Tag Archives: Dumfries and Galloway

River run – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Vanishing Point

This week Cee challenges us with the topic ‘Vanishing Point’.

A photo of the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway curving away, and vanishing into the distance.

‘River run’, Glencaple, 2018.River run

Ken

 

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Old Stone – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Worship.

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic ‘Worship’:

The devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was horrific in the way that it touched the heart and soul of Parisian, the French and many of us around the world. . . . . With this news, it was immediately obvious to me that the theme for this week’s challenge is to be Worship. Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship.

I decided to go with 3 three photos from last years visit to Dumfries and Galloway.  So for my first take, a stone circle, we guess at the fact that they were for ritual purposes, and therefore worship.

‘In the round’, Torhousekie stone circle, 2018.In the round

The second photo is of the Ruthwell cross, an Anglo-Saxon monument that was brought into the church.

‘Focus’, Ruthwell, 2018.TPCWorship

And finally the ruins at Dundrennan Abbey a 12th century Cistercian monastery.

‘Illumination’, Dundrennan Abbey, 2018.Illumination

Ken

Evening drama – Friday Foto Fun: Dramatic

For this weeks Friday Foto Fun we have been asked:

Please share something that you consider dramatic?
Whether through your lens or your creative writing …
Post a photo or get creative … stir our emotions!

Well I knew I was going to use a photo from this set for this challenge, I just had to choose one.  I have used a few photos of the River Nith before, the skys, shadows and reflections were all full of drama on our evening walks along the Nith in Glencaple last year.  It is fair to say the whole visit had quite a dramatic effect on me.

‘Evening drama’, Glencaple, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.Evening drama

Ken

Around Whithorn – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – In or On Water

This week Cee challenges us with the topic ‘In or On Water’.

So a shot of a boat sailing around the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galoway, taken on a lovely clear day while we were on holiday last year.

‘Around Whithorn’, Whithorn, 2018.Around Whithorn

Ken

 

Reaching toward reflection – K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Written in stone.

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

Written in stone, stonework and structures old and new.

My first choice is the Mên Scryfa in Cornwall, if you look closely at the lower half of the photo, you can just make out some of the text on the stone in this picture.  Potentially a prehistoric stone that was later inscribed in the 6th to 8th century, it is amzing to think that this stone can still speak to us.

‘Rialobranus son of Cunovalus’, Mên Scryfa, Cornwall, 2014.KADWritten

And I’m Going to follow this up with the Ruthwell cross that we went to visit last year when we were in Dumfries and Galloway.

‘Reaching skyward’, Ruthwell, 2018.Reaching skyward

And finally another photo taken on our visit to Dumfries and Galloway, this time taken at Anwoth Old Kirk – for those that are interested this was the church yard used in the film ‘The Wickerman’.

‘Reflection’, Anwoth, 2018.Reflection

Ken

Shimmer on the Nith – A Photo a Week Challenge – Shimmer

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Shimmer’, saying:

It is so much fun to play with light, especially natural light. When shooting outdoors, the sun can be your best friend or your worst enemy. . . . SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHIMMER.

Last year we spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, we stayed in a little house on the banks of the river Nith at Glencaple, it was glorious.  On several of the evenings we got to walk along side the Nith as the sun was setting, this provided some beautiful images for my camera to drink in.  The light was wonderful, and as always I took far to many photos, easily doubling the length of time it would take us to walk from our little house into Glencaple itself.  I have used several photos of the Nith for previous challenges, but it was just too glorious not to use another one, and to have the enjoyment of re-editing it.

I had a hard time deciding between the colour image and the silvery monochrome image for this one, and in the end I thought I may as well use both!

‘Shimmer on the Nith’, Glencaple, 2018.Shimmer on the Nith

‘Silver shimmer on the Nith’, Glencaple, 2018.Silver shimmer on the Nith

Ken

Derelict – Friendly Friday – Mistakes

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt – Mistakes.

Ok so where to go with this one?  I have any number of badly out of focus, blurry photos to choose from, and also a number of shots of the lens cap or the floor, many mistakes in post, random filter choices and over sharpening, would any of these make interesting viewing for you all?  Hmm maybe not.

So here is a picture of Kenmure Castle taken during last years visit to Dumfries and Galloway.

‘Derelict’, Kenmure Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.FFPCMistake

So where is the mistake?  There are too many buildings like this around the country, left un-lived in, and unloved, and once the roof has gone it takes very little time before they turn to ruin.  This once magnificent building is slowly turning to ruin, this once proud building occupied up until the middle of the 1900’s is falling away, and to let it do so, like so many others may be a ‘mistake’.

Ken

Unbroken – A Photo a Week Challenge – Meme-worthy Photos

This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Meme-worthy Photos’, saying:

My Facebook feed is always filled with memes. Most use quotes from religious or government leaders. And even though I’ve been know to make a few memes myself, I’m usually more interested in the photo than the words. What made them choose that photo? Did they take the photo themselves or grab it off the internet? I like to use my own photos (saves a lot of heartburn over copyright infringement risks).

So plenty to choose from here in my catalog, but I chose to go with this.

“Unbroken’, Lochar water, Dumfries and Galoway, 2018.PAWBending

So do I go with the inspirational quote, or a funny?  How about –PAWBending2

I would be more than happy to hear your interpretations if you want to leave me a comment.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. – Alice Walker

Ken

Hardly moving contrasts – K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Move the clouds, a heavenly perspective.

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

MOVE THE CLOUDS, A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE

Right. So the secret here is… well, there actually are no secrets and no particular way you’re suppose to define this or any of our challenges. We, Dale and I, prefer you define it and them in any way you choose.

So here are my offerings, last year we took a holiday in Dumfries and Galoway, and the skies were sublime.  Upon editing the photos I hardly had to move the clouds to get nice contrasts in the skies.  However they can be pushed quite a bit.

‘Field with hay-bales’, Glenquicken stone circle, 2018.Cosmic skys 1

‘Once more along the Nith’, Glencaple, 2018.Cosmic skys 2

Ken

Penmon Dreams – Friendly Friday – Dreamy

This week ‘The Snow Melts Somewhere’ challenges us with:

Since my blog’s tagline is Stories and dreamy images, I’ve given myself permission to dream a bit when I blog. Let’s forget about all the worries in the world and daydream… Let your mind wander. Where does it go? What do you dream of?

Today’s theme for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Dreamy.

So here are a couple of photos taken this year at Penmon point which I feel have a dreamy quality, the first is a 5 photo stitch landscape, which by now some of you will know I am quite fond of producing.

‘Penmon Dreams’, Penmon point, Anglesey, 2018.FFDreamy

And the second a dreamy picture of the light house.

‘Lighthouse dreams’, Penmon point, Anglesey, 2018.K.Humphreys (7 of 8)

And just because I noticed it in my media folder as I was looking to upload the two above, a bonus shot I have used before taken while walking alongside the river Nith.

‘Heron Dreams’, Glencaple, Dumfries and Galoway, 2018.nith4

And just because the above seem to be all about watery dreams –

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ken