A motor boat on the bayou for Cee’s B&W Challenge: Anything with Motors this week 🙂
The shores of Lake Verret, Louisiana for Jez Braithwaite’s Water water Everywhere this week… 🙂
The beautiful views along the bayou in Pierre Part, Louisiana, where my husband’s family live and where we’ve been visiting for the last couple of weeks 🙂
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week asks for something you make use of every day, so I wanted to find something a bit different…
This is my un-emptied kitchen sink washing up water sitting in a grey plastic basin, surface vibrating gently as the washing machine underneath the counter was building up to its fast spin. I grabbed my phone and captured the shapes made, and was really happy with the effect!
Definitely something I use every day – well, not the same water, obviously, but the basin remains the same 🙂
The Greig Street Bridge over the River Ness in Inverness – it’s an old Victorian ironwork footbridge, and is one I cross regularly on my way to and from work – I love the way the trees frame the bridge so nicely in this shot 🙂
The beautiful nautical blue of the Muirtown basin at the northernmost end of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness – complete with moored boats in the background – taken on a surprisingly sunny Bank Holiday afternoon! 🙂
I’ve always loved spending time in nature, I grew up in the Scottish countryside along the East Coast from Aberdeen to Inverness, and we moved back to Inverness from London two and a half years ago.
It generally rains a lot here, so outdoors our foliage is usually green and lush pretty much all year round. My ideal gardening style is creatively informal and abundant, I love the idea of having seasonal plants filling up the flower beds all year round and in the summer I enjoy the feeling of soft grass cool and ticklish beneath my bare feet. I like to have potted greenery dotted around the house too, somehow bringing a little bit of nature inside my home always helps me feel grounded… ❤
Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!
When walking along the Caledonian Canal at Muirtown Locks over the new year I saw a group of people playing what seemed to be kayak water polo in the canal basin – it was gray and raining, and the colours were really dull, so I brightened up the images with an online art filter post-processing effect 🙂
It’s been such a long time since I participated in Trent’s Weekly Smile, and even though I’m finding life a bit of a struggle emotionally just now I do feel bad about not finding something to smile about each week, even just a small something…
So for the first weekly smile of this new year, here is a swan looking a lot less elegant than usual but having a lot of fun doing an impromptu Esther Williams impression just for me – its bottom bobbing in the air as the rest of it turned in an ungainly circle under the water certainly made me smile! 🙂
Sometimes fresh air is the best medicine – I’ve got a thumping headache today so decided a walk along the canal close to home might help, and I took my camera with me for company. It was sunny enough with blue skies when I left the house, so I was in no rush.
But before long the sky darkened, and I got not too far along the canal basin when I felt the first spits of rain so turned around much sooner than I’d intended and it’s such a good job I did – the heavens opened and by the time I made it home again I was soaked. Even now the rain is still hitting hard off the window just to remind me it’s still there…
Sadly my headache is no better but I did enjoy my walk – well, at least the first half – and did get a few decent shots before the winter weather turned for the worst… 🙂