Life in Colour

To find out more about this year’s photo challenge here on Travel Words, please read this post.

This month we will be looking for Black or Grey. Black is not a colour at all. Theoretically it is the absence of all colour. Yet black is distinctive. Lines are bolder, shadows deeper, colours brighter against a black background.

“There’s a reason we don’t see the world in black and white”
~ Celerie Kemble

This month is not about creating black and white photographs, but in finding the true blacks or greys in a colourful world.

Flashback Friday #44

This post takes me back to my last visit to Australia in November 2014 when I went over to meet my newest grandson (at that time) who was already 7 months old. Now he is 7 years old! Still an amazing little lad. The compilation was for a WordPress 101 challenge at the time which I really enjoyed as it was all about focusing on different photographic techniques.

PhotoGRAPHy 101: Week 1

As I have been travelling for two days during this week I haven’t had the time to register for this challenge  so I am putting together a post to meet the five themes introduced this week and at the same time introduce you to my new neighbourhood (albeit temporary).


HomeSydney, NSW, Australia is home to 4.576 million people and is the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is also home to my eldest son and family.


Corso in Manly

The Corso in Manly is one of Sydney’s more famous streets and runs from the harbour side at Manly Wharf to the ocean side at Manly Beach. In my image the focus is on the Victorian building on the left of the street with the palm trees and the people forming the background.


Sydneysiders are lucky to have many beautiful beaches on their doorstep. This is the surf at Dee Why, one of the northern beaches. Finding this odd iron piling along the beach I couldn’t decide whether a vertical or horizontal composition suits it best. Which version do you prefer?


Lorenzo in his ‘sunnys’

This theme asks you to consider what the word bliss means.   To me, today, bliss means that first cuddle with a new grandchild. Bliss to him was wearing his shades to block out the glare of that Australian sunshine.



The Manly Scenic Walkway at Shelly Beach. Today we are asked to consider placement of the subject in a photograph. My focus was on the bench, but I waited until a solitary figure appeared on the bend of the track and lined up the horizon with the metal railings to frame the sea from the sky. I was also rather pleased that the bench colour matched the sea and the lines were at a nice angle to the lines of the railings. Often a photo can look to be accidental, but I moved around quite a bit to get this deliberate shot.

This post is a contribution to Fandango’s Flashback Friday. Have you got a post you wrote in the past on this particular day? The world might be glad to see it – either for the first time – or again if they’re long-time loyal readers.

October Squares Review

This October has been all about celebrating the past four years of Squares. So sharing photos from past challenges, memories from the past or things from history or heritage or even using more recent photos that might have made it into a past challenge.  The first theme in September 2017 was flowers, and it was followed by Sky, Circles & Squares, Roofs, In the Pink, Time, Spiky, Blue, Lines, words containing the word ‘light’, Top, Perspectives, Kinda, Up, Bright and Trees.

I wonder if you can guess which category these images belonged to? And those with a mathematical brain will have quickly realised that one image is missing, but do you know which it is?

It has been an interesting exercise looking at my choice of photos and deciding which of the square challenges they could belong to. Perhaps too often we only see one dimension to our photos unless we really stop and examine them.

Thank you once again to our talented hostess, Becky, the Queen of Squares, who does the tireless job of posting daily and visiting each and every person who joins in and then surpasses this by creating fabulous galleries so we can all share the pleasure of each other’s posts and be inspired. Please pop over for a visit if you would like to, an accompanying pot of tea or coffee or even a glass of wine would be a good idea!

A break with the past

Past and Present Perspectives

October Squares

Today is the last day of this October theme so if you want to join in better be quick! Becky won’t mind if you post 31 squares or just the one.

I’ve tried to mix it up a bit this month, with photos that have appeared in previous Square challenges, some that didn’t make the final cut and some new photos that would have done, like this one for the Blue Squares, which didn’t qualify because all my blues came from Cornwall and this image is from Ludlow. Day 31

 Blue – July 2019 / Starlight – January 2020 / Womankind – October 2020

Tomorrow I will have a review of all the squares I have used this month, for now I shall just say thank you to Becky for hosting this challenge and thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to visit my squares and leave a like or a comment. Each of your visits is very much appreciated.

Life in Colour

To find out more about this year’s photo challenge here on Travel Words, please read this post.

This is the last day of October which means it is the last week of the colour Orange. If you have any orange photos left that you want to share then please do so as we will move to the penultimate colour of the year next Sunday.

Red Pyramid Building The Paula Rego Art Gallery Museum in Cascais Portugal / Casa das Historias Paula Rego
do You Have any orange Architecture?