This week Teri has challenged us with ‘Gates’.
So I chose this gate in the woodland at Colby Woodland Gardens, I liked the way the sunlight was filtering through the trees and catching the post. Gateways are often the liminal spaces of transition between one experience and another, but in this case we pass from woodland – to woodland, did we feel a change of place?
‘Woodland gate’, Colby Woodland Gardens, 2016.
This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:
It’s Friendly Friday again and the theme for this week is Photo Walk.
What catches your eye?
A walk down in our local woods always means there is a photo opportunity. So here are a few shots to give you a feel for what catches my eye, when there are no stone circles, ancient monuments, vast open landscapes, or cats to be found.
Each week, K’lee and Dale offer prompts for us to consider as the latest challenge. This week it is:
In the realm of the otherworldly.
So most of you by now know how fond I am of visiting ancient sites, stone circles in particular. So I thought I would treat you to a cosmic circle, given they are otherworldly places, and maybe even gateways to the otherworld.
‘Cosmic Castlerigg’, Cumbria, 2018.
And because woodlands are otherworldly spaces.
‘Under the boughs’, Brynna woods, 2015.
For this Sunday’s trees challenge from Becca I thought I wood use this photo of a tree from our local woodland.
‘Gnarly’, Brynna wood, 2015.
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
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.
So here is a photo I took back in 2015 when we went for an after dinner walk in the woods. Here we stand at a crossroads wondering which path to take.
‘Wood way’, Brynna woods, S.Wales, 2015.
Now I have finally got the laptop back, photo editing can again begin in earnest, therefore I thought I would show you two photos from a recently finished set entitled ‘Down in the woods‘.
We are lucky enough to have a lovely wooded area behind our house, even though we have to live close to the city. This closeness to the natural world makes the 9-5 grind bearable. And so one day in April earlier this year we went for a walk down in the woods, both armed with our cameras, to see the bluebells before they all wilted.
We also hoped to see the highland cows who are residents down there, but alas they remained aloof. I took a fair few photos as is always the case, elongating a half hour walk into probably more like an hour and a half, but was pleased with most of the shots. So here are two for you ‘Black’ and ‘White’
The entire set of photos may be viewed here.