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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

Bridging gaps – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect

This week Frank has challenged us with the topic:

During this time of social distance, it is more important than ever that we connect with one another. I thought the theme of Connect might make a lot of sense. So, your challenge is to capture anything that either connects or with which you feel connected.

Well given I have used variations on this theme and text twice before this week, and so I feel no reason to stop now.  Some of you will have read this – but hey – you get a nice new photo!

Here is to hoping that the streams of our inspiration continue to bring our virtual community together in these troubled times, and serve to remind us of that which is common to us all,  that which we share, and that which we can continue to do for one another.  To keep open our lines of communication, and to bridge the perceived differences between us, to see them not as that which separates us, but as the the flow that can bring us a varied life, and through  our communication build community.

Below are the river Nith and and its Bridge in Dumfries, water and stone, the ancient arteries of communication, now we have electricity and radio waves, ones and zeros, at this moment more than ever let us remember to connect.

‘Bridging gaps’, Dumfries, 2018.
Bridging gaps

Ken

No surprise – Sunday Stills: The Legacy of Favorite #Places

This week Teri challenges us with:

This week’s theme is Favorite Places

To those of you who visit here regularly it will probably come a no surprise that I have used this photo.  We love visiting St. Ives and the West Penwith Penisula, its beaches, towns. open spaces, stone circles, and standing stones.  Alas this year it very much looks like we will not be able to visit due to the current situation in the UK, and if we can visit it will be a lot later in the year.  At least I have photos to look at, I guess we maybe having a ‘virtual’ holiday this year.

‘No surprise’, St. Ives, 2019.
No Suprise

Stay safe and look after yourselves!

Ken

Break down the barriers! – One word Sunday Challenge: Communication.

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 communication post.

Well I have already used a picture from this series for this weeks Lens-Artists post – and the text I post below will be almost the same, however rather than roll them into one post, this week I thought I would rather keep them separate.

So. . .

Here is to hoping that the streams of our inspiration continue to bring our virtual community together in these troubled times, and to remind us of that which is common,  that which we share, and what we can continue to do for one another.  To keep open our lines of communication, and to bridge the differences, to see this not as that which separate us, but as the the flow that brings us a varied life, and through communication build community.

Below are a stream and road on Dartmoor, water and stone, the ancient arteries of communication, now we have electricity and radio waves, ones and zeros, at this moment more than ever let us remember to communicate.

‘Break down the barriers!’, Dartmoor, 2018.
Break down the barriers!

Ken