Sunday 31 August 2008

Sea Fever


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song

and the white sail's shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea's face,

and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume,

and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull's way and the whale's way

where the wind's like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream

when the long trick's over.


~ Sea Fever By John Masefield (1878 -1967)

(English Poet Laureate ~ 1930 -1967)

Thursday 28 August 2008

Etsy Front Page

My Wood Peony picture was featured on the Etsy Front Page today.
Thanks to beadtwin for making the featured treasury

Monday 25 August 2008

Great Green Goodness

Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

~ William Shakespeare

Wednesday 20 August 2008

The Brightest Star

Wood Peony by Jo Bradford

I have the pleasure of several beautiful woodlands within a few minutes walk from my studio. My dog, Charlie, and I, make full use of them on a daily basis. I love to take my TTV camera contraption down to the woods with me. While Charlie crashes around in the undergrowth sniffing for the creatures that dwell there, I tuck myself away in a dappled dell and photograph the hidden treasures I find. This wood peony was surrounded by bluebells and dewy grass in a quiet glade on the edge of a stream. The breathtaking white of the flower glowed in the sunlight that pierced through the leaves overhead like a spot light that mother nature was shining on this star of the woods.

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Monday 18 August 2008

Life Is But A Many Hued Reflection

The rainbow mirrors human aims and action.
Think, and more clearly wilt thou grasp it, seeing
Life is but light in many-hued reflection.
~ Goethe
"Life is but light in many hued reflection" is from a series of 7 images of bubbles I made while exploring notions of transience and the human condition.

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Thursday 14 August 2008

Glittering & rocking & bursting & blue

The radiant soda of the seashore fashions
Fun, foam and freedom.

The sea laves
The Shaven sand.
And the light sways forward
On self-destroying waves.

The rigor of the weekday is cast aside with shoes,
With business suits and traffic's motion;
The lolling man lies with the passionate sun,
Or is drunken in the ocean.........

.........O glittering and rocking and bursting and blue-
Eternities of sea and sky shadow no pleasure:
Time unheard moves and the heart of man is eaten
Consummately at leisure.

Excerpts from Far Rockaway by Delmore Schwartz

details from Blue Beach Days 2 by Jo Bradford
All Photographs © Jo Bradford

Wednesday 13 August 2008

Le Paon

"What is riches to him
That has made a great peacock....
.....Adding feather to feather
For the pride of his eye"~ WB Yeats
Size: 8 x 8 inches
Media: Photography

Etsy Front Page

My Evening Silhouette Part III picture was featured on the Front Page of Etsy today.Thanks to BodyGarnish for making the featured treasury.

Sunday 10 August 2008

Etsy Front Page

My Forbidden Fruit picture was featured on the Front Page of Etsy today.
Thanks to sojourncuriosities for making the featured sellers treasury.

Friday 1 August 2008

Desire To Inspire Feature

Thanks to the folk at Desire to Inspire who featured one of my pictures on their blog today
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