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Woodland reflected in puddle reflect

Day 211 – Moments Reflect

"What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?" ~ Frederick the Great Reflection is a good thing, whether you do it on the toilet, in the car, laying in bed at night or out walking. The opportunities for a few moments to reflect are endless. The key is taking them when you have them. Reflecting is about learning and the thing you learn the most when you do it, is yourself  
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Child playing on the beach

Day 209 – Playing rules

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. I think there is a great deal of truth to this statement. Being grumpy ages you, not just physically but in a far more involved way than just how a person looks. Stress is a known killer and in modern life we are constantly bombarded by it. It is good for the soul and the body to reject all that and take a leaf from children's attitude to things and just play.  
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Black and white of boat in the water gray palette of colour

Day 206 – Abstract Palette

“The photographer's palette [is] a thousand shades of gray.” ~ H. E. Clark Turning an image black and white, or monochrome as many call it, is a very subjective thing. Some images lend themselves to such a muted palette and some surprise you when they do. The absence of colour though is something we never actually experience in real life, even those who are coloured blind see some light colours. Yet when it comes to photography we accept it a presentation of reality when in fact it is hugely abstract.
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girl in the river summer afternoon

Day 201 – Summer afternoon

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James I hate to say it in case I jinx it but summer, real proper summer seems to have finally arrived. The windows are open wide, the sun shines, the warm air swirls around in one of those perfect summertime breezes that just does enough to stop it being too hot. This, this is my weather heaven. Long may it last.
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sunset hue over River Yar Yarmouth

Day 199 – Pretty hue

“Listen to the sunset...see its pretty hue... When you see it, think of me...and I'll think of you...” ~ Oksana Rus This really is the colour of the sky/water. The only editing I did to this image was to reduce the highlights slightly and the clarity to 'soften' the water. Apart from that you are getting to see exactly what I saw when I took the picture.  
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Girl jumping in wave on beach at sunset Tunisia as they come ashore

Day 176 – Waves ashore

“Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life," murmured Niko. "They bring new food for shore creatures, and take ships out to sea. They are the ocean's pulse, and our own heartbeat.” ~ Tamora Pierce Jumping over waves as they come ashore is one of the simple pleasures in life. You always know when something is that because children indulge in it instinctively. However for reasons I have never really understood when we become adults we have a tendency to forget them, or take them for granted, or be so busy in our lives that we just don't indulge…
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Water spilling over rock in stream rewards

Day 160 – Simple Rewards

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs Life can be very hectic. Work, family and everything that those two things entail can sometimes consume us. I know that many days go by where I feel like I am constantly chasing my tail, dashing from one thing to another,…
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Port meadow Oxford

Day 157 – Meadow land

“We all know that a sky with clouds in it is much more interesting than one that doesn’t have any.” ~ Jodi Picoult This is Port Meadow in Oxford. A beautiful haven that lays to the north east of the city. It is an ancient area of grazing land that has never been ploughed. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 giving the Freeman of Oxford the right to graze their animals free of charge which continues to be the case right up to the present day. If you ever go to Oxford make sure you visit this…
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Lucky Lucy Hastings fishing boat

Day 153 – Lucy at sea

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea. ~ Joseph Conrad  This is the Lucky Lucy and despite the fact she looks like a pleasure boat she is in fact part of the Hastings Fishing Fleet. She does stand out though and most of them look like the traditional trawlers that you would expect but Lucy looks more like she should be offering rides not casting nets. However her winged companions seem to hint that she is heading back into port with a good catch on board.  
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London city skyline higher

Day 150 – High Towers

"I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals." - Noël Coward I wonder what Noël Coward would make of London today. I bet he never envisioned it would have such a towering skyline and that much of the London that he knew would be completely gone to be replaced by men in suits dealing in obscene sums of money from buildings that reached up into the sky.
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yarmouth Harbour Isle of Wight dusk night and day

Day 148 – Night and day

“It was deep afternoon when shadows begin to grow, light becomes gold, and you realize that this particular day has reached its destiny. Like old age, it’s not yet over, but there’s no denying the time of day.” ~ Vicki Covington  Once the clocks change and the days get longer there is something about that time when the night not yet is fully alive but the light of the day only just lingers in the air that is magical. It for such a short time that the two, night and day, share a moment and they part company only to…
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mating male swan display

Day 130 – Display of love

“Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.” ~ William Shakespeare I took this shot a few weeks ago at a local park. Further down the pond there was another swan gliding about who was clearly this swans lady love because he would head off down to her end of the pond and they would bow their necks to each other in a display of love and drift in gentle contentment around one another. Sadly they were slightly to far away for me to get a really go picture of them but when the other male swans started to…
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