Tag Archives: Lake District

Quack – Monochrome Monday Challenge XXII

Each week Hadd Hai Yaar challenges us to:

create a post having monochrome photos

So here is my submission for this week – an unedited photo that caught my attention in the not too distant archives.  The focus was slightly off which is probably why it remained unedited, however I felt it still had a little potential.

‘Quack’, Fell foot, Lake District, 2017.MMQuack

Ken

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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.

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There and Back again – Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways

This week Amanda of Something to Ponder About hosts the ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge‘ and asks us:

Share your ‘Pathways’ photos on Friendly Friday.

The first photo is of a pathway I have been using a lot in these challenges recently, the pathway to Sunkenkirk/Swinside stone circle. And a reminder of the value of friendship.

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The second a photo of what is probably my favorite circle with the liner pathway that dissects her.  Long Meg and her daughters.

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The third a pathway that leads nowhere, but remember that if you are patient you will get to where you want to go. Pier at Brockhole, Lake Windermere.

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Pathways can take you in both directions though so be wary.  Rail track in Copenhagen.

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But I hope they deliver you to a place of peace.  St. Michaels mount, Cornwall.

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And bring you back safely to your friends and family. Karen at Greenway.

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Breath of a breeze – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Breeze

In this weeks challenge Dutch goes the Photo! asks:

After a week filled with the most gentle of contributions, it’s time to open ourselves to that gentlest of winds: the Breeze! Of course, you are not surprised by this selection, although you may find that this theme can lead into various directions… It could be a breeze to come up with a creative entry for this week, or you could unfurl a sail and float propelled by that breeze!

So let’s see, what comes from all of your creative minds this week, as we wind through their various passages. I hope you have some fun with this theme and look forward to what you’ll generate!

So here is a picture taken during Octobers visit to the Lake District – and a visit to Long Meg and her daughters, it was oddly still on this day, Meg was breathing shallowly, with hardly a breeze to blow the clouds away. But when the clouds parted the sunlight took my breath away.  So following on from last weeks challenge this photo contains only a most gentle breeze, certainly not the breeze that at times shapes the trees at this site in the most dramatic of ways.

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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.

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Windows, flowers, birds – Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

This weeks challenge asks:

Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot. Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.

To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo. And if you feel like being metaphorical, go for it! Share an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul, dont’cha know), or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.

Well I’m editing photos from this years visit to the lake district at the moment, and I noticed this one, a window within a window, and some pretty flowers to go with it.  Obviously not a place I blog from, however I do tend to use a photo from whatever the current set of photos I am working on is to blog.  And in this case the window may be the subject, but it also frames the inner shot.

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This was taken at Blackwell the arts and crafts house, well worth a visit.

 

Almost candid photographer – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

This week Cee asked:

“This week the topic is Candid Shots(human or animal). I want to see photographs  unposed people, family, friends, pets, animals in the wild.   I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. ”

So here is an ‘almost’ Candid shot of Karen at Birkrigg stone circle in the Lake district, almost because I know she was aware I was taking shots around her.

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Townend out of the shadows – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Cee asked:

“This week the topic is Shadows.  Let’s see what is hiding within the shadows.  Shadows in black and white can be so dramatic.  I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post.  I just want you to have some fun with your photography.”

So I am just embarking on editing the photos from our trip to the Lake District in May this year, and yes I admit I took rather a few photos, so I thought I would take a look through them to see what I could come up with for this challenge.

I found a few that would have worked, items in shadow, or the play of dappled sunlight on ancient stones or water.  However I rather liked this one, a shot of the national trust property ‘Townend’ at Troutbeck.  Shot from out of the shadows, so I’ve not really shown you what was in the shadows, as that was me, but the shot still had enough shadow in it for me to think it fit the bill.

Its a 4 photo stitch shown below in a much reduced size – but still around 1000×3000 if you click on it.

Townend