Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Ten years of reasons to be glad (iolus)


This is another image I produced in Photoshop. I've used layers and some motion blur to give an impressionistic feel. It's a bed of gladioli, stately blooms with long colourful spikes of flowers, that were growing in the allotments in front of Salts Mill. They're kind of old-fashioned; I remember my grandma used to grow them in her garden. She used to call them 'gladdies'. Plenty of reasons to be glad... not least that it's my birthday today!

I also realise that I have now passed the ten year milestone for this blog. Ten years! How did that happen? When I started it in June 2009, my aim was simply to challenge myself: to take more photos, to take better photos, to take more notice of and learn more about my home village (Saltaire, which had recently been designated a World Heritage Site) and to learn how to compose a blog. I had not expected to fall in love so completely with the process and discipline of blogging. Nor did I foresee just how passionate I would become about photography or how that would open up the world to me, to learning and exploring. Nor did I realise that I'd make friends through blogging and through photography, some of whom have become really special to me. It's been (and still is) a genuine pleasure and a wonderful hobby. One day too, I guess, I'll be glad to look back on what is effectively my personal journal. It'll make me smile and remember all the good days. And if, as it seems, in the process I am making a few other folk smile sometimes, well, that's well worth it too, wouldn't you say?

7 comments:

  1. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Jennie! May your days always be glad ones.

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  2. Have a good birthday. Lovely image of dear old Glad - a friend of my mother's used to say she was going to see how Glad and Iris were getting on when she intended to do some gardening.

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  3. Happy Birthday Jenny - lovely impressionistic photo of the 'Glads'. I really enjoyed reading your summing up of your blog journey.

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  4. Happy birthday to you! I'm so glad I found your blog through another blogger's list that she followed. I've been searching through blogs as some of my old favorites have disappeared. I hope you keep on blogging and sharing your art.

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  5. Congratulations on the 10th Blog Birthday, Jenny. I read you every day!

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  6. I am so glad you started this project. Yes. Worthwhile to many others as well as you. Thanks.

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