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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Greetings to you all and welcome to this summertime edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, today bringing some sunshine into your Monday, via my prompt; How does your garden grow?

As I said in Friday’s post, we shall be moving house (well, flat) in a week or so, meaning that we will have to start again with a clean slate in a new garden (which we have been able to start work on already, for reasons that will become clear soon) and say goodbye to the green-bordered patio area that makes up the majority of our current outside space.

But mostly I will miss The Mound.

The overgrown, weed-choked, sloping flower bed in the corner, which we transformed into the ever-changing tapestry of colours and textures it is now over the last two years, has been a constant source of pleasure and satisfaction, not to mention the many stunning photo opportunities it has provided.

So it seemed only right that I feature it in at least one more post before we bequeathed it to its new custodians.

I’d love to take a look round some of your gardens, why don’t you give us a tour?

K’lee’s photos from across the pond are now to be found HERE, why not go over and check them out.

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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.
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(Not) Stream of consciousness Sunday, part one: Easter in the garden…

It’s Easter Sunday, there’s a live Grand Prix on TV and I’ve got tomorrow off, so the question you have to ask yourself is this; Can I be bothered to spend the day writing, when I can just as easily do it tomorrow, or would I rather be sitting in the garden, taking some photos, watching the race and drinking cider?

Ummm…

So, SoCS is tomorrow, but I thought I’d make the effort and share some of the springtime progress in the garden.

I hope you all have a pleasant Easter and I’ll see you tomorrow for the main event, so to speak.

 

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

For my penultimate post in this maelstrom of March madness, a more accurate description would be “countryside”, instead of “nature” photography, as I tried to capture a bit more of the actual landscape on my journey home today.

I took a detour past the imposing Castle Hill country house and gardens, snapping a few shots of the estate cottages, the lodge house at the entrance to the drive, Castle Hill house itself and the surrounding woodland. The crows called noisily from high above as they built their twiggy nests in the tall trees, daffodils bloomed on the roadside and the river flowed peacefully past.

It finally felt like spring is actually here and summer is on the way.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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

I think I’ve done quite well so far, in my attempt to post something interesting, entertaining, or at least different, every day for a month, and without resorting to simply posting a daily photo, too.

Well, until this week, anyway.

So for each of the final five days of my March marathon, I shall try to capture some original images of nature for your viewing pleasure; starting off with a regular subject of my photo posts, The Mound.

The area around the sloping corner bed in the dappled shade of our back garden has provided us with variety, interest and seasonal splashes of colour since we cleared the overgrown mass of weeds which covered it when we moved in. Now, with a few days of sunshine and warmth, the garden in general and The Mound in particular, is coming back to life.

And here’s a tune that ties in rather nicely.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day five: A blustery Sunday in the park…

It’s time for me to take the fifth. The fifth foray into my month long blogging adventure, that is.

Although by coincidence, I’m going to shut up and show you some pretty pictures today, which I took during a stroll round Barnstaple’s Rock park this morning. It’s somewhere I return to again and again to take photos, but I like the subtle changes the seasons bring to the scenery along the banks of the river Taw and I never fail to find a new perspective, whenever I visit.

Here are a few shots of my blustery walk, I hope you enjoy them.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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Garden evolution…

The perfect end to a gloriously hot and relaxing long weekend; capturing the changing face of the garden in the sunshine…

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It’s good to have a document of how our garden has grown from the unkempt and overgrown blank canvas that we began with, to the oasis of colour, form and texture that we have made for ourselves.

I’ve posted many photos of The Mound, both here and on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but it’s a continually evolving part of the garden which started off like this…

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…a dead tree stump, overgrown with bluebells, wild garlic and long, unidentified green things, along with a few stems of ash and hawthorn (from seeds of the trees which used to overhang the patio).

And in the last week or so, leading up to today and the glorious bank holiday sunshine, the garden now looks this…

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Finally; it might not look exactly like this, but here was Audrey’s fairy garden, beneath the fiery red canopy of the pieris, after a little…

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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Arts, Personal anecdote, Photography

 

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A walk in Whiddon woods…

The first of two tours of the local woodland, reposted from Photo Sans Frontiers.
If you haven’t already visited my photographic blog, pop over there now and click that follow button…

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Audrey and I took a walk along the river, through the woods not far from where we live, to see what photo opportunities nature had to offer and to hone Audrey’s camera skills. I shall post the best of her Instagram pictures soon, but for now, here’s my contribution.

Wild garlic carpeted the floor of the woodland, the paths were dappled with sunshine, the river sparked attractively and somebody had even used art to give a tree some personality…

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

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It’s Monday, so it must be Cosmic Photo Challenge day.

Last week we had our first outside contribution to the feature (from Linda G Hill) and I’m hoping that as time goes on, more of you will feel the urge to share your creative photographic experiments with us, but for now, let’s get to today’s offering.

If you’ve been following this new thread at all, you’ll already be aware that, while K’lee has tended to go with enhancing his beautiful pictures with subtle yet striking filters and editing techniques, I often lean towards abstract and surreal compositions, which are as far from the original image as I can get.

Today is no different, as I have transformed this photo of a shrub in our garden (pieris japonica, for all you horticulture vultures)

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…into this gloriously colourful, organic kaleidoscope pattern:

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Now hop over to check out K’lee’s entry in this week’s challenge and, if you want to take part, leave a link to your post in the comments and don’t forget to tag your post.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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Just Jot It January: Day three…

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For the third edition of this month-long feature, I’ve decided to change medium and post some pretty pictures for you to look at.

What with Christmas, the crappy weather and all three of us having the same horrible cold, we haven’t been out much in the last week, so it was good to get down to the park in the winter sunshine today.
I took a few photos of the winter trees, a rather impressive sunset and the ever-present gulls feeding by the river, all of which I shall post on Photo Sans Frontiers shortly, (watch out for the reblog on here too) but I thought I’d give you a sneak preview now, as part of Just Jot It January.

I hope you like them and if you do, pop over to my photo-blog and check out the rest later on.

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Picture this: An Autumn walk…

The weather has been pretty kind to us in the last couple of weeks, but there’s definitely an autumnal chill in the air this weekend.
A perfect time then, to go for a brisk walk and try to capture the beauty of the turning seasons on camera, and what with all the multi-coloured foliage, skeletal structures of seed heads everywhere and the profusion of berries, it didn’t take long for me find plenty of ideal subjects to photograph.

I hope you enjoy this taste of Autumn…

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…and if you want more of the same, pop over to Photo Sans Frontiers for a second slew of seasonal spectacle.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Arts, Photography, Picture this.

 

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