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City In A Spin

City In A Spin

City In A Spin

City In A Spin is my entry for this week’s Wex Mondays challenge. The swirled abstract was created from an image taken from the waiting area for Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s Hospital in London. Look closely and you’ll find the River Thames, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The dentistry unit is on the twenty-sixth floor of Guy’s Tower and the city can look confusing from up there! There’s much beauty to be found among the densely-packed city streets though. I am looking forward to sharing some of my work from The City Gardens soon. These gardens and green spaces are a respite for people and a vital resource for the precious wildlife of London.

Different Perspectives

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The Way Forward, Illuminated

Walkway Over The Wetlands

The Way Forward, Illuminated

A busy weekend and little time for any photography for the Fotospeed Challenge! We did manage a brief stop at Heather Farm Wetlands Centre for a lovely cuppa and slice of cake at the Waters Edge Cafe though. The brisk wind was creating so much movement in the clouds, with a hopeful brightness appearing on the horizon. I have tried to convey all of that in this mono from one of the walkways over the marshland. Hope you like it!

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Golden Crown

Guild Castle surrounded by daffodils

Golden Crown

Yesterday I joined a group of local photographers for a photoramble around Guildford. We picked the wrong day! It was absolutely tipping it down with rain and most of the group gave up before reaching the Castle Grounds. Well the daffodils were truly glorious, crowning the hill with gold. Shame about the sky at the time which was grey and featureless! For my Fotospeed Challenge image I decided that I would merge a beautiful spring-blue sky from Saturday into my photo of the castle. The resulting composite is the sight that I had been imagining enjoying and capturing on our day out! Despite the rain I loved going around the grounds, seeing the beautiful daffodils, primrose and blossoms. There was so much birdsong and a real feel of life springing up around me! I am looking forward to seeing the grounds carpeted with tulips soon 🙂

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Ring Around The Moon

Ring Around The Moon

Ring Around The Moon

A moon halo or rainbow is caused by the refraction of light, reflected by the moon, upon ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. I rather enjoyed seeing this soft and slightly broken glow in the high cloud, passing across the face of the moon, on Thursday last week and thought it would make a good entry for the Wex Mondays challenge.

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Black And White Challenge: Day 5 – Crafty Corvid

Jackdaw

Black And White Challenge: Day 5 – Crafty Corvid

Have you ever been called a “birdbrain”? Well, it may not be that derogatory anymore! Recent evidence has revealed that corvids (members of the crow family) are amongst the most intelligent species on Earth, beside humans and the Great Apes. The posses imagination that allows then to use and even create specific tools. They can solve complex problems of many stages. They are highly sociable and monogamous. Their brain-to-body-size ratio is only slightly smaller than that of a human! This jackdaw at Claremont Gardens was watching us feeding the squabbling geese, ducks and gulls by the lake before carefully choosing his moment to come down for a share of the bounty. Thanks, Amy, for setting me the 5 Day B&W Challenge!

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Black And White Challenge: Day 4 – Phlox?

Phlox?

Black And White Challenge: Day 4 – Phlox?

It’s very often the robins of RHS Wisley Gardens that play tour guide by perching on the signs, but I was lucky to capture this lovely little dunnock, through the sunlit grasses, perched on Phlox. The light was simply divine!! Would you like to see it in colour too? I have one more day to go of the 5 Day Black & White Challenge that Amy, from The World Is A Book, set me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed looking at the birds in a different light!

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Black And White Challenge: Day 3 – Baby Steps

First Gosling Of The Year

Black And White Challenge: Day 3 – Baby Steps

First baby of the year! This is a two week old Egyptian Gosling that mum and I were amazed to discover so early at Claremont Gardens. Such a cute little bundle of fluff 🙂 Thanks again to Amy, from The World Is A Book, for setting me this challenge. Do any of you want to have a go? I decided to tackle birds in monochrome as they’re not a subject that I would normally think of processing in this way. Do you have a favourite subject matter that you’ve never processed in Black and White? I challenge all my readers to think on it and join in when you have the time.

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Graceful With A Hint Of Orange

Graceful

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Graceful With A Hint Of Orange

I have always loved seeing the black swans at Claremont Gardens. I was sad to discover that the male is on his own now as his mate recently passed away. He certainly seemed forlorn on his own. I hope that the National Trust are able to find another mate for him! I knew swans would be a popular choice for the Travel Theme, Graceful. They really are grace personified! The beautiful black swan also has a deep orange bill that I thought would combine the challenges perfectly.

I have also created a tinted B&W for Day 2 of the Black and White Challenge that Amy set me.

Graceful - B&WYou’ll also see in the gallery that my mum has very orange (ginger) hair! I sometimes refer to her as the “goose whisperer” as she always has food for them and they follow her everywhere!