Showing posts from September, 2017


I like what Kim Manley Ort has to say about Haiku: 
"Haiku is a form of poetry that originates from Japan. It usually consists of three lines, containing five, seven, and five syllables respectively. These three lines pare an experience down to its essence. There is no interpretation; you say what happened or what you observed in a few well-chosen words.I find that these types of poems are perfect accompaniments to contemplative photographs. The words succinctly describe the experience of the moment without judgment. Charles Blackhall calls them “eyeku!” -- Source Kim Manley Ort


"It's a terrible thing I think to wait until you are ready.  I have this feeling now that no one is ever ready to do anything.  There is almost no such thing as ready.  There is only now." -- Anon
Decisions, decisions.  "Will I or won't I?"This is the question I asked myself repeatedly before enrolling on my current photography workshop. In the end, I'm so glad I decided "yes" because it's pretty darn amazing!

The earth has music for those that listen

"The earth has music for those that listen." -- William Shakespeare

Never be afraid to try something new

"Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know." -- Anon
This image was inspired by one of the projects in a photography workshop I'm currently taking. Lots of study and reflection involved, so giving the brain a good old workout! lol.

Serenity Project - September 2017

"The sunrise doesn't care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no-one bothers to look at it." -- Gene Arnole
The images above were captured when most people were still snuggled up asleep in bed. Outside, it felt as if the whole world was asleep at 5.00am - apart from nature that is! 
Love the peace and quiet afforded when the sun is just beginning to rise on the horizon. On this particular morning, there was also a blanket of mist stretched across the fields which was just beginning to burn off against the sun. Made for some pretty spectacular viewing!
Next in the serenity circle is a hard working photographer, Nadeen from Nadeen Flynn Photography, Northern California. Please click hereto follow the circle around and enjoy what Nadeen and the girls have to share this month. Each month I look forward to viewing the girls' images and am always amazed and inspired by what they have to share.  Why not take a look and likewise enjoy!

Delicious autumn

"Delicious autumn!.... If I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns." -- George Elliot

Watching the leaves turn

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." -- Elizabeth Lawrence
Went for a photo walk whilst Finn was having a nap this afternoon. I take the opportunity for a little time to myself whenever I can because I don't get a moment's peace when Finn's awake! He's a cute bundle of energy and very typical of a 6 month old Labrador, i.e. into everything and up to no end of mischief! 

I didn't stay out for long however because it was really cold and damp from all the recent rainfall plus it was starting to get windy. Was just thinking that we will soon have to dig out our winter woollies!  Can you believe it oramI the only one thinking this year is passing quickly?

Autumn of contentment

"Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by finding contentment in whatever we have." --
Love it when the trees turn spectacular shades of gold, red, orange and brown - my favourite colour combinations - can you tell? Love the sounds of crunchy leaves underfoot and the wind blowing fallen leaves along the ground. But I especially love closing the curtains to the dark evenings outside and having a good book to read in front of a cosy fire inside.... sheer bliss! I call it my 'autumn of contentment' - definitely my favourite time of the year.

Simple food

"Good food is often the most simple food." -- Anthony Bordain

One of the things I love about this time of the year is coming home from a walk with the dog and tucking into a bowl of home made soup - can't beat it on a chilly autumn day.

Above: Butternut squash soup and served it with a couple of slices of crusty bread - delicious!  Followed my own recipe:


2 desert spoons margarine / butter (can use low-fat versions if desired)
3 pints hot water
2 Knorr chicken stock pots
2 large carrots peeled and finely chopped
4 medium onions peeled and finely chopped
1 large butternut squash peeled, de-seeded and chopped roughly the same size as the carrots
1/2 pt semi or full-fat milk
Salt and pepper (optional)
Coriander (optional)

Be thankful

"No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be THANKFUL for life.  Someone somewhere is fighting to survive." -- bethankfulforlife

The benefits of knowing your photography style (and how to achieve such)

There are so many excellent photographers worldwide whose work we admire over the www as well as talented artists much closer to home - all of whom inspire and ignite a longing in us to create beautiful works of art just like they do! Unfortunately, it is not always possible to emulate another photographers work exactly. Ha! Hands up - been there, tried such and wrote about it here: 6 ways to build confidence as a photographer. But for now, let's consider the benefits of "knowing your OWN photography style" as well as how to achieve this goal.

Firstly, the benefits of knowing your own unique photography style

You will discover which type of locations / subjects / lighting conditions inspire you to make art and will instinctively know which camera setting to use for such from experience. You won't waste time on those locations and lighting conditions which don't deliver your desired results (at least not through choice).

You will spend less time editing because you…

A time for everything

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.... a time to plant and a time to uproot...." -- Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2

Slow down a little

"We would do well to slow down a little, focus significantly and truly see the things that matter the most." -- Dieter F Uchtdorf

The best way to get things done

"The best way to get things done is simply to begin." -- Inspirational Quotes Gazzette

The Poet's Darling

"Flowers: The poet's darling." -- William Wordsworth

Egg-stra special

Thought I'd try a new lunch recipe this afternoon.  Smoked chicken and ham with egg recipe.  Turned out yummy!


"Then all of a sudden, summer collapsed into fall." -- Oscar Wilde

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