Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post : Captivating

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Can’t resist having a little fun with this week’s subject Captivating.  So many things in life can be captivating, including Jake’s Lucky Snake logo with it’s hypnotic eyes.  It captures my imagination, holds it, and makes me smile- that’s a great definition of captivating.

Me, capturing "me"

Me, capturing “me” and an elephant

I loved this elephant clock, proudly displayed on the mantelpiece at Thrumpton Hall.  I had just waved Lisa off on honeymoon and was speeding through the building, trying to capture as much as I could of this most captivating of venues.  Posh frock packed away, and not expecting ever to visit the Hall again, every click counted.   I didn’t mind being caught on camera.  It was one more bit of evidence that I really was there.  It wasn’t just a fairytale, though it well might have been!

This is how it looks without me

This is how it looks without me- even more captivating!

I find this photo rather captivating too.  All of twenty years ago.

Lisa and James, 20 years ago

Lisa and James, in Nottingham marina

Sentiment set aside, today I’m feeling much more mischievous.  Is this a captivating image?  Who is captive here?  We were sitting on the seawall at Lagos watching the water dogs perform- a very captivating sight.

Which one is me?

Which one is me?

Held captive by the camera!  I’m developing a liking for this kind of shot, though I suppose it belongs more to the subject of shadows.  Just for today, I’m calling it a captive image.

The prisoner, in his pretty jail

The prisoner, in his exotic jail

I found this little fellow somewhat captivating, and his happy friend below.  The gnomes of Wrocław were endearing in the extreme, and I expect I’ll have to return someday to track down a few more.

Friendly, or Wellwisher

Friendly, or Wellwisher gnome

But the photo I find most captivating of all, has to be this one.  I will never forget the moment that I stood stock still and simply stared. Porto, with all it’s crumpled and faded beauty, is a memory that will stay with me forever.

Hauntingly lovely Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Porto

Hauntingly lovely Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Porto

I know that Jake’s Comments box is going to be packed full of captivating images this week.  One of my Sunday pleasures, when the chores are done, is to admire the other Sunday Post entries.  Come with me?  Just click on the lucky snake logo or the links.

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59 comments

  1. What a wonderful series of captivating photos, I couldn’t possibly say which I like best although the little gnome is rather special. That picture of Porto though, is stunning, I can well imagine you being utterly captivated by it.

  2. What an interesting selection of photos. I love the first one of you and the elephant and the gnomes but my favorite is the prisoner. It took me a minute to work out what I was seeing in the picture. I saw the shoes first.

    1. Hi Rosie! Thanks for stopping by.
      Yes, out of context, little prisoner gnome is something of an enigma. Did you follow the link back to the gnomes of Wroclaw piece? There are about 150 of them, though I didn’t get to photograph them all! I like playing with words as well as photos and I use the challenges for that mostly (and to be frivolous!)

  3. What a nice collection of awesome photos. I love all of them. If selecting my favorite, then it would be the last photo presenting Igreja de Santo Ildefonso in Porto.

  4. goodness Jo – so many captivating examples…but I have to ask…what are ‘water dogs?’ as I didn’t see any. No laughing if I am showing my ignorance please…hehehehehe

    1. Wasn’t sure if it was a bit of a hodge podge, but I was feeling whimsical at the time, Meg. Too late to change my mind now! Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  5. I know I’ve said it before, but those gnomes are wonderful.
    I love the feel of bronze, and those little figures are so captivating, they just make me want to touch them.

    1. I definitely think they fit the bill for “captivating”, Vicky. Half of Wroclaw was hunting them down, while the other half just went about their business, oblivious!

  6. I was trying to take a photo tour of the village yesterday, but all I kept getting was my reflection, muffled to the eyebrows and wearing my silly pink hat. Your pictures are lovely.

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