In response to Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Wowzer! You have outdone yourself. Wired reflections and grilled benches stood out immediately, but I like all of them.

    LOL @ the waiting in ambush. They’re out in full swing here now … โ€œjust mowing alongโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Awe, thank you! I think the photos are rather rubbish – all of them taken in a single session while I was waiting for my bus on the last day when I was at work. I was trying out the aperture priority feature. I didn’t find any fence though to try your suggestion of how to shoot through a fence. So hopefully the next month. “Just mowing along” is too funny ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s the same here, grass mowers all over the place. I’m allergic to freshly mowed grass, so I duly hate it.

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      1. They (whoever they are) say that nothing is so closely associated with one’s memory as scent, and I believe that to be true. The smell of freshly cut grass never fails to bring back memories or childhood summers. Now, that doesn’t mean that I like the smell … it’s just a memory trigger.

        I loved the wired thing there …

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        1. That’s an interesting point about the smell. Thinking about it, sometimes the smell of air after rain reminds me of Scotland, my favourite place. So there is some memory triggering happening.

          My photo of the wired structure is unfortunately the only one I took of the city’s architecture – I couldn’t figure out how to shoot buildings to make it look good, so I just stuck with details of things in the city park. The whole city looks like the wire building – it’s all red bricks and steel. Very nice in my book.

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          1. It irks me, when I shoot buildings, that they all look like they’re leaning backwards. It’s something about optics. I read about it somewhere, and it’s normal, but I still can’t stand it. You have to be really far away from them, to make them look straight … or you can correct it in an editing program, or do nothing at all LOL

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          2. Yes, it’s lens deformation and it can be fixed in post-processing – but it’s not always straightforward. Here’s the photo of my wired building before perspective correction.

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  2. I laughed at the “waiting in ambush” too … especially with the weed wacker in the middle. At first glance, I thought it was a pair of shoes, sans human … like the shoes were all that remained ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m always happy to entertain ๐Ÿ™‚ I found the gardening implements stashed away behind the bush weirdly funny. Glad to see I’m not the only. The wearer of the red shoes remained unharmed, as far as I could tell, though the girl’s choice to eat her lunch on the very wet grass was somewhat dubious, I thought…

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  3. Nice. I like Grille(d) especially. What a pretty green post!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment! The Grille(d) Benches were my first shot of that shooting session – beginner’s luck!

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      1. Oh I think you downplay your skill!

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        1. Thank you, you’re too kind ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I’m another Grille(d) fan (but then I would be wouldn’t I after hosting a year of bench photos – now where were you then? ) And how can you hate flowers?????
    Jude ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I was clearly at a completely wrong place at a wrong time when I missed your bench event! I know, right, I’m weird to hate flowers. But I am weird, which sort of explains it.

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      1. Weird is good so long as it is a good kind of weird ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. I hope so! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I love the grille(d) bench and the wire(d) reflections.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and for reminding me that I’d better get out now and shoot some fresh pictures for this month. Looks like I only have three more days left to do that.

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