Scavenger photo hunt – August

The photo hunt has come round again and though I’ve got most of the photos in my archives I had to get my thinking cap on for a couple of them. The topics for this month are – mark, duck(s), window, arm, straw, and my own choice, so here goes.
First up is a leather bookmark which was bought and given to me by my blogging friend Eileen during the Gwrych Castle open weekend in August 2016. Gwrych (think Greek) Castle in Abergele, North Wales, is a Grade l listed former country manor house and outbuildings in the style of a sprawling medieval castle ; while the main building is a dangerous ruin with no public access the formal gardens and one of the towers have undergone much restoration and have been open daily for the last couple of years. The August open weekend was actually my first formal visit – I’ve camped at a nearby site several times and on more than one occasion sneaked into the grounds by a back way to take photos which are now impossible to get. The bookmark itself gets plenty of use and is currently living in the second autobiography by actor David Jason.
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Mark – Gwrych Castle bookmark
While walking along a local disused canal at New Year in 2017 I came across a Mandarin duck, not the sort of creature one would expect to see in a location like that. He was beautifully coloured, and though I have several photos of various ducks in various places I thought he was so pretty that he deserves a couple of photos in this post.
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Duck – Mandarin duck on a local canal
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For the next topic I have any number of windows – stained glass church windows, windows in historical buildings, shop windows etc, but finally decided on this one taken from the plane on the approach to Dublin airport in October 2016. The weather was perfect and it was a good flight from Manchester but it was also bittersweet as Michael and I were taking his dad on his very last journey to Ireland (but the first by plane) to spend the final weeks of his life with his brother and sister-in-law in the family home.
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Window – view from the plane approaching Dublin airport
Thinking outside the box for the next one, and while taking a photo of my own arm was the easy option it was also too obvious so as a rather different alternative I came up with this one which was taken on a recent canalside walk. The Lancaster canal runs for 41 miles from Tewitfield, north of Carnforth, down to Preston, but a two-and-a-half mile offshoot runs through the countryside to Glasson Dock at the mouth of the River Lune. Now known as the Glasson Branch this section of the canal was previously referred to as the Glasson Arm – and a very pretty arm it is too.
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Arm – the Glasson Arm of the Lancaster Canal
Thinking outside the box again for the next topic, and while it would have been too easy to stick a couple of drinking straws into a glass of juice I decided to get creative. I didn’t have enough straws of my own though as I don’t normally use them but my friend Lin came up trumps and gave me a handful of them – ten minutes with a pair of scissors last night and this was the result.
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Straw – my not-quite-straight attempt at creativity
And finally, my own choice could have been anything from the thousands of photos in my archives but for some reason this one really stood out for me when I took it so I think it deserves a place in this post. It was taken while I was on holiday in Cumbria in June this year and to me at least, is one of the prettiest flower shots I’ve ever taken, though the larger version looks much better.
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My own choice – taken in the garden at the Wordsworth House, Cockermouth
Well that’s it for another month and as always I’m linking up with Kate’s blog. I really don’t know how she manages to think up such random subjects each month so it’ll be interesting to see what other bloggers have chosen for the topics this time.

18 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – August

  1. Ah, great photos. We’ve not been to Glasson Docks for years. Might need to go there and walk along the canal arm a bit. I like your ‘out of the box’ thinking. I think the Mandarin duck is my favourite. Such a colourful chap.

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  2. I had a lovely few hours at Glasson, I hadn’t been there for a few years so it was nice to revisit and the walk along the canal, although not very long because of time restraints, was very pleasant. I hadn’t been along there before so I was surprised at how nice it is. The Mandarin duck was really pretty and it was an unexpected surprise seeing him in the middle of the canal 🙂

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    1. I thought the same until I got closer and he moved. I’ve never seen a Mandarin there before or since then so I guess he must have flown over from the wildlife lake about half a mile away.

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  3. Good choices and I too like your out of the box thinking. Good to see you using your bookmark. I bought it from a fund raising-stall and was told that the bookmark was from the 1970’s when the castle was open for events and before it’s years of decline. The mandarin duck is just beautiful and I like your excellent use of the straws. Very well done.

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  4. Thanks Eileen. The bookmark gets a fair bit of use, hence the curled up ends, and it’s interesting to know that it dates back to the 1970s. When I told Lin my idea for the straws she said it was far too complicated for her own brain to think about 🙂

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  5. Thank you 🙂 I was surprised at how pretty that particular section of the canal is – definitely one to revisit and do a much longer walk when I have more time 🙂

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  6. A lovely set of photos, love your interpretation of each of the categories. I love the area around Glasson Dock we did a great bike ride from there into Lancaster and back, I was just thinking the other day how lovely it would be to go and do that again some time soon. Fancy seeing a Mandarin Duck, they are so exotic looking aren’t they.

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  7. Thanks for your comment, and welcome to the Mouse House. It’s nice to know that someone has actually been to an area I’ve written about 🙂 I did a post early in the month about another section of the Lancaster Canal and Garstang – I think of all the canals I’ve walked or cycled along over the years the Lancaster has to be my favourite as it has such lovely scenery. As you live in the North West have you ever been to Sunderland Point across from Glasson dock? A gorgeous little village steeped in history and well worth a visit on a nice day, I went twice in May. Seeing the Mandarin duck on the local canal was a lovely surprise, they have such lovely colours 🙂

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  8. Lovely photos and a very clever pic for Arm :). I loved the Mandarin duck – so pretty and your Cumbrian flowers are beautiful – we had a few days there in June – gorgeous part of the world.

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  9. The Mandarin duck was really colourful, it’s a shame the females are very dull in comparison. The flower shot came out far nicer than I expected and yes, Cumbria is a lovely part of the country 🙂

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  10. Lovely set of photos, but my favourites are the two of Mandarin ducks. It’s beautiful the way the colours of the backgrounds match with the colours in the feathers.

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  11. It was just luck that the duck was in a part of the canal where the sunlight was shining through the trees onto the water. I like Mandarins, I think they are so pretty with their striking colours.

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  12. Great pics! Lovely bookmark, I remember getting that kind growing up when we were in Britain for the summers. The Mandarin duck looks so cool, it doesn’t look real. Your scenic pics are beautiful and a very original straw one!

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  13. I had a few bookmarks of that kind when I was younger but they all seem to have disappeared over the years. I don’t know if it’s still possible to buy that kind from anywhere but this one apparently dates back to the 1970s.

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