On this day 2017 – North Sea Shipping: On our way to Norway

In 2017 we went on a cruise with good friends to the Norwegian Fjords on The Marco Polo of CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages).

We had a great time!

The view of shipping in the North Sea from the Marco Polo

The photo was edited in Luminar with AI sky enhancement, general tweaking and a texture overlay.

Almost as good as it got

When we visited Iceland on a cruise a few years back we briefly went into the Arctic Circle north of the Island.

In spite of the bitter cold and a moving ship in the middle of the night, I was able to take this picture of the Northern Lights.

Although it’s a poor image I’m pleased that I was able to capture something!

This will be the last in my series of cloud and sky photos.

Onwards and upwards tomorrow!

A software sky

I took this nightime photo the other day. It was just an ordinary sky before I enhanced it with some software I recently purchased.

I think it looks rather nice.

I must try to take some real nightime photos. Perhaps the lockdown will permit clearer skies and more stars. I will wait for a clear night and use a tripod.

This photo was taken with an iPhone 11 Pro using the low light night mode. It was processed in Luminar 4.2.

Sunday Photo Fiction : October 20, 2019 – What if?

Photo courtesy of Colby Renee

What if

It was time to leave the house.

After the accident, she had needed time to forget and to heal but now, 12 years on, she was still as broken as the night it had occurred.

She had to move on, to do something, anything, with her fractured life.

She blamed herself, and in the small hours of every sleepless night, she replayed all those what if scenarios.

What if she had only had one glass of wine instead of three?

What if she hadn’t taken the shortcut?

What if she hadn’t ignored the stop light?

What if she had managed to brake in time to avoid the collision.

These questions remained without answers and haunted her incessantly.

She’d tried numbing her guilt with wine, or pills, but neither had worked.

Even her weekly sessions with Dr Hamilton hadn’t helped.

It was time to move on.

She put on her darkest of sunglasses and largest of hats and headed, hesitantly, towards the front door.

Her family stood firm behind her.

“Go on darling you’re almost there.”

“You can do it Mum! So proud of you.”

For she was alone in the car that fatal night, the family had taken a taxi.

(200 words)

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Sunday is here with another Sunday Photo Fiction challenge. Thanks Donna!

My feature photo is of the bridge leading to Tromso Cathedral which is behind me.

Twittering Tales #153

Photo by Nadiya Ploschenko at Unsplash.com

When you left, I tried to remain in the dark, preferring the gloom that matched my splintered heart.

But the early rising sun found a way of dispelling my melancholy with its warm searching rays and sowed the seeds of my convalescence.

I took a long, deep cleansing breath. (271 characters)

I’m a bit late for Twittering Tales this week but I do enjoy this challenge!