Rogue posts that do not seem to have a home! ;-(

An Open Letter To WordPress

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Originally posted on Fish Of Gold:
Dear, I am loath to write yet another letter to you, since I typically prefer to spend my time writing actual blog posts, but I’ve been bitching on Twitter and in your forums to no avail, so maybe you’ll pay attention to a blog post. It’s not likely,…

Moving on UP

Moving on UP

There is one word that springs to mind for me regarding 2015……UP…..Many positive things can come from this word :-)

I hope that 2015 for all you lovely readers is moving on UP POSITIVELY FOR YOU!!!

Moving on UP

Moving on UP

I took this photo a couple of days ago at the Saatchi and Saatchi Exhibition I went to, this was actually in the shop rather than in the ‘actual’ display but I like the word UP, so UP it is for 2015!

There is also only one song to go with the word UP and here is it….

Have a little boogie for New Years please a glass of something, even be it some hot cocoa or something more sizzly and please keep in touch throughout with me in 2015, your company is always an utter pleasure.

Also Happy Birthday to a very dear, dear, dear friend whose birthday is today, New Years Eve go figure that!  <3

Justine xxxx

© Justine Nagaur

magical night (choka- haiku)

Originally posted on Tournesol dans un Jardin:
Vincent van Gogh said about this painting : “… it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word — for religion — so I go outside at night to paint the stars” © The Starry Night…

This is not a Christmas Post.

Originally posted on Multifarious meanderings:
There are Christmas lights everywhere. The tree is up and decorated, and despite my multiple pleas and threats, it is still lurching towards the fireplace at a rakish angle as if it’s trying to leap inside. Last night I curled up in front of the fire with a glass of…

Weekly Photo Challege: Twinkle

Originally posted on Santiago the Shepherd:
The unexpected December rains made everything looks so fresh and vibrant… A morning stroll in the garden was so refreshing and given an opportunity to take some images for this week’s challenge. The attempt to capture the wonders of nature was a realization that nothing is even remotely comparable…

Words of Regret: The Sandpiper

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:
Gerry via CC Flickr A day or so ago, I read the following story, written by Robert Peterson, who was the man mentioned in this story. It reminded me of how often we are so wrapped up the trials, troubles, or business of our everyday lives…that sometimes we don’t…

The Uneaten Cookie

Originally posted on Parenting a Teenage Tornado:
Holiday traditions tend to start during times of change.  When couples meet, get married, have kids, buy a new home. There once was a drastic change in my life that caused such a tradition to start. My older sister, Tina and I were raised by my dad in…

Colour Splash Effect | Photoshop

Originally posted on Blogenture:
I started learning how to use different aspects of Photoshop a few years back and I’ve decided to develop my skills some more. The tutorial I am going to share today is called the Colour Splash Effect. I felt like doing this as soon as I saw the cover picture for…

When The Stranger Came Home

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:
Photo Credit: Hunter McGinnis via CC Flickr A fascinating story to share with you today… A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to…

#Photography101: Water & #NaBloPoMo Day 5


I had a little grumble when I woke up this morning and saw the challenge ‘water’ for the Photography101 challenge for today.  Not only because my immediate thought was that I would have to go outside but yes I have that miserable winter bug caught from my children over half term, they always like to share the little darlings.

So the prospect of going outside wasn’t an appealing one but actually in hindsight it does tend to make one feel better and ‘clear out the cobwebs’ so to speak.

So I found a puddle, yep not some roaring ocean or majestic river flowing over sparkling stones but a puddle!

I am taking on Cheri’s advice from yesterday and finding art or interest in the mundane and seriously, how more mundane than a puddle. right?

I live in the UK, so puddles are as common as queues here.

Now I took a vertical and horizontal shot of the puddle shots, as requested by the challenge, with my trusty steed, my iPhone6.

When I looked at the shots from my phone I preferred I thought the horizontal one, but now I see it on the blog I muchly prefer the vertical one.

I suppose that is part of the exercise right, to see how one image can be affected by the placement of the shot?

Why do I prefer the vertical.  Mainly because of the reflection in the puddle, it is a street lamp which is long and the vertical one to me accentuates this, whereas the horizontal one just squashes everything up.  So I have learn’t from this that perhaps long items do better on vertical shots, but I stand to be correct on that.


Now in keeping with my writing for NaBloPoMo I feel I should do puddles some justice seeing as they are everywhere, often ignored, often misjudged!!!

Look at this puddle, what do you see?

It is a drinking well for little animals, survival for some, pleasure for others.

It holds the vestiges of Autumn, holding the leaves perhaps with their colour a little longer for our visual appreciation, should we care to look.

The puddle cleans tips of boots should they dare to wander through bringing joyful glee to children splashing through with vigour.

Puddles highlight rubbish like cigarette butts that people might toss their way, a silent plea to pick it up and put it away.

Puddles highlight the rest of the world through reflections like a mirror,

They cause pretty patterns when they are dappled by the droplets of rain, for all our amusement.

Puddles are in fact ART!!!

Can you think of anything else to say about puddles or am I completely nuts?

 Horizontal Shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Vertical shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Macro Water

I thought I would continue the whole water and my slightly cold infested aka loopy loo state of mind back indoors and get arty farty with some macro water.

The shots below are taken with my Fuji Bridge Camera, the poor mans DSLR

What did I find with the first black and white picture below, did I learn anything?

For me, I enjoyed playing around with the colours, seeing that turning it black and white highlighted the line that water makes when inside glass.  I like the slight ripples that one can see, I am such a ripple girl!  What does that mean I hear you ask, I decline to answer.

Also I enjoy the distortion the water and glass give if you look above the line and below.

This is the Horizontal Shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Vertical Shot

I got a bit arty farty again I am afraid.

Here I played with the colours a little and tried to work it to focus on the ripple on the right.  In doing so it almost becomes as bright as a light and again its a ripple and I am as said before a ‘ripple girl’.

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

 Which photo do you prefer and why?  I would love to hear.

I was going to try and write a poem for the Nano thingy but exhaustion from this buggly wuggly thing has taken over and bed calls me for a mo de toe!!!

When I awake I shall eagerly respond to any and all comments for which I sleep and wait with eagerness.

Snuffly huggles, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur



Photography101 Water






Nano Poblano 2014

Nano Poblano 2014



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