Color or Monochrome

Paula Borkovic, in her blog LOST IN TRANSLATION issues this challenge.

Regular visitors to my blog know that once a month on a Sunday I post a combined photo challenge theme for Black&White Sunday. It is called AFTER and BEFORE and it invites you to post the same image both in black and white and in colour. The topic and subject are entirely arbitrary. The only condition is that you post an image captured in colour and that you turn it monochrome in post processing. I enjoy this little exercise which permits me to see the same scene through colour and without it, and I hope that you will enjoy doing the same.

That’s quite a challenge. I had no preconceived idea of which photo to use, so I picked a day of shooting at random from my archives, and came up with these three photos I thought were worth working on. I hope you enjoy them, both in color as well as monochrome.

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Tangier Island

This week’s OWPC (One Word Photo Challenge) word is ISLAND

Luckily I spent last weekend on Tangier Island, spending two days devoted to kayaking, and one day just for taking some photos while taking a walk over the whole island, two landmasses with a ‘canal’ between. The whole walk is about 4 miles, though there are a few 8 passenger golf cart type vehicles that take passengers for a tour – about 15 minutes long. See on map on Tangier.

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The Dome Overhead

Haiku Horizons prompt “sky”

Welcome to week 181 of Haiku Horizons! Enough of anagrams (I’ll skip pots, tops and opts). This prompt for this week is “sky“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

Dark Sky

Sky blue turns back
The moon slides over the sun
Stars shine in mid-day


Above the mountain
Only one cloud could be seen
Dawn was approaching.

The Storm

When the sky turns black.
The threat of rain increases.
The rain is coming.

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Silent Flight

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 9th 2017

Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … and today I have a nice theme to create haiku with.

Today our theme is WAVES …. and of course you can use the image to trigger your muse.

Have fun!


Climbing in the wave
Nothing disturbs the pilot
Mountain far below.

Note: When the wind blows across a mountain it is pushed upwards, much like flowing water as it encounters submerged rocks. When the weather conditions are right sailplane pilots will soar effortlessly in these waves, much like a surfer riding the front edge of an ocean-wave. Sometimes reaching altitudes of several thousands of feet, world record altitude flights have reached over 30,000 feet. Occasionally lens shaped clouds appear parallel to mountain ranges, showing that high altitude waves are present. I remember one flight when I climbed over 9,000′ in a wave, limited only because I was not carrying oxygen.

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Haiku – WAVES

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 9th 2017

Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … and today I have a nice theme to create haiku with.

Today our theme is WAVES …. and of course you can use the image to trigger your muse.

Have fun!


The kayak is small.
Riding the waves, some are large
I go with the flow

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Haiku Horizons prompt “stop”

Welcome to week 180 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “stop“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt


Red and Blue lights flash
I should halt at the Halt Sign
The constable frowns.

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Rebecca’s Helm

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

This week the topic is Wheels. The main focus of your photo should have at least one wheel in it. Wheels come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety you of objects. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.

This wheel is on the Rebecca T Ruark, one of the few remaining Skipjacks sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Her home port is Tilghman Island. The skipjack is a traditional fishing boat used on Chesapeake Bay for oyster dredging. It is a sailboat which succeeded the bugeye as the chief oystering boat on the bay, and it remains in service due to laws restricting the use of powerboats in the Maryland state oyster fishery.

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Will It Fall Down

Each week Sunday Photo Fiction Fiction from Photos challenges us to write a short story.
Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017 surprised me with one of the photos I’d donated for this project. During a walk on a hot afternoon the inspiration hit.

Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in 200 words or less. Careful editing will keep your words within the confines of the 200 word limit. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo…The main object is to have fun..

My wonderful wife and I were about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and she said she’d find a great place for us to stay. She kept quiet about it for weeks, but I could tell by the smile on her face that something great was up. Thursday before the big weekend she did start with little hints, telling me to get packed for a surprise, and come home from work early. We were going to leave Friday mid-afternoon. I didn’t get much sleep, wondering what she had in mind.

When I got home from work the car was packed, and the tank was topped off, ready to go. Under here directions I drove out into the country to an old town I’d hardly noticed in the past. Heading down Main St. she pointed to one building in particular, “That’s the place! Isn’t it charming?” To my horror it looked like it might collapse in a light breeze.

Following her directions we drove around to the back, a beautifully restored building. The owner of the B&B said the entire building was fully restored, The front was just for show.

The weekend was the best we’d had in years.

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Not a Great Blue

This week, just a trio of photos, that should satisfy two photo challenges, first nancy merrill photographyA Photo A week Challenge – Birds

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

and then JENNIFER NICHOLE WELLS‘s OWPC (One Word Photo Challenge – Heron

The first two are Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

An adult Black Crowned Night Heron

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Steps – going up

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Dutch’s challenge for this week:

Going for a step or two

This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks… The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language. Merriam Webster showed me 11 definitions, some of which were nuances, whereas others have completely separate definitions. Therefore, it is your choice, whether these steps take you up (or down) or direct your path, or even are performed as part of a ballet!

Some new, some back a few years.

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