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Cee’s fun foto challenge: feathers

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peacock feathers in Malaysia

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a feather duster seller in Bangkok

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birds of a feather in Singapore’s Jurong bird park

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the new hairdo

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fifty shades of pink

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the aptly named ‘superb’ starling

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“shake a tail feather, baby”

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: churches or any religious building

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interior of the ‘Sandals’ church at Goreme, Cappadocia

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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia, a Christian church converted to a mosque

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a hilltop church near Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

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Esrefoglu mosque, Turkey

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the cathedral in Famagusta has now been converted into a mosque

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the interior – to our eyes, it looks bare. Gone are the stained glass windows replaced by plain glass with geometric designs and the pews have been replaced with carpets

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ancient chapel in northern Cyprus

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St Nicholas of the cats, Southern Cyprus. It has an unusual double roof.

What church or other religious building did you share with Cee?

Cee’s fun foto challenge: weathered wood

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I love the colours and textures of these pieces of weathered wood

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Cee’s fun foto challenge: circles and curves

Markets are wonderful places to take photographs. Invariably you can find everything under the sun and in all possible shapes and sizes. Turgutreis market in south western Turkey proved to be just such a place for Cee’s latest fun foto challenge.

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Nargile, or water pipes

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Cees fun photo challenge: 100 steps

Cee’s latest fun photo challenge was to walk 100 steps or less and take new photos. I was on holiday at the time so these photos were taken from within 100 steps of our beach bungalow.

10 paces took me to the sea’s edge.

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To the right of the bungalow was the garden planted with lush greenery – spider lilies,

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the architectural fans of palm leaves,

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giant climbing lianas with huge variegated leaves and bulging aerial root systems,

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and angel wing plants – nature’s Valentines.

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To the left of the bungalow was an area of uncultivated land separating the half of the resort we were staying in, from the main area with its reception, restaurant and pool areas. As I walked down the lane at the back of our bungalow I came across a huge spider’s web with a fearsome yellow and black specimen watching over it. The spider’s body was about 2 inches long and the legs about 4 inches.

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A young tree with shiny green foliage had small white flowers and green fruit which look, in their early growth, like overgrown blackberries. As they mature, they enlarge to about egg size and take on a jelly-like appearance, almost transparent. I call this a Star Trek tree because such hideous fruit look as if they could only have been invented by aliens. Later on they will fall off the tree and squash unpleasantly beneath one’s feet.

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Carefully looking where I was going – in case there were snakes or other unpleasant creatures waiting to pounce – I noticed a very small shrine at the foot of a tall tree with small leaves. Usually Bho trees are venerated with such shrines but I know that many of the trees in Thailand are considered to have spiritual attributes. This shrine – just a small platform – contained a bronze bell, a couple of seated bronze figures, a small lotus-shaped pottery bowl, a pile of cloth and a figure of man sitting on a horse, wearing a military uniform and sporting an impressive plumed helmet. Discarded figures of pink plastic with green glitter on them lay abandoned to one side.

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Cee’s fun foto challenge: numbers and letters

A melange of letters and numbers from around the world:

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sign outside a restaurant in the south of France, a rough translation: if you don’t peck at your food like a sparrow and if you enjoy your food, sit down at (our) table; we don’t stand on ceremony

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my favourite – a gravestone in Trentishoe (north Devon, UK) graveyard – I think the stonemason may have consumed one too many ….

Cee’s fun foto challenge: statues, carvings, sculptures

I never miss an opportunity to take photos of statues, carvings and sculptures…..

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Batu temple, Kuala Lumpur

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gryphon sculpture in Pisa’s Museo delle Sincopie

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funerary monument in Pisa’s Camposanto

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intricate carvings supporting the pulpit in Pisa’s duomo

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the Fonte Gaia in Siena

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the Chimaera in Arezzo

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Sala Kaeo Kou statuary garden in north eastern Thailand

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wooden carving in the Dream Cafe in Sukothai, Thailand

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gold leaf applied to a Buddha statue in the historical park in Sukothai

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