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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Humanity

This week’s Photo Challenge is chosen by Nicole from thirdeyemom (click here to see more entries). Nicole’s blog is one of my favourites that I love to catch up with every day. She travels the world, helping good causes and educating us about social issues. Her photos are beautiful, and she has an amazing talent for capturing the extraordinary in images of regular people going about their day.

Unlike Nicole, I very rarely take photos of people. I’m not sure what it says about me, but unless they are the subject of the photo I try to keep humans out wherever possible. I guess I just prefer to photograph our imprint upon the Earth rather than our actual species. One group of people I do choose to keep photos of, however, is the people I travel with. I have been incredibly lucky in my life to have lived, worked and travelled in many countries around the world. On most of those journeys I have set out alone, but I always meet interesting people along the way. I have met and worked with people from various countries, cultures and walks of life. They have all taught me about the differences as well as the similarities between us, and I believe they have allowed me to return to the UK more educated and open-minded. I hope these experiences have encouraged me to show more humanity.

My first ever big trip overseas on my own was when I went to work in Brant Lake, NY for the summer. I was young, naive and I didn’t have a clue where I was going or what I was doing. I travelled around North East America and through Canada for a month with Kate, a seasoned traveller from New Zealand who had grown up in the UK. I will forever be indebted to Kate for everything she taught me about surviving on the road when you’re on a budget…

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Gabriella, a Hungarian, helped me to understand what it’s like to grow up under communism. She taught me to live life for the moment and never take my freedom for granted. She also introduced me to some fun activities in Seefeld, like feeding the local wildlife…

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In 2010 I took the trip of a lifetime from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Yosemite. 13 women from all over the UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand plus our guide Casey (the only male!). We started the week as complete strangers, but by the end of the trip we had shared an experience and made a connection that some lifelong friendships don’t have…

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I certainly met some interesting characters when I lived in Greece…

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I can’t talk about travelling companions without mentioning Malcolm the Monkey. He’s been everywhere with me since I was 12 years old and, although he’s not really able to teach me anything, he’s certainly a talking point and leads me to meet lots of new people…

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Adventure!

This has to be the ultimate photo challenge. Adventure is what we’re all about. Whatever the focus of your blog, you’re blogging about your adventures in life. I’m lucky to have had many adventures, and I’ve got a whole lot more planned to share with you all. As I always say – ‘Aim to achieve your dreams’.

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

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I’ve been too busy to take part in the weekly photo challenge recently (I’ll tell you more about what I’ve been up to in a future post), but as I’ve got more spare time this week I had to submit something.

The above photo shows a boat in between two of the locks on the Cardiff Bay Barrage, halfway between the Bay and the open sea. The barrage fascinates me, I could stand there all day and watch the boats going in and out of Cardiff.

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