Moments of the Month- January 2016

Because I still take a lot of photographs, and posting just one a week for the EPE isn’t winnowing down my stock, I thought I’d showcase a few of my favourites at the end of each month, with just a few words as to why I like them.

Strangely, although I usually prefer colour, this month I just liked some of my photos better in black and white.

Graham Thomas B&W
Graham Thomas

I don’t know why, but this says “Summer Country Wedding” to me.

Daisies (2)
Daisies and Raindrops

I love how the last 2 daisies show against the darkness, one twisted and reaching and the other cupped open.

Roaring Beach (7) darkened bandicoot
Roaring Beach Silhouette

Branches against the sky, silver trunks bare and stark.

Dahlia Bud
Dahlia Bud

The flip of the leaf, the arch of the stem.

Rose and Raindrops (1) grayscale
Pierre De Ronsard after the Rain

That droplet down in the far right corner in all its crystal clarity.

Sentinel & Hawk
Sentinel Tree and Hawk

A very lucky shot – freedom.

Sentinel Hill b&w
The Dry Paddock

The looming clouds against the dry grass.

Emotograhy Showcase – Week 2/2016

The lovely Bloggers that chose to participate this week are as follows:

from head to heart with “From the Shore”

Our Little House in France  with  Shared Experiences

Thanks for having a go, I really appreciate it.

To discover what the Emotography Participation Event (EPE) is all about please follow the link.  If you already know what it is about and you (still) would like to participate in the 3rd week, simply create your post and leave a link to it as a comment (alternatively you can leave a pingback) under my weekly entry which is published on a Thursday (Australian Time).

Emotography – Week 3/2016

Rose and Raindrops (2)

Relief

the storm broke
sweet relief fell from the sky
and the dry earth raised her face to revel in its passing
dusty colours washed sharp
smell of warm damp earth intoxicating
the glory of rain in summer

© ceenoa

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If you would like to participate with your own Emotography post, and I would really love you to, check out my post EPE Invitation where I explain what it all means, and tell you how to do so.

Photo Poetry Matchup

Karen from days and months has kindly offered me the use one of her gorgeous photos as inspiration for a poem, and this is how it all happened.

Earlier this week I saw Karen’s post come through my feeder that showcased a poem written by Lillian The Home Poet inspired by the photo Karen had taken at Port Arthur.  I thought it was a lovely match and left a comment on Karen’s blog.  She then blew me out of the water by offering me a photo too, as she said I had made her appreciate poetry more and more.  I was gobsmacked, because Karen takes gorgeous photos, and here she was offering one to me to write about.  Needless to say, I accepted with alacrity, in case she changed her mind.

As I said, Karen’s photos are beautiful, all of them, but the one that immediately sprang to mind was a photo from this post: OWPC Foggy.  I’m not sure why it had such an impact on me, as the subject matter is not one of my usual likes, but it did, so all credit to Karen’s photography skills.

tractors-in-the-mist-2
“Tractors in the Mist” – Credit: Karen Gosper, www.daysandmonths.com

I was the owners pride and joy,
the day he brought me home,
my paintwork gleamed, bright and pristine,
and so began our partnership,
a man and his machine.

We toiled hard down through the years,
in wind and rain and frost and sun,
making a living from the land,
from dawns clear sky till days end done,
a man and his machine.

We saw the drought, we saw the floods,
we worked in dust, and slogged through mud,
the hard years took their toll on us,
but still we carried on,
a man and his machine.

One day he didn’t come for me,
I was left shut in the shed,
my oil dried, my engine seized
cobwebbed draped, they all they forgot,
a man and his machine.

Years passed without knowing,
my tyres flat on the floor,
then the doors were opened,
and in dust-moted light I saw
a man and his machine.

They brought me to the paddock,
where I now finally rest,
on soil we worked to cultivate
through our years of partnership,
a man and his machine.

In the pale dawn mist of morning,
when the light just touches the hills,
I hear familiar footsteps pass
and his hand upon my wheel
and the dew that sparkles on the grass
cannot compare to tractor dreams
of all the years that used to be
a man and his machine.

© ceenoa

Quote Challenge – Day 3

I have been nominated by Phoebe of Musings of a Puppydoc to this challenge.

These are my quotes for Day 3, inspired by Eternity

Marie Beyon Ray Quote

Fred Rogers Quote

Martha Graham Quote

The Rules of the Quote Challenge are:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Ask three different bloggers per day if they wish to participate. *

*Not being a big one on challenging people I changed rule 3, the original rule read: 3-Challenge three different bloggers per day

I am asking these 3 bloggers (who were at the top of my Reader list today) if they wish to participate, and I won’t be offended if they choose not to.

Karen at days and months

Ruth at RuthsArc

Clarence at PrairieChat

Quote Challenge – Day 2

I have been nominated by Phoebe of Musings of a Puppydoc to this challenge.

These are my quotes for Day 2, inspired by Science Fiction

Arthur C Clarke Quote

Amie Kaufman Quote

Clifford Simak Quote

The Rules of the Quote Challenge are:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Ask three different bloggers per day if they wish to participate. *

*Not being a big one on challenging people I changed rule 3, the original rule read: 3-Challenge three different bloggers per day

I am asking these 3 bloggers (who were at the top of my Reader list today) if they wish to participate, and I won’t be offended if they choose not to.

Brian at Bonnywood Manor

Sue @ snaphappi

Jesska at not throwing stones

Quote Challenge – Day 1

I have been nominated by Phoebe of Musings of a Puppydoc to this challenge.

These are my quotes for Day 1, inspired by Nature

Van Gogh Quote

Theodore Roethke Quote

Roger Miller Quote

The Rules of the Quote Challenge are:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Ask three different bloggers per day if they wish to participate. *

*Not being a big one on challenging people I changed rule 3, the original rule read: 3-Challenge three different bloggers per day

I am asking these 3 bloggers if they wish to participate.

From Heart to head

Hugh’s Views and News

Christine R

I admit I selected the first 3 blogs that were showing in my News Feed (I’m lazy), and I won’t be offended if they choose not to.

Emotography – Week 2/2016

Faithful Friend (2)

This is D2’s cat, “Rara”.
There are many emotions you could ascribe to a face like that, but I don’t think you will immediately think of the one that springs to my mind when I look at it.

Faithful.

Every time I go anywhere outside, “Rara” (and sometimes D1’s cat, “Limpet”) follows me around.  She is my faithful shadow when I am on photography jaunts, gardening, or just strolling outside. If I am moving, she is there behind me – well, except when I am mowing, then she goes and finds a nice safe place to sleep.

This photo was taken whilst she waited for me to move off again on my wanderings.

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If you would like to participate with your own Emotography post, and I would really love you to, check out my post EPE Invitation where I explain what it all means, and tell you how to do so.

 

Emotography Showcase – Week 1/2016

Here’s the Showcase for the inaugural week of the Emotography Participation Event (EPE). To discover what it is all about please follow the link above.

If you already know what it is about and you (still) would like to participate in the 2nd week, simply create your post and leave a link to it as a comment under my weekly entry (alternatively you can leave a pingback) which is published on a Thursday (Australian Time).

The lovely Bloggers that chose to participate this week are as follows:

Sue @ snaphappi with Trusted

Osyth @ Half Baked In Paradise with Nostalgia

Ruth @  RuthsArc  with Serenity

Check them out on their blogs, which include their great photos from above and the stories they have to tell about them.

There have been promises of more, so I’m looking forward to that.