Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tag Tuesday and More

Hi everybody!
Tuesday means that it's time for Tag Tuesday, and our theme this week is decay.
For my tag I used a photo taken at an old Jewish graveyard in Brandenburg during a field trip there some years back. I cut a tag from recycled black card from an old calendar, and gave it the form of a cabinet card, as this reminds me of the form of a gravestone. I cut the photo to the same shape. The text is from the well-known hymn, 'Abide with me', which we used to sing at school in London, and although I am not a religious person, I always liked this hymn. I added a spot of colour with the flowers and left everything else in black and white. I love the way the stone is leaning against the tree, and how new shoots are springing up - the eternal cycle of life, death, decay and new life.




Today was rather wet, with lots of showers, so I didn't wander too far from home, and did three short walks, with  total of just over 14000 steps (7 1/2 miles).  In the afternoon the sun tried to come out, and the sky was really impressive.
 



At the Rhine there were dozens of wild geese, bobbing about in the water where a stream flows into the river, then taking off and flying away in groups. I stood there for so long that I got wet feet, but I loved watching them.
 



Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

24 comments:

  1. Such a stunning tag. Brilliant idea. I loved looking at your photos too. So pretty.

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  2. Das Tag ist suuuper klasse,ich mag auch wie der Baum am Grabstein lehnt,schön dekoriert hast du es auch.
    die Bilder sind traumhaft,und ich liibe den sky und die Entchen,das würde ich gern mal von nahem beobachten,überhaupt mag ich die Natur und Tierwelt unheimlich gern.
    ich geh jetzt mal ins Bettchen,muss morgen früh hoch zum Arzt,Gute Nacht,schlaf schön :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  3. Your tag, and the words from Abide With Me, are beautifully done, and I am so interested in the way you have added the colour with the 3D beads and flower which somehow add a feeling of hope to the four words of your cycle of life. A very interesting tag.
    Your sky photos are lovely, and the flock of Canada geese.

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  4. sombre tag today, lovely photos!

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  5. Love the tag with the poignant picture and words and the skies in your photos certainly are impressive xx

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  6. Wonderful tag Val, just saw it on TT, too - great use of the photo, very efefctive with those pretty flowers to give some life and hope. Love it! Hugs, Sarah

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  7. Dein Tag ist wunderschön! Ich mag diese zurückhaltende Eleganz. Eine ganz wunderbare Komposition!
    LG, LonettA

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  8. Terrific tag which is so well thought out Valerie.

    Amazing sky pictures and very different clouds to what I have seen before. Love the wild life you capture in pictures for us. Looks like a nature reserve with all the birds.

    Have a great day

    Chrissie x

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  9. perfect tag and the hymn works so well. The addition of that tny bit of color makes it sing.
    Cold here again...walkong will be somewhat curtsiled but I will make up for it inside. Birds are endlessly fascinatng to watch, they are such characters....xox

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  10. Beautiful tag! The black and white with just a spot of color works so well!

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  11. Great tag Val. Even though it is a bit sombre, you have made it look special. Lovely pictures. Hugs Rita xxx

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  12. Beautiful photos from your walk and I love your tag. The black and white photo is super with the pop of colour. x

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  13. Gorgeous tag! Love the cut of the tag and the beautiful verse written in white ink, the photo itself is awesome too! Pretty walk today too. ~Diane

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  14. A haunting photo Valerie but it's lifted beautifully with the little posy of flowers. Super sky photos. Enjoy the rest of your day. Xx

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  15. Loving your fab tag Valerie and keep looking at that great sky, the last photo looks like a pair of hands guiding a tornado.......... hugs Annette x

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  16. A wonderful tag, so atmospheric. Great photos as well.
    Yvonne x

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  17. Decay is captured perfectly, incredible photo as all of yours are. I am awakened most mornings by many, many Canada Geese who nest in some wetlands behind us. The land is underdevelopment so I enjoy them while I can. Take care,

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  18. Fantastic tag and beautiful photos of the sky and trees.

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  19. You've definitely made a very different kind of tag to an unusual and difficult theme, nice work, Valerie.
    Yes, geese are fascinating whether in the sky or on land.

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  20. Terrific tag design and colors.

    Great pictures and wetlands.

    Hugs Diane

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  21. A very spectacular post today even though it has no food! I am going to start with your sky pictures - spectacular!!!!!
    I have always loved old graveyards - I guess there is a mystery about death that draws me. Although in areas of Europe the old Jewish graveyards hold so much sadness. I love your tag Valerie and the way the tombstone leans against the tree. I believe I have told you that Hebrew writing also holds much mystery for me. The words from the hymn touch my soul.
    Thanks Sugar - a very meaningful post today.
    Sandy

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  22. ein wundervoller post Valerie..geniale Fotos die das herrliche Tag auf's Feinste unterstützen eine besondere Stimmung zu vermitteln!

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  23. Beautiful Tag with such meaning Valerie. Loved your walk pics today too. The photo with the hanging cloud looks like the tornados we have here.
    Enjoy the evening.
    Hugs

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  24. Your tag is really striking Valerie, you wouldn't think that you could find beauty in an old gravestone, but there it is! It looks to be a very chilly day, I love the picture of the geese flying xx

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