#WordlessWednesday: Seagull Silhouette #MPBooks #Photography #Photo #Art

A picture that doesn’t need words for #WordlessWednesday 🙂

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Seagull silhouette
“On my throne!” – Seagull silhouette © My Peacock Books
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I thought this would sit nicely with the daily prompt of ‘nest‘ 🙂 !  What do you think?  While I’m not sure the seagull is actually nesting here, birds are notorious for finding many places to nest including man made structures like this.


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#DailyPrompt: Distant Sun #Poetry #Photography #MPBooks

An interesting photo that asks you a question.

Faint View MPBooks
View from Rochester Castle – Image © My Peacock Books
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Distant Sun

A faint glow of distant sun,
A coming of the dawn,
Or faint glow of distant sun,
A setting causing yawn?


Do you think this was taken near sunrise or sunset?  What do you think of the picture or the poem.  Please let me know your thoughts I’d love to hear from you 🙂 You can also follow me in these places: 

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#Photo Challenge: Boat vs Swan #Photography #Art #MPBooks

A big red boat and swans, but can you see them?

Boat
A big red boat – Image © My Peacock Books
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A short photography post today as I’m still feeling a bit sick after several days of migraine 😦  Hopefully I’ll be all good tomorrow.  It’s 30 years since the great storm of 1987 hit the south east of Britain (anyone old enough to remember that?) and another storm seems set to mark its anniversary.  I’m sending my thoughts to everyone who will be affected most, I hope it won’t be as harsh as ’87 ❤

In the meantime to cheer everyone up, what do you think of this big red boat?

This week’s photo challenge is scale.  This isn’t a new picture but one I found of a trip to Rochester.  I found myself weirdly taken by nautical things and kept finding boats to photograph in the area.  I thought this boat taken from the front looks a lot larger and more imposing than it does from the side.  To give you another sense of scale check out the white specs on the right next to those posts.  That’s two small swans!

Hope you enjoyed this picture.  Please let me know any thoughts 🙂


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#BookReview: Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne #MPBooks

A picture book with a fascinating surreal take on some famous artwork.

Willy the Dreamer book coverTitle: Willy the Dreamer

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Willy loves to dream. He dreams that he’s a film-star, a painter, a ballet dancer. He dreams of fierce monsters and super-heroes. Willy’s dreamland is a gallery of amazing and magical pictures. Enter and see.

My Review:  This is a surreal and interesting children’s picture book that’s great for introducing kids to the world of art as well as sparking the imagination. ‘Willy the Dreamer’ doesn’t have much of a story, it is a book that is more about the pictures inside than the story being told. The paperback is a bit larger than A4 in size and filled with thick and glossy, colourful pages, mainly of large pictures of Willy’s dreams.

The story runs along the bottom of the page and is a short and repetitive story made of simple sentences about what Willy dreams. Above the writing there is a large picture of Willy’s dream, each page dedicated to one of his dreams. The pictures are quite amazing and very detailed. Although all the pictures are of Willy and his dream, the images are his versions of famous paintings or movie characters, book characters, etc. These illustrations are amazing to look at and I was particularly drawn to pictures of paintings such as Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ which has melting bananas instead of melting clocks for example.

The first page of this big book 🙂

The further you go into the book the more detailed the pictures become. Each one of the images is very detailed and a perfect altered copy of a real painting. There are plenty of little extra things to spot too such as how many bananas you can find (so many objects are morphed into bananas and I couldn’t help laughing at one of Van Gogh’s paintings of a bed ‘Bedroom in Arles’ where the bed is an entire banana!). There are also funny surreal extras such as a hammerhead shark literally having a hammer for a head.

Some famous images inspired these dreams of Willy – clear and fun pictures!

The book has a good ending, though the last page image is a twist on the first which I didn’t notice straight away!. This is more of a visual book than a storybook. I really enjoyed reading this and can’t help but constantly flick back to see the pictures again. I might be a bit biased having studied art but I think this is a great book which kids will love and one which also has an educational quality as children will learn and know famous paintings through Willy’s dreams, and adults will love sharing this book too as there’s just so much to see and think about!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).


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#Colouring: The Aviary Peacock #MPBooks

A beautiful peacock image to brighten up your day! 🙂

The Aviary Peacock
Colouring outline from ‘The Aviary’ – Colouring © My Peacock Books
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This is a coloured in peacock from the colouring book called ‘The Aviary’.  It’s filled with realistic images of birds and is published by LOM Art an imprint of Michael O’Mara books.  I did this piece of colouring and took a picture a while ago now but recently looked back and was impressed with my own colouring skills (is that weird?).

What do you think of the peacock?  Would Phoenix the Peacock approve do you think? 🙂
(p.s. apologies for the general light tint on the picture, fault of the light in the room, and the slight shadow in the middle bottom of the pic)


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#Photo Challenge: Pedestrian Pigeons #Photography #MPBooks

An interesting take on the word ‘pedestrian’ 🙂

Pedestrian Pigeons
Pedestrian Pigeons – Image © My Peacock Books
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This is the first photo challenge I’ve ever done on wordpress so I hope everyone likes it.  The theme for this week’s challenge is pedestrian and I have my own little take on the pedestrian world – pigeons!  Love them or hate them (I personally love them) they are part of our towns and cities and help clean up the crumbs of food dropped on the street.  They’re also intelligent birds…well some of the time 😛 🙂

I actually love watching pigeons, I even visited Trafangar Square in London when I was younger.  Back them it was famous for the birds and stalls sold seed you could feed to them, I had several eating from my hands!!  They are smart and resilient birds which should be given some respect.  Pigeon chicks look very strange, by the way, different from most chicks which look a little cuter, and I think we’d all like them a little bit more if we saw more positive nature programs about them.  🙂

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope this image has brightened up your morning, and I hope you have a great week!


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#WordlessWednesday: Riverside Flowers #MPBooks

What do you think of this image?

Riverside Flowers
Beautiful riverside flowers

My beloved Fujifilm finepix camera decided to officially die today 😦  The flash was already gone but it was a very decent camera so I was still using it in daylight but today it decided to completely stop working….sort of.  Instead it keeps turning itself on! 😮  And beeping non-stop 😦  So I obviously need a new camera (I can use my phone but I like a dedicated camera for photography) so I thought I’d look back at some of the pictures I’ve taken and here’s a picture I forgot about.  It’s a surprisingly good photo isn’t it?  Taken a long while ago on a trip near a river, I took this picture not because I was looking to take a stunning photo, but I was trying to get closer to identify the flowers.  The composition and focus is a bit accidental!   – it seems I take better photographs by accident than on purpose! Lol 😀


What do you think of this picture?  Do you like it?  Do you know what flower is in the picture?

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