Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Whilst Walking

“Photography helps people to see” ~Berenice Abbott 


The above quote is taken from Jane’s blog, where you will find photographs that are something special. The natural world is displayed in its incredible beauty by Jane’s skill, as a photographer.

It is a delight to walk in forested or rural areas, in cool, shady glades, in big sky country of cattle grazing lands or scenic vistas away from the inner city. Use arrows to see more images below.

  • pond water
  • bridge through a garden in japan
  • rural australia farm

Whilst walking with my own camera and observing the world, I try to channel that atmosphere that Jane creates, in her photography.

“Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” 

~ Susan Sontag
fjord norway with jetty

Friendly Friday Challenge Prompt – Whilst Walking

This week our challenge prompt is to post a photograph you have taken ‘Whilst Walking.’

[N.B. If you are in lockdown, archival photography is quite acceptable].

Walking Photo Challenge Brief:

Photograph what it is that draws your attention.

Do you spot something unusual?

In urban areas, we can still pay attention as we walk. The colour of vehicles, the signage, the expressions on people’s faces, the rain hitting the pavements and gutters. It is there waiting for our attention and our camera lens.

Whilst walking.

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100 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Whilst Walking”

  1. On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Something to Ponder About wrote:

    > Forestwood posted: ” “Photography helps people to see” ~Berenice > Abbott Janeluriephotography The above quote is taken from Jane’s blog, > where you will find photographs that are something special. The natural > world is displayed in its incredible beauty by Jane’s s” >


      1. No, I have to confess that I am committed homebody and not much of a traveler. To me, home is best. 😉 Which is probably one of the reasons why the pandemic hasn’t been as hard for me as it has been for other people.

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  2. Lovely challenge. Looking forward to the interpretations

    I have to say that I had a little chuckle when I say the title “Whilst Walking.” Whilst is not word commonly used here in Canada & US. It’s a linguistical hold-over from old english, I think.

    Lately I’ve been learning new words because I’ve been reading Aussie blogs … like chook for chicken. How is that pronounced – is it like ch-uk (like book) or chew-k ?

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    1. You make me laugh, Sandy in a good way. Chook is pronounced quite nasally as most Aussie words are, and it rhymes with book. It seems wrong to say it in the way English folk say book though with a drawn out vowel. The lips inflect upwards and it is a short vowel sound, quite clipped. I remember writing a post about Aussie slang some time back.

      What other Aussie slang words have you learnt? Could you translate this passage:
      “Keep ya’ shirt on! You don’t want to get the raw prawn at the Barbie, this arvo. It’s a scorcher Straya Day, and every man and his dog will be heading to the beach, so it’s better to fill ya’ esky with a few tinnies, ditch the Reg Grundies and wear your budgie smugglers under ya’ boardies! Don’t forget your slip, slop, slap! She’ll be right, mate! Fair Dinkum!”


      1. Now I’m laughing 🤣🤣

        With my intuitive skills I’d say this translate to:

        Keep your cool(?) You don’t want to get red & sunburned like a shrimp on a BBQ, this afternoon. It’s going to be a hot Australian day and everyone & his dog will be going to the beach, so fill up your cooler with beer, ditch your regular clothes (?) and wear (budgie smugglers??) under your board shorts. Don’t forget the sunscreen. It’s going be a great day.

        What’s a budgie smuggler? Sounds graphic, so I’m guessing it’s a speedo swimsuit? But why would you have to tell someone to wear this to the beach.

        Thank goodness I had the luxury of time to guess this out. If someone had said this to my face, I’d be a t a complete loss.


        1. The passage is a little exaggerated, but not much. You did very well, Sandy. I had to laugh at the translation of being sunburnt like a shrimp. The “raw prawn,” is like getting dealt a raw or bad deal, the pointy end of a stick, drawing the short straw – as a raw prawn would not be as nice to eat as a cooked one. Australia Day is January 26 – a national holiday with parades etc. and we shorten that – like everything else to Straya Day. I made up the passage to put as many slang terms as I could so you probably wouldn’t explain about the underwear to an Aussie, although I have seen English tourists wearing their Y-front underwear whilst swimming at beaches in Australia!! So they might benefit from the explanation of correct beach attire! Lol! Budgie smugglers are indeed Speedos, also known as Dicktogs. So perhaps that gives you a clue as to what the budgie might be. To some, the look of Speedo’s on men are a bit like someone shoved a budgerigar down their, ” Reg Grundies,” aka underwear. Yes – graphic visual!

          Here is my very “English” translation: Hold your temper! It is not worth fighting about! You don’t want to end up in a compromising position at the meal prepared over an outdoor grill in the backyard this afternoon. The weather is very sunny and extremely hot this ‘Australia Day’, and there will be large crowds of people, of all kinds, visiting the beach. So it is wise to purchase an insulated portable ice-filled picnic box, used for keeping food at a safe temperature, and fill it with tins of cold beer, whilst dressing in the appropriate beach attire. That is: wearing ‘minimalist’ lycra swimming bathers underneath knee-length board-shorts, and leave the regular cotton underwear at home. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a thin cotton or lycra shirt to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun! This will be well accepted with the populace and everything will work out okay, without any harmful effects. You will have a fun time. That is the truth!

          Now you will understand all of us if you ever come to visit.


          1. I used to visit Sydney regularly for business and understood everyone i worked with despite their accents,. However it was all corporate speak, stripped down without slang and idioms.. Without the slang, the odd way of swallowing vowels and popping them up elsewhere… you almost sound Canadian 😉

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            1. Bahah. I never thought we swallowed vowels but then I can’t hear what others hear. My multi-lingual Icelandic friend thought my intonations were almost neutral when we met person to person. I do notice that after being in Europe for some time, the sudden appearance of many Australian accents in my ear (usually at Changi Airport in Singapore),is quite grating after the softer more melodic tones of Europe – even with the stiff tones of Germans. I feel we are on the whole lazy with our language, not enunciating words correctly. I blame the heat – lol.

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  3. Lovely photos and a wonderful challenge as well! Lockdown has resulted in more walks in and around the neighborhood these past few months, to be honest, with nowhere else to go. I look forward to joining this FFPC…it has been a while since I participated in something you posted! Hope all is well with you, Amanda.

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    1. I was thinking that you had been a little quiet, lately, Moon. So I am pleased to hear from you. It must be tough not being able to go too far and the election and covid chaos hard to bare. How are the kids managing through this? And You?
      I do look forward to seeing your entry for the challenge.

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      1. It has been indeed a strange year for everyone. I think it is especially tough on the kids with not being able to interact with their friends or see them..basically what they know as normal and is crucial for their development is suddenly missing. I can see that it is having an impact on my son and I hear from other parents of similar stories. We are managing, just like everyone else. But as you may have heard cases are on a record high here in the US and with so much political turmoil, it is a period of unusual unrest. How are things there? I wish you health and peace, dear Amanda. Will post my entry soon.

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        1. Looking forward to your entry,Moon. I am sorry to say that things are very different here. Everthing is pretty much back to normal now. Some limitations on large crowds. We have only a few cases of returning travellers and they are quarantined. One of the few advantages of living in the bottom of the world!
          Take care.


  4. A great quote from Jane’s blog, Amanda. Sometimes photographers are criticized for missing out on all the moments because they are looking behind the lens. I feel the opposite is true. We are more observant and aware of our surroundings. Good point on archival photography right now. All wonderful photos. I especially like the insect. 😊

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    1. I wrote my comment below and then started to scroll up through other comments to find that you’ve made just the same point as I did 🙂 I do find it a little irritating when people assume that because I’m taking photos I’m not really looking at the scene – although I do also agree that we need to put our cameras down from time to time!

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      1. It is that balance between being aware and getting the best shot, capturing that excellent moment, that desire to stop time so that we can dwell in its magnificence for longer.
        I can be obsessive with photos now that I am not limited to a 36 shot film, (remember those days), but when I need to be I prefer to look with my eyes, particularly long distance views that don’t come up well in photos. Having said that, the older I get the harder it is to remember the whole picture.

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        1. Oh yes, those days of rationing your shots! I sometimes wonder if that wasn’t good for us, in a way? These days it’s too easy to just keep pressing the shutter without really thinking about what we are photographing!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Eric/ka. I do agree that we are more observant, especially of details and composition, colour and the way things are juxtaposed. Some folks, including me if I am in travelling through Norway, seem to always have my camera going but that is because I see things with my eyes to take photos of. So I first look, notice, then shoot. I don’t feel that I miss too much. If one is constantly shooting this may be a problem. In the early days of Japanese tourist groups to Australia, this seemed to be the case – in the wildlife zoos. Koalas were definitely popular subjects.

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  5. Amanda, I am touched that you found inspiration in my images and quotes. Thank you so much for featuring it here. Your photos convey a thoughtfulness to your surroundings moving from the bigger picture to the smaller wonders of nature around you. You are obviously paying attention and staying eager. Wishing you a lovely weekend. 😍

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  6. I really try to enjoy walks and drive without hiding behind my camera. Sometimes I even leave my phone at home on purpose. It is so irritating seeing people just taking photographs without enjoying the view or the people around them.

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    1. It is always good to change things up, Appeltjie. I am interested in the reasons why you think it is irritating that other are busily taking photos. Is it because they are interacting less?


      1. Not exactly.But I am aware of her book on Photography.She has interesting view on photography.Her other quote

        “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

        She compared camera to gun and job of photography to murder.

        “To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
        Susan Sontag

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        1. Oo. Strong words and metaphors, yet I do see what she means, by the camera sees them how they can never see themselves. My own kids hate their photo being taken. This, in a world where selfies are the norm. Maybe this is what drives selfies. That desire to see what others see?

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    1. We do not have to wear a face mask here, Sartenada as we do not have any Covid cases, bar 2-4 cases that are in hotel quarantine. Restrictions have been lifted and yesterday, the borders to the other states, which have been closed for months, have re-opened. Our state has been strict in containing the virus, and luckily for us, we continue to live life as normal.

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