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.


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.







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.


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,


–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



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


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.


I wasn’t planning to post this, but going through the photos from my last visit to Heaton Park, I just could not resist:


I wonder if, since animals don’t have hands and can’t work with technology, this could be considered a selfie?

Here’s another one.


Benjamin the donkey is my favourite character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He is so deliciously sceptical and cynical. He knows what is going on on the farm but does nothing. Yeah, I relate to Benjamin a lot.

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey

Workday Walks

I try to walk home from work instead of taking the tram at least once a week. It’s a good exercise and of course, plenty of opportunity for some snappin’.

These were all from today:


When sunlight fell on the tree, the leaves looked truly golden, but by the time I took my camera out, the sun hid behind the cloud. It’s a shame but I still like the pic. It captures two of my favourite things: skies and autumn leaves.

Speaking of leaves…



Nothing more to add.

There were some other sights–this one looks a bit wild. Jungle inside the inner city maybe?


Lately I notice a have a liking for asters.


And last but not least, some berries. I have no idea what kind of berries they are or whether they’re poisonous (I’m rubbish at botany). They probably are. They also make me remember Hunger Games.



Let me end this post with another quote about this season.

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.
–  Nathaniel Hawthorne