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Distant lands, distant times – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #90: Distance

This weeks challenge from the Lens-Artists asks:

These days, everyone’s talking about and hopefully practicing “Social Distancing”. Since it’s something we should all be doing, we thought a challenge focused on DISTANCE might be an appropriate reminder of its importance. For today’s quotes I’ve chosen lines from Bette Midler’s 1990 Grammy-winning release “From A Distance”. Although the song is often attributed to Ms. Midler, who made it famous, it was actually written by Julie Gold.

So firstly thank you for not distancing yourself from my blog posts 🙂

I thought for this post I would just use a simple panoramic landscape shot, however as I edited the photos, it became so much more in my mind.

This shot taken last year in April, shows the Druids circle near Penmaenmawr, it is taken from a distance, and in the near distance we see a burial chamber, and further away glorious Welsh hills.

However this became not the only distances I was thinking about, the subject matter of the photo is of an ancient past, lost to us in the distant past, who were the people that built such structures, why did they build them, and were their thought processes so very distant from ours?   Our best guesses are they are to do with the cyclical nature of the seasons, for ritual, for communication with the sacred and profane, tied up with boundaries. of life and of death.  All these things tied into the need to survive, the need for hope, the need to believe.

Survival, hope and boundaries, at this time are we closer to our ancestors than ever?

Yet there is also a nearer temporal distance, it now feels so long since this event happened, the world appears to have shifted beneath my feet in such a short space of time, this was only 11 months ago, I like so many others find my self wondering how did this all happen?

And still there is the physical distance to this place, it is about 180 miles from where I currently live, and my father lives relatively nearer at only 30 miles, and thus lives a fair distance away from me.  Never before has this distance felt so great, so far, so troubling.  At this current time this distance fills my thoughts on a regular basis.

And then we come to the last portion of time we must address – that which lies ahead of us, we will get there, it may seem a great distance away from where we are now, but one day, in the not too distant future I will be walking this coastline, these hills, and amongst these stones again.

And for the present I can #stayingin and look at photos, close my eyes and imagine.

This one is a rather large 9 photo stitched panorama so clicking on the photo below links to a better image.

‘Distant lands, distant times’, Penmaenmawr, 2019.
Distant lands, distant times

Wishing you all the very best, take care and stay well.


Otherworld – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fantasy

This week Frank has challenged us with the topic:

Your challenge is to use the theme of Fantasy and take it into your choice of creative directions; be it an image of your fantasy location, a fantasy that is in your mind, or whatever speaks fantasy to you!

Well this is the sort of thing that is going on inside my mind when I visit these ancient sites anyway, so a photo to echo my feelings.

‘Otherworld’, Burial chamber near Druids circle, Penmaenmawer, 2019.


Baa-side – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Side of Things

This week Cee challenges us with the topic ‘Side of Things.

I had a lot of photos where I could not decide if I was looking at the side, or the front, or even the back, though I guess back-side may have been acceptable, or maybe even topside or underside!  What about inside?

Anyway lacking a photo of a bowl of fries or onion rings for my side, which was my first thought, and non in the freezer to cook, I thought I would follow on from last weeks lamb, with a sheep, I am fairly certain that this is the side of a sheep! Though it is almost the front as well.

‘Baa-side’, Penmaenmawr, 2019.



Remembered way – Which Way Challenge: August 8th, 2019

Each week sonofabeach96 challenges us with the following:

This Which Way challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.  Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs.

Yesterday I said goodbye to a friend, it feels strange that I will not see him again in the physical world, this was a place I first visited with him, and it was a place we visited on one of the last occasions I saw him, goodbye for now dear chap, I will see you for the B side.  Near this spot we both made decisions that would change and shape our future lives, the results of which made us both happy, it seems odd that I chose to revisit this place this year, but somehow right.

Therefore this week I chose this way:

‘Remembered way’, Penmaenmawr, 2019.Remembered way



Imagined journey – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #53 – Your Choice

Yesterday was a special day for the Lens Artists Quartet, their 53rd post, the one year anniversary of their Challenge, and so we had a special challenge from TinaAnn-Christine, Patti, & Amy.

Your Choice

They chose Friendship , A Country That’s Special to You , Imagination , and Connected.  I like the fact that these posts all deal with the web that has grown between us all as a community across the globe, holding different views, and beliefs, but brought together every Saturday to share our pictorial thoughts.  Each week a little of our personality  is shared with the other members of our group, and we in turn learn a little more about our place in the world and how we relate to others.

Most of you are aware that I enjoy visiting ancient stones, often in remote locations, so once more I will share a photo of the ‘Druids circle’, Penmaenmawr.

‘Ancient view’, Druids circle, Penmaenmawr, 2019.Ancient view

I like to think I am taking some of you along with me for the walk, inspiring some to visit such places, or simply showing you something you otherwise would not have seen.  In my imagined world I publish a post and then members of our digital community that exists as ones and zeros to me on the whole, but who are indeed real people slowly make the trek to the stones with me.

‘Ones and Zeros’, Druids circle, Penmaenmawr, 2019.Ones and Zeros