Author: Patricia A. McGoldrick

Poet Writer Reviewer Environment, Nature, Agriculture, People, and History are favorite topics to write about. Upcycling materials into handmade books is a fun challenge!

NIGHTTIME PHOTO CHALLENGE

Note: As I have previously shared with many of you, my trusty camera did not survive an unscheduled trip through the washing machine. However, until I budget for the replacement camera. I will continue to sort through some of my digital files to meet the weekly photo challenge.

Here is the link for a weekly photo challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/nighttime/.

This week’s night time (varied spelling) has a certain appeal. The light factor is the major one for photographers, I suppose. However, there is another whole dimension of life and living on these darker hours of the 24.

2013 SEPTEMBER 25

2013 SEPTEMBER 25

Taking a photo at night offers a challenge, to be sure. One of my favourite items to capture with the camera happens to be the moon.

There are so many varied stories, one of the oldest being the lunar legends. Full moons, super moons, half- and quarter moons. each stage brings a new glow in the sky.

For me, there is some reassurance to seeing that light at night. Despite the turmoil of centuries below, the moon has a staying power it seems.

Gives me pause for thought to see this orb aglow in the sky.

Have a great September weekend, all!

 

PORTALS OF ENDURANCE

Endurance is the photo challenge theme this week.

So many things come to mind when considering this theme.

For inspiration, I decided to take a look at some of my photo files from the last few years. Nature predominates in my photos, I see. However, there are some pictures of architectural designs and constructs that really caught my interest.

When I was visiting Europe for my first and only time, I was drawn to some of the buildings and elements that had survived wars and turbulence. In Ypres, particularly, I noted many doors. The door in this photo that I took seemed to belong to another age, so solid and heavy.

To me, this portal represents endurance in a very tangible way, similar to the bright poppies that continue to thrive in the Belgian terrain scarred by WWI. I think of John McCrae‘s poem, In Flanders Fields , a poem that has become another enduring symbol of the First World War.

Looking back, I wonder how many 21st century doors and poems and poppies will survive the decades and centuries as I post this photo. Hmm…. :)

RED POPPY REMINDERS

RED POPPY REMINDERS

YPRES DOOR

YPRES DOOR