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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

A Three Picture Story: The Setting Of Sculptures

One of the things that I love most about Henry Moore sculptures is that they were made to work in concert with the outdoors.

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The original design for King and Queen was made in 1952 and several sculptures were cast between 1952 and 53. One is now on display outside the RHS Wisley Laboratory, overlooking the Canal. The sculpture will be in the garden until the end of September 2014.

“Whilst manipulating a piece of this wax, it began to look like a horned, Pan-like, bearded head. Then it grew a crown and I recognised it immediately as the head of a king. I added a second figure to it and it became a ‘King and Queen’. I realise now that it was because I was reading stories to Mary, my six year old daughter, every night, and most of them were about kings and queens and princesses . . . ” Henry Moore

The setting for any sculpture brings added meaning to the piece, it influences the way we experience it. Set here in these beautiful grounds they have become, for me, an Oberon and Titania. I imagine them coming alive when all visitors have gone and dancing through their garden realm, rejoicing in the fauna and flora, hastening on the arrival of Spring.

“Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place”
Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

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On The Edge

On The Edge

Daily Prompt: On the Edge
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ACTIVITY.

Today is World Photography Day! My dad, an inspiration for my photography, is having a holiday from work, so mum and I took him down to the Basingstoke Canal so that he could see for himself some of the beautiful wildlife and nature that I’m often posting on here.

I was so thrilled that one of the grey wagtails, a male I think, was hunting by the lock and posed briefly for us. I love watching these wonderful birds and it was great to be able to share this with my dad. Hence, this is my chosen image and subject for World Photography Day 2013.

Here are a few of my other favourite photos from today.

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Life In The Undergrowth

Life In The Undergrowth

I went on a bug hunt today. The Basingstoke Canal is ideal for everything I was looking for! The tow-path is lined with nettles, brambles, thistles and other wildflowers that are often labelled weeds. My featured photo is a beautiful Speckled Wood butterfly.

At this time of year so many of these “weeds” hold great importance to our wildlife, in particular to butterflies and moths who lay their eggs on these plants.

Today I got my first glimpses of emerging caterpillars on the nettles as well as seeing many tents made by the larvae at the top of leaves. I’m pretty sure these are Red Admiral caterpillars.

The thistles are still producing some flower heads, amongst lots of seed, providing nectar for hungry butterflies, bees and hoverflies.

I also found lots of harvestmen and several other intriguing spiders who were all feasting on the midges.

If you have nettles, brambles and thistles in your garden please don’t cut them back yet! You may find some hungry caterpillars soon 🙂

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Enzo

Enzo

This is Enzo. He’s just four months old and belongs to my cousin and her family.

My Aunt is dog-sitting whilst they’re on their summer holidays. Today she, my mum, my sister and brother-in-law all came along to Basingstoke Canal with me for a walk. It was all new to Enzo and he was soon immersed in doggy heaven!

Water, ducks, insects, sticks, people, bikes, babies and other dogs! The excitement was almost overwhelming.

He’s a very good little dog though and it was lovely watching him bouncing about with joy and jumping in and out of the shallows.

Do come again Enzo and bring a ball to throw and fetch! Please bring your family too, I’d love to see them.

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Elusive

Elusive

There are a few grey wagtails that I’ve spotted by the Basingstoke Canal and I’m trying to find out how many individuals there are along the stretch that I visit.

I have seen two together but I wasn’t able to capture the moment. They’re very elusive! I managed to find a concealed spot from where I could watch this female for a little while today. It was lovely 🙂

Photographing her was a challenge as she stayed in a very shadowed area but she didn’t stay still for a moment! This image was taken at 300mm f5.6 ISO 3200 at 1/80sec.

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The Ugly Ducklings

The Ugly Ducklings

Daily Prompt: Flip Flop
Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSITION.

The story of The Ugly Duckling (a young swan) by Hans Christian Andersen is well-known and loved across the world. Today I went to see how the beautiful cygnets on the Basingstoke Canal in West Byfleet are getting on.

This literary fairy tale is often seen as being a metaphor for personal transformation, in particular the transition from childhood through to adolescence and into adulthood.

This was a story that I very much took to heart as a child as I was badly bullied at school. I was, in some respects, the opposite to the Ugly Duckling being too short and rather sickly.

The story succeeded in helping me to believe that I would eventually transition into that beautiful swan and would find my place in the world.

It’s only when you reach adulthood you realise that the true moral of the story is, perhaps, that this youngster was always beautiful! Maybe I was always beautiful too.

I look at these gorgeous little bundles of silvery down and wonder how anyone could possibly refer to one as being ugly. I have to wonder what it really is that drives one child to bully another, with either name calling or violence.

Times of change, transition can be very hard. Being different, though, is actually completely normal!

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Newborn

Newborn

So, I’m supposed to chose one photo of the day……….

…………FAR TOO CUTE!

These were taken today near Byfleet Boat Club on The River Wey