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Cee’s Black & White Challenge; black and white photography

Cuteness Overload

Nermal is one cute cat. A few years ago our neighbours asked us to look after their 2 kittens. As cat lovers, we immediately said yes and enjoyed looking after 2 cute little furballs.

©2018 Regina Martins

A year later our neighbours went away for the Christmas holidays. Even though they had other people looking after the cats, Nermal, in the photo, and his brother came over and spent the day and nights with us. They missed human company.

©2018 Regina Martins

After this time, Nermal decided to switch addresses. His brother, Garfield went home when his owners returned, but Nermal decided to stay…this is an open secret between us and our neighbours and we often laugh about it 🙂

©2018 Regina Martins

Nermal has lived with us for about 3 or 4 years now. We feed him and look after him and sometimes he goes home to say hello, usually when we are away. But for him, we are his home. When our neighbours go on holiday, we look after Garfield. When we go on holiday they look after Nermal. Both are theirs, officially, but one has decided to live with us.

©2018 Regina Martins

Nermal likes to plant himself under the shade of the lemon tree. He’s so gentle and such a sensitive cat, his fur cotton-wool soft.

Isn’t he just so cute?

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things

I downloaded the pics from my camera, going back to last year. Gosh! Such a long time. Some met the challenge this week. As with most of my pics, they can be better. I’m learning.

I took the pic below because I wanted to remember the type of lounger I want for our patio.

My favourite wooden loungers
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Sagres harbour was still on this particular evening, the waters soupy and opaque.

Sagres harbour
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

I like taking photos of the backs of people, candidly, especially people taking photos. I enjoyed seeing these 2 friends jog by, stop, and take the same photo.

Friends taking pics at Lisboa Expo Parque das Nações
©2016-2017 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

Texture – a simple word that describes complex human experience. Note: artistic or writer’s license has been liberally used in the crafting of this post.

The visual , the look of something, its characteristic, like smooth water.

©2017 Regina Martins

The auditory – the sound of something, like a piece of music, how music feels to the ear – melodious, heavy or discordant, like the sounds of waves crashing on the beach and the elevated voices of people playing in the surf.

©2017 Regina Martins

The kinaesthetic – how something feels like when you run your hand over the surface, like stroking the soft fur of a cat or walking over rough rocks.

©2017 Regina Martins

The olfactory – how something smells like the floral or exotic texture of a perfume and the smell of the African bush.

©2017 Regina Martins

The gustatory – rubbery oysters, a silky créme caramel or a crunchy cookie.

Entered in Cee’s Black & White photo challenge with the theme of Texture.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails

Cee's topic for this week is Paths and Trails.  It can be a walking path or trail of any kind, long or short or paved or dirt, it can contain steps.  Anything goes as long as it was meant to be walked on.

Mostly wooden walkways, the one below leads travellers down the pier to the boats on Lake St. Lucia, taking them on a cruise to the hippopotami, crocodiles and elephants in the reserve.

Wooden pier down to the boats on Lake St. Lucia
©2017 Regina Martins

Road meant for people and cars and zebras – Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

This path is meant for walking and driving and zebra crossings…
©2017 Regina Martins

On the boat on Lake St. Lucia, it is clear that the drought has lowered the water levels significantly.

The reeds below the pier show how low the water on Lake St. Lucia has gotten with the worst drought in many decades in the region
©2017 Regina Martins

The best view – access to the beach.

Down to the beach
©2017 Regina Martins

Storms have eroded the dune thereby collapsing the pavement. Workmen are on site fixing in time for the October school holidays. It was an incongruous sight to see an earth moving machine on the beach, which was closed to the public.

Storms have slowly eroded the dune, collapsing the pavement
©2017 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s black and white photo challenge this week. Click here to go to the challenge and see more entries.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves

Well hello again, and welcome to this week’s contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge. The theme is Circles and Curves.

Before I move on to this week’s challenge, I want to say that I’m so pleased to be one of the featured bloggers in last week’s black and white photo challenge. Thank you Cee! You can click here to see those photos. At the bottom of this post I have put the links to the other featured bloggers. Please pay them a visit and admire their wonderful photos.

Now for this week’s challenge…keep on reading and scrolling down…

Circles and curves are everywhere, nature, at home, on the road. It’s such a universal shape, representing the totality of life, the infinite nature of the universe and the perfection of perpetual motion.

Commitment between people is symbolised with the exchange of rings, a never ending circle, representing a bond that is supposed to last forever.

Now the photos I present here are not of rings. Scroll down to see what I’ve come up with this week.

Intertwining circles made of metal, a lovely piece of art that I wish I had hanging in my garden.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

I wonder what is just around that curve?

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Ag shame, I wonder if that grasshopper knows that it can jump right out of the circle of grass and thus escape to freedom…?

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Fountains and waterways…

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Circles and curves. Can you see the circle in the wine glass?

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

I’ve had fun putting this post together and I hope you’ve had fun finding the circles and curves in these pics.

As promised, here are the links to the other featured bloggers in last week’s challenge. Please pay them a visit:

Images From Finchley

Photo Roberts Blog

A Young Retirement

Letting Nature Back In


Getting The Picture

Isadora Art And Photography


Heaven’s Sunshine

Until next time, click here to see more entries in this week’s challenge.