Art, Creativity, Photography, Travel, Writing

In the name of …..

Once upon a time, on a sun-kissed island in the Middle Sea the people worshipped different gods. In spite of their differences they lived and worked together, married and brought up families in an atmosphere of peace of goodwill.

One day, in one of the more remote villages, a group of people decided that their god, a newer one than the old god worshipped by most of the older people in particular, should be the one and only god and that everyone should henceforth worship that one.

They decided to build themselves a new place of worship. In the meantime, because they didn’t think the original place of worship was right any more, they decided to change and adapt it to their new way of thinking.

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They also had radically differing views on suitable decoration. It was time to get rid of the angels, birds and animals that originally adorned the place. In future only geometric designs would be permitted. They tore the carved peacocks and angels off the wooden screen and disposed of the pulpit, removed the altar and seats and laid bare the floor. They dragged a set of steps into the gap in the screen. The (probably) beautiful windows were smashed. Little remained of its former glory. In the grounds they erected a small building to serve as a wash-room.

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Work on the new building continued apace while they used the adapted building until the new one was completed. Then they abandoned it.

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Today the walls and window embrasures are still there and it is home to the swallows, sparrows and pigeons.

The youngsters of the village have found a new use for it …..

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Perhaps their games will re-unite them once more.

Travel theme: seeds

I’ve always been fascinated with seeds and seed heads – they make such interesting silhouettes.

Here are some of my seed photos:

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This is a huge seedpod – you can see its size up against the lens cap from my camera. It’s from the sausage tree, found in Botswana. You definitely wouldn’t want to be standing under the tree when one of these drops off!

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freshly picked lotus seed heads – the seeds are considered a great delicacy and taste a bit like hazel nuts or almonds

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seeds and pods from the Annato tree (this is where henna comes from)

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Nigella aka Love-in-the-mist seedpods – they produce flowers varying in colour from white through pink to deep blue and self-seed easily

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how could I not include an image of poppies and their distinctive seed pods

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these giant thistleheads can often be found nailed to the front doors of houses in Southern France as protection against the evil eye

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more thistles

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and finally, two pieces of artwork created using seeds and seedpods by Marie Noelle Fontan

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View more seeds by following the links on Ailsa’s post

Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.

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They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.

See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.

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Ailsa’s travel theme

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travel theme: paper

some of my paper-themed photos

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a carrier bag made of recycled magazine pages in Thailand

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paper parasols on sale at the Sule paya in Yangon, Myanmar

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paper boats in a shop window in Zieriksee, Holland

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paper heart decorations in a shop window in the UK

see more paper via Ailsa’s blog

winter landscapes

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I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and I hope that 2017 will bring you health and happiness.
My wish for the world is that there be peace.

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