Paula’s in her third year of Thursday Special challenges, what an achievement. Those of you who don’t know Paula might be interested in joining in now that the WordPress challenges are no more. She offers five words and posts an example of each, her pullulating shot is amazing.
I’m choosing reflective, because the Museum of the History of Polish Jews not only reflects the beautiful grounds it stands in, but going inside makes you reflect on the inhumanity of humankind.
Lovely Paula has managed to find time to set us a Thursday Special challenge, despite being overworked. I really like the theme she’s chosen, saturation, it’s something I dabble with from time to time. I’m aware that it’s all too easy to get carried away and usually I reign myself in. No such self restraint this time, how green is your valley?
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.
Pick a word from five, or choose all of them if you like, says Paula at Lost in Translation for her Thursday Special. The choices are, innate, protuberant, fluorescent, rectangular and interspersed. She has five great shots, my favourite of which is fluorescent. I intended to use rectangular, but then scrolling through for ideas, I realised how interspersed these photos of Dawlish Warren are.
The brown, wintery sea at the Warren is interspersed with white foam,
The beach is interspersed with groins.
and people, and on the other coast at Exmouth the view is interspersed with houses, trees, seaside entertainment venues.
Paula is showing us two variations on a scene, a lovely little waterfall where she’s used a slow shutter speed to create smooth water. Both images are beautiful and I couldn’t chose between them.
I’m not quite sure if this is what Paula’s looking for in her Thursday Special, but here are three shot of the obelisk at Mamhead. It’s high above the Exe estuary, but the weather was dire when I was there recently, so no nice view that day.
For Paula’s Pick a Word Thursday Special. This is partly because there are two words in Paula’s list that I’ve never heard before and had to look up.
Algid, Algid is a rather cold and lonely word, etymologically speaking-it’s the only word in any of the dictionaries we publish that comes from the Latin word algēre, meaning “to feel cold.” From Merriam-Webster.
The other one I looked up was even stranger and I struggled to find a clear definition.
Auricomous seems to mean having golden hair, or a fluid that will colour hair golden.
So, kudos to Paula for unearthing these gems, I’ll certainly be algid in the next few days, but I don’t think I’ll try the auricomous look any time soon.
Now you know why I picked the easy option of angular. There are angles within angles here.
And it’s always worth looking up for a few more, especially in the Uffizi.
If you’d like to join Paula she’ll be happy to see you!
In 1987, when the ‘Great Storm’ ravaged many parts of the UK, lots of great trees were damaged or lost completely in Heavitree Park. This is the park where I grew up, part of my daily walk to school through infant and junior school years, and a place full of memories both good and bad.
My children also played there in the late 80’s, and we walked Jassy, the family dog, a golden get-it-yourself. Over time, new trees were planted, some of which are now fully grown. Grandchildren have played there, Dido and Daisy walked there for 13 years, and now it’s Flora and George’s turn.
Time passes, fall arrives every year bringing short days and damp weather. In the park several more trees have fallen over the years and have been given a new lease of life. Like this meeting bench standing near the skate park, it’s somewhere for the kids to hang out, make and break friendships and generally do what teens do, each one imagining they’re different from the generation before.
This is my post for Paula’s Thursday Special, ‘Fall’. You can join in, there’s always a warm welcome!