Wednesday, 31 July 2013

PICTURE THIS #210 ~ CHILDREN

I'm glad to be back on here after my 3 weeks of absence.
My three contributions were all taken during my trip.

Gyoz (Hungary) - It was really hot (40ºC / 104ºF)
Gyoz Hungary

Bratislava (Slovakia) - section of the symbol of the partition of Czechoslovakia and the establishment of the independent Czech and Slovak Republics. Painting by children from both countries.
Bratislava

At Brussels Airport
Brussels airport

Picture This #210 ~ Children

Many of the photos of our kids are on film so I couldn't submit any of them. So, I have a couple of digital images that are endearing to me.
The first photo is a snapshot of a baby. We attended a baptism and I was seated behind this boy. He was looking at me contented with his pacifier.

This photo is one of the series of photos taken in Philadelphia. I tried to be non-intrusive with the families gathered in this area. I enjoyed watching this boy ride his scooter into the fountain.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Mitch Banner theme for Picture This

I was just thinking, we have a super site here thanks to Mitch and all the work he puts into it. Everyone posts great pictures and every week we have a banner of the week. Naturally we rarely, if at all, get a banner of the week from Mitch as he does the choosing. He is always ready with his comments on our photos covering each separate photo which I am sure we all treasure.

Perhaps next week Mitch could choose one of his own photos. I was thinking we could do a poll to select one, but they are all so good, we would never reach a decision.

So if you are in agreement Mitch should choose one of his own photos for next week.

Comments welcome.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Picture This #210 ~ Children

Many thanks to Heidi for hosting this week's challenge. I was presented with something of a problem when I saw the theme. I have no children of my own, never had any. And I don't have any close relatives with children, either. Although I've done candid photos of people many times,  I've never taken candid shots of children, it could be misinterpreted!!

I had decided that I couldn't take part this week.....but then it hit me!! Thinking laterally........there's no stipulation in the theme that it has to be only human children.  So why not 'non-human' children?

So, I present you with ..........bird children!! LOL.

1) Nap Time. This Shelduck chick was starting to doze off even as he was paddling along in the water.
Shelduck Chick

2) Dinner Time. A Moorhen feeds it's chick.
Moorhen & Chick 1

3) Play Time. Just like human children, ducklings like to play in the mud!!
Duckling 6

Picture This #210 ~ Children

First off let me thank Mitch for the honor of having my photograph used as this week's banner. I was very delighted!!

I don't have any children and my nephews and niece are grown or nearly so. No problem! I wandered through my print picture box and albums and came up with one that fit the bill (I really do need to get those pictures organized).


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My nephew Jesse about 20 years ago.

Picture This #210 ~ Children And The Child In You


First of all congratulations Benni to that wonder Banner photo, so colourful.


I nearly did not partake this week. I have no children in the family. My eldest is autistic and my youngest is still taking his time, although he is gradually settling down. I do not really like showing photos of the family without permission. The child in me is such a child, that I would never show those photos on a public site. 



Here are my two sons taken a couple of years ago at Christmas



Patrick & Oliver
and that's that. Please forgive me for not passing comments on everyone's photos. I have seen them and those kids are really sweet, but I would only be writing the same words all the time.

PICTURE THIS #210 ~ CHILDREN--ALSO THE CHILD IN YOU COMING OUT--

Hi all. A great theme, thanks Heidi. I am not going to be on long, there is a big thunderstorm brewing here so I will catch up and comment tomorrow. Here is my contribution. Have a great weekend. Candid Kids! Z0264445

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These photos were taken when my uncle and family and Mum's cousin and family visited came on a visit. Its my cousin's daughter.

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Bonus photo...
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PICTURE THIS #210 ~ CHILDREN--ALSO THE CHILD IN YOU COMING OUT--

HI ALL AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME BE YOUR FEARLESS LEADER THIS WEEK
THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WE COULD DO FOR THE WEEK AND SINCE IT IS SUMMER AND FUN TIME AND WHO HAS THE MOST FUN IN THE SUMMER "CHILDREN"
THEY ENJOY IT SO THEY CAN BE FREE---SO ALL PICTURES ARE ALLOWED FROM
BABIES TO CHILDREN JUST ENJOY YOURSELVES AND SHOW US YOUR CHILDREN

AS A SPECIAL FEATURE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHOM DO NOT HAVE KIDS
LETS SEE SOME OF THE CHILD IN ADULTS COMING OUT 

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CARNIVALE--JUST WON A BRONZE FOR THIS COOL LITTLE PERSON  photo a467f983-0242-4465-9ce9-4390b375a60c.jpg

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted


Well at least not yet anyway. Some shots that I have not found a place for yet. Sorry for being at the last minute again. But summer is so fun, and getting it all together here lately has not seemed to work out so good for me. But that all changes today. Vacation time! Yeah. Looking forward to some fun. 

First shot that no one would want is of a pile of rail road spikes. Saw this along the road, a couple weeks back as I was trying to get out and capture something interesting. Well my eyes just could not get the picture right and at least for me, I couldn't find a reason to want this shot. 

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Hay come on now, it could be even worse than that. Like this. Got a horse or two? LOL Here in eastern Washington we have some hay, and you will find it everywhere right now. This stack is small just so you know.

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Now with my at the last minute thing here, this I think fits right in. Not like I am letting the grass grow beneath my feet, but thinking what is coming up in the shoes may become a problem if it reseeds itself.

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Well that is my shot for now. Great photos everyone. I will be sitting back and checking them out as time allows. No I will make a point of it. Now on to greener pastures. Yahoo!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

What a clever suggestion. There are many photos in my folders that I would think twice before I shared them but since we are on this theme, here they are.
The first photo is a turkey that was judged in the poultry competition at the Durham Fair. I just wanted to photograph it.

Another photo from this fair was the prize pumpkin judged as the largest.

The last photo was a disappointment for me. I was trying to capture the sunlight in this tidal pool in Gloucester, MA.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

At a local Art Gallery

A downtown vintage thrift store (the reflection cut off their heads!)

 



Taken at a local restaurant's outdoor seating section


PICTURE THIS #209 ~ THE PHOTOS THAT NO-ONE WANTED

First of all, thank you to Mitch for choosing my photograph of Warner Beach, Amanzimtoti River and Town as our Banner this week. I am truly honoured. 

Dearest Pat ......... Thank you for hosting and with hilarious mirth choosing such a fun theme. I always manage a giggle or chuckle at your posts, you have the most terrific sense of humour, which I once again say, delight me again and again. (((( HUGS))))

I have a camera in my handbag at all times, together with my cell-phone  would feel naked without either and panic if I do manage to go out and one is not with me. I take pictures of everything to the irritation of many of both friends and family, you never know, you know. I think stems back to the days, when I had to think before taking a picture as it cost a lot of money to develop 30 snaps of the neighbours cat or something equally silly, ask my darling youngest daughter, we have countless absolutely useless photographs of cats, dogs, ponies and her rat and several unmentionables, when she would borrow my little fuji for the master shot of the year, which never happened. 

Here is mine, I have hundreds if not thousands, but not as organised as those of you, who keep files, so had to hunt around for something a bit different, taken with the thought of "well, who knows, one day?"


1. This is Biltong, a dried delicacy, traditionally done with venison, to keep for long treks over the veld and when on the move. It has become synonymous with South Africa, world wide, together with Braaivleis, Boerewors, Brandewyn en Coke, Castle Beer, Marmite on toast, Rugby, Langarm Dans en Boeremusik. You hear someone refer to a kind of Beef Jerky as Biltong, you know he is from here. This photo was taken at our local Butchery,Meat World in Fairlands, Johannesburg, where I was deliberating which piece to buy to watchthe final match, while Melissa was chatting up the youngster in training to get a discount .

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2. Do you know Nando's Sauces? Not sure how far and well known The Nando Portugese Chicken outlets are distributed. Well this is South Africa's take on a sauce with a skop in it. For real, *gasp*, *take a breath* *help I need water* sauces, Mama Zulu's sauces are unbeatable. I took this shot while having lunch at Beaver Creek Coffee Plantation, just outside Port Edward, Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast Waiting for our food, took a stroll through their delicatessen, novelty and gift shop.
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3. Leaving food behind so as not to tempt anyone to indulge this afternoon. In the tiny town of Magaliesburg, North West Province, going for a stroll, with my besties, who was not impressed. I found this lovely Cowboy outside a Leather Shop. UUUUUh, just the thing for me. Handmade Saddles Briddles, Belts etc Send the daughter dear in Zimbabwe a picture of a Saddle, by Whats App, she goes "have you got enough in your credit card, buy it, please buy it, momsie"
Odds -Cowboy

I will have to love you and leave you for the moment, will try to back later to look and comment on the other entries, but the sun is shining, my veggie patch needs  to be watered and both the budgie aviary and the wild bird aviaries need cleaning and new bushes etc. I have now used 2 hours in the office in freezing cold , getting photographs, editing, uploading and all. Amazing how time consuming it is, but so much fun. I like to give a theme the shots it deserves and not just willy nilly post anything. I am well aware of how much time and thought it takes to host. I do hope you will enjoy my little piece of my world in this one. 

Loves you all

Hugs
Marianne

PICTURE THIS #209 ~ THE PHOTOS THAT NO-ONE WANTED

A GREAT THEME LOL

MY FIRST ONE IS A POT FULL OF CRABS COOKING. MY DAUGHTER LOVES THEM BUT CAN'T STAND TO SEE THIS SOOO I TOOK THE PICTURE!!
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Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

What a terrific theme!!! I have lots of photos that nobody wants, me included, but haven't the heart to delete them.

I took my first one when Mitch and I were driving to Bryce Canyon and we stopped at Dixie National Forest to take some photos of the gorgeous rock formations there. There was a motorcycle parked at the side of a path, and the boots under the wheel caught my eye:
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My next was taken at the Keyport waterfront. I was getting ready to leave, and spotted this man just staring out over the water:
The Watcher

And my last was taken in Corfe, England. I saw the car coming up the hill, and took a few shots. The driver knew I was taking pictures, and in one shot turned to smile.
New vs. Old

Marianne, your banner shot is absolutely stunning!!

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted



I loved the stylishness of this couple. Wish I could have managed a front shot.
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 Catching some rays Brooklyn Style.
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Late For School
 (This is a scene from the play "Street Scene" by Elmer Rice that was performed in Park Slope in front of a brownstone.)
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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No One Wanted

What a great theme and I decided to have a little fun with it. As a beginning photographer, I try to take as many pictures as I can. These are three that I like but they would have stayed in my "Odds and Ends" folder.

Flowers in yellow vase

I wanted to capture these last flowers of autumn in the November light. The vase is sitting on a metal grate.

Yard sign

She won. Twice. And by all accounts, is a good judge.

Cat

Cats can be very persistent when they want something.

Congratulations, Marianne, on your magnificent photograph being chosen for the banner. It was my favorite. So very well done.

Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

I love this theme Pat, I have a favourite genera of photography that I very rarely post and that is candid photography, so I opened the appropriate archive and selected three candid shots I have not used before in any themes in any of the groups I have been in.

I hope you find them interesting, have a great weekend;)


Gone Fishing!

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Soft Surf

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Homeward Bound 

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Picture This #209 ~ The Photos That No-One Wanted

Many thanks to Pat for hosting the challenge this week, and for coming up with a very different theme, and one that I'm sure everyone will find to be fun!! Basically, Pat's idea is that we all take odd photos that seemed like a good idea at the time but we've never been able to post them because they don't fit a theme or subject. 

At first I thought this would be easy, I take lots of what I consider 'odd' shots, but going through my archive, I've realised that over the years I've enjoyed using many of my odd and unusual shots on sites such a Picture This, Picture Perfect, Images And Words, and others. I think the ones I've chosen here are ones I've not used before.

1) First shot was taken in a hotel in Somerset, England that Joanne and I stayed in, in 2010. A converted manor house, the windows still had the original wrought-iron window catches. This is sunset taken through one of them. Although the windows were clean, it's obvious that the window-cleaner avoided doing the little bits of glass between the ironworks!! LOL.
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2)  This shot is of an old iron bench overlooking the Cleddau river near where I live. It has obviously been painted several times over the years. I was fascinated by how the various layers were wearing away at different speeds.  This was taken with my first digital camera back in 2007.
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3) This is a shot I've always wanted to post, but never had the right opportunity. It is a sculpture/statue found in the small mid-Wales town of Llandovery, a representation of Llewelyn Ap Gruffydd Fychan, a landowner of Carmarthenshire who was executed by Henry IV of England in punishment for his support of Owain Glyndwr's Welsh rebellion. It stands in the grounds of the castle in Llandovery, which unlike many other Welsh castles, has almost totally been destroyed over time. The statue is unusual in two respects. Firstly, it is metallic and secondly there are no facial features....there is an empty space between the helmet and the body.
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