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Another challenging week #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you and give you access to darker pathways of my mind. I actually went out on Friday, I don’t usually, the traffic is horrendous on a Friday. I decided to go to the food bank because they were in need of donations and while I was out I thought I would see if there was a photo-opportunity at the litter pick. While I was there, I thought I would check out the pool in the morning light. You know how one thought leads to another as you make life challenging …

Hydes pool - challenging photography


It was nice and sunny but a cold harsh light so I think I prefer to take photos there in late afternoon. Earlier in the week, I had the same problem when I did a photo shoot for charity but I couldn’t really choose the time of day. We learn from our experiences, though and so next time I’ll do it indoors and use a flash. We raised money for charity and the pictures were reasonably good, despite a few shadows.

A challenging week

It was a challenging week all round. Challenging is politic-speak for bloody difficult. We have to rise to these challenges.  I have been quite concerned with appointments and events trying to stop them all falling on the same day. I have a few on the same day this week, so I’m cancelling anything not absolutely vital. I could fit them in, but at my age, I can’t take the stress of too many ‘challenges’. I’ve been helping students with their studies for the past few years and it keeps me busy and my mind occupied. Yesterday, I was asked about high school maths which turned out to be easy and the other student was writing a postgraduate essay on ethics. I’m hoping this sort of thing, exercises and challenges my mind enough to prevent dementia in the coming years. The essay still isn’t finished and I think I might be asked to read it later. It is amazing, though, that I can help students that are so far away and in different time zones. In fact, the one was studying maths on a Saturday morning in California while the other was burning the midnight oil in Shanghai, early on Sunday morning.


Photography can be quite challenging too as the light keeps changing with the weather. I quite like to take photos after the rain and so I might get some good shots today. Nature has a slightly deeper colour when it’s wet. The roads will be a little quieter today and so I can go exploring in search of a good landscape shot. Often I have a shot in mind and then I wait for the light to be just right. I have in mind narrowboats on the canal today. I’ll check out the moorings and see if they are passing through.

That’s it for today, I’ll end with some photos that I’ve taken recently. If you would like to subscribe to this blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter  for updates. You can also find more ideas on my Facebook page.

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