Weekly photo challenge: Colour

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My grandmother had definite ideas about colour. She used to say that pink and orange “screamed” at each other. I think it stemmed from the fact that she was blessed with thick auburn tresses and had been told she could never wear pink because it would clash with her hair! And did you ever hear the one: “Blue and green should never be seen”? That happens to be one of my very favorite colour combinations.

Thank goodness ideas about colour change over time.

I have written about my colour preferences in photography before. It’s fascinating to go through your archives and pay attention to what colours and combinations you are repeatedly drawn to and how you handle colour in your photography. I highly recommend it.

I have noted that I generally steer away from riotous mixtures of primary colour. Well, not always! The image above is a multi-coloured bougainvillea hedge that we pass all the time.  Yellow, red, pink, orange and purple flowers all coexist perfectly side by side. No screaming, no clashing!  (I do think the harmonious effect is helped by the shallow depth of field though…)

I added the colour storyboard at the bottom as part of the challenge for Week #11 of an online course I’m taking with Kim Klassen. I doubt this palette would have appealed to my grandmother…How about you?

Don’t forget to check the Daily Post for more colourful entries.

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in the Life…

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The day begins with a sunrise over the water

The challenge this week is to show a day in your life in pictures. Well, right now, I’m living on a sailboat in Florida with Bob and our two Westies, Angus and Charles. Like everybody else, we have no completely “typical” day, but there are parts to our routine that repeat themselves. This is what a day looks like when we’re at the dock in the marina. It would look quite different if we were on our way somewhere or anchored somewhere. We don’t have a lot of “things” with us so we live simply and enjoy all the small moments that make up our days. And when it’s time to go to bed, our home afloat rocks us gently to a deep, restful sleep.

My one and only selfie so far. Here’s me at home on Windsong II…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

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Little suggests “forward” to me as much as going through the lift bridges in a sailboat  on the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida!

This short video captures the experience better than words can. Come along with us for a minute or two…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40693064″>Going through lift bridges on the ICW</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user3740232″>Sherry Galey</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Weekly photo challenge: Kissed by the sun

You can’t tell from this photo but it’s 43 F or 6 Celsius at our marina in Florida today. Thankfully, we have a good heater in the boat to keep us toasty and cosy. But, it’s a bit chilly compared to the nice balmy weather we had been having. But not bad at all, compared to the weather back home…

The sky is blue and the sun is shining though, and in this image, I caught it kissing the top of our 55-foot mast. We throw kisses back at it. The warmer weather will return…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home afloat

Whenever you go somewhere that speaks to your soul, you are going home to yourself.

Martha Beck

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Windsong II, our sailboat, is my home afloat right now. It rocks us to sleep at night and cocoons us when the weather is wild. It takes us to see new places and allows us to meet new people who also love the boating life.

I love the light that streams through the companionway in the morning as we drink our steaming coffee and munch on our toasted English muffins and jelly. (In this case, it’s ginger jelly. Ginger is known to prevent seasickness, but that’s not why we eat it. It just tastes amazing.)

Practical note: The Tervis tumblers you see pictured here are double-walled so they keep liquids hot or cold much longer than other cups.

Weekly photo challenge: Unique

I don’t know why…I just thought a photo of a manatee lying on its back drinking water might be considered unique…but I guess it all depends on what your normal is, right?

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Visit my blog Two Salty Dogs for more on life on a sailboat in Florida. (Just click the pic.)

I normally live in Canada so I don’t see a lot of manatees. But when I’m living on a sailboat in Florida (like now) I tend to see them every once and a while.

Manatees take up residence primarily in Florida’s coastal waters during winter. They can also be found in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, and estuaries. Rarely do individuals venture into waters that are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

I love gentle creatures like elephants. Manatees are a large aquatic relative of the elephant and are very gentle too. They are slow moving and playful and have been known to body surf and barrel roll when playing.

Manatees are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin on which there is often a growth of algae. Their front flippers help them steer or sometimes crawl through shallow water. They also have powerful flat tails that help propel them through the water. They are herbivores and they eat marine and freshwater plants.

Manatees only breathe through their nostrils, since while they are underwater their mouths are occupied with eating! A manatee’s lungs are 2/3 the length of its body.

The leading human-caused threat to Florida manatees is collisions with watercraft, mostly powerboats. Propellers and boat hulls inflict serious or mortal wounds, and you often see manatees with a pattern of scars on their backs or tails after surviving collisions with boats. Scientists believe that unless this cause of death is curtailed, the manatee population will not recover.

There is a great effort to educate boaters about the dangers they present to manatees and I can only hope the message is getting through…These gentle giants were here first and we must learn to share the water with them.