I haven’t posted in a while, very tired and in a lot of pain, so everything has been a struggle. This challenge grabbed me though. We are lucky to live near a beautiful forest that has many beautiful carvings and sculptures made from wood including most of the play equipment.
The current black and white challenge is Rocks instantly one image sprung to my mind as it is on a 70cm by 50cm canvas on our wall as a reminder of our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. It is of Sigiriya Rock (or Lion’s Rock) and what some call the 8th Wonder of the World. You can climb the Rock and there is a temple at the top. Unfortunately even back then my pain and disability was such that it was not feasible for me to climb it, which was a real heartbreak at the time for me, although not my wife as she dislikes height and you climb the outside of it some 660ft and 1200 steps. I have left one photo showing the colour of the trees all around and one the colours of the rock as it is spectacular.
Following on from this I was reminded of a day trip to Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK in 2014 when we took granny (now nearly 92) out for the last day trip we managed to get her out on. I got some lovely photos of the rock formations that form part of the sea defences.
For this weeks challenge I was really lucky to have captured an image of a penguin recently underwater that fits nicely with the Liquid theme of the Black and White Photo Challenge. In the first image I love the blue reflection of the sky so decided not to edit too much of it out, fear of disqualification though I thought I better have my 2nd image totally converted to Black & white. I hope you enjoy
This week my entry for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge is courtesy of my recent visit to Colchester Zoo, walking well wheeling around the otter and flamingo enclosures I was drawn not to the animals (who were beautiful and did get photographed) but to the way some of the trees had wrapped there way through and around the walkway fencing. It must have happened over many years and to me just goes to show that if the will or desire is strong enough you can survive and get through or round or over anything. I guess it spoke to me as I have a strong will to carry on regardless of my pain and disability. It isn’t always easy, and there are days I don’t feel like I’m winning but life goes on, even around a man made obstacle.
Courtesy of crabbing in Walberswick I present for Cee’s odd ball challenge three images taken, one was my first photo of the day, even before taking one of my family or nieces, it was the quirky anchor shaped key holder inside the door of my brother’s holiday cottage that just begged me to take it’s photo, one of the crab salad I had for dinner, I don’t do food photo’s often but having been crabbing it was so vibrant, and my preferred entry which is looking down on to the top of a wooden sea defence groyne and the beauty of how the grains of sand had blown across the tops to create the patterns, just screamed photo me, photo me. My camera battery had been used up so this image was captured on my Sony Ericsson smart phone.
My brother stayed on Walberswick sea front over the bank holiday weekend and his view was off fishing boats and a pair of ferry row boats. The stairs up to their bed were perfect to form part of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge as these beautiful oar inspired wooden alternating steps led to their bed.
When I saw this challenge I was doubly excited firstly because I was a featured blogger last week and secondly because the subject matter Trees came at the perfect time, having just got back from a family day out in the trees of BeWILDerwood theme park in Norfolk, England. Home to the Twiggles and the Boggles. So Today I actually took some random shots of trees. Now converted to black and white for your delight (I hope you like them more than my poetry)
I have been a little preoccupied the last few weeks with a protest saving a disabled accessible play park in my home town. It is the only one that has a large playing field with it and I have neglected my photography (I have been on the other end of the lens in the local newspapers, the Daily Mail online and on ITV Anglia News, BBC Look East and Mustard TV so I shouldn’t complain.
Having seen this challenge though I couldn’t not do it, having undergone close to a 5 figure refurbishment making my Bathroom fully wheelchair accessible, with room for future changes as my condition worsens. We’ve gone from a tiny box room, stolen space from our hall way and I love the finished product
This week the topic for Cees B & W Foto Challenge is Engines and with both my dad and my uncles being petrol heads there really should be no shortage of images to share. I have picked one from a hotrod under creation by my uncle Tich. The petrol head gene skipped me so I have no idea on any of the technical information but I do know it looks good.
This is the first time I have put some photos in for the Which Way Challenge and although it is not a road I hope it can be allowed, having taken our LG for her first ever trip to the Cinema this week we stretched our legs and wheels out on a bridge just opposite the entrance to the pedestrianised area. I only had the camera on my Xperia XA phone but got two lovely images. The first was of the river meandering along with the Waterfront (the large red building on the right a favourite haunt of mine in my younger years, many a story to tell) and the riverside walk on the left side that is undergoing an accessibility study to enable disabled people to enjoy the views too.