July’s Photo Scavenger Hunt

With apologies for the tardiness of this message, here are my July Scavenger Hunt Photos…

  1. Reflections. I love how the sea, particularly when it is still and calm, reflects the sky. Sometimes to such an extent it is hard to see where one ends and another begins.

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2. Stripe. Continuing the maritime theme, here are the intriguing and fragmented stripes created by the sea leaving the sand.

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3. Secret. I do love the silhouettes of grasses and wildflowers and we are so lucky around here to be surrounded by wonderful meadows and hedgerows that are particularly splendid at this time of year. Bit of a tenuous connection to ‘secret’ though in that I’ve taken it from an angle which suggests a view that must I think be quite secret and only really seen by very teeny tiny beings…

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4. Red. A tractor spotted in a farmyard on a lovely walk recently. Faded splendour.

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5. Contrast. I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of the Cow Parsley around here have most flower heads still in flower with just one on each stalk turned to seed. Tried, unsuccessfully, to find out why this is. Anyone know?! As well as providing a stunning summery lace backdrop for our hedgerows it creates a lovely contrast photo for this category.

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6. Forgotten. This was a lovely little harbour on Arran and it had some very photogenic boats in it. Among it was this one, which looked rather forlorn, sad and forgotten. I don’t think it would take much to get its sparkle back though…

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7. Soft. If you’ve never walked barefoot on a bed of sphagnum moss, do try it sometime. Love the little twinkly white flower stars dotted around this patch.

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8. Cold. A very cold, but very exhilarating, climb up Pen y Ghent earlier this year. The sort of walk that blows a few cobwebs away!

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9. Seat. Oh no! A confession here. Some mental wires got a little mixed up here and category 9. Seat somehow manifested itself in my thinking as 9. Gate. So, here is a picture of the gate, which if it’s ok with you all I’m still putting in as it was a a spot pretty much half way round walking the Yorkshire three peaks in one day recently. I did sit on the ground to take the picture and, having walked about 12 miles with nearly another 13 to go, it was a very welcome seat! Does this count?! Sorry – will check next time!

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10. My own choice. Nearly put this one in for stripe. It is looking vertically down from a jetty by the sea onto the top of a wooden post that looks like it has been sea-worn for so long the grain of the wood has become really distinct. I loved the patterns, textures and colours in the post, the iron attachment and the seaweed covered rocks surrounding it.

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First blog post

So, a very dear friend is offering a wonderful dose of mindfulness in the form of a monthly photograph scavenger hunt; ten images inspired by ten words.

I happen to have lots of photos already as well as a rather trigger happy attitude towards my iPhone’s brilliant almost-point-and-shoot capabilities. I said I would join in.

Not only have I really enjoyed sorting through photos long-since taken (though I must admit to twinges of panic at the thought of ever having to sort through or catalogue the gazillions of pictures I seem to have accumulated) but I’ve also been inspired to get out there and follow up on ideas for some of the words. So thank you http://livelovecraftme.blogspot.se/; your posts and photos are heartwarming and inspiring.

Most of my shots are simply that; a quick snapshot captured by the press of an electronic button on my iPhone. I’m enjoying it!