Right Steps & Poui Trees


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Mirror Image: Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

“This week, share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like).”

A tangle of metal plant hangers and broken flower pots. A lizard. A mirror. Layers. Where do the objects end and the reflections begin?

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

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Two Birds Today: Baldpate & Nightingale

When I sit on my roof in the mornings, I share space with many birds. Last year I thought about documenting all those I see in our garden, but haven’t really done much about it since. And maybe I will never do anything in a remotely organised fashion, not being a remotely organised person. But today, here are photos of two types of birds I frequently see in the garden.

P1200847This is a Jamaican Baldpate, aka White-crowned Pigeon, aka Columba leucocephala. It paid no attention to me, as it perched and fed while I drank my cup of tea.P1200990 (2)And perched on the edge of the roof is a Jamaican Nightingale, aka Northern Mockingbird, aka Mimus polyglottos. These are such brave and feisty little birds, which I’ve seen taking on hawks to drive them away from their nesting areas.

Just two of the birds I saw from my roof this morning…P1200942


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Looking Down: Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure

“We move so briskly through our daily lives, we don’t typically notice the details of the world around us…This week, share with us the structure of something typically overlooked.”

When I am walking along, I don’t often look down, except for a quick glance to avoid tripping on an uneven surface. Dappled light on the ground beneath the trees…P1180863

I pause and take a closer look…at the textured web of tree roots, dried leaves, bits of broken twig…the ground beneath my feet…P1180884

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure


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350 Words Or Less: Why I Prefer Lunar Eclipses

I just wasn’t feeling the excitement about the solar eclipse, which is unusual for me, as I really do enjoy these scientific, nerdy things. So I didn’t do any preparation for it. This morning, however, I heard some discussion on the radio and I thought, okay, let me take a look. I checked online for times…

Then, having been reminded of the dangers of looking directly at the sun during the eclipse, I thought about the various methods of viewing without damaging my eyes. When I was a child, they used to say you could look through a photo negative, but in these days of digital photography, that was not an easy option. I took a pan of water out into the front yard and tried to look at the sun’s shadow in it, but that wasn’t successful.

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Then I used two index cards, one with a pinhole in it. Success! My daughter Kimberley was kind enough to come and hold the cards for me, while I took photos:solar eclipse 21-8-17 aAnd there on the lower card was the shadow of the partially covered sun:P1200616

Since we had only a partial eclipse, we didn’t have complete darkness, but it did get noticeably less bright. My dogs did act strangely, but that was because they didn’t know why I was lugging a pan of water around the yard and not letting them drink from it.

I prefer lunar eclipses. You don’t have to worry about searing your retinas by looking up at the eclipse. You don’t have to do any special preparation or acquire or construct any special equipment. You just go out at the right time and stare up at the night sky. And you can easily take photos of the moon. Simplicity.

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On The Rocks: Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

“This week, focus on the tactile element of the objects you shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality — softness, smoothness, graininess, or any other texture you find interesting — or a combination of several within one frame.”

On the rock face beside the sea…P1020182…delicate patterns…P1020144…sharp old edges that can abrade skin, if you get too close….P1020173

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures