Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sweeping Up The Splinters

Whenever I hear a knock at the door, I never expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Thankfully, they're not there when I step away from my Godzilla marathon on TV to answer it. It's Ziva, Finland's answer to a very-tiny-but-important question. The diva gazes up at most of me from her tall heels. We've had dealings before, not least of which was what became known in hushed tones as The Istanbul Incident.

Roth! she beams, with something approaching tolerance, We need something from you! By "we" the crazy Finn means her and Mike, Colorado's long-lost Heir to the Dead-Letter Throne Of America. The duo have recently masterminded the 30 Days Of Photography Challenge.

I took part. I broke rules. I didn't care. Ziva told me in no uncertain terms that I was now On Her List. I have no idea what that means, but goshdarnit, it sounds interesting, doesn't it?

Ziva! I smile shyly.

You might be a slacker, my dear Indigo, she shrugs kindly, but we have need of your peculiar talents. As I look blankly at her, she chuckles, As someone very tall once said to me, It's Steam-Engines when it comes Steam-Engine-Time!

I consider this with all due solemnity for a moment.

Eh?

Your outtakes, man! she smiles, somewhat worryingly. You promised us extra photos that you didn't use in the challenge!

I did?

You do remember, don't you?

She shakes her long dark hair and I forget my name for a moment.

So, when can we have them? Now is good.

I have visions of Vikings roaring across the frozen wastelands. I am caught in their bloodied headlights.

Oh, yes, of course. Well, you'd better come in then.

She tap-taps into my hallway and closes the door behind us.

I'll just turn Godzilla off.

There's no need. It turns out she's a fan.

So. Here's my spare photos.

And Instabul? Oh, it was cool. We made bail.


Day 13 – Calm 2

The Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge, sheltering a huddle of sleepy punts. I fail to see how it could get much calmer.

Day 25 – Video 2


This alternate take has some lovely footage of a very cheeky bird.

Day 27 – Kafkaesque 2

Folk struggled with this one. So I'm posting my second. I blame Mike, and so should you; he thought of the damned word.

Day 28 – Autumn 2

"The House was out of time. Every year new leaves fell, but inside their ring the House endured; it was changeless, lost."

Day 28 – Autumn 3

My final photo of this challenge. Weird, isn't it? My favourite tree in Cambridge.

Indigo

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28 comments:

  1. Very nice work, Indigo. Your Outtakes put my entire 30 Days collection to shame, as does your writing, wit, height, passion for b-rate Japanese horror films, skillz with Photoshop, and, based on what I heard in the video (s), your accent. And that trip to Istanbul must be the stuff of legends. Do I sense a future post with details?

    *retires in shame to his home, where he'll live alone, nursing his fail soul until he dies*

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    1. Failed soul. I can't even type accurately.

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  2. One thing you'll always want to make is bail in Istanbul. :-)

    Pearl

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  3. Loving the creepy tree!! I have never seen so many ducks in one place...it was crazy watching them spin around.

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    1. Hey Danielle! Welcome! It was, as we say in the UK, a bit of a bunfight. I have no idea what sort of buns they might enjoy, or why they'd be fighting about them, but we know better than to pick at idiomatic imagery; it'll scar. Thanks, Indigo

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  4. Love the Kafkaesque pic, Indigo. You should have used it.

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    1. Hey Dufus! Well dammit, NOW you tell me! Indigo

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  5. I love your last pic!!! Beautiful!

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    1. Hey MomLaner! It was an odd one, it's true. I'll dig out the original sometime. Indigo

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  6. Good thing I stopped by to remind you, you'd have completely forgotten to post your outtakes, you forgetful man. And I'm glad you shared them with us because they are quite something. The editing on the autumn leaves photo is superb, and your favourite tree looks positively creepy. I love it. :) And the accent is not bad, either. ;)

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    1. Hey Ziva! I'm a forgetful soul, it must be said. And you're too kind. Tho clearly deranged; I sound like an extra in a Guy Ritchie movie. Still. Indigo x

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  7. Very, very, very cool!! Love them all!

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    1. Hey Mia! Too kind, ma'am. But I'm glad you liked 'em!

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  8. These are every bit as great as your final choices. I can't take a decent picture to save my life, but I am a veteran appreciator of other people's talent ... thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Hey Jen! I'm with you; I think I can compose, but the technicalities of it utterly elude me. Someone's been threatening to teach me more, and I think it's time to learn =)

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  9. Thors Hammer Roth! Get out of my bloody headlights man!!!

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    1. Hey, It's Mad Al Bloodaxe! Man, dip those halogens, won't you? I'm like a started bunny in their glare.

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  10. Dammit, man... how do you get so many stunning photos? And not a badger among them.

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    1. Hey Paula! Pure dumb luck, m'dear, let's leave it at that! And yes, we need more badgers.

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  11. Love the feeding frenzy video! You have a very soothing commentary voice :)

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    1. Hey Robbie! What are you and Ziva like?! But thank you. I don;t think David Attenborough will be losing sleep over it, but it's nice to know I have options ;)

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  12. beautiful! makes me long to visit again.

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    1. Hey Eolist! You wouldn't have enjoyed the weather yesterday - absolutely filthy! And the summer's over, so the rain wasn't even warm ;)

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  13. Indigo, I'm missing your cheerful, lively and colourful presence. I may not comment often but I do drop by to read your lovely stories. Hope you're bus doing fab things :-)
    W x

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    1. Hey Wendy! I know what you mean, but I think I'll be about a little more now a work deadline has passed. Thanks for the comment =)

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  14. Awesome photos Indigo!!! As always! xoxox

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    1. Hey Kato! Ha, just seen your avatar! Loving the coffee, there? And thank you, it was a lot of fun doing these, and I've made some great friends doing it. =)

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