Sam’s Ses Challenge #9: Deliver

Welcome to this week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I pick a word or phrase as the theme for the week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with this week’s challenge.  Don’t know who the Ses are?… click here to find out.

Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Visit the main Sam’s Ses Challenge page to learn more.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be certain Sam and I get to see it.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Deliver.

Here’s my contribution:

img_9538The Hook Norton Brewery has been crafting beer in the English Cotswolds since 1849.

The main Hook Norton Brewery building

The main Hook Norton Brewery building

Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery

For all but 35 of those years (between 1950 and 1985), Hooky has been delivered to local pubs by the brewery’s shire horse drawn dray.

Hanging out with two of Hooky's four shire horses

Hanging out with two of Hooky’s four shire horses

The shire horses and dray outside the Pear Tree Inn in Hook Norton village

The shire horses and dray outside the Pear Tree Inn in Hook Norton village

Talk about a Good Match…  the shire horses and dray look perfect together, and provide a wonderfully nostalgic glimpse of a less frantic time.

Drayman Roger Hughes with two of his workmates

Drayman Roger Hughes with two of his workmates

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo theme A Good Match from Ben of  The Daily Post.

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The Views From Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius has to be one of the most famous volcanoes on Earth. Of course, what it’s most famous for is the destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii (and four other towns) in AD79.

Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii

img_2042The views from the top of Vesuvius, at around 4200 feet above sea level, are stunning. To the south, they include the archaeological excavation at Pompeii (once you get your eye in).

The view south from the top of Vesuvius

The view south from the top of Vesuvius

The ruins of Pompeii

The ruins of Pompeii

To the east, is the city of Naples and, closer at hand, the modern towns of Ercolano and Torre del Greco. The Roman predecessors of Ercolano (called Herculaneum) and Torre del Greco were two of the other towns destroyed by the same eruption that buried Pompeii. I hope to be visiting Herculaneum in April.

Torre del Greco and the Bay of Naples

Torre del Greco and the Bay of Naples

Ercolano (left) and Naples in the distance

Ercolano (left) and Naples in the distance

Fun with horizons

Fun with horizons

Of course, standing on the top of Vesuvius, there’s another type of view. One much closer at hand, but no less impressive: down into the volcano’s crater.

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Sulphur deposits inside the crater

Sulphur deposits inside the crater

A fumarole, releasing volcanic gasses and steam

A fumarole, releasing volcanic gasses and steam

It’s possible to drive up into the Valle del Gigante (Giant’s Valley), which lies between the rim of the older crater of Mount Somma and the more recent cone of Mount Vesuvius. But the last part of the climb must be made on foot.

Valle del Gigante and the crater rim of Mount Somma

Valle del Gigante and the crater rim of Mount Somma

The path up to the summit of Vesuvius

The path up to the summit of Vesuvius

Looking back into Valle del Gigante

Looking back into Valle del Gigante

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Looking Down on Things from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, and also Cee’s Which Way Challenge and Jo’s Monday Walk.

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #8: Weather

Welcome to this week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I pick a word or phrase as the theme for the week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with this week’s challenge.  Don’t know who the Ses are?… click here to find out.

Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Visit the main Sam’s Ses Challenge page to learn more.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Weather.

Here’s my contribution:

Dawn with a view of Denali (aka Mount McKinley)

Dawn with a view of Denali (aka Mount McKinley)

When we began planning our visit to Alaska, seeing Denali (aka Mount McKinley) was one of the first things to make it onto my must-see list.  I mean, how could you get that close and not go and see the highest mountain in North America?

Yet as we approached Talkeetna, at the foot of the Alaska Range that includes Denali, this was the view that greeted us:

Denail's out there somewhere

Denail’s out there somewhere

The whole Alaska range was completely obscured by clouds. And the weather forecast for the next day predicted more of the same, plus a whole lot of rain. In other words, there was no chance we were going to set eyes on the mountain we’d come so far to see.

So imagine our joy the next morning when, against the odds, we awoke to bright blue skies. We jumped out of bed, to get a view of the mountain before the clouds rolled in, but the skies remained clear well into the afternoon.

That's more like it!

That’s more like it!

The whole Alaska Range

The whole Alaska Range

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Denali, the highest mountain in North America

Denali, the highest mountain in North America

We really took the good weather with us that day!

We even saw one of the local residents that lucky morning.

We even saw one of the local residents that lucky morning.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo theme Against the Odds from The Daily Post.

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Marlon Brando in Valparaiso

The UNESCO World Heritage district of Valparaiso in Chile is literally covered in graffiti. But the talented, artistic kind (mostly). It’s everywhere.

Big and small.

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outsideinsideAnd it’s constantly changing. So that many of the pieces I featured in my 2015 post The Murals of Valparaiso, have since been modified or even painted over.

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2015

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2016

But if it wasn’t for Sebastian, our 2016 guide in Valparaiso, I wouldn’t have even noticed what instantly became my favourite piece of street art ever!

When Sebastian first brought our attention to the black and white painting below, I couldn’t make any sense of it at all. It appeared just to be some abstract white squiggles on a dark background. Writhing snakes perhaps. Or worms?

dsc_3312Then he told us to look at the image through a mobile phone. And it was like magic! The small version of artwork made it clear what the artist was portraying.

dsc_3311Yet even standing there, with both the full-sized graffiti and the miniature digital version, it still took me several seconds to get my eye in, so I could make out on the wall what I was seeing on the screen. Talk about clever!

Can you make out the face of Marlon Brando?

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Things that Look like Faces from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Eyes from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?, and Details from Nancy Merrill Photography.

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #7: Circle

Welcome to this week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with this week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Click here to learn more.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Circle.

Here’s my contribution:

img_0001The stones in the photo above form part of a Neolithic monument called Long Meg and her Daughters in Cumbria, northern England. Long Meg is a 12-foot-high standing stone, located beside a circle of smaller stones (her daughters),  which measures about 350 feet in diameter.

Legend has it that Meg was a witch and that she and her daughters were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath.

Below are a few more photos taken when we paid our respects to Long Meg and her Daughters a couple of weeks ago. At this time of year, the early morning Sun stays low in the sky, casting some wonderful shadows even longer than Meg herself. And the approaching storm clouds (the rain set in not long after we left) just add to the magical atmosphere.

dsc_9922 dsc_9925 dsc_9927 dsc_9928 dsc_9937 img_0322This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by the photo theme Shadow from The Daily Post.

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Pelican Patrol Over Viña del Mar, Chile

The Roca Oceanica is located just north of Chile’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso. From its craggy slopes we saw this amazing flight of pelicans against the backdrop of the dramatic Dunas De Concón. Our local guide, Antonio, told us they were the whole Chilean Air Force. I’m not sure I believe him!

dsc_0851 dsc_0853 A little closer to Valparaiso, between the seaside towns of Viña del Mar and Concón, is the Peñon de Vida Marina Nature Reserve. There we saw yet more pelicans, together with a colony of sea lions, and a whole host of other coastal life.

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This post was inspired by the photo theme of Crawling or Flying from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

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Sam’s Ses Challenge #6: Friends

Welcome to Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I will pick a word or phrase as the theme for that week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with that week’s challenge. Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Click here to learn more.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Friends.

Here’s my contribution:

With some friends in Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Portia seems to be getting overexcited!

With some friends in Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Portia seems to be getting overexcited!

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be sure Sam and I get to see it.

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