Friday Photo Challenge – morning rituals

This week Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures of MORNING RITUALS.

According to her, the world is divided into two types of people – those who Wake-up-and-GO and those who Wake up and Get There Eventually. She belongs to the latter group and needs two cups of coffee to get her on the road to Eventually. I’m one of the former. Here’s how a typical day might start.

I wake up and check the view which determines the start to my day. I generally like a 30 minute yoga session and then either a quick ride before breakfast, or a longer ride afterwards. I’ll water my plants on the terrace before sitting down at my desk to work on whatever.

Beloved BMC

Breakfast might be any one of these, but always with coffee!

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 – anniversaries

This week Amanda asks us to consider anniversaries, somewhat apt given today’s date. But Amanda is referring to celebrations not commemorations: wedding anniversaries, relationship anniversaries, work anniversaries and special occasions.Amanda lives in Australia so September is Spring in her part of the world, while it’s the start of autumn in mine. She challenges us to look back on where we were last year, six years ago, ten years ago and more.

I was a September bride but most years we were both too busy to celebrate the occasion though we have tried to make amends in recent years. Last year, upon our return from our latest #adventuredownunder, we spent a few days chillin’ just up the road in Alassio, one of our favourite bolt holes.

The previous year we’d celebrated with a relaxing weekend in the English countryside after a family wedding.

In 2017, our 40th wedding anniversary, we’d visited the City of Light (Paris) and celebrated in the Train Bleu restaurant without which no trip to Paris would be complete.

In 2016, we’d celebrated our day at The Frog restaurant in London.

Back in 2015, our celebrations were held in Sag Harbor on our maiden trip to The Hamptons.

In September 2014, we’d enjoyed a long drive to and from Ponferrada (Spain) to watch the UCI Road World Championships, celebrating our anniversay en route in northern Spain.

You’ll see a pattern emerging here. In September 2013 we were in Tuscany for the World Road Race Championships which were held in Florence.

In 2012 and 2011 I made the pilgrimage to the World Championships on my lonesome but in 2010, we were together in Geelong (Victoria).

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 – street art

This week Sandy has challenged us to show examples of all types of Street Art, defined as Visual Art in Public places. According to this article there are seven different types: Murals, Graffiti, 3D Grafitti, Poster art, Sticker art, Sculptures and Sidewalk Chalk art.

I know I have a few examples lurking in my archives but confess it’s not really my area of interest.

The Thompson Twins in Brussels

Here are some butterflies providing cover for renovation works (I think) in Brisband CBD.

This handsome fellow was found on a wall in Townsville, Queensland.

Here are a couple of examples of Murals. The first one is from Juan-les-Pins and the second from Fayence.

I think these from the Tour de France 2020 count as Street Scupltures.

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 – splendour in the grass

Amanda’s Challenge this week is to demonstrate Splendour in the Grass, which sounds as if it should be the title of a film or blockbuster book.

She has some magnificent photos vividly illustrating her point on her blog StPa (Something to Ponder About., where Amanda notes:

So often we walk around in nature failing to notice the details, the grass under our feet.

Subtle changes in colour and appearance indicate the passing of the seasons. Many varieties of grass remain invisible, yet are an integral part of the natural landscape.

Let’s hope my modest efforts can rise to this week’s challenge!

Screen shot of a film about grasslands showing at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

Forest behind our Domaine which is much beloved by wild boars.

Desert in Arizona

Leutasch Valley in Austrian Tyrol

Place des Vosges, Paris

Australian bush between Sydney and Adelaide

Galician coast, Spain

France profonde

Victorian Ranges, Australia

Victorian Wetlands

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 – markets

This week Sandy’s Challenge is markets. I’ll be honest, I love, love French, Spanishd Italian produce markets. There’s nothing nicer than buying direct from the catcher, grower, producer, maker or baker of the products.

 

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 – colour harmonies

Do you have an eye for colour in your photography?

She explains this in detail in her post, particularly how using colour helps to create mood and feelings in photographs which may result in a more visibly pleasing photo.

Here’s my gallery………………you may recognise a few of these!

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 – friendship

This week’s photo challenge is set by Sandy on the theme of friendship.

It’s at this point as i look at my archives, I wish I took more photos of people!

Let us out!
I wonder what these two are thinking?
Not enough social distancing and where are their masks?
My best friend
My two younger sisters who are great friends
My late parents (left) with their best friends who are still with us (right

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-use them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – close examination

This week Amanda is encouraging us to explore the finer details of our photos through Close Examination by using macro Mode, Zoom in (a little), or crop afterwards to take macro and close-up photographs. For me, after months of Macro Monday, this is an easier challenge.

These are from my modest hanging-box garden on the terrace.

 

 

 

 

 

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-use them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – shadows

Today’s challenge was set by Sandy who says more times than not when she sees a shadow in her photo, it’s a mistake. It means that she focused so much on one part of the picture, she forgot to look at the whole. I do  know that feeling? Indeed I usually delete or crop the photo.

Of course, there are times when shadows are deliberate. The play on light and dark can emphasize a shape and provide visual interest. Shadows can capture a feeling or add atmosphere to a scene. Indeed only yesterday I commented on how much I enjoyed the contrast between light and shade in Derrick’s photos.

Here’s my modest selection from near and far.

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-use them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – capturing a feeling

Today’s challenge was set by Amanda who poses the question as to how seriously do we take our photography? I’m not a photographer, I don’t have a camera, just my iPhone or iPad which both pose certain challenges.

But why do I take photographs? It’s to capture moments in time, memories, feelings……………………….so that I can revisit them or share them with others.

Nothing nicer than that winning feeling!
That wasn’t too bad but please take him back.
Are my parents watching? No, great then I’m going to jump!
Learning to ride those waves
Enjoying the shade
The end of a beautiful day

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-use them.

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

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