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Silent Sunday

Dorset, Fleet, Portland, January

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Sparkle

Blow the whistles, pop the cork, we’re off!

Another year of getting together to share our photographic take on a one word prompt.

For 2018 this will be a Monthly Meet-Up starting on the first Tuesday of each month.

What could be better at the start of the year than to be looking out for SPARKLES …..

The Sparkling water of the Fleet in the teeth of an icy wind

winter walk by the Fleet

a wooden table in the woods …sparkles, frost on sawn woodCrochet Christmas Snowflakescrochet snowflakes

with added Swarovski crystals

crystalflakes

crystals and snowflakes

sunshine on water

fleet

and to warm us up a bit, photos taken in the Caribbean last April

Nevis

Nevis sparkles

fishing

It took many photos to capture the splash of the fishing net hitting the water, but I got it, and if you look closely the splash is sparkling in the sunshine.

Click on any photo to see it larger.

For a sparkly finale – this water feature is in a narrow corridor in an underground shopping centre in Japan, photographed in November 2015

 

Feel free to join in any time during the Month of January with your Sparkles – one photograph or many, current shots, archive post links, they are all welcome. Just leave a link in the Comments of this post.

Let’s SPARKLE together!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me prompt suggestions, I will get the full list together for February when the prompt is WARM

Happy Snapping

 

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Silent Sunday

frosty morning, pink sky

Photo Challenge Round-Up: November

Week 45 WALK

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Denis at Haiku Hound

Karina at Murtagh’s Meadow

Kathy at Sewing Etc.

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 46 LETTER

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at RainbowJunkie

Karina at Murtagh’s Meadow

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 47 LIGHT

Cathy at Nanacathy

Karina at Murtagh’s Meadow

Postcard from Gibraltar

Kathy at Sewing Etc.

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 48 COMFORTABLE

Cathy at Nanacathy

Karina at Murtagh’s Meadow

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

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Did I miss anybody? Please let me know if I did.

Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

Only 4 more left!

What a wonderful year of photos. A huge thank you to everyone of you who has contributed.

Next year there will be something different ……….

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Silent Sunday

collecting leaves (1)

Sparkle in a Dark Corner

Today is National Poetry Day and to mark this event I have two poems for you – one by Judy Martin and one written by me as a sort of answer/conversation in poetry.

The theme this year is FREEDOM.

metaphor, dark places, depression, chink of lightWe’d be very happy if you wanted to join in. You are welcome to use my photo if it sparks a creative response. All I ask is that you leave the watermark on it and link back to this post.

The back story:

A friend of my daughter is a Counsellor and she has set up a Facebook Page dedicated to Self Care. She has invited me to contribute. She looks for Sparkles and invites us to find them in everyday places. This inspired me to go for a walk one morning looking for Sparkles to photograph – what a wonderfully uplifting focus for a walk.

Below is one of the photos I took. A very close friend of mine is going through a hideous bout of depression at the moment and this photo seemed like a metaphor, I took it to send to her. I know Judy Martin has been visited by the dark days of Depression as she has written about it, poignantly and beautifully, on her blog: Edwina’s Episodes. Time for us to team up again. Judy wrote this poem in response to my photo:

Sparkle in a Dark Corner

metaphor, dark places, depression, chink of light

In the depths of darkness and despair

I feel so alone, like no-one is there

Surrounded by dangers unseen and unheard

Trapped and frightened, like a caged bird

Thoughts so jumbled, make no sense

But pain and heartache are so intense

From the world, I just want to hide

And keep my feelings bottled up inside

 

But wait, there is something that has caught my eye

It looks blurry through the tears I cry

Yes, it’s shimmering and shining bright

A distant glimmer, shaft of light

It seems so very far away

But I know I can draw closer day by day

 

From my dark corner there is hope

And support to help me cope

The light grows brighter every day

My world has gone from black to grey

I continue onwards, spirits rising

My soul had started re-energizing

I came through the other side

With just a sparkle as my guide.

poem by Judy E. Martin

of Edwinas Episodes

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When I read this it brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. I too have experienced depression (many years ago) and so have members of my family, whilst musing on this, a poem started to write itself to go alongside Judy’s poem

 

Even Then

 

Even on the darkest days

Even in the darkest hours

Even in the deep dark corners

Where the sharpness causes pain

Even when the demons lurk

Even then

Even then

There is a sheen

A tiny gleam

A spark of light

Even then

poem by Sandra Dorey

 

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It feels so good to find Freedom from Depression, but the memory of the demon never totally goes away.

If you find yourself responding to either picture or poem please feel free to share with us. It might be a poem, a story, a helpful saying, a photo or a picture. Sometimes it feels good to link up.

Happy National Poetry Day!

 

 

 

 

Shadow

walk, a boy and his stick

remember

sweet scents of childhood

in green lanes

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Join Cathy and me in our One-a-Week Photo Challenge,  by leaviing a link in the comments

and

Ronovan in the weekly Haiku Challenge. This week’s prompts: SWEET and SCENT

The photo is of Master R, taken in summer 2016 at Kingston Lacy, one of our favourite places for a day out.