Tag Archives: Castlerigg

Adventures – #SundayStills: #Blue

This week Teri has challenged us with:

Blue

We are soon to off on another adventure into the wide blue yonder, so you can expect some photos from that, but first a photo from a previous adventure.

‘Adventures’, Castlerigg, 2018.Adventures

Ken

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Lake district – October 2018 [Day 1 – Castlerigg. Day 2 – Ghyll Bank House, Staveley, rockets, hills, sheep. Day 3 – Long Meg and her Daughters, back to Ghyll Bank. Day 4 – Swinside/Sunkenkirk Stone circle. Day 5 – Castlerigg.]

For those of you who are not friends on Facebook, here are some photos taken in October 2018 when we visited the Lake district.

Day 1 – Castlerigg. Day 2 – Ghyll Bank House, Staveley, rockets, hills, sheep. Day 3 – Long Meg and her Daughters, back to Ghyll Bank. Day 4 – Swinside/Sunkenkirk Stone circle. Day 5 – Castlerigg. – [158 photos]

Ken

Stones, stripes and happiness – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37: History

This week Patti challenges us with:

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37, we invite you to capture history.

History can be personal or public. It can last for a moment, a decade, or a century. It is local, national, or international. It can be a monument, a relic, a person, a place, or a memento. It’s totally open to your interpretation.

Well where to start, and how to limit my response!  When we are away visiting places they are generally ancient or historic sites – we are keen consumers of the heritage industry, though we do not limit ourselves to those places that are handed to us on a plate.

Therefore my first choice will be unsurprisingly, one of the many stone circles we have visited, under the category of ‘Ancient history’.  This is Glenquicken, in Dumfries and Galloway, where we visited last year.  While not the hardest to find, it certainly was not the easiest to reach, and if it had not been for the dry summer we would not have been able to reach it.

‘Stone histories’, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.LAPCHistory

Given I have been scanning a number of old photos recently, and some of you will have seen my posts about them, my second choice will be from the category of ‘Family history’.  This photo is probably of my paternal grandmothers father, I will have to find out.  He definitely served in India, in fact I was told he had been everywhere apart from Germany!  He was a Sergeant, becoming a colour Sergeant eventually, the initials in the top left are JAH, but I am a little less sure of those on the bottom right, so I will hunt down his name and find out!

‘Uniform histories’.LAPCHistory2

And finally under the heading of ‘Personal history’ a photograph of my wife on what was our first visit to Castlerigg stone circle, when we were on honeymoon.

‘Happy histories’, Castlerigg stone circle, Cumbria, 2011.Flying over Keswick

Ken

Cosmic Castlerigg – K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – In the realm of the otherworldly.

Each week, K’lee and Dale offer  prompts for us to consider as the latest challenge.  This week it is:

In the realm of the otherworldly.

So most of you by now know how fond I am of visiting ancient sites, stone circles in particular.  So I thought I would treat you to a cosmic circle, given they are otherworldly places, and maybe even gateways to the otherworld.

‘Cosmic Castlerigg’, Cumbria, 2018.KADOtherworldly

And because woodlands are otherworldly spaces.

‘Under the boughs’, Brynna woods, 2015.KADOtherworldly2

Ken

Magnificently monumental – Photo for the Week – 30 – Landscape

This weeks PFTW challenge from Bren is:

Anyway here is this week’s challenge and it is Landscape.  Your landscape can be of anything, mountains, fields, even a landscape of a field of flowers or crops.  Or it can be of anything in landscape format.  The interpretation of Landscape is entirely up to you.

I am still in the process of editing some of last years photos of our trip to the Lake district with friends.  So here is a photo of Castlerigg stone circle and the magnificent surrounding landscape.

‘Castlerigg sun rays’, Cumbria, 2018.PFTWLandscape

Ken

Present Photographer – A Photo a Week Challenge – Black & White

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Black and White’.

Well I could probably work back over a number of photos to see what they would look like in a monochromatic format, but when I took this one it was how I imagined it.  A reminder that we are ever present in our photographs, even though we usually attempt to stay invisible.  We are subjective artists simply by our acts of composition and post processing choices we make, is it possible to ever have an objective photograph?  Can we ever create an unbiased photographic image? Should we just point and shoot? and surely them the camera itself becomes a subjective player.  Perhaps a modern objective photograph would just be a series of ones and zeros.

‘Present Photographer’, Castlerigg, Cumbria, 2018.PWCBW

Ken

I only saw the sky – Weekly Prompts – Photo Challenge Sky

This weekend the challenge GC and Sue W have set is Sky:

What about you, what do you see when your attention turns toward the sky?

As usual, this challenge is open to your own unique interpretation.

Sometimes the sky is enough.  ‘Light’ at Castlerigg Stone circle, Lake district, 2018.sky1

And at other times the sky harmonises perfectly with the shapes in the foreground.  ‘Formations’, Cairnholy II, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.sky2

I wish I could say I waited for the clouds above to take that formation, but it was just one of those happy accidents that they accentuate the shape of Cairnholy II.

Finding a Moment – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #32: Stillness

This week V.J. challenges us to:

When the world feels like it is crashing down on me, I recognize the invitation. It is time. This week, I challenge myself to practice stillness, through meditation, breathing, yoga – however I find myself there.

Won’t you join me?

So before I find a place to settle down and find my own moment of stillness, here is a photo of Karen finding a moment of stillness within the stones at Castlerigg stone circle, October 2018.

castlekaren

 

Castlerigg Curves – Lens-Artists Challenge #28 – CURVES

This week Tina at Travels and Trifles, one of the curators of the Lens-Artists Photography Challenge asks:

How about you; how are you dealing with life’s little curveballs? Think about it as you’re putting together your response to this week’s challenge.

So here is my take on Curves – The curves of Castlerigg stone circle, set against the curves of the Lake district landscape.  How am I currently dealing with life’s little curveballs?  By occasionally escaping into the past, and editing photos of nature. As good as being there? No, but still relaxing.

castleriggcurve

Coins and Riggs – Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This weeks challenge asks:

Photography, and any visual art, is all about perspective. Where and how you place other objects in the frame can completely change how another part of the picture looks. In drawing, placing an object farther down on the page and making it larger gives the appearance that it’s close; conversely, a smaller object towards the top of the frame seems farther away.

For this week’s challenge, make use of sizing, placement, and scale in your photos.

I have chosen two photos from the set I am editing from our trip to the Lake district in May.  The first is of a Coin stump, a money tree, a wishing tree located on the road that leads to Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside.

CoinsClick photo for larger image.

And the second is of Castlerigg stone circle – a 5 photo panoramic shot.

CastleriggClick photo for larger image.