u3a Eye Photographs 2023

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Since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown the Third Age Trust are running a now monthly project to encourage people to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time. They are going to post a different theme each month and invite u3a members to submit their photos on that topic.

This is not a competition and it is not about your photographic skill — what we want from you are interesting photos, possibly different ways of viewing things, anything which has captured your imagination or caught your eye.†The photograph must have been taken during or since the lockdown.

At the end of every month we will choose and publish up to 15 photos on an online gallery for each theme so that all members can enjoy the images. All you need to do to upload your photo is to click†here, complete the form and upload your image.

Click† here†for details of the current topic and selected photographs for past topics.

Since its inception, there have been 58 themes and 15 of our members between them have had 69 images chosen — a great achievement for this group.

Below are displayed the images that have been submitted by Balsall Common u3a photography group members in 2023 and been selected by the panel:

December 2023

"My new roof" by John Bolt

I was walking in the grounds of Baddesley Clinton when I saw this old shed. Several months later it had been restored and had a new roof.

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September 2023

"Aftermath of dredging the ditch" by Carolyn

We came across a farmer dredging his ditches and this is what he had unearthed. Sadly this is an all too common sight. Apologies for the gloomy subject but the bright blue bags looked so out of keeping with the pretty country lane.

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August 2023

"Whereís my dinner?" by Karen

Taken on a local walk in the park. Iíve watched the cygnets grow month by month so they know I bring food.

"In Anticipation of a sunny holiday" by Tina

With the awful summer weather we have had this year, I think everyone is in anticipation of some sunshine somewhere.

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June 2023

"Chastleton House" by Carolyn

An interesting perspective on the roofline of Chastleton House in the Cotswolds. The pure white clouds in the amazingly blue sky really sets the scene for a beautiful building. Taken on an iPhone.

"Patterns in the Sky" by Richard

I joined our local u3a photography group visit to the Midlands Airshow at Ragley Hall earlier this month, and was captivated by the aerial patterns made by the RAF parachute display team, the RAF Falcons, who are based locally at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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May 2023

"Yellow dog/Blue dog" by Carolyn

This unusual sculpture caught my eye especially with its Ukrainian colours. Taken on my iPhone.

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April 2023

"How Time Flies" by Tina Sheppard

I had been thinking about what photo to take for the theme of growth for a while, when I saw the grandchildren's wellies together with a pair of mine standing out on the patio, and it made me realise how quickly their feet grow. A perfect shot for the Theme.

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March 2023

"Up, Up and Away" by Karen Coates

Saw these 'baloons' on a journey back from Wales, followed them until we could park and get up close.

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February 2023

"Beach Hut Beauties" by Karen Coates

Photographed at Saltburn by the Sea. A different perspective looking through the line of huts with repeated colours and shapes.

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January 2023

"Textured Knits" by Karen Coates

It always amazes me how a ball of yarn wrapped round two needles and a little know how can be transformed into hundreds of different textured patterns.

"Texture Of Old Tree Trunk" by Peter Calver

The texture of old trees always seems to amaze.

"Cool Flower Hot Rock" by Tina Sheppard

I thought the soft petals of this flower against the harsh, rough volcanic stones in Tenerife, provided an interesting contrast of textures for this photograph.

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