Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

bagels at Columbia Road

I love travelling, but I also love coming home to all things familiar. One of my favourite local things to do on a Sunday morning is to head down to Columbia Road market to have breakfast, before having a wander around the flower & plant stalls. The market has become popular with London tourists, so I have to get cracking fairly early to avoid the crowds.

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Farah Fawcett

Who remembers the late, great Farrah Fawcett? When I was a girl, television still had some novelty and we used to sit down as a family and watch Charlie’s Angels and the Six Million Dollar Man all together. I cut out magazine pictures of Farrah and stuck them on my bedroom wall. I desperately wanted the Farrah flick and endured endless teasing at my failed efforts. After all, I was 8 or 9 years old. I didn’t have curling tongs or gels or hairsprays, only my trusty comb and a desire to be re-born in her hairstyle.

Last weekend, on a flea market jaunt, I saw Farrah Fawcett’s picture up on a wall, and it triggered those memories.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

~ Spotted Cow

Flea market


Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

Castle wall

Most of the main walls of Lewes Castle are intact. However, in some sections like this one, only an edge of a wall remains.

In the picture you can see that the wall is leaning slightly to the right.  I straightened the doorway, but the resulting image showed the chairs & people leaning awkwardly and I had to un-do the change. The ground must have shifted in the years since the wall was built.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal, Parque Retiro, Madrid

The Crystal Palace edifice isn’t rare like a diamond, but there are not so many of them around. Certainly, I’ve only ever seen pictures of the London Crystal Palace which was destroyed by fire, and upon which the Madrid one is modelled. It was originally built as a greenhouse – and it reminds me of the Kew Garden greenhouses – but these days it is used for art exhibitions.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but it was very hot inside when I went to have a look at what seemed a disparate set of exhibits, including a swinging pendulum that looked like an upside-down Empire State Building, a model ship hoisted at an angle and various retro electronics. The greenhouse wasn’t much respite from the heat outside, but it was a beautiful building to admire. I lingered to take some photographs indoors and had to be patient for what I thought was the right grouping and movement of people, with the right space between them. Such is the character of street photography that you can’t direct people around as you would like !

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

~ Spotted Cow

Detail on the Crystal Palace

Model boat exhibit

Pendulum exhibit

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun!

Street art chase

I love the creativity of street art on electricity boxes that you see in many cities, but I don’t tend to take pictures of them. Until today, that is, when I saw a composition that made me laugh. The stationary bicycle looks like it’s chasing the cartoon monster downhill. I snapped the picture quickly with my camera phone … and hopped out of the way of a beeping car. I’m going to have to come back with my proper camera and hope that a bicycle is there again.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun!

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

Cycling in the park

I’m back from Madrid and there’s just time for a quickie weekly entry. Madrid in August is a scorcher. The evening I landed, it was 34°C (or about 93°F) at midnight when I got into the hotel. Thank goodness for air-conditioning. It made sense to spend my first morning acclimatising at the Parque Retiro – Madrid’s second largest park – where there was lots of greenery and shade, while I did some people-watching … and snapping.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Lookout point

I’ve just come back from a week-long walking holiday on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The weather was variable, but the views were beautiful when they weren’t shrouded in mist (more about that another time). On the last full day, we walked the Path of The Gods, which runs along the cliff edge from Bomerano to Nocelle for about 8km. The views are jaw-dropping. As you can see from the picture, the lookout points are immensely popular photo stops. The admiration is shared by all … although admittedly, the dog seems somewhat unimpressed.

I’ll post more pictures in the coming weeks. The Post-Holiday Unpacking Fairy hasn’t turned up, and I have to deal with the small mountains of laundry on the floor.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Beach pebbles

This collection of beach pebbles makes for a lovely abstract, and perfect for this week’s photo challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

However, I’m going to do a double submission this week. The lovely Joanne of Coffee Fuels My Photography invited me to the 7 Day Nature Challenge, and I’m going to make this Day 1. She’s just finished with her set of nature images and you should go over and have a look. While I love living in London, I am envious of her Canadian mountain views. Also, I’m inviting anyone who is inspired by nature to take part in the challenge.

~ Spotted Cow

Time for a refresh

Retro alarm clock

It was time for a refresh on the blog and I had been procrastinating for several months. However, a well-meaning reader gave me a much-needed prod (thanks!) earlier in the week and I set about it. It’s a good thing the WordPress lot make it easy for the time- and technology-challenged among us. I’ve chosen a design that’s cleaner and which should show off the photographs better on the front page. So, onward and forward. And the clock image seemed like a decent contribution to the weekly challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

~ Spotted Cow


Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

The Charcoal Burner & His Wife

I met the charcoal burner and his wife while travelling in Romania. They lived a very isolated life in their caravan with modest amenities out in the countryside, burning high stacks of wood everyday to make charcoal. They were clearly quite devoted to each other, and asked me to take their picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

~ Spotted Cow