Weekly Photo Challenge

name your poison

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

What’s in a name? This week’s photo challenge asks us to look at names, and photograph them. I think it’s a neat challenge. We name everything, don’t we? Formal names and nicknames and pet names. It helps us identify things for ourselves and for others.

Recently, while traveling through Scotland, we came across a familiar name on a small sign on the highway. It was just an information sign for the local distillery, Dewar’s, a name familiar to me since my childhood. It was my father’s preferred scotch.

There’s something comfortable about the familiar. We went to the distillery and had a marvelous time learning about the history of the whisky and the distillation process. We even had an opportunity to go into a tasting room. But all of it, while fascinating (and delicious) was made all the more cozy because I first recognized the name.

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resilient: the last is first

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

abandoned boat

The last photo challenge of 2016, resilient, happens to be my first photo challenge of 2017.

It seems fitting. Resilience is probably defined somewhere as being able to recover from something, to come back from a low through strength or will, or both. It makes me think of Weebles; remember those? “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”

I love old things that have been exposed to nature and the elements, and still stick around. I have dozens of pictures of chimneys that stand alone in the wake of fires, dilapidated barns, beat up cars. And more than a few boats, like this one.

I wondered what happened here. Did the owners survive a storm at sea, the boat finally making it to shore no longer seaworthy, but left as a trophy for doing its job well one last time?

Was it abandoned by its owners, drawn to a shiny new motorboat made of fiberglass? Did they move, unable to bring it along and left behind?

Who knows!  There’s something beautiful about it anyway. Maybe it’s the mystery.

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path to the swamp

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

boardwalk

A Path in the Woods

Yesterday, I shared some pictures from our Scotland vacation, but today I’m going to give you a tour of the wildlife sanctuary on Dauphin Island. I was just going for a drive to the east beach, and decided, instead, to pop into the bird sanctuary.

I walked about three miles, which is good for me, and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The beach was foggy — but the forest was not. Well, not exactly. It did cast a monochromatic feel to the area, but you’ll see that I was able to capture a little color with the woodpecker.

Some Birds and Their Pals

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daring to follow the path

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Uncategorized, Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on daring to follow the path

This week’s photo challenge, path, takes me down an unusual path — crossing the man-made causeway at the Brough of Birsay in the Orkney Islands. It was an exercise in patience, as we had to get a list of the tides and schedule our visit around low tide. It was worth the wait. We couldn’t get enough of the history of places such as this…I feel like traveling through Scotland the way we did, staying in places for several days at a time, gave us a taste of the present day, and a yearning to learn more of the past.

We often think of our lives as filled with paths — choices taking us down unique adventures looking toward the future. This vacation was both, as John and I made new memories for ourselves as we went down paths to the past that shaped the future. That’s a lot of time travel there. 🙂

Here’s some more from our visit:

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Anticipation, a weekly photo challenge

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on Anticipation, a weekly photo challenge

anticipating that first little flame

After a long period of anticipation, John and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation in Scotland. One of our favorite places was an active archeological site called The Scottish Crannog Centre. We both became enamored with archeology and pre-historic cultures early in our marriage. Long separations during military duty meant a lot of reading and sharing of books back and forth. One of those, a series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear, introduced us to early cultures and our fascination grew. The crannog was one of many archeological sites we visited, all of them in exquisitely beautiful locations. Well. Just about any location in Scotland is exquisitely beautiful. Seriously.

The site is gorgeous.

Above, our guide filled us with anticipation as we watched him work to start a fire. That first little plume of smoke was exciting, as he gently blew and coaxed the little ember to life. Here are a few more photos of the adventure:

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moonstruck

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 4 comments

moonstruck

A couple of months ago I was playing around with the settings on my camera, taking many photos of the full moon and playing with filters. I was moonstruck. I took several without filters for comparison purposes, and at the end of the experiment, disliked almost every shot and put up the equipment without giving it a second thought.

My life is a chaos when it comes to pictures. I have thousands upon thousands that are not archived well, even with all the years of discipline with the 35 mm to limit myself to 12 or 24 pictures. The switch to digital dispensed with the discipline, and now instead of a couple of dozen shots to purge, it’s in the hundreds. Needless to say, I never get around to purging.

Now my computer yells at me every time I boot it. I guess I’m out of room. This is me, not caring. I like my chaos.

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