Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

I’ve chosen three photos this week, very different ones but all of the sea.

The first was taken at Cape Coast, in Ghana. I’ve chosen it simply because it was taken on an unspoilt beach, that had just a small hotel with hut rooms looking at the ocean.IMG_2845

The next was taken here in England. I think I  might have posted it before but I still love it and hope you will. I call it ‘Mermaids’.

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This one isn’t a very good quality image but I’ve chosen it because it reminds me of a time when I did somethingthat was very brave for me. You see, I’m not a very good swimmer, I’m scared to put my head under or to go out of my depth. I think it’s because when I was a child someone pushed me under in a swimming pool. But when I went to Borneo a few years ago I had the chance to snorkel on a coral reef and I knew it was a once in a lifetime time chance. I forced myself to have a go and even though I was tense all the time, it is one of the best things I have ever done.

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Do you have Sea photos to share? Join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/weekly-photo-challenge-sea/

Lazy Poets Thursday Tanka

My Dartmoor series continues with some contented locals.


 Shelter beside rocks

grazing in peace without fear

Scotch black-faced ram sheep

shaggy fleece hangs soft and pale

soon they’ll fetch you for the shear.

The lazy poet is as much about words as photography, hence the image is small. You can click to see a larger version if you want. 🙂

The Bishop’s Palace

Last week my daughter took me to Bishop’s Waltham, a village a few miles from her home in Hampshire to see the ruins of its medieval palace. The buildings are full of atmosphere and set in lovely grounds.2013 Aug 20_7049_

This is the great hall, imagine how magnificent it would have been. 2013 Aug 20_6988_

The buttery, pantry and servery, rebuilt in 1387-90 by Wykeham.

Intriguing little peepways, including narrow ones for arrows. I’d like to know what the curve shape is about in the second photo. 2013 Aug 20_7002_

Amazing stonework.

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I loved the shape here and the feel of the stone, each one laid by some secret hand from long ago.

The bakehouse and brewhouse, my favourite part, I think because of the chimney breast, again marvelous stonework with different bits added and repaired over time.

This palace was mainly constructed by William Wykeham who was bishop from 1367. It has earlier history though, with important royal visitors, King Henry 11 visited in 1182 and Richard the Lionheart in 1194. Henry V prepared for the battle of Agincourt here and Queen Mary 1 waited for King Philip of Spain to arrive for  thier marriage in 1554. Imagine the ghosts!

English Heritage look after the site and its free to visit all through the summer.

See what a wonderful family picnic spot the palace is! http://sugarandspiceandallthingslife.com/2013/09/02/a-family-picnic-at-the-palace/

Scarlett gets her middle name

I’ve been pretty busy recently and as some of you know the main reason is the arrival of my third grandchild, my daughters first daughter Scarlett! I’ve been up to stay twice this month and I’ve had such a special time, bathing her and going with Nina and Steve to get her weighed. This week we even had a professional photo shoot, when Steve set up his studio lights, and I got to play with his serious camera to take photos of the three of them. Of course there are plenty of me with Scarlett and Nina too, maybe I’ll post some once Steve is happy with them. Meanwhile here are a few that I’ve taken.

My favourite dress

Scarlett didn’t have a middle name at first, but I’m thrilled to bits that they have chosen Ngozi. It’s a Nigerian Igbo name that means ‘Blessing’ and it’s great that she will carry a little of her cultural inheritance forward.

As well as all this I’ve been writing an assignment for my creative writing course and doing lots of craft fairs, but things are settling down now!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Cheri Lucas Rowlands tells us about the basics of depth of field and aperture and compares the effects of using a shallow depth of field to a a greater one. She asks that we :-

  • Snap a photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.
  • Share a panorama or landscape in sharp focus, in which you can see details far away.
  • Use a camera app to force focus (or blur) in an experimental way.
  • Take multiple photos of the same scene or subject using different aperture settings and publishing the results.

Do you agree that my first photo is rather dull, whereas the second is okay?

Leaves 1

Leaves 2

Can you post some photos that show the effect of changing apertures? Join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/weekly-photo-challenge-focus/

Lazy Poets Thursday Poem

The Dartmoor series continues with a distant view of Brentor and I’ve posted a larger image then usual so that you can zoom in to the horizon and see the church.

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St Michael’s tower atop volcanic cone

presiding over broad sweep of moor

with expanse of green pasture and hedge

and with barren peat soil to the fore

built on solid granite eight centuries past

you perch on sacred pagan land

with unconcerned remains of thirty nine

lying north to south beneath Christian floor

traces remain of what once was so fine

crafted Before Christ by sturdy hands

   no longer standing the ancient hill fort

but in perpetuam it’s ghosts will hold fast