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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to Monday and a new edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week curated by yours truly.

I chose the prompt on Friday; Birds and Bees, which loosely incorporated the theme of anything with the ability to fly.

I have an awful lot of bird and insect photos in my archives and I was sorting through posts at the weekend, (to pick a selection to transfer over to Photo Sans Frontiers, freeing up valuable space during my upcoming blog transition) so I thought I’d start by sharing some of my favourites…

…followed by these new shots, which I captured in the garden at the weekend.

K’lee’s post is winging its way to you via THIS LINK

Now, let’s have a look at your birds, bugs and beasties…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day thirty one: Nature photography week…

For this, the final post in my month long frenzy of blogging activity, I took a slightly muddy stroll along a stretch of the Yeo river valley and captured what nature had to offer (in the grey springtime drizzle) in amongst the trees and undergrowth.

This area floods regularly in winter and spring, so it’s an altogether sparser landscape than our local woods, but the wood anemones are blooming, along with the ubiquitous wild garlic and a few other wild flowers. There is also an abundance of dramatically shaped trees here, bordering a more fast-flowing river which rushes over a concrete weir after snaking through the woods.

Thank you for joining me on my week of nature rambles and for putting up with me every day this month, normal(ish) service should resume tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty nine: Nature photography week…

For my third day of nature photos, Audrey and I went for a walk in the woods behind our house and explored the wild garlic-carpeted riverbanks, spotting wood anemones, celandine and blossoming hawthorne amongst the coppiced ash and willow trees.

Audrey couldn’t resist striking a few dramatic poses for the camera, so see if you can spot her subtle pink jacket in any of these…

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty eight: Nature photography week…

For my second day of capturing the natural beauty of Devon, I took a couple of quick detours on the way to and from work.

I’d tell you more, but I think you’ll find the photos speak for themselves. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so just imagine me waffling on about hazy morning mists, trees silhouetted against lowering evening clouds and hosts of golden daffodils, while you enjoy the spectacle of Spring’s return.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

At first I thought K’lee’s choice of theme for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was a case of wishful thinking, when he picked; Signs of Spring’s Return.

But after a quick perusal of our small garden in yesterday’s grey winter light, I concluded that K’lee’s optimism was well founded as there are many new shoots and indications of returning life.

See for yourself…

K’lee has sprung into action and his gorgeous post is now HERE for your viewing pleasure.

Now it’s time for you to show us your green shoots of inspiration…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Hello everyone, it’s time for your weekly prompt, to inspire you for Monday’s upcoming post on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Today, since we’ve just entered Autumn, a season of change and transformation, I’m directing your attention upwards, into; The trees.

Yep, anything arboreal is fair game, but if you can capture some early autumnal colour, so much the better. I’ve noticed some rich oranges and reds appearing in Devon already, especially in the sycamores and maples, so I’m hoping I can find something suitably colourful for you. 

So get out there at the weekend and branch out in new photographic directions for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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Swanning around the countryside…

Sunday’s lake side stroll, captured for Photo Sans Frontiers…

Photo Sans Frontiers

Dodging the intermittent rain yesterday, Audrey and I took a walk along theTarka Trailcycle path to our favourite wildfowl lake, where we were pleased to see the pair of swans who are resident there, chaperoning seven inquisitive grey cygnets. The permanent duck population was out in force, too, squabbling over their free lunch in a noisy mass of striking plumage.

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In the land of Pooh…

In the land of Pooh…

The best of our recent trip back to the wide open spaces of Sussex…

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Last week we went to see friends and family in Crowborough, East Sussex, where the dramatic vistas of Ashdown Forest provided A A Milne with the settings for hisWinnie the Poohstories.

We were lucky with the weather and took the opportunity to wander amongst the pines, heather, bracken and gorse bushes of this, the real Hundred Acre Wood, as well as taking Audrey on a tour of some the other rural playgrounds of my youth.

Becky, who I hadn’t seen for years, joined us on the more-or-less-compulsory trek to Pooh Bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks; whilst Biff, another old friend, provided entrainment for Audrey in the shape of Luigi, the loveable Staffordshire bull terrier and he also kindly organised a trip to a riding stables, where we met some of their horses (before stopping for refreshments at one or two local hostelries).

Come on, let me…

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Time for your weekly showcase of inspired images, from K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. This week we had K’lee’s prompt;

“Below, you’ll find five ways Friday is said around the world. Your task- should you accept it- is to choose one of the five, then with the help of the chosen country, create a post and a photo related to what people in that country equate to Friday!


Swahili – Ijummaa


Croatian – Petak


Turkish – Cuma


Hausa – Jumma’a


Indonesian – Jumat” 

Well, I don’t mind telling you that this one stumped me completely, so I’ve chosen to interpret Friday as being the end of the week for most people, whatever their country, a time they can relax with friends and family.

Fortunately I was on holiday this week, back in Sussex with Rhonda and Audrey, visiting old friends and family and taking more than one stroll on Ashdown Forest, (land of Winnie the Pooh) including a visit to Pooh Bridge where I took these five photos on, you guessed it; Friday

I’m calling this one “The hummingbird and the elephant”, for Linda G Hill’s amusement.

You can find K’lee’s photo HERE.

Update: Couldn’t resist adding this one to the mix, it has so many layers to it, I had to include it…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Blogging, Photography

 

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Surf ‘n’ turf…

The best of the weekend sunshine, complied on my photographic blog, Photo Sans Frontiers.
If you haven’t visited it yet, then click the title link just below this intro and check it out.

Photo Sans Frontiers

It was actually proper summer weather for a change at the weekend, so Audrey and I got out and about in the sunshine, both at Rock Park in Barnstaple and on Woolacombe beach.

Here are some moments captured on our travels, including the original shots that made up this week’sCosmic Photo Challengepost.

And here, for no reason except that I like it, is B.A. Robertson and the little heard (I suspect)“b side the c side”, from, unsurprisingly, the b side of his biggest hit,Bang Bang

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