Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

By the time I post this somewhere in the world it will be January 1st 2015. So I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year and as they say in Scotland “Lang May Yer Lum Reek”. I’m Scots and to be honest we never actually used that wonderful old expression. Anyway as you can probably guess this is going to be a short post this week as I am busy preparing for the New year celebrations which will occur for us her in the UK in about seven hours.

Buxton Hothouse

Taken in the summer last year this photograph is in the Hothouse attached to the Pavilion in Buxton, Derbyshire. I hope you enjoy it and it only leaves me to say, looking forward to hearing from you all in the New Year.

52 in 2015 Week 1 Reflections

Why do I do it? After successfully completing 52’s in 2012 and 2013, I took a break in 2014 mainly due to work commitments. I must be a sucker for punishment, I’ve only gone and signed up for another 52 challenge for 2015. Each week a specific subject is chosen and the first weeks challenge is running now on Flickr. So if anyone is interested in taking part follow this link to the Flickr group, where you will find lots of information about the challenge themes and how to go about submitting entries.

This weeks challenge is reflections. On Monday I was in the Snowdonia National Park chasing snow and took this reflection on Llyn Padarn, Llanberis.

52 in 2015 - Week # 1 Reflections

It was an absolutely beautiful day and despite it being winter, relatively warm. Llyn Padarn when it is flat calm provides some amazing reflections of the mountains of Snowdonia, including Snowdon, which unfortunately today was just hidden by some cloud.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Almost into the holiday season and in many ways it is fitting that this weeks theme challenge is Yellow. Takes me away from the doom and gloom of winter and this last week where the days have been nothing but miserable and grey. Saying that, I’m in a pretty good mood because unusually for me I’ve done the bulk of my Christmas present shopping. I’m normally a Christmas Eve guy, not because I can’t think what to get, I just enjoy that last minute thrill of wandering around the shops and getting into the Christmas spirit. Nowadays I think Christmas comes far to early. No sooner is Halloween (Trick or Treat) over and suddenly the shops are flooded with Christmas advertising.

Although I’m ahead I’ve still got a busy few days coming up, so here is my yellow.

Yellow

I’d not long had the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens so I was still experimenting and although this might not be the greatest photograph the colour yellow is certainly present. Not only in the flower but also in the bee. Doesn’t it look really summery?

First and foremost, make it an obvious picture of colour! Rather than looking for rocks, leaves, trees, waterfalls, birds, flowers, fire hydrants, starfish, boats, orchards, or bridges, focus your energy and vision on red, blue, yellow, orange, green, or violet. Colour first, content second! – Bryan Peterson

What intrigues me though. Look at the wings of the bee, especially the right hand one. It is damaged and from what I have read it will not re-generate. Wear and tear like this is usually the sign of am older bee. Want to know more? Have a look at Bumblebee.Org where there is some amazing information about bees.

Now that I have got the challenge photograph and post out of the way it’s time for me to get in the Christmas spirit. If you don’t already know all of my blog photographs come with a Creative Commons, Attribution, Share Alike License, which means you are free to copy and use the images as long as you credit me. Full details of the license term can be found here.

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In the meantime I’d like to take this early opportunity to wish those of you who celebrate Christmas “A Merry Christmas” and more importantly to all of you “A Healthy and Happy New Year”

Good News!

In a dramatic turn around Yahoo owned Flickr have decided to cease selling Creative Commons licensed photographs through their Wall Art service. Bowing to pressure from many on-line photographers Yahoo have accepted that selling Creative Commons photographs went against the spirit of CC Licensing. So where does that leave “Say It With A Camera”? I have decided to bring back the CC license on photographs which appear on my blog with the continuing proviso that they cannot be used for Commercial purposes. Clicking on any photograph will generally link to my Flickr Account where you can download the photograph at a maximum width of no more that 1280 pixels, suitable for web use, desktop wallpapers, etc

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

Normally at this time of the year I visit Saint Asaph Cathedral in North Wales to photograph the Christmas Tree. It’s a very large tree positioned just before the entrance to the Choir and twinkles with lots of Christmas lights. This year is no exception but there’s no tree. Just a small one in the corner of the cathedral, almost tucked away out of sight. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. So I’ve decided to use one from a previous Christmas visit to the Cathedral which I’m sure will fit the challenge this week.

Christmas from the Cathedral at St Asaph

Whilst I was in the cathedral I took the opportunity to try out some ideas incorporating the lights in the Choir Stalls and whilst I was doing so spotted something I wasn’t expecting to see. In fact I’m amazed I haven’t spotted it before because I have stood in the same spot loads of times taking photographs. What am I talking about?

Cathedral Lights

There’s graffiti carved into the wood. Mainly initials, probably of choir boys. I say boys because traditionally in the past Church and Cathedral Choirs were made up of boys and adult males.

The use of choirboys in Christian liturgical music can be traced back to pre-Christian times. Saint Paul’s dictum that “women should be silent in churches” (mulieres in ecclesiis taceant) resonated with this largely patriarchal tradition; the development of vocal polyphony from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque thus took place largely, though not exclusively, in the context of the all-male choir, in which all voice parts were sung by men and boys. – Source Wikipedia

That set me wondering. How long ago were the carvings done? It’s not recent, because nowadays there are cameras installed in the Cathedral for security purposes, so it is likely that no one would chance carving the wood now. But there again the carvings are not ancient as the writing looks modern. In the end we are left with a mystery – a sort of “Whodunnit” but without an ending.