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Serene Meg – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #52 – Serenity

This week we are challenged us with:

Personally I find nature and its scenery of all kinds helps me to achieve serenity in this crazy world. What about you? What is it that helps you to find serenity in the face of growing chaos?

I find serene moments in many places, and while undertaking many pursuits, I guess in that respect I am lucky.  The flip-side of this though is a sometimes chaotic mind, given to dwelling on things.

serenity – the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

I find myself in this state when walking in nature, visiting ancient sites, when I am sewing or cooking, at times when taking and editing photos, when meditating, playing or composing music, or just after solving that niggling problem.  In essence when I slow down, take stock, realise how blessed I am.

Below is a place that always makes me feel this way, a place where time slows for me, where I feel warm and loved, and for a brief moment I sometimes think I can understand what it all means!

‘Serene Meg’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.Serene Meg

Ken

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Wife, Cats, and stones – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #49 – Favourite Things

This week we are challenged us with:

We look forward to seeing your unique and varied responses to this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favourite Things.

What are my favourite things?  There are a lot when I come to think of it, but if there are so many, does that make them favourite, or just things that make me happy and those I love.  And what should I group into the category of ‘Things’.  Anyway enough of an early morning existential crisis, here is a photo that has a number of ‘things’ in it.  My wife, friends, me taking a photo, Long Meg and her daughters, stone circles in general, wide open spaces, the country side, walking, nature . . . I’ve used a different edit of this before but it just contained so many favourites, that the opportunity to re-edit was too good to miss.

‘Meg is a favourite’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2018.Meg is a favourite

What is missing, well cats, our cats especially, music, dancing, visiting new places, West Penwith, St. Ives, sunsets, a roof over my head . . . just where do the likes stop and the favourites begin!

So I am going to choose just one more photo:

‘A wife and two cats’, 2014.A wife and two cats

Ken

Joyful swings and things – Sunday Stills: #Playground

This week Teri has challenged us with:

Show us your version of your favourite playground for Sunday Stills!

Maybe not my favourite playground, but for this moment it was theirs!

‘Merriment’, Mumbles, Swansea, 2015.SSPlayground

My own favourite playground probably looks a bit more like this,

‘Stone dancers’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.SSPlayground2

Ken

Restorative – Weekly Prompts: Peaceful

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen ‘Yellow’ as the theme for their challenge.

Today, GC and I would like you to search your files, or take a walk, find somewhere peaceful to sit and dream, meditate a while and come back and tell us about it. Share your pictures, write your poems or send us your music. Whatever works best for you.

Those of you who pass by regularly will know that I really love visiting ancient monuments, stone circles in particular.  The all have a different feeling sometimes I wish to sit and meditate a while, and some times I feel the need to depart as quickly as my legs will carry me.

Long Meg and her daughters has become somewhat of a pilgrimage when we visit Cumbria and the lakes, after only a few moments of being there I usually feel restored and at peace, I have no idea why this should be so, I am only happy it is so.

‘Restorative’, Long Meg and her daughters, 2018.Restorative

Ken

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

Meg’s smile – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Looks Like a Face

This week Cee challenges us with the topic ‘Looks Like a Face’.

I always think that this profile of Long Meg looks like a face, in fact I think she would be rather at home in an episode of the Simpsons!

‘Meg’s smile’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.Meg's smile

Ken

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic ‘Surface’, so here are a couple of my thoughts.  The first a shot of the Moon.

‘Marked’, 2017.SurfaceMoon

The second was a just because, given I have been using a lot of photos of Long Meg recently, I thought this shot of the cup rings on her surface neatly tied up some of the recent themes.

‘Carved’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.SurfaceMeg

Ken

Love at first sight – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #36: Wild card

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

This week, I am giving you a carte blanche…well, sort of… there’s a catch.

Go back over the last week’s worth of posts or so, and notice any words or phrases that repeat themselves. I’m talking adjectives, or verbs, maybe nouns.

Well given that my blog is mainly photographs this is an interesting challenge, in fact challenge and challenged have probably been the most common words used, when it comes to the most common shots they have been landscapes featuring ancient monuments and trees, and recently Long Meg and her daughters have featured a good few times.  Hmm I could challenge myself with attempting to take a challenging shot of Long Meg and her daughters but as I live nearly 300 miles and nearly 6 hours away, this might have to wait for my next visit.  Archives also appears quite frequently and therefore I have chosen to use the first shots I took of Long Meg.  This is a 5 shot stitch taken on the old Minolta dimage z3 and never before edited!

‘Love at first sight’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2011.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Ken

 

Linear imposition – Friendly Friday – Contrasts.

This week Amanda challenges us with:

This week on Friendly Friday Photography Challenge, I am asking you to create a post on “contrasts.

So I have chosen to use another photo of ‘Long Meg and her daughters’, this time for two reasons.  I like the contrast in this photo of the ‘linear’ being imposed on the ‘circular’, that is the ‘modern’ road being driven through the ‘ancient’ stone circle.  I also just like the visual contrast in this image the highlights and shadows of the sky.

‘Linear imposition’, Long Meg and her Daughters, Cumbria, 2018.ContrastMeg

Ken

Long shadows – Lens-Artists Challenge #32 – Shadows

This weeks challenge from Tina asks us:

Let’s make this week’s challenge SHADOWS.

We this is quite a hard one, as all our best photography is dependent on the shadows, looking for the best placement of light that results in the shadow when taking the shot, or of lightening them or darkening them in post.

So I could choose literally any photo, however lacking a photo of ‘Hank Marvin’, I chose these photos.

‘Long Shadow’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2018.Shadowmeg

‘Present Photographer’, Swinside/Sunkenkirk stone circle, Cumbria, 2018.Shadowswinside

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ken