Posts Tagged ‘A word a week challenge’

A Word a Week Challenge : lines

November 21, 2013

Here are my photos for this week’s challenge – see Sue’s website for many more.

Curved lines of spring wheat

Curved lines of spring wheat

Rows (lines) of sprouts with power lines in the background

Rows (lines) of sprouts with power lines in the background

Strata in a New Zealand gold mine

Strata in a New Zealand gold mine

Baptistry in Pisa

Baptistry in Pisa

Fishing lines with Bass Rock behind

Fishing lines with Bass Rock behind

Fishing lines on a stormy day at Dunbar Harbour

Fishing lines on a stormy day at Dunbar Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Two

November 7, 2013

This week’s photo challenge is Two. I was suprprised how many appropriate photos I had. Here’s my selection – see more at Sue’s site.

Mother and chick kittiwake at Dunbar Harbour

Mother and chick kittiwake at Dunbar Harbour

 Canoeists at Paxton House, Scottish Borders

Canoeists at Paxton House, Scottish Borders

Llamas at Coldingham Bay

Llamas at Coldingham Bay

Frosted bales in the winter

Frosted bales in the winter

Swans on the coast at Dunbar

Swans on the coast at Dunbar

Ross and his reflection at Spittal Beach

Ross and his reflection at Spittal Beach

A word a week challenge – sea

September 2, 2013

This week’s photo challenge is sea. This is a difficult on for me, choice-wise, as I live by the sea, visit many places by the sea and go on holiday often to places by the sea. Here are my offerings and you can see many more examples on Sue’s website.

Seagulls at high tide on the east beach in Dunbar

Seagulls at high tide on the east beach in Dunbar

Calm blue sea at Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, NZ

Calm blue sea at Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, NZ

Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, NZ

Dunbar's Loony Dook on New Year's Day

Dunbar’s Loony Dook on New Year’s Day

Ross the runner on Spittal Beach

Ross the runner on Spittal Beach

Spittal Beach, Berwick Upon Tweed

Ship's wake near Zadar, Croatia

Ship’s wake near Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Coatia

Sea crashing over Dunbar Harbour wall

Sea crashing over Dunbar Harbour wall

Weekly photo challenge – Castle

August 1, 2013

Here are my suggestions for this week’s challenge. See Sue’s website for much, much more.

Ruins of Dunbar Castle behind Dunbar harbour

Ruins of Dunbar Castle behind Dunbar harbour

I live in Dunbar and the harbour is about 0.5 miles from my home. The castle used to be one of the strongest in Scotland.

Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle is in the north of Scotland and still an impressive sight.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is in the north east of England, not far from the Scottish border. A former stronghold, it was recently in the news as part of the Harry Potter films were shot there.

Kittiwakes nesting on the walls of Dunbar Castle

Kittiwakes nesting on the walls of Dunbar Castle

The kittiwakes arrive in early summer and hundreds nest on the walls of the castle ruins.

Weekly photo challenge – metallic

June 4, 2013

Here are my photos for this week’s challenge. See Sue’s website for lots more.

Brazier and Tauranga sunset at my sister's house

Brazier and Tauranga sunset at my sister’s house

 

Metal wheeled carriage seen at an old house near Waga Wagga

Metal wheeled carriage seen at an old house near Wagga Wagga

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

Harley in Nicosia

Harley in Nicosia

Letter box in Pisa

Letter box in Pisa

 

Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh

Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh

 

Weekly photo challenge – orange

May 7, 2013

Here are my entries for this week’s challenge. Check out Sue’s website for much, much more. I was surprised how many photos I had that has orange in them.

Freshly landed prawns at Dunbar harbour

Freshly landed prawns at Dunbar harbour

Turnstones with orange legs and feet

Boat in the orange sunset at Coral Bay in Cyprus

Boat in the orange sunset at Coral Bay in Cyprus

Orange centred polyanthus

Orange centred polyanthus

Dunbar life boat

Dunbar life boat

Butterfly with orange stripes

Butterfly with orange stripes

Brazier at my sister's and brother in law's house in Tauranga, New Zealand

Nicosia, gecko and tulips

May 3, 2013

Nicosia is a divided city, with the more prosperous Greek Cypriot side in the newer part of the city and the Turkish Cypriot side in the old part of the city. From 2003, people have been allowed to cross into the Turkish part of the city. However, actually doing the crossing is a bizarre experience for most people, as it represents a step back in time. Firstly, you have to fill in a small piece of paper, giving your name and passport number. When you get to the head of the queue, you hand over your passport and form, and the man/woman then manually inputs your details on a computer, stamps your piece of paper and returns it to you. When you return, you have to show both passport and paper. The Nicosia divide is a very complicated issue and no doubt my criticisms of the process would be contested by some in the Turkish part of the city. It is a strange experience nonetheless. The old part of the city (see photo 1) is historically very interesting and the highlight is the Selimiye Mosque – a magnificent piece of architecture to be admired whether you have religious beliefs or not. The mosque was a former cathedral – interestingly, there is no mention that I can see of this fact in the first link to the Mosque. This reminds me of my teaching and writing about website evaluation. We also went to see the impressive Buyk Han or Great Inn. When you enter the courtyard and look up, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a former monastery, but it is a 16th century building built as an inn for travellers. Today, it is a busy restaurant/cafe.

I’ve seen geckos in many parts of the world and I love watching them. Photo 2 shows a larger gecko on a limestone wall in Cyprus. Geckos have ability to cling on to rock surfaces and you often see them soaking up the sun on the rocks. They are fairly tame creatures and will willing sit and pose for your camera shots, ony daring into crevices if you get too near. You can also spot geckos in rocks as they often leave their tails sticking out of the crevice. They dart about very quickly and have great acceleration for their size.

In my garden recently, a dozen double headed tulips appeared. I had forgotten that I had planted them in the autumn, so this was a pleasant surprise. What is fascinating about these flowers is that they change colour, being brighter and predominantly white, with pink lines, during the day when the sun is out. However, when the sun goes down or it’s dull, they become more predominantly pink. Photos 3 and 4 show a close up and a group of these charming flowers. It is thought that tulips – so often associated with Holland – originated in Turkey, thus giving a nice symmetry to this posting.

North Nicosia

North Nicosia

 

Gecko

Gecko

 

Double headed tulip

Double headed tulip

 

Double headed tulips

Double headed tulips

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Round

January 15, 2013

This is my contribution to the challenge.

Fruit - lunch in Dubai

Fruit – lunch in Dubai

It's their round! (Dubai)

It’s their round! (Dubai)

Course closed - no round of golf today! (Dunbar)

Course closed – no round of golf today! (Dunbar)

Rounds of lower and raindrops (Wagga Wagga)

Rounds of lower and raindrops (Wagga Wagga)