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August was“August was….. the month I turned 46. It was hot, busy, hectic, full of distractions, but also magical and full of new adventure. I loved checking in each day with the group and seeing what my prompt was for that day. It’s been a great month of focus through the lens and I’ve managed to keep up and keep posting which is an achievement in itself.”

It’s early and I’m sitting here drinking rich hot chocolate and watching the sun rise over the hills opposite.  Hills that already look incredibly autumnal in colour due to the relentless hot, dry weather we’ve been having.  Autumn must be on the way though as this is the first morning I’ve gone in the cupboard and pulled out something warmer to wear over my shorts and vest.

I’m almost breathing a sigh of relief at the thought of some cooler weather although the temperatures don’t look like they’ll be dropping below thirty this week.

August was hot.  Really hot.  Mid to high thirties mostly and hardly any rain.  I can’t remember the last time it rained.  The earth is brown and dry and everything seems to be dying.  The trees are shedding their leaves in a last-ditch attempt to hold on before the autumn rains.

August was busy.  Very busy.  Work was constant, hot, sweaty and relentless.  Like the weather.  Not a lot of free time and a lot to fit into every day.  The only relief being cool dips in the river a couple of times a day, battling to swim upstream against the current as far as possible and then just letting go and getting carried downstream again.

August was also the month I turned forty-six.  How did that happen?  I actually managed to sneak a day off which was wonderful and Running Boy and I took to the hills for a walk and picnic followed by lying full-length in the river in our underwear on the way back.

August was also a magical month as I signed up for Susannah Conway’s August Break which, if you’re not familiar, is an online photo challenge.  Each day there is a photo prompt and you are encouraged to share the photos on your blog or on Facebook or Instagram.  I don’t have Instagram and none of my photos made it onto my blog as I just didn’t have time, but I did manage to post my photos each day to the Facebook group.  This was something new for me.  I am notorious for signing up for things, starting things and never finishing.  But the feel of community and the gentle support of the group kept me going.

What this meant was that in the hectic month of August with all its distractions, I managed to keep some focus.  Just one photo each day.  It was like a daily ritual that kept me grounded and stopped the over-riding stress from becoming a problem.  Just a few minutes of creative focus each day and checking in with the group.  It was like a wonderful soothing balm for the soul.

I’m posting some of my favourite shots below with the prompts.  Hope you like them!  I’d love to hear your thoughts so please head down to the comments.  Have you taken part in something like this?  How did it make you feel?

Green

Green

Red

Red

Today is...

Today is…

Sweetness

Sweetness

Beneath my feet

Beneath my feet

Favourite taste

Favourite taste

Clouds

Clouds

My face

My face

Five years ago

Five years ago

My hands

My hands

Love is...

Love is…

I am....

I am….

Three

Three

6 o'clock

6 o’clock

Leaf

Leaf

Oranges

Oranges

Peaceful

Peaceful

Hope your August was full of beautiful distraction ♥

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4 Comments

Justin · September 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

I like your photos Elizabeth, the simplicity of the subjects & composition especially. It makes me realise that maybe too often I ‘over-engineer’ my compositions, when (as with yours) there is most likely more than enough between the elements of the subject, form & colour to satiate the eye. Lovely exposures all of them, very refreshing. Thanks!

    elizabeth · September 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Justin. Kind words indeed. I like to keep things simple and I am not great at the technical side of things so simplicity works well for me. It also helps to have a prompt as I tend to come up with things I would never have thought of otherwise.

seabluelee · September 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Wonderful post! I love your collage with the superimposed heart, and enjoyed your August Break photos all month long. I see a couple here that I missed on Facebook! Your work is beautiful, and I agree with Justin about the simplicity and composition. It speaks to me, too.

    elizabeth · September 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hello! Thanks so much for leaving a comment and thank you for your kind words about my photos – I really enjoyed the challenge of the August Break and look forward to taking part in more. I think my mind needs to the focus of a prompt to really get me thinking about what I am photographing, otherwise I can be a bit vague 🙂

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