Great Realisation:

”Tell me the one about the virus again, then I’ll go to bed.

‘But my boy, you’re growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.

‘Please! That one’s my favourite. I promise just once more.

‘Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well
The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled

‘It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty
Back before we understood why hindsight’s 2020

‘You see the people people came up with companies to trade across all lands.
But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned

‘We’d always had our wants, but now it got so quick.
You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.

‘We noticed families had stopped talking. That’s not to say they never spoke.
But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.

‘And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.
They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.

‘And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn’t see the stars.
So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.

‘We’d drive around all day in circles. We’d forgotten how to run.
We swapped the grass for tarmarc, shrunk the parks till there were none.

‘We filled the sea with pladtic cause our waste was never capped.
Until each day when you went fishing, you’d pull them out already wrapped.

‘And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why,
It’s best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.

‘But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.
The government reacted and told us all to hide away.

‘But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while,
The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.

‘They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.

‘And while the the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.

‘And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe.
And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.

‘Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking.
We’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

‘And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,
We all preferred the world we found to the one we’d left behind.

‘Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new.
And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.

‘But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?’
Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.

‘Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do.
And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.

‘We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.

‘But that’s the story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.’

~Tom Roberts

👋 Hello dear friends,
I’ve had a month or two or three off, and needed it. Do I feel guilty ? Oh yes. I’ve jumped ship ! Wouldn’t blame you if you disowned me.
Seriously, I don’t feel proud that I’ve basically left you to it… during height of lockdown. No excuses… I just felt the need to have some quiet time.

In my years of being here, I’ve been as open and honest with you, as it’s possible for anyone to be. And some of you who know me well, will be aware I struggle with depression. Well I didn’t have a full blown attack, thank god… but I’ve cried buckets. Almost every day.

Mental health is of utmost importance to me, so I’ve never shied away from talking about it. Yes I’ve had friends who have ran in the opposite direction… but quite a few understand. And I’ve come to learn there are a few of you out there, that suffer yourself.

I’ve lost myself in the garden, these past weeks. Transforming it, so that it’s a haven for my husband and I, to sit and relax… and for family to come and go, in safe distance. Especially our frontline midwife heroine daughter… she lives on her own, in a flat and no outdoor space that’s solely hers.

I’m not in the over 70 or clinically sick category, but due to hubby’s past serious health problem, it’s been necessary for me to ‘shield’, along with him.
We’ve gone against advice and carried on with daily walks. Being out in the fresh air, has been our lifeline. As has the kindness of neighbours and family, with offers of help.

Now we’re told officially, we’re no longer vulnerable….. so we can go out and about :-).

Okay, that’s enough about that. My photo I’m sharing with you, is one of “Shropshire Union Canal”. This place to me, is ‘home’. We live yards away, and walk along side it each day. Passing a swan or two… waving at barges passing by. Swerving to avoid fellow walkers and bike riders. In all weathers… rain or shine. Heatwave or hurricane. Rarely has there been a happy medium !

It was taken Springtime, 2 years ago. And one of my firm favourites, because of the light and warmth. Nature had its best coat on, that day.
I did have my camera with me recently…… but didn’t feel much enthusiasm for clicking.

There are quite a few of you that I’ve not visited, for a while… I hope to put that right, in coming days/ weeks. I’ve done my best to keep an eye on things, and keep track a little on what’s been going on in Flickr land.

We’re not over the worst yet, not by a long chalk. This virus is going to be amongst us for many months (possibly years) to come.
So we’re having to learn a new way of living. A more patient/ simplistic/ and altogether more scaled down one. We almost are taking a step back in time !!! I wasn’t born in World war 2 era, but have revelled in hearing/ learning how they all coped. There are many similarities in today’s comradeship and community spirit, that warms the heart. Everyone pulling together, unselfishly. (Okay, apart from those front of queue in toilet roll fete 😂).

I will be around to visit you… especially those of you who leave a comment… as soon as I can. I’m hoping that you’ve come this far, unscathed and have managed to cope.

My love and very best of wishes, to you all xxxxxxxxx ♥️

🌻 🌷 🌈 ☀️ 🌱

((Update: 7th August, 2020))

My thanks to all who wished me well after a recent fall.

I’m all but recovered, I’m happy to say 🙂 … and the microwave I fell over, is still in working order :-))

I intend to continue to follow medical advice, and keep away from computer screens ~and for a few other reasons difficult to explain, will need a lot more time off.

Bless you all, dear friends, for your kindness, understanding and patience.

Anne xxx

P.s. I do enjoy looking at all your beautiful pictures, and it helps me feel connected with you, somewhat, to do occasional faves from phone. Apologies that they’re not accompanied by comments at this time.
(Reciprocation is definitely not required.)

Posted by ᗩnneღJ.~ Poetic photography on 2020-07-05 00:12:30

Tagged: , light , shadow , pm , afternoon , grass , outdoors , path , towpath , reflections , sunshine , trees , Great Britain , England , COVID-19 , pandemic , Europe , UK , community , friendship , kindness , Flickr , serenity , AnneJ. , 2018 , Wolverhampton , location , peaceful , nature , Spring , water , canal , gratitude

Back in the forest

Back in the forest

Ah … a calming visit to another one of my favourite summer sunset spots in the New Forest. Watching the calming ripples on the water and feeling a gentle summer breeze. And listening to a gang of youths wheel spinning their souped up Fiats around the dusty car park.

When we arrived, there they were, about 8 of them. 7 were obviously from the same family and they were meeting up with their allowed person.

They eventually exited the area in dramatic clouds of dusts.

With their P plates on!!! (Imagine the monkey emoji which I cannot add on my desktop computer).

Posted by Christine down south on 2020-05-19 11:16:54

Tagged: , hatchetpond , newforest , lake , pond , trees , sunset , calm , tranquil , ripples , reflections

On the Waterfront!

On the Waterfront!

No sign of Marlon Brando though ;o)
For the Macro Mondays challenge "Inside Electronics" (July 9th 2018)

This year we replaced our old computers, and that meant destroying hard drives. I saved a few components, including a circuit board – "just in case". So I dusted it off for this week’s challenge. At last one of my hoarded items has found a use! Shot on the black glass of my Kindle.

HMM and have a great week! ;o)

My 2018 set: 2018 Macro Mondays

All the previous years of the challenge:
My 2017 set: 2017 Macro Mondays
My 2016 set: 2016 Macro Mondays
My 2015 set: 2015 Macro Mondays
My 2014 set: 2014 Macro Mondays
My 2013 set: 2013 Macro Mondays

Posted by Elisafox22 catching up again ;o) on 2018-07-08 17:26:17

Tagged: , Elisafox22 , Sony , Nex-6 , E30mm , F3.5 , macro , macro lens , HMM , Macro Mondays , bokeh , Inside Electronics , green , circuit board , Kindle , black , reflections , electronics , component , lens flare , tabletop , indoors , Elisa Liddell © 2018



Photo taken by Linden Hudson through a window in his hotel room. This is the pool in foreground and the ocean in the background with the sunset. Beautiful. Year 2006. Photo taken while Linden was working there with a film crew.

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
(see full story at Linden’s website: www.linden-hudson.com/birth-of-the-zz-top-eliminator-album )
Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol…
LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS SAID: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2018-06-05 02:48:45

Tagged: , sunset , borneo , miri , paradise , beautiful , sun , palm trees , trees , man walking , water , gorgeous , ocean , sea , reflections , orange , dusk , pretty , travel , south_china_sea , sundown , sun_setting_in_the_ocean , beautiful_sunset , orange_sunset

365.84 Dirty girl.

365.84 Dirty girl.

The light at home is always so bad that I can *not* see this dust. Of course, I was shocked to see that my screen was so dusty.

Posted by that crafty girl on 2010-04-08 23:34:20

Tagged: , 2010 , self-portrait , 365 days, the knitterly and crafty types , picture a day , 365 days , 365.84 , Dirty girl. , 365.84 Dirty girl. , dusty computer , Macbook Pro , reflections , out for coffee , flickr’ing , favorite

3 glasses of wine

3 glasses of wine

Taken for Active Assignment Weekly: Number in daily life

The number 3 seems to come up in my life all the time. Most days when I go to the hospital (long story that I won’t go into), I go to the 3rd floor. As an only child, we were always 3 for dinner. I now feed the 3 pets 3 times a day.

What it took:
This is my first attempt at a still life with anything reflective. What a pain! The glasses were polished as if the Queen was coming to visit, and yet I can see dust spots. I don’t have a macro lens, so in order to get a tight DOF I got the tele zoom out, set the glasses up on the dining table in one end of the room and the camera at the other end. Due to the distance and the fact that I wanted it slightly from above, I had to extend my tripod fully and stand on a step ladder to see the finder! Several shots to get the exposure right. Then loads of shots playing around with the composition. Looking at the shots on the computer, the wall 45 degrees in front of the glasses was clearly visible, so it had to be covered and the picture re-shot. Likewise with a door that managed to find a way to appear in a glass. And a re-shoot. I couldn’t do anything about the reflection of the wooden floors in the liquid. The dark "sun glasses" that all the 3 glasses wear must be reflections and shadows from the other glasses… there’s nothing in the room with that kind of shape.

What I learned:
Next time I try something like this, I’ll need several large black "reflectors" to cover all reflections. In fact, a black "light tent" might be an idea. And a macro lens rather than a step ladder might be a good idea.

Next time I see a glass of wine in a glossy magazine, I’ll take my hat off for the photog who made it.

The silver lining on the cloud? Well…. someone had to drink the wine… it would be a shame to throw it out! 😉

Posted by sunnyUK on 2008-02-02 20:19:30

Tagged: , Still life , 1519 Three wine glasses , Glass , Wine , Reflections , Active Assignment Weekly. , BestOfWeek1



Posted by ndboy on 2011-10-11 07:21:41

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6/4/13 | 23/365

6/4/13 | 23/365

my boyfriend left flowers on the shelf above my computer when he came home this evening, so i compulsively felt inspired to dust my shelf, wash my figures and re-arrange them suitably.

Posted by ___rei on 2013-06-05 01:54:54

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Big Ball of Fire

Big Ball of Fire

266 photos merged into one image. I broke out the telephoto lens for this one. (I’ve been using my wide angle a lot lately) I need to clean both of these lenses. There’s dust on the inside of the glass. Not cool. Has anyone taken apart a lens before? Should I just send it to the pros? I’ve sent my camera to Canon to be fixed, hoping the $200 minimum will cover the damages. My computer is working now, there’s still some kinks but I’m hoping I’ll be able to work them out. It’s a lot faster now, with twice the ram and processing cores.

Posted by Matt Molloy on 2013-02-15 14:27:52

Tagged: , Matt Molloy , timelapse , photography , time stack , photo stack , awesome , sunset , colourful , sky , clouds , lines , streaks , movement , motion , bright , light , reflections , water , Lake Ontario , Bath , Canada , my back yard , power plant , chimney , steam , horizon , silhouette , trees , fun , landscape , love life



I’ve been away for a little while and got back a few days ago to find that my computer wasn’t working properly & my monitor had bitten the dust…Oh Well ! I’ve now got a new monitor and hope to post a few piccies for you to see.
This little girl just fancied a paddle in Lake Windermere, Bowness, as you can see, it was a lovely evening for it, and don’t worry both mum & dad were very close by.

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None of these images may be reproduced and or used in any form of publication, print or the Internet without my written permission

Posted by Des Hawley. 1.4 million views ! on 2010-06-19 15:58:16

Tagged: , Des Hawley , Uk , England , Cumbria , Bowness , Lake Windermere , Sunset , Beauty Spot , Lake , The Lakes , Natural , Nature , Landscape , Boats , Reflections , Nikon , D300 , SuperHearts , COTH , SuperShot , gorgeous , beautiful , beauty , stunning , awesome