Tag Archives: Weekly Photo Challenge

A Truck with a Past

In the 19th century, granite was quarried at Haytor on Dartmoor and was taken along a tramway  to the Stover Canal. From there it went by barge to Teignmouth, then by sea around Great Britain and further.  The tramway was opened on 1820, by George Templar of Stover, a long distance footpath , the Templar Way is named after him.

Granite from Haytor was used in the building of London Bridge, the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Trains of up to twelve trucks descended from Haytor, with a horse behind to slow them down.  Remains of the tramway can still be seen on Haytor Down. The ‘Relic’ of a truck below is similar to the ones used on the tramway. This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge of Relic.


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A Banksy Contrast

Bristol museum has a couple of Banksy’s in it’s collection and I remembered this one when I thought about contrasts.

This isn’t how I tend to see an angel, the statue beneath may be, but Banksy has added a little something to make us think as usual.

The trashy paint pan is in complete contrast to the angel. Here is what the Museum has to say about it.

and another look.

What are your thoughts, are you aware of Banksy’s work?
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Extra Dreamy

It took me a while to think of an answer to this weeks photo challenge, I kept going back to this pic that I took on Saturday at Penshurst Place in Kent. Eventually I got it, the ‘extra’ isn’t an object, but rather the dreamlike quality of the image, what do you think?



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Un moment s’il vous plait

Bristol Temple Meads: 10.40am, Saturday May 24th 2014.

The beginning of a day in costume for a soon to be wed stag and his herd. No doubt there were some sore heads 24 hours later. Maybe he is now Mrs Someone’s husband. Wherever you are Monsieur I wish you a long and happy marriage.

Les hommes

A spilt second story for The Daily Post. Join in here,


Work of Art

nature's artwork

Nature’s fair canvas coloured by skilful brush

each billowing cloud unique and fleeting in form hue and shade

each curve and sweep of landscape carved by mystical sculptor

each line of tree planted by a master hand

each blade of myriad green springs forth to reach its zenith

burns dry in heat of summer desiccates

lies  waiting for  the cycle of rebirth

each swell of tide turns ocean brown blue

turquoise and broken by white horses

what greater work of art could this gypsy capture

than nature’s dynamic masterpiece

Michelle W chose the theme for this weeks photo challenge over at the Daily Post, Work of Art. Join in here, http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/work-of-art/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

It’s photo challenge day from the Daily Post at WordPress and the theme is spring.

I seem to have been posting photos of spring a lot recently but I can always find more. Spring comes early in my neck of the woods, the south west of England is warmed by the gulf stream, so it’s here by February -oh yes it is, as far as I’m concerned anyway, so that’s when I start looking for signs, in whatever daylight I can grab. February’s picture was taken on a lunchtime stroll close to where I work. february
Daffodils are sending up their elegant green stems and tiny wild violets are in flower. If you’re lucky and the sun is on them the perfume is lovely. March is a snakeshead fritillary, one of my favourite spring flowers – I know I have many, many favourites!

Doesn’t she look shabby chic in her printed spring frock?
April, and delicate little cyclamen shine out, among all the yellows and blues in a spring garden.
They look like they are waving with happiness in the sunshine.
May is here, the last month of spring, summer will be here before the month is out. may
Columbine, or Aquilegia if you prefer, are all over the garden right now. I like this colour but they don’t always come true and tend to revert to a pale mauve pink or white as they self seed. They are lovely little dancers whatever shade, and the bees love to visit them.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Cheri Lucas Rowlands says

For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet. You can capture a neon sign, a sentence scribbled in an old phone booth, a random letter that’s seemingly out of place, or anything else. As you look through your lens, think about how your image might convey something bigger: a snapshot of how we communicate with one another, even if we don’t speak the same language.



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold and Bastets Pixelventures

Krista at the Daily Post has picked the theme of THRESHOLD for the weekly photo challenge this week. She says,

A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.

I find thresholds exciting, that strange space or feeling when things could be vastly different depending on a choice, so it inspired a poem.



the threshold of disintegration

crumbling shattered overgrown

with vine tendrils both living and lost

where Capulet fingers perhaps lingered


flakes of rust eating into metal that

rests precariously no support for any arm

that dares to lean to stretch towards

the golden light still dawning


balcony of decay and neglect

standing on pillars of sustenance

destined to fall or rise from

the threshold of disintegration


Bastets pixelventures challenge is looking for pictures that inspire a poem so I’d like to add this post, I think it fits



Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


‘A place reveals itself on its streets, from pedestrians strolling during lunch time, to performers entertaining tourists on sidewalks, to the bustle of local markets, and more. Whether you’re shoveling snow from your own driveway or walking a familiar route to work or getting lost in a foreign city, a snapshot of a street (or road or path) can tell a tale.’ So says Cheri Lucas Rowlands over at the Daily Post.

I’ve chosen street life from four different countries, each with many tales to tell.

The first is my own city, Exeter, in England.


Fiumefredo in Sicily.


Okohia, my ancestral village in Nigeria


The last one is in New Delhi.


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Rippled by Geese

Yesterday at Killerton I walked to the lake to try to get a better reflection shot for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It didn’t work, two lovely but irritating geese put paid to that idea, gliding around rippling up the water as if they owned the place!
I waited a while, lake2
but they weren’t going anywhere,so this is as good as it got. lake3
Oh well I needed that extra 100 metre walk through the mud :-)