blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Close ups and Macros

How are your skills in close-ups or macro photography? Need some practice? The Challenge for the next two weeks is to make a post about close-ups or macros. It is not just about photography as we welcome stories and writing too. Perhaps you have had a close-encounter and wish to write about it? Title and… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Close ups and Macros

blogging, Community, Photography, Travel

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Mountain Top

Kakani 1988 It was a perfect afternoon on a perfect mountain top, 30 km west of Kathmandu in Nepal. We'd travelled in the back seat of an ageing and dusty Black Toyota sedan to Kakani. The lack of seat belts in the car might have given an inkling of the car's advanced age, but it… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Mountain Top

Environment, Photography

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling

Japan is a very clean country. You won't see or find litter in the streets. Why? No litter anywhere in Tokyo and Kyoto Several years ago in Japan, a bomb placed in a busy commuter station waste bin exploded and this on top of a 1995 domestic terrorist attack using deadly Sarin Gas also in… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling

blogging, Photography, Travel

Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge – On the Way

Even though few people are currently travelling, most of us have travel stories about our global adventures, that we can re-visit through writing and photographs. Welcome back to the Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge, where I challenge you to create a post and share your stories, photographs, or memories, that you experienced 'On the Way,' to,… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge – On the Way

blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday – Special Treat Challenge

We are in the midst of a casual baking challenge in a (time-unlimited) bake-off with Sandy, Moon and Ju-Lyn. Sandy has issued a counter challenge for me to make a Dacquoise ( See Sandy's pic below). I have to summon up a little more courage before making that. All in good fun though. Dacquoise dessert… Continue reading Friendly Friday – Special Treat Challenge

frozen lake sweden
blogging, Photography

Travel photo

Su at zimmerbitch invited Ju Lyn to join her and other bloggers to post one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation and also to nominate someone else to participate. Ju Lyn kindly nominated me on her post. And in turn, I will nominate a blogger but there is no obligation with this. Another… Continue reading Travel photo

rosemaling fabric
History & Traditions, Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

Origins of the Traditional Christmas Colours of Red and Green In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

Architecture, blogging, Photography

Autumn Falling Leaves

Nine years ago, I was sipping a cup of deliciously decadent, silky-smooth, hot chocolate for a minimal price at the Rathaus Cafe in Offenbach, Germany. I remember glancing at the temperature gauge, noting it was zero degrees celsius outside, before watching a squirrel, as he scurried around the branches of the weeping tree nearby. It… Continue reading Autumn Falling Leaves

europe
Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Whilst Walking

“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 skill, as a photographer. It is a delight to walk in forested or rural areas, in cool, shady glades, in… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Whilst Walking

blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – / Two Ways

Do you edit your photos in a special way? Do you increase the saturation, like I do, on certain photos? Some weather conditions mean our snapshots might need brightening, or a slight change in contrast, the background removed, or a portrait touched up. We might want to add a frame or see what the photo… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – / Two Ways

bridge effects
blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Smoke and Mirrors

Elise Davies was writing about mirror photography on her blog recently. Apparently it is quite a trend on a nefarious app, that one that imitates a clock! Yes, that one. Elise likes how using mirrors in her photography: diverts or reflects something else within the image whilst keeping focus on the models also.Elise Davies Mirrors… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Smoke and Mirrors

Hallingdal Golfjellet- sheep
blogging, Mental Health, Photography, Travel

Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places

The world can be a stressful place at times. Often there is a need to step back and re-energize our tolerance to stress, pressures and worries. Certain places in the world can be restorative to our spirit. These places may be somewhere in your own region, in your own street or even in one's own… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places