Back again with Monochrome Madness

I’ve had a disastrous week!!  My companion eye who presents me with the inspiration to develop my visions has up and died. That lovely day I spent out in the snow apparently was the cause, as moisture somehow got inside the camera while I was shooting (though the camera was in the pack otherwise). After trying to revive it in a bag of rice for a week (this sometimes works according to online advisers), I finally knew it was not going to come back.  If anyone else has a Canon rebel series, be advised that they are not sealed well, though they are a good camera otherwise. I  now await the delivery of a new, weather sealed Canon 80d, which has a slightly bigger sensor and apparently superior image resolution- though alas, not a full frame ( $3000 and up with lenses) which I cannot afford. Still, because I have an account at a local shop I bought it  on a payment plan. I do not have the cash on hand to purchase luxuries. Wait, this is not a luxury, it’s a need!! Now I must work on older images for a while while I await the delivery from back east.

Please visit Leanne’ Cole’s great blog for the monochrome madness 3-43 challenge this week!

salisbury
on the salisbury plain

I never tire of the standing stones and Henge monuments of Britain and Scotland. Out of the mist they appear and disappear,  fold and unfold  on the flowing veil of time.

on-the-salisbury-plain-bestest
in colour

and when was the last time you were lost in an enchanted wood?  (in back of my house of course)

enchant-the-woods

woodland-fantasy

I was a great fan of this group:   Nightwish from Finland – an oldie but beautiful

88 Comments Add yours

  1. love your entry. Also your art is do hauntingly beautiful…as it always is.

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  2. sixpixx says:

    Loving the monochrome. Feeling inadequate that I can’t organise my sorry butt to contribute to Leanne’s excellent challenge.

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    1. thanks Six! I’ve not been participating these last weeks!

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  3. milliethom says:

    Oh dear… I can imagine your frustration at this happening to your camera. I hope your new one matches up to your expectations and you’ll be out snapping your wonderful scenery again very soon.
    The song from Nightwish never seems to date. It’s as hauntingly beautiful now as it was when I first heard it. 🙂

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    1. Oh Millie, thanks so much but read my latest post!!- new camera was a lemon and still snowing on Mill Hill!

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  4. Ali Isaac says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your trusty old friend. But how exciting learning all about your new one! The adventures you will share… I’m looking forward to seeing the results. Gorgeous images again this week. 😊😙

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    1. thanks so much for coming by Ali!!

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  5. pattimoed says:

    So sorry to hear that your Rebel is ruined. But I’m hopeful that you’ll love the 80D. I got the 70D about a year ago after my 40D got wet….Sigh. Your images are always so soothing and ethereal. I know you’ll continue creating your magic with the new camera.

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    1. thank you so much for the vote of confidence Patti!

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  6. Aquileana says:

    Hi there dear Cybele: I hope you could fix the camera issues 😉 These photographs are stunning… salisbury plain seems like a mythological, mystic place from the past…. excellent!… sending love and best wishes, always! 😀

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    1. thank you Aquileana, I will soon be out and about again with new camera! I loved that image too!

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  7. Amy says:

    Amazing photos!! It’s costing, but when you get it, you’ll enjoy so much! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Amy!! Soon!!

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  8. O .. Cybele that is terrible 😦 don’t give up, cause your photo still amazing ❤

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    1. thank you so very much for commenting!

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  9. Oh no! That is terrible .. Your photos are as lovely as always 😃

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  10. Ah, Cybele, you brought back a strange memory of mine with your pictures. I remember the first time I visited Stonehenge as a child and hugging those stones. They were all warm from the sun and I swear they vibrated with mystic power!
    I’m sorry about your camera lens. Essential things always break when you can least afford to replace them. S**’s law D:

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    1. I felt the same way with the stones of Machrie Moor!! It was so wonderful as I hiked (40 minutes) to the spot and no one else was there. I left my SO way behind as he couldn’t quite keep up with me in my eagerness. Sadly Stonehenge is like Chichen Itza and full of chattering tourists!! 😀 which can sometimes spoil the vibe. Yes I hear you. If anything can go wrong it will!!!

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      1. Of course unsociable people, who like the quiet (me included), could never be classed as “tourists” 😉

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  11. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very sorry to hear about the camera, Cybele but – don’t despair! >>> I’ve mostly used full-frame Nikons for my digital photography, but recently am also using Fujifilm cameras with the smaller APS-C sensor – the X-T1 and X-T2 – and the results are absolutely fine. There is not of course quite so much leeway for cropping, but the images are excellent. A

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    1. thanks Adrian! It’s the photographer isn’t it. Mind you I often am never happy with my shots. Or only one or two out a 50!!

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      1. Adrian Lewis says:

        Yes, its the photographer – and its good not to become complacent >>> but then again don’t beat yourself up!!! 🙂

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  12. So sorry about the camera! Hopefully it won´t be missed once you get your new one. Loved the old pics and the music video too!

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    1. thanks you Landa!!! I sometimes find treasures in the old stuff!! Glad you like Nightwish!

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  13. Pieter Navis says:

    Such a great entry Cybele! Really love it!

    And perhaps you could sell some of your amazing work at an online art gallery of some sort. Your moody images are so beautiful, i’m sure there is a market for them 🙂

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    1. you are very kind Pieter, Maybe I will look into it!! Thank you my friend!

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  14. robert87004 says:

    somehow as is my usual, I forgot to say how much I like your photo of Stonehenge. 🙂

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  15. robert87004 says:

    I think your SO will like Sony for its size and weight. I debated long before going from Canon to Sony but have to say I love carrying around a little camera. Not much doubt using your lenses makes the most sense though.

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  16. Little Dunde Mouse…I want to be lost in this forest forever. Lovely Lovely lovely x

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    1. oh me too!! Thank you so much Shehanne!

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  17. Maybe something good will come out of the experience, and the new camera will be an unexpected gift. The first two images have me returning and returning, they are intriguing and thought-provoking on many levels.

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    1. thanks so much Sally and I’m glad you like Stonehenge which in itself is so intriguing!

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  18. aidymcglynn says:

    Must be terrible being without the camera Cybele. That new Canon should be great by all accounts though. Maybe you’ll end up thinking of this as a blessing in disguise!

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    1. let’s hope so Aidy. Though looking forward to it I’m also in anxiety over the expense lol!

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  19. Moz Loordes says:

    Crumbs, Cybele, cameras are expensive but then it’s your art. I thought the same when I got a new graphics card for my digital work but the difference in photography and what I could do with it was worth the extra expense 🙂

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    1. I hear you! Which graphics card do you use now?

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  20. You could always downgrade and go for the 60D, for some unknown reason.
    I’ve heard that the 80D is pretty solid.

    Also, good shots!

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    1. thanks Stu!! Looking forward to new camera!

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  21. pike says:

    Your images are GREAT as always! I hope you’ll enjoy your new camera, when it comes!

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  22. Sue says:

    Oh, what a nightmare, Hannah…..hope the new camera arrives soon, and looking forward to many more of your moody, mysterious, even fantastical creations! Love the monochrome Stonehenge…..

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    1. thanks Sue and am excited to get a new camera but not about spending the money lol!

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      1. Sue says:

        I know the feeling…I have an ageing computer, and an ageing iPad…loadsamoney to replace 😧

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  23. Sorry to hear about your camera, Cybele! I hear the 80D is pretty nice, though!

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    1. I think it’s a step above what I had!

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  24. Your few lines nearly gave me a heart attack! Thank goodness it was only your camera, though I understand ha ow devastating the loss of a favourite pieces of equipment can be. Gorgeous images as always, Hanna! ❤

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    1. thanks Kate! It will be fun with a new one too!

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    2. PS: Sorry to alarm you ! I guess I worded that strangely! lol

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      1. He he. It was just a heightened emotional state I’m in at the moment, but I really felt relief that it was not a human or animal companion who had ‘carked it’. ❤😊

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  25. Maverick ~ says:

    Great images with the old camera, rip. Hope the new one is good to you.

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    1. I am anxious to try it out!! Thanks Maverick!

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  26. The only bright spot about a camera dying is getting to purchase a new, updated one! I’m sorry your trusty companion died, but am thrilled you’re able to get a new one, and it will be there soon!

    I wish the woods were just behind my house. I have to drive a ways to get there.

    The light and mist are wonderful in these images.

    I wish it wasn’t so, so cold the day I went to Stonehenge, and I wish I could have spent more time there. Perhaps one day.

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    1. I wish it wasn’t so darned expensive to travel!! And we don’t always get the weather we hoped I know! Sometimes a bit of creative editing helps! By the way I cloned out a crowd of people that were standing to the left. Some of these places are so full of tourists and the ones that aren’t are usually hell to hike to through the bracken and briars lol!

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  27. Anita says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your camera, but looking forward to seeing the new camera become your new companion too!

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    1. yes, I’m anxious to try it out!!

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  28. Hope your new camera arrives post haste, Cybele. Sorry that you were unable to revive your present one even on a diet of rice. 🙂 Love your images. They are so magical, especially the monochrome Stonehenge.

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    1. Many thanks Sylvia, and for a chuckle about the rice!

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  29. So sorry to hear about your camera. But I’ve heard great things about the 80d and if anyone can put it to its best use, it’s you! A beautiful post in spite of your loss.

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    1. thank you dear friend! I am looking forward to it too!

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  30. Oh No!!!!!!!! not good, but the silver lining is a great new camera. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. And there is nothing wrong with playing with old images, I have so many I haven’t really done anything with and then I am inspired and go looking for ‘that’ shot. Lovely images, I love the Henge ones

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    1. I’m looking forward to it too. I too have a multitude of folders of old images! I look through them and once in awhile one calls!! Thanks Julz!!

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  31. mary says:

    Stunning photographs, the music is perfect to listen as one
    wanders through them 🙂
    Thank you for sharing parts of you
    Take Care…You Matter
    mary

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    1. thank you Mary, I’m glad you came by!!

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      1. mary says:

        Your Welcome 🙂
        Blessings
        mary

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  32. disperser says:

    Sorry to hear about the camera.

    Did you consider buying any of the mirrorless or more compact cameras systems many people are moving to?

    I think that were I to replace my Nikon stuff, right now I would seriously consider the Sony offerings. Of course, since I have lenses for Nikon cameras, it makes switching near impossible without committing to spending serious money.

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    1. the problem is I have spent a lot of money on lenses and not all lenses fit all camera brands. I’m still at a medium entry camera and cannot afford the $3000 and up models (usually you have to buy different lenses as well for larger sensor cameras so add on another thousand or two). Apparently though, Canon still slightly ups the Sony and Nikon on image resolution according to a few photography articles.

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    2. disperser says:

      Hmm. . . I thought I replied to this . . . maybe it’s in moderation. I’ll wait a bit before resubmitting the comment (although I can’t guarantee I’ll duplicate the brilliance and spontaneity of my first effort.

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      1. I think the comment and reply are there in all brilliance! 😀

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      2. disperser says:

        OK, I again posted a long comment with links . . . and it’s not showing up. You might want to check your spam folder or whatever folders posts go when they are being held for approval.

        If neither of my longer replies are there, then . . . the universe obviously hates me and I’ll forget about making another attempt.

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      3. lol ! Thanks for reminding me to check spam! I guess because of the length of them WordPress decided they were advertisements of some kind. I’ve got them and have bookmarked the links. Thank you! Oh and I had just found that Nikon vs Canon etc. article! I hear you about the convenience aspect and yes to I- phone images which can be surprisingly good. I am sticking to my tried and true this time but I think my S.O is going to try the Sony!!

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      4. disperser says:

        Wait . . . you’re not going to free my comments from jail so that everyone can see the brilliance of them?

        Actually, I’m asking because once they get tagged as spam, my future comments might be placed in moderation as well. I’ll see in future posts if it’s a problem. Thanks and glad you found the links of some interest.

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  33. sheldonk2014 says:

    I know how that feels
    you lost your best friend
    As Sheldon Always

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    1. for sure! Thank you Sheldon!

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  34. paula graham says:

    what a fascinating world you are able to create. I would like to move in!

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  35. What a shame! Beautiful images and looking forward to seeing images from new camera 😀

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  36. Dina says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry about your desaster! What a nuisance. Still, your photos are simply stunning.

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    1. it is!! and thank you again my friend!

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