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

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge

Today’s bank holiday edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is brought to you by K’lee’s prompt of; Colour me cosmic.

I decided that our outing with Biff, an old friend who visited for Audrey’s birthday, would make a fine and colourful subject for the challenge, because we went to the Gnome Reserve.

This charming place is a labour of love, created and run by an equally charming and slightly eccentric lady called Ann Fawcett Atkin, who has been providing a sanctuary for gnomes from all over the world for 40 years.

She is an accomplished artist and gardener, with her artworks on sale in the house, from where you collect your gnome hat before touring the reserve (so as not to make the residents uncomfortable) and where you can also buy a traditional Devon cream tea, freshly made sandwiches and local ice cream.

So we donned our colourful hats…

…and set off into the woods.

See K’lee unfurl his colours HERE.

Now let’s see what part of the spectrum you’ve chosen to highlight for us…

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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.

Hello and welcome to another bank holiday edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, with this week’s inspiration provided by K’lee’s prompt; For the love of…

I suppose I could have picked many things which go with that theme, but since Audrey and I have been spending a lot of time on our bikes recently, touring the countryside around Barnstaple, I thought I’d go with For the love of Devon.

It’s such a beautiful part of the country, here in the balmy Southwest, warmed by the Gulf Stream and criss-crossed with cycle routes like the Tarka Trail. Here are just a few of the shots taken on our journeys over the last couple of weeks.

You can see what K’lee is loved up about HERE and it’s a real treat.

Now you can show us some of your affectionate imagery.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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.

Just for a change, I had no problem meeting my own brief this week on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, having set the prompt on Friday of; The beauty of Spring.

The weather even cooperated (more or less) and I captured some of the newly emerging flowers in the garden on Saturday, as well as taking a few shots on a bike ride in the nearby countryside with Audrey yesterday.

K’lee will Spring his post on you HERE.

Now it’s time to show us how you interpreted the challenge this week.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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 have a confession to make.

I set the prompt for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, because I had a specific event in mind when I picked; Street photography.

Saturday was Green Man day in Barnstaple.

Or rather, it was the Pilton Green Man Festival. Set in the old town’s sloping high street and around the Rotary Gardens, the all day event comprises craft stalls, live music, Morris dancing, fairground attractions, food and drink, a pagan procession and much more. It’s always a busy day and this year’s festival was no exception.

Audrey and I wandered through the crowds, soaked up some of the cheerful community atmosphere and I took some photos; including some of the slightly fearsome Morris men and women (see if you can make out exactly who is who in the final shot, I certainly can’t).

K’lee is out on the streets HERE, but now it’s time to show us what you found on your travels.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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: Race day special.

This week’s scorching hot edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was brought to you by my prompt; The need for speed.

Now, I rarely pick a challenge’s theme based on a predetermined idea, I usually just post the first thing that pops into my head and try to find inspiration from that. But I already knew I was going to have a specific photo-opportunity at the weekend, so I kind of cheated. Plus it ties in nicely with Lewis Hamilton’s valiant, if unsuccessful, fight-back in the British Grand Prix yesterday.

It was worth it, though, as you’ll see in a moment.

First, a little preamble.

Two years ago, Audrey and I went to the small village of George Nympton, on the edge of Exmoor National Park, one slightly drizzly July Saturday afternoon, for their annual fete and live-action recreation of ’70s kids TV favourite, Wacky Races.

If you are somehow unaware of this televisual classic, here’s the intro…

…so that you can compare and contrast, later.

Anyway, back to the same Saturday afternoon, but fast forward to 2018 and add blazing, tarmac-melting heat. Both Audrey and Rhonda joined me for this year’s festivities and the same mix of entertainment was on offer as I remember from last time; a mouth-watering hog roast for lunch, a stroll around the stalls, (getting there early paid off and I bagged a few CDs and a DVD box-set)

…a small dog show, with views across the beautiful, rolling hills of the Devon countryside…

…live music…

…and of course, the racing itself.

The road into the village is on a very steep hill, with a sharp, almost 90° corner half way down, where the road becomes slightly less steep for a long straight run to the finish line outside the church.

Since this is the only road through the village, organisers have to use walkie-talkies to coordinate traffic control for each race, but the four homemade vehicles and their intrepid riders all got their moments of glory in the sun eventually.

There were two of a more traditional go-cart design…

…along with this little guy and his Battle Bus

…who I missed as he crossed the line on his second run, but you’ll see him in action soon, as I did catch all the action on video.

Last, but certainly not least, was Audrey’s undoubted favourite; the fabulous Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, complete with costumed team and smoke effects, which was the overall winner of the time trial, not surprising when you see how fast it came down that hill.

The racers were towed up the hill by quad bike…

…then a few minutes later, this happened:

Check out the clip, it’s only one minute long, then show us what you did to get up to speed with the challenge this week.

K’lee’s post zooms past, HERE, check it out.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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.

K’lee picked the theme for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, going for the contrasting dynamics of; Bodies at rest, bodies in motion.

I have chosen to illustrate the prompt with some photos of a recent walk on the beach with Audrey.

Bodies at rest: Audrey standing on the beach; a jellyfish, which has ceased to move altogether; a heavenly body, the sun, resting on the sand…

Bodies in motion; a couple of action shots of two dogs Audrey was petting and a nice one of her kicking along the sand…

K’lee’s post is HERE, but now let’s see what you came up with.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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.

Time for another bank holiday edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, with the theme provided by yours truly; In the country.

Quite a lot of scope, depending on your interpretation I suppose, but I kept it simple, with a slight twist of perspective and a bit of artistic licence.

My photographic offerings for today were all captured from atop the imposing viaduct, which carries the A361 North Devon link road across a valley which forms part of the Castle Hill estate at Filleigh.

A quick walk down the road from a convenient layby and I was rewarded with fabulous views of the steep forested slopes and meandering river below, lush and green in the patchy morning sunshine.

You’ll find K’lee’s inspired images HERE.

But we want to see what you found out in the countryside at the weekend, so come and join in, it’s easy…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, 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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