My online dictionary (easier to copy & paste) tells me that, as a noun, Pedestrian is defined as a person walking rather than traveling in a vehicle.
I was the noun, talking a walk down the back of Kite beach, Dubai, before the weather made it impossible.
Then I came across an event, which was the complete opposite of Pedestrian as defined when the word is an adjective lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.
Pedestrians having fun at a Kite festival, Kite beach, Dubai.
Anything but Pedestrian!
Your inspiration this week is windows…..or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.
Windows of Mirbat.
A town in Southern Oman that is slowly crumbling away.
Wandering around the streets, there is a shot at every step, but it’s the windows that my lens points towards.
These little wooden, arched and shuttered Omani windows; I wonder at the lives led behind them in the days when old Mirbat was thriving.
Windows on another world…
In Oman, you get the chance to see how our Earth is layered and wonder how it happened all those millenniums ago… was it a swirling maelstrom of fire and upheaval? Was it a gradual happening?
Driving through the landscape you ask yourself a lot of questions…. a photo from the incredible road from Hasik to Ash Shuwaymiyyah in the Dhofar region of Southern Oman, layered with strata…
February 2017, Waiting at a bus stop, Pune, India…
Structures from the Intertidal zone, focusing on the sea-anemone….
On our road travels, I take a lot of photos from the car, sometimes they work, but many times they fail, blur, motion, an unexpected head intruding into the shot and so on… but, on occasions, there are some I keep, just because I like the effect and maybe I can work on it in the future.
This was one I kept.
Racing through Al Ain, in the UAE, trying to get to the border on a Thursday night to beat the weekend visa queue on the Oman border, I snapped out of the car window as we hurtled into the city.
I think it’s a stadium and now I can use this shot for this challenge, we were cornering at high speed!
The desert sand is full of texture…
Photos shot in the United Arab Emirates, taking the off-road route to Hamim.
Sometimes, it’s just capturing the beauty of nature for a brief moment that gives me the greatest satisfaction…
Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758), photographed on the Akamas peninsula, Paphos district, Cyprus, June 2017.
Before the storm, Zanzibar, June 207.
Living between the Middle East and Cyprus, it’s unusual to see skies such as this in both regions
More often than not, the Middle East’s skies are obscured by a layer of sand and haze is the norm. Cyprus has clear and gloriously blue skies for most of the year, wonderful sunsets during the summer, but when it comes to a storm the skies are usually overcast.
The dramatic African skies gave portent of the deluge to come and when the rain finally came, the results were torrential…
Adding some tilt to a colourful flyer collage for the elections at Palawan, Philippines, May 2016…
Masai meets 3G, surely a transition of time…
Zanzibar, June 2017, timeless…
I love photographing through the water. The refraction of the light combined with the movement of water gives an other-worldly feel and it’s even better when you find something special in the water.
Jellyfish, swimming through the water are not easy to catch in focus.
Neither are starfish under water.
And here’s the location, in focus. Beautiful Honda Bay, Palawan, The Philippines.
Unexpected Order in the market.
At Deira fish and fruit market, Dubai…
Melons in order…
Order of dates…
This is Squint, my evil and (slightly adorable) feline occupant in my home, who decided to adopt my house as her luxury 5* place to be spoilt… We all jump to Squint’s squeals when she feels neglected, it’s easier to pander to Squint really…the yowls when you neglect her are just awful….suspect Squint is angling for a place in my will, she does do a wonderful foot-rub and I seem to have to won over on the pain of the nip/bite of my toes if I don’t place the toes just so… Such an angsty feline, but if she didn’t trot out of her waiting place when I park my car, I would be a tad worried….Bless her nasty little claws, I do love her to bits and, actually, I do worry if she doesn’t come home on time to give me miaow grief…
This week, WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to show us a moment in time that holds meaning for you.
My photo was taken under the bridge that connects the mainland of Oman to Shannah port for the ferry to the island of Masirah.
I was using my new camera, a Fujifilm X-T20 and I had little idea of the settings when I took this, having been taught manual photography in the Nikon world. Each time you move, you have to understand the product-speak to relate to what you know..
( I am impatient, black mark) but a lesson to self, this is a camera that needs to be loved and cared for, the results are incredible
My past is in art and I see this shot in this way, even though the exposure is all wrong, the colours are intensified, it just gives a clue to what you can do to play with a picture…This shot is my played out and edited result…
Under the long Shannah bridge….
Woman with child, circa, 2000-1800 BC, terracotta.
I photographed this figurine in the wonderful British Museum, London on my visit in 2016.
The flattened form of these distinctive terracotta sculptures has led to the term “plank figurines”. They have been found in both graves and settlements, but their function is uncertain. They are usually interpreted as either a mother goddess or a woman with a child. Not all examples hold children however, and the sex of others is unclear. Nonetheless they are probably connected with fertility, childbirth and sexuality.
Isn’t this a beautiful heritage example from ancient times in Cyprus?
Camel racing is part of the heritage of the Middle East.
Taken at the Al Marmoum camel racetrack, Dubai.
Refracted light reflections create an abstract background for this beautiful little jellyfish…
It’s spring and I’m away from the desert now, so it IS very easy being green, green is everywhere…
It IS Easy Being Green!
Is prayer a wish? Such intense devotion seems to be asking for something, be it a blessing, a hope, a wish for something, someone, somewhere…
Shot in a temple in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam…
Shadows in the desert, creating art…
There is something special about being out in the desert amidst the graceful sweep of the dunes, the fluid patterns of the sand and the differing delineations as the light changes during the day.
Shot in the sand dunes of the UAE, on the edge of the Empty Quarter, close to the Saudi Border…
Resilient to the forces of nature, this tree continues to endure…
The Resilient tree, Agios Georgios, Cyprus.
In 2017, I hope my path takes me down many roads…
Sunrise in the Al Wusta region of Oman.
Fishermen heading out to their boat at dawn, in anticipation of their day’s catch…
Price and goods in anticipation of my purchase….
Streetside, Hue, Vietnam, November 2016.
2016 has been a year of much change in my life, 2017 is a totally new horizon. The sun sets on another chapter, but the next one is to come…
Caught in a magic moment….
Earlier this year I was in Bristol, Uk, doing town with my daughter, who lives and works there and happened upon an exhibition of “Briswool” for Sit and Knit at the Mshed museum on Bristol docks.
I would highly recommend Mshed as a place to go if you ever happen to be in Bristol. It holds an excellent representation of Bristol’s social and working history with an eclectic collection of objects, photographs, paintings and of course, some Banksy history. Continue reading