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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

At first I thought K’lee’s choice of theme for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was a case of wishful thinking, when he picked; Signs of Spring’s Return.

But after a quick perusal of our small garden in yesterday’s grey winter light, I concluded that K’lee’s optimism was well founded as there are many new shoots and indications of returning life.

See for yourself…

K’lee has sprung into action and his gorgeous post is now HERE for your viewing pleasure.

Now it’s time for you to show us your green shoots of inspiration…

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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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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

It’s K’lee’s turn to set the prompt for next Monday’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and he’s picked a seasonal theme, (well, almost) asking that you feature; Signs of Spring’s Return.

So, whether that constitutes a lengthening of daylight hours, the melting of snow, green shoots beginning to appear, cute baby lambs frolicking in the sunshine or something completely different; this is your chance to Spring a surprise on us.

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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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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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Picture this: The promise of Spring…

For the first time this year, it finally feels like Spring has sprung and, with the second of two days of glorious sunshine this weekend, it was a perfect day for a stroll in the park.

I’d been wanting an excuse to play with my new camera anyway…

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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Photography, Picture this.

 

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Photo Sans Frontiers Showcase: Madilyn Leonard Benrubi / Yun Yi…

For this, the third post showcasing photography uploaded to my Photo Sans Frontiers Fb page, I’ve chosen to compile pictures by two contributors, both of whom I initially met on a blog sharing site and have subsequently become friends with on Facebook.

Madilyn Leonard Benrubi, born in New Jersey and author of the blog Jersey Lil’s 2 Cents, now lives in Maryland and regularly posts beautifully captured pictures that show the changing seasons and passing wildlife that visits her garden in Rockville.
I love photographing birds myself, so I’ve picked several of Madilyn’s avian subjects, along with a couple of great shots of the moon for her first guest appearance, I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve chosen.

Cardinals, American robins, cedar waxwings and starlings are clearly regular visitors to the trees and shrubs…

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…along with hungry sparrows, squirrels and even the occasional inquisitive deer…

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…and the view is just as good at night.

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Yun Yi, originally from Chongqing in China but now living in Durham, North Carolina, writes the blog Human Without God and her gorgeous naturalistic photos of the woodland landscapes and lakeside vistas around her home always make me want to explore the hidden pathways through the trees, leading who knows where…

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My thanks as always to Madilyn and Yun for their wonderful pictures.

Stay tuned for more from Photo Sans Frontiers soon.

 

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Picture this. Springtime by the river…

We are once again on dog sitting duty, this time for a King Charles spaniel called Ollie, while his owners are swanning around Venice in a gondola for a week.

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Combined with a gorgeous sunny spring day, this was the perfect excuse to get out and take some photos, walking Ollie down to our favourite wildfowl reserve and then making our way down the small river tributary (I believe it’s the Caen) that leads into the Taw estuary.

The Tarka Trail offers sweeping views out across the Taw wetlands, along the flat fields of the river valley between Chivenor and Braunton…

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…the wild flowers proliferate in the hedgerows, the buzzing of insects and bird song fills the air, spring sunshine bathes everything in warmth, and new growth is visible everywhere..

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…and of course I can never resist a bridge.

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Follow the river under the bridge at Wrafton, along the gorse-lined path that overlooks more of the flatlands on the estuary..

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…and you reach a landscape of marooned boats, stranded by the low tide..

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…the peace only broken by a rescue helicopter from the nearby Marine base flying training exercises.

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Retracing our steps, we crossed the Tarka Trail and made our way upstream passing more spring flowers, (and another stone bridge) in the dappled shade beneath the trees lining the riverbank.

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A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I’m writing this as the sun prepares to set on the weekend, but I’m going to cheat a little and end on shot of a sunset that I took at home earlier in the week, just in case tonight’s isn’t quite so good.

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If you enjoy accompanying us on our sojourns into the beautiful countryside of the West Country, then I’m sure you will be equally at home in the company of restlessjo (Johanna Bradley) on one of her Monday Walks.
Here is her latest post.
Why not join her on…

A Saltburn Stroll.

 

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