Weekly Photo Challenge : Containers

My first thought of a subject for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme “Containers” was the variety of pots I have in the garden.  Most of the time I am busy taking photos of  plants and flowers so the containers they are in go unnoticed.

I love photos of other gardeners unusual and original containers, such as wheelbarrows, watering cans and Wellington boots and ask myself why I am not so artistic.  I will have to try a bit harder.

There are some beautifully ageing terracotta pots dotted around my patio, including this Long Tom in which I am growing sweet peas.

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The reverse of showing off containers is hiding them.

The large water butt outside my kitchen door is well camouflaged in the summer by a Passion Flower.

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Sometimes I try to co-ordinate the colour of the plant with the pot and this was successfully managed with a Blue Fescue Grass in a blue ceramic pot.

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Once I started on the theme of containers, I remembered a small collection of jugs I have which I use for flowers from the garden.  This small posy containing Verbena Bonariensis, Calendula, Dahlia, Astilbe, Penstemon and a Fennel seed head was picked this morning.

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When not gardening, I am an avid knitter and can’t resist buying yarns; for me a wool shop is like a sweet shop to a child.  It does mean that I have a number of projects on the go and waiting in the wings.   At the moment I have three large plastic containers, separated into a stash of new yarns, unused left over balls of yarn and half used balls being saved for any odd project that might crop up.  No doubt one day they will all be used up.

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There are always  many contributors to the Weekly Photo Challenge and last time I looked for this week’s theme they numbered almost 300.  Every one of them is an original take on  Containers.  Click HERE to  pop over there and take a look, you will be impressed!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

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In this week’s photo challenge, capture an image that tells a full story in a single frame.

Say hello to Shane Francescut. Shane is an avid photoblogger capturing the streets of Toronto, Ontario, on his blog, The Weekly Minute. We are delighted to have him guest star in this week’s photo challenge.

For this week’s challenge, we want you to become a documentary photographer and attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing. Put your National Geographic hat on and tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image.

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I used to regularly contribute to the Weekly Photo Challenge and then I fell out of the habit.  I do check in most weeks to see if anything catches my imagination.  This week the challenge set by Shane Francescut to become a documentary photographer set ideas going and I remembered some black and white photos I took in 2012.

This Split-Second story captures a commuter stranded on a lonely station platform in the middle of nowhere, having just missed his train by seconds and now has to wait ages for the next one.   It asks a lot of questions – Why was he late?  Where was he going? Who is he?  This one photo could open up all sorts of possibilities for a story, but that would be another blog post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Spring (Tree Peonies)

What a great challenge!  My library is full of photos full of Spring flowers that I have recently taken.   The Weekly Photo Challenge is “What does Spring mean to you”.   Daffodils, primroses, bluebells and forget-me-nots are all signs of Spring.   However the one flower I always get excited to see is the Tree Peony.   My one greatest wish is to have a garden large enough to have at least one Tree Peony.

We have a popular garden in Worthing that is lovingly cared for by the Local Authority – Highdown Gardens.   It has a fabulous variety of Tree Peonies and this afternoon I paid a visit with my camera.  I was almost too late,  it is a very sheltered place and the Tree Peonies were just going over, but still looking great.  Some of the blooms are the size of dinner plates, and all were a wonderful selection of colours.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s been many months since I have taken up the Weekly Photo Challenge.   This week it is Reflections  and it’s a topic that appealed to me and I instantly knew what photos I wanted to share for this challenge and dusted off my memory cards.   It is a photo challenge that has been set before in 2012 and whilst I have tried to use new photos I have used at least one again, and make no apology.

However, the more I thought about the word, the more I realised there is more to Reflections than a mirror image, it could be philosophical also – we reflect on life.  Therefore my first Reflections photo is of my local beach at sunset, with a verse from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”  which is an excellent reflection on life.

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Then there is the more literal take on Reflections.  These photos were taken in 2011 and 2o12 and have been a personal reflection of happy times spent with friends.

Glass baubles on the edge of the lake at Vann, near Godalming Surrey. Taken - May 2012
Glass baubles on the edge of the lake at Vann, near Godalming Surrey.
Taken – May 2012
A very popular scene for photographers.  Sheffield Park, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex.  Taken - October 2011
A very popular scene for photographers. Sheffield Park, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex.
Taken – October 2011
I love the shadow reflections on this bridge in Buckingham.   Taken - September 2011
I love the shadow reflections on this bridge in Buckingham.
Taken – September 2011
Finally, the magical reflection of sunshine on raindrops.  Taken - April 2012
Finally, the magical reflection of sunshine on raindrops.
Taken – April 2012

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

With great a sense of happiness when I saw that the challenge this week on the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SEA. Living by the sea, my media library is overflowing with photographs. I have trawled through the photos and selected ones I have taken of my local beach and the sea.

I am not sure what the draw to living by the sea is all about. Maybe it is to do with one’s childhood. I lived by the sea in Wales for several years as a small child. Although my daughters did not live as close to the sea as I do now, we spent many weekends coming down to Worthing and that could be why both of them now live by the sea. I am not sure where or how I heard it but I do recall being told that the reason people need to be close to the sea is because they evolved from amphibians. Others who have no draw to the sea and are more than happy living inland evolved from land mammals. This, of course, may be a load of nonsense but it could explain a lot.

The photograph below was taken in March of this year when it had snowed, leaving a most unusual sight of snow on the beach.

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From the 16th Century through to the early part of the 20th century Worthing had a busy fishing industry. Luckily fishermen still remain in business to this date. We are lucky that we can buy freshly caught fish from blue boxes on the beach. The small colourful fishing boats make for great subjects to photograph.

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When looking at old Victorian photos of Worthing beach it is quite clear that it was a sandy beach. There is very little sand these days, it can be seen when the tide is out as far as it can go, otherwise it is a pebble beach. 19th-century timber groynes were built along the beach which caused coarse shingle to accumulate on the previously sandy beach. Most years shingle is added to the beach as a flood barrier and the slope from the land to the waters edge seems to get steeper as years go by. There are, however, some very interesting stones which you probably would not see if it were still a sandy beach.

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When walking along the edge of the sea with a camera it is all too easy just to take photos of the sea without noticing that there are other things connected with the sea to photograph. We have a pier in Worthing and when the tide is out, it is fascinating to see the structure under the pier. This pier was built in 1862, and in the late 1800’s you could catch a paddle steamer from the end of the pier to Brighton pier which is 12 miles down the coast. The pier was damaged by a storm in 1913 and rebuilt in 1914.

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I love to sit on the rocks and listen to the sound of the sea washing in and out over the shingle, looking as though it has been given an overdose of washing up liquid.

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The sea never looks the same from one day to the next. It depends on the the sun, the time of the day and the wind. Sometimes is can be extremely rough and grey and other times as smooth as a mill pond and as blue as the sky above. The reflections of the sun as the sea ripples on to the water edge is magical.

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I could fill this post many times over with photos but will leave you with ones above, which I hope you have liked looking at.

Please take a look at the Weekly Photo Challenge page and take a look at the contributions from around the world with their interpretation of SEA. Below are just a few links to the challenge just to start you off.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Up. Up can be a direction, an orientation, or even a movement. 

When you browse through the blogs that have taken part in the Weekly Photo Challenge this week you are bound to see many photos of the sky.  After all that is what most of us see when looking up.    Today I make no apology for doing the same thing.   The sky this morning as a fabulous clear blue, without a cloud to be seen.   The contrast between the shrubs in the garden, with their newly sprouting leaves against the sky is magnificent.   Here are my contributions to the theme of “UP” this week.

First is the Lilac bush which all of a sudden has started to produce this years leaves.  I left some of last years flowers on the shrub, partly because they were too high to reach and partly for the birds, as they like the seeds.

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Most striking against a vivid blue sky is the yellow of the forsythia.  It was difficult to get the lighting right because of the bright sun and I couldn’t get behind the forsythia to photograph it from the other direction.

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Next is the Sambucus Nigra (Elder).  Here, again, the leaves are in contrast to the blue sky against the sun, but the pattern them make as they start to open is feathery, light and stretching its self up towards the sky.

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Finally, the Compassion Rose that I grow as a climber is producing some beautiful deep wine coloured leaves, which look lovely especially against the blue sky.  It was hard to get this photo right  because of the sun shining on the leaves but I never have claimed to be an excellent photographer!

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New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Hop across to the Weekly Photo Challenge page and take a look at some of the fabulous photos contributions to this week’s theme of UP.

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