The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good morning/afternoon/evening, wherever you may be and welcome to the regular Monday post of The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

On Friday I asked you to use your creative talents to illustrate the theme of a wet weekend, since that was clearly what we were in for in our neck of the woods.

But alas, having wasted the chances of a horrible Saturday, hiding inside from the rain and finally accepting I’d have to get out in the inclement weather yesterday instead, Sunday was dry!

I decided I’d have to settle for water flowing horizontally, rather than falling vertically, so I took a quick drive from Instow back to Barnstaple, via Fremington Quay and captured some shots along the very windy Torridge and Taw rivers.

How did your weekend pan out?

Come on, don’t be shy, let’s all have a look…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For your weekend homework on this week’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, I asked you (as it turns out, not very inclusively) to capture; Midsummer.

It was pointed out (thanks, eklastic) that I should have added Midwinter, to include my visitors from below the equator, so apologies for that unintentional omission.

I took a drive yesterday afternoon, while the sun battled for space between the clouds; visiting Eastleigh village with its neatly kept churchyard and picturesque cottages, capturing some panoramas of the Torridge valley and the quiet country lanes.

ow it’s your turn to show us your visions of solstice.

It’s easy to do, just follow these simple steps…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Ok, so this is the “new normal” we’re going to have to get used to, is it?

Well, one thing hasn’t changed and that still means that every Monday on Return of the Internet Nobody, I do a little feature called The Cosmic Photo Challenge and you are all cordially invited to take part.

On Friday I left you a suggestion based on our recent collective incarceration; asking you to capture whatever your personal version is of; The world in lockdown.

I have collected together a few of the shots I took over the last few, surreal weeks, when it has been possible to capture our beautiful town and countryside in a uniquely unpopulated state.

It has also meant that I could take photos from places that are usually far less accessible. These first two were taken from the high River Torridge road bridge, looking both downstream towards Bideford and the mouth of the estuary…

…and inland towards Appledore, with its naval shipyard.

I was lucky enough to catch a good clear evening with no traffic and a full moon high tide, so I could quickly stop the car to jump out and snap these.

But although the weather was equally glorious a few days ago when I took some on Barnstaple square and the more modest (but ancient and far more attractive) “Long Bridge” over the River Taw in town, the tide was resolutely out.

I also had a bit of a play around with a shot of the Albert Memorial clock tower outside the museum and I’m rather pleased with the result of my meticulous fingertip erasing.

As the world returns to some semblance of its bustling self, it’s almost a shame to lose the tranquility and stillness which we humans so casually shatter with our busy lives.

It has been a rare and unusual privilege to witness my home in this more natural, unsullied state and it makes me appreciate it all the more, too.

How does your world look in these strange times?

It couldn’t be easier to take part, just follow these simple steps…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

It’s another lovely day at the end of the world and here we are again, documenting it all with pictures in The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I asked you to Pick a colour on Friday as a theme for today’s challenge, which I did…

…even though most of my three photos are different colours entirely.

Audrey and I went out for our government-allocated, daily hour of exercise on Saturday, which was when it occurred to me as it does every year, that yellow really is the accent colour of Spring, (yes, I know we’re officially in summertime now) so that’s the colour I picked.

I captured a bank packed with primroses, a picture postcard country cottage with bright yellow paintwork and a rather lovely panoramic shot including “a host of golden daffodils”, as Wordsworth would no doubt have described it.

It was only when I came to post them that I realised what a small percentage of my chosen images were actually yellow. Still I stand by my choices, but see what you think, did I meet the brief?

Which hues did you choose?

Let’s see your weekend homework, it’s easy to do…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Monday, the day I show you mine and y’all show me yours, in The Cosmic Photo Challenge, for which I provided the following prompt; Spring has sprung.

Dodging the intermittent bad weather, Audrey and I took two walks at the weekend, one along the River Taw and one down a short stretch of the smaller Yeo valley where the river runs through the woods.

Now let’s see what seasonal treats you have in store for us…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Monday comes speeding back round again, bringing with it another edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, which this week is in turn brought to you by the prompt; Set in stone.

I have chosen some examples of the stonemason’s art in Barnstaple, taken on a stroll around town with Audrey yesterday.

Some of the old buildings here have featured on the challenge before, but these are all new photos, I hope you like them.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Welcome, everyone, to this revamped edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, (as it will be known pending K’lee’s return) complete with a new badge for you to add to your weekly challenge posts should you feel inclined.

On Friday I set a simple theme of; From above, a mission I accomplished on a trip into town with Audrey on Saturday, when the two of us scaled the Barnstaple Castle Mound to eat our lunchtime pasties and take in the rather blustery view.

So here are some shots of the town and surrounding landscape (and Audrey) from above, the sides of the river valley in which Barnstaple stands just visible in the distance.

What did you cast your camera eye over for this week’s show and tell?

Let’s see what you found, it’s easy when you know how…

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To get involved with the challenge, follow these simple steps; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

It’s the first post in K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge for the new year, with the theme I picked back in the 2010s; Welcome to the ’20s.

Last Wednesday, Rhonda and Audrey joined in with the unwritten tradition of mad English people down the ages; going for a “bracing walk” on New Year’s Day.

In the rain.

And fog.

On the beach, obviously.

It was actually a very nice stroll, just as the tide was starting to come in at Instow, from the blustery dunes to the shallow waterline, all shrouded in a foggy blanket.

I even found the inspiration for a little digital mucking about to start this year’s photographic ball rolling.

K’lee has posted his New Year images HERE.

Now you can show us how you got into the new decade.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I’d like to think my resigned prompt for this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was the catalyst for an unexpected change in the weather yesterday, but I admit it’s unlikely.

As a reaction to a wet and windy week, my theme on Friday was; Sun, sea and sand, which I planned to illustrate with some of the many suitable photos I have in my archives.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I woke up yesterday morning to a bright and beautiful, sunny Autumn day. Just the kind of day for a walk on the beach in fact.

So Audrey and I went for a highly enjoyable stroll along Instow beach and harbour front at low tide.

And if you click on this final photo, you can take one of those fancy 360° panorama tours of the harbour.

Bathe in the light of K’lee’s sunny disposition HERE later.

Now let’s see if you had any luck with the weather round your way.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I set the theme for today’s seasonal adventure on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, requesting that you provide an illustration for the prompt; A touch of Autumn.

This time of year is often thought of as gloriously colourful and pleasantly warm, by those of you from sunnier climes, but here in England that’s not always the case.

In fact, grey and wet is a more accurate description of our autumnal weather, but we have to work with what we’ve got so I went out in the rain and captured some views around Barnstaple for you.

From the swollen waters of the tidal river Taw, to the town square with its newly renovated museum, to the leafy country lanes near where we live, the change in seasons is visible everywhere you look.

See where K’lee went with the prompt HERE.

Now we’ve shown you ours, it’s time for y’all to show us yours.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

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