Top hat

Top hat

I have no idea who this is or what role he fulfills. I don’t recall seeing him in the parade in previous years. Maybe my memory is failing me. Anyway, I thought he was very elegant and presented a good photo opportunity.

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I’ve converted this one to B&W, because the image seems to have an ageless quality.

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Flag bearer

Flag bearer

I don’t know who this man is, but he is a regular in the parade. I suppose that he’s one of the Carters. I admire the dedication that people like this show to this community event. I guess it’s easy to be a member of an organisation or a community without getting involved. Showing up matters.

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The parade has stopped when I took this shot (so it should have been a bit better). Ideally, I’d have liked a different background. But, sometimes you just have to take what’s on offer.

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The Captain

The Captain

Another part of the tradition of Marymass is the selection of a Captain. The captain is chosen from the membership of the Carters Society. Unlike the Queen (see yesterday’s entry) you can be Captain on more than one occasion.

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I’d like to have the chance to take most of these photos again (and I probably will.. next year). I’d like to zoom in on the faces a bit more.

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Queen for a day

Queen for a day

At the weekend, I returned to the town where I grew up. This visit has become a tradition to celebrate a tradition. Every August there is a celebration/week-long event known as Marymass. part of the tradition is to choose a young woman form one of the local secondary schools to be the Queen. Four others are chosen to be her “Marys”. (It has links to Mary Queen of Scots. If you want to know more you’d be better to look it up!)

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This year the Queen was radiant. She was smiling every time that I saw her, and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying her day.

i wonder how she’ll remember it in years to come?

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Raindrops on … hydrangea #1 

Raindrops on … hydrangea #1

Of all the photos that I’ve posted this week, I think this one shows what I was trying to capture. I love the way that the sunlight makes the raindrops sparkle. And, I love the simple, elegant structure of the hydrangea flower. For me, it’s stunningly beautiful.

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This image is straight out of the camera. Just the way I like it!

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Raindrops on… Scabious

Raindrops on… Scabious

Most of the photos in this series were taken within a 10-minute burst of activity – between showers. I knew the opportunity was there, and I had to seize it when the weather conditions changed. I was keen to capture the raindrops when the sun was shining. I think I managed that with most of them.

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