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Sunday Stills: from this to that

The beauty of the changing of the seasons in Luxembourg. ‘From this to that’, as suggested by Ed

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Travel theme: trees

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cashew nut tree. The ‘fruit’ part under the nut is poisonous so they have to be picked by hand. No wonder cashew nuts are so expensive!

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did you know star fruit grow on trees?

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cannon ball tree and close-up of a flower

“Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals” Mikhail Gorbachev

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

sharing with Ailsa

Texture Tuesday 31 March 2015

In Luxembourg there are few signs that Spring is here. It’s still bitterly cold and showers – more like April showers – continue to pour rain and sleet over the sodden landscape. However, the pollen-laden heads of pussy willow buds brighten the landscape, little beacons of light in the gloom.

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This photo has been blended with Kim’s Mondays and I’ve reduced the opacity on the texture layer.

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Travel theme: environment

In the south of Luxembourg, between sloping vineyards and the river Moselle at Remerschen, a number of old gravel pits have been turned into a nature reserve with special emphasis on providing a haven for birds. It’s a peaceful place and one to which I return as often as possible.

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It’s a shame that so many of these wild places only exist now because they are ‘managed’ in some way.

Travel theme

one word photo challenge: seafoam

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the river at Fontaine de Vaucluse in Provence, France

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Luxembourg’s annual street art animation

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kids at Hoi An, Vietnam

Did you share any photos of the colour ‘seafoam‘ this week?

Travel theme: transformation

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My friend Jane, a potter, created this figure of a woman from clay dug from her own back garden. Jane was going to set up a time lapse camera to film the weathering and re-claiming of the figure by the grass and weeds back into the bosom of Mother Earth. An example of reverse transformation, perhaps?

You can watch the video of the transformation here.

Transformation suggested by Ailsa.

one word photo challenge: clear

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dinner table in Kalkan, Turkey

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Mudam, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg

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glass sculpture in the forecourt of the European Parliament, Strasbourg

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glass ball sculpture

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glass window panel in the Peranakan mansion, Penang

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photo a week challenge: livestock

We were in Northern Cyprus recently. Every day a river of goats flowed past the back door to our bungalow. You could hear them coming long before they arrived because of the bongling of their bells.

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Isn’t ‘bongling’ a wonderful word? I first came across it in the book called ‘Driving over lemons’ by Chris Stewart (formerly a drummer with Genesis). It conjures up perfectly, for me, the sound of the bells.

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Jacobs sheep lambs, UK

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mosaic at Wheddons Cross, north Devon, UK

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this fountain, in the centre of Luxembourg city, of a shepherd, complete with musical instrument, wine barrel and his flock, commemorates the institution of the Schueberfouer on 20th October 1340 by John the Blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg. A fair has been held at the same time every year since then.

Photo a week

Sunday Stills: fall colour

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you only get to see displays of cured meats such as these in the autumn – mouthwateringly good

sharing with Sunday Stills

one word photo challenge: chocolate

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the chocolate coloured challenge