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Moon, Mooching, River Tweed

Moon over River Tweed

Came back in just as the dark was creeping in. The moon was in the clear sky, but what drew my eye me was that heap of pale cloud over the hills on the horizon. I took some pictures earlier of those hills, looking through the new zoom lens, almost like looking through binoculars:

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With my naked eye I don’t see the folds of those far hills, and don’t notice that achromatic haze created by distance. I can see I am going to have to find out more about the ins and outs of this camera, and I also know that I am going to have some fun. The delights of not quite knowing what one is about, the real meaning of the word “amateur”, the time to go walkabout. In the morning I am working on a commission, which will take up all next week, if the rough is accepted.  A very interesting commission, but with the need to fulfil expectations upon me, and the hope of pleasing.

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With the camera I can just wander about as I please – and since we are on limited rations every other day of the week, I don’t even have to make the supper.  Don’t think I will take a “food” photograph of the tin of red pepper soup and the dried fruit which I dug out of the cupboard in desperation, having bought it in Lidl a year ago. It’s surprisingly sweet and cheap. Unlike myself.

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January 8, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

18 Comments »

  1. Beautiful words and images, the end was unexpected, why?

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    Comment by abozdar | January 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Hello, thanks for your comment. I don’t know why I put that at the end, I just thought sweet and cheap didn’t really describe me – actually I just write off the hoof. … If you think it is incongruous I am quite happy to take it out…. I use this blog as a kind of diary, and yet is is shared with others, which is something so nice. When someone describes me as sweet, which they do occasionally, it feels strange for some reason. As for cheap – I have been broke most of my life, and now have everything I need, really, including the time to wander about, so I don’t feel cheap at all, I feel extravagent. But if you think it spoils the mood, I will withdraw the remark; and I am touched that you liked the post.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 8, 2014 | Reply

      • My comment was only related to Sweet part, Of course you are not cheap 🙂 thank for the explanation, I was intrigued by the comment hence asked the question.

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        Comment by abozdar | January 8, 2014

      • Good to hear from you, and thanks for letting me off the hook after my off the cuff comment!

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 9, 2014

      • 🙂 you were never on the hook, the fisherman says 🙂

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        Comment by abozdar | January 9, 2014

      • Many thanks to the kind fisherman.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 9, 2014

      • 🙂

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        Comment by abozdar | January 9, 2014

  2. Sweet and expensive… the pictures are great good luck with the commission.

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    Comment by doronart | January 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Doron. Commission is going fine, I will get the rough off tomorrow – hope it meets with approval.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 9, 2014 | Reply

      • I am sure you will do great and give us to see the great results too. good luck x

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        Comment by doronart | January 9, 2014

      • Ok so far, a lovely commission really, but want to get it right…. looks like next week will be hard work….

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 10, 2014

      • It is always the way when it is a commission you are doing over best to succeed I am confident in you Cara have a good weekend.

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        Comment by doronart | January 10, 2014

  3. The Tweed looks swollen, just like the Tyne at the moment (and me after Christmas 😦 )

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    Comment by northumbrianlight | January 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Yep, Robin, me, you, the Tweed, the Tyne …. I miss my puddings, I do. But going out for walks does help a bit … good to hear from you.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 9, 2014 | Reply

  4. Such wonderful photographs. It is a delight and an honor to know such an artist.

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    Comment by Son of Sharecroppers | January 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Gan on, as they say in Tyne and Wear. I’d be delighted to take the photographs that you take, I very much like the recent close-ups – the icicle, and those fantastic orchids just oozing glamour. My son and his family gave me a camera for Christmas and it can do stuff I couldn’t do before, but I haven’t explored many of its variables yet. It’s kind of got to me, going out and taking photographs, it makes me see the world differently, even though I keep pounding this particular patch of land….. like noticing those lights on the bridge, which I never paid attention to before (it took me a moment to get the Magritte reference, but I think it is probably to his haunting picture of a lit lamp and darkness with a blue daylight sky above, I’ll have to go and look it up as I have forgotten the name, I know it is evocative… but Magritte’s titles are fascinatingly strange). Incidentally I enjoyed reading about your trip to Hibbing. And I agree with your assessment of the man.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 26, 2014 | Reply

  5. Some lovely landscapes here.

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    Comment by Aditix | January 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for commenting, I am glad you like the landscapes. I enjoy photographing landscape but never paint landscapes – strange. I think really I only want to paint things from the imagination, though using elements from things around me. I never really took photographs for their own sake, only for reference for my illustrations; that is until last year when I discovered the delights of the digital, and the beauties of the Border skies. I very much liked your latest frost picture – we haven’t had any frost here, it has been very mild in the Borders, though much of the country has had bad flooding.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 29, 2014 | Reply


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