What A Sight

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Photo: Padre’s Ramblings

When in Scotland, some years ago

To Loch Ness I happened to go

At the Visitor Centre I chanced to see

An amazing example of a water-beasty

It was rather big

And it wasn’t quick

So it made it easy

For me to take the pic

 

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My offering for Maria Antonia’s photo challenge “What a Sight.”

Majestic

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Golden Gates at Versailles

Maria Antonia’s 2020 Photo Challenge includes a prompt on the theme of “majestic.”  There are few places more majestic that the Sun King’s Palace of Versailles.  Seeing that majesty is expected here I am presenting two photos rather than the humble “One.”

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Palace Detail

The sun glints off gates of gold

Attesting to wealth and majesty untold

Royal power and opulence extreme

Surrounding of which most can only dream

 

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Up In The Sky

Flying Machine

Renaissance Flying Machine Duxford Museum – copyright Padre’s Ramblings

Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek challenge includes a prompt for “up in the sky.”  This photo taken at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford gets visitors to look up as they enter.  It’s fitting for the theme to have something unusual “up in the sky.”

It’s not a bird.  It’s not a plane. 

Nor Superman, or anything plain

It’s wood and canvas

And some Italian wild thought

Leonardo’s futuristic vision

But it came to naught

 

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Tranquility

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Abbey Gardens

“All is Calm,” is one of Maria Antonia’s photo challenges for this year.  Here is a photo I took at the Japanese Garden in Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.  It was a peaceful day out with my wife, and we were able to enjoy the tranquility of the place.  All was indeed calm, in fact it was near perfection.

Sunshine drenched fountain
A day of tranquility
Peaceful and calming
Light playing upon the pool
Flowers fill the world with scent

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Read Me, If You Can

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Rosetta Stone, British Museum

Back in the days when we could freely make excursions, I went to the British Museum in London.  One of the priceless artifacts on display is the Rosetta Stone, which was used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs.   For centuries people had tried to translate the forgotten script, but this tablet which bears three different writing systems, each making the same statement was instrumental in our understanding the ancient picture system.

It seems a good photo to offer in response to Maria Antonia‘s Photography Challenge prompt: Read Me.  I am also thankful to my fellow blogger Crispina Kemp for her post which reminded me of the challenge.

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Transportation

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Copyright – Padre’s Ramblings

Maria Antonia’s photo challenge includes a prompt for “transportation.”  My late wife was, and I am, great lovers of waterways.  We spent many a holiday just enjoying the experience of watching the world go slowly by, whether one the great ship canals such as the Kiel, or the ringed waterways of Amsterdam, or the gentle passage through Norfolk’s Broads.  The photo above is of one of her favourite passages in Venice.

Not every roadway is made of soil,

Not every element is earth,

Transit need not give legs toil,

But ride easy once you’ve slipped from your berth.

 

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Point of View

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Viewpoint: Welsh Mountains

OFMARIAANTONIA‘s 2020 photo challenge includes a prompt for “Point of View.”  The viewpoint I have gone with is the view of the surrounding peaks as seen from my cousin’s home in the Welsh mountains.  The viewpoint shows the progression from the tree line, to the moor-like uplands, and then to the snowline.

 

Timber to grass, grass to snow

It all changes quickly as up you go

I sit and observe it, dry and warm

Unconcerned by the passing storm

Such is my point of view

As I read a book, and sip a brew

 

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With much appreciation to Tess and Hugh for their hospitality.

 

 

Danube Bridges

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Danube Bridges: Budapest

Maria Antonia’s 2020 Photography Challenge includes a prompt to share a picture on the theme of bridge or tunnel.  Bridges feature in the life and history of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.  The city is in reality two cities Buda and Pest, which are linked by the bridges, the first being the Chain Bridge.

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Margaret Bridge

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