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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Reading...

Reading...

There's nothing better than reading a good book on a Saturday afternoon…

Did you know that…

"Brain imaging studies of blind people as they read words in Braille show activity in precisely the same part of the brain that lights up when sighted readers read." (from Science Daily)

"... reading plays a vital role in the lives of blind and partially sighted people, helping them to overcome daily challenges, boosting mental well-being, enabling them to develop learning and skills and providing opportunities for social contact through reading groups" (from The Reading Agency)

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Mornign Frost on Blackberry Leaves

Morning Frost on Blackberry Leaves

We're having another quite warm and sunny winter day. I took this photo on my morning walk through the woods.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Winter Water Wonder

Winter Water Wonder

We're still having a green, relatively warm winter without snow. That doesn't stop me from taking photos of nature in all its glory :-)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Golden Winter

Golden Winter: Stars

We're having a very warm winter this year. We've had a bit of snow, but it's all gone now and the sun's back out. There are still plenty of dry leaves and seeds on the trees. They turn golden in the warm winter sunlight. These are the seeds of the common spindle (Euonymus europaeus). They look like little golden stars.


Golden Winter: A Leaf in the Sunlight

We're having a very warm winter this year. We've had a bit of snow, but it's all gone now and the sun's back out. There are still plenty of dry leaves and seeds on the trees. They turn golden in the warm winter sunlight. This is a beech leaf. It looks like little golden boat.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

At Night

At Night

Tactile paving at night.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Autumn Beauty

Autumn Beauty Picked on a walk this afternoon :-)

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

My first attempts with a black mirror. I'm quite pleased with the result, actually :-)
While I initially started out with different combinations of coloured pencils, I decided to post this photo here on my Flickr. Why? Well, I decided to use it as a way of explaining the question that I got the other day about my white cane: "Do the colours on your cane mean anything?" And the answer is yes!

While today white canes can be colourful, too (different colours of grips, tips, etc), there is a kind of an international "code" about white canes, too.
1) A white cane that is completely white indicates that the user is completely blind.
2) A white cane with a red bottom part (like the one I have) indicates that the user is visually impaired and still has some usable vision left.
3) A striped red and white cane indicates that the user is deafblind.
So, next time you see someone with a white cane, pay attention to the colours of the cane. This way, you'll know how to act around them and perhaps help them if they ask for help.