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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Photo Scavenger Hunt: November

Inspired by the many beautiful photos on Hawthorn's 'Photo Scavenger Hunt' challenge in October, I've decided to join in with the challenge.

I live, I love, I craft, I am me

A photograph inspired by a word, 
words inspired by the photograph.  
Remember to think laterally and interpret at you fancy, 
be it a current photo or one from your archives - Enjoy!

The words for November are:

Starts with a .....W
My own choice

Northumberland: I love the blue sea, the blue sky - simply beautiful


Or, perhaps for YOU as I'm allergic to chocolate! 

A magnificent display of assorted Lindt Lindor chocolates.

What a wonderful wedding cake - it was absolutely scrumptious too!

RAINBOW bums in Northumberland

You may wonder why these sheep have such colourful rear ends? Well, to assist the farmers in their planning, the tup (male) wears a harness in between his front legs with a chalk block. When it has mated, the ewe (female) is coloured on her rear. This way, they know who their 'top' tups are and also when the lambs will be due!

This photo was contributed to my blog early in 2017 by a local resident and should not be shared without permission. Thank you for respecting this.


Here we have numerous sunset coloured sandstone arches of a Romantic ruin - yes, it's quite dramatic don't you think? I took this photo of Heidelberg Castle's Powder Tower on a visit in August this year. It was blown apart by the French in 1689 and made famous by Mark Twain's description in his travel book, A Tramp Abroad:  

'A ruin must be rightly situated, to be effective. This one could not have been better placed. It stands upon a commanding elevation, it is buried in green woods, there is no level ground about it, but, on the contrary, there are wooden terraces upon terraces, and one looks down through shining leaves into profound chasms and abysses where twilight reigns and the sun cannot intrude'. 

'Final Days' by Kaws, an American artist, based in New York

This seven metre high wooden sculpture was part of the Frieze Sculpture exhibition in Regents Park, London this year. In total 25 exhibits, by leading 20th century and contemporary artists from around the world, were on display for the public to view at no charge.

'Final Days' actually references The Smurfs with one interpretation being that high quality wooden toys bring back memories, giving you a sense of satisfaction in that you want to hold, hug and touch them. With its size and the skull and crossbones, it may however convey a feeling of an evil-looking character.


Happy memories of a pleasant stroll along on the beach. With the tide coming in, we felt the water swirling around our feet!


Harvesting the sea salt into pyramid shaped piles

The photo I have chosen was taken at the salinas (saltpans) on the Ria Formosa in Portugal where salt production is achieved through traditional methods. The saltpans also provide an amazing habitat for wildlife including flamingoes.

The toes of most birds are protected by claws or flat nails. Different birds have different types of feet but perching birds, such as this stonechat, need to grip on to branches, twigs and wires. They have evolved to have three toes pointing forward and one pointing backward enabling them to clamp their toes around a branch to stop them from falling off! 

I thought you would enjoy this photo of a beautifully crafted piece of artwork on a wall I walked past. I think it was an enamelled ceramic tree but as I didn't know the owner and there wasn't a plaque, I'm just hazarding a guess.


Hope you enjoyed the photos and thanks for joining me on my hunt!

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  1. Lovely photos. I especially like those sheep with rainbow bums! I recognise the sculpture picture from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as I have seen so many posts from there ~ I really need to visit at some point. I love your swirl picture too. Thanks for commenting on my post. You should definitely stop off at Knaresborough at some point. :)

  2. Some imaginative pictures and connections!

  3. A lovely set of photographs and the sight of those rainbow bums will stay with me for quite a while! Your coastal photo is quite beautiful.

  4. Wow! I love your interpretations especially the sheep.


    1. Yes! I wish I's been able to capture such a great photo!

  5. What a wonderful ruin, I'm amazed it is still standing after such a long time. Great photos.

    1. Thank you. If you ever go to Heidelberg, the castle is well worth a visit and you can take the funicular train up and down too if you don't fancy the walk!

  6. An amazing selection of photos; wonderful to see yet another interesting interpretation. My favourite has to be the rainbow sheep! We see them here and they are fun to spot and give a hint of the approaching spring. Here are the yarn details I used on my shawl. The yarn I used (bought on a whim!) was Drops Lace, a mix of baby alpaca (70%) and mulberry silk (30%). The colour code was 4434, It was a 100 g skein with 800 m in length. Ample for one shawl.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, I'm not surprised the shawl is so luxurious with the mix of alpaca and silk - Perhaps I could have a go but I don't think I would get the same result as you! :)

  7. Lovely images :) I have such a soft spot for Northumberland, we used to visit regularly until more recently when we tend to go up to the Highlands and islands. I love your images of the beach (is it Ross Sands?) and the rainbow sheep, we have loads of them here too, especially this time of the year. I used to work at a veterinary surgery and had to stock a variety of raddles (the wax block the tups wear) and fleece markers in loads of different colours. thank you for joining in the photo hunt. It is taking a break for December but will return in January - hope you will join us again then :)

    1. I'm not from this area but I too have a soft spot. The photo was taken just north of Low Newton by the Sea. Ross Sands is certainly beautiful too!

  8. Super photos and great interpretations. I loved the sheep and the explanation of nails with the stonechat photo also the sea salt pyramid. Love the sea on blue and swirl too:)

    1. Thank you Rosie. I'm glad you liked the explanations too. I learnt a lot through researching info relevant to my photos :)

  9. woo hoo working! and I am now your latest follower xx

    1. Big thank you! I have quite a few subscribers but not many followers yet! Still, I'm very pleased with all my views and I receive lots of very lovely comments :)

  10. That wedding cake is staggering! The sheep's bums are wonderful but one at the back looks like it's been seen to by both a blue and a yellow tup!

    1. I quite agree! I've never seen a wedding cake like that before! I'm used to one tier fruit or chocolate sponge!! It really was a fairy tale wedding!

  11. Wow fabulous photos, I think my favourite is the sheep as I have a house filled with all things sheep. The last pic too is such a treat to see. Thanks for sharing them all.

    1. A big thank you for popping by and taking time to post a comment. I have a friend who just loves sheep too and I think she wants a phone case with a sheep or two on it for Christmas! She even has a Herdwick ring tone. Fancy that!

  12. What a great selection & I particularly love the sheep, with it's interesting description. I did think the last one was embroidery, but then realised it wasn't. Thanks for joining in, as I love this journey we all take from far & wide. Take care.

    1. I think the sheep was the favourite pic of all. It's a pity I couldnt find out more about the last one. There was certainly a lot of work involved in creating it. It's great to see posts from across the world - it's so easy to become isolated and insular and blogging is a way to open your mind and enjoy the journey as you say. Thank you:)