Winning a Prize!

I don’t usually enter competitions but when information about a local photography one popped into my inbox I sent an image off on the spur of the moment. I came second amazingly, and on Tuesday I went to collect my prize, a framed copy of the photo.

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And here it is,

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I’m not sure where I could put it so I might donate it to somewhere local. Anyway it was lovely be chosen!

Jake’s Sunday Post: Bridge

‘A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water, valley, or road,
for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. There are many different designs that all serve unique purposes
and apply to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge,
the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it,
and the funds available to build.’ says Jake.

My bridge has been around a very long time. It may be small but must have kept an awful lot of feet dry so was well worth the enormous effort involved in creating it from a slab of granite. Small clapper Scorhill

Jake’s post with his clever animations can be found here

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through my Eyes

Cheri Lucas Rowlands says,

‘The World Through Your Eyes. Earlier this week, photographer Ming Thein gave us an overview of the fundamentals of photography and talked about observing your subject or scene and what’s needed to create a good photograph. We see many excellent shots out there in which a photographer’s intent is clear: where he or she leads us to the photo’s subject or main focus — using light, composition, and other criteria — and is able to convey what they see in their mind at the moment of capture.

It’s that little extra something in a snapshot that transforms a photograph into something more: a visual interpretation of one’s vision. A story, captured in a frame. It’s that special skill that Ming mentioned — the photographer’s eye.’

This is my interpretation. My eyes see art, do yours?

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My eyes see the built environment at it’s best, do yours?


My eyes see the natural environment – with some ancient dry stone walls


My eyes see people


My eyes see wildlife

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Show us the world through your eyes this week at

An Evening Beside the Water

Our British weather has been predictably unpredictable so far this ‘summer’, so when there is a sudden burst of heat it has to be grabbed with both hands. An after work trip to the coast was called for yesterday, with fish and chips from Crispys, Exmouth’s finest, a walk on the beach and the first Pimms of the season on the balcony at the Grove. Top this off with a stunning sunset at Topsham and todays return to rain didn’t seem quite so terrible.

Black and White Photo Challenge: Nature

According to Sonel, ‘Black and White Photography has it’s own composition, texture, light/shadow and even the tonal qualities become more obvious when there is no colour present.  It really let’s the viewer appreciate the image more and there’s a certain nuance to them and it’s like Ansel Adams said : “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ‘

She has created a new challenge to showcase monochrome work so I thought I’d support her by joining in. My photo is of the underside of a Gunnera leaf, big enough to shelter beneath from the rain and originally shot in the greenest green.


If you would like to join in the nature theme visit Sonel and check out the vervet monkey.