The new January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares, is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. In this often dull month light of any kind is what we all need to lift our spirits as we wait impatiently for spring to begin. Click on the link to find out more.
Winter is all about light and contrast. Winter sunlight is always changing, being weak in November but stronger by February. The sun tends to be lower throughout the day providing good light. Dusk and Dawn can be longer too. In photography look for strong contrasts between subjects and colours. Backlit leaves and flowers, coloured stems of shrubs, warm winter skies and snow. Long shadows. Sunlight sparkling on snow or frost…
Your last chance to join in with December’s Squares hosted by the lovely Becky. The photos don’t necessarily have to be of a timepiece, but are open to interpretation to reflect time in some way, or sayings such as ‘the passing of time’, ‘a stitch in time’, or time running away from you.
“An arborglyph is tree writing — words or pictures carved into the bark of a tree. Smooth-barked tree species, such as beeches, birches, and aspens, are most frequently carved. Some of the carvings are historically or culturally significant”
Carving a heart and name or initials of a loved one into the bark of a tree can allow your feelings to live on for many years as trees can live for hundreds of years if not thousands.
Although carving a heart into a tree won’t hurt it, it may encourage others to do the same causing disfigurement. And unless the tree belongs to you, it is also considered vandalism. So, better to respect the tree and if you really want to show your feelings consider a tattoo on your own body. Or better still engraved on a silver locket…
Thanks once again to Becky for another delightful and fascinating Square challenge. She is definitely the Queen of Squares and a wonderful hostess.
The Moreton Bay fig tree with its powerful buttresses and long dangling, intertwisted aerial roots creates a sense of awe and wonder. The characteristic “melting” appearance is due to its habit of dropping aerial roots from its branches, which upon reaching the ground, thicken into supplementary trunks which help to support the weight of its crown.
I don’t usually post family photos and don’t worry I won’t be making a habit of it, but I thought I’d use this challenge to introduce you to my latest grandchild, Isla, who now brings the score to Granddaughters: 4 Grandsons: 2
Pauline of Gypsy Life and Memories are made of this has invited me to join in with this challenge. If you don’t know Pauline (Pommepal) then you are missing a treat. Living in Australia Pauline is always on the move with her lovely Jack by her side.
There are only two rules for this challenge:
On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.
Today I would like to nominate Beth Walsh to join in. Of course this is only if you have the time and want to.
Beth is a photographer living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her photography is mostly nature and wildlife, but occasionally she steps out of her comfort zone. I’d like to see what she can come up with for this challenge. If she has time.