Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

Split-Second Story

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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


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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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I do believe that the weather is beginning to improve and the cold days are slowly  behind us.   It is marginally warmer, although the wind still has a chill to it, and the sun is shining more than has been.  The weather forecast is starting to look promising with temperatures that could hit 17°C by Sunday with even better weather to come.  Wouldn’t that be great – straight from Winter to Summer bypassing Spring – if only! Spurred on by this I took my camera outside early this morning to capture some proof that the season is changing from Winter to Spring.

Armed with some heartwarming photos that the garden is changing from its drab and boring Winter colours, I started to write this post, only beforehand I looked at the Weekly Photo Challenge.  I was delighted to find that the theme is CHANGE I could roll two posts into one. 

“… we want to see photos that represent change. Depending on where in the world you are, this could be a winter landscape blossoming to spring, or vice versa…”

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Nature is an odd thing, in past years the daffodils have done really well and the tulips have struggled.  This year it’s the other way round.  I have hardly any daffodils but the tulips are looking as though they are going to put on a great display.   I bought a selection of peach and pink tulip bulbs but stupidly now can’t find the packet so I am sorry that I am unable to name them.

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The Forsythia is an abundance of yellow blossom, adding to the wonderful yellow shades that herald Spring and always a great sign that Winter is leaving through the backdoor.

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Adding further colour to the garden, but pink this time, is the Ribes which takes up quite a large corner of the garden these days and is looking quite impressive.

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Another plant adding colour is the Spirea, now looking fabulous with its rosy tones.

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Over the years, I have had various indoor hyacinth plants, which when they are over I have left out on the patio.  They come back each year and smell wonderful, although the flower is always slightly more sparse than the forced indoor type.  I suspect that is because they revert to the original plant form.  I wish I could have captured the perfume for you as I bent down to take this photo.

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The garden is not the blaze of colour you get in the Summer but it is certainly beginning to change from the Winter hues to something a little more exciting.  The Forget-me-nots are slowing turning into a carpet of blue and lilac through to pink.

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Last but certainly not least, and I make no apologies for always including photos of my favourite Erysimum which is now looking in splendid glory.

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Bowel Cancer Update:  

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I had the CT guided biopsy on the 3rd April.  Most strange because they couldn’t find the enlarge lymph node in my abdomen, which to my horror was referred to as a tumour, although I was assured that not all tumours are malignant its just a name for a mass.  Anyway, it had moved (!!) which is a good sign, meaning it is less likely to be malignant.   It also made taking the biopsy easier and rather than having to go through my stomach or liver (nasty!) they managed to reach it through my side passing the biopsy needle between my rib cage. When the local anaesthetic wore off, I can’t begin to tell you how sore I felt, they had warned me that I would feel as though I had been kicked by a horse for a few days.   That is the last piece of the jigsaw now.  The multi disciplinary team meeting was supposed to be on Thursday 11th and I am waiting to hear from the hospital for an appointment to see the Consultant hopefully on the 18th with the verdict.

11 weeks from being referred by my GP and 5 weeks from the initial diagnosis, once I know what treatment they have decided my life will change forever.  Until then everything goes on as normal, except I caught the office cough and cold which has floored me this week and something I could well do without at the moment.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

I have not participated in the Weekly Photo Challenge for the last few weeks but the prompt this week has inspired me.   This is the challenge set by Christopher Martin:

“This challenge is about getting lost in the details. Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene… I challenge you to go out and spend extra time getting lost in the details — and finding a great shot”.

Anyone who follows my blog will know that my passion is gardening and macro photography of flora and fauna.  So what better than getting lost in the detail of beautiful and interesting plants.

One of the best all round year plants for value is the SEDUM.  It grows to about 3ft (1 metre) and produces quite large flower heads and when you look closely you will see lovely rosy pink clusters of small star like flowers.  At bit like Hydrangea.

DSC_0446 (1024x683)During the autumn months, the Sedum flower starts to turn an impressive burgundy.

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Don’t cut them down during the winter months because they turn a fabulous bronze and make for great architecture when other plants in the garden have died down.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Love

The whole point of a challenge is to make you think and that is exactly what the The Weekly Photo Challenge is all about.

This week the prompt is Love.

It took me a while to come up with my interpretation The Language of Flowers that mean love.

We all love to receive flowers and they are all the more special when they are sent to us by someone who loves us, whether it a relation, friend or lover.


The Victorians used flowers as coded messages to their loved ones. Each flower either as a single flower or within a small posy meant something special. When researching for information about the language of flowers, I came across the lovely word – “Tussie-Mussie“, which is what the Victorians called small posies or nose-gay. I think this should be brought back into fashion, don’t you?

There does seemed to be a difference to the meaning of flowers according to what I read, which was a bit confusing; in one place an Anemone means “unfading love”, I read on another that it was “forsaken” a bit of a contrast there and so I decided not to include the Anemone in my list of Love flowers. One can imagine the problems that could create if the young Victorian lady read the wrong flower coded message!

Aster – love and daintiness


Forget me nots – True Love. I can imagine that these tiny flowers would make a most beautiful “tussie-mussie”.

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HyacinthConstancy of Love. The White Hyacinth means “Loveliness”. Kate Middleton had Hyacinth in her wedding bouquet.

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Red Rosewe all recognise the red rose as a love token and a Rose Bud means “heart innocent of love”


Tulip – RED: declaration of love ALL COLOURS: Love

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The one flower we would not want to receive is a wilted one which would mean a rejection of Love, how very sad.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Beyond

Beyond is this week’s photo challenge set before us by Sara Rosso for The Daily Post at WordPress with the following introduction:

In Morocco, I snapped [a] photo of a tower. Though I focused my camera on the tower, it wouldn’t have been half as interesting without all of the houses, roofs, textures, colors, and action happening beyond the tower. Hopefully your eye was drawn to the rest of the picture as I hoped it would be. 

Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture? If it’s not clear why we should look beyond, tell us! Lead us through the story in your photo. 

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means BEYOND to you!


My preference for photography is usually of closeups of flowers and plants using macro settings on my camera and closeup filters.  Not far behind this are photos I like to take of my local coastline, the exact opposite, and getting the distance right is something I am not very experienced at, it’s all to do with F-stops which I am yet to use comfortably.   Having looked through my rapidly expanding library of photos, the ones I have decided to use are for the reasons given below:-

Clevedon Pier, Somerset

Not a local photo for me, it is near to my eldest daughter and always one of my favourite scenes.   I make no apology for chosing this photo which I use a lot. It is probably one of the most photographed piers in the West Country.  If you look Beyond the pier you will see the coastline of Wales.

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Practising F-stops

This is one of many practise photos I took during a visit to Denmans Garden at Fontwell, near Chichester.  The idea was to get the focus correct Beyond  the blue bench.

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Devils Dyke, Brighton 

This photo is one of an old set that I took on a bitterly cold day in February 2012 at Devil’s Dyke.  Beyond the hang glider, set before you is the beautiful scene of the South Downs.

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Sunset over the South Coast

My last photo is a sunset collage taken in October 2011, which I think depicts Beyond very well, because as the sun is setting on the South Coast in England, it is rising somewhere Beyond the horizon in another part of the world.

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