photography, writing

Travel Photo 9

In nominating me for this challenge, Ju-Lyn has helped me realise how narrow my travel interests are. I have visited the same countries over five times. You can deduce from this that I am quite in love with them.

I have nominated Ushashita, who kindly volunteered to join the challenge to post ten days of travel photos, no explanation and nominate other bloggers with each post.

Many thanks, Ushashita for accepting.

Sunrise
photography

Friendly Friday Challenge – Postcards from the Past

Using Canva as a template, I had some fun with Sandy’s prompt for Friendly Friday, this week.

I actually wanted to cartoonize the photograph of Nyhaven, Denmark, so it looks like a digital illustration, but as that involved a Canva pro subscription, I opted for something less, this time.

Using the postcard template is a fun way to re-live past travel memories.

In case you were wondering, yes my newly purchased cap with Danmark embroidered on it that I had purchased at a souvenir shop near the H.C. Anderson exhibit in Odense, did blow off and land in the canal. It was never seen again and yet, I still have one today.

On my return home to Australia, I managed to find a similar cap in a store and had the words Danmark embroidered on it, complete with Dannebrog. (Dannebrog is the Danish flag).

I will be back next week at Something to Ponder About with a new photo challenge prompt.

walkway under tree beach redcliffe australia
blogging

Which Way Photo Challenge

I have been following San for a while over at Alive and Trekking so joined in with the Which Way Challenge at her blog.

After all, there are plenty of roads I have been on, some of them the same ones San has travelled.

The photo,(or collage), I have chosen to share was rather memorable.

Trollstigen in Norway – the Troll’s staircase a road over the mountains to Geiranger, is a special location and I was were lucky enough to see it before the weather closed in.

The Orange deck is the vantage point where I stood, in 2014.

Photo Credit – http://www.fjordnorway.com/top-attractions/trollstigen

A tree can create a tunnel. This is the way I will take today.

tree lined road newport australia
blogging, environment, writing

Sunrise and Sunset at the Beach

The morning sun rising over water can be one of the most invigorating feelings for the spirit and the body. Stimulating, within us, a bundle of potential energy to begin our day.

Sunrise is a time to bear witness to the opening of the universe’s portal to eternity. Untouchable and surreal.

When the sun breaks over the low, scudding clouds that persistently hang on the horizon, we are blessed with a fleeting splendour of golden rays that nourish in our spirit endless possibilities.

After hours of restful slumber, being present and mindful during a sunrise brings feelings of anticipation and promise: a myriad of potentials for a day we have yet to explore.

Sunsets

The amazing thing, about where I live, is the experience of both sunrise and sunset over the water. This is the beauty of living on a peninsula, with sea water on three sides.

The evening light show that Mother nature provides, is more often subdued than her morning counterpart.

More mellow, the tones of sunset can be at times be ever so thrilling, so excitable you cannot look away, lest the magic of what you are seeing, disappears.

Mostly laid back energy, the sunset is evocative of our time to chill out, to prepare for the evening and its accompanying slower pace. The light show nature lays out for us in a glorious sunset such as this, changes from a deep luminescent orange and gold, to a deep purple and hot pink.

The artist that is our Mother Nature is the consummate colour harmonizer. Sunset colours blend seamlessly. She never gets it wrong!

Life at my Home by the Sea is always satisfying.

Reaffirming something I have been waiting my whole life to experience.

I breathe a deep breath of satisfaction.

Sunrise
water steps clouds
food, health

Chiaro What?

The term chiaroscuro stems from the Italian words chiaro (“clear” or “bright”) and oscuro (“obscure” or “dark”), and refers to the arrangement of light and shade. Chiaroscuro, uses a single light source—such as a lit candle or an open window—to dramatically brighten figures against a dark background. This emphasis on tonal contrast employs intense contrasts of light and dark.

I think this photo employs the Chiaroscuro effect.

Study of a Gooseberry

Firsts are always special. This was the very first fruit from my garden.

The Gooseberry plant reminds me of being a child and playing in my Grandmother’s garden, where Gooseberries like this grew wild. The paper cases are a delight to pull apart even when you all grown up.

Inside you’ll enjoy a slightly tart berry, just bursting with flavour. A superfood with lots of goodness as a bonus.

Reversing the ‘chiariscuro’ effect so that the background is light and foreground darker, can produce interesting results, especially at sunrise.

Welcoming the dawn

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sky, clouds, glorious, red
home, writing

Glory in Nature – Sunset Surprise

Sky, sunset
The Glory of Nature – what a show!

If anyone was ever in doubt as to the majesty and power of nature they only had to look out over my balcony last night to see this.

Such a Surprise on one of the coldest but freshest nights at the Home By the Sea, yet.

red, orange, sky
Just look at the range of colours and effects – no filter!

As a fan of winter and cooler weather, it didn’t bother me. I heard many grumblings from family and neighbours.

Isn’t it cold? They complained as they pulled out thermals and jumpers and huddled under blankets.

Ironic that now there is some freedom to move around, nature slaps us back into our homes, sheltering from the cold south westerly winds.

One could almost say nature appears not quite ready to receive the full onslaught of modern civilisation quite yet.

flowers
writing

Friendly Friday – Isolation Cravings

“What am I Craving in Isolation?”

Sandy misses the beach. Do I?

I already have a beach at my doorstop.

Neighbours, convenient transport, cyclists, kids?

They are all around me too.

My kids have moved home due to job loss/constraints and we speak to most of my friends via phone, messaging or if they are locals, in person, but at a social distance.

The air is cleaner and the traffic calmer.

Life has slowed down.

I like that.

People are educating their kids at home, spending quality time with then that will become treasured memories in later life.

Time with your children can never be traded back later.

It is a once-only ticket to a perpetual show that changes EVERY DAY and never has an encore.

The Mountains known as Glass House on the horizon near my home

I feel pretty lucky to be living where I do – a great mix of city and coastal life, without the frenetic pace. But there are two things I do miss, Sandy.

  • a good haircut
  • sipping a cuppa at a hyggelig cafe.

Posting for Friendly Friday Isolation Craving Photo Story Challenge, hosted by Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles and Amanda (me) at Something to Ponder About.

clarity-and-light-adjusted- mushroom photography
blogging

Textures in Photography

The self imposed reduction in social activities at the Home by the Sea, gives me a great reason to research how to improve my photographic skills. I regularly host Friendly Fridays over at my main blog, Something to Ponder About, and was tempted to join Travel Talk’s challenge which runs each month with a different focus point.

Texture

In examing texture in photography, I varied the light, angle and composition to enhance the subject. As these photos are from my archive, I had to edit them to enhance the texture and composition, by using the cropping function. Further, I increased the clarity in a photo editor to bring out more texture in the mushroom caps and adjust the light source.

Fungi are a great subject for photographers.

I love the structure of these small mushrooms caps. The stalks look as though they would not be able to hold a feather. The caps are so delicate, yet potentially so poisonous.

If anyone knows their scientific know, I would be glad to add that to the photographic file information.


Over at Traveltalk you will find the photographic challenge wherein we are examining textures in our photography.

#2020PhotoChallenge

Cheers from

canal waterside sunrise
building

Last Photo

Bushboy is a fellow Aussie blogger whose photo enthusiasm extends to wanting to see other blogger’s final photos on their phone, for the month of February.

Alright, Brian. I’ll play along.

Meet Billie, our resident frog. Usually green, but brown tonight, only green around the gills, so to speak.

Isn’t he the cutest?

Just so you know he is a green frog, here he is with his green suit on.

Last Photo for February 2020