Urban landscape

I’ve mentioned before that I am a member of a FaceBook photography group; there are some amazing pictures posted, some seriously good photographers and it is a joy to see what pictures they share. One of the interesting features of the group is that each weekend a topic is chosen and people can post their photos which fit in with the topic. These can be photos which have been taken previously; once a month or once every so often there is a different ‘competition’ where again a topic or theme is chosen and members can submit a certain number of pictures (three I think) When the competition is closed, then any of the members can vote for their five favourite pictures… wow, you should see the standard! The prize is pride in being voted best by the other photographers in the group, and choosing the competition theme for next time.

The topic for this weekend has been urban landscape, and it has been fascinating to see different cityscapes from across the world. I posted some pictures from my visits to one of my favourite cities, Birmingham, but here are some other city pics I have taken:

DSCF6190Birmingham

DSCF6173Birmingham

DSCF3999London

DSCF3976Bristol

Photo0520Titanic Memorial, Belfast

DSCF4016London again

Photo0456Harland and Wolff, Belfast

DSCF0705Reykjavik

DSCF3836Plymouth

DSCF3141Birmingham again

DSCF3080Manchester

DSCF2696Glasgow

Country post office

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This is a post office.. yes, really it is! We stopped somewhere near the coast n Norfolk to take pictures of some roadside flowers and here was this building.. a shack, a shed.. a post office! You can see the red post box on the wall on the left. It reminded me of the photos of an amazing WordPress  blogger and photographer, Michael Fiveson, he specialises in taking fantastic photos  of lonely and abandoned buildings. My picture is not as good as his, but the subject reminded me of the pictures Michael takes.

http://m5son.wordpress.com/

Black and white

In the photographic group I belong to on Facebook there is a weekend challenge for photos on a particular subject, and there are always rally interesting topics chosen. As you may imagine, I particularly liked the one on food and drink!!

This weekend the subject is where you live, and it has been suggested that the photos should be in black and white… which I think is an interesting challenge… it made me look at what I was taking photos of in a different way, considering how the picture would look when not in colour.

DSCF6510I saw the clouds and the strange tree, and the white cottages, and thought it might look interesting… but I think it looks rather dull!

DSCF6512I like the shadow along the bottom of the wall

DSCF6509Black sky, white magnolia!

 

Red…

On the photo site I belong to on Facebook, there was a challenge to take pictures of red things; the weather has been so awful hat we haven’t been out for weeks and weeks for a walk or ramble… but today, hurrah! it’s sunny and warm so out we went… and goodness, how many red things did I see which I could have entered for the competition!

We only went out and about in the village, up the hill to the old church of St Nicholas which had a union flag flying (RED, white and blue) and then over the hill and down the path which ran along beside the boatyard. There were plenty of notices about various things…

Uphill Feb 16th 2014 (59)There was a telephone box playing hide and seek:

Uphill Feb 16th 2014 (65)… and then we got home, the Japonica was bathed in sunshine:

Uphill Feb 16th 2014 (5)

 

 

Handsome beasts

I adore the horses from the Jollity Farm fairground ride! If I had enough money I would buy one.

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Elche… Elx…

 

The other day as we were shopping for bananas and tomatoes, I noticed a fruit crate with a logo I recognised…

We visited Elche when we went to Spain several years ago; it is a most beautiful city and was where we saw the medieval fair. The Dama de Elche is a famous bust nearly 2,400 years old but only discovered at the very end of the nineteenth century.

Seeing the logo on the side of the fruit box brought back some lovely memories:

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I really want to go back to Iceland…

I was lucky enough to go to Iceland in February this year and it was love at first site! It was everything I had hoped and imagined it would be and so much more! I will really have to save my pennies as it was really quite expensive – worth every single króna!

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