Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast – Skye Cloudburst


It always feels like an amazing triumph when having been in the right place at the right time for an amazing shot, when I get back to the computer to check the image, it’s a good one. Hallelujah!

As for contrast, I simply love weather like this which just oozes contrast. So much like life itself.

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Day Nineteen: Double & Rotation

No, I’m not giving you the ‘finger’ and rotated they remind me of something from a horror movie.

These are two of the remaining crypt pillars, along with rubble cores are all that is left of the Shrine of St Edmund.

Once a great Abbey of St Edmund of Bury is now just an impressive ruin.

A plaque commemorating the spot where, in 1214, Cardinal Langton and the barons of England swore to compel King John to sign the document now known as the Magna Carta.

Glass, Squared – By Day & By Night Through the Window

By Day – It’s amazing how many times I have taken a shot through a window, knowing full well the quality of the shot could be pretty poor. But sometimes, that really doesn’t matter. It is a moment in life that just deserves more presence of attention and merits the joy of preserving it for a future date.

In the case of this song thrush, I had been listening to it singing away but couldn’t actually see where it was perched. As I passed the window, there it sat, bold as brass on the grass nonchalantly preening itself in the sunlight. I prayed it would still be there by the time I’d wrestled my camera out of its bag and it was and continued to bathe unperturbed much longer than I was prepared to stand stooped over the camera.

By Night – Drawn to the magnificent sky as I passed the window, I simply had to snap it. I loved the way the dark slanted window framed it all.

Day Sixteen: Treasure & Close-up

There is so much in life to treasure but ultimately for me are my son and a sense of deep inner contentment, something that eluded me for a sizeable chunk of my life. Thankfully those moments have been increasing in frequency and duration over a number of years and I treasure every one of them.

Muse – Into the West

What’s my muse? What subject keeps me coming back?

How long have you got?

The topics are endless. Things grab me in the moment, but it is quite often the way the light falls on a subject. Rusty objects, broken items, quirky or weird things. I love weather, wild weather, strange cloud formations, rain storms, clouds and more clouds.

When I think about where I gravitate to, I would have to say the coast – wide open space.

I live quite close to the sea and when I travel anywhere inland my first reaction is to question where the nearest coast is. Then where the nearest high point is. I feel compelled to reach that point to see if I can see the sea!

But not just any sea. I am drawn ‘Into the West’. The light is different there. Whilst the east coasts are very beautiful, I resonate with the west coast. I love the way the light intensifies the colours in the west, the vibrant energy of the air and to watch the sun go down over the sea has a deeply satisfying feeling that just completes my day.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”