Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

07 February 2007

Home from Tunbridge Wells...

Don't you just luuuuv blogger!!?!

I tried to get these photos on this morning, before work... failed miserably! On and off all day, I've had other goes, and still miserable results... Finally, I worked out what the problem was... blogger doesn't like my photos!!!

Well, not surprising really - I turned the camera up to maximum pixels, so that when you click on the photos on the blog here, you get full-page images, instead of those hole in the corner affairs! And, it appears, that blogger baulks at trying to load more than two of these at the time! Oh well... I can either stop posting so darned many (hey, maybe it would make them more individual, more special!) ooooorrrrr I can just be patient, and post them two at the time... which is probably what I'll do, because although some of the shots are similar, I like them for different reasons. For instance, the one above is identical to the one immediately below, but in the one above, you get the whole-sky fandango. In the one directly below, there's the up-close-and-personal full-colour wow factor... I like them both.

Yesterday, I went shopping in the local town, Tunbridge Wells (which has a bit of a rep in this country for being where 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' [signed at the end of letters to newspapers] comes from... you don't get so many guys like that there now, I don't think... but it is still slightly upmarket. I prefer Hastings for shopping - much cheaper, for the same brands, and if a product/ toy has run out everywhere else, chances are no-one in Hastings could afford it anyway, so they've usually got 'one last one left'!!

Anyway, back to the reason we went to TW - it was to get a cd I ordered several weeks ago for my eldest - Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - (he likes the classics, as well as many different modern/ popular musics) and it had come in a couple of weeks ago... I finally got round to fetching it after school only yesterday... I also stopped off at the local Julian Graves store and bought bombay mix, chilli crackers, honeycomb sweets, coconute mushrooms and many more goodies!!! These I was helping myself greedily to, when I noticed this lovely tinge in the sky. All along the dual carriageway, where there was nowhere to stop, I soaked up every glimpse, thinking it would be gone by the time I reached somewhere I could photograph it... but, (as my youngest would say in the choral voice of angels "Ahhh-aaah-aaah").

Going down the final lane to get home, I saw a gap in the trees and the hills, just opposite to a layby... so, obviously, I stopped and took the first photos. Then, closer to home, I stopped again by the reservoir... Ahhhh (I wish I could reproduce my daughter's lovely voice of angels, whenever anything goes unexpectedly right!) So, today you get to see them too... It's so good to have someone to share them with!!

And, unlike with professional photographers, you get to see all the shots, the different angles, that would normally end up on the cutting room floor! There's loads more, but these are my favourites...

Oh, I tried to go to several other blogs today, but for some reason couldn't leave comments (and elsewhere, I've written my long wordy comments, only to have blogger eat them! :-( ). So, if you haven't seen me around, it's because I couldn't get through...

Oh, and I just want to say...Yahay!

Congratulations That Frolicsome Kid!!!


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© Annelisa Christensen 12:25 am

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At February 07, 2007 3:56 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I love AL your sun pics, morning and night! I wonder if you could print and frame them to sell?
How can you set a camera at so many pixels? I thought it either came with so many or not?

At February 07, 2007 4:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your photos are so gorgeous (and poem inspiring as well.......) I left you some hankies, top and center girlfriend........that was the sweetest comment I've ever received......you brighten my day whenever you visit!!!


At February 07, 2007 12:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these photos. I've set one of them as my desktop background - hope you don't mind.

Thanks for brightening my day.

At February 07, 2007 12:08 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning, MOI, and thanks - I'm glad you like them.

Who would want buy the pictures, when you can simply go to the internet and take them? This is a question I asked myself when I started blogging - about the pics and poetry - and had to come to the conclusion that there'd always be people taking them and not giving credit... such is the way of the world. I ask to be told, purely for ego-boosting (works every time! :-D ).

I suppose I made the decision that, though money would be great, unless I witheld my stuff unless it was commercialised, it wouldn't be seen... and I want to share...

[but if anyone wants to donate a camera / video camera to me, I wouldn't say no... :-D )

And, re the pixels... when I bought my camera, I got the one with the hightest number of pixels I could afford (which was a meagre 4 million :-( ... now you could get a 6 million for the same price). It's ok, but not a very good quality for close-ups, or (as you could see) video.

It was only about a month ago I discovered it hadn't actually been turned up to the highest quality - I'd been so surprised that I could fit 300 photos on one memory card! I was messing with the buttons, and this choice of black & white came up (ehm... no... I hadn't read the manual... I rarely do :-( )Now, I can get about a third of the number I had before, but I could cut a big chunk off the outside (which I rarely get round to doing), and the quality is still usable (the little rainbow in the sky was one of the first times I discovered this was possible).

At February 07, 2007 12:19 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Darn, darn, darn! Is it just my comments that are being hungrily devoured by that comment monster?! This is the third attempt (luck I copied and pasted last time!! :-))

RDKitty - thanks - I hope you find the pics and poetry a bit of a pick-me-up!

I've made use of your tissues - I needed them reading your very moving pantoum!!

((hugs, sweetie!)) - hope things are improving...

At February 07, 2007 12:20 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Excellent! Thanks you so much Chopton! That's very gratifying for me too... to know you can enjoy it like that!

At February 07, 2007 12:26 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Oh wow, Annelisa! The water is really calm! =O The way it reflects the sky is just surreal! =)

Blogger dislike your photos? *gasp* How could they? =P

I never use the photo upload service provided by Blogger due to reviews by my fellow friends and other bloggers. It wasn't that good. What I do is to upload my images in Photobucket and all you have to do is use the <IMG> tag and voila, your pictures will appear in your blog post. It's simple and hassle free! ;) And of course, faster!

Unfortunately, the maximum image size you can upload is 1024 x 768 pixels; any higher and it will be resized. (Unless you pay £££ and go buy the Pro account). There's also a 1GB limit of total photos (it should be enough, I think) you can store.

It's efficient! You should try it instead on relying on Blogger's photo uploads. ;) Unfortunately, you have to resize the picture yourself if you want to put it at your blog posts (else it will be VERY BIG!) or generate a thumbnail, which is quite small for your beautiful pictures.

Yes, landscapes shot from different angles can really make a difference! =)

You bought some spices! =P

AND THANK YOU for the congratulatory message! =D I really appreciate it! Thanks a lot! =D

At February 07, 2007 12:28 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Oh by the way, annelisa, I too follow the copy and paste trick especially when writing long comments. There are many instances when Blogger devoured my comments. >=)

At February 07, 2007 1:52 pm, Blogger Katie said...

Your pictures are breathtaking !! So beautiful! Thank you Annelisa for sharing!!!

At February 07, 2007 3:51 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey, FK - coming down yet? :-D

Yes, I've thought of using another service to upload the vids... I might take that route, if I have the same problems again (and let my impatience rule :-) )

Although I'm not happy about the actual uploading, I've very happy with the pictures when they come on here - I like the way that, now they're bigger, you get the full effect of them!

Trouble is, with the number of photos I have, I wouldn't want to spend more time re-sizing them, either. I kind of like just being able to almost transfer them from my camera to the blog, with only a heartbeat in between on the pc... Rarely do I mess with them... the biggest exceptions were some of the earlier dusk shots.

Yes, I wouldn't be able to resist spicy food if I tried (which, believe me, I don't! :-D ) Very yummy... and my downfall!

The cut and paste thing... I couldn't believe how I forgot to do it twice yesterday! (or was it three times...?) and being as I tend not to be able to limit myself to a couple of words, that's very frustrating!!

At February 07, 2007 3:53 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey Katie! - You're welcome!

So, have you named your puppy yet? :-)

At February 07, 2007 8:30 pm, Blogger ann said...

blogger is always being a b*****!!!

I love your pics and between you and the others I am lost and totally blinded by the science of photography...

Haven't been to TW in yonks.

hope all's well ann xxxx

p.s. I posted a poem on Sunday about my problems with blogger and commenting...

At February 07, 2007 9:20 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Annelisa,
I was going to reply maybe two photos per post will do, then I saw photo 3, and 4, and 5, and 6

and was glad you took the time to put them all.
I think I might be falling in love with your digital camera, the places you take photos of ...
and well what can I possibly say of the green tinsel hair lady who the camera does hold.

Back to the pics - Awesome!
Makes me want more, more, more

At February 07, 2007 10:23 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oh, Ann, I meant to come see you, but keep getting side-tracked by the kids... coming to see your poem is the perfect time - I've got one going myself on the subject!! :-D

At February 07, 2007 10:30 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hello Quasar9... funny that I started this blog to publish my poetry, but I think poetry of visual nature is dominating... because it's so fantastic - who can beat some of the shows we are given!?! See the photos of the next post, if you don't believe me.

I'm not a professional photographer, so I only know what I like, but not necessarily which is the 'best' pic - so I'm leaving that up to readers to decide...

At February 07, 2007 11:01 pm, Blogger My Marrakech said...

Annelisa, speaking of pics, there's a little challenge for you on my blog....

At February 08, 2007 12:20 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oooo, Maryam... a mystery! I'll pop over right away (even though I was just heading for bed, I can't resist a challenge! :-) )

At February 08, 2007 11:36 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

You know what I think is great about you? (prepare yourself - compliment coming!) You remember little things about people and often ask about them or mention them in your replies etc. It makes all your messages personal - and therefore very much appreciated!

At February 08, 2007 11:58 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ooops, TC - you'll make me blush, giving compliments like that!

But, doesn't everyone do that? It's a conversation, isn't it? I'm sure you do... don't you? Yes, I'm sure you do!!

(I know, you know! :-D)


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