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.
I have not been posting lately, I had major problems with my broadband which have now been resolved hopefully for good.
This weeks’ brief of the photo challenge is about, diversions, distractions and delightful detours. My challenge will focus on the last one ‘delightful detours. The times I really want to do something I usually resolve not to be distracted by anything. I usually succeed until someone starts cooking in the kitchen, the smell of good food will always distract me.
It varies from my grand daughter baking scones:-
or a nice fish meal by my niece
or one of her chicken dishes with a mango salsa
I loose all concentration and head for the kitchen, I call it delightful detour.
My interpretation of last week’s photo challenge of things that do not last brought to mind small pleasures I enjoy only for a limited period of time.
I have used this photograph before for another post, I feel it suit last week’s photo challenge. The beginning of Zimbabwean ‘summer’ is marked by the bloom of the jacaranda trees they only last for a month and then they are gone. They are glorious while they last once they are gone you are only left with the memories of the lilac colour which is no longer visible. The jacaranda bloom are one of my momentarily pleasures which are transient.
Swings are my grandson’s little pleasures so every time I am visiting one of my tasks is to go and spend time with him at the swings. He loves being swung into the air which he loves to bits. That moment of being in the air does not last because it can not be sustained for a long time for safety reasons. The two of us enjoy it as long as it lasts.
This week’s photo challenge is about sharing a photo of something which says “heritage” which can be from one’s own country or culture. What I have chosen is not so much a “heritage” but something which is uniquely Zimbabwean. ” The Balancing rocks” as they are always referred to. The balancing rocks have become major monuments in Zimbabwe.
The “Balancing Rocks” are geomorphological features of igneous rocks found in many parts of Zimbabwe, and are particularly noteworthy in Matopos National Park and near the township of Epworth to the south east of Harare. The formations are of natural occurrence in a perfectly balanced state without other support. The formations were created when ancient granite intrusions were exposed to weathering as softer rocks around eroded. They are also known as “rock kopjes”, they are seen in the form of huge angular blocks of granite “piled on top of and beside one another, forming pillars and stacks, like a child’s building blocks.
Their popularity grew when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe featured the formations on the last series of Zimbabwean bank notes.
This week’s photo challenge invoked a lot of feelings within me. Growing up my security was in the knowledge that I had a solid family, mum and dad who were going to love and protect me and siblings to look out for me and support me. That changed when my parents separated.
Then I told myself that I should attain the highest level of education then I would find a job then I would be secure. That all went when I stopped working after I got married, then when my marriage ended I was no longer secure at all. I learnt then everything we may rely on to give us security in the things of this life can be lost at any time. The only thing which remained secure for me as a religious person was my relationship with God through Christ. The following picture is what gives me security
My security is represented by the cross in Jesus I know what ever happens to me God’s love is always there. I am loved not because of what I have done I am loved despite anything I may have done. It is significant that I am writing this post at the beginning of Passion Week when as Christian we travel with Jesus through his arrest, trial, crucifixion death and resurrection. God’s love has been the only constant in my life that gives me security.
I am secure in Jesus.