Welcome to the second of my monthly Photo-a-Day collections. I’ve tweaked the layout slightly compared to last month’s one as I suddenly realised that the previous layout meant the photos were a bit small, and they’re meant to be the stars of the show. I hope you like the new layout, let me know. I’ve also included the hashtags for each prompt in case you want to search for other interpretations over on Instagram.

Feb 1st – Today is…

Thursday. A day when I’m working at two clinics and seem to spend a lot of time travelling. Just as well I have plenty of things to read.

#FMS_todayis

Feb 2nd – Play

My trusty, 4th Gen and “old fashioned” iPod.

#FMS_play

Feb 3rd – Smell

A beautiful hyacinth flower releases it’s scent that permeates the house.

#FMS_smell

Feb 4th – Yes!

Managing to capture a wren taking off lead to a “Yes!” (mini fist pump) moment.

There was a later post that I came across and this might be even more exciting, it might actually be something called a Cetti’s Warbler (Nope, I’d never heard of it before). However, which ever type the small brown bird actually is, I still love the fact I caught this moment in time.

#FMS_yes

Feb 5th – Three

Three irons (not a golfing comment) seen last year at the Museum of Rural Bygones, Mangerton Mill, nr Bridport, Dorset. This place is a photographers dream: lots of dusty, rusty stuff to photograph.

#FMS_three

Feb 6th – Skyline

A view of a contrail carving its way across the sky above the Walthamstow Wetlands, framing an all too common sight at the moment of some cranes.

#FMS_skyline

Feb 7th – Doorway

A doorway in somewhere in lovely Vicenza. This was taken from the archives as I’ve not been passing many interesting doorways. It also seems a bit weird to take photographs of other people’s doorways in London….

#FMS_doorway

Feb 8th – Beautiful

One of my orchids is in flower again. I have two, would like to have more, and I seem to have a good location for them as they do seem to flower regularly….

#FMS_beautiful

Feb 9th – Pink

I don’t have a great deal of pink around my house, but nature always provides. This Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata sp.) was a gift from a former housemate, and has been flowering profusely for many, many years. It often flowers throughout the year and I joke that it is a very religious cactus as it often flowers at Christmas, Easter, Whitsun and a significant number of Saint’s Days.

#FMS_pink

Feb 10th – On the table

A selection of items that have been helping me through a nasty cold/cough, which meant I was house bound.

#FMS_onthetable

Feb 11th – Begins with T

Tasselled trim on the standard lamp in my front room.

#FMS_T

Feb 12th – My inspiration

My inspiration is nature. With all of its wonderful sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. But how to encapsulate this in a single photo…

#FMS_myinspiration

Feb 13th – Bright

Ah, the bright lights of the neon lights of God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow.

#FMS_bright

Feb 14th – I love…

I love…

🎶 🎵Big books and I cannot lie…
🎶 🎵You other readers can’t deny…
When a good book walks in with
🎵 🎶A good plot base  🎶 🎵
And a big spine in your face…
You get Sprung!  🎵 🎶 🎵

A cheesy take on the prompt, but I couldn’t resist. The song is not mine, I’m not that talented, but comes from Virginia Beach Public Library adapting the Sir-Mix-Alot song “I like Big butts…” Oh, the book is “Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderson that has a whopping 1200+ pages to it.

This was on Valentine’s Day, and I’d already had discussed with my Significant Other that I wasn’t going to use a photo of him. Just in case any of you were wondering.

#FMS_ilove

Feb 15th – Black & White

🎵 🎶Ebony & ivory…  🎵 🎶
Play together in perfect harmony  🎵

And that will be your earworm for the day (sorry). A close up of the keys and stops of the harmonium I have in my house. A harmonium is a pedal powered organ, a way to get a workout whilst making some music.

#FMS_blackandwhite

Feb 16th – Travel

Travel, Venetian style. I’ve not actually been on a gondola.  I did take the traghetto (large gondola) across the Grand Canal, but sat did the very un-Venetian thing and sat down. Taken from my archive and I didn’t get any good shots as I was housebound with my continuing illness.

#FMS_travel

Feb 17th – In the details

Ice crystals (aka Frost) on a thistle, seen by the side of the road on my way to Stanmore Chiropractic Clinic. I must get some strange looks from the people in the cars whizzing past as I perform my Photography Yoga to get a photo without getting dirty.

#FMS_inthedetails

Feb 18th – Stripes

A well used oven glove, that could probably do with a wash (but it would only get dirty again).

#FMS_stripes

Feb 19th – Beneath my feet

As I step out of the shower, my bath mat and bathroom floor. To be totally honest this was slightly staged as the mat is normally square to the tiles, this just looked more ‘artistic’.

#FMS_beneathmyfeet

Feb 20th – Time

Time ticking by, as measured by a metronome…

#FMS_time

Feb 21st – Twirl

Taking a ribbon, running it down the blade of a pair of scissors to get a twirl

#FMS_twirl

Feb 22nd – Little

Little leaves emerging on my Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) showing that Spring is on its way… no matter what the thermometer says.

#FMS_little

Feb 23rd – Depth of Field

My Yoga Joes helping to demonstrate a shallow depth of field (only one or two things in focus the rest a blur) a deeper depth of field would have them all in focus.

#FMS_depthoffield

Feb 24th – Architecture

There’s not a lot of nice architecture around and I wasn’t happy with the images I had taken. So this was taken from my archive and is the vaulting of the Cellarium (stores) at Fountain’s Abbey in Yorkshire. I love this place, and there’s another photo of it later as a bonus.

#FMS_architecture

Feb 25th – My face

I feel like I’ve done enough selfies recently, so I thought I would try for something different. I have these wonderful skull shaped teaspoons (typical anatomy geek) and my face is in the reflection.

#FMS_myface

Feb 26th – Need/Want

I have a roof over my head, money to pay for heating/food/clothing and a wonderful Significant Other to share my life with. So I know I am blessed.

That being said, I would love to go back to the US to do some more training with John F Barnes, particularly in Sedona, and to do that I need some more money. There are lots of other courses I would love to go on, such as training with Chyna Honey, so there’s lots I need to sort out.

#FMS_needwant

Feb 27th – Something old

This is a photo from last year at the wonderful Museum of Rural Bygones, Mangerton Mill, Dorset (A fabulous place for a photographer, with a wonderful tea room). This felt suitably ancient and I love the way the spider’s web looks like mist coming from the bellows.

#FMS_somethingold

Feb 28th – Street

Snow happened over night in London, which is a rarity, and the idea of posting a lovely image of a sunny Italian street view went out of the window. This was snapped on my way to the station to get a train in. I think that if I could have stayed there a bit longer the sky would have looked more colourful, but I had a train to catch.

#FMS_street

Bonus picture

This was a very close choice for the Pink prompt (see 9th Feb) and I really struggled to choose between the two. This was a more “artsy” take on the prompt, but it was pipped at the post by my christmas cactus photo (which is the best I’ve taken one of those flowers).

Bonus photo 2

This is another view of the wonderful Cellarium at Fountain’s Abey, it took ages to get a couple of good photos with no one in it.

February prompt list

The prompts are set by the wonderful Chantelle who blogs as Fat Mum Slim.

#FMSPAD

So that’s it for this month, I hope you enjoyed the photos.

There will be a constant (some might think endless) stream of photos on my Instagram feed, so if you can’t wait until next month then follow me there. There will be another summary of my photos next month.

Thanks for reading this, my lovely interonauts.

Tim