Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

I agonised over this one. Just wasn’t sure what to include this week. I know I’ve always said I can make any photograph fit a theme but sometimes it’s nice to actually have a photograph that does fit the challenge theme. This week, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. I’ll leave you to decide.

Water Fun

Unusually from me, this weeks photograph is just about straight out of the camera, does that make it pure, with just a little bit of cropping to make it aesthetically more pleasing. The Rool of Thurds comes to mind here but I don’t use it in my photography.

Pure photography is a system of picture-making that describes more or less faithfully what might be seen through a rectangular frame from a particular vantage point at a given moment. – John Szarkowski

It must be pure, then……

Anyway that’s it this week, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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Just found out next weeks challenge is Curve. I can do that…

The Flying Scotsman

Sure I’m Scots but it’s not me I’m talking about, it’s the train.

Probably one of the UK’s most recognised locomotives, the Flying Scotsman has returned to service hauling tours around Britain after an extensive refurbishment, and I was lucky to catch it today as it passed through North Wales.

Flying Scotsman

Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of Sir Nigel Gresley, the Flying Scotsman was employed as an express train on the East Coast Main Line running from London to Edinburgh, a distance of 392 miles. During it’s time in service, before it was retired in 1963, the Flying Scotsman a world record; it was the first steam train to reach 100mph. Later in the 1980’s it would be the first steam train to clock up the longest ever non-stop run of 422 miles during a tour of Australia.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers

I was thinking about this challenge and wondering how I was going to fulfil it this week seeing as I’m mainly a landscape and wildlife photographer. Of course these themes are always open to interpretation and I pride myself in being able to make any photograph fit a WordPress theme. Of course it might take a bit of lateral thinking on your part.


This one is easy, you can have two people, break it down a bit more and you can have 1 man and 1 boy, well I think it’s a boy but with hair like that who knows. Or how about 12 wind turbines, count them they are there. Break it down, each turbine has 3 blades, so that’s 36 in total. See this numbers game is easy and like I said, I can make any photograph fit the theme.

Mind the Steps

I can see 4 steps, 4 els, 4 esses, 6 ayes, and a few other things but whose counting. Oh! By the way this photograph was stolen last week and used in a Failbook post. Now I’m a generous sort of guy but you can’t use my photographs for commercial purposes without paying me mucho dinero so  had to insist that they take it down.

Right then, numbers here we go……Q8 kicking up a sandstorm.


911 – reminds me of the time I was in Charleston SC. The hotel access code  for direct dialling was 9, we had a number for cheaper international calls that went something like this (0)11 555 4444. Of course I kept dropping the 0, you can guess the rest.


Number 9 – that was the number of a laxative pill given to British servicemen during WW2. No symbolism here.


88 in mid-flight


14 just coming in to land


I hope you like this light-hearted look at Numbers, this weeks challenge. Here’s what other bloggers are saying;

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Photographic Journey Around Lindisfarne, The Holy Island

How do you describe a place that seems magical, shrouded in myths and legends, been invaded by vikings and has hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year. You don’t, well at least I don’t. Plenty has been written about the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, (hint, follow the links through this post), so I’m just going to show you some photographs and do it my way by saying it with a camera. Well, I might add a few words just to keep it flowing. So let’s get going…..


That’s Holy Island in the distance. To reach it you have to cross the sea, well it is an island, but only when the tide is out. Otherwise you could find yourself in danger


Believe it or not about once a month someone does not look at the tide table….and when they get in trouble that little wooden box is their safe place. Of course their car is a total write-off and the insurers just love the fact that they didn’t look at the tables.


Lindisfarne has a castle

Lindisfarne Castle

….and a church, actually it’s got more than one

Stained Glass

and inside one church is an amazing wood carving

The Journey

oh, and don’t forget the ruins of the priory, visited by Viking raiding parties

Lindisfarne Priory

At this time of the year, spring flowers are in abundance, on the meadows, on rocky cliffs

Spring Flowers

and country lanes

The Lane

Fog on a hot sunny day, it can’t be, but it is. I told you this place was mystical.

Strange Mist

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Better late than never, but having only just got home I’ve been struggling to get this weeks challenge completed in time, especially as I really wanted to show you some photographs from Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. So a quick compromise. One photograph taken several years back during a photowalk around Liverpool.

Photograph Me

That’s all folks, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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