The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I asked you to use the theme of the rough with the smooth as your inspiration for this week’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge and I was inspired by two rather different examples of horticulture.

We were given some black lilies by our next door neighbours and I was looking forward to seeing them bloom dramatically amongst the ferns, but what we actually got was this mildly disturbing and very rough mutation…

…with buds growing out of buds, like the chest burster in Alien.

Which contrast very nicely with the smooth sleek forms of the day lilies, the star gazer lily and the perfect geometry of the dahlia which started blooming yesterday.

Now let’s see how you interpreted the prompt this week.

Come on in, the pictures are lovely!

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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 around so fast, but never fear, The Cosmic Photo Challenge is here to brighten the start of your week with the theme of; Our feathered friends.

The birds didn’t seem to be taking the challenge seriously, though, when I walked along the river in the park yesterday.

Usually thronging with gulls and ducks, the only ones on the water were a flock of geese and they wouldn’t do me the decency of coming close enough for a good shot.

Then when I did manage to capture a suitable avian subject, they seemed intent on camouflaging themselves.

There is a gull in this shot, for example…

…and a pigeon in this one…

…but you’d never know it to start with.

So I resorted to using a few shots of the gull family at work, whose lives I have been chronicling on Facebook for a few weeks.

What did you catch on the fly at the weekend?

Don’t be shy, let us all enjoy your pictures, it’s as easy as 1,2,3…

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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.

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.

I admit it, I kind of cheated for The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week, because I already knew the photos I was going to use for the theme; Forces of nature.

There was an electrical storm the other night and I managed to capture my first ever lightning shots (which I expect some of you have seen on Facebook) and I couldn’t resist using them today.

Now let’s see what you bright sparks have 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.

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.

Cosmic Photo prompt.

I’m making it easy on you with today’s prompt for The Cosmic Photo Challenge, by picking something that’s globally relevant; Midsummer/Midwinter.

It’s the longest day tomorrow, giving you more time to capture your images than any other weekend this year, so get out there and find some stunning shots to start our collective, worldwide week.

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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 this week’s edition of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, I asked you to consider the artistic possibilities inherent in; Shadows and silhouettes.

I’m sure all you fabulously creative folks have some wonderful images in store, but to get the ball rolling, here are my interpretations of the prompt…

…now let’s see yours.

We’d love to have you join us on our weekly photographic odyssey and it’s so easy to take part, just follow the instructions below.

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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.

One more week into the start of our “new normal” and one more entry in the annuls of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, this edition being directed by the suggestion that your submissions should feature; Shades of grey.

I have chosen a selection of photos from in and around Barnstaple, some of which are original and some I have edited for monochromatic effect, including one composite image from a few years ago.

Now let’s see how you were inspired by the prompt over the weekend, it couldn’t be easier to take part…

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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.

Cosmic Photo prompt.

Apologies for the lateness of the hour, I kept getting sidetracked and completely forgot to supply you with a prompt for The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week.

So let’s make it an easy one today; Shades of grey.

That’s it, time to get monochromatic for Monday and show us something less colourful than usual.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see y’all in a couple of days.

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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.

The time has come once again to light the blue touch-paper on The Cosmic Photo Challenge, stand well back and see what explodes out of the prompt; Feel the heat.

I spent another weekend in the blazing sunshine out in the garden, where we had a barbeque on Saturday…

…and yesterday I spotted this little chap enjoying a dust bath.

Now it’s time for you to showcase your contributions…

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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.

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