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
Tiny clay water buffalo drying in the sun….
Playing with iPhone apps on the road ( through the passenger window, just saying so you don’t think I’m iPhoning behind the wheel, heaven forbid 🙂 …)…Chaos in lights on a bumpy road, but I liked the abstract effect, especially for this Chaos challenge…
Chaos in the sky and I caused it….
This weeks challenge is to provide our view of transmogrify, which means, “to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”
I headed back to the Stokes Croft area of Bristol, UK, where street art and graffiti has morphed the area into a vibrant suburb. On one street corner, this design seemed to fit the subject….
A window in the Gold souk in Deira, Dubai shining with the glint of gold. Traditional designs in this jewelry shop, shining in all their opulent splendor.
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai is currently the tallest building in the world.
Another such structure is forecast in this city of extremes to go higher, but it’s still in the planning stage.
Burj Khalifa dominates the Dubai skyline and just on occasions when the atmosphere is clearer and the sun is the right position and you have your camera in the car and get lucky going over a bridge or at a traffic light ( I have to add here “as a passenger “in case you are thinking I’m snapping as I’m driving) you can just catch this massive Eye of Dubai shining over the city… I haven’t seen Frodo or Gollum here yet, but nothing would surprise me !
Safa Park view of Burj Khalifa…
Difference in height…
Just shining in the sun…
When I read the intro to the challenge this week, I spent a while thinking which shot in my photo library could be considered “Local” and encompass my locality and also would fit this challenge.
I failed to come up with a solid background. Continue reading
When I think of water, my first thought is of the water in our oceans.
The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water. Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water and 2-3 percent is contained in glaciers and ice caps. The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet.
(information from the Oceanic institute)
My preferred quest. Sun, sea, shore, solitude and shells….
Another man’s quest, Masirah island, July 2016….
At the sharp edge, Dubai….