DailyPost Photography Challenge

Writing 101: Dear Sydney

Today’s assignment: write the post in the form of a letter.

I decided to write the letter as TravelMemos to the city of Sydney via Instagram as I liked the response from my first posting on the City Of Sydney’s Instagram page:

 

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https://instagram.com/p/1vAE88oe6w/

https://instagram.com/p/1xMf4iIezM/

https://instagram.com/p/1z_SvJoe-x/
Do you think this format works?
Kindly leave comments below.

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Photo Gallery: Sunrise, Sunset…

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

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Sunset, Malaga Port, Spain

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

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Sunset, The Royal Palace grounds, Madrid, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

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The end of the day, Bil Bil Castle, Benalmadena, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

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Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Acknowledging nature.

A gallery of images from my Instagram Page of sunrises with a few surprises…Early Bird

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Photo Friday: Malaga Series

Meandering in Malaga

According to The Guardian, Malaga is one of the hotspots to visit in 2015, stating it is packed with the triple whammy of new attractions for the cultural city-break traveller to enjoy.

During most of 2014, my daughter travelled each month to stay with me in Spain, finishing work Friday evenings, flying from Manchester to Spain and returning back to the UK early Monday in time for work. We both enjoyed this special Mum and Daughter weekend time together, something we lacked in the UK.

I was staying in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena at the time. We took a tram to Malaga town centre for our usual walkabout. The sun was not shining and the clear blue sky was amiss, but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for our myriad adventures in the city.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, the city was enveloped in fog, and it was July, the height of summer!

But you know what…? As the photos reveal, it was just as beautiful….to me anyway.

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Afloat

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Have a great weekend!

Photo101: Triumph & Contrast

“Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes: finding enough coffee to make a full pot. Having just enough gas in the tank to get to the filling station. Finding out your story was accepted for publication in that awesome magazine”.

I am truly T R I U M P H A N T !

Why?

I have completed and enjoyed the #Photo101 on-line course over the last four weeks, met lovely world-wide bloggers, and am more focused with my blog.

And about the C O N T R A S T…

I would be really honoured if all my fellow bloggers could take a look (below) at a couple of new pages I have added, you’ll find it’s full of CONTRASTS:
colour / monochrome images
straight / abstract images.

When you stop by, be sure to leave a quick comment, constructive criticism ALWAYS welcomed!

It’s been a pleasure meeting new blogging friends. Thank you for stopping by and for all the encouraging comments I’ve received.

Here are the links:

Fine Art Website:
http://wp.me/P2Y5PI-tO

Buy Prints:
http://wp.me/P2Y5PI-tJ

Photo101: Double & Rotation

White Abstraction 01

White Abstraction 01

White Abstraction 02

White Abstraction 02

White Abstraction 03

White Abstraction 03

White Abstraction 04

White Abstraction 04

Photo101: Edge & Alignment

Today’s theme: show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

Here are some photos taken in Manchester, UK.

The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange is one of my favourite landmarks in Manchester. The colours of the interior are beautiful and there’s also a theatre in the round within the building.

 

Umbrella Alley

Umbrella Alley

My favourite hidden gem is Umbrella Alley. Nobody knows who produced the sculptured umbrellas or why they’re there….maybe they act as a canopy for when it rains in Manchester…?

 

Beetham Tower

Beetham Tower

The best views of Manchester are from Cloud23 Bar on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower or also known as The Hilton.

 

Number One First Street

Number One First Street

Here at Number One First Street, I was taking photos of the sculptures when two security guards pounced on me out of nowhere and asked what I was doing. I actually thought I was in a public place until the guards pointed out a sign to me…NO PHOTOS ALLOWED….haha…

 

Merchants Bridge

Merchants Bridge

And finally a photo of Merchants Bridge in the area of Castlefield, an original Roman Settlement in Manchester.

 

Photo Gallery: Glass

I’ve always been drawn to glass: windows, mirror, and other reflective surfaces. Glass is fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and unexpected shots.

PHOTO GALLERY : Reflection Shots, straight from the camera

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Templo de Debod Reflected, Madrid, Spain

 

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Architecture Reflected, Madrid, Spain

 

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Mountain Range Reflected, Malaga Port, Spain

 

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Apartments Reflected, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena, Spain

 

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Urban Reflections, Madrid, Spain

 

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Airport Reflections, Malaga, Spain

 

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Window Reflections in Art Work, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

 

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Architecture Reflections, Malaga Port, Spain

 

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The Apple Store Reflections, Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

 

Hope you enjoyed viewing, did you have a favourite?

Photo101: Treasure(s) & Close-Up

What’s your treasure?

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For me, it’s my kids…

Why?

I’m so proud of them!

By the time both my son and daughter reached the age of sixteen I encouraged them to look for part-time work whilst still studying at school. I explained that I didn’t care what job they applied for, as long as they worked. I wanted them both to experience living in the real world dealing with people from all walks of life and respecting that everyone is equal.

So armed with the computer, both scoured the Internet looking for Saturday jobs. My son found a sales position in the TopMan retail store at the Trafford Centre shopping mall and my daughter found a sales position in the Next retail store in Stockport.

Following their respective interviews, they were both offered a job.

After three years of working with TopMan at weekends and during holiday periods, Josh stumbled upon the news that TopMan was opening a store in Sydney, Australia. He applied, was offered the position of Head of Suits & Smarts and at the tender age of nineteen, he was on his way…

After five years of working with an Import/Export company, my daughter has decided to give up the security of the job she loves and is following in her brother’s footsteps…she is now travelling to Sydney.

So, the situation at the moment is this.

My son is currently on his way back to the UK after two years in Australia, via Thailand, Cambodia and Bali (3 months in all) and my daughter is leaving for the Gold Coast via Abu Dhabi (airport…haha).

My son now

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My daughter now

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All It’s Cracked Up to Be

I love you both! xxx

 

 

 

Photo101: Landscape & Cropping

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View of the Alhambra Palace | Granada | Spain

Spectacular view of the city and valley from the viewing platform of Mirador de San Nicolas in the beautiful bohemian village of Albaycin. You’ll not be disappointed! I had a fantastic day with my camera…

Photo101: Scale & Observation

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Views of Sydney Opera House | NSW | Australia

You really get a sense of scale as the tourists walk by the sails of the Opera House!