I know I'm not alone in saying this month's hunt was hard. Or rather, awkward. How exactly does one take a picture of an emergency vehicle without looking dodgy? I did what I could, here are my efforts this month:
1. A bicycle:
I loved the wicker baskets on this modern bike, snapped outside a car boot sale.
2. A butterfly:
Lots to choose from here as I visited Butterfly World last weekend, but even amongst all the big, bright, blousy specimens these small TRANSPARENT ones caught my imagination the most - I've never seen them before! Aren't they brilliant?
3. A Cartoon Character:
From a 1966 edition of an Asterix and Obelix annual.
4. A Portrait in Black & White:
Taken at Butterfly World, Grandma really really enjoyed it.
5. A Red Door:
Well, there were lots of nicer doors I could have got than this old shed door, but I just felt a bit ... dodgy ... taking pictures of strangers' front doors! (It was so sunny I couldn't see properly and didn't realise I'd caught my wild-haired shadow at the bottom).
6. A Sign of the Zodiac:
Pisces (koi carp).
7. A Street Light:
Would have preferred to get one lit up but this was the prettiest one I saw all month and it was in the middle of the day unfortunately.
8. An Emergency Vehicle:
Really didn't think I was going to be able to get one for this as I just couldn't envisage a situation where I might be able to do it without arousing suspicion, but then one evening came the (all too familiar round these parts) buzz of the police helicopter overhead and I seized my opportunity. On this occasion they were looking for a missing little boy rather than a criminal, and I'm pleased to report they found him (it was all over Facebook, people posting and reposting to look out for a little boy - technology is brilliant sometimes). I hope that if you click on this you might be able to see it's not just a speck!
9. An Interesting Local Building:
This is the old mortuary at Saltburn-by-the-Sea; it was built in 1881 to 'see to' the bodies of sailors which were frequently washed up there. Shockingly to me, it was still in use into the 1960s! The slab and everything is still inside (I've seen pictures from a Heritage Open Day a few years ago) and it's always given me the creeps since I was a little girl. Using a slow shutter speed I caught the ghostly image of a passing car to make it a bit more atmospheric.
10. Something Blue:
(Most of) the sky through a pretty window at Kirkleatham Hall.
Several different knitting stitches on my favourite cardie.
12. Think Vintage!:
This was my loot from the car boot sale on Sunday, an enormous table-cloth type thing (bottom) and several vintage pillowcases, £2 the lot. The top two were still in their original packaging. Almost makes up for the dress I bought for £2 only to get home and discover the zip is broken but I couldn't tell as it was flapping about so much in the wind.
May has been a busy old month for me and I think a few of these pics could be a bit more inspired - roll on June!
THANK YOU to the lovely Kathy for organising the fun, and to tell you that you can view everyone else's efforts in the Flickr group :)