Tag Archives: Stones

Happy way – Which Way Challenge: September 27th, 2019

Each Friday Sam  challenges us with the following:

The Which Way photo 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. There’s no topic to this challenge. All you need have is the “way” visible and the main focus of your photo.

Walking this way always makes me happy, as it means we are in Cornwall, and more importantly West Penwith, and going to the Men-an-Tol.

‘Happy way’, West Penwith, 2019.
Happy way

Ken

 

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Wild and tame – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64 – Countryside and/or Small Towns

This weeks challenge from the Lens-Artists is:

Tina, Patti, Ann-Christine, and I [Amy] are looking forward to seeing your photos and reading stories of countryside and/or a small town.

I would say that at lest 50% of my photos could fit into this category as I live fairly rural, and my holidays usually take me to rural places, in search of ancient stones I tramp across wild open spaces, through forests, past lakes, up and down hill and mountain, and along public pathways.  Farmland and the ever patient farmers with the walkers on the land are a recurrent theme.  I live in Wales so I have access to some of the UK’s best countryside and small towns, even our big towns and cities are small :).

The countryside and our towns can be both wild and tame, so here are a few photos for you about what this means to me.

‘Cerrig Duon View’, Brecon Beacons, 2019.
Cerrig Duon View

‘Brecon stream’, Brecon Beacons, 2019.
Brecon stream

‘Working’, Anglesey, 2019.Working

‘601555’, Anglesey, 2019.
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‘Beaumaris’, Anglesey, 2014.
Beaumaris

Ken

Evening stones – Which Way Challenge: September 20th, 2019

First of all a big thank you to San at ‘Alive and Trekking‘ who has taken over the hosting of this challenge from sonofabeach96 who has been at the helm for some time now.  Each Friday Sam will now challenge us with the following:

The Which Way photo 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. There’s no topic to this challenge. All you need have is the “way” visible and the main focus of your photo.

For this first week with Sam at the helm I thought I would choose a photo from my archives, those of you who follow me know from recent posts I may have been perusing some old photos recently.  Well this one drew my attention,  I am going to go out on a limb and say it has 3 ways! A path to and through the stones for the modern visitor, the road way that runs along side, visible by its hedgerow, and maybe just a glimpse of the sacred ancient way!

‘Evening stones’, Avebury, 2013.Evening stones

Ken

 

Lined Up – Weekly Prompts: Line-up

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen the following as the theme for their challenge.

The Saturday photo challenge here on Weekly Prompts is Line-up.

Lots of possibilities here – Line em up and shoot em… photographs that is!

Line-up – The cast of a theatrical show, a list of players in a sports event, a queue, a row. But You don’t need us to help you out, GC and I are certain you’ll have plenty of ideas of your own so we’ll leave you to it.

The first – two stones that are part of a stone row, a line, lined up, but also lines that go up.

‘Lined up’, Devils arrows, 2019.Lined Up

The second – A slightly cheeky entrant of a line that is up!

‘Line Up’, St.Ives, 2019.Line up

And finally the third – the Up line from St. Ives to Carbis bay.

‘Up line’, St. Ives, 2019.Up line

Ken

Merry Magic – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical

This weeks challenge from the Lens-Artists is:

But Magical can mean so many different things to everyone of us – At Lens-Artists, we have already had Magical Light as a theme, (last year) but this time it is all up to you! What is Magical to you? People, places, things, nature, adventures, moments… – this week we are looking forward to having some of Your magic!

I think it might be fair to say that most of you have realised that I find monumental ancient places magical.  There is a mystery around their purpose, how and why they were constructed, in the locations they were. What went on here? would there architects approve of my visit, my capturing of this place, and my interpretation both mental and visual?  Surely this would be seen as magic.

I still find the ability to capture images of what we see magical, it was magical when it was chemical and mechanical, and it is still magical now it is captured by a small electronic box.  It is now made even more magical by the fact that I can perform so many interesting tricks after the image has been captured, a magic that once could not be performed at home nor in the studio in many cases.  Once we had to send our undeveloped film off to the chemical magician, and wait for the sound of that small packet hitting the doorstep.  For those lucky enough we could perform this magic in our own homes, the smell of developing fluid and fixative in our nostrils and under that magical red bulb.  I do sometimes miss those days.

So here is a photo of the Merry Maidens in Cornwall, an especially magical place as this is where I proposed to my wife, the thought of asking someone to share their life with you, and the in the asking and answering a magical contract made between two souls.

Merry Magic

Ken

Huge and lovely – Weekly Prompts: Bloom

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen the following as the theme for their challenge.

Our weekend photo challenge here on Weekly Prompts is BLOOM.
Flowers bloom, ladies-in-waiting bloom, youngsters bloom when the delicate transition from childhood is achieved. We adults, begin to bloom when our hopes and dreams are accomplished, or when sought-after independence is finally attained.
How will you bloom, how will you choose to address our challenge?

Two pictures from our recent jaunt up to Yorkshire.

The first showing the blooming magnificence and scale of megalithic structures surrounded by this years corn in bloom!

‘Blooming Huge’, Devil’s Arrows, 2019.Blooming Huge

And the second a lovely flutterbuy on a buddleia bloom.

‘Blooming lovely’, Beningbrough Hall, 2019.Blooming lovely

Ken

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

Ken

Time, Landscape, Art – Friday Fun: Layers

For this weeks Friday Fun we have been asked:

Layer upon layer, they might weave, compliment or contrast
but layers draw our attention
Whether through your lens or with creative writing … go where the prompt leads!

I sometimes feel I step back through the layers of history when I visit sites such as these, they always tend to be sited where the panorama is many layered, and they always lead me to explore the layers of my creativity.

‘Time, Landscape, Art’, Cairn Holy II, 2018.Time, Landscape, Art

Ken