One day – Photo for the Week – 61 – Canals and Waterways

This week Bren has challenged us with:

This week the topic is called Canals and Inland Waterways.

So we were going to visit again this year, but alas not now.  So here is a photo of the Glorious River Nith at Glencaple,  navigable at this point so it fits the bill as a waterway 🙂

‘One day’,Glencaple, 2018.
One day

Ken

They always look like they are smiling – One word Sunday Challenge: Pareidolia.

This week Debbie  challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One Word Sunday, and over to all of you to join the challenge with your own pareidolia post. I’m hoping that “the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern” will give us all inspiration to hunting down or create an image this week. Let’s have fun!

What a fabulous word challenge for this week!

‘They always look like they are smiling’, St. Ives, 2018.
They always look like they are smiling

Ken

Distant lands, distant times – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #90: Distance

This weeks challenge from the Lens-Artists asks:

These days, everyone’s talking about and hopefully practicing “Social Distancing”. Since it’s something we should all be doing, we thought a challenge focused on DISTANCE might be an appropriate reminder of its importance. For today’s quotes I’ve chosen lines from Bette Midler’s 1990 Grammy-winning release “From A Distance”. Although the song is often attributed to Ms. Midler, who made it famous, it was actually written by Julie Gold.

So firstly thank you for not distancing yourself from my blog posts 🙂

I thought for this post I would just use a simple panoramic landscape shot, however as I edited the photos, it became so much more in my mind.

This shot taken last year in April, shows the Druids circle near Penmaenmawr, it is taken from a distance, and in the near distance we see a burial chamber, and further away glorious Welsh hills.

However this became not the only distances I was thinking about, the subject matter of the photo is of an ancient past, lost to us in the distant past, who were the people that built such structures, why did they build them, and were their thought processes so very distant from ours?   Our best guesses are they are to do with the cyclical nature of the seasons, for ritual, for communication with the sacred and profane, tied up with boundaries. of life and of death.  All these things tied into the need to survive, the need for hope, the need to believe.

Survival, hope and boundaries, at this time are we closer to our ancestors than ever?

Yet there is also a nearer temporal distance, it now feels so long since this event happened, the world appears to have shifted beneath my feet in such a short space of time, this was only 11 months ago, I like so many others find my self wondering how did this all happen?

And still there is the physical distance to this place, it is about 180 miles from where I currently live, and my father lives relatively nearer at only 30 miles, and thus lives a fair distance away from me.  Never before has this distance felt so great, so far, so troubling.  At this current time this distance fills my thoughts on a regular basis.

And then we come to the last portion of time we must address – that which lies ahead of us, we will get there, it may seem a great distance away from where we are now, but one day, in the not too distant future I will be walking this coastline, these hills, and amongst these stones again.

And for the present I can #stayingin and look at photos, close my eyes and imagine.

This one is a rather large 9 photo stitched panorama so clicking on the photo below links to a better image.

‘Distant lands, distant times’, Penmaenmawr, 2019.
Distant lands, distant times

Wishing you all the very best, take care and stay well.

Ken

Soon to bloom – A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons.

This week  Nancy has challenged us with the following:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT SHOW HOW THE SEASONS ARE CHANGING IN YOUR PART OF THE WORLD.

Some of the trees around will begin to look like this before too long from the look of it!  Hopefully I will get to go out and see them, one from the archives.

‘Soon to bloom’, 2015.
Soon to bloom

Ken

Who knows when we might need you again. – Weekly Prompts: Weekend Challenge – Wheels

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen the following as the theme for their challenge.

This weekend, the challenge here on Weekly Prompts from partner GC and me is ‘Wheels’.

Big Wheels, Little Wheels and even those virtual ones that keep on turning! What will you choose? However you address this challenge will be fine by us, Words or Pictures or maybe you’d prefer to Wheel out some music!

So a photo and a tune for you this week.  Stay safe, take care, my virtual compatriots.

‘Who knows when we might need you again.’, Morwellham Quay, 2019.
Who knows when we might need you again.

And because we were also asked to maybe wheel out a little music, here is something I wrote this week:

Ken

Post way – Which Way Challenge: March 27th, 2020

Each Friday San challenges us with the following:

The Which Way photo challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on. You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible. Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs. There’s no topic to this challenge. All you need have is the “way” visible and the main focus of your photo.

‘Post way’, Boscastle, 2020.
Post way

Ken

WWay

 

Tallulah’s – Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: March 26th, 2020

Each week Kammie challenges us to post an oddball photo:

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.

Stuck in the house, and just because.

‘Tallulah’s’, 2020.
Tallulah's

Ken

KOB

Using photos to capture life – Ken Humphreys Photography