Scavenger photo hunt – July

The scavenger photo hunt has come round once again and this month’s six topics are – door, 11am, texture, shadow/s, view, and as always, my own choice. Although a couple of the categories were relatively easy and I had several choices of photos for them a couple of others needed some thinking about, however I finally came up with this group –
First off is Kildare Round Tower in the grounds of St. Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare, Ireland. At 108ft high it’s the tallest accessible Round Tower in Ireland with seven levels of floors and ladders to reach the top; the entrance door itself is set just over 13ft from the ground and accessed by a set of metal stairs, with the doorway being constructed of ornately carved red sandstone.
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Door – Kildare Round Tower
I had to search through a lot of photos to find one taken at 11am or round about but eventually I came up with this very colourful one of the fairground at Elvaston Steam Rally, taken at 10.58am on July 6th four years ago. The rally only opened at 10am so it was still a little early for there to be many people at the fair.
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11am – Elvaston Steam Rally fairground
The next category really got me thinking but then inspiration struck and I took the camera with me when I went to clean at the boss’s house. I took photos of three different things but chose this particular one as an example of three different textures all in the one item –
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Texture – the boss’s porch doormat
The next photo is of a local cobbled lane not far from home which I walked up while out with the dogs in early May. It’s quite a steep lane with a hairpin bend near the bottom and has been traffic-free for many years – in my teens I would ride my bike hell-for-leather all the way down it, only putting my brakes on just before I hit the road at the end. I wouldn’t do that now though, I think I’m a bit more safety-conscious these days!
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Shadow/s – a local cobbled lane on a dog walk
I had any number of possibilities for the next category so it was difficult to choose but to get away from the various views of Anglesey which I seem to post a lot of on my blogs I finally decided on these two from my holiday in the Arisaig area of Scotland five years ago. The camp site where I stayed was on the estuary of a small river and the end of the site went right onto the beach. The area was gorgeous, the sunsets were fabulous and the views were to die for, and my tent was literally just ten feet from the beach – you can’t get better than that!
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View – looking across to Eigg, Muck and Rum from the camp site beach
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View – the white sands of Morar, about 4 miles from the camp site
And finally, while having a long-overdue sort out of the bureau drawers in the living room I came across a set of school photos taken of Michael when he was in primary school. Unfortunately there’s no date on them but he must have been about nine years old at the time. He looks so darned cute I just had to include one – I know he won’t mind but now he’s an adult I don’t think he could still be described as cute!
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Michael aged about 9
Well that’s just about it for this month’s challenge, I hope you like my choices. Once again I’m linking up with KateΒ so I’ll make myself a brew now and pop over to see what others have featured on their blogs for the different categories this time.

26 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – July

  1. Good choices for your photo hunt again Eunice. I can well imagine that being a fun bike ride down the cobbled lane, I bet it was quite bumpy as well as a hair-raising ride πŸ™‚ I think it’s fair to say Michael has changed quite a bit over the years. Just wondering if you went up the tower in Ireland, I know for sure I couldn’t / wouldn’t!

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  2. Going up the tower is on my ‘to do’ list Eileen. It was last December when I took the photo and the tower is only open from May 1st to the end of September so I couldn’t go – I’d found the tower by accident while looking round Kildare and only found out the opening times when I got back home, needless to say as soon as I can get over to Ireland during summer months going up it will be one of the first things I do πŸ™‚

    Biking fast down the cobbled lane was a great thing to do in earlier years – I’ve done it in much more recent years but with a lot less speed and a lot more caution! πŸ™‚

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  3. We’ve camped at that same site in Ardnamurchan, think the bay was called ?Traigh. Any hoo, my other half was swimming out across the water to those little rocky islands and I was rather concerned at his safety particularly as he had my son (who was 3 – 4 at the time) holding on his back. I needed have worried as after a while, he stopped and stood up. The water only went to his hips ….
    thank you for joining in x

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you but the camp site wasn’t at Ardnamurchan, it’s called Invercaimbe and is only about a mile from Arisaig village, although Traigh beach and golf course is just a short distance along the road from it. There are a few camp sites along that stretch of coast though so if it wasn’t Invercaimbe where you stayed it could have been β€˜next door’ at Portnadoran or Silver Sands a bit further along. I have mixed feelings about Ardmurchan itself – I went to the lighthouse on the point one day and because of the narrow and winding road it took over two hours to drive just 60 miles, and then there was nothing there when I got there. The scenery round the lochs I passed was nice but it was a never-to-be repeated experience!

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  4. Sometimes I wish I lived near that beach too. It was there that I heard my first cuckoo in fifteen years, and it was so peaceful and beautiful it was the nearest thing to paradise I could think of. I’d swap places with the lady who owns the site any day πŸ™‚

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  5. What a lovely bevy of photos Eunice. The tower is fabulous & of course I love the beach photos, as I miss being nearer the sea. I can’t imagine riding down a cobbled street, especially now, as I don’t ride a bike anymore because of vertigo (giggle). Thanks & take care.

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    1. Biking down the cobbled lane was rather bumpy but it all added to the fun – on the few occasions I’ve been down there in recent years I stick to the smooth strip of concrete πŸ™‚ The tower in Ireland was quite fascinating and has great views from the top so I can’t wait for an opportunity to go up it πŸ™‚

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  6. A great selection of photos, the views in Scotland are wonderful and the tower with its high up door is fascinating. I love your story of cycling down the hill on the hairpin bend. I’ve visted Elvaston Castle a few times over the years:)

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  7. The views where I stayed in Scotland were fabulous, I could have lived in my tent on that site for the rest of my life. I go to Elvaston Castle every year for the steam rally and love walking round the grounds and the lake with the dogs – I missed it this year though as I’d booked to go on the Coronation Street tour which was on the same weekend.

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  8. For once it is easy for me to select a favourite – haven’t been to Morar for many, many years, far too long in fact. Definitely one of those “once seen, in love with forever” places!

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  9. It certainly is Jayne. My visit came about because several years previously I’d seen a lovely picture of Morar on a calendar at work – I didn’t know where it was then, I only knew that I wanted to go there. I got my wish in August 2007 when my partner took me for four days over the bank holiday, staying at the same camp site I last stayed at. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good and all my photos of Morar were blighted by grey cloud – I never got to go again but once I was on my own and driving (as from March 2010) I put it on my ‘to do’ list and finally got there in June 2013. I had an 11-day holiday with fabulous weather all the way through and finally got some great photos of Morar. Another holiday there is definitely long overdue!

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  10. Gorgeous shots from the beach. 3 weeks until we are off to the outer hebrides so really hoping we see the white sand and blue sea that you have captured here. Amazing views. 😁

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  11. If the beaches and views are anything like the Arisaig and Morar areas you’ll get some great shots. I hope the weather is good for you and you have a lovely time πŸ™‚

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  12. It was so peaceful and beautiful that I didn’t want to come home, and when I drove away for the last time I felt as if I was leaving a little bit of myself behind. It’s a place where I would be quite happy to spend the rest of my life πŸ™‚

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  13. Michael was named after his dad though that’s actually his middle name, his first name is Sean. It can get a bit confusing sometimes though – among family and my friends he’s always been Michael and I introduce him as such to anyone we may meet, but to his own friends he’s Mick and at work he’s Sean. He’s a good son though, whatever we call him πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  14. Great set of photos. Those Irish (and Scottish) round towers are amazing.
    Texture is great example of finding something under your nose that everybody else doesn’t see.

    Well done

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  15. Thank you πŸ™‚ Going up that tower is definitely a ‘must do’ – I was hoping to do it this year but my summer plans have changed so I’m looking at next year now. Photographing the doormat really was a flash of inspiration and the shot came out better than I expected πŸ™‚

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  16. I like all your choices, Eunice. Your doormat photo is a winner. I tried to guess before I read the caption. Came up with zippers and the brush part on a standing vacuum cleaner. The beach view is awesome! The sands is sooo white and smooth looking. And, yes, Michael was a cute 9-year-old. I love his smile. πŸ™‚

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  17. I’ll tell him you said that Susie, I’m sure he’ll be suitably pleased/embarrassed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The doormat photo came out better than I expected, and as for the beach views, what’s not to like? Another visit there is certainly long overdue.

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  18. I’m glad you like the tower, the door being so high up is fascinating – I can’t wait to go up the tower properly, hopefully sometime next year πŸ™‚

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