Archive for July, 2014

Far away

Some scenes seem to brim over with narrative potential.

I think this is one of them.

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A prisoner's labyrinth

In the A to Z of Becoming, the second “C” is CONNECT.

We connect all the time. This week, think of two ways in which we connect – connecting to others – we are highly social creatures; who could you connect with the week, and what kind of connection would you like to make with them?

Secondly, we connect up our experiences and our perceptions. This is one of the ways we make sense of our lives – by creating narratives of connections which help us to make sense of life.

This photo is of a labyrinth carved into the prison wall in a chateau in the eighteenth century. As we connect this labyrinth to others we know, as we think of other castles we have visited and we think of the person who might have created this particular labyrinth we create many stories.

Have you a story to tell from the connections in your own life to this labyrinth?

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Miroir d'eau Bordeaux


In Bordeaux there is a spectacle well worth waiting for – le miroir d’eau. It’s a large area which fills periodically with a thin layer of water and once the movement in the water settles down it make a giant mirror. The absolute best time to see it is just after the lights are turned on in the streets and surrounding buildings.

Really, it qualifies for the adjective “spectacular”

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Chateau D'Oleronne

Here’s a wee photography tip today – I always carry a tiny, flexible tripod in my bag so in a really low level lighting situation like this I can pop it on, sit on the ground and get a nice clear image like this. Without the tripod, I end up with very blurry photos in this light.

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Water steps

Key steps

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This little rock easily fitted into the palm of my hand but look at it! The rock itself has many layers of different colour and probably of different elements, then on top, there is layer after layer of different types of lichen and sea plants. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were little creatures living in there too, at least at one time, if not now.

I enjoyed looking at it, turning it this way and that, wondering about the incredible diversity I could see, and how all the elements of this little ecosystem might have interacted over the weeks, months and years gone by.

In some ways this is what our stories must look like, as we interact with others, live with others, and are changed by the events which occur in our lives.

If there is this degree of complexity in one little rock ecosystem, then the complex uniqueness of an individual life must be astonishing.

So why do we treat people as if they are not unique?

Why do we think we can isolate just one aspect of a complex life and influence that exclusively, and predictably?

That doesn’t make sense to me.

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As I watched the fireworks for the July 14th celebrations at Chateau d’Oleron, the moon began to rise over the horizon.

Moonrise over the Atlantic

As it rose, the light it cast over the sea grew stronger…

Moon rising lit water

And slowly changed from gold to silver….

Moonlight on water

As well as being beautiful, this fascinated me. Moonlight is reflected light, even though it looks like the moon is shining with its own light. Then the reflection of that reflected light on the water stretched for miles an miles.

The fireworks were spectacular too! But the constantly changing moonlight was completely amazing.

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What makes something seem beautiful to you?

Here are two photos I took this week which are completely different but both seem absolutely beautiful to me.


Old rope

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B for “back”. Back as in supporting, getting behind, cheering for……as in “I’ll back you up” or as we mean when we say “I’m right behind you”.

We are both supporters and at times we need to be supported.

In teams, or in groups, it is hard for a leader to lead, if they don’t have the backing of the team.

So, here is something to bring to your awareness this week. Think about backing in terms of support.

Who do you back? And how do you do that? What kind of support do you give?

And what about you? Are you being supported, being backed by others? Who backs you up, and how do they do that?

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Previously I’ve photographed sunflowers in the full brightness of a sunny day, but the other day I decided to take a photo much closer to sunset.

See how the colours and the light seem quite different…..at other times.

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