Project 365: A Week of Mixed Emotions

I had a tremendous shandy of thoughts and feelings during this week. These pictures illustrate this – some literally, some figuratively or symbolically…

365-150118January 18: A very mixed sky. A bit like my mood that day.

365-150119January 19: I found this in the front of my mum’s cookery book. It was a present to a most amazing woman. And yes, I did well up…

365-150120January 20: At sunrise, I really thought this was smoke, not power station condensate. The light plays tricks. Life does, sometimes, too.

365-150121January 21: There was a little something to celebrate. I needed a little something to do it with. See those cola bottles? Ah, well, I went to the aisle behind them…!

365-150122January 22: I took a moment to look carefully at this fruit dish. It was hand-carved out of a single piece of wood, by a grateful patient of a great friend, who was a nurse in two world wars.

365-150123January 23: Once again, taken in my dad’s garden. New life and hope, a herald of spring to come.

365-150124January 24: This plaque is on one face of the war memorial at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. How sad, that instead of ‘growing old in peace’ the flower of Europe’s youth was slaughtered again, just twenty years later. Makes you think…

So, there we are – for another week!

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Project 365: The Middle of January

Here we are again… It’s on with the show!

365-150111January 11: Late in the day, I saw this witch hazel bush in flower. It has a strange, heady scent, as you might expect.

365-150112January 12: Even when disposing of things, nature is beautiful. (Unlike mankind – compare this with the picture for January 3!)

365-150113January 13: I was running out of time to take a picture – which suggested this one. This timepiece was a legacy from a dear friend.

365-150114January 14: Similarly, I was reflecting on the fact that sometimes I need a fresh sense of direction – in lots of ways!

365-150115January 15: I’m hoping to compare this picture with later ones as this heavily cut back hedge turns green again. We’ll see!

365-150116January 16: And here, again, is one of my most favourite flowers – from a less usual angle!

365-150117January 17: College is sometimes like being back at school!

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Project 365: The First Full Week

And on with another seven days we go…

365-150104January 4: That day was frosty. And frost never disappoints in the beauty stakes.

365-150105January 5: Not such a cold day, but I’d been working outdoors. Wood fires are therapeutic in several ways, besides the heat they give.

365-150106January 6: Home late, cold and hungry. I’m not a fussy eater at times like this. And if it’s easy to make, and contains cheese, tomatoes, and herbs, count me in.
Note: This is my first ever published food picture!

365-0107January 7: Lots of people noticed the spectacular sunrise.

365-150108January 8: Relieved at completing an awkward job, I finally relaxed by candlelight. With lager in a wine glass, because I can.

365-150109January 9: A very brief stop on a journey, away from traffic and noise, just to clear my head. Yes, that’s a buried rail, that hasn’t seen a wagon for a long time. When man moves out, nature moves in.

365-150110January 10: The previous night was windy (in case you didn’t notice.)

So, there we are. Or were. See you next week…!

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My Sunday Photo: 11 January 2015

MSP150111Sunshine: the subject matter of poets, painters, and singer/songwriters for generations, as well as photographers. I had called here only briefly, driving by, to clear my head after some things I had attended to. As I was about to leave, I noticed this. I had to carefully exclude the Sun itself from the shot, to avoid flare!

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Project 365: The Start

A photo a day, for a year…? I’m giving it a go!

365-15-01-01January 1  This was on my window sill. It just seemed symbolically appropriate for the new year. Especially the buds; reminiscent of hope.


January 2  I never tire of England’s skies. Caught at the end of the day, I was intrigued by the combination of nature with man’s activity in this view.

365-15-01-033 January  Saturday was (unusually, for me) a working day. The street where I was working is made of of old but soundly-built houses; seeing this, I thought of the increasing challenge of the times in which me live: the management and disposal of waste. When new, this street would have have been devoid of cars and telephone lines; satellite dishes would have been a hundred years or so away! And each house would have been equipped with one small (by current standards) dustbin. Mainly for, well… dust. Quite a thought! And not, in any sense, a beautiful picture. An issue worthy of genuine effort.

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