Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

Colour

Until next time …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

So, I have been away for a while, once again! Alas, I was hit a second time with a cold/flu thing, and haven’t been wanting to do much more than sit in bed and read! But here I am, back and hopefully no more illness – the warmth of spring should finally arrive in Britain next week, so it’s all good from here.

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is colour. I’m sure there are a million photos to share, but instead I have chosen this simple sunset, taken only an hour or so ago. It’s very subtle, but I find that the colour of a sunset always makes me happy, gives me hope and motivation, and there is nothing more beautiful!

Until next time …

Day #030

Sunrise in Oxfordshire, Jan 2013

Sunrise in Oxfordshire, Jan 2013

Apologies for the silence – I just spent a long weekend at my “country retreat” in Oxfordshire – it’s actually home to my dad and step/half-family, and I was visiting them before I fly out to America next week. I love to refer to it as my country retreat purely because after the bustle of the week here in Windsor (population 27,000) it’s nice to have a break and stay in the town of Faringdon (population 6,200) and the village of Clanfield (population 855)! Alas, there’s no internet connection … not necessarily a bad thing when you’re trying to escape!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is beyond.

This challenge could go in many different directions but I’ll keep this one to just 3 images …

Snow in Windsor, UK, Jan 2013

This first picture was taken earlier today, when the snow was falling hardest. For anyone in the south-east UK, I am sure you will agree we got more than we bargained for!! You can see our poor trees suffering just beyond the blizzard of snow.

The beautiful view, coming back to Carolina from Cayey, Puerto Rico, Jan 2012

This second picture (I think I’ve posted one quite similar before, but I hope it wasn’t the same one!) was taken on my trip to Puerto Rico. I love this shot so much, as it captures everything you could associate with a Caribbean island: the palm tree silhouette, the startlingly blue skies, the warm ocean visible in the distance, and the rolling lush green hills. I would give anything to return there in an instant!

Taking the mountainous route through Pennsylvania on our way to Ohio and ultimately Missouri, May 2012

And this final picture I think represents the meaning of beyond for me perfectly. What I absolutely love about the USA is, especially on a long drive (I’ve had my fair share!), there is always something to look at, or look for. There is always something around that bend, waiting just beyond your line of sight. When I finally get my driving licence (it’s 4 years late, but I will get there!), I cannot wait just to be out on the road, discovering.

Some of my favourites: A Meditative Journey With Saldage, Newbie Academic in a ‘Stan, Francine in Retirement, Slump’s Blog, What’s (in) the Picture?,  Alien Shores, Les Petits Pas de Juls, Polit-onomics & Travel, Nature in the Burbs, Wind Against Current.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Silhouette.

I would love to have some amazing shots of palm trees against a sunset background, but alas, I don’t have any! Well, we don’t tend to have palm trees here so … there really isn’t much opportunity.

My first picture was taken in Windsor Great Park, at the end of the Long Walk. The Copper Horse is a statue of King George III, commissioned by his son King George IV. It is said that the man who designed the statue hung himself in the nearby forest, as he had forgotten to put in the stirrups, and knew he would face his death at the hand of the king for his mistake!

My second photo was also taken in Windsor Great Park, though a bit further away. At the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna, beautiful as they were, I couldn’t help but capture this moment, as a lone man walked around the ruins, contemplating them slowly.

My final picture was taken in the USA, though you will have to forgive me as I have forgotten which park it was taken in! It’s in Pennsylvania, and near to York, but that’s all I can remember… I love this photo, the way the sunset catches the flag and the trees … I would give anything to go back to that evening!

Until next time …