Monthly Archives: May 2015

Perspective - sky through the trees

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Perspective (unusual angles)

Sometimes it’s just fun to take photos from a different perspective … but sometimes perspective can also help us to show an additional concept or aspect of the subject of a shot.

In my header shot above, I was shooting at the sky, but my subject was the tree tops that encircled me. I was an insignificant dot in a very tall landscape. I also loved the contrast between the silhouetted beech twigs and the muted greens of the background pines.

My next two shots are from a family trip to St Mary’s Lighthouse at Whitley Bay a few Summers ago. The steps inside gradually become steeper and steeper as you climb until eventually the steps you are climbing become very narrow as you near the top.

My intrepid explorers climbing the steep lighthouse steps
My intrepid explorers climbing the steep lighthouse steps

From the angle of my photo and the position of our boys climbing up, you can judge the steepness of the steps.

Looking up - St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
Looking up – St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

My purpose in this photo was to capture the essence of just how far we climbed to the top of the lighthouse.

Fenwick's Christmas Window display 2014 - Down the rabbit hole
Alice falls down the rabbit hole

Now for a fun shot to finish off my entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. This is Alice falling down the rabbit hole, on her way to Wonderland. Here in Newcastle we have a large department store called Fenwicks and every year at Christmastime their main display windows are given over to a large-scale animated display. Last Christmas we were treated to some classic scenes from Alice in Wonderland. When I saw the theme for this week’s challenge was perspective with unusual angles, this was the first shot that came to my mind.

I hope you enjoy my unusual takes on perspective. Do take a look at how others have interpreted Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

J Peggy Taylor

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The Gruffalo supports #YorkshireTree

Tea and Trees for the Gruffalo

Yorkshire Tree tea box poem by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler supporting Yorkshire Tree – will you help the Gruffalo?

In my deep dark wood I love to roam
among the trees around my home.
It’s so refreshing, mind restoring.
There’s much to see – it’s never boring.
Please raise a toast to Yorkshire Tea’s
campaign to plant a million trees!
Let’s drink more tea, then we can grow
a lot more trees for the Gruffalo!
“Who is this Gruffalo?” you say.
I’ll introduce him, if I may.

We first met the Gruffalo when our boys were very young. First, we found him lurking in the library picture book boxes. Then, as we grew to love him, the Gruffalo came to stay on our own bookshelves and was soon joined by an audio recording of the book, read by actress, Imelda Staunton, and then subsequently along came The Gruffalo’s Child too. Our boys loved these picture books. They’re wonderfully written by Julia Donaldson, with the text in rhyming couplets that just begs to be read aloud. Axel Scheffler’s fabulous illustrations truly bring the books to life.

Yorkshire Tea and teapot - Gruffalo supports tree planting campaign
Take a cup of #Yorkshire Tree

Now, the Gruffalo has joined the Woodland Trust and teamed up with Yorkshire Tea to support his beleaguered woodland habitat. Schoolchildren are helping with tree-planting not only here in the UK but also in Kenya, where some of Yorkshire Tea’s tea is grown. One million more trees are to be planted by 2020.

I like a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea myself and I couldn’t resist boxes of teabags incorporating Axel Scheffler’s Gruffalo illustrations. And then I found the Gruffalo was supporting my beloved trees! (I am a bit of a tree-nut, as some of you know 😉 .) If you can, make an excuse to visit woods with children this Spring or Summer – your own, your grandchildren, schoolchildren, any children … and you can find some wonderful activity resources on the Yorkshire Tree website, including how to attract a Gruffalo to your woods.

Bluebell time in the woods
Bluebell time in the woods

I hope you’ll join me in drinking #YorkshireTree tea and help the Gruffalo to “stop the wood from disappearing”!

J Peggy Taylor

Hello again!

Mole, Spring cleaning - The opening chapter of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This special centenary edition is illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk.
Mole, Spring cleaning – The opening chapter of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This special centenary edition is illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk.

I must say, I’ve not been Spring cleaning all of the time I’ve been away from blogging. But I feel a bit like Mole, who’d been working very hard and then flung down his brush and headed for the outdoors. He didn’t want to miss the Spring and all of life that was happening above ground. I’ve missed my blogging … so now I’m back 🙂

J Peggy Taylor