WordPress Weekly Photo: Musically Ephemeral

Musical instruments projected onto a gigantic wall, ephemerally teasing the photographer in her quest for the perfect photo!

The projection rotated around the walls requiring multiple clicks of the camera to get the image in just the right place before it moved on.

In response to WordPress’s weekly photo theme of Ephemeral. 


Here at last

Well, after doing all the planning in December last year we are here in Cape Town for the Jazz festival. I’m a planner and the earlier I do things the better it is. It removes last minute travel anxiety. Cape Town is busy, and not only for the festival – most schools have closed for the Easter holidays. I have never seen the airport so busy. We’re staying in our favourite part of the city bowl with the Mountain looking down, guardian-like over the city. 

(Low-res pic with what I hope is the cable station in a perfect rule of thirds!)


Of Blogging Etiquette and Plagiarism

A most enjoyable blogger which I follow has just posted that someone has used one of his images and turned it into a drawing on their blog without letting him know or even acknowledging the source of the image (or ask for permission).

This is a risk we all run, those of us who post photos, and I guess our writing can also be plagiarised. In my first year at university we were given a lecture on plagiarism and its consequences. It is just not worth it to take another’s work and pass it off as your own. It’s dishonest. And to be public discredited can have devastating consequences on one’s future. Not to mention being suspended or asked to leave the university.

Last year, a colleague who is also a popular photo blogger had her photos taken without her permission. It was not the first time. This time it was a small town newspaper (!!) which published one of her images without asking for permission. They did such a shoddy job of concealing the fact that the photo was not their original – they only cropped part of the watermark off! Have you ever…? How idiotic is that?

Many of us bloggers have disclaimers on our blogs, copyright notices, Creative Commons licenses and watermarks on our photos. We even put the watermarks right in the middle of the photo, spoiling the image but ensuring that our right to that photo is ensured.

But it is not a guarantee that someone who is not honest will take it without permission.

The best defense in these cases is to become well known and have lots of followers – which Woolly and my colleague are – such that their images are recognisable and someone will tell them about it.

Just because something is on the web doesn’t mean it’s fair game. Someone took a lot of care to prepare, and pride to present something for the enjoyment of others. That should be respected.

#weekendcoffeeshare: Letting the cards fall…

001COFFEECUPIt’s rainy and overcast, definitely weather for cosying up indoors, so no outdoors coffee today. If we were having coffee we’d have the customary comment about the weather but only a few minutes, because there’s lots of exciting things to talk about.

First off…major excitement about the Jazz next weekend. I want to get all the packing done early this week instead of rushing around late into the night on Thursday (and often the early hours of Friday) to get this done. With all the travel I’ve done both for work and for pleasure, I have it down to a few items of clothing. I have a mental list and I have doubles of toiletries and make up, so it’s just a question of grabbing the toiletry bag and putting it into the suitcase.


If we were having coffee, I’d be animatedly telling you about the theme for the A to Z Challenge. It’s changed a few times in the last week and I finally settled on one that I am passionate about. So, the editorial calendar I told you about last week… has changed. There’s a new one!


If we were having  coffee I’d tell you that I went to a toastmasters meeting on Thursday, the first in many months. And as it’s been happening every time I visit Alberton Toastmasters and because they don’t often see me, I got picked on to do an impromptu speech. This is a 1 to 2 minute speech on a word or topic that you get given when you get called up to the lectern. I used to hate these until I realised that I didn’t need to talk about the word or topic in its literal sense. So often I take it to the abstract realm.

The topic given was “My life would be empty if…”. I kept it light and said that my life would be empty if I didn’t have my iPhone and this blog. Haha, go figure 🙂

Well actually my life would be empty if I didn’t have my family, health and freedom. To talk about each one of those would make this a deep conversation and I want to keep it light.


If we were having coffee, I will say is that this year has felt like one long frustrating wait for something.  The learning I’m taking from this frustration is to try not to control everything, throw the cards up into the air and see where they fall.  Let’s see what will be revealed… It does feel, though, that things are coming together.


If we were having coffee I’d share the quote that made me stop and think this week, by Linda Rottenberg:

At some point I started to realise that my challenges as a leader were really more internal.”  

I know this…but recently I’ve forgotten it. It’s enough for me to ponder on this for now because the alternative is to start coming up with solutions. For now I just want to see where the cards fall.

Didn’t I say that there were lots of exciting things to talk about? This has all of a sudden become serious, so I will end it here for this week.

Thanks for making it this far. Have a great week!

(This conversational coffee post is part of a weekend link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster. Join in the fun!)