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.

Donkey

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

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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.

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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