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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.

Ken

Froggatt Blur – Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: December 12th, 2019

Each week Kammie challenges us to post an oddball photo:

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.

Playing with zoom blur a few years ago now! Even the name of this place is a bit oddball.

‘Blur’, Froggatt edge, Peak district, 2013.
FroggattBlur

Ken

KOB

In the midst of the . . . – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist

This week Frank has challenged us with the topic:

Mist is more than just a fog, as it can also be a gentle, diffuse rain, which can provide very interesting light play. Unleash your creative brains and let them play with the theme to come up with those cool ideas that float around!

Have a lot of fun with this theme and make sure that no possible opportunity is missed (yes, I know…punny!)

Well another moment where I knew which series, the photos would use, would come from – this time way back in 2014.  And I could not resist my own pun with the blog title.

‘Misty horses’, nr. Tremenhere menhir, 2014.
Misty Horses

‘Misty stones’, Wendron South, 2014.
Misty stones

Ken

Layered Arrow – One word Sunday Challenge: Layered

This week Debbie has challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One Word Sunday, and over to all of you to join the challenge with your own layer post.

I enjoy taking my photos and layering them up with different images, effects, and processes.  So here is one such layered photo.

‘Layered Arrow’, Devil’s Arrows, 2019.
Layered Arrow

Ken

Egg – Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: November 22nd, 2019

Each week Kammie challenges us to post an oddball photo:

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.

Actually this does fit into many of my keyword categories, but well it is just and odd ball isn’t it?

‘Egg’, Wren’s egg, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.
Egg

Ken