This week we are challenged us with:
the theme this week comes natural (!) to me – Trees.
I love trees, and walking in wide open spaces, interaction with ‘nature’ is when I probably feel most like ‘me’. Trees whisper softly and slowly to us, if only we stop and listen.
“I thought all the trees were whispering to each other, passing news and plots along in an unintelligible language; and the branches swayed and groped without any wind.”
“But there, my friends, songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time and their own way: and sometimes they are withered untimely”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
But sometimes they shout and let us know what they are thinking, they breathe, they weep, and bleed. If we pay attention we might learn what we are missing.
Look at the way the Welsh weather has shaped this tree, and how resilient it has become in spite of the forces of nature, Uprooted at on point in its life, but still strong and apparently healthy.
‘Resilience’, Penmaenmawr, 2019.
This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘The Rule of Thirds’, saying:
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) USING THE RULE OF THIRDS.
One of the first rules a photographer or artist learns, or have I always known it, along with the golden spiral, for some of us it is instinctual, for others composition is worked at. On good days I fall into the first category, on other days the second. This almost breaks the rules, but not quite, still I like it, and for some reason I find the emphasis on the left hand third more aesthetically pleasing, does anyone have the opposite opinion?
‘To the left’, Fyne court, 2014.Ken
This week Nancy has challenged us with the topic of ‘Sunshine’, saying:
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF THINGS YOU FIND BEAUTIFUL.
What do I find beautiful, well there is a beauty to be found in nearly all things and I could have chosen a fair few photos that I find beautiful. Artworks, and buildings, nature and landscapes, monuments and people. However all of these things stem from nature in the beginning, or a reflection or a juxtaposition to nature. Therefore I chose this picture.
‘Natures complexity’, 2014.
And of course, a on a purely personal note, my wife is of course beautiful to me.
‘The other half’, 2014.
This week Patti has posted:
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33, it’s your chance to showcase Nature–including plants, animals, landscapes–and other features of the physical world–either close to home or far away. It’s up to you!
So here are two shots for you.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
‘Raw stone’, Zennor, 2016.
‘Tamed wood’, Newton House, Llandeillo, 2016.
Nature is not, of course, always benign and beautiful. It can be frightening and terrifying also.
Not too many generations ago, raw nature and wilderness tended to inspire fear and dread in “civilized” people.
They represented Otherness and the Unknown. That which is “wild” is also “bewildering”.
Today, wilderness is usually considered to be something good and in need of preservation.
The beauty and awesomeness of it dominate our attention.
We are attracted by wilderness, the Otherness of it, the sense it is something inevitably outside of us.
Always beyond us, it is what is ultimately real.
We cannot adequately appreciate this aspect of nature if we approach it with any taint of human pretense.
It will elude us if we allow artifacts like clothing to intervene between ourselves and this Other.
To apprehend it, we cannot be naked enough.
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
-Henry David Thoreau
For this weeks B&W challenge Cee asks:
It’s All About Nature. This is a topic you can really have enjoy. Let’s see how creative you can get.
So having just finished editing one set of holiday photos, I thought I would take a look through what was awaiting editing. So here are a few photos from our visit to the Lake District at the end of October.