Week 49: Purple

Daniel

I hadn’t seen any purple all week, and finally as we parked under the Story Bridge tonight for dinner the ever changing lights of the bridge were all the colour I needed.

Debbie

This week while cycling around the top of Amsterdam I’ve been on the look out for all things purple, as have most of my fellow riders (I’m very inclusive that way). There’s been lots of beautiful purple flowers but my wish was to find a purple house. Unfortunately the Dutch don’t do many purple houses, so imagine my delight when I managed to find this one on our walk around Alkmaar tonight! It was a momentous occasion! I hereby present my purple Dutch house.

Grant

This week I would like you to focus on purple. Now concentrate hard.

Melanie

The colours of the flowers in summer are out of this world and yet this lovely purple one actually looks like it’s got a whole other galaxy nestled within its petals.

Sharon

In times of desperation, having an eggplant to hand can only be a good thing.

Tim

Lost in a neon maze…

 

Next week…

Our week 50 theme is: Photographer’s choice …

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Week 48: One object only

Daniel

I’ve always liked the tropical laid back vibes that the palm tree symbolises and now this ring serves as a constant reminder to slow down, chill out, because somewhere on a secluded white sandy beach under a perfect blue sky the palm trees are dancing slowly in the coconut scented breeze.

Debbie

It’s quite fitting to share this Celtic Cross from our time travelling in Iceland. The Saga centre told the history of Iceland which included their Celtic roots. A fascinating country and highly recommended.

Grant

Only one object of this type survived.

What is it?

No one really knows but it is believed to be a … .

Melanie

I heart waffles and I especially heart waffles when eating them in Iceland.

Sharon

Pear… or pair? Given that the theme is one object, it should probably be just pear.

Tim

Its beauty doesn’t diminish; it just changes form…

Next week…

Our week 49 theme is: Purple …

Week 46: Look up (Mel’s choice)

Daniel

I said I bet those windows are a pane. She didn’t laugh. Are your ears painted on? I asked. Still nothing.

Debbie

In the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall, there’s a floating walkway leading to a viewing platform way up high. It has spectacular views of the world below and a very impressive waterfall. This is what you see as you look up from the ground. I love the shapes and the touch of rainforest you can see here, but with the temperature at 41.3C, the walkway was closed to us on this particular day. I had to go and do the longest and fastest zip wire in England, soaring way above the centre, to get my thrills for the day. If you were on the ground looking up you would have seen me flying by.

Grant

Out for a promenade along a wide sandy beach below our motel at Newquay and a ‘look up’ presented this amazing sight. It looked so dangerous from down below (a long way below) on the beach. As we continued on our way our eyes were continually drawn back to the ‘look up’ position to check on the safety of the worker; he had an off-sider who occasionally held the ladder for him, but I’m not sure what they were doing would pass muster with Australian Work Health & Safety regulations.

Melanie

As pretty as the shapes from the barb wire are at HMP Shepton Mallet this is not what I’d want to look up and see everyday.

Sharon

I thought I should look up photography, just to see that I had the right idea.

Tim

Not what you generally expect to see when you look up, but as long as they aren’t moving I guess I’m okay with it…

 

Next week…

Our week 47 theme is: Sharon’s choice: Stranger (a portrait of) …

Week 45: 42 (Grant’s choice)

Daniel

I really struggled for ideas this week, it wasn’t until tonight when I was cooking dinner FOR TWO. Yep, that’s how much I struggled!

Debbie

This week we visited Glastonbury Tor and in my research I found an interesting connection to the number 42, which apparently is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. This link tells how a giant 42 was found underneath the Tor: “Geophysicists mapping the surface of Glastonbury Tor have made a discovery that is sure to excite fans of Douglas Adams. The number 42 is clearly visible in their computer generated maps of the tor. Indeed, the number is so big, stretching over 400 metres, that scientists believe it might be the biggest 42 on earth. It is so big that were it not covered by a layer of grass and earth it might even be visible from jets flying at 20,000 feet”. So I’m sure you’ll agree I couldn’t let this opportunity go by – I had to share this photo of the Tor!

Grant

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (the English poet, philosopher and theologian) changed the nature of poetry forever (with close friend William Wordsworth) when he lived at Nether Stowey in the Quantock Hills (Somerset) in the late 1700s. Coleridge Cottage in Lime Street Nether Stowey is now a National Trust property and is well worth a visit when in the area. There is also a 51 mile walking trail, known as the Coleridge Way, across the Quantocks covering many of the trails that he and Wordsworth would have used when out gathering inspiration.

Across the road is the Ancient Mariner Public House, in Coleridge’s day it was a farrier.

I had a glorious half day in Nether Stowey – a tour of the cottage, a wander around the quaint village and a few hours on the Coleridge Way up to the Dowsborough Iron Age Hill Fort and its glorious views down tho the coast.

To top it all off, there was ’42’ on the door of the Ancient Mariner, to indicate that it was at 42 Lime Street, Nether Stowey.

Melanie

Looking at these lovely blankets for my soon to be new niece or nephew I couldn’t help but notice the price.

Sharon

This is Josh. Josh was my personal trainer for 42 weeks before he decided to explore other career opportunities. He supported me to achieve all the goals I set – including lifting a 50kg deadlift (I actually did 3 reps of 10)- and he ran with me in the 5.7km event at the Melbourne Marathon last year. He’s been a great support in my efforts to improve my strength and fitness. I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to keep modelling for me!

Tim

In a city full of skyscrapers that take up entire blocks, it is surprisingly difficult to find streets with any kind of structure sitting wholly and solely at number 42. Luckily a little research on Google Maps led me to this location…

 

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Our week 46 theme is: Look up (Mel’s choice)…

Week 44: Corners (Deb’s choice)

Daniel

Starting the day at Cosy Corner. That’s its real name, I didn’t make it up to fit in with the theme.

Debbie

In this lovely corner of the world, known as Somerset, I found this delightful corner which is part of the Bishop’s Palace in Wells. It’s not something you’d see in downtown Tumbarumba but here, history really is around every corner!

Grant

I wonder what’s around these nice corners?

Note the cyclist about to disappear into the next round of corners, a tough climb (looks flat from this angle) that many do for fun, on a road that is basically too narrow for two cars let alone cars, bikes, goats and dog walkers.

Melanie

This corner is patrolled a very friendly looking scarecrow. She looks more likely to make you a cuppa than scare you away. Bless.

Sharon

Looking down at all these corners makes me slightly dizzy.

Tim

Corners like these make me wish for a motorbike…

 

Next week…

Our week 45 theme is: 42 (Grant’s choice)…

Week 43: Golden Hour (Daniel’s choice)

Daniel

We discovered this spot recently by chance and thankfully there was a nice sunset this afternoon to capture some golden light.

Debbie

Golden light spills from the sky to add its glow to the golden vines.

Grant

The best view I could find at the right time of day with the required conditions. A nice mix of colours (including gold) and textures.

Melanie

Let’s fly under the golden sky.

Sharon

Driving home from work one afternoon this particular stretch of road caught my eye. It isn’t my usual commute, so I was thrilled to see the golden light stealing through the trees.

Tim

It’s hard to find wide horizons that let through that lovely golden light when you’re stuck at work in the middle of the city, but luckily I know a place just down by the Yarra…

Next week…

Our week 44 theme is: Corners (Deb’s choice)…

Week 42: From the hip

Daniel

Things you capture laying in the backyard.

Debbie

I haven’t had much luck with taking any decent shots ‘from the hip’ this week, although I’ve tried hard. From the hip means no setting up or framing of the shot, no looking in the view finder for how it looks or even what you’ve captured. It’s very difficult but also quite liberating. This is about the best of a bad bunch but it kind of appeals to me with its quirky simplicity.

Grant

Heading back to the car after a recce of Tumbarumba Hill from the rear. The recently removed pine forest now provides a magnificent backdrop of light in what was once a very dark and broody area. Holding the camera down low provides a different perspective on the view, highlighting the majestic tree which was felled when the path could have been called a vehicle track.

PS. Did you know that Tumba Hill is exactly half the height of Mt Kosciusko?

Melanie

When there is ice cream involved you’ve not got long to get a shot so I was just clicking away hoping I’d get a good one of him and lo and behold I’m pretty happy with this one. Just as he’s pretty happy with the ice cream.

Sharon

My attempts at capturing this boy’s little sister were not at all successful, so I was pleased this shot from the hip worked at all!

Tim

I enjoyed this week’s theme as it gave me a chance to shoot from a range of different angles and just see what worked out… I liked the “dog’s height” point of view here – the world looks quite different from down there!

Next week…

Our week 43 theme is: Daniel’s choice – Golden Hour…