Thursday, 29 March 2012


Carmi's Photographic Challenge this week is BRANDED

These are my brands - all found in our utility room on the window sill. And yes, I do use them!

For more entries followiwng the brand theme, go to the link above.

Friday, 23 March 2012


Carmi's Photographic Challenge this week is LIGHTS UP

The above incredible ceiling (complete with lights) is the Tourist Information Bureau at Bergen, Norway. I spent a lot of the time there craning my neck to see the painting work, plus there were murals on all the walls. Really fantastic place!

And the second photo is very much Lights Up! as on that occasion the light never went off! Its the Midnight Sun, seen (exactly at midnight) at North Cape, Norway. Unfortunately there were a few clouds around, but I am sure this photo will convince you of the sun remaining above the horizon at midnight. You can just see the sunlight on the water where the mountains make a U.

Of course, the corollary is that in the winter the sun is never seen, and although I loved the Arctic I don't think I would fancy an Arctic winter!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


Carmi's Thematic Photographic challenge this week is WATERY

The above photo was taken at Cobh, Ireland, and is in fact part of the derelict pier I showed last week! It was a fascinating place, the White Line Shipping Co was based there, and Queenstown, as it was called then (changed when Ireland became a republic) was the last port of call for those emigrating to the New World or Australia. The Titanic called here - her last port of call before she sailed into the icy north. The pier looked fairly large at its non-derelict end, but I wouldn't like to say that passengers actually boarded the big liners from here!

This rather odd looking photo is actually some sort of scum that came down with a very heavy rainfall and washed into the lake via the stream that fill it. I liked the pattern the water made as it flowed into the lake.

And this is the wash of our very large ship we went on for our Arctic Cruise. And yes, the water was that colour!

And lastly, the reeds were reflected against a blue sky in water that was rippling in the breeze.

I think those are fairly watery pics!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012


Carmi's Theme this week is PAST ITS PRIME There is no doubt that this pier at Cobh, Ireland, was well past its prime, and looked positively unsafe!

These Fallen Angels are in the Churchyard of our Parish Church, St. Michaels and all Angels. Seems to me its not quite all Angels!

And lastly, this old tree had been left where it had fallen, (its in a Nature Reserve) and is now no doubt home to a myriad of bug and insect life!