Saturday, 5 December 2009

No Pictures Please

This journal will be deleted, as I realise the words that I fight to say are irrelevant.
The stories in my head I could never relate.
The songs that I hear I cannot write.
The journey I make is mine and mine alone.
The photographs I take are lacking in colour, contrast and continuity.

I am brain damaged and cannot communicate my thoughts let alone understand the thoughts of others in writing or speech.
I have tried and failed to overcome the massive destruction that was done to me by a drunk driver and corrupt police officers that offered help to their friend rather than caring for the victim of his crime.

I have so much hate inside me it is destroying me.
Every siren I hear drives yet another nail into my coffin, as it revives the hatred I have for the liars that have taken everything from me including my self-respect.

No don’t go to sleep after reading this unless you are prepared to have a nightmare and find that I am riding the pale horse that threatens your compliance with a corrupt system.

This is the dawn of a new day.
This is no time to fall asleep.
So I will continue on Notes on the Scale that will never try to be anything more than it is.
A lifeline from me to you if you should ever find yourself drowning.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Armed with Polarizing Filter

I have tried to fulfil the assignment Greg A Kiser gave on Tips and Tricks.
He generously offers his expertise and only asks that anyone who wants to learn post his or her photographs for him to critique.

I have tried to learn from his lesson and hope to learn again from his critique of my homework.

I have posted this on my website, as I realise it would hold little interest to those that merely want to see the finished product.

Please follow the link to Greg’s site and see a master not only at work but also giving generously of his expertise and experience.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


will be starved of any funds from me.

This is a part of an e-mail just received.
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If anyone is relying on FeedBlitz e-mails to follow this journal please note that I am unable to afford the charge they are now levying for this service.
I am removing the option from my sidebar and I expect within the next fortnight that the service will be discontinued.
Those on Blogger can always follow updates via their dashboard.
If there is anyone not on Blogger who would like me to send a private e-mail notifying them of any new post please e-mail me with your address and the journal/s you follow.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all followers especially those that take the time and trouble to comment.
I value every comment highly and they help me to understand the effect my works have on others.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Trick or Treat?


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Carly has asked us for a photograph celebrating Halloween.
She wanted a photograph of a ghost…

I managed to capture three pictures last year; unfortunately I had not purchased a ticket to ride…

The Bus

From Home~the Journey

From Home~the Journey

Or the Train

From Colour Contrast Continuity

So I am still here asking, " What do you want, trick or treat?"

From Colour Contrast Continuity

Thursday, 22 October 2009

I'm Learning how to Photograph a Waterfall

This is my attempt to learn from Tips and Tricks by Greg. A. Kiser:
How to Photograph Waterfalls

I have tried to follow your directions.
I did not have access to a natural waterfall and was severely limited physically to find a place to put your teachings into practice.
I would love to be able to learn this technique so that I might justify a drive into Wales where I know nature is waiting to show me water falling in beauty.
Or to Chester where I was born and grew up and the River Dee creates a great picture as it runs over the weir and under the old bridge. This is the same river that runs from the mountains in Wales and carries the songs of that country to the sea.

This is a weir on the River Mersey.
I could not get near the fall, as the first photograph will show.
I used my Tamron 18-270mm lens in an attempt to gain a closer view.
I feel like an alien in this land where I live.

I feel unable to capture the magic you have at your fingertips.

I used Canon 20 D with circular polarizer and neutral density 8 filters. I was able to take a tripod to this site.

The first pictures are taken in normal mode and show the scene.

'THE WEIR ON THE RIVER MERSEY' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'FALL OF LIGHT' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Then I played

'WAIT FOR IT' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'SLOW FALL' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'CLOSE FALL' From Colour Contrast Continuity

I welcome any comments and accept criticism with an open mind, as this is the only way I can learn to do better.
I feel like an infant entering school for the first time.
I did not feel able to take charge of my camera completely. I only used Shutter priority in order to increase the time of exposure.
Please do not hesitate to speak the truth.
I am not satisfied with the pictures I obtained and I want to learn how to do better.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Lost for Words

I would like all followers of this journal to go to Home ~the Journey
And support an artist who at the moment is fighting to see in the darkness that seems to surround her, yet has captured the light in her photographs for all to see.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

A Walk on the Wild Side

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot

Please follow the link to join in and view other entries.

Carly has asked for photographs of weeds and for extra credit a picture of one that would look good in a floral arrangement.

A weed is only a wild plant growing where it is not wanted.
I have no photographs of any weeds, only wild plants growing where they will always be wanted by nature and anyone who can see the beauty they give to our world.

‘I capture light for the darkness’, the Bramble that will produce a blackberry claims.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Do you like butter?’ Asks the Meadow Buttercup.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘I am Lady’s Smock,’ declares the Cuckooflower.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Look but don’t touch’, the nettle cries.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

Oops-a daisy! ‘I love to decorate your lawn’ this cheeky plant sings.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘When in a crowd, look up for the light to see your way’, says the Oxeye Daisy.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘I’m only the first of many’, says the Red Campion.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Some hog the limelight while others learn how to shine’, replies the Hogweed.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

I did not have to choose any of my photographs as the one for extra credit, as one plant produced an arrangement totally by itself although I think it could benefit from the addition of an equally wild companion.

‘I give you a bouquet’, says the Wild Carrot.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Och, but it canna compare to my gift!’ replies the Thistle.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

So what are weeds? Plants that have virtue that is yet to be discovered.

I have written a song inspired by this theme that can be seen on Visual Counterpoint here~
On the Wild Side
Illustrated by the photograph I have chosen from the above to describe my thoughts on this subject.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Smile! It will soon be Christmas.


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Carly has asked us for photographs showing autumn and will not accept archived entries. This caused me some trepidation as carrying the camera causes me increased pain. At first I thought I would just photograph my hanging basket, but then I knew I could never be satisfied with that.

'Gain on the Swing' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Autumnal Fire' From Colour Contrast Continuity

I planted my winter hanging basket to ‘gain on the swing’ ‘autumnal fire’.
The cyclamen will hopefully flower for many months and warm the entrance to my home and the winter violas will produce many different faces to give a smile to any visitor when they have been given time to grow...

I took my camera out with me this morning for the first time in many weeks.
I was determined to take photographs that would show nature always beats any attempt of mine to organise the decoration for the season.

'Autumnal Light' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Autumnal light shows the canal path I walk with my dogs every morning and where I found the other pictures to photograph except the nuts of the Hazel tree that grows beside the road I have to walk along in order to gain the relative peace I find beside the water.

'Reflect on the colours of autumn' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'The First of Many' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'We Come as a Pair' From Colour Contrast Continuity

My favourite is the Horse Chestnut Conker that seemed to smile although it faced entering a tough world.

'Smile it will soon be Christmas' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Sunday, 20 September 2009


Carly has asked us for BUGS. Please follow the link to see other entries.
I am very late with mine, sorry Carly. This week has been a bit challenging for me.

As you can see I favour Bees ...

'On Blackberry blossom'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'On Hawthorn blossom'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Bramble Ramble'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Honeysuckle'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Californian Lilac'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Californian Lilac again'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Honeysuckle again'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Gentian'From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Willow'From Colour Contrast Continuity

From Colour Contrast Continuity

'Gentian'From Colour Contrast Continuity

I do not have a dedicated macro lens.

I cropped and enlarged the photographs using photoshop. All were taken with my Canon 20D using a Tamron 18-270mm lens.

Blogger seems to have recropped my photos. I have no idea why this has happened, as I have loaded them from picassa in the same way I have always done at the same size that has always appeared in total before.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Look up

'Look up and remember' From Colour Contrast Continuity
Look up into the sunlight but remember that the water of life must also fall from the sky.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Return

'The Return' From Colour Contrast Continuity
Older that the grass below or the trees above the fern returns to claim a place on earth under the changing skies.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Did you say Walk?

Can't you see I am born to fly and swim?

'Did you say walk' From Colour Contrast Continuity

You walk by while I rest,

And choose when to swim or fly.

You walk by while I stand,

And silence will echo my cry.

Friday, 21 August 2009

From Me to You

'Hover before commiting to a landing' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'With Love' From Colour Contrast Continuity

If I had wings I would sing with the beat they made on a fragrant air that holds music within every wave that carries light to illuminate the world.

Ringing Changes to the Old

I am forced through circumstances beyond my control to search not only my mind for words but also my computer for photographs to accompany them.
While I am unable to take any more photographs I have decided to run a different theme on this blog.
Each photograph retrieved from my computer will be accompanied by a few words that will hopefully bring continuity to the colour and contrast.
If any photograph inspires more than a few words it will appear on Visual Counterpoint.
Please note these are all photographs previously taken and rejected!
But beggars cannot be choosers!


Caring parents wish their children only choose a safe perch from which to be fed.

'A Safe Perch' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Silence is Golden

Please see Home ~ the Journey for the reason that I cannot post any new photographs.
This will probably severely restrict my entry into any photographic challenges.
I am facing a greater challenge in my life at the moment and intend to meet it head-on.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot
Carly has asked us to show her some LAYERS this week and how they go together to create something different. Please follow the link to join in and view other entries.
Carly gives the example of an onion in her quote.

“Not everybody likes onions!
Cake! Everybody likes cake!
Cake has layers!
Parfait may be the most delicious thing in the world!”
Donkey. Shrek.

The two photographs I chose had both failed to capture what my mind saw when I stood on the Heights over Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England. My eyes had taken in more than one view and my mind had combined them. So I went to Photoshop and combined them in layers and named the resulting picture ‘Parfait’.

Layer One
~ A sky to die under

'A Sky To Die Under' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Layer Two
~A way to go
'A Way To Go' From Colour Contrast Continuity


'Parfait' From Colour Contrast Continuity

…Because it 'perfectly' combines the two.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Happiness is coloured yellow

I wondered whether to post this on Visual Counterpoint or here.
The song I have written holds a picture that I want to be seen with my photographs.
No picture can stand alone and needs the thought that it inspires to live.
I hope my photographs inspire you.

This is my entry for Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot

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Carly has asked us for one word and a photograph of the colour that word conjures in our mind.
I could only think of my favourite colour first and then the one word it holds for me is

Happiness is coloured yellow for the sun,
That shines and gives life to every day,
And casts shadows that hold night’s fun,
So every moment ever loved can stay,
Recorded in every colour light can hold,
White withholds nought and shows the way,
On a brick road with a dream so bold,
It carries the time that will soon unfold.

From Home~the Journey

Happiness is in the journey and when we find it we find our home.

'Slow to bloom' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Happiness is sometimes slow to bloom,
And many steps are made along the road,
Before we understand there must be room
For rest, so wisdom can carry the load,
And release thought that like smoke will rise,
With a signal that lives within life’s code,
And carry the multitude of cries,
That only silence could ever devise.

Happiness has to be nurtured like a flower for it to bloom.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

Happiness overspills a moment with tears of joy,
No one who has ever cried this water of life,
Can forget the power that emotions employ,
To conquer every lasting restraining strife,
Enter time held breathless between earth and sky,
And see beyond the horizon for a wife,
That will wait as long as time rushes by,
And sing only of love on the waves of a sigh.

Happiness holds every tear ever shed for the future.

This poem is linked to one I have already posted on Visual Counterpoint.
It originally started as subsequent verses to the first verse here but it grew away from the main theme and like a river ran to the sea to become a separate song.
I then wrote the second and third verses for this song.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

No more or less than the truth

I have written words only for them to be erased by a computer.
I have tried to comment only to be frozen out by a computer.
I have tried to communicate only to be thwarted by a computer.

I am computer illiterate.

I do not have the energy to keep fighting the barriers that constantly rise to stop me.

I will not be trying again.

It is not as if I had anything to say worth reading.
My whole life is a failure of communication.

My last effort to enter Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot took over an hour to compose and was ‘lost’ in a second by a computer that I would gladly kick into oblivion.

Don’t tell me to keep trying.
I have had more than enough of that.

There is no time like the present

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Communication is the greatest landmark of human history

Carly asks us for landmarks for Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot.

Please follow the link to join in and view other entries.

I offer a photograph of landlines held on the heights above a forest in Cheshire England.
Delamere Forest.
This is the greatest landmark I know because it saved me from the abyss of the ignorance that surrounded me and gave me the will to search on the Internet for more than the moment that held me speechless with lies.
I sought a virtual answer to the reality of the pain I suffered.

The forest held my imagination and its’ roots bound me to the earth. I climbed the heights and I heard the call from the sky.

My tree may have been felled but the roots remain firmly in the soil of Cheshire, England.

I give you my landmark.
The ability to communicate.

'Landlines' From Colour Contrast Continuity