I love walking in our local nature reserve. I’ve shown you parts of it before, and I make no apologies for showing you some again….. and probably again in the future. I walked there today, and arrived home to find the Weekly Photo Challenge waiting in my mailbox.
Some of the views have changed over recent weeks. Much vegetation (mostly reeds) has been cleared to allow regrowth, and islands, constructed during the last couple of years to lessen the build-up of silt, are becoming more established. During the summer they have been occupied by families of Canada Geese, now they are vacant and awaiting the arrival of winter visitors. This view is a good example of the scenery that I use as inspiration in my textile work. Although the resulting artwork would be very abstract it is ideal for translating into many layers, either in fabric, stitching – or in fact, paints.
This picture gives a better idea of how overgrown the other edge of the lake was before the clearance. Each year a different area is chosen for management. As a result we have a wide selection of wildlife visiting and living in the area.
The final photograph is of some ‘layered’ artwork that is currently on my work table. They are constructed of layers of paper.
Take a look at another interpretation on Just Snaps, and check out the Challenge link above for many more examples, and few below too.
Habit. Blogging is one habit that has been broken, not by design, and I’m hoping that I will be back to it next week. I have missed putting my thoughts and feelings into words, so it will be good to get back to it.
During my ‘absence’ I have developed other habits. The main one is walking on a regular basis. It’s been good for my health, and now that my physiotherapy is well underway I’m enjoying being out in the open air. I take my camera with me wherever I go, and many of the pictures I’ve shared with you over the summer have been taken during such a walk.
Having lived in the area for many years I became very aware of how few records there are of our surroundings. Many of my pictures are taken ‘from the hip’, or rather, surreptitiously. My favourite walk is to head towards our nature reserve, but to do that I have a 7 minute walk along a quiet road. We know many people that live along there, and recently one elderly couple moved out into sheltered accommodation. Their house has now undergone a vast ‘rebuild’ by the new owner. I managed to snap a picture when no-one was looking.
This picture symbolises another aspect of ‘habit’. Everyone wants to make ‘their’ mark on their property, their ‘habit-ation’ must be individual and no remnant of another’s individuality must remain.
To mark the return to a habit I’ve begun an update of my blog, with a new background and header. Hope you like it.
The week passes far too quickly, suddenly it’s Friday and the Photo Challenge is here again! Maybe this doesn’t quite qualify as an unusual point of view – but I wouldn’t normally take a photograph through dirty windows!
Full instructions for entering the challenge and many more entries can be found here. There’s be one from Just Snaps too. There are also some unusual angles coming up this week here.