Wednesday, 7 June 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - June 2017

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part, so over to you Melanie:

"Having been disappointed that the pelicans in my chosen spot for a 5 in 5 last month were nowhere to be seen I decided to have something more static for this month.  I went into the city of Adelaide with the intention of using roof tops for a theme and here are the five that have made it into my June arrangement.  I walked down North Terrace to the Adelaide Art Gallery and most of the photos were taken from the lawn at the back of the gallery.  The middle photo though was taken while I was on North Terrace and is of the clock tower on the NE corner of the Myer Centre Building.  The four surrounding photos were taken from the lawn as I stood in one spot looking around me.  Next to the art gallery is the main campus of Adelaide University.  The top Left hand picture is of the steeple on the front of The Mitchell Building on North Terrace.  The Mitchell building was the first building to be erected for the University of Adelaide being built between 1879 and 1881.  It is known for being an example of the Gothic Revival from the second half of the nineteenth century.  It is now occupied by the administration areas of the University.  The bottom right hand photo is on another University building roof top.  This building is called Elder Hall also on North Terrace.  It is a concert and performance venue and is part of the Elder Conservatorium.  The Elder Conservatorium is the oldest tertiary music school in Australia.  The hall was built in 1900.The other two photos are of accommodation.  The bottom Left hand photo is of flats on top of a Wilson car park at 198 North Terrace.  The top right hand photo is of East West Student accommodation on North Terrace".

I like Melanie's theme for this months’ photos. It’s good sometimes just to stand in one place and look around.  Roof tops can be fascinating and these photos include an interesting collection of styles and age.  It’s nice to learn a little about them too, thank you, Melanie.   

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post.

Monday, 5 June 2017

5 in 5 - June 2017 - Churchyards and Water Meadows

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

I often take '5 in 5' photos during the month but you never know what unexpected surprise will turn up. This weekend we were in Cambridgeshire and we went for a walk across Portholme Meadow. This is the largest water meadow in England and it has an interesting history; once used for flying monoplanes, and later by the Flying Corps during World War One. Nowadays it has a more sedate pastime and it is a haven for wildlife and nature. Here's some of the photos I took:

Sadly it's not often we see wild flower meadows like this, any more.

Imagine my joy at seeing this skylark on the ground. We had enjoyed watching it fly overhead and then it landed in front of us!  

Our walk led into Huntingdon, a town that is steeped in history and birth place to Oliver Cromwell. We followed a trail and I took the opportunity to take more 5 in 5 photos. So for this month I am going to include a second set, taken in St John's Churchyard. The church itself was damaged in the 17th century Civil War and demolished about 1660.


It was a great weekend of contrast. As well as walking miles, I also spent six hours canoeing along the River Ouse. I am a novice and haven't been in a canoe for a couple of years, so if I had known our trip was 13 miles long I might have been concerned. In fairness, we were given the option of having the canoe and ourselves transported back at the half way point, but my canoe partner and I were game for the whole trip and we loved every minute of it. As I lost my mobile to water during my sailing trip last year I wasn't going to risk damage again, so no photos to share. It felt strange seeing wonderful sights that I could not capture, but since my son always tells me off for seeing life through a camera lens it was a different experience. I shall hold memory of all the sights and wildlife we saw in my mind instead!

If you fancy picking up your camera to join in with 5in5 it would be lovely to have your company!   

Here's what you do and there are more details here

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Please add your link below if you would like to take part. I am often excited and inspired by the ideas and photos of others so thank you to Melanie, Eileen, Paula, Mary-Lou, Melissa, Karen, Maggie, and Borqna for joining in last month. I'll be in July with another 5 in 5. Enjoy the weeks in between and happy photo taking!

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