Ailsa’s theme this week has left me with conflicting ideas. Go over and look at the photos she’s placed. Tulips, tulips everywhere! I’m sure you’ve all seen that poster stuck on a wall somewhere… the dare to be different one where a solitary yellow flower is stuck in a sea of red… well, Ailsa has captured quite a few such contrasts. I left a comment on her post… that I’d throw in a tulip or two as well. I was thinking of the photos I took a year ago on the first weekend I’d taken possession of the sparkling new Nikon… eeeer, the new toy had taken possession of me.
The, yesterday I jumped off the train at Maynooth. To see the boats and barges moored in the harbour. I was struck by a number of contrasts. Old versus new… steel against wood or the softer garden surroundings. Mostly though, I was struck by the contrast of big sky against the backdrop of what a canal harbour should look like.
So, in keeping with my idea of throwing in a few tulips I’ve created an extra contrast… flowers over boats. soft natural against hard man-made. There is a tenuous link though between the tulips and the boats. The photos of the tulips were taken in the garden of Mr Brown, not long after he passed away last year. I’ll never forget Mr Brown and his passion for his garden and the bit of land he owned along the Royal Canal. He was also looking forward to the days when boats and barges would be back using the Royal Canal again.
There you have it… my mind going in all sorts of directions… contrasts of a mental kind. I have to say though, I think I’m one up on Ailsa. How so? Well, as her themes are travel orientated I’ll point out the boats and cars in the photos, just in case you’ve missed them! OK, ok… I’ll go now… not before wishing you a great weekend, where ever you may be traveling in the next days.
While I was trying to get the gallery to do what I wanted it to do my GLW said I should include one of her dark sky photos. Yep! That would be great! Contrast of sky and water… dark sky! Thanks for sending on the pic… and as it’s unique I’ll give it pride of place! Enjoy…