Photophile: One who loves photography and carries a camera everywhere. Named after the biological term for an organism that loves light, or functions best in it.

Going Green in Barca

Going Green in Barca

I think these legs are probably green enough for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:Light Greens.

Let me know if you don’t think they are and I’ll just have to nip back to Barcelona to see if I can find anything greener……..YES PLEASE!!


Going Green Gothic Quarter Barcelona
Going Green in Barca ©HelenBushe


Why not click on the link and see what other green delights are to be found……


Which way? The Footpath or the Bridleway?

Which way? The Footpath or the Bridleway?

We enjoyed another couple of days in  the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District this week.

I took these pictures on the walk from Seathwaite to Styhead Ghyll. There is a sign in Seathwaite proclaiming it to be the wettest place in England….but hey….there was no rain that day and the sun came out later.

signpost Styhead bridleway Thorneythwaite Public footpath
Styhead 2 miles ©HelenBushe


High House Borrowdale Valley Cumbria
High House Bridge ©HelenBushe


To the Hills Styhead Cumria Borrowdale
Onwards and Upwards ©HelenBushe


Bridge at Styhead Cumbria Lake District
Over the Bridge and Through the Gate ©HelenBushe


Our Path Styhead Borrowdale valley Cumbria Lake District
Our Path ©Helenbushe 

This is my  post for Cee’s Weekly Which Way Photo Challenge. Why not click on the link and see posts from fellow bloggers around the world.


The Colour Purple

There’s a challenge for every photo and a photo for every challenge. (Well, almost all of the time)

When I saw this week’s Fun Foto Challenge from Cee:Purples, I remembered these photos of Hotspur House in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of Piccadilly Gardens – once home to busy textiles warehouses and even the occasional umbrella factory. Now, the red brick buildings with their New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent cafés, shops, bars, and cultural hotspots.

The Northern Quarter has become a destination in its own right, with the laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day transforming at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music. – Creative Tourist


Hotspur House
Hotspur House ©HelenBushe


business signs Hotspur House Northern Quarter Manchester
The Printers, The Publishers and The Pattern Card Makers ©HelenBushe



Edging towards Blue Sky

My photograph “Edging towards Blue Sky”  was taken from upstairs on an open double-decker bus travelling around Barcelona and it’s my post for WordPress Challenge:Edge.

Modern skyscraper building Barcelona edge
Edging towards Blue Sky ©HelenBushe

A Man with a Pipe

Whilst I’ve called this picture “A Man with a Pipe”, its correct name is “A Man with  a Dog”, as that what it shows in its entirety .

It’s a stainless steel statue inspired by the artist L.S. Lowry who often sketched the jetty from this viewpoint at Knott-End-on Sea.

Thank you Cee for this week’s B&W Challenge: Isolated Subjects


A Man with a Dog and a Pipe stainless steel statue of Lowry at Knott End
A Man with a Pipe ©HelenBushe

Green Wellies in the Gothic Quarter

We’ve just come back from a wonderful trip to the Catalonian city of Barcelona where we were lucky enough to bag  a hotel right in the middle of the Gothic Quarter.

Barcelona must be one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Art and design and colour are everywhere. From the amazing architecture of Antoni Gaudi for which the city is most famous to this quirky bench in a side street.

I’ve come back with enough photos on both camera memory cards and iPhone to keep me happily playing around with them for months. In fact, right now I’m a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of images that I haven’t got beyond looking at them and mentally retracing my steps through the city. We’re already planning a return visit.

I think this bench is sufficiently oddball for Cee’s Challenge this week. What do you think?


Green Wellies
Green Wellies ©HelenBushe





As a keen birdwatcher my word association with “feathers” has to be “birds”.

And what a lot of gear I seem to have needed to enjoy then simple pleasure of watching our feathered friends.

Over the years the equipment I carry around has evolved from

(a) binoculars

(b) binoculars and telescope

(c) binocular, bridge camera with zoom lens plus point and shoot camera attached to telescope by means of digiscoping kit

(d) binoculars, DSLR camera, 100-400 lens, macro lens, lens clamp for bird hide (or perhaps a monopod or a tripod)

And then it all got too heavy for me, so I’ve gone back to carrying only binoculars.

I’m just a birdwatcher again.  And how relaxing this is, though the telescope will come out again in winter as we live in an area well visited by migrant birds.

I’ve selected a few images from many hundreds for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

Little Egret Leighton Moss RSPB flight feathers
Little Egret ©HelenBushe


Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck ©HelenBushe


Young Swallow Wicken Fen
Young Swallow at Wicken Fen ©HelenBushe


Young Swallow (close up)
Young Swallow (close up) ©HelenBushe

I’m sure there will be so many different takes from bloggers all around the world on the theme of Feathers. You’ll find them by clicking on the icon below:



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