Photo Challenge: Achievement

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It might not have been the New York City Marathon, but last year I completed my first 5k run. Even though I’m now a personal trainer, I still struggle with running. It’s more psychological than anything else. I have the attention span of a three year old, so getting me to stay on a treadmill or do any endurance training is a challenge. Although running 5k is not so difficult, training for the 5k was an achievement for me. I’m determined to keep going with my running, and I hope to one day be able to tell you all that I’ve completed my first 10k, half-marathon, who knows maybe even a marathon.

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Photo Challenge: Descent

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist. There were lots of photos that I could have used for this week’s challenge, Descent (click here to see other entries). However, me being me, of course I chose a skiing shot. It’s obvious, isn’t it?

I took this shot whilst I was skiing down the mountain behind my mum and dad in Pila, Italy in January this year. We’re currently planning our ski trip for January 2015 and I can’t wait!

Signs

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If you’ve read my blog before, you may have noticed that I have a habit of photographing signs. I’m obsessed with them. Every place I travel, I take pictures of signs. There’s something that just draws me to them, I love the bold colours and fonts. I’m fascinated by the fact that so much information and instruction can be boiled down to simple symbols and images that are quite often universally understood.

I took the photo above on a recent trip to Austria. I was walking to a local park with my nephew, nieces and their friends when the bright yellow and orange of the safety sign caught my attention. It stood out amongst the organic greens and browns of the surrounding alpine landscape, which I guess is what a sign is meant to do.

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Photo Challenge: Nighttime

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This photo brings back great memories for me. Memories of sitting around a campfire at Grand Canyon National Park, singing along to a guitar and sharing stories with fellow travellers.

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Fray

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Even if you’ve never visited San Francisco, you’re probably familiar with the sight of the Golden Gate bridge. However, you way not have seen it like this before. I really hope this never happens, and I doubt it ever will, but if the cables on the bridge were to fray this is how they would look. The ‘cables’ are actually made up of thousands of smaller cables bound together, and they allow the bridge to move (within reason) so that it doesn’t just break as soon as there’s a strong wind. We have a suspension bridge in Newport, South Wales that is built on a similar design and there are times that I have seen the whole bridge literally bouncing. I remember one night, when I was living in Newport, the winds were so strong that you could hear the cables whipping in the wind. I was almost too scared to cross!

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Silhouette

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A slight cheat for this week’s challenge I know, but I couldn’t resist using this shot of some street art I saw on a shop’s shutters in London last summer. Besides, I’m no good at taking photos of actual silhouettes.

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Texture

No way! This week’s photo challenge is all about texture. I love taking photos of textures. I think it’s a habit that I picked up from my cousin. We used to go on holiday together a lot when we were children, and whilst the rest of us were taking photos of the local tourist attractions Hannah would be facing the other way shooting close-ups of rock faces and walls.

Here are a few I dug out from my collection:

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Zigzag

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I know it’s an obvious choice, and loads of other people have probably thought of it too, but the word zigzag immediately makes me think of the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco. The residential road winds back and forth to combat the steep hill that it sits on. It’s fun to look at, but I don’t think I’d like to drive it with a hangover!

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Summer Lovin’

We don’t generally get much of a summer here in Wales, so when we do have a nice sunny day we all rush out to do fun things – like outdoor climbing in the Gower! A very kind spectator took these photos for me today.

P.S. I’ll give you a clue, I’m the one in the black vest top.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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This week’s challenge, happily, took me back to my trip to Italy two years ago. This is one of the 7 bells that live on top of the┬ácampanile of the Cathedral Church of Santa Maria Assunta of Pisa, more famously known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Restoration work was being carried out on the bells whilst I was there. Even though we no longer have a practical use for these relics, and they are used purely for the purposes of tradition, we still lovingly restore them and look after them so future generations can hear their beautiful music.

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