Scavenger photo hunt – April

The six prompts for this month’s photo hunt are – swirl, rock, wood, letter, balance, and my own choice. I must admit my mind went blank over the first one, I couldn’t think of anything except swirling water and none of my many ‘water’ photos were suitable, however Michael came up with a couple of ideas so here’s one of them – and as I gave up eating cake almost twelve months ago he did the honours instead!
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Swirl – a slice of Swiss Roll
It was a recent tv programme which gave me the idea for the second one. Brimham Rocks near Pately Bridge in North Yorkshire is a large area of weird and wonderful natural rock formations sculpted over centuries by wind, rain and erosion. Many of them have rocks balancing on other rocks at such precarious angles that they look like one breath would make them fall, and many of them have names though a bit of imagination is needed for some of them. In the care of the National Trust the dog friendly area has an on-site refreshment kiosk and shop, is great for walking, climbing and wildlife spotting and is free to explore all year round, although non-NT members do have to pay to park. I went there a few years ago while camping near Skipton and got some amazing photos.
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Rock – one of the many formations at Brimham Rocks
Searching the photo archives for the next one I came across a shot of the wooden toll bridge across the Mawddach river at Penmaenpool in Snowdonia. Built in 1879 to replace the original ferry the Grade ll listed bridge has a toll booth and 2-bedroom keeper’s cottage (now a self-catering holiday let) at one end and boasts stunning views over the river and nearby hills and forests.
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Wood – Penmaenpool toll bridge, Snowdonia
The next one didn’t really take much thinking about. The place where I work three mornings each week manufactures several different types of corporate signage and has many high-end clients with several in the retail fashion business, so there was no better place to find a letter or two. It just so happened that two experimental illuminated letters had been set up on a bench and in the darkness of the workshop before everyone else arrived I got a great shot.
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Letter – the ‘R’ for Kurt Geiger and the ‘K’ for Ted Baker
The next one didn’t take much thinking about either. I recently got a new bathroom scale and as there was nothing wrong with the old one I donated it to the animal sanctuary last weekend, though I did remember to take a quick photo of it before I put it in the van.
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Balance – my old bathroom scale
And finally, sticking with the dog theme of the last three months I couldn’t resist this photo of Sam who came to live with me when my ex partner died suddenly almost three years ago. I’ve got many photos of Sam but this one, taken while on holiday ten years ago, is one of the best. Sadly Sam was only with me for six months before I lost him to old age and a heart murmur but his memory lives on, and this photo of him is my most favourite.
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My own choice – Sam
Well those are the photos I’ve found for this month, I hope you like them. Time to hop over to Kate’s blogΒ now to see what the other photo hunters have come up with.

31 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – April

  1. Love your interpretations Eunice. The wooden bridge in snowdonia reminds me of a pier. I was thinking of cake for swirl too at one point. Swiss rolls are the perfect swirl. Brimham rocks are fantastic arn’t they. And what a gorgeous boy is Sam. X

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    1. Brimham Rocks is a fab place, I could have spent hours there – definitely somewhere to go back to some time.

      Sam was a very beautiful and handsome dog – for some strange reason I’ve never been keen on boy dogs, I’ve always had girls, but I loved Sam from the minute my ex brought him home when he was only 4 months old, even if he did eat part of the brand new trailer tent mattress! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. Have been to Brimham rocks only once quite a few years ago but would love to return. What is it with dogs and eating things they shouldn’t. lol. πŸ™‚ x

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  2. Really good photo choices. How can you live without cake? πŸ™‚ Those rocks wow, it’s amazing what Mother Nature does. Someone will be glad of the scales on the charity stall, funnily enough I have two sets in my bathroom, never did get rid of the old ones. Aww Sam, such a lovely boy, very sad.

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    1. I can live without cake the same way as I’ve lived without biscuits since 2007, not having them doesn’t bother me at all.

      Brimham Rocks is an amazing place and well worth a visit for anyone who can get there.

      Sam was beautiful, it’s a shame he was only back with me for such a short time but I’m glad I had him for the last few months of his life.

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  3. Lovely photos – Sam is a handsome fellow. My favourite? Hard to say, clever swirl (same level of thinking as my other half has πŸ˜€ ) Like the illuminated lettering and the wooden bridge is beautiful!

    Try linking again – I checked and there was a gremlin so it wasn’t you x

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  4. The illuminated letters have a new and special surface which is only experimental at the moment but they stand out so well that I’m sure they’ll soon be made into proper signs.

    I did try the link again and it seemed to work this time – thanks πŸ™‚

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  5. Love the rocks and wooden bridge. As for life without cake, well even if there is none in the house/freezer (including biscuits) I still crave some so I buy some or do some baking! I’m not really a dog person but the photo of Sam is so atmospheric.

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    1. My original liking for cake started with my mum who was a baker and confectioner by trade, she would bake things every week and made some wonderful stuff so I was used to having cake from an early age. It got to the point last year though where it had gone from a treat while camping to having it every day and it was getting ridiculous so out it went, and I haven’t really missed it.

      The photo of Sam was taken on the beach just down below the camping field where I stay when I go to Norfolk every September, it’s one of the best I have of him so I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚

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  6. The wooden bridge is quite unique, I discovered it by accident a few years ago. It costs 70p to drive across or 20p to walk, it makes a great short cut from one road to another and is well worth going over for the views πŸ™‚

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  7. Great photos Eunice. we go to Dartmoor a lot and the same sort of rock formations there made by the weather . I do love the pic of yours though. Good choice for letter, I did have a worry over that one. Look forward to seeing what you choose next month.

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  8. I got loads of great photos of the various rock formations that day so it was difficult to choose which one to put on here. The letters came out better than I expected too πŸ™‚ I’ve just hopped over to your blog and left a comment, your orchids are lovely πŸ™‚

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  9. Thank you. The bridge is quite unique and is in a lovely spot for scenery photos. Brimham rocks have featured in several tv programmes – often when someone is required to fall off a cliff! – and also in the video for the Bee Gees song You Win Again. It’s a lovely area and well worth a visit πŸ™‚

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  10. The rock formations at Brimham Rocks are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities to get some great photos. Sam really was a very handsome boy, we often got people coming up to talk to him and us when we were out with him πŸ™‚

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  11. A beautiful dog and some interesting shots, Eunice. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I loved Brimham Rocks- must get back there one day- and that bridge and its surrounds looks wonderful. Have a great week!

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  12. Lovely set of photos, well done. Those rocks at Brimham could have as easily done for Balance, but then of course you would have need another Rock. And then your letters nearly spelled Rock as well! Clearly you were spoiled for choice.
    John

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  13. Thank you john. I almost used the Brimham Rocks photo for balance as it’s very appropriate but then as you say I would have had to find another rock, though I’m sure I must have some somewhere in my photos πŸ™‚ The ‘R’ and ‘K’ weren’t actually my choice, they were the ones already set up on the bench so I just took the shot – it came out better than I expected too so I’m quite pleased with that one πŸ™‚

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  14. I’m glad you like the bridge photo. I’d originally intended to walk onto the beginning of the bridge and get a shot looking back but the woman in the toll booth wanted to charge me 20p – okay if I was walking all the way across but not just for the sake of a few feet, so I took that shot instead and it came out better than I expected πŸ™‚

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  15. I’m late, but thanks for my comments. Oh, Brimham Rocks!!!! I pulled one from my archives from our visit there, but the rocks weren’t the right “balancey” sort and I only took 2 photos, so it was relegated to my spare folder. Love, love, the one of Sam. Take care.

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  16. I think Brimham Rocks is a fascinating place. Unless you’d intended using a photo for ‘balance’ any shot of there would have done for ‘rock’. I’m glad you like the shot of Sam, it’s a special photo of a special dog and means a lot πŸ™‚

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  17. I like all your photos, Eunice. Your interpretation of balance cracked me up. πŸ™‚ Sam was a handsome fellow. He looked like he took great care of his humans….The sculpted rocks are something else. That formation reminded of the boy in the animation The Incredibles. They (the rocks) must be millions of years old.

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    1. I’m glad you thought my interpretation of balance is funny πŸ™‚ I’d actually thought of the rock one for that and a different one for rock but didn’t want two the same, and I was just about to put the bathroom scale in the van to take to charity when I realised that set at ‘0’ it would do for balance πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen The Incredibles so I must look it up sometime.

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  18. Thank you – I’m really pleased with the letter shot, it came out far better than I expected. I certainly work in the right place for them! πŸ™‚

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