blogging

Friendly Friday Challenge – Framing Your Subject

I use the natural shapes of trees to frame an outdoor photo. I mean, I look for overhanging branches to use in the foreground. Particularly to give the subject some definition or dimension. A photo of the beach or the sunrise is always lovely, but it is better to have some kind of reference point.… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Framing Your Subject

poppies in norway against a rock wall
Australia, Gardening

In the Garden Friendly Friday Challenge

The explosive delight of a Spring flower bud opening, a field of poppies flourishing where once there was death, the tenacity of a weed, seizing life in a crevice, this is the gift a garden offers. Gardens are places where life blossoms, blissfully ignorant of dire world events. In a chaotic world, we search for… Continue reading In the Garden Friendly Friday Challenge

Japanese gardens
Motivational

Friendly Friday Challenge – Searching for Serenity

How's your 2022 shaping up? I haven't seen its best face, so far. Not by a long shot. Scarborough, Australia at Sunrise Even so, there's always a sense of serenity to be found, in a Scarborough beach sunrise. Australia is blessed with a multitude of beaches. They're a perfect place for contemplation - the rhythmic… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Searching for Serenity

boat at the beach
blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Challenge – Rule of Thirds

Do you keep in mind the "Rule of Thirds," when you take photographs? For the first Friendly Friday Photo Challenge prompt for 2022, Sarah, from Travel with Me asks just that question. Viewfinder Camera Grids I do like to enable the viewfinder grid on my SLR camera, so that I have rule in the forefront… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Rule of Thirds

japanese garden
Food, review

Saving the Planet One Sip of Green Tea at a Time

Eco-friendly Biodegradable Tea Bags It's no secret the world has a problem with plastic pollution, particularly the presence of micro-plastics in our oceans and drinking water. Did you know that some tea manufacturers incorporate small amounts of plastic into the teabags, so they hold their shape when immersed in hot liquid? That plastic ends up… Continue reading Saving the Planet One Sip of Green Tea at a Time

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