This week’s photo challenge is about telling a story with our photographs. I decided to use photographs which my 11 year old granddaughter took .
Working for the church as I do, I seem to have a lot to do that I never seem to get time to do things just fun. Last weekend my daughter decided that I should join her and family and go to a farewell do of a friend who has decided to emigrate to Australia. I will let the photographs do the telling:-
For my grand daughter it was great to be able to take selfies with grandma!
The fun was taken to higher level when my grand daughter showed me what she is able to do with the selfies!
My grand daughter had a great time showing off her skills in taking photographs of her mum and her I which impressed me greatly.
The one activity I engage in regularly is look at sunrises and sunsets if I do manage to catch them. Those close me will testify that I think Zimbabwe is blessed with the best sunrises and sunsets. I am obviously biased because it my country but honestly speaking some days sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and for me they are ‘Out of this world’ other people can think otherwise I am happy with that:
Check this one which was taken about two weeks ago by my friend of mine at Mana Pools one of the many tourist resorts in Zimbabwe:-
Photographs can never do justice as seeing the sunsets live as far as I am concerned this is out of this world .
The brief of the photo challenge of the 21st February was to share a face in the crowd hiding the face so that the facial expressions are masked i.e shadows and silohouttes. I however decided to use photographs of faces crowds which do not mask the facial expressions for the following reasons.
November 14th 2017 is going to go down in the history of Zimbabwe as the day crowds joined the army generals to get rid of a man who had ruled our nation for 37 years. All the faces in those crowds who came out in solidarity with the generals were expressing that enough was enough and they could not put up with a dictatorship anymore.
This was the day Zimbabweans forgot the racial divide and went on to the street to say enough is enough change was needed.
The only president most these young people have known in their life time is Robert Mugabe, those who were born in 1980 and are now 38 years they have been governed by one president.
Most of these young people were born at the start of Mugabe’s rule went to university and graduated but have never worked because unemployment among young people is pegged at 95%. Here is a generation which has lost a lot these faces are expressing lost dreams and hopes.
It is now three and bit months since the 14th of November I do not know if the change all these people joined the generals and marched will ever be realized. It is waiting the first test will be the conduct of the anticipated elections scheduled for August lets hope the outcome will assure the nation that their march was worth it.
The photo challenge for the 7th February was ‘Tour Guide’ whose brief was to show a or photographs reflecting why we like the places where we live. I had never imagine my self as someone who can recommend places of interest to others, as I think you have to have an eye to see beautiful things which I am not so confident that I have.
It is unbelievable that I have lived in Manchester now for nearly 18 years yet have never taken time time to appreciate the buildings in the city. It was after the terror attack at the Manchester Evening Arena on 22nd May 2017 when the campaign ‘We love Manchester’ was launched that I made an effort to explore the city.
I will share a couple of beautiful buildings are found and add to the beauty of the city, as poor ‘tour guide I am I am not able to give the details of the streets which these buildings are located. I know exactly where they are because I took the photographs myself.
This is in St Peter’s Square past the main Library.
And this is a block away from St Peter Square
I had never taken time to appreciate these buildings now I do take time to explore and see what the beautiful city offers, I love the mix of old and new architecture which shows the past and present of the city.
This last challenge of 2017 asks to select the best and meaningful photograph that we took during the course of this year. I am not a photographer my photographs are taken just for pleasure so instead of the best I am opting for the ones which are meaningful to me. I have selected a few: –
I took this at Scargill attending a retreat like I said above it is not about being the best but what it means to me.
This is the chapel at Scargill retreat centre built reflecting the praying hands, and prayer is source of my life.
After sessions we went for walks around Scargill estate, I took this photo on our way back from the walk and the sun was setting as I looked back I glimpsed this glow of the sun through the clouds. Images like these help me to reflect on God’s greatness and leave me in awe. These are my 2017 Favourites they may not be the best of photography but they MEAN a lot to me and fitting to close this year’s photo challenges. I look forward to 2018 challenges.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL WHO MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY WHO FOLLOW THIS BLOG. THANK YOU.
It is not always easy to catch the sunrise in the U.K. especially when I am not able to rise early enough. However I did mange to catch it one summer morning.
Here is a peek of the sunrise taken from my kitchen balcony:-
The theme for this week’s photo challenge just warmed my heart because the word ‘glow’ means something that shines intensely. The Collins thesaurus gives three other words which means ‘glow’ these are: splendour; brilliance and radiance. I again fall on to my archives to find photographs which will reflect my interpretation of this theme:-
when the peacock does this with its feathers it is simply brilliant, the glow of its feathers is breath taking
I find the bloom of this plant radiant against the bridge wall, its glow is reflected in the water.
That sunset glows with splendour.
Scale was last week the 18th of October theme for the photo challenge. The week was pretty hectic but told myself that I was not going to miss out. Here is my take on the theme.
This a farm in the valley in the lake District in the U.K.. The size t of the farm house in relation to the land scape was fascinating for me.
While on a walk with friends near Glossop, as we got up one of the hills and looked down the size of the cars in relation to where we were standing the cars looked like children’s toys.
Last week I spent a couple of days in Conwy in North Wales and I took this photograph while I was on the castle walk.
I have not been out taking photographs lately because of the rains, which means for this week’s photo challenge I will use photographs in my archives which were shared by my friends.
I love the autumn colours reflecting through the windows.
The only disadvantage with using photographs from my archives I can not say where they taken as I got them from friends. What is important is that they suitable for this week’s challenge enjoy them.
The first time I read the theme of this week’s photo challenge ‘layered’ I thought of the wonderful cake creations talented bakers have done, I thought layered cakes show distinctly the different layers. I then thought of different layers which we find in our natural environment and this is the point I draw from the many photographs my friends have shared with me.
First up is this beautiful garden taken by a friend on one of her many walks I love the different ‘layers’ of different textures of plants and flowers layered beautifully.
In Zimbabwe it is spring and the following photograph is what the country side looks like at this time of the year:-
Here you can see the layer of trees and rocks mingled together. What I like is how the texture of the rocks peers through the beautiful shades of the trees.
Here again you have different layers of different textures of flowers.