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Mists of Time – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Ancient.

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic:

your challenge is to portray that which connects you to all things Ancient. As usual, there are many ways to approach the Ancient (I’ll even take Ancient Aliens!), so I’m sure that your creative minds will come up with something interesting!

Those of you who visit often will find my choice of photo to connect me to ancient relatively unsurprising.  This was taken on a wet misty morning, my feet got very wet!

‘Mists of Time’, Crousa Common, Cornwall, 2014.Mists of Time

Ken

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Up to the sky – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tower.

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic:

This week’s theme of Tower can be taken in various directions, as it can be a verb or a noun… I’m looking forward to seeing your creative minds and hearts explore the Tower that is Towering!!

So here is my take of a towering tower.

“Up to the sky’, Dumfries, 2018.Up to the sky

Ken

On top of the ancient world – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Vista.

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic:

Your challenge is to share those vistas that inspired you or simply left you breathless!

I recently posted that we had visited our 50th Stone circle of the 50 we were attempting to fit in before my wife’s 50th birthday this year. It was the Cerrig Duon Stone Circle near the Maen Mawr standing stone in the Brecon Beacons.  This circle is egg-shaped, and measures about 60 feet accross, with roughly 20 small stones. The stones are quite small, and the tallest only 2 feet high, however this is in juxtaposition to a very large monolith, or standing stone, known as Maen Mawr, ‘the large stone’, some 30 feet north of the circle.  The stone is about 7 feet high, nearly 3 feet thick, and about 4 feet wide, and outside it are two small stones in a row.  West of the circle are two rows of very small stones approaching at an oblique angle there are 17 stones in the west row and 12 in the east row, but they are hard to spot. The east row is about 80 feet long while the west row is 135 feet, and the stones are about 16 feet apart.

All of this is set against a most magnificent vista.  So here is an 8 photo panoramic stitch of the circle and landscape, from our recent travels.

‘On top of the ancient world’, Cerrig Duon Stone Circle, 2019.On top of the ancient world

Ken

Camping at night – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Night.

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic:

For this week’s challenge, I’m going for a darker subject: Night! Personally, I enjoy the look of shooting at night, as the contrast between light and dark is so pronounced. In your approach to this week’s theme, feel free to bring any old night into the light!

The first photo was the first time I had really explored shooting at night with the a6000 and as such this picture still has a warm place in my heart.  The subject matter may not be that good but it was fun beginning to explore the cameras capabilities at the time.  I have taken many better night shots over the years, but this brings a smile to my face.

‘Camping at night’, Dartmoor, 2014.Camping at night

The next photo is of St. Ives harbour, as many of you are aware, we just like it there.

‘Harbour nights’, St. Ives, 2018.Harbour nights

Ken

The wheels that drive the hammer – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wheel.

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

After a great week of Technology, I thought it would be fun to switch to some early technology that has affected humanity’s advancement over the ages; so this week, the theme is Wheel! Of course, the Wheel comes in all shapes and sizes, and it can be a noun or a verb. I think that this might give all of you some room for exploration and creative expression, to which I very much look forward!!
So let’s wheel around and have a blast with this theme!

So I ended up using different photos to those I set out to find!  The following photos were taken at Finch foundry, the last working water-powered forge in England.  Actually these could also have been used for the previous two weeks challenges!  The first photo is of the water wheel.

‘Water power’, Finch foundry, Dartmoor, 2016.Water power

The second photo is inside the foundry directly behind the water wheel.

‘Wheels and belts’, Finch foundry, Dartmoor, 2016.Wheels and belts

The next photo is a small detail I noticed when editing the above photo, a small amount of water running in from the outside.

‘A small leak’, Finch foundry, Dartmoor, 2016.A small leak

And finally what do all these wheels do, well some of them drive this:

‘The big hammer’, Finch foundry, Dartmoor, 2016.Big hammer

Ken

Mysterious machines – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Technology.

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

With a great start into the 4th year, I was challenged to come up with a theme this week. The ones that came to mind had either been used or were too hard to verify that they were not a repeat… Then the theme of Technology came to mind, as that is what brought us all here. So your challenge for this week is to capture technology, old and new, in a way that connects it to you.

So rather than just use last weeks post for this week ;), I thought this week I would use these two photos of technological follies!  They sort of remind me of the film ‘Brazil’.

‘The in tray of doom’, Castle Drogo, 2015.The in tray of doom

‘We are listening’, Castle Drogo, 2015.We are listening

Ken

A powerful tool – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connections.

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

This week, I want to make the theme about the most important thing that I can think of in our endeavors here and in many other aspects of life: Connections! Making connections with one another and learning more about the world and the great people, with whom we share it.
Your challenge is to capture any type of connections that you would like to share, as they come in many guises and at many levels.

So what to choose?  I sat and cogitated for a while, and then decided I was going to use a guitar cable, a jack lead and pedal socket.  However when I opened my lead bag I saw the microphone and xlr cable, and thought, one of the most important aspects of our ability to connect with others is our ability to communicate.  So on one level I present to you a simple connection of lead to microphone.  And on another level, for better or worse the microphone has enabled a communicator of word or song, to connect and move large crowds that they previously would not have been able to touch all at one moment, thus giving the crowd an even greater sense of shared experience, weaving connections between the ‘performer’ and one another.

‘A powerful tool’, 2019.A powerful tool

Ken

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

The meaning of Cake! – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cake.

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

This week, we roll in a different direction, as I had an appetite when coming up with the theme. After all those great entries, I thought it was time for Cake! Everyone deserves cake to celebrate and fill their need for dessert! I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of cake strikes your fancy and might make you ask for a second helping.

Yesterday we saw this sign outside a ‘Pet cemetery’ that is local to my father, it does have a tea room, just thought I better clarify that!

‘No option’, Brynford, 2019.No option

Whenever anyone mentions ‘Cake’, after I have got over the initial yummy thoughts, I tend to think of Eddy Izzard – If you do not know what I am talking about, a quick google search for ‘Cake or Death’ may be in order.  Anyway as a tangent it made me think of using this photo!

‘Or Death’, Dumfries, 2018.Or Death

And finally to bring things back on track, a cake made for the birthday of one of the other members of the band I play in, we happen to share the same birthday oddly.

‘Real cake’, 2012.TPCCake3

Ken

Rock and Rolling in – Tuesday Photo Challenge: Roll.

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

Of course, after a week of Rocking entries, you fully expected that we’d Roll into this week! Yes, I gave into the temptation of using Rock and Roll in consecutive weeks. As Roll can take a number of meanings, you can roll the dice to select the one you want to use. Whether a bread roll, a bed roll, or a ball rolling down the hill, I look forward to see what wonderful ideas come rolling in this week!

So following on from the second of the two rock photos I used last week, I thought I would use another photo from that set, it includes that same rock, but this time we see more of the waves ‘roll’-ing in.

‘Rock and Rolling in’, Sandymouth bay, 2017.Rock and Rolling in

Ken