K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

For this week’s post on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, K’lee gave us licence to mislead and misdirect with some illegitimate imagery, via his prompt; Just an illusion.

I felt this called for some comical mucking about, so I tried a bit of downscaling with a couple of Audrey’s toys and some fingertip erasing. I’m not sure how my head got stretched in the first shot, but I’m rather pleased with how the second one came out.

*edit to include me riding the bug (thanks, David)

K’lee will boggle your senses HERE later.

Now show us your tricks of the light, it couldn’t be easier to take part…

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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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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee left us with our weekly dose of inspiration for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge on Friday, choosing an illuminating subject to play with; Living in the light.

Straight away it occurred to me that I had a candidate for that concept, having visited a local church last weekend with Audrey, during the annual Pilton Green Man festival.

We went to see a friend of mine performing a musical set inspired by Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy, featuring extracts from the book and other space-themed tunes (see video clip below) and I snapped a couple of stained glass windows while we were there.

See how K’lee lights up our lives HERE.

Now you show us your bright ideas.

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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 ) 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’m at the helm of this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge post, having asked you to get Up close and personal for your weekend’s homework.

As usual I had nothing specific in mind when I set the theme, deciding to search outside for inspiration and it didn’t take long to arrive.

I was sitting having a coffee in the sunshine yesterday morning and noticed a few seed pods on the table, from one of the many trees which overhang the back of our garden, like this one…

…which isn’t unusual, so I didn’t pay it any attention, although there was something slightly different about this particular seed.

Again, nothing all that unusual, certainly not worth investigating any more closely…until it moved.

On its own.

I was also playing with some new editing apps at the weekend and I made this rather effective image, bringing all the flower borders in very close indeed, to form a lush little “garden planet”.

K’lee gets just close enough for comfort HERE, go check him out.

Now it’s your chance to shine.

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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 post is more about artistic interpretation than photographic precision, with K’lee in the driving seat for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, leaving us the esoteric prompt of; If you could see into the heart of me.

Well, it was obvious to me that this would have to feature my family; Rhonda and I met in person for the first time almost exactly five years ago and, next week, she and Audrey will make their first trip back to America since they moved over here.

They are both very excited at the prospect of catching up with friends and family, especially meeting their first grandson/nephew for the first time, a visit delayed for over a year by financial constraints and intractable bureaucracy. It will also be the first time we’ve been apart as a family for five years, so they will of course be very much in my thoughts for the three weeks they’re away.

That seems like a lot of firsts for today, but it would hardly be a first to just post photos of my family, so I thought outside the box (well, outside in the garden) and made a little stop frame animated gif to illustrate K’lee’s theme as literally as possible, painstakingly constructing it from just two photos and a heart sticker.

You can see K’lee’s heartfelt and artistic post HERE.

But now it’s time for you 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 edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is brought to you by K’lee and his prompt; State of independence.

Clearly inspired by the fact that Thursday is July 4th and Independence Day across the pond, I chose to once again utilise Audrey as my model and transform her into an American icon.

It also seems fitting, as she is about to embark on the Big Adventure at a new school in September and is rapidly becoming a confident and independent young lady.

So, with a couple of homemade accessories, I made her into Lady Liberty for the day and I think you’ll agree she carries it off rather well.

Some cardboard, scissors and tape was all I needed to produce a crown and torch…

…to give the proper gravitas to my human statue.

Then, with a little editing magic, I placed her in Instow, to guard the entrance to the harbour.

After that, I got artistic and created these two artworks on the same theme.

Klee will show you the state of his creativity HERE.

Now you can impress us with your offerings.

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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.

For today’s visual adventure on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, I asked you to show us some interesting buildings and I found a few at the weekend so I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours.

First, the imposing facade of Heanton Court, the pub and restaurant Audrey and I rode to on Saturday, along the Tarka Trail cycle path, for a spot of lunch.

Next, on the way home we explored the wooded borders of the riverside trail and discovered an overgrown stone building…

…which on closer inspection, turned out to be an old lime kiln.

Returning to Barnstaple along the river, I snapped two more, distinctly different styles of architecture; this old Victorian building complete with intact dovecote on the roof…

…and the sleek art deco lines of this old cinema (now a nightclub) , gleaming white in the sunshine.

Onwards to the town square and the “Three faced liar”, officially the Albert Memorial clock tower, but known by its nickname to locals due to three of the four clock faces consistently showing the wrong time.

As a bonus, I captured the newly updated graffiti mural under the tall concrete bridge on the river; Audrey loved the fire-breathing tiger.

And last week, Rhonda, Audrey and I set off on an early morning drive to central London, to renew Audrey’s passport at the hugely impressive new American Embassy in Vauxhall, so of course I snapped a couple of shots there, too.

K’lee builds on the theme HERE, but now you can 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.

I have to admit that I rather stumped myself with the theme for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, leaving me to pick a selection of mouth-watering delicacies to illustrate the prompt; Eat, drink and be merry.

Rhonda is a fabulous cook, particularly on the barbeque grill, while Audrey and I are both enthusiastic consumers; so I have many shots of food, along with quite a few of us devouring it.

From a rolled pork loin cooked on the grill, stuffed with mushrooms, onions, garden herbs and garlic…

…to one of my very favourite examples of Rhonda’s traditional American cooking; biscuits and gravy…

…or how about one of mine and Audrey’s fully loaded pizzas, but you’ll have to be quick, they don’t last long.

Possibly the best single meal I’ve had in the last few months was the first time Rhonda made Philly cheese steak sandwiches, with homemade coleslaw and potato wedges. My stomach thought it had died and gone to culinary heaven.

And for dessert? How about a Twin Peaks themed cherry pie and a damn fine cup of black coffee.

I even found a picture of Audrey with her face painted to make it appear as though a fish was eating a hotdog.

And how could I leave out a shot of me “being merry” in my misspent youth.

Cheers!

K’lee’s scrumptious post is now ready to be served HERE.

But now it’s time to feast our eyes on your offerings for the week.

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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 edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is brought to you by K’lee’s potentially complex prompt of; Cosmic curvature: Architectural marvels.

Well I decided to go super simple and very local, with the arch of an old stone bridge and a curving, campanula-covered slate wall from my weekend’s countryside walk with Audrey…

…and our newly-extended “cartoon pond” in the garden rockery; now complete with ferns, a stone waterfall, which will soon have a blue lobelia tumbling over the rocks (a cultivar fittingly named “waterfall) and a backdrop of blue ceanothus covering the fence.

K’lee will be constructing his post for your viewing pleasure HERE.

Now, however, it’s your turn to show us what you’re made of.

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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.

For this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge I gave you a simple brief; show us How does your garden grow?

Well at the moment, halfway through this year’s series of improvements and evolution, ours grows like this…

See what K’lee has cultivated for us HERE.

Now you can give us the tour around your very own oasis of horticultural harmony.

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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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