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Week 36 – Theme 36 “Stitched Together”

I am a little bit obsessed with taking panoramas so spend a lot of time sticking pictures together. I wanted something a bit different for this theme however and this weekend I found it. While out walking in the Cheviot hills I noticed that the hillsides have an interesting pattern. Some sections have well developed heather, while others have been recently burned (this is a process common on heather moorland), leaving what looks like a patchwork quilt.  So here is my stitched together patchwork hillside, stitched together in a panorama!



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Week 35 – Theme 42 “The Wild Side”

Today was the Northumberland Resident’s Festival where many tourist attractions are open just for those living within the county. We decided to take advantage of this and visit the Chillingham Wild Cattle. This area of ancient parkland is home to about 100 cattle who have lived totally wild for many hundreds of years. The cattle are thought to be the only examples of truly wild cattle. The tour of the park is taken with a guide who gave us many warnings of how unpredictable these animals can be we really were on the wild side. The bulls have been known to gore each other to death and stampedes can be caused by sudden movements by visitors (I quickly switched my mobile phone to silent). Luckily we took our long lenses with us, so we could take some pictures without getting too close.





Week 34 – Theme 45 “Underneath”

I’ve been working on this theme for a while. I was desperate to take some interesting cat pictures from underneath (see my attempts at the end of this post). I have however discovered that to achieve the look I wanted I either need a better lens or a more patient cat! So I decided to pick a different subject….coloured pencils sit so much stiller than cats. I saw some interesting shots of coloured pencils underneath a piece of glass, so I had a go. I really like the effect of the may reflections in the droplets (I used glycerin which holds the droplet shape better than water).


Here are my attempts at cat pictures…..

These are the most in focus….most of them looked like the one below! But despite being a very poor photography model he still got some tasty treats for his efforts!



Week 31 – Theme 15 “Looking up”

I need little excuse to photograph my dogs and this time a clear blue sky seemed like a good enough reason. So I spent some time lying on the floor looking up at “Lugs” the dog. I love the different perspective you get from this angle and the strange expressions dogs make when you are staring so intently at them….(by the way he was yawning in the first picture not threatening the photographer!)




Week 30 – Theme 19 “Musically Inclined”

Bad weather has forced me to try some more indoor photography projects. My husband came home to find me sat in the dark in front of a blank computer screen balancing CD cases on top of a tripod. The rainbow effect is achieved by having a polarising filter on both the lens and the light source. I read that a computer screen has a built in filter and so this makes it an ideal light source to use. The old cassette and CD cases were a perfect fit to the musically inclined theme, although I’m not sure that the genre of music that I imagine fits these psychedelic colours is quite to my taste!