Red Yellow Green

I thought we could use some warming-up now right in the middle of winter and a cold spell.

I don’t remember how exactly I got the idea for this photoshoot but I have always liked this colour combination. Of course, the Pan-African colours are red, gold and green, not red, yellow, green. But in my pictures, it’s very much yellow.

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Red, gold and green can be seen on flags of many African countries today. The inspiration came from the flag of Ethiopia (the country which was not colonised by Europeans except the short period of Italian occupation) and the first country to adopt these colours was Ghana in 1957. Ghana was the first colonised country in Africa to gain independence.

I thought I’d throw a bit of knowledge in there, though flags are not something that interests me very much. Maps, on the other hand, I love. I can stare at maps for hours. Almost.

I think that’s enough rambling for one post, so I hope all of you in Northern Hemisphere are keeping warm!

New Year’s Sunrise

It has become a habit of mine to take a photo of sunrise on the first working day of the year on my way to work.

I’m not a morning person and therefore never take any pictures of sunrise, except this time of year when it days are so short.

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2014

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2015

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2016

The weather has been really awful lately, constant rain and more rain, conditions weren’t exactly the best for taking pictures. So this year’s is dated the third working day of the year, instead of first.

Gloomy

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I think those are crows, though I still can’t tell the difference between a raven a and a crow.

This is one of my favourite pictures. I took it last year–once again, from my window.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
            Nameless here for evermore.
Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven

November

How would you describe November? Dull. Wet. Dark. Grim.

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

No-vember.

–Thomas Hood

It’s been nothing but rain and more rain so far here in England. However, as someone who hates the cold, I’m thankful the weather’s been quite mild.

Last Friday the grey skies parted to gift us with this beautiful sunset.DSCF5643copy

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There must have been a rainbow too, but by the time I got out to take pics, it was fading.

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I love sunsets (in case that wasn’t clear from this blog), though I never believe I can capture their beauty quite right.

Naturally, since that day it has only rained more. Which brings me to this.Learn-How-To-Dance-In-The-Rain

Maybe, though I’m no Gene Kelly, so I just plod on.

Thirty-Five

I turned 35 two days ago. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a milestone, but I don’t feel any different than last week when I was still 34. So much for that.

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The weather was so mild on that day and I decided to walk from work again and got to see an absolutely gorgeous sunset.

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The tower on the bottom picture belongs to the buildings of Strangeways prison–now officially named HM Prison Manchester, but still commonly referred to as Strangeways.

I also took a picture of a church tower but didn’t like it, so I inverted the colours and it ended up like this:

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Quite suitable for All Saint’s Day, it seems.

It’s foggy outside and pretty cold–best time to stay indoors with a hot drink, a good book and a TV subscription.

Happy November!