Friday Photo Challenge – unique

This week Sandy’s challenge prompt is to post photographs of something unusual or UNIQUE that I’ve seen, experienced or read about in my hometown or my travels. I should take (or borrow) a photo and describe what made it UNIQUE to me.

The year to date has been pretty unique. I attended the Grand Depart of this year’s Tour de France in Nice and didn’t see one professional cyclist!

Thanks to the Covid travel restrictions, we were able to enjoy where we live this summer without crowds of tourists. From an economic standpoint, I’m hoping this was a unique situation.

Finally, here’s a gallery of photos from last year when we spent our first (and quite possibly last) Thanksgiving in US.

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – while walking

This week Amanda’s challenge prompt is to post a photograph I have taken ‘While Walking.’

Now, I may be in Lockdown II in France but I’m fortunate to be able to walk around the grounds of the private Domaine where I live which provides fantastic photo opportunities throughout the year.

Most of these photos have been taken this week. The last photo of our olive grove was taken only yesterday.

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – postcard from the past

This week Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is encouraging (some of) us to improve our skills – no bad thing! Indeed her earlier post on SPARK and CANVA had me promising to check out and work with the latter this weekend. But, oh no, Sandy couldn’t wait that long.

Sandy’s been looking at old photos and wondering what to do with them – you and me both Sandy! Luckily Sandy has some great advice because there are many tools to creatively re-purpose photos. It’s easy to augment old photos with text and graphics, thereby injecting a sense of context and delight.

Now, I’ll be honest, Fridays are always busy days for me and I usually just dip into my photo archive to find something that broadly meets the challenge. I don’t have time to sort through those thousands of photos I’ve been meaning to scan, so here’s a few from the past month or so that I’ve played with a bit on CANVA to turn into Postcards.

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – two ways

This week Amanda‘s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge asks us whether or not we edit your photos in a special way?

She’s asking us to show the Friendly Friday community one or two photographs presented “Two Ways.” That is the same photo or the same environment presented in two different ways, or at two different times.

I’ll be honest, I don’t edit my photos much but there are certain views I take time and time again. For example:-

 

 

I rarely “take” black and white shots but here’s one I took recently:-

Portrait v Landscape

 

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – neighbourhood walk

This week Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to take a NEIGHBOURHOOD WALK and share seasonal sights from our hometown.

Sandy took a walk around her neighbourhood and was reminded that this is a big weekend for kids. The autumnal leaves already make her street pretty but her neighbours have also decorated it for Halloween. Where she lives, October is the unofficial start of the dress up the front yard season. Gone are the days of just mowing the lawn and tending the flower beds. It’s the beginning of seasonal decorations: Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

This challenge really highlights a number of cultural differences. In France we celebrate Toussaint (All Saints Day) on 1 November, and not Halloween the night before. We don’t have yards, those of us who live in houses have front gardens, most of which are well-hidden behind tall fences, hedges and walls with gates. We might have a seasonsal chrysanthemum in matching pots either side of the front door but basically that’s it. I can’t even show you our splendid fall colours because we don’t really get them on the littoral. Plus, we’ve just gone back into lockdown for at least a month, so no wandering around the neighbourhood taking photos!

So here’s what I can show you, with nary a pumpkin in sight!

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – smoke and mirrors

This week Amanda‘s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures and stories inspired by SMOKE and MIRRORS.

It might be a magic illusion, a symmetrical reflection, an accidental or deliberate set-up shot, or an image within an image. It is really up to us how to interpret the prompt.

I don’t usually use mirrors though occassionally find myself captured on film when I photograph something with a mirrored surface such as a door. However, I particularly like photos where either the scenery or buildings are mirrored in water. These are usually happy accidents!

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – Dreams

This week Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures and stories inspired by DREAMS.

This week’s challenge was inspired by a Fleetwood Mac song from way back which has once again found fame via TikTok. I’m not a fan of the band, nor familiar with the song.

However, I’m taking my inspiration from  photos such as these which show I’m living my dream in the beautiful south of France.

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – practice

This week for Friendly Friday, Amanda has challenged us to show her our interpretation of the theme “Practice,” in photographs.

She exhorts us not to let your skills languish. Keep them sharp with practice, either in or out of home.

Without really thinking about it, there are lots of things I practice daily. For example:-

1.Spending more time at home with my husband means I’m speaking much more English than usual but I can offset that by watching French television and reading books in French.

2. When you get to my age “use it or lose it!” is a real fear so I try to maintain my flexibility with yoga and my aerobic fitness with jogging and cycling.

3. I take photos, albeit with my iPhone or iPad, every day.

4. I cook at least two meals a day, one vegan and one non-vegan.

So, how can I show all this with photographs? To be honest, I can’t but I do have a few to illustrate what I practice.

 

 

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – smiles

This week Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures of SMILES and the stories behind them.

Today is World Smile Day! The first Friday of every October is celebrated around the globe as World Smile Day. This unofficial holiday encourages random acts of kindness to spread good will and cheer.

Now, I’ll be honest, I dread those challenges which involve photos of people. I so rarely take photos of anyone other than my beloved husband or professional cyclists. So here goes!

This is of my beloved husband taken after a delicious lunch at Bastide de Moustiers on one of our staycation days this summer when we visited Gorges du Verdon.

Is it a smile or is it a grimace? I’ve gone for the former for this bronze sculpture at MoMa which we visited last November.

This is definitely a smiling Great Dane. I think he was hoping I had some edible tidbit for him. I didn’t! This was taken at EKKA during our 2019 #adventuredownunder.

These are the two adorable sons of friends who’ve previously featured on this blog.

Here’s a group of amateur cyclists whose photo I took during the an all important coffee and cake pit-stop in Healesville, Victoria.

Mal Cooper and friends from Egham

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – quiet places

This week Amanda’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures of QUIET PLACES.

According to her, the world can be a stressful place at times. Often there is a need to step back and re-energise our tolerance to stress, pressures and worries.

Certain places in the world can be restorative to our spirit. For me it’s being near water. Aside from the magnificent view from my home (pictured below from this morning), I love views of water – sea, lakes, rivers, ponds! I find it calming and soothing. What about you. Where’s your quiet place?

 

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not join in the fun?

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