Ambience

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Another weekly photo challenge, another picture of Arnside, Cumbria. It seems that trip there in September provided a lot of material for my blog.

The sun is just preparing to set, the smell of salt in the air and the silence, occasionally interrupted by the rumbling train–railway viaduct seen  on the right.

Ambience

New Horizon

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I love the title of this challenge. It’s full of positivity. New Horizons is also a name of the NASA probe to Pluto. I’ve not managed to get a shot of any space probe yet, but I did manage to get a shot of a hot air balloon (sort of)–it’s that tiny red dot on the above photo. Speaking of hot air balloons, once I watched some movie with a hot air balloon when I was a kid and I liked it so much that when it crashed at the end, I started crying and my mum, who wasn’t watching it, ran to the living room, worried, asking what happened, why was I crying and when I told her, she said, don’t worry, they will fix the balloon and it will fly again! I remember she then went to the kitchen, where, I imagine, burst into massive laughter, though this couldn’t be confirmed; she has no recollection of this incident. (I don’t remember how the movie ended.)

I don’t know what’s on the horizon. On one hand, I can’t wait for 2017, on the other, I’m scared that after 13 (well, 14 by then) years of living in UK, some politicians will decide that I have to go. These guys have expressed it much better than me. But it also proves that you must not under any circumstances take anything for granted. My favourite saying is shit happens and now that shit happened, let’s see how we can deal with it. (Like, google “moving to Germany” for starters.)

The picture was taken in Arnside, Cumbria.

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Some October Park Shots

Most of the leaves are still green here, with bits of gold here and there. Well, it looks nice anyway, so enjoy:

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It has become my custom to visit Heaton Park always on the penultimate Saturday in October and that’s where today’s pictures are from.

You can never quote any Anne of Green Gables quote too much, especially not the one about Octobers.

H2O

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This is Arnside, Cumbria, North West England.

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Railway viaduct. And some seagulls.

There’s about a million ways one can capture water–seas, lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles, waterfalls, fountains, rain, ice, bottled water… I bet there will be many responses to this challenge.

There was a character on Xena Warrior Princess called Lao Ma who said: “Nothing is soft as water. Yet, who can withstand the raging flood?”

How tragically true at this time.

H2O

Earth

Danube River Devin

River Danube in Devin area near Bratislava, Slovakia. Taken on the same day as the first picture in my State of Mind post. It’s one my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.

If I had a chance to board a spaceship and explore the universe Star Trek-style, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Though I’d be happy to just explore planet Earth a bit.

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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.

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.