WPC: Fray

verb: fray; 3rd person present: frays; past tense: frayed; past participle: frayed; gerund or present participle: fraying.
  1. (of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing.
    “cheap fabric soon frays”
    synonyms: unravel, wear, wear thin, wear out, wear away, wear through, become worn, become threadbare, become tattered, become ragged, go into holes, go through

I love the coast. I love what you can find at the coast. From typical bucket and spade beaches to wild unpopulated coastlines. And the variety of photographs that can be taken. Although I am a terrible sailor (just looking at waves can make me sea-sick) I like to wander near fishing harbours for scenes to snap, boats and ropes, lobster pots, chains and winches. I also like to look for flotsam and jetsam, driftwood and frayed rope.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

51 thoughts on “WPC: Fray”

    1. A lot of these were taken of a beach in Alert Bay where logs had washed up wrapped in these ropes. I was fascinated by how many different colours I could find.

    1. Anything can be interesting Tess. It’s just a matter of looking at it. So many things just pass us by without being noticed. I am sure I see more things now since I started taking a camera with me than I used to.

  1. It had to be frayed rope! I love the header and your first shot, Jude. 🙂
    Apologies for my oversight with your ‘passages’. Got any plans for the Bank Hol? It’s been wet/dry/wet all day here, which is a shame for some of the local shows.

    1. Only thing that popped into my mind Jo! Took a while at that. Now that I don’t work I don’t even notice the Bank Holidays, except for the fact there may be more visitors around the town!

      1. Aye- we usually make it a ‘jobs’ weekend for that reason, and my weekends are always tied up anyway. I have the freedom of the week which is good compensation. 🙂

  2. Another insight into what gives you photographic pleasure. A lovely array of photos, nicely framed by the frayed rope complete with boat. I wonder what you’ll make photographically of my beaches here?

    1. Wide, empty stretches of clean sand. A single footprint. A surfer in the sunrise. Beach babes at Bondi. Ferries in Sydney harbour. A yacht. Kangaroos on the beach. I’m not hoping for much… 🙂

  3. Wonderful photos for the fray challenge Jude. I had in mind some lobster posts from West Bay (still to post, as always) so hope you don’t think I’m copying if I do! Not decided yet. They won’t be as good as these though!! I’m with you as love to snap shots of anything to do with the coast, the beach, old boats, ropes, anything like that. Sorry you don’t like being on the water though…the only time I felt seasick was when hubby and I went on a cruise, our one and only, for our honeymoon, but that’s another story 😉

    1. I was going to post just lobster pots when I thought of my rope shots. I’ve always wanted to post them and this fitted in nicely. Images from West Bay sound perfect. Been thinking of Bridport as a place to move to. What do you think?

      My worst boat trip was a catamaran from Malta to Sicily when it rolled from side to side. I wasn’t sick, but oh boy did I have to concentrate hard!

    1. Thanks Janaline, fraying ropes just seemed to naturally pop into my mind. Some nice harbour scenes in your neck of the woods – I’m thinking Hout Bay, Kalk Bay, Rooi Els and along the coast to Hermanus. Hope you get some time from work to go capture some more Cape beauty for us.

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