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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Practice

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Guitarists often practise daily out of sheer joy

Developing Muscle Memory for Photography

Who would have thought muscle memory had anything to do with photography? Scott Bourne explains that, just like musical ability, practising with one’s camera is vital in aiming for that perfect shot, or lots more perfect shots! Scott explains:

During the pandemic, I am practising my modal scales on the guitar every day and I am handling my camera every day. I see the benefits right in front of me. Both my musical ability and my photographic ability have improved. If you do not use them, you will lose them.

So give this a try. Grab your camera and your camera manual. Open any random page in the manual and then whatever it describes, do that with the camera. Not only will your muscle memory improve, your knowledge of your specific camera will improve and then all that stuff will simply go away and drift into the background while you use all your brain’s conscious processing power to SEE and compose the next great image.

https://picturemethods.com/

What do you practise?

For me, I practise my art techniques – that is: painting and drawing and blogging, of course.

I can never produce anything of substance, if I do it once every three months or so. If I do it daily, or as often as I can, – I notice a HUGE improvement in my skills. I paint in a particular form of traditional Norwegian and Dutch art, called Rosemaling and Hindeloopen style. I have been practising this for many years, on and off.

I transfer the painted articles to custom print on demand fabrics and merchandise as a hobby.

Lately, I have also experimented with a Japanese/Chinese technique painting bamboo forms with a soft brush.

Norwegian rosemaling art
Norwegian Tine or Lunch box in Rosemaling

Don’t let your skills languish. Keep them sharp with practice, either in or out of home.

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Painting Telemark scrolls with a flat brush

Weekly Photo Theme – Practice

This week for Friendly Friday, I challenge you to show me your interpretation of the theme “Practice,” in photographs.

Dutch Traditional Art Called Hindeloopen

Photographs in mobile, SLR, or point and shoot are all acceptable formats.

What are you practising with your camera’s eye?

Composition, Exposure, Shutter Speed, Subjects?

Perhaps it was something you practised in your past?

Music, Sports, Art or Public Speaking? Post something from your photographic archives, perhaps?

Experimenting with Japanese Bamboo painting

Instructions for Joining the Friendly Friday Challenge

Friendly Friday Instructions in detail

Do include a pingback and leave a comment here with a link, so all readers can find your post! I look forward to seeing what posts you come up with for this week’s prompt.

Sandy will post the next weekly prompt. Stop by and see what she comes up with next Friday.

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Friendly Friday Weekly Challenge – The Colour Pink

Young girls are pretty much divided into two camps – generally speaking. You are either a PINK or a PURPLE girl.

As each person’s eye sees colour, and variations of hue, a little differently and individually to the next, what is one person’s dreamy hue might be something another person intensely dislikes.

Tassie Tulips

Pink or Purple?

When we are young and asked what about our favourite colour, most girls will answer pink or purple. Very rarely, yellow or any other colour. This usually translates to little girls wearing predominantly either pink-coloured or purple-coloured clothes and decorations.

And never the Twain shall meet.

Just as most young boys will preference red as their favourite colour. At least in Australia, this is the pattern that we regularly see and hear, with young children.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that a Pink girl won’t wear, or use, other colours at all. It only means that when you ask a young girl what her favourite colour is, she will generally answer “Pink,” or she will answer, “Purple.”

It’s a thing.

Definitely a pink theme here but with a touch of purple

The Princess top in the above photo was purchased in Legoland in Denmark and was highly sought after in the Pre-school crowd at my daughter’s Kindergarten, especially so as it was unobtainable, in Australia. Fights even broke out, between the girls, over who got to wear it and there was lots of pouting from the ones that missed out. I had to ban the top from being worn to Kindergarten. My guess is the pink girls were the ones fighting.

One day a play date with a four-year-old friend of my daughter ended in tears. The little girl refused to leave our house unless she was allowed to take the Princess top home with her! My daughter naturally refused such an offer.

As for me: I used to be a purple girl, never a pink girl, but life changes you.

I had a wishy-washy lilac painted room as a child, as pastels were really the fashion. Yet, I have way too much Scandi genetic material to be completely sold on pastels, so a more cleaner, intensive colour is my choice these days. Yet looking through my WordPress archives, I note that most of my photos are indeed shades of purple, usually in the form of flowers.

I did find this gaudy ‘Pet Expo’ photo hidden in my archives:

This one didn’t have much choice in the matter!

We also see lots of pink in nature.

Or is it purple?

Pink or purple?

Join the Weekly Friendly Friday Challenge Theme

To join in, simply create a post, including a pingback, using the theme The Colour Pink, and tag it:

“Friendly Friday – The Colour Pink.”

Be sure to leave a comment below, so everyone can find your published post.

As this is the first post of the month, we ask you to post a little bit more about your chosen photo. This is not compulsory, but it is much more interesting to hear the narrative behind the photo. This does not have to be a lengthy piece.

Here are some ideas if you are stuck on what to write:

  • What is its significance or history of the photo/s?
  • Where and when were they taken?
  • Why was it taken?
  • Post a recipe/ tell a story that relates to the topic

Monthly Guest Blogger – Vero

We will soon be publishing a Guest post celebrating this theme, from the wonderful blogger Vero, in two parts. The first part will be published here at StPA tomorrow and the second part at Vero’s blog, so do check that out.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post for Friendly Friday, please contact me or Sandy, via the Contact pages, or via our WordPress Profiles.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Next week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge will be found at Sandy’s blog. See you there.

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Architecture, Australia

Friendly Friday Challenge – Surprise

I am not that fond of social media, but I do use it. Sounds a bit hypocritical, doesn’t it? I rather like the Facebook ‘Memories’ feature. It reminds me of what I was doing on that same date, in previous years. They are always happy memories. (I generally don’t post sad ones).

Last year at this time, for instance, I took a road trip with an old friend. We stayed overnight at an Eco-resort, a first for me. It was sublime. In the morning we took a walk through the forest and there was a surprise waiting for us, one that I wasn’t so fond of:

He didn’t bite but I was oh so close to standing on him

Instead of taking the highway home, we opted to follow some back roads. An unscheduled stop in a rural area, to check on a noise in the rear boot, (read: trunk if you are from the USA), led me to discover a surprising panorama. One that only the farmer and the cows might have shared:

However, a bigger surprise was to come a few miles north.

Can you guess what it is?

A Wheelchair Accessible Basket Case!

In Aussie lingo, it is known as the Kenilworth ‘Dunny.’

In a park prone to flooding (?!), a kilometre outside of the small country town of Kenilworth, Australia, a town known more for its prize-winning cheese, is a prize-winning Dunny, or public toilet facility.

180 people submitted their designs in a competition, run by the Town’s Council, for the creation of a new public – ah – monument. It was a local architectural illustrator, Michael Lennie, whose design titled Canistrum, Latin for a basket, that was selected.

At a cost of $600,000, the ‘Dunny’ was supposed to represent a basket – the basket being the history of the town and the unfinished basket supports the future history of the town, yet to be written.

But why yellow?

On pondering the glorious throne, of which I did not deem necessary to try out first hand, I pondered whether the artist was having a go at us, or maybe he was a ‘basket case?’ Lol.

The folks up that way do seem to have a wry sense of humour as the next surprise seemed to indicate.

This was spotted on the back road across the mountain.

Jurassic Park anyone?

If you haven’t already guessed, the theme this week for Friendly Friday is:

Surprise

Show us a Surprise photo or two, or three in a Friendly Friday Post?

Because everyone likes Surprises, don’t they?

Even if they are a prize winning public toilet facility.

Surprise Us!

How to Join the Friendly Friday Challenge

To participate in the Challenge this week, you need to:

  • Create a Friendly Friday Post titled: ‘Friendly Friday – Surprise’
  • Link back your post to this blog, forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com and Sandy’s blog. The Sandy Chronicles
  • Tag your post, ‘Friendly Friday and ‘Surprise’
  • Leave a comment below, so that the hosts and others can find your post (pingbacks don’t always work)
  • Let the hosts know via the contact page if you would like to be featured as a guest blogger in future weeks. We publish a guest post once a month.
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See you over at Sandy’s blog next week for the next Friendly Friday theme.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Rails

Every second week, the Friendly Friday challenge is hosted here at, ‘StPA’ (Something to Ponder About) and can be found at the blog of my very adept co-host, Sandy, every alternate Friday, – The Sandy Chronicles.

This week the world continues its Corona freefall, so we could be facetiously say, the world is off the ‘rails.’

Weekly Friendly Friday Theme

Rails

This week I am asking you to show you me photographs of ‘rails.’ It could be a balcony, or a train line, something new or something from your archives, if you are self isolating.

Monday Mystery Photo

As rails are usually straight and narrow, we could say the universe has it under control and whilst we should take precautions, we don’t need to panic, if we are following basic hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

train

Rails can keep us from straying from the straight and narrow.

Bamboo grove arashiyama


The rails might keep us safe across the bridge

Or from falling over the edge.

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A world like no other!

This is one kind of challenge that is not risky for our health.

New to Friendly Friday or need a reminder about how to join? Post a comment below with a link and check the details on how to join here.

Thank goodness we cannot catch Corona via our computers!

I hope you are all doing okay in your respective countries.

Take care, everyone.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge Returns

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A reminder that the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge begins this Friday 31st January.

Friendly Friday

This photographic challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday photographs of things from our world. You don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join in, either. Mobile, Point and Shoot or SLR photography formats are all perfectly acceptable. Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography in order to participate.

Each Challenge runs for one week, from Fridays to the following Thursdays, when the new prompt is released.

Are you ready?

How Friendly Friday Works

The Host bloggers, Amanda and Sandy come up with a suggested theme each Friday, and post a photo that they think fits. After that, you formulate a blog post, showcasing photographs based on your own interpretation of the theme, and publish them in a new Blog post.

Write as little or as much, as you wish, to accompany your photos.

To make it easy for the host bloggers and others to find you, title your post “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)

Include in the post, a ping back to the host blogger, ie. either Something to Ponder About, or The Sandy Chronicles and we’d love it if you could tag your post , ‘Friendly Friday.’

Instructions

That is it! Oh, plus enjoy what you are doing!

Many Thanks from Amanda

Horningdal
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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Moving

For those who have been following this, or my blog, A Home by the Sea, the weekly theme will come as no surprise as I have been working towards this all throughout 2019.

Theme for Friendly Friday This Week

MOVING

The theme ‘Moving’ might mean new beginnings – the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another.

journey

The end of one journey and the start of another.

Snow

Moving might mean moving on, or moving away.

Tearful Goodbyes or Happy Welcome Homes.

Moving might mean a mode of transport – trains, buses, boats or cars.

Moving means change, something we face in everyday life.

train

Change brings new opportunities and may be exciting for some.

shutter speed photography

Your interpretation of the theme might be some kind of speed blur or special effects with camera shutter speeds.

Where am I

What is your interpretation of the theme of Moving?

Show me in photos – I would love to see what you make of it!

Scroll down to find more detailed instructions on joining in with this photography challenge.

Join the Team at Friendly Friday

My co-host Snow and I are also looking for another blogger to help host Friendy Friday for 2020. As a host you would need to:

  • Choose the Friendly Friday theme
  • Publish two posts a month, or less on negotiation
  • Visit the participant’s blogs and respond to the Friendly Friday comments on your blog post
  • Liaise with other co-hosts

Sounds Easy?

It is – and you get to meet and chat with other bloggers from all around the world.

If this sounds like you, please let Amanda or Snow know via our contact pages.

November Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

I am very grateful for Manja from Manja Mexi Mexcessive for stepping up to Host the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge for me, during my very busy month of November. Thanks so much, Manja!

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere will continue to co-host along with Manja in November.

Friendly Friday

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday- Moving’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Moving,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, too, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there is no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Photo Edits

Have you ever been a bit unhappy with how a photo turned out? Something a bit askew or colours washed out, or the subject didn’t have the same punch that it seemed to have i.r.l?

All of us have experienced that from time to time. The revolution in digital photography means that we can always take another shot.

Sometimes though, we want to play around a little and improve on the angle, colours, texture, of photos or add an filter or effect to it. Some of us prefer no filter, and that is fine, whilst others like ot have a little fun with their photos. Monochrome gives a nostalgic effect.

Friendly Friday – Photo Edits

This week on Friendly Friday your topic is ‘photo edits’. You can also choose to post the same photo two different ways if you don’t know of/have access to editing software, such as a before and after scenario.

It could be a before /after photo taken of the same subject at two different times, of the day or year/s, or at two different angles.

You might decide to simply crop a photo or add a fancy frame or effect. If you can, please include the original photo, so we can compare.

norway

Here is another photo adding a graduated tint

Join in the fun, this week, on Friendly Friday. You are limited only by your imagination.

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday- Photo Edits’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every second Friday here at:

Something to Ponder About, and every other Friday at: The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to more detailed instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday
  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Photo Edits,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday.’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there is no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

Great Ocean Road, Australia
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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Blue

Each fortnight, I do try to come up with a topic for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge that is fairly original, given that there are many challenges and word prompts published on WordPress. Therefore, checking the reader for similar entries is a must, before I hit that publish button.

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The very blue fjord in Utne

I had a post almost ready to go on Photo Edits, but found similar topics in the reader in recent months, so that topic will have to keep for a later time. If you have photos in mind for that topic, set them aside for later!

Cylinders Beach Stradbroke Island

Yesterday was “R U Okay? day in Australia.

Yesterday marked an important time to think about and check in with your colleagues, family or friends, who may be feeling a little ‘blue‘ and to let them know you are there for them, if they wish to talk about something that is bothering them.

Strangely enough, Blue is also a favourite colour of mine. So today’s prompt is:

norway

Friendly Friday Photo Theme – ‘Blue

You are invited to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge. Full Instructions below.

Interpret the word, ‘Blue,’ however you like and make a Friendly Friday post.

You are limited only by your imagination. What shade of blue do you prefer?

Here is a few different hues of ‘Blue’:

The topic this week highlights the colour that signifies that feeling of loneliness, depression or anxiety and I hope everyone feels that they can ask their friend, neighbour or colleague, ” How have you been?” “Everything going okay?”

Where am I

Let’s share that support and start conversations around the world on Friendly Friday. In some cultures, asking how someone is going, is considered intrusive, so awareness of this is important too. The person’s body language will be a clear signal and an important clue, as to how they are feeling about your question.

Ron Mueck
Ron Mueck

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday- Blue’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every second Friday here at:

Something to Ponder About, and every other Friday at: The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to more instructions on pingbacks/joining in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday
  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Blue,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday.’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there is no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

Something serious to Ponder About

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Amanda

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Leaves

Leaves

Photographers, both amateur or professional, alike, are fascinated with them.

Botanists like examining them.

Gardeners like growing them

leaves

And travellers relaxing under them.

The theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is: –

Leaves

Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday’ ping-back in your post, so all can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every Friday by Amanda from

Something to Ponder About, and Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday
  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Leaves,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the blogs to see future prompts.

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Remote

Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

Have you ever visited a remote place, off the beaten track? Places in regions or locations so remote you are unlikely ever to meet another tourist? Perhaps you live in such an area?

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Hardangervidda – Norway

This is the theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.

‘Remote’

queensland beach
Not a soul here – The Carlo sand blow
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All on their Own in remote Queensland
Thirty mile beach
A remote 30 MIle beach on Stradbroke Island
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The Remote and Eternal Snows of Norway’s Jotunheim Mountains

Perhaps the prompt, “Remote” means something entirely different for you.

This week’s prompt was inspired by Chris from the blog lifeofrileyow.com who is currently travelling to the very remote regions of North western and Central North Australia.

Let’s share some remote photos from around the world on Friendly Friday!

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Remote and rural Norway-Sweden Border

Post a comment below and include our ping-back in your post, so I can find your entry.

This photography challenge is posted every Friday by

Amanda from Something to Ponder About, and

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday

Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Remote,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the blogs to see future prompts.

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

Early morning sunrise photography
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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Sunrise

Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

#nofilter

If you have been following Friendly Friday for a while, you might recognize a similar photograph to the one below, from one of our previous Friendly Friday photo challenges – ‘Between the Lines.’

The Golden hour is a wonderful study for budding photographers. Sometimes sunrises appears best shot with a warm glow and other times with cooler tones, as seen below.

This surfer has the best view of the sunrise as he waits for the right wave.

lone surfboard rider in the morning surf

Sunrise is the Earth’s golden hour. It is manner from heaven for photographers, especially with the light reflecting in the clouds.

I am at heart, a morning person, so it is relatively easy for me to be ready with mobile phone or camera, before the sun gets up.

The reward is seeing a sunrise like this: –

Early morning sunrise photography

The time it took for this fiery yellow ball, (we all depend on), to move over the horizon in this photo, was less than two precious minutes, yet it was enough time to energize me and fill me with positive anticipation for the day ahead.

Near the Tin can Bay Dolphins

Have you noticed that special light at this time of the morning?

It’s an in-between time, not fully formed daytime, and definitely not the dark side of night. Sunrise is a time of transition, of change, of movement into a new reality. A new day full of optimism and hope.

Magic and Promise

Sunrises are, however, a little more challenging for photographers to capture correctly. And I am no expert. I shoot for my own personal satisfaction and preference.

Shooting into the sun of the morning produces varied results

Early morning light tends to be cooler (higher blue) than light in the late evening, which leans toward more warm color castings consisting of orange and red.

You can find the quote on sunrise photography and further photographic tips here.

Friendly Friday Weekly Photo Prompt

‘Sunrise’

Let’s share some wonderful sunrises from around the world on Friendly Friday!

Post a comment below and include our ping-back in your post, so I can find your entry.

This photography challenge is posted every Friday by

Amanda from Something to Ponder About, and

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday

How to Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Sunrise,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the Friendly Friday blogger hosts, to see future prompts.

Something to Ponder About

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

National garden Japan
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Friendly Friday: Photo Walk

Come and take a Friendly Friday Photo Walk with Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere

My starting point for a walk. Overlooking Shinjuki’s Concrete jungle.

Snow and I co-host a Photo Challenge, Called Friendly Friday, alternately each Friday (Saturday for some time zones). Although I have linked the response to this week’s prompt of a photo walk, to an earlier walk I took through the Gyoen National Park in Shinjuku, Japan, this prompt from Snow was one I couldn’t resist joining in with again.

Hosts are allowed to join their own challenges, aren’t they?


Japanese know their horticulture and how to make it a work of art. The trees perfectly frame the pond and the manicured trees int eh distance. In a week or so, these trees would turn brilliant red. Oh how I would love have seen that.

A row of Japanese mountain Maple trees – more LOTR trees,

A fellow Aussie blogger liked my comparison of these trees to Lord of the Rings.

Here is some more, Chris!

trees

No problems to sit here for a while and absorb the ethereal light.

More spam of my absolute favourite Sycamore, (or Plane trees – thanks Manja)!

Proof it is a real kind of Photo Walk
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