Sometimes they help us discover something new, sometimes they are curiosities to us, or something to laugh at, occasionally they might even be serendipitous.
Still other times, mistakes might be a real pain.
But with every mistake, we undoubtedly learn something previously unknown.
This week on Friendly Friday Photography Challenge, I am asking you to create a post on the theme of:
Write as much or as little as you like to accompany the photo/s you choose to post.
The Friendly Friday prompt, this week, is “Mistakes.”
There are two mistakes in the above photo.
Mistake #1 – shows a quirk of mobile photography – I am unsure how I managed this photo, given it was taken with my smartphone, but I think it looks kinda cool. It reminds me of The Day of the Triffids, War of the Worlds, or a sci-fi novel.
Can you guess what the mistake actually is?
Mistake #2: Can you see another mistake?
I feel sure this mistake would not amuse local police.
Here is another kind of mistake:
Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt – Mistakes.
Write and publish a post, tagging the postFriendly Friday, and adding a url link back to thisFriendly Friday post.
Include the Friendly Friday logo if you wish
Post a link to your Mistake post, in the comments here, so we can easily find you.
Please note there are no deadlines for participating
Browse the other participants’ posts using the links in the comments section, to see how they’ve interpreted the weekly prompt. It can be quite interesting.
A skinny slip of a girl was studying the Environment at University. She learnt about planet earth and how fragile it was; how global temperature might rise at least 2- 3 degrees, and how this warming might lead to cataclysmic and irreversible ramifications for life, on earth.
That student also learnt how inland river systems were polluted by effluent from cities and how excessive irrigation for agricultural crops led to saline soils and dying river systems, in this the driest continent, on earth. She learnt how her country would begin to experience more drought, wild weather events, fire and more hardship on the land in coming decades.
Furthermore, she read how scientists detected die-back and bleaching of coral in the Great Barrier Reef due to run-off of fertilizers draining down from agricultural land into the sea, during rains.
She learnt how everything in the natural world is interconnected.
If one part of the ecosystem breaks down, or disappears, it has a deleterious domino effect on other parts, with potential species extinction and irreversible damage to nature.
She learnt along with rising sea levels, that there is not a single species in the ocean without plastic materials in its gut; that fisheries are disappearing and that the only marine species flourishing in the alkaline marine environment is Jellyfish.
In University classes, she discussed how we as humans, along with other predatory species will feel the concentrated effects of endocrine disrupting petrochemicals and accumulated pesticides. And that we might see evidence of this first in plants, second in animals that feed on those plants, and lastly in us, the carnivores that eat the animals, because we are at the top of the food chain.
Everything is connected.
She learnt that frogs are a good indicator of the health of the environment and that frogs and bee numbers are dwindling.
The student then learnt about the hole in the ozone layer and how the polar ice sheets could melt resulting in a rise in sea levels; meaning some low lying countries will become uninhabitable.
For this student, who had grown up in the shadow of potential nuclear extermination in the Cold War era, soon realized an even bigger threat to the planet was, in fact, man himself.
What kind of world would her potential future children be gifted with?
She left her work in the environment field as she could not bear to hear it any more.
Now no longer a student, but a Mother, that women began to facilitate and promote environmentally friendly practices in her own circle. She spoke about her concerns with friends, family and her wider community, and slowly changed attitudes of those around her, and increased awareness, in her own microcosm.
That former student learnt that education and knowledge can be a powerful vanguard for change in community thinking and ultimately, in the halls of government. The student, who had read so much gloom and doom in her University years, also learnt that there is HOPE.
Slowly, as temperatures began to rise, folks began to know the world was indeed a finite place and could no longer absorb man’s destructive ways.
Sustainable practices, solar and wind power and recycling became mainstream. Single use plastic bags were banned or minimized. Threatened forests and animals were protected and land clearing practices examined in terms of their biodiversity loss or environmental value. Salinity in rivers and streams began to be addressed and is now understood as both a threat and a challenge.
And the public started to realize that Climate Change is real.
Our lives become so busy, it is only in reflection that we can truly appreciate some of the places we have visited in our lives. Through our photography, memories come alive.
Sometimes things change immensely, whilst others stay very much the same.
This week on Friendly Friday, I am asking you to Re-visit your memories, places and experiences.
The prompt ‘Re-visiting’ might mean something entirely different. It might simply mean a return to a place, but in another time. A ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo, of a project, from start to finish, or a time warp showing changes from one decade to another. Such as revisiting the changes from baby to child or child to adult. It might even be a place you wish to re-visit one day.
Such as a little village in Denmark.
You are limited only by what revisiting means to your imagination.
Like the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a ‘Friendly Friday‘ post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt.
Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!
Once you hit publish, come back here and leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section. Find further instructions here.
The New Friendly Friday Logo
Snow and I have created individual logos, for Friendly Friday, that you may like to add to your Friendly Fridaypost, but this is entirely optional. This week, my daughter created a new, unique logo using her quirky art. You are free to use this logo, or the former one, in your post if you wish.
Similarly to the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a Friendly Friday post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt. Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!
Then leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section here. Find further instructions below.
This is my first week hosting the challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing your own interpretation of this theme. Here is my version of the challenge logo.
Friendly Friday Logo
Snow and I have created individual logos that you may like to add to your Friendly Friday post, but this is entirely optional.
In sourcing suitable photos for this prompt, I am reminded of an old adage that states, ” Life is a journey not a destination.” Pathways can be a metaphor for life. Let us walk along some of my ‘Pathways.’
When we are young, it seems we skip along pathways so very quickly, enthusiastic about life and what it has in store for us. We are keen and readying ourselves for loads of new experiences.
In adolescence, life is frequently twisting and turning in on itself; spontaneity rules the day. A few don’t see their destination. Some choose to follow a path wherever it takes them; whilst others are more concerned with experiences, than the actual destination, itself.
It is only later that some discover the paths they took didn’t turn out to be thoroughfares, at all; they were in fact, dead ends, or they might have been forced to make ‘U’ turns, away from the darkness and back on the straight and narrow.
Time passes and as some approach middle age, they might mellow seeming to be much more decisive about the paths, they take, in life.
As in life, every pathway has beauty – if we are open to seeing it.
Instructions for joining the Friendly Friday Challenge
Title the post Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways
Tag the post Friendly Friday and add a ping or link back to my blog, (see below)
Publish your post and copy the published URL hyperlink on that post.
Leave a comment below, pasting the URL hyperlink! That way readers can visit you and see your photo/s.
How to Create a Ping back
To add a ping back to the host blog, simply copy the Blog Title/s, highlighted below, or the URL address for each Blog you want to link to, that is:
Alternatively, once you have highlighted the linked blog names above, you can also click the ‘chain (link)’ icon (next to the Bold and Italic icon), in your editor’s taskbar. Then paste that URL for the linked blogs, into the text box that pops up, and press enter to activate.
I should then get a notification, which means I will know that you made a Friendly Friday post! Others can then click the highlighted blog name, in your comment, to find the weekly Friendly Friday Photo Challenge and join in too!
N.B. Sometimes ping backs don’t work, so it is best to leave the link in a comment with the URL link for YOUR post, on our Friendly Friday blog post!
Let’s have some fun exploring the pathways! Amanda