Red Hot Poker

With an open topic from Cee for this week, I was naturally drawn to one of my favourite subjects, particularly as it’s not listed for the coming weeks.

This image is a detail from a photograph I took of a ‘Red Hot Poker’  (Kniphofia if you want to be properly botanical about it) that flowered last week.

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Not that I’m a gardener by any means (that is Madame’s domain; I just cut the grass and do some of the heavy lifting) but macro photography is one of my particular interests and flowers are an inexhaustible source of subject matter

Just so you can see where it’s come from, here is the original image. Fun with Lightroom did the rest.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Open Topic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Here’s one I’d completely forgotten about. This was taken with a compact camera at my daughter’s wedding reception almost ten years ago. Technically, of course, it’s a shocker (the metadata tells me that the exposure was half a second).

In mitigation, though, it was getting quite late by then and a fair amount of champagne had been consumed. Plus the composition – quite accidentally, of course – is quite pleasing.

And it’s nothing if not vivid.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Aaaww, meerkats

Who doesn’t love a meerkat? This photograph was taken at Al Ain Zoo a few years ago. I particularly like the quizzical expression of the one on the left.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Animals

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

On a snowy day last year on one of our local walks we came across a group of Shetland ponies in a field. This one was particularly curious.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

Dragonflies

The hot weather yesterday really brought out the dragonflies around our pond…

Relics

Our house is well over 200 years old and on the land that comes with it there have, over the years, been many other buildings – barns, outhouses, even another cottage – that have long ago disappeared.

However, occasionally relics of bygone ages turn up in the ground, including these two ancient forks and part of a doorlatch. The heavy rusting gives an interesting texture, especially in black & white. So here you have a new photo of something very old.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

For this week’s challenge, another image from Montrol-Sénard, the ‘living museum’ of rural life just a few miles from here. This is a view taken looking out through the window of the old Smithy, with a broken wheel which has been waiting for repair for quite some time. The cobwebs not only add to the atmosphere of the shot but also produce quite an interesting blur effect.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken