Ghostly Traces

It’s ‘Traces of the past’, for Paula’s Black and White Sunday. This week she says that we don’t have to have buildings or architecture inn our photos, the past can have many forms. So I found some ghosts, and yes I’m more than a little crazy!


Pop over to Paula’s to see her wonderful photo of Bamburgh Castle.

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Great Little Birds

Last Saturday afternoon, I was sitting quietly at home when I heard a distinctive two syllable bird song. I slowly stood up and staying well back from the window I watched as a pair of little birds flew back and forth to the feeder on the olive tree. I knew they’d be off if I made any sudden movements, but when they were out of sight I went to get my camera. They must have seen me spying on them because they stayed further away on John Downie’s budding branches, still coming and going.

I watched for half an hour desperately trying to get a decent photo, several feet inside of the window with unsettled light.

They are of course, Great Tits.
Now, Paula’s Thursday challenge this week is zoom in zoom out. So here’s a closer view of these cute, but also quite stroppy little birds.

Paula zoomed in on a beautiful waterfall in Croatia, ‘stopping’the flow to create a white curtain of water.

Black and white Sunday

My first black and white Sunday for a while, and this week Paula’s chosen ‘after before’. She’d like to see the same photo, before and after it’s converted to monochrome. When flying out of Pisa last year, we made a brief stop at the Piazza dei Miracoli, to see the famous leaning tower.

I wasn’t expecting to see a fallen angel, but there on the grass broken  and forlorn, lay the Angelo Caduto by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj.

Does he look better in colour?

I don’t think so, the people ignoring him as they walk on by are distracting. Apparently Pisa is a temporary home, he may have flown on by now.

#MarchSquare 31

When Becky began her March Square challenge I wasn’t sure I’d manage to post every day, so I started a folder on my desktop and saved quite a few photos there. These are some of the leftovers, all taken in Turkey.If you click an image you can see a bigger view.

And my very last photo, one I know that my antipodean friend will love.

Beck, a great big thank you hug, so many people have enjoyed this challenge!

Watching the day close

One of the most memorable sunsets I’ve ever seen was this one in Kota Kinabalu.

Just a few minutes later and this is how it looked.

Looking towards the islands where for the first time in my life I tried snorkelling, it felt like I was in paradise.

This weeks photo challenge from WordPress is Rise/Set. Although I’m a morning person, being up and being out are very different so I rarely take sunrise photos!

#March Square 28

Today’s photo is from Turkey again, found at a caravanserai. on the road between Konya and Aksaray. When  I first heard the word caravanserai, it was the name of an album by Santana and I had no idea what it meant!

Just three days of Becky’s square challenge left after today, I’m looking at the world through square eyes so I think I’ll use the format a lot in future.