. Think about what you can photograph from the back that might make it more interesting. When you photograph a subject, think about exercising your creative muscle.How can you photograph something from the back that will really make it interesting. What details do you want to capture. Don’t forget to look for vibrant colors.

This is the embroidery on the back of a kimono I got from somewhere back in the day. Works for me.

That’s the end of the different angles week, and next week is the first week of a new month so we are back to doing sodding selfies self ~ portraits, deep joy. 🥴

365 ~ 14th ~ 20th March

This week was colour week, and the colour is yellow. I have even less yellow things than pink, not sure why as I like yellow better, but it was fine, I didn’t struggle to find anything. I’m not overly enthralled with any of these, somehow, except maybe the car.

Day 73 ~ Triangle. Yellow can represent freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy. It is also associated with Spring and fresh yellow flowers.Today be on the lookout for yellow triangles. I am standing in a parking lot next to a yellow arrow. Where else might you find yellow triangles. You could also choose to create a yellow triangle using items you have around the house.

It was raining and cold of course, so I decided to do the ‘use items from around the house’ bit. As I was making my toast for breakfast, the idea of the butter triangle popped into my head. Always good to have an idea that ends in yum. And yes the toast is burnt at one edge and raw at the other, my toaster is pants, but this bit was an end crust and just done for the photo.

triangle

Day 74 ~ Safe. Whether it be ducks in Boston or here in Texas, deer on a mountain highway, or children on a neighborhood street, these diamond-shaped yellow signs are used to help keep everyone safe.  Road crews and runners also wear yellow vests helping to keep them safe by making them more visible to motorists on the streets.Where do you see yellow being used as a safety measure?  Photograph it today.

As always, being at work all day doesn’t make things easy. Annoyingly I saw many yellow jacketed workmen on the journey home, but stopping on a major roadwork site at rush hour wasn’t an option. I resorted to my local shop instead, as they have yellow social distancing signs on the windows and floors. Londis and Morrisons are gifts that keep on giving. (Also that’s my little Minty car reflected in the window, it’s so cute 😍)

Safe

Day 75 ~ Wheel. See if you can find a wheel on a bicycle, a yellow car, a yellow bus, a yellow truck or anything else…you get the idea!  Just include a wheel in the photo.

Well I couldn’t find one. I kept checking the carpark outside where I work and no yellow vehicles visited. None around where I live either. So I got out the little people and dinky cars when I got home from work and took them out on the front driveway. The sun was going down so I had some nice light for it, am sure the neighbours think I’m mad.

Wheel

Day 76~ Brilliant. Yellow is my favourite colour!  To me it symbolizes sunshine and light, happiness and joy.  It is indeed the most brilliant of colours.Yellow is a ‘stand out’ colour.  It simply glows.  What brilliant yellow can you find in your world today!  Let us see the sunshine in your life.

Pfft! Sunshine my arse. No matter, Morrisons do flowers, so I called in after work to see if they had any daffodils, they did but they were still closed up, but these chrysanthemums were just gagging to be photographed. Me,me,me! they shouted, I’m brilliant! I agreed.

Brilliant

Day 77 ~ Sign. There is no shortage of signs that are yellow after all it is a cautionary color! All along the road there are signals and alerts, with warnings of hazards and dangers. There are markers to guide us as well as to deter us; this battered sign is giving us a warning that you are about to go over the cliff! So your challenge is to share the yellow sign that helped you out today!  

This one didn’t seem that different to day 74’s ‘safe’ really. I didn’t get a yellow sign helping me out as I already knew where to go for some warning signs. The coast line at Trow Landing is eroding at a fair rate, so there is a risk of cliffs crashing down if you are walking along the coastal pathway, not that I’ve ever seen that happen. I quite like the right hand triangle sign here, the little guy looks like he’s having a rave.

Sign

Day 78 ~ Inspiration. We can find so much that’s inspirational in our life.  What inspires you today?

It’s raining (again) today, so inspiration comes from looking at Saul Leiter’s photographs and reading books on art and creativity.

Inspiration

Day 79 ~ Cloth. Cloth and material can be found virtually everywhere and I’m sure it won’t be hard for you to find some yellow cloth to include in your photo today.

It nearly was hard. Phil has got a faded pale yellow T shirt but he’s gone to work in it, and I don’t have a damn thing in yellow! How’s that happened? Will have to rectify that for spring. Luckily I remembered Giorgio in the spare room, and that sufficed for yellow cloth.

So that’s another week done and dusted. Stay tooned for next week ~ adventures with angles.

365 ~ 7th ~ 13th March

No more selfies for a while but now we are into ‘style’ and this week it’s all about street.

Day 66 ~ Choice. Street photography records everyday life in a public place and usually involves the taking of candid photographs of strangers.  This week our goal is to include street photography in our daily photos. Challenge yourself this week to get out there with your camera and snap a photo of an unsuspecting stranger or two that you find interesting.   As you’re out and about today, photograph a stranger or scene that you think tells a story.

I went on my daily walk around our estate to go to the local shop hoping to come across a stranger. I took Phil with me in case no one was about and I could cheat and use him, but I didn’t need to. I sent Phil to get the stuff and I sat outside on the wall and waited for someone to come out. This chap obliged and he’d bought a newspaper. Stop the press! ‘Man buys Newspaper!!!” Not the most enthralling story but it’s all I got 🤣 And I must say, I don’t see what ‘Choice’ has to do with any of it, but I may be dim.

Choice

Day 67 ~Signal. We are in Street Photography week and it’s Macro Monday. This is going to be a challenge.  See if you can notice people signaling to each other. Or a sign that serves as a signal or warning. A traffic signal. A turn signal. Get creative. You can also stay back and crop in close to get your macro effect. The reason we take macro photos is to notice details. Look for details in your street photography. Get in close.

This was a work day for me and I got home late, so had to do my photo in the dark after dinner. We have a pedestrian crossing on the edge of our estate so I went up there with my tripod and did close ups of the crossing man and bike. They turn red for don’t cross and green for OK to cross so I turned it into black and white so you don’t know if you’re coming or going 🤣🤣 There was a fair amount of traffic so I’m glad it was dark and I couldn’t see the WTF?? look on anyone’s face. Also I think the little man is going to do a Charlie Chaplin waddle.

Day 68 ~ Interesting. These days, I am not out and about taking photos where there is much of interest going on.  The streets I see are limited to those in my neighborhood that I travel on my morning runs.  Though I do encounter quite a few others out for morning exercise, I am not comfortable taking photos of them.  I am, however, quite comfortable photographing people’s trash piles! As you are out and about, look for an interesting object on the street.  Photograph it such that we want to know its story, its history.  You may be surprised by the interesting things you find.

Another work day so this one was a bit naff for me. I decided to do a photo on the way home from work so I wasn’t in the dark again. The lady who did this prompt has no knowledge of Wardley, everyone keeps their trash in bins and not in piles on the street. I dread to think where she lives. In fact there really isn’t anything madly interesting in Wardley, but I noticed up one of the side roads, the council must have planted rows of daffodils and purple crocuses in front of the bungalows there so I took a photo of them. I like that they do that all over South Tyneside, on the verges on main roads, side streets, anywhere there are spare bits of grass, so lovely to see them everywhere as spring starts up. Not sure if that’s ‘interesting’, but it’s very nice. I’m sure my council tax payments could be used for social care and the like, but damn it’s good to see spring!

Interesting

Day 69 ~ Dull. The meaning of the word dull is either:lacking interest or excitement or lacking brightness, vividness, or sheen. So, let us go with the second meaning.  As you know, street photography is meant to have candid photos of people.  This can’t always happen. If this is where you find yourself today, use who you have around; but, do include a person as this gives the photo an interest. Converting it to black and white for today’s prompt word will help, to not make it bright but dull looking!

It was chucking it down when I finished work and there was no way I was going out in it.Luckily I had some post to do at the Post Office, so after I’d done that I sat in the car and waited for people to come along and then take sneaky pictures with my phone. At first I was using the windscreen wipers to get a clear shot, but then I tried shooting through the rain and liked it better. Dull it is though.

Dull

Day 70 ~ Simplicity. Street (candid) photography is an art that features chance encounters and random incidents within public places.  Though people are usually featured directly, a photograph can also be taken that is absent of people and can be that of an object. Take a walk and find a simple street scene of objects that tell a story.

My days off now so I took my usual walk up to the shop and back. Our estate has some small grassy areas for kids to play on, though no equipment like slides or swings. This one is a little bigger than the others and has a single goalpost in it. Reminded me of the simple joy lads and maybe girls these days have kicking a ball about, not much else is needed other than a ball and goalpost.

Simplicity

Day 71 ~ Coin. Find a penny, pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck! You might be hard pressed to find a coin since change has become a novelty. So as we continue on with Street Photography lets also be on the look out for circle shapes. You might find that lucky penny but if not maybe an architectural feature, some colorful street art or a cool manhole cover? Show us your lucky street find today! 

I had no lucky street find today. Wandered about the place looking for circular things, but all I could find were these manhole covers for the underground drainage system. Neither colourful or cool I’m afraid. Sigh.

Coin

Day 72 ~ If you find that you have no mountains high enough to climb in your neck of the woods, maybe take a drive and see if you have a road or bridge that brings you high enough to look over a beautiful view.  If you feel inclined, add some song lyrics to your photo.  It’ll be like we are taking a road trip with an awesome playlist to listen to all day.  

Argh. This was a trial of a day. Firstly I thought I’d pop over to South Shields and take the view from the top of Marsden Lane which has the sea at the bottom. It took me nearly half an hour to do 2 miles. Roadworks, diversions and the sheer volume of traffic which reminded me of those disaster movies where everyone packs up the car and trys to leave before the meteor hits/aliens land/tsunami arrives/zombies get them. I turned around as I got quite fed up and peed off at the knobs on the road. Came home, had a cup of tea and then decided I’d walk up to the nature reserve as that’s at the bottom of a little hill and you can see the lake from the top. This was not a pleasant walk, and whilst it looks all sunny blue skies, it’s been raining for a few days and I just missed a hailstorm before I left the house. So much mud! I hate mud. Mud and clarts everywhere.

This is why I don’t have a doggy.

So I took my shots from the top of the hill and this is the best one.

Enough

On the way back I had a biting cold wind at first head on, and then from the right and my poor ear got battered. I couldn’t figure out what ‘enough’ had to do with anything but realised it works for me as I’d completely had enough by the time I got home! That’s the end of Street week, though really I don’t think it’s very streety, I know street photographers and these are not in that league. Never mind, maybe next time!

I had to choose a song lyric for the last picture, I think that was what the enough was for, so my lyric is as follows

I am enough just as I am
Feel right at home anywhere that I stand
Hold out my heart in the palm of my hand
And I live my life like nobody else can
I am, I am, I am enough

The song is called, “I am enough” not surprisingly, and is sung by Daphne Willis, here it is with a very cool video.

Stay tooned for next week, adventures in Yellow . 🥴

365 ~ 28th Feb ~ 6th March

Here we are into March already, and this what the bumf is on this month.

Let’s see where March takes us. Will your photography change as the month progresses? Will you be more creative or inspired? Will your photography blossom with the buds? We lost all of our seasons in 2020 when our world turned upside down in March. I am hoping and praying that this March sees us coming out of our cocoon transformed. Will we look at things differently? Will we appreciate freedom and new growth. If 2020 was a metaphor for slowing down and noticing more, maybe 2021 will be a metaphor for transformation, appreciation and gratitude. Maybe we will appreciate the things we do have and grumble less? Something you might consider doing this year, if this is not your first 365 adventure, would be to compare monthly photographs from last year to this year and see if you notice a change in creativity or attitude. There may be a pattern, or not. You might actually find that your photographs were more creative when there was little else to do. Let’s see what our photography says about us this month. I believe it will be wonderful!

So positive these ladies who run the prompts. I am definitely coming out of the cocoon transformed ~ by about 5lbs extra and it’s not easy to shift it! I don’t expect I’ll grumble less though. So on with the show Fraggle!

Day 59 ~ We are back to self -portrait week, gah, and with reflection as the main theme, so the first one is our reflection. Well my reflection obviously, not yours.

reflection. me. again. sigh.

Day 60 ~ Delight. Today you are encouraged to share a glimpse of your day with this month’s “Where I Stand” prompt.  How can you be creative with your POV to show us where you stand today? Don’t forget to try include this week’s theme of reflection. What delightful place are you standing in today?  Show us your world today!

Yet again thwarted by being at work all day. I was so busy I just didn’t get a chance to do the photo at work, so had to do it at home instead. Nothing I did turned out OK, and by the time I realised that, it was dark. I ended up sitting on my bed in front of the mirror and tickling Vinnie when he came to see what I was doing, I suppose Vinnie can be classed as a delight. This is such a s**t photo I’m embarassed to post it, but hey ho, warts and all. 🥴. I am beginning to hate selfie week, whereas before I just didn’t like it. 😔

Delight

Day 61~ Button. Figuratively? Button. Button Up. Button your lip. Button your mouth? Or… Literally? Buttons on your coat? Buttons on your pillows? A collection of buttons? I am working on buttoning my lip. Sometimes it’s more important to retain relationships than to speak your mind.

The lady who posted this prompt put an accompanying picture of herself with a button over her mouth. I had a total WTH am I doing here moment and nearly gave up there and then. Another work day but I got home knowing what I would do so managed to get a shot before the light went. My favourite button.

Button

Day 62 ~ Exhilaration. ~ Exhilaration is defined as “a feeling of excitement, happiness, or elation.”  As we continue thinking about reflection during this Picture You week, we can also approach reflection in the sense of how we see ourselves, i.e. personal reflection.  What makes you feel excited or happy deep down inside? Look inside yourself today.  Reflect on what brings you a feeling of excitement and happiness.  Photograph what exhilaration looks like for you.

This one had me stymied, as getting exhilarated at work is really not an option. Luckily Morrison’s Supermarket came to the rescue again! I think it might be my muse! I found that Cadbury’s have re-launched their Old Jamaica Rum & Raisin Bournville Chocolate bars. It used to be my Mum’s favourite and she would share it with me. They stopped making it in 2010. My Mum died in 2004 ( not because of the chocolate) so seeing it on the shelves again made me think happy thoughts of her. I was so exhilarated I bought up all the bars on the shelf! 🤣. You might notice that I am not in the photo because it isn’t a literal reflection but a figuritive one, even though I’m still meant to be in it I think. Talking of literal, I have noticed that other people following the prompts don’t always do all of the prompt. Prompts come in 2 or 3 bits, the theme for the week, i.e self portrait, landscape etc etc, but each day has a different title, i.e Segment, Delight etc etc. Sometimes there’s added stuff like reflection this week on top of Selfie. The more enlightened just take what they want from the prompt, so long as a bit of it is in it seems to be fine. I’ve been taking the prompts prescriptively instead of using them as a guide, so I’m going to be a bit more free with my interpretations!

Exhilaration

Day 63 ~ Street. It’s amazing how the simple name of a street can be a reflection of who you are, where you’ve been, and even where you are headed. Some of us have lived on too many streets to count, while others just a few.  How is a street in your life a reflection of you? I’m looking forward to seeing the streets from around the world today!

Well this one got me thinking about all the places I have lived, 7 counties, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Bedfordshire,Hertfordshire and Tyne & Wear, RAF camps x 2, apartments x 2 rented and bought houses, it’s been a bit of a journey! I got out my box of old photo’s and found some of the streets I lived on, and had a pleasant trog down memory lane (Pete will be impressed 🙂 ) for a couple of hours.

Street

Day 64 ~ Positive. As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart – proverb. Positive thinking is when we consciously cultivate positivity in our minds so that we think we can get through anything. It’s been scientifically proven to improve your work life, physical and metal health, and relationships. The covid 19 pandemic has certainly caused us all to reflect. Sometimes it is hard to not choose negativity.  Get outside today and see if you can find yourself in a reflection.  Look at yourself in that reflection and find yourself.  If you can’t get outside, find yourself in a mirror or a window.  Have a look and make a positive comment to yourself because you are awesome!

I walked my awesome self up to the shop and looked for puddles along the way as we’ve had a fair bit of rain (surprise~not) lately. I found a really nice one so plopped the camera down, stuck it on a 10 second timer, ran to the end of the puddle and did a little happy dance of positivity and hoped no-one was looking out of their window, and if they were, a second hope they didn’t call for the men from the funny~farm. I took one shot and legged it. Shame about the wheely bin, but moving it may well have resulted in a disgruntled audience. Or the police 🤣

Positive

Day 65 ~ Hobby. Do you have a hobby? A favorite pastime? Something that you enjoy in your downtime? Something that helps you relax?  A diversion just for fun? As we reflect on Picture You Week, show us what piques your interest when you have a little extra time to spare. 

Well this was a bit of a gift for me. Time to show off the mosaics. Although Winnie got in on the act so no doubt she’ll get all the attention. 🙄😊

hobby Winnie 😊

So that’s another week done! Stay tooned, ‘street’ photography is next week’s theme. That’s going to need a fair amount of outside-the-box interpretation!