Saturday, 31 December 2016

My December 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows the fore-mast of MS Queen Elizabeth, and the new moon, River Tagus, Port of Lisbon, Portugal, at 18:49 on Thursday 1st December 2016.

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To read about Lisbon, Portugal, click on the link below:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon

Thursday, 29 December 2016

My Queen Elizabeth Iberian Cruise 2016 In Pictures.


Tuesday 22nd November to Sunday 4th December 2016.  Southampton to Southampton.  Twelve days.  Six ports.  Calling at A Coruña, Tangier, València, Cartagena, Gibraltar, and Lisbon.

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The picture at the top shows MS Queen Elizabeth, alongside in the Port of Lisbon, Portugal, at 16:51 on Thursday 1st December 2016.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

My November 2016 In Pictures - All At Sea.


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The picture at the top shows a wayfinding sign, on board MS Queen Elizabeth, at 17:06 on Monday 28th November 2016, Port of València, Spain.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

My November 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows the flaming sunset (!), at 16:44 on Wednesday 2nd November 2016, Hythe, Hampshire.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

My October 2016 In Pictures - Smoke & Windows.


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The picture at the top shows a discarded cigarette pack,  at 11:39 on Saturday 15th October 2016, St John's Road Hythe, Hampshire.

The picture at the bottom shows cabin windows of cruise ship AIDAprima, at 17:43 on Monday 17th October 2016, seen from the Hythe Ferry, crossing Southampton Water from Town Quay, Southampton, to Hythe, Hampshire.

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Monday, 31 October 2016

My October 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows the morning sun burning through the fog, lighting up the pier train, and reflecting on Southampton Water, at 09:42 on Thursday 27th October 2016, Hythe, Hampshire.

To read about Hythe Pier, Hampshire, click on the link below:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hythe_Pier

Friday, 7 October 2016

My September 2016 In Pictures - Light.


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The picture at the top shows Night Lights, at 20:20 on Sunday 24th September 2016, at home, Hythe, Hampshire.

To read about Hythe, Hampshire, click on the link below:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hythe,_Hampshire

Friday, 30 September 2016

My September 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows fallen apples, at 15:15 on Sunday 11th September 2016, West Street Allotments, Hythe, Hampshire.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Southampton Boat Show 2016 - Sea Legs.


I went to the boat show and what did I see.... I saw boats and yachts, a Tallship, big ships, small ships, stand-up paddle-boards, a marine fashion show, and feet, lots of legs and feet, and shoes, some with feet in, some without - oh, and a foot archer!

To see my pictures of the Southampton Boat Show 16th-25th September 2016, click on the link below:-

The picture at the top shows Orissa, the Foot Archer, performing on stage at 15:40 on Friday 23rd September 2016, at the Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire.

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Mating Spiders.


I'm not keen on spiders, but if they're very small and there's distance between us, I can generally find the courage to watch and photograph them.  A pane of glass separated me from this mating couple, so I had a ringside view and took pictures before during and after - the entire episode lasted for one minute, before they separated and scuttled back to opposite corners of the window.

They're called Zygiella x-notata, common throughout the UK and frequently found on window frames.  Actual size 7mm to 11mm (quarter of an inch to a scant half inch).

The picture at the top shows the spiders before mating, at 18:14 on Thursday 1st September 2016, at home in Hythe, Hampshire.  To see more of my mating spider pictures, click on the link below:-

To read about Zygiella x-notata (missing sector spiders, missing sector orb weavers, or silver-sided sector spiders), click on the links below:-

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My August 2016 In Pictures - Fruit & Flowers.


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The picture at the top shows a Globe thistle (Echinops), at 15:54 on Monday 1st August 2016, at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Oadby, Leicestershire.

The picture at the bottom shows a Victorian earthenware apple, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 09:31. (The apple was made by Bretby Art Pottery, Woodville, Derbyshire, England, circa 1890.)

To read about Globe thistles (Echinops), click on the link below:-

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

My August 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows Seafaring Zebra (one of 47 Zany Zebra sculptures on display throughout Southampton until 24th September 2016), at 16:17 on Friday 26th August 2016, Platform road, Southampton, Hampshire.

To read about the Zany Zebra sculptures, click on the link below:-
http://zanyzebras.org.uk

Monday, 8 August 2016

My July 2016 In Pictures - Grass.


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The picture at the top shows Common wild-oat grass (and a head of wild fennel), at 09:01 on Saturday 23rd July 2016, Hythe foreshore, Hampshire.

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

My July 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows the full moon on Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 20:48 on a balmy summer evening, looking down Southampton Water towards the Solent, from Hythe, Hampshire.

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Leaves and Georgia O'Keeffe.


Two photographed leaves start turning into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting! Maybe my subconscious had been influenced by press coverage of the current Georgia O'Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern.

The picture at the top shows my photograph of two leaves, at Jones Lane Allotments, Hythe, Hampshire, at 15:32 on Monday 18th July 2016.

To see the Georgia O'Keeffe 1928 painting '2 Yellow Leaves', click on the link:-

To read about the Georgia O'Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern, London SE1, click on the link below:-

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My New Wet Weather Shoes - Tracey Neuls.


When this hot spell ends, it's sure to rain again and I'll be ready with my new wet weather shoes from Tracey Neuls, Marylebone Lane, London W1. My favourite shoe shop. My kind of shoe. AND they have a reflective tab at the back to light up when I'm on my bicycle! How could I resist?

The picture at the top shows my new Tracey Neuls wet weather shoes, Geek Derby Black Tarmac (described by the London Design Museum as 'a beautiful shoe for an active life'), photographed in sumptuous black & white, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, at 12:28 on Thursday 21st July 2016.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

My June 2016 In Pictures - Lost and Found.


A lost ball is photographed and turns into a Jeff Koons sculpture!

The Jeff Koons 1985 sculpture 'One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank' sold for $15,285,000 (that's fifteen million, two hundred and eighty five thousand dollars!!) in May 2016, at Christie's New York 'Bound to Fail' themed sale, curated by the irrepressible contemporary art specialist Loïc Gouzer.

Click on the links below to read about the Jeff Koons 'One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank' sculpture, and the Christie's 'Bound to Fail' auction:-

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The picture at the top shows the rubber ball, on Hythe foreshore, Hampshire, at 11:02 on Monday 6th June 2016.

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

My June 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture shows a colourful building-work hoarding and wild Red Valerian, seen through the railings of an underground car park, Oadby, Leicestershire, at 16:47 on Tuesday 21st June 2016.

Click on the link below to read about Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber):-

Sunday, 19 June 2016

My New Tracey Neuls Shoes.


My idea of a summer shoe.  A gift to myself last Wednesday, as just recompense for a two-and-a-half hour dental appointment!  I confess to being slightly Liz Lemon about my feet ("I'll have you know that I wore sandals this summer... over socks... in a dream"), but that's another story...

The pictures show my new Tracey Neuls shoes, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Saturday 18th June 2016 at 20:20, lit by the setting sun (which accounts for the almost sepia tint).

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My May 2016 In Pictures - Tulips.


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The picture at the top shows an elegance of pink tulips, Knighton Park, Leicestershire, at 10:03 on Sunday 8th May 2016.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My May 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows a Dandelion clock, The Grove Garden, Hythe, Hampshire, at 14:42 on Monday 16th May 2016.

Click on the link below to read about the Dandelion (Taraxacum):-

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

My April 2016 In Pictures - Multicolours.


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The picture at the top shows Port lights reflected in Southampton Water, seen from, Hythe, Hampshire, at 21:35 on Monday 11th April 2016.

Click on the link below to read about The Port of Southampton, Hampshire:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Southampton

Saturday, 30 April 2016

My April 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows a robin perched on a headstone in St John's Churchyard, Hythe, Hampshire, at 11:20 on Sunday 24th April 2016.  Pure serendipity and a fitting tribute to my father, Arthur Anthony Vale, 22.07.22-24.04.13.  RIP Dad.  Love you.

Click on the link below to read about the Robin (Erithacus rubecula):-

Friday, 15 April 2016

Southampton to London Waterloo.


A day trip to London wouldn't be complete without a souvenir to take home, and a few photos of course.  Click on the link below to take a look:-

The picture at the top shows a petit sac of Financier cakes (caramel and plain), from Pierre Marcolini, 37 Marylebone High Street, London W1, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, at 09:06 on Thursday 31st March 2016, the day after I bought them and shortly before they were eaten!  Mmm...

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Monday, 4 April 2016

My March 2016 In Pictures - Blue.


I chose Blue for my March photo challenge.  Click on the link to take a look.

The picture at the top shows one of my favourite blue flowers, a winsome Winter Windflower! at 10:33 on Wednesday 16th March 2016, Oadby, Leicestershire.

To read about the Winter Windflower (Anemone blanda), click on the link:-
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=127

Thursday, 31 March 2016

My March 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows a beautiful border of blue bulbs! (Glory-of-the-snow), Uplands Road, Oadby, Leicestershire, at 17:37 on Monday 14th March 2016.  (I just love blue flowers.)

To read about Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa), click on the link below:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chionodoxa

Friday, 25 March 2016

My #challengeonnaturephotography Pictures - The Outtakes.


Following on from my Facebook #challengeonnaturephotography pictures, here are the seven photos that didn't make the final cut - the outtakes.  Click on the link below to take a look.

The picture above was taken at Watermead Country Park, Birstall, Leicestershire, at 14:48 on Saturday 29th November 2014, and shows a flock of birds taking flight over Finger Lake.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

My #challengeonnaturephotography Pictures.


I was recently nominated by a Facebook friend, to take part in the #challengeonnaturephotography - posting a picture a day for seven days. And I really enjoyed it. Click on the link below to take a look at my seven pictures:-

The picture above (the sixth of my seven photos) was taken at Calshot Spit, Hampshire, at 15:31 on a stormy Friday 4th September 2015, and shows a gathering of ominous-looking clouds over Southampton Water, looking from Calshot towards Portsmouth and the Solent.

To read about Calshot Spit, Hampshire, click on the link below:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calshot_Spit

Sunday, 6 March 2016

My February 2016 In Pictures - Orange.


I settled on the colour orange for my February photo challenge.  Click on the link to take a look:-

The picture shows close-up detail on the side of a building waste skip, Hythe, Hampshire, at 10:47 on Sunday 7th February 2016.  Brown is the new orange!

Monday, 29 February 2016

My February 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows a Tom Dixon designed 'London Brick' box of Pierre Marcolini chocolates, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Monday 15th February 2016 at 10:13.  A Valentine's Day gift from me to myself - purely for the box, you understand!

The picture at the bottom shows the Pierre Marcolini chocolates inside the box, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Tuesday 16th February 2016 at 12:08. Mmmm.......

To read about Pierre Marcolini chocolates, click on the link below:-

To read about the Pierre Marcolini & Tom Dixon collaboration, click on the link:-
http://www.elledecoration.co.uk/news/tom-dixon-for-pierre-marcolini/


Saturday, 27 February 2016

Lisbon 2015.


Lisbon, Portugal, the fifth and final port of call on my Christmas Cruise aboard MS Queen Victoria (see my blog dated Monday 18th January 2016).

The picture shows the 25th of April Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal, at 08:20 on Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December 2015.  (Opened in 1966, the bridge spans the River Tagus and is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world.)

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Gran Canaria 2015.


Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, the fourth port of call on my Christmas Cruise aboard MS Queen Victoria (see my blog dated Monday 18th January 2016).

The picture shows cruise ship Queen Victoria arriving at the Port of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, at 08:05 on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December 2015.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Tenerife 2015.


Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands and the third port of call on my Christmas Cruise aboard MS Queen Victoria (see my blog dated Monday 18th January 2016).

The picture shows cruise ship Queen Victoria arriving at the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, at 07:30 on Wednesday 23rd December 2015.

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Friday, 19 February 2016

La Palma 2015.


La Palma, the most northwesterly of the seven Canary Islands, the greenest, and the second port of call on my Christmas Cruise aboard MS Queen Victoria (see my blog dated Monday 18th January 2016).

The picture shows the Port of Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, at 10:10 on Tuesday 22nd December 2015.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Madeira 2015.


Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - the first port of call on my Christmas Cruise aboard MS Queen Victoria (see my blog dated Monday 18th January 2016).

The picture shows the Island of Madeira, Portugal, at 10:54 on Monday 21st December 2015.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

My January 2016 In Pictures - More Numbers.


So many numbers in the world! Click on the link below to look at a few more:-

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The photo at the top shows a house number, Chelsea, London SW3, at 14:56 on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

My January 2016 In Pictures - Numbers.


Thinking about shape for my January pictures, led me to consider figures and then numbers, so that's what I photographed for my monthly challenge.

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The picture at the top shows a crushed can, Alexandra Road, Hythe, Hampshire, at 15:00 on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

My January 2016 In Pictures.


For my January pictures, I concentrated on shape.  Click on the link to take a look:-
http://susanvale.tumblr.com/post/138413275187/my-january-2016-in-pictures-click-on-a-picture

The picture at the top shows winter sunshine bursting through a street lamp, Hythe Marina, Hampshire, at 14:40 on Thursday 14th January 2016.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Queen Victoria Christmas Cruise 2015.


A couple of weeks on board Queen Victoria nicely wrapped-up Christmas for me. No pre-Christmas rush, no Christmas rumpus, no post-Christmas recriminations.  Instead I cruised to the Canaries and dipped in and out of Christmas whenever I fancied.  Twelve nights, 17th to 29th December, round trip from Southampton, calling at Madeira, Santa Cruz, La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lisbon.  Wonderful.  I even managed to weather the Force-9 strong gale and 12-metre swell in the Bay of Biscay on day two!

To see My Pictures On Board MS Queen Victoria 17th to 29th December 2015, click on the link below:-

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The photo at the top shows the Force-9 strong gale & 12-metre swell in the Bay of Biscay, North Atlantic Ocean, southbound for Madeira, Portugal, aboard MS Queen  Victoria, at 14:18 on Saturday 19th December 2015.