Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sea Is A One-Eyed Man

the sea is play

The sea is sex

I remember reading that years ago in a book on psychoanalysis and thinking how poetic it sounded. Throw oneself into the crashing waves or paddle in the shallows.

Now I think whoever said it had sex on the brain. Which we all do, more or less. But then lots of animals don’t like the sea. I had a dog once that would freak out at the site of a hose pipe.

The sea is a one-eyed man

Looking along the shore, to one side is the land with whatever there is there. To the other side is the sea. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope or a Rorschach drawing with everything mirrored and yet not mirrored.

The sea is escape

Gazing along the shore, beyond where one can see, and then thinking of all that cements one to where one is. And then walking on. And on.

The sea is a sound

I used to love those sunny days when the sound of voices was muted and the breeze drifted in from the sea.

The sea is shells

Nerites shells in this case, that I photographed. And the photo was chosen for the Patterns In Nature exhibition in Edinburgh city centre earlier this year.

Nerites snails are found from the Caribbean to South Africa. They live in tidal pools and what struck me about the ones I found was the way the patterns are interrupted in zig-zags.

It might have been caused by a change in diet or who knows what else?

Watch the video to see the shells.

About the dog that didn’t like water

P.S. I loved that dog, and from time to time I miss him dearly.

Say It With A Tweet

From the WordPress Support Site:

Using the Media Explorer, you can now insert tweets and YouTube videos without ever leaving WordPress.

This tool lets you search Twitter and YouTube from inside the “Insert Media” window in your WordPress.com Dashboard, which makes it easy to find and embed relevant Tweets and videos in your posts and pages.

To open the Media Explorer, click the “Add Media” media button.

And here is my tweet about the new feature (including my ‘love it/hate it’ reaction):

By the way…

I was alerted to the new WordPress feature because I follow Robin Good on Scoop.it. He puts a lot of time and effort into curating information on the web, and one of the topics he covers is content curation itself.

If that seems like the snake that eats itself, take a look at his content curation page at MasterNewMedia – well worth a look.

And if you are not using Scoop.it, then I recommend it because it is easy to use and there is really no downside to it.

My Scoop is at Visual Intelligence, if you are looking for people to follow.

Get It With A Tweet

Here is another of my tweets – this one about how you can download my practical guide to choosing a digital camera:

AmpersandCity on Zazzle


I made a Zazzle store. I’m experimenting with different sales channels (ooh! hark at him – ‘sales channels’)

I called the store AmpersandCity on the basis that I would make stuff based around…. the ampersand.

I’ve got three posters up there at the moment.

Unlike with Etsy where you sell via the store but supply the customer direct, the way Zazzle works is that you upload a full-size image (rather than a web-sized image) and Zazzle use it and print from it and send to the customer. And you, the seller, get a cut of the selling price.

At a guess, I think more people succeed in creating a business (as in making money) on Etsy, but maybe not.