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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

travel theme: enlightened

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Luang Prabang, Laos

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whirling dervish, N. Cyprus

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enlightened by sunrise in Yala park, Sri Lanka

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enlightened in Austria’s Losium

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A Vietnamese poem hat – you can only see the figures when the hat is held up to a light source

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Hoi An lantern festival, Vietnam

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young lantern sellers in Hoi An

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awaiting the enlightenment of Angkor Wat at dawn

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sunset at Bagan, Myanmar

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Shwedagon pagoda at night, Myanmar

Did you illustrate Enlightened?

travel theme: refreshing

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water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea

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the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too

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a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away

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iced coffee on the beach

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maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java

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Luang Prabang

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the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting

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as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival

What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?

sharing Ailsa’s travel theme

dp-photo-challenge: orange in Luang Prabang

A few of my orange-themed photos from Luang Prabang,Laos

Sharing orangeness with the Daily Post

weekly Photoku challenge 3: ripple-change

Ripple and change

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paper silk ripple/
caterpillar form no more/
change is in the air

word a week: spray

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Autumn spray in Turkey

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cascate delle marmore, near Terni, Italy

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the magic garden, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Khang-Si waterfall, Laos

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the water cannon at Lynmouth

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coffee barista in Thailand

A word a Week

a word a week challenge: pose

This week Skinnywench’s dictionary fell open at the word POSE

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this trio asked if they could take a photo of me so I said yes, of course, can I take a photo of you?

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our guide at the temple of Ta Prohm, Cambodia

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Cambodia

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Cambodia

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Thailand

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Thailand

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Thailand

After I’d chosen my photos I thought I would check on the dictionary definition of ‘pose’ and was interested to read on Wikipedia that “A pose refers to a position of a human body”. How did you illustrate this week’s theme?

a word a week challenge: orange

This week Skinnywench’s dictionary fell open at the word ORANGE. Orange is the colour of the robes worn by monks in many Asian countries.

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It is considered bad manners to talk directly to a monk, if you are a woman, unless you are addressed by one. The one on the left greeted me as I was looking around a temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although his English was a bit limited we managed to conduct a conversation for half an hour or so and, at the end, he agreed to my taking a photo of him and his friend. I don’t think his friend was quite so happy about this as you can see from the expression on his face.

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young monks in Vat Sop Sickharam

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every morning the monks stream out of their temples and walk along the main street in Luang Prabang to collect their daily food

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Unfortunately the procession has become something of a tourist attraction with loads of tourists pitching up very early in the morning to photograph them, often going disrespectfully close to the monks in order to get the perfect photo

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votive offering

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orange sellers

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predominantly orange coloured ethnic clothing on sale

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orange flowers on a tree in the garden of our hotel

I’m also sharing this post with Jake’s Sunday Post, whose theme is “attraction” (tourist) and Mandarin Orange Mondayno. 40

Cee’s fun foto challenge: circles and curves

I missed part one, on angles and squares, of a series of four challenges Cee is featuring on her blog. So here is part two:

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the leaning tower of Pisa

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the interior of the cathedral in Pisa

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feline curves

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this is how silk worm cocoons are “farmed” in Luang Prabang, Laos

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an art journal page I made last year

travel theme: liquid

Ailsa’s challenge this week is “liquid”. According to Wikipedia “Liquid is the classical state of matter with a definite volume but no fixed shape.” There’s something magical about waterfalls – the shape of the rock remains constant but the water changes all the time

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Here are some more “liquid” photos for another challenge on the same subject.

What does “liquid” mean to you?