Looking south towards the Bay of St Malo and the coast of Brittany in France
The tower is an old observation tower built by the Germans during their occupation of the Channel Islands in WWII. Now owned by the Jersey Heritage Trust, it can be rented as a holiday home.
Photo watermarked and tracked using
To all my American friends, I wish you a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving.
‘A few Zzzzzs’
What’s with this weather? What’s with my body? I’m freezing! Where are the curtains I ordered (in September)? I want my curtains so that I can shut out the weather. I want to cocoon myself in a centrally heated, thick (heavily interlined) curtained house. No, hang on. Scratch that. Actually I want to hibernate. Yes, that would be better. Why can’t humans hibernate? Avoid the cold and the damp altogether, avoid S.A.D. syndrome, avoid over-eating starch because it temporarily makes you feel better but leaves you feeling and looking like a little human butterball by the Spring.
Wake me up when it’s Spring, would you?
Photo from the Daily Mail online
Not water but smoke. Photographer Mehmet Ozgur combines sometimes thousands of images of smoke to produce his smoke art pictures. Wonderful idea, beautifully done … and requiring a lot of patience I should think. You can view a gallery of his work here.
(I tried photographing smoke. Once).
I know I’m no Annie Leibowitz (more’s the pity) but I plug away at my love of photography, gradually learning more and slowly seeing improvements in my art. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others however and there are those even on Flickr whose work I just find totally enchanting (here ) or that simply blows me away (here and here) . Best keep your head down and plug on for fear of being totally discouraged, I think.
Sometimes however, I come across a photo that has such a wow factor that it makes me think ‘that’s it’. Pack away all the gear because that is incredible and probably, for me, totally unattainable.
Jose Luis Rodriguez has just won first prize in this year’s Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This was a shot that apparently took him years to plan and that he had even sketched out on paper beforehand. The planning shows. If I attempted this I’d get a blur of fur as the wolf disappeared out of shot. Jose’s shot is so crystal clear, well lit and well timed that it looks just like a storybook illustration brought to life. Hats off to Sr. Rodriguez, he’s a worthy winner.
You can read more about the competition and the winners in other categories by visiting here.
I find this photo, on the REUTERS site today, very poignant yet lovely. Anyone with pets knows that there are times when the comfort they provide is totally beyond measure.
A woman sleeps with her cat, inside an evacuation center for victims hit by floods caused by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in the town of Taytay, Rizal east of Metro Manila, October 13, 2009.
Goodness me, I’m editing this entry, late in the day because I have three thank yous that I really need to say. I’ve just noticed that Slamdunk has highlighted my photo comp, I was very remiss yesterday for not thanking my dear and long-term blogging buddy Laura (at Snerkology) for doing likewise and Amanda at Teasingly Diverse has also promoted my cause. You’re all very kind. Thanks too to Amanda for giving me this Award. I should now hand it on to 15 other people. I hope you don’t mind if I take a while to ponder this one. I have a hospital appointment tomorrow and I’m afraid I’m already preoccupied and stewing about it. (I keep saying that I must have been a cat or a dog in a former life because I have an innate fear of anyone in a white coat). Anyway, especially in my ‘wobbly’ frame of mind today, I’m really touched by bloggy friends who have taken the time to think of me. 🙂