Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture


The challenge:

This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials… or with man-made objects.

This is a great opportunity to look at the world in a slightly different way — along with looking at things from new angles, zooming very far out or very far in are both great ways to create texture and pattern in photos.

The texture is the fur on the back of the baby monkey. I was looking around the photo (one that I took a few weeks ago) and noticed the swirly patterns of the baby’s fur. I wonder whether it is characteristic of all baby monkeys? I don’t have anything to compare it to. Maybe someone knows?



Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag


In Freebie and The Bean, Alan Arkin is a detective trying to run across the road with bullets zinging around him. He starts running and he’s almost across when his partner James Caan tells him he has to zig zag.

So Arkin runs back across the road to do it again, only properly.

I love the non sequitur of him running the risk of being shot crossing the road zig zagging, when he already crossed the road.

The building I saw today has some zig, but lacks in the zag department. It’s an installation being built in the grounds of the Modern Art Museum in Edinburgh.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers



Pigeon Defeats Bird Feeder

It’s been a while since I took part in the WordPress weekly photo challenge. And I have more or less missed the date of this week’s challenge because it was on Friday.

We have resident pigeons who snaffle the seeds from the bird feeder. I say ‘snaffle’ because we intend the seed to benefit smaller birds.

But pigeons have their place in the universe – and in this case their universe includes this bird feeder.

Yesterday, this pigeon found his way into the bird feeder outside our bedroom and I had my camera handy.

I wasn’t thinking of the Photo challenge theme until I looked at the shot on my computer.

Now I have decided to submit it for this week’s challenge, which is containers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art


This is my contribution to this week’s WordPress challenge, which is under the title ‘Work of Art‘.

I took the photograph in the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

The painting is by Constant Montald and is entitled ‘La Fontaine de l’inspiration’ – the fountain of inspiration.

I guess it might seem that I took the photo because of the contrast between the couple who are so wrapped up in each other, and the painting to which they are seemingly oblivious.

But the truth is that the main reason I took the photo is for the sheet graphic quality of the large rectangle in pastel colours and contrast with the small dark shape of the couple.

I try sometimes to look back into my head to see what it is that triggers me to want to take a photo. It is kind of possible – but not completely.