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travel theme: branches

Spring and Autumn are obviously the best times of the year for seeing the outline of tree branches, when they are clad in little or no foliage.

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Autumn leaves
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The sculptor of this tree has definitely branched out on a new limb with his kitchen pots and pans

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Of course tree branches can be put to all sorts of other uses

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See more of Ailsa’s friends’ inspiring photos of branches here

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travel theme: names

What’s in a name?

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in Sandwich, Kent

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“aperitif square” – what a wonderful name for a place where you can enjoy an aperitif and more

Condom-sign

The mayor of this village in France wondered for a long time why so many people wanted to be photographed next to the sign bearing the name of his village. Once someone told him, he decided to capitalise on it and established a museum dedicated to condoms. People from all over the world have contributed all shapes and sizes ….

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Ronnie’s shop on Route 62 in South Africa was renamed Ronnie’s sex shop after a drunken evening when some of his mates decided to change the name of his café to attract more customers

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Surprisingly you can get some OK snacks at this café despite its somewhat unappealing name

Click here to see more names that people have discovered

travel theme: sugar

Sugar or salt? Although I’m more of a salty person there are times when I can’t resist sugary things, or rather taking photos of sugary things.

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chocolate goodies for sale in Bristol’s Southville market

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the ultimate cake

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a scrumptious piece of Sachertorte, consumed in the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of this sinfully delicious cake

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my coffees never look this good

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spice cakes on sale in Strasbourg Christmas market

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natural sugar on a star fruit tree

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“Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Slugs and snails and puppy dog’s tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” So ran a popular saying when I was a child.

Ailsa is to blame for making me post these!

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

Sally Ds mobile photography challenge: challengers choice

 

In case you hadn’t guessed, my challenger’s choice is “architecture”. The following 3 photos were taken with the iphone 6+ in camera app and were edited using various settings in the Enlight app. This app produces some great abstract effects.

 

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Bellapais abbey, Northern Cyprus

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Bath abbey, UK

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a chapel in Clifton, Bristol, UK

 

take a peek at other challenger’s choices

Lest we forget

Today is Armistice Day, a day whose memory is celebrated in the UK and Commonwealth countries. Poppies have become a widely recognised symbol for those who lost their lives. The world as we know it now bears no resemblance to the world when they were fighting and events are now shaping ours in ways that were unthinkable until recently. We should give thanks that we have enjoyed peace for so long here in Europe and pray that it will continue.

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The published version of the poem reads:

In Flanders fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae

“The reproduction of the autograph poem is from a copy belonging to Carleton Noyes, Esq., of Cambridge, Mass., who kindly permitted its use.”

I couldn’t decide whether I preferred the version with the black or white writing so I have included them both.

Sally D’s mobile photography challenge: black and white

This extraordinary sculpture is in the grounds of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery in Somerset, UK.

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Taken with an iphone 6+ and edited in Filterstorm Neu and DistressedFX.

The foliage is made from saucepans and kitchen implements. Not only do they have an art gallery – with a truly awful exhibition the day we went there, but an excellent restaurant and a perennial meadow garden, designed by the renowned landscape artist Piet Oudolf

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You will find other inspirational black and white photos on Sally’s blog.