Slow it down

When I think of liquid I think of water.

I love water and am drawn to a paradox. Water has so many;

It can be calm, peaceful and serene, yet turbulent and chaotic.

It is pure, clean and refreshing, yet can be contaminated, dirty and stagnant.

It can be delicate and light, yet heavy and oppressive.

Water gives life, yet can also take it away.

It is clear, yet appears blue, grey, white and green.

We drink it, we swim and sail in it, shower, bathe and wash just about everything in it. It makes up 70% of our body and covers just over 70% of our planet. Water keeps us and our planet alive and is truly a life force akin to our breath.

Without water, our earth and us along with it, would die. Be mindful of the impact your footprint, no matter how small, has on the sustainability of this liquid life force. We think our one little footprint doesn’t matter – that the way we impact our environment doesn’t matter, but it does. If only a tiny portion, which you and I are one, of the over 7.5 billion footprints are mindful that makes a difference.

I love water. I took this photograph on a hike into the hills around Lake Folsom trails in California. The rocks at the side of the river where the perfect natural tripod to slow it down.

via Photo Challenge: Liquid

Unlikely that…

I love these photo challenges….but when I read the amazing experience of the cheetah in the back of the truck, I was perplexed at what could be as unlikely as that.

On a side note, it made me think about being more mindful of ‘unlikely’ when out with my camera, but then I guess it wouldn’t be unlikely if I was being mindful of it, and so a whole paradox in terms.

We visited the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire, where the annual Red Bull cliff diving world series takes place. The lagoon is a former slate quarry and so there is a high slate wall beneath the much higher cliffs behind. It is still frighteningly high, but my fearless daughter, who scuba dives, was keen to jump from the top. I wasn’t so keen, but just as she was climbing up, some divers returned from the sea into the lagoon and convened in the water beneath her, just in case. It gave me a little reassurance, but not all that much.

She did the jump a few times. When I looked at the photos afterwards, I realised it was unlikely to catch her in such a position that it looked like she was standing on a ledge half way down.









Golden Gate Sunset

I get excited every time I read through the Daily Post photo challenges….the sky is one of my favourite things to photograph and so loved the Rise and Set challenge post recently.

I live in England and visit my family in California often…my sister lives in San Francisco and this photograph was taken as we walked along the marina towards the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.



Story of a Face in the Crowd

I was drawn to this week’s photography challenge because I love portrait photography – what I love about it most is capturing the emotion in the face, an experience or glimpse of the soul reflected from the eyes…but this was really a challenge, because without the face, what is the image portraying – what am I capturing?

It really did become a challenge. Most of the opportunities I saw were while driving. My camera was with me but to avoid a collision or causing one, I kept driving, unable to stop. In instants, as I passed by in my car, I framed images; a glimpse of someone through thorny bushes walking their dog in the park, a man cycling with a helmet and glasses, dappled shadows covering two people walking their dog, street signs giving me a partial view of a woman about to cross the road, a figureless head walking the other side of a wall…

I put my camera back in the bag, drove home, picked up the dog and went out to the local dog park. I slung my camera across my shoulder because, well, you just never know.

Just before the path through the park leads into woodland, this girl appeared, her back to me. I didn’t catch her face at all because she was already heading in the opposite direction, but without seeing her face I’d already decided she was a teenager. Was that her hoody or her hair that told me that? Maybe that only teenagers would come out in near freezing temperatures without a coat. Does that resonate because I am a parent to teenagers or would it be obvious regardless? She seems relaxed, her shoulders are dropped. I thought her parents had bought her the dog one Christmas. It looks so cute and cuddly, like the type of dog you’d buy for your daughter. I bet they spoil her. I wondered if she was happy and with her dogs tail up, I figured she was.

Someone else might look at this photograph and see something completely different, perceive a different picture and portray a different story…and I realised that emotion captured in a portrait can be unmistakeable, but remove that and there can be many stories and different perceptions of one subject. In this image, I created a story of a teenager who is relaxed and happy, walking in the cold afternoon sunshine with her beloved dog she was given by her doting parents for Christmas. Someone else could look at this and…well, that will be another story…



Sweet Wednesday

I love photography and I love baking… Sweet Wednesday photo challenge, therefore, jumped out at me, along with the scrumptious looking Spanish churros and chocolate.

My photograph is of the sweet strawberries and cream angel food cake I baked. Seems perfect for Valetines too.

Baking is a perfect opportunity to be mindful.  I always say to my kids that the baking always turns out and tastes so good because of the secret ingredient added….love ❤

Happy Valentines this sweet Wednesday