Category Archives: Elemental November

Elemental November: Fire

Hmmm, it is very close to fire ban season here and we have just had a week of very hot days, so I am not super keen to light fires. Here is one I happened to see. Obviously a farmer was doing their burning before fire ban started.

I also did a black and white image…mainly to pad out a week pretty thin on photos. Not sure which I prefer. Probably colour as usual.

Elemental November: Fire

This is my final week of Elemental November and I will be attempting to find images of FIRE. As it happens, it was my Dad’s birthday yesterday so I am starting off with a photo of the fire on his cake.

Everyday Life: It COULD be air…technically?!

I was taking photos of my family this afternoon and felt like I wanted to share this one. I liked something in the composition. Not sure what. Obviously my son’s great big eyes are a plus and I like the quirkiness of whatever it is he is doing with his tongue there?!, but the frame just feels right to me. Sometimes I get that feeling and can’t put my finger on why. I suppose as I get better at photography and learn more about composition I will be able to put an answer to the whys more often. And it does technically fit the Elemental November theme of air…W is in the background swinging through the… (giant mental leap and slight brain fuzziness needed to include photo, just go with it OK?)

Elemental November: Air

A man and his kite.

I loved how casual he was about his kite flying. I can never get kites to stay off the ground for longer than a couple of minutes, but he could stand there and ponder the ocean while it hovered above him.

Elemental November: Air

How to photograph air? It reminds me of the conundrum of explaining the wind to children. Hard to do and near impossible for them to understand. I do love a challenge though, so here is my first photo of AIR.

This photo was taken for the lines the clouds were forming. I felt they were really drawing me into the sky. The photo doesn’t capture the feeling of being there, but I still think it shows AIR fairly well.

If you want to show me your photos of AIR tag them #elementalnovember or post a link to them in the comments so I can have a look!

Elemental November: Water & Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

I found it hard to think of anything for renewal. The obvious came to mind – photo of new growth. No need though, looking through plenty of photos out there showed me that that aspect had been thought of and photographed very nicely by plenty of people. I also thought of my own situation. Immediately renewal of marriage vows came to mind, but we have only been married for five years and organising that for a weekly challenge is possibly a bit much.

So when I was trying to think of water photos it occured to me that water is the ultimate in renewal. It washes away yesterday and makes way for today. It allows us to start fresh. And on a basic level an evening bath lets us wash away the days grime and start tomorrow fresh….and clean….relatively where kids are concerned anyway.

W interacting with water is way more interesting than an adult so here he is. Check out the facial expression in the second photo! Priceless.

W trying to catch the water. He could do this for hours.
Its shocking, but fun!
The spider tattoo is temporary, but shocked numerous mothers at the shops. I am not sure whether they were worried it was a real tattoo or a real spider!