Fototriss 209 – Togetherness

This week offers an extended Fototriss challenge on the theme of togetherness, community, companionship… Outside my kitchen window I have a community of Eurasian tree sparrows, about 50 birds in all, hogging the feeding troughs as best they can, often moving en masse as if the flock is an individual in its own right…

Fascinating – and often amusing – to watch!




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Fototriss 207 – Couples

Not quite my kettle of fish… but as it happened, I spent part of Saturday with someone who has recently adopted a couple of Beauceron dogs. Beautiful, beautiful dogs… 🙂

Hence, allow me to introduce Alizee and Gorm for this week’s Fototriss theme, “Couples”.




And Coolstuff are back this week as sponsors for another competition.

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Fototriss 205 – Close to my heart

I’ve been a rare visitor in the blogosphere for a while, because other things have taken up too much of my time.

This week’s Fototrisss theme, however, asks us to show something close to our hearts, and having just been a little brutally brought face to face with the possibility of losing him a lot earier than I had thought, I have to admit that in some senses there is no one closer to my heart than this little guy…




Helena is once more hosting a competition with this Fototriss challenge and there’s a new sponsor this time; travel agents Ving. Looking at their offered destinations, I realise that I never did get to go to Ireland, although I’ve planned to since I was a child… 🙂

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Fototriss 202 – Sports, leisure and play

Oh, the drab, dreary greyness of this weekend…

Fototriss themed us “Sports, leisure and play” this week, so I took a leisurely stroll out to the sports facilities here to find some horses to play with.

I could hardly see them in the fog.

Although I wanted to be a sport about it, the light was so bad that I decided eventually to go with what I had, and to play around with the shots in Photoshop at my leisure.

A reflection of the mood of the day, perhaps…

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Fototriss 200 – Details


Winter has arrived, and the whiteness brings out detail…
Seeds and berries left in stasis, small and still in the winter cold.


Amazing to think that in a few months’ time, these tiny seeds will be the genesis of that explosion of life that we call spring…


… or that, even before that, they may make the differece between life and death…


… as when the land freezes, birds come to feed off the remains of the summer; their means of survival in a sterile land…

Amazing, isn’t it?

This is the 200-challenges-jubilee of Fototriss, celebrated in style with a competition where faithful sponsor Coolstuff has doubled the prizes! That’s a little amazing, too… 😉

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