the journey of a budding author


Weekly photo challenge: Blur

At a charity event a few years ago, I saw something I had never seen before! A fire eater. I was fascinated at his dash and daring and naturally took lots of photos! At first, however I was quite disappointed about the quality of the pics. My settings were off for both the lack of light and the movement. However, the more I examined them, the more I realised that it was precisely that blurred quality that gave the photos a sense of movement and drama.


Fire eater

Fire eater

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale
My search for the Nile Meter in my photo records for last week’s challenge, highlighted our 2008 trip to Egypt and so the project for this week, SCALE, was just a small leap for me. The grand scale of Egyptian monuments is overwhelming when you see them in person. Photos don’t give a hint of their splendour. And one has to remember that when they were first built aeons ago they far surpassed the majesty that so impresses us in these days. Much of what we see nowadays has been restored from piles of rubble. Many of the extraordinary buildings had to be dug from the sand, or reconstructed as far as they could. Much of the stone had disappeared, used in commonplace structures of the centuries, but archaeologists have done a marvelous work in recreating to some degree the wonders of ancient Egypt. These photographs are of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Luxor o1-Egypt 1 cairo to Aswan Elaine 0941-Egypt 1 cairo to Aswan Elaine 095
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Weekly Photo Challenge : Depth

Some years ago, we went on an extraordinary journey down the Nile. I have been fascinated by Egypt since I was a teenager so this cruise was a dream come true. Amongst all the wonders, we came across was this rather pedestrian-looking well. However it was explained to us that what the purpose of it was to measure the rise and fall of the very life source of Egypt. I quote, ” Given the importance of the Nile flooding [9] and its regular returns, it is no wonder that the Egyptians began measuring the rise probably even before historic times in order to predict the harvest. At first these records were little more than marks on the river bank, but later marked stairs, pillars or wells were built and records of the measurements kept. The most important nilometer lay on the island of Elephantine, others were built at different times at Philae, Edfu, Khenu, Memphis, Heliopolis, Buto and other places [4]” This particular Nile metre is at Kom Ombo in the south near Aswan.

Nile meter in Egypt.

Nile meter in Egypt.
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Originally posted on booksdefineme:

I am re-blogging this post for my daughter Natalie and son-in-law Steve who are basking in the beauty of Paris at the moment!

Old, yet still beautiful;

World-weary yet never tired.

You sing a siren song

To entice the unwary to your breast.

From the ends of the earth

They hear your seductive call

And come to drink deeply

Of the heady wine of your presence;

To eat at your table where

All their lusts will be fulfilled.

And when they leave


To you it matters not whether they stay or go.

A heartless mistress,

You blink your heavy-lidded

Eyes and turn away with

Careless lifted shoulder

As they depart with aching hearts

To dream forever of returning

One more time to


Copyright Elaine Young 2012

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I can’t help myself. This week’s challenge is Warmth and while the Northern hemisphere is freezing, I thought I’d post a photo of something to encourage you to look to the future. SUMMER IS COMING!

Mad Dogs and Englishmen (and women)go out in the midday sun

Mad Dogs and Englishmen (and women)go out in the midday sun

This was taken at Brighton Pier England a couple of years ago. The mercury reached up to 40 degrees centigrade that summer! I often wonder about the woman in the front. And all the other crazies in the deck chairs soaking up the sun. Were they hospitalised for severe sunstroke?
I live in the Southern Hemisphere and we know that the sun isn’t the friend it used to be. But the English… All they need is a brushing with a tasty baste!

Warmth indeed! Take care when the snow melts and the freeze is forgotten and you are off on your vacation.


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