Sunday, October 30, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt - October 2011

It's Photo Scavenger Hunt time again hasn't this month gone by so quickly? Thanks as always to Kathy at Postcards from the P.P. for coming up with the monthly challenges.  Here is a link to some of the other participating blogs.

I feel as if I haven't done very well this time, although I've found and photographed all the topics, I'm not satisfied with some of the results and feel that I could have done better.  Anyway here they are in no particular order......

Crunchy Leaves
and conkers collected on a leaf strewn walk at The Brampton in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  

A lovely Chestnut tree in the pleasure gardens at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.  The leaves looked so beautifully golden in the afternoon sun.

Candles illuminate some pom pom chrysanthemums in a vase on the table.

Harvested from our garden - we managed four in all two small and two larger ones.  I think we had more last year and they matured a little later than this year.  We used the same seed this year as last so next year we will buy new seed and see if we can grow some darker more orange pumpkins.

Something eerie
At Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, there is a bridge from the churchyard over an open passage way from the shop and cafe to the toilets.  As we walked across I looked over the wall and saw the figure on the ground below.  Was it meant to be there?  Was it in the process of being moved?  Was it real?  Was it a fake/backdrop for some sort of theatrical production or a display?  Why was it upside down?  It reminded me of  Henry Wallis's painting of the death of the tragic 18th century poet Thomas Chatterton  who, aptly for this topic, influenced some of the later Romantic and Gothic writers of the early 19th century. Very odd, very eerie!

A black cat
It's a regular visitor to the garden and despite its stern look is quite friendly.

 A River
The River Bollin as it runs by the side of Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire.  The water from the river was used to power the cotton looms in the mill.
Children learning about their heritage by  re-enacting the past at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire

Graffiti/street art
In an underpass in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  Official and unofficial  street art!

On the A50 near Uttoxeter

Taken from the garden on the evening of 26th October.  What a strange light it was,  a hectic mass of black swirling clouds tinged with deep gold.  It was constantly changing;  the gold seeming to celebrate the two quite lovely days that had gone before and the black forewarning of the next day's heavy rain.

A witch's hat/broomstick
Which one will you choose?  A selection of hats in the clearance sale at TKMax, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.  I like the orange and black one with the little curl on the back - in the middle of the top row.


  1. Hi Rosie,

    you should try out the tea room next time you visit the roaches, I'll happily join you for another of those cream teas, hehe!

    I've just posted my scavenger photos and feel just the same as you about them this month. I said something similar at the end of my post.

    our golden photos are similar! I used a golden tree from kedleston too. Dave is going to be working on The Brampton - when I was sat in the car reading, I was in the park there and thought it looked really nice - I was tempted to get out and sit on a bench there but it was a very windy day so I didn't! Is there a museum there? I saw one on the map but I wasn't sure exactly where it was.

    We looked at the very same witches hats when we were in Hanley last week! I quite liked the stripy one in the middle of that top shelf!

    I have really enjoyed your photos again, I love your candlelit chrysanthemums - very artistic - and the sunset.

  2. Hello Rosie, hope you're well!
    Lovely selections of subjects as always, very Halloween-y!
    Enjoy trick or treaters ringing your bell tomorrow ;-)

  3. I love your photos too. Funny how Louise felt the same.

  4. I think your photographs are all lovely, Rosie. I'm impressed with your home grown pumpkins, and the graffiti is great too. I've never taken a school party to Quarry Bank ... but I've been dressed up like that in other places. Great fun!
    I'm really disappointed with my photos this month.... I failed miserably on the halloween ones, and have had to resort to 'cheating'.

  5. I like the graffiti. When it is 'official' it can be quite attractive as street art.

    The sunset is beautiful too. Such rich colours!

    How funny that you are Roachling both captured golden leaves from Kedleston :)

  6. Great shots! I love those witchy hats!!!

  7. I think you did really well! The candlelit photo is my favourite and the eerie one is very creepy indeed! The witches hats are great too.

  8. I love your photos, the witches hats are brilliant.
    Anne xx

  9. Great photos. The eerie one is fantastic!

  10. These are the just the best! Really enjoyed your entries this month. I'm impressed you captured an actual cat...LOL!

  11. I think your photos are great! And I hope you bought a Witches hat! xxxx

  12. The swooning poet, clutching his breaking heart, is an image that will remain in my thoughts.


  13. Great photos Rosie. I really like the candle and the chrysanths.


  14. Am liking that eerie picture lots - I think thats the one that was the hardest to fine.

  15. A real black cat! The first I have seen on this month's scavengers.

  16. some really lovely photos here, love your basket of pumpkins!

  17. beautiful sunset photo and love the one of candlelit crysanths, very pretty. You did better than me - I didn't even manage all 12! x

  18. That really is eerie - what is he doing there? Great sunset too. I struggled with that one the most I think, despite it happening every day!
    Lovely pics, Ellen x

  19. Great photos. I particularly like the 'eerie' one - very weird!

  20. Love your photos. Those witches hats are really cute. I had wanted to take a picture of the neighborhood black cat for the scavenger hunt as she is always around but for October it was as if she knew I wanted to take a picture of her so she never came around. Of course early this morning she decided to pay a visit..

  21. I just want to rush off and try on all those hats, great collection but the hats one is my favourite

  22. Oh that sunset is glorious!

    It seems to be a theme this month that people either really struggled to take the photos or aren't happy with the results. I think both things always apply to my efforts but I plod on with it nonetheless.

  23. Another one on my wish list to visit - I have not been to the mill either yet. Love your cat he is very stern looking!

  24. Beautiful photos especially that sunset one, just gorgeous.

  25. Lovely photos. I can remember going to Quarry Bank when I was at school. Something to put on my list of to do's with my daughter.


  26. I don't know why you aren't happy with these Rosie, they are an excellent selection of photos and illustrate your themes really well. My favourite hat is the black one at the back next to yours:)