Jen H. says ‘This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.’ In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.” This is Cathedral Close in the very centre of Exeter, on a cold winter’s night. I hope you enjoy the shimmering glow. Join in at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/twinkle/
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Angular.” I’ve chosen some scenes through some gates with interesting angles.
. . . Even if it may seem crazy to most of you!
I don’t have many phobias, heights are fine, even snakes, as long as they aren’t venomous, do not bother me. Spiders, well strangely if they are outdoors in the garden they’re okay, as long as I know where they are and they don’t run towards me, they’re okay. Mice are cute, sharks are scary but I’m not likely to encounter one.
Rats however are a different kettle of . . . well rats really. And they terrify me, always have. I’ve had a recurring dream for decades about rats climbing up the drain into the toilet, I won’t keep you awake with the details.
So, earlier in the year when I walked into a tent at an agricultural show and came face to face with a whole load of them, my heart started beating way too fast. Just as I was beginning to feel sick and turned to get out a smiling girl approached me with a rat in each hand asking would I like to hold one.
‘Uh, no thanks I’m actually feeling rather anxious just being here, I think I’d better go’ did I actually look daft enough to hold a rat???
‘Well’ she said, ‘you’re managing to look at Jeremiah, well done, now isn’t he cute?’
I tried to slow my breathing and talk sense to myself while she muttered something about them being gentle, loving pets who like nothing better than snuggling up on their persons shoulder.
‘Perhaps you would like to stroke him? his fur is so soft.’
She continued to talk to me about Jeremiah and his siblings, breeding, feeding and winning prizes in the show. I started to feel a tiny bit calmer and my inner voice told me that I would never have a better chance to overcome my fear, than right then with such an understanding lady encouraging me.
Suddenly I heard myself say ‘Will it turn its mouth towards me f I stroke its back?’
‘No, it’ll be fine go for it.’
I did it. I may not do it again, I’ll never be a fan and I have no idea why anyone would choose one as a pet, but I’ve felt a big less phobic since that day and a real sense of achievement. Crazy eh?
So here he is!
If you have a picture that shows achievement, most likely more sensible than mine visit http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/achievement/ to join in.
This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress Daily Post asks that we show photos of our interpretation of ‘descent’. We can take it literally, experimenting with point of view or take it deeper.
I’m going to show you the descent of my favourite rivers, six of them that all descend to the sea on the south coast od Devon.
If you’ve known me a while you’ll know how much I love estuaries, those liminal, transitional places that tap into our ancestral memories.
The first is my beloved Exe, flowing into the sea at Exmouth.
A few miles to the east is the river Otter – and yes, Otters and even Beavers have returned to the Otter!I’d like to be able to photograph them.
The river Avon is the furthest west, flowing into the sea near Bigbury, in the beautiful South Hams.
The river Teign flows down from Dartmoor to the estuary between Teignmouth and Shaldon.
The Dart also descends from Dartmoor to reach the sea at Dartmouth, via another of my favourite places, Totnes.
Back to east Devon, the Axe joins the sea at Axmouth, with Lyme Regis just around the corner in Dorset.
I’m going to end as I began, with the Exe. It may not be a mighty river like some around the world, but it’s my river and my soul is wrapped in it.
You can join in with the challenge and see lots more descents at,
Michelle W says,
This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!
So I chose these photos, click for a larger view.
Do you have some dreamy photos? Check here to share them.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands at the Daily Post says,
For this challenge, share an image of a sign: it can be a sign near your home — a comforting sight after a long journey — a sign that doubles as art, or other types of signs that hold meaning for you.
Here are a few signs from my collection.
Ben Huberman at WordPress asks us to post a nighttime photo for this weeks challenge. I haven’t really got very many, I’m to lazy to use a tripod and I don’t take my camera out much at night. I did find this one though, taken at a Riad in Marrakech a few years ago.