This week the dictionary fell open at the word SHADOW. The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
- Dr. Seuss
As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
– Jesse Owens
What direction do you choose to take? See where other’s go at Ese’s suggestion
Ailsa challenged us to share some sky photos this week. I love taking photos of the sky in its various guises/disguises so this is just up my street.
my all time favourites, a winter sunset in Luxembourg
Let there be light! Many of you already know that the photo in photography means light. More often than not, though, we shy away from actually showing its source in our photos. In time for the shortest days of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere), let’s give our trusty lightbulbs, flickering candles, and pedestrian street lamps their due respect.
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT FEATURES A LIGHT SOURCE.
Unexpected. The world is an interesting place: we stumble upon unexpected things each day, like signs that are unintentionally amusing, bizarre sculptures, or even strange evidence of a miniature world on the side of a building (like the door and window in the shot above, discovered in San Francisco’s Mission District).
So, your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.
For a long time inhabitants of the French village of Condom wondered why so many visitors stopped to take a photo of the town’s name, with or without someone standing next to it. Eventually someone thought to ask a visitor what was so interesting about the name. The explanation may have been somewhat baffling to the person in question for the word for a condom in French is préservatif but for many years in English a condom was known as “a French letter” or a “Johnnie”. The enterprising mayor of said town decided to cash in on its new found notoriety/fame and established the world’s first museum dedicated to the condom. Apparently its collection runs into several thousand – many of them donated by visitors to the town – of all shapes, sizes, colours and flavours!
Have you come across something unexpected in your travels or even on your own doorstep?
Below is a brief explanation of Haiku which is a Japanese poem
A haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.
Each line has a set number of syllables see below:
Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables
The sky is so blue. 5
The sun is so warm up high. 7
I love the summer. 5
Haiku poems don’t need to rhyme, but for more of a challenge some poets try to rhyme lines 1 and 3. The subject can be anything from nature or from your urban surroundings. Haiku can also be written in the format of 3, 5, 3 syllables.
Visit Collage Obsession to see what other haikus people found or created for themselves and the images they chose to accompany their choice