Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Architecture)

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Monochrome

As it happens, Sally at Lens and Pens also picked an architectural subject for this week’s phoneography Black and White theme. And with a lot of contrast, architecture is often the perfect subject in monochrome.

This group of buildings spans three decades, eighties, nineties and noughties with a brighter foreground of more recent years. Modern history of a city of 35 years told in three buildings.

These photos were taken with an aging Nexus 4, and I applied a few basic filters (just for fun) through Picasa.

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Focal Black and White

Film grain

Film grain – not my favourite result

and the original:

Original colour photo

Original colour photo

I think the focal black and white, which teases the viewer with a taste of colour, yet retains the cold rigidity in the architectural forms and for that reason, is my favourite. What do you think?

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Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today? (Bhaktapur)

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. You can leave a comment if you think you know where this photo was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the World is the following photo taken?

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Monday Mystery

Last week  (see photo below), we visited the Kathmandu Valley in the mystical country of Nepal, once considered a Shangri-La). We were situated 10 kilometers outside the capital city. As M.R. had guessed  we were in Durbar Square, but not in Patan, or Kathmandu, but Durbar square, in the ‘Newar’ city of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is a little known UNESCO World heritage site and has some of the best preserved 15th century courtyards and palaces from the Malla Kings and lies on the ancient trade route to India and Tibet.

(Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur ), literally translates to Place of devotees.  Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa) [Source: Wikipedia]

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Soemthing to Ponder About this Monday morning

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.IMG_5432

“A father deserted by a wise son is like being caught in a shower without a felt.” – Tibetan Proverb

“A lake that is noisy cannot reflect anything”- Robert Adams

Some  wise words to ponder about

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A Lingering Look at Windows – Week 41

norway One of my favourite views….. Do you have a delicious photo of a window to the world? If so, you can join in at ‘The Day After’ here Windows on the world:

Something to ponder about

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Hot chocolate)

For this week’s Macro challenge – from Lens and Pens

‘Hot Chocolate’

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Even thought I prefer to drink my hot chocolate in a ceramic mug, I liked the effect of the crystallization of the cocoa and sugar on the glass’ edge, do you?

Join in with the challenge. Each week has a different theme.

Taken with a aging Nexus 4 – warmed and saturated slightly on Picasa

Something for you and your phone camera to ponder on…

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. You can leave a comment if you think you know where this photo was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the World could we be Today?

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In the last Monday Mystery Photo challenge, we were in Wellington New Zealand, down near Lambton quayside. This was correctly identified by rondomtaliedraai   from South Africa. Click here to visit.

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Monday Mystery Photo – Something to Ponder About

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Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge – Dreamy

My interpretations of “Dreamy”:

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Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge – Dreamy

and some other dreamy photos from my files:

Troll Ladder Romsdal, Norway

double exposure

Join in here

More entries worth pondering about:

http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/Weekly Photo Challenge widget by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/

http://artkorppi.com/

http://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/

http://winedrinkingmummy.wordpress.com/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/

http://travel-stained.com/

http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/

http://barbarapyett.wordpress.com/

http://beccagivens.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/logo-wordpress-20143.jpg?w=640

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Skywatch Friday

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Linked to Skywatch Friday

Something to Ponder About

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Spray

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Nothing like a sea spray on a hot summer day.

No filters – Canon Power Shot

Mooloolaba, Australia

To see more entries  and to join in with this challenge click here

Something to Ponder About

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I think there is profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.Travelthemepurplejul14

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

 

“Make a friend when you don’t need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

“He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” – Unknown

 

Something to Ponder About this Thursday

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A Hidden life- Death and Suicide rates low in severely underprivileged groups

“I think you can say that when there is a suicide the entire family becomes totally unhinged. And even though we all seem to go back to normalcy, something has been broken forever.”

Johanna Reiss, (Author of ‘A Hidden Life’)

The tragic topic of suicide is rather personal to me as I have lived through a family member’s depression and suicidal behaviours, and spent much of my time trying to analyze and digest the thought processes and behaviour behind those times. As a parent, one is forever changed when tragedy involving a child occurs, and I have no magic answers for dealing with it. It leaves a permanent scar, for which there is no miracle cure, only perhaps some amelioration of the pain, over time. To say nothing of the mental pain of the sufferer, themselves.

If one looks at the bigger picture, it is interesting to note that suicide occurs less in impoverished or difficult circumstances, as opposed to those who have sufficient resources or perhaps, those who have or are perceived to have, ‘comfortable’ socioeconomic circumstances.

Can this be a key that will save lives and give those who suicide, hope where there is none?

Johanna Reiss explains it in a better way than I could:

the middle class and the upper class are much more likely to commit suicide than those who have to find their daily bread, so to speak. (In) Elie Wiesel’s book, I had read… In concentration camps, the biggest goal for most of them was to get the next crust of bread. And they were already being punished by the Nazis and so they didn’t think they had to punish themselves too. And so there were very few suicides in concentration camps, which is strange when you think about it, it surely seems like a place you’d want to get away from.”

I think a really important thing to remember in prevention of suicide is for the sufferer to remember they are never alone, are never abandoned.

 “In my own case, having been abandoned by my father in a way – he never was much of a father, …. The only person who never abandoned me except when he died was Johan Oosterveld, the farmer in the Upstairs Room, the man who saved my life. He was always there for me. He even left a closet, in his attic, with a hole that you could crawl into, where I had hidden from the Germans. Because he always said: ‘You never know – it might come in handy again, and then Annie, you can come back from New York and you can get right back in there.” .

And the other thing about suicide is that if a person feels that somebody totally needs them, they often manage to hang in there, somehow.

“There has to be a reason for people to stay alive, there has to be hope, and there has to be somebody or something that is so important that you couldn’t possibly leave it. Elie Wiesel wrote: (he was a boy in a camp) that he was considering running into the barbed wire once, but he didn’t because his father needed him. And that’s the only time he mentions the allure of suicide.”

Something to ponder over during Mental Health Week.

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature

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The Water was so clear here, and I like the curve of the walkway contrasting with the lines of the jetty on the horizon.

Taken with an aging Nexus 4: no filters

See more entries here

Something to Ponder About

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SIGNS – Weekly photo challenge – The Daily Post

Seen in Akaroa, New  Zealand

only at AkaroaWith Strawberry seduction, Kinky caramel, Virgin vanilla and other lusty flavours, this is my entry for the Daily Post’s Weekly photo challenge.

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? – Five Man Electrical Band

Some more signs to Ponder About at Ineke’s blog: http://scrapydo.wordpress.com/

and

http://sfchapman.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/weekly-photo-challenge-signs/

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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Di lengre ein lever,di fleire syner får ein sjå – Norwegian saying

(The longer I live, the more visions can I see)

and some wise words from Tolkien:   “Not all those who wander are lost”

Something to Ponder About this Thursday

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the world are we today?

Last week we were in Brisbane, Australia, correctly identified by Drake at Le Drake Noir and Suz at It Goes On  – Very well done!!!

This is a fairly obscure monument hidden in the small northern suburb of Nundah, where a band of German missionaries established a free settlement in what was essentially Aboriginal territory with a small penal farm near the centre of what is now Brisbane city. The original name of the settlement  was German station and Zion Hill and the street names of the area still reflect the German farmer’s heritage. Rode road, Zillmere, Wagner road, Gerler road etc.

Monday mystery phot0What would their impression of the suburb be now….. Something to Ponder About

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