Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Monochrome - Thematic Photography

I only have one suitable photo this week so far.

Can you guess the background?
I may be back with more shots later in the week. In the meantime check how others have met the monochrome challenge at Thematic-photographic-348.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Fish in the sea - Sunday Stamps II

I've gone fishing in Romania this week although all my fish may be found in wider surroundings.

Romania issue a set of 8 fish stamps on May 10 1964; here are five of them.

Romania - 1964
  • 5 bani - Scorpaena Porcus, the black scorpion fish. It's found in the Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.Normally around 6 inches it may be 15 inches long.
  • 10 bani - Blennius Pavo Risso, the comb tooth or peacock blenny also frequents the Eastern Atlantic, the Med and the Black Sea.
  • 50 bani - I'm sure you all recognise Hippocampus Hippocampus - the short nosed seahorse which is endemic to the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.
Romania - 1964
  • 55 bani - Trigla Lucerna, the tub gunard is a bottom dwelling coastal fish found in the Med, the Atlantic, Black and Southern Baltic Seas,. It has a spiny armoured head and finger like pectoral fins used to walk along the bottom.
  • 1 lei - Huso Huso is the beluga or European sturgeon from the Caspian and the Black Sea. It has been heavily fished for its roe - beluga caviar.
The three stamps I don't have are the horse mackerel, the Russian sturgeon and the common sting ray.

If you are looking for more fishy stories just cross to the links at Sunday-stamps-ii-37.



Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Grocery store finds - Thematic Photography

In today's world of supermarkets I wondered whether the theme this week should really be 'Find a grocery store.' 

That would be a hopeless task for me as I am not welcome on shopping trips when my wife is looking to stock up with food.

I did sneak off with my camera today to see what I could find only to be confused by 


Shopping trolleys on display
And anyway I didn't have pound to release one for my use.

I ambled round the shop, camera at the ready, and was disappointed to see nearly all the food packaged up. There were only a few vegetables and some fruit where you could chose them separately.

Spring onions
If you can have spring onions when summer is almost over!

Bananas and red peppers

I was pleased to see that the shop supported our farmers by selling only

British meat
and promoted - 

Free range eggs
But you can see that these came in cardboard cartons which end up in our recycling bag - not that one is visible today.

Packaging (ready for collection)
I hope that you can recognise that our milk was British too, though don't ask me the price of a pint.

Those aforementioned products from the free range hens reminded me that it's dangerous to put

All your eggs in one basket
So in a bid to obtain my 'fifteen minutes of fame,' I decided to photograph a

A can of soup
But I guess that someone more famous has beaten me to that idea and I might need another 31 cans to complete the picture.

I shall just have to explore other grocery store finds at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-347.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lighthouses - Sunday Stamps II

I decided to start in Scandinavia this week with the 300th Anniversary of the Swedish Lighthouse Service commemorated in 1969.

Sweden -1969
Travelling by the southernmost tip of mainland Norway on the peninsula Neset you past the country's oldest lighthouse - built in 1655.

Lindesnes Lighthouse - Norway (16 February 1983)
Beachy Head is one of England's famous lighthouses and it appeared in a set commemorating Safety at Sea on 18 June 1985.

Great Britain - Beachy Head Lighthouse and Chart
Unfortunately the chart is obscured by the postmark.

Les Casquets lighthouse in the Channel Islands appears on a Guernsey stamp issued on 10 February 1976. The Lighthouse was built in 1723.

Guernsey - 1976
For more enlightenment just visit the links at Violet's Sunday-Stamps-ii-36.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Where You Work - Thematic Photography

As I have retired 'Where You Work' is not an easy theme for me.

I guess I shall have to say that it's gardening that takes my time.

Foxglove
This is the type of gardening I like - just put in one  and let the plants do all the work.

Wheelbarrow (against the compost bin) with the tool store on the right.
Climbing rose on the fence
I've just noticed that the camera must  not have been held correctly as the birdbath is definitely not on the skew.

Lupins with the one alium at the front.
In the front garden there's a second lawn to cut as well as bushes to keep in shape - a gardener's work is never done.


So why am I not out there working hard. Well it's a wet day again.

However some of my assistants work no matter what the weather.

Jenny Wren
She's hard at it while I'm checking out 'where you work' by following the links at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-346.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

That Summertime Feeling - Sunday Stamps II

After 20 hours of continuous rain it's great to get 'That summertime feeling' again.

On 2 August 1994 the Royal Mail issued a set of 5 stamps entitled 'The Four Seasons. Summertime. Events.'

Unfortunately I have only three of them.

Great Britain
The 19p stamp on the left is of the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd.

The 30p and the 35p stamps that I do not have show yachting from Cowes Week and the cricket Test Match from Lords.

A 41p stamp making up the set

Great Britain
shows the Highland Games at Braemar.

To get a feeling for summertime elsewhere please visit the links at Violet's Sunday-Stamps-ii-35.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Retro - Thematic Photography

I had difficulty finding shots that are truly 'retro' but here's a kitchen window that probably qualifies - from as recent as the early 1990s.


All we can say now to this is 'Yuk!'

I'm not allowed however to quote a date for this retro ride.

The driver might object.
For more retro retrospective follow the links at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-345.