Weekly Photo – Historical

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Historical.

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This is the East Window in Selby Abbey dating from around 1330 so definitely fulfilling the historic brief.  I went to the Abbey over the weekend hoping to find something that fit with this week’s brief that tickled my fancy and was spoiled for choice.

I used to visit the Abbey regularly when my eldest was a toddling tot and we spent many a happy hour soaking in the serene calm that seems to come as standard in churches.  It was always the windows that we found the most alluring though.  I love the beauty of stained glass and the windows in the Abbey are laden with detail so there is always something new to spot.  This window is the biggest and most impressive in this wonderful building.

 

Weekly Photo – Floor

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in for my seventh week with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil‘s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Floor.

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I spent quite a bit of time this week trying out shots of various internal floors but struggled to take anything I was happy with so my thoughts turned to outside.  This time of year when there is new life emerging from every direction my eyes are often trained on the floor when I wander.

This little beech shoot fighting its way up through the thick leaf mulch carpet on the woodland floor makes me smile. The ground here is so springy and squelchy with deep piles of slowly decomposing leaves and yet it has made it all the way up into the spring sunshine. I wonder if it will prosper and become a tree.

Weekly Photo – Traffic

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in for my fifth week with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil‘s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Traffic.

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I have taken each of my other weekly photos so far without leaving the village but there is not much in the way of traffic around here and so I took a short trip into Tadcaster.

This solitary car and pair of pedestrians may not look like a lot of traffic but it is very exciting traffic.

Due to damage caused by flooding and high river levels in December 2015 the bridge in the foreground, across the River Wharfe, collapsed and has been closed for the last year.  The bridge reconstruction work is now complete and the bridge reopened to traffic just 2 weeks ago.

So on Saturday I drove to Tadcaster, and across the bridge, and set out to photograph the traffic, all the while thinking how lovely it is to see people able to drive from one side to the other of a town which has been divided by a river for over a year.

Weekly Photo – Fence

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in for my fourth week with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil‘s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Fence.

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I live in the countryside surrounded by farmland and there are a lot of not especially effective fences around!  This one, at the edge of a garden in the village, is my favourite falling down fence.

Weekly Photo – Artificial

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography.   I am joining in for my third week with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Artificial.

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To one side of our home is a beautiful garden bursting with wildlife and natural wonders.  To other side is a large grey area mainly featuring tarmac.  Unfortunately the kitchen, the room I spend the most amount of time in, looks out on the grey side.

I fill the windowsill with colourful, natural items to brighten the view and have a bird table right outside the window, but as a general rule the birds also prefer the green, only occasionally gracing my view with their presence.

That is where the star of this week’s photo, my artificial robin comes in!  He has been sculpted from wire by the inordinately talented Helen Godfrey.  I would highly recommend having a look over the images on her Facebook page as she is a brilliant photographer as well as an amazing sculptor.  You can find it here.

It is wonderful when our resident robin pops onto the table for a meal worm and I can see both him and his replacement together but most of the time i make do with the artificial!

Weekly Photo – Happy

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography.   I am joining in for my second week with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Happy.

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I thought of the things that make me happy and came up with a long list but decided to settle upon this, my happy space, where there is a curated collection of many of the things that make me happy!

Having this desk, this work space which is all mine makes me happy.  Seeing my notebook there, just waiting at a blank page for me to fill with ideas makes me happy.  There are photographs of my favourite people and outdoor spaces.  There is art and beautiful objects made by talented people many of whom I am proud to call my friends.  There are the last remains of my Christmas tree hanging on in there reminding me of my favourite season of the year while we wait for Spring to bloom. And of course there is yarn, both in it’s raw form waiting for inspiration to strike and in shawls and scarfs waiting for me to wrap them around my neck when I am sat working and get chilly.

My happy place.

Weekly Photo – Gate

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography.  And so last week when I was browsing around the blogs of the other Yarn Alongers and saw that Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil were doing a weekly photo challenge and inviting others to join in it seemed like a perfect opportunity.

I may have missed the first three but I intend to join in on Tuesdays for the rest of the year.  This week’s one word prompt is gate.

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It was an easy decision for me to choose the gate to my fabulous garden.  I took this photo yesterday morning when the grass was thick with frost and the low sun was causing my favourite tree to cast dramatic shadows.

It isn’t quite the gate from the garden of my dreams, that one has far more greenery obscuring it and is lifted straight from The Secret Garden.  But it is pretty close.