Saturday, 26 September 2009


We visited a local park this morning, with our daughter and grandchildren. Speckly-Woo! fed the ducks while the twins, Icky and Immy (see previous post), reclined in their buggy, taking it all in.

I thought it might be a good opportunity to get some interesting shots with my A640 Powershot, a camera that suits my 'happy snapper' tendencies.

I wandered off to see if anything presented itself in a form worthy of a photograph. The park is almost encircled by running water and that got me thinking about being contained, trapped even. As is often the case, when your thoughts are influenced by a theme, the perspective of your surroundings undergoes serious change.

Floral felons behind bars.

Reflections gripped by shadows.

A crooked house or the one that eventually wriggled away?

© 2009, copyright Martin T. Hodges


  1. Hi Martin

    so what are you feeling trapped by....

    the house reflection is a gingerbread house with candy cane roof...

    Tell me why you are a 'square sunshine' Martin...that is also boxed in....Hmmmmmm
    my counsellor's mind is never at rest....

    Happy days

  2. Hi Delwyn

    I guess 'trapped' might be a bit strong. It just struck me how everything within the park was contained, in the layout and design. And the park itself, encircled by the winding river.

    Square Sunshine is easily explained. I was drawing a picture with our eldest granddaughter and she insisted that the sun should be square. Who was I to question it? Oddly enough, that was a picture of a family in a park too!

    Glad you liked the house reflection. Something caused that ripple just as I took the shot. I could have waited ages for an effect like that.

  3. Love your photos, Martin. Especially liked the cottage reflected in the water. Given me an idea for a spooky story so thanks for that!

  4. Hi Sue

    Thank you for your comment about the photos. I very much appreciate it.

    Glad to have provided a little inspiration.

    Good luck with the spooky tale and do drop by again!

  5. That Wibbly house has really struck me Martin! Lovely photo's! Maybe an example of being in the right place at the right time, a second before or after and the shot would have been completely different!

  6. Rusty

    Thanks. So glad you like the photos.

    You know, I had this shot in the viewfinder and something disturbed the water as a clicked the shutter.

    Sometimes you just get lucky!

  7. If you ever get round to searching out my email address, I promise to 'talk back' when you leave a comment! Marion St John Webb should be re-introduced to kids and grown ups alike. The child like version of spelling, makes the poems really feel as though they come from the mouths of babes...
    Loved your park pics and ponderings in this post.

  8. Hi I popped over to say a quick hello and found myself staying longer than I planned. Your posts are a great read and I loved the one about your childhood - it sounded ideal. I think as we get older we start to look back so much to what shaped us and of course now you are enjoying an early retirement, you probably have more time to be pensive! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Glad you enjoyed the post and you live in a stunning part of the UK.

  9. Hi Jinksy

    You've stirred up my curiosity now and I'll have to investigate further, particularly with three young granddaughters in mind.

    So glad you liked the photos.

  10. Hi (MOB)

    Glad you dropped by and enjoyed some square sunshine.

    There's little doubt that now I'm off the hamster's wheel I see things very differently. But I'm happy with where I am. It's nice to glance back but our family keeps us looking forward.

    Yes, this area is stunning, although we spent almost 15 years living in Cornwall, so there's a strong pull westwards too.

  11. Hi. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such thoughtful comment. Appreciated!

  12. Hi Lakeviewer

    Thanks for dropping over to square sunshine. Your most welcome anytime.


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