Category Archives: Challenges, competitions and photo themes

Ready for yuletide – Friendly Friday Photography Challenge – Christmas Preparations

This week the Friendly Friday photography challenge  asks:

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your place?

And indeed it is, this morning we put the ‘fake’ tree up, the ‘real’ tree will go up in the living room tomorrow:


And of course we have had this years advent calendar for a few days, we do not have children so this may seem a little strange, we now have 2 Playmobil advent calendars, we have also already added in 2 extra none ‘calendar figures:


And while we are dressing the tree it has become tradition to have a mince pie, drink some ginger wine, and listen to this:


I put this on a CD as a present for my wife some years ago now, as our tape was wearing thin and had been repaired at least twice.

The Ginger wine will actually have to wait until tomorrows tree dressing as today’s effort started at just after 10 in the morning!


One day – Pull up a Seat photo challenge 2019: Week 48

Each week at XingfuMama we are asked to ‘Pull up a seat‘.

We pass this one by on our walk from Carbis bay to St.Ives, whenever we visit.  I have never taken the time to sit down here, maybe next time!

‘One day’, St. Ives, Cornwall, 2019.



Slightly scary – Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: December 5th, 2019

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.

Not sure which of these 3 are the scariest!

‘Slightly scary’, Anglesey model village, 2019.
Slightly scary



Double Entry – #ThursdayDoors: December 5th, 2019 & Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Two of Anything & Which Way photo challenge – December 6 2019

Each week Norm asks that we post images of Doors, San asks us to post a which way, and this Thursday Cee also asked us to post Two of anything.

So here is a photo of a door which at first glance looks like two doors, but is in fact 1, and a gate, an entry to barn coupled with that to a field. And 2 ways in or out!  I wonder why the barn door is cut at that odd angle?

‘Double Entry’, West Penwith, Cornwall, 2019.
Double Entry



Horse, Pheasant and humans – Weekly Prompts: Visitors

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

This weekend the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge from GC and me is Visitors.

Visitor – Someone or Something visiting Someplace Somewhere!

Wow this one is really quite wide open, I would say that at least 90% of my photos are taken when I am actively visiting somewhere for the purpose of ‘visiting’, as opposed to going about my day to day life.

So first a shot from the other 10%, a shot I thought I would never process, but which seemed appropriate here, 2 young visitors to the fields behind our house, on a mission to feed the horse.

‘Feeding the horse’, 2019.

And another visitor to the same fields, possibly seeking refuge, given the time of year this shot was taken.

‘Seeking safety’, 2019.
Seeking safety

And finally another shot from last weeks birthday walk up to the Brecon Beacons.

‘Cold but fun’, Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, 2019.


Blue evening – Before and After Photography Challenge – December 2019

This months challenge from Bren at Ryan Photography is to take this photo:


And edit the image using our our own creativity and with whatever software programs or apps we use.

I found it really hard to decide on a tonal palette for this one, but I ended up with this:



Heart – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Glow

This week Frank has challenged us with the topic:

I think that the interesting part of this challenge will be your choice of direction with the theme of Glow…will you opt for the glow of an ember, a firefly, or the glowing praise that is heaped on a great performance? There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!

We as soon as I read the prompt I knew I would have to return to last years evening strolls alongside the Nith, the golden glow of the setting sun reflected in the water, and the warm glow it brings to my heart when I think back.

‘Heart’, Glencaple, Dumfries and Galoway, 2018.


Layered Arrow – One word Sunday Challenge: Layered

This week Debbie has challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One Word Sunday, and over to all of you to join the challenge with your own layer post.

I enjoy taking my photos and layering them up with different images, effects, and processes.  So here is one such layered photo.

‘Layered Arrow’, Devil’s Arrows, 2019.
Layered Arrow