Did you know that November 17th has been dedicated to raising awareness of premature births which amount to (worldwide) 1 in every 10 births. What is premature? The medical definition I was given was any baby born before the 35th week of gestation but that appears to have crept up to 37.
Why do I care?
As the father of a child born at 28½wks gestation or 11½wks early I can never be thankful enough to the UK health system that saw my child as a living, breathing individual that had as much right o healthcare as I do. The paediatrician at the time, it has to be said, was a doubter and gave us news we didn't want to hear and didn't take on-board. My child was given a prognosis of not surviving and if by any miracle he did then he'd "never walk, talk or play an instrument". Those were her exact words.
How can I forget when he grew into such a marvelous young man who now lives and works on the outskirts of big bad London forging his own path in this world.
- Yes he's profoundly deaf but he talks and understands like you or I that aren't.
- Yes he walks. He was never an athlete but he's healthy and loving life.
- And Yes he plays a musical instrument. In fact I've lost count of the number he actually does play but lets just leave it at piano and trumpet to certified orchestral standards.
My son ... Owen.
So what am I saying?
If someone metaphorically shakes a bucket at you to give money for this then do so. These children are our future and we have no right to say they don't have a right to life.
If you can support someone who has a child recognised as 'prem' then do so.
If you can fight for free health care for all that recognises the right of the newly, though severely ill, born to be treated as an equal then do so.
More details can be found here: https://www.neonataltrust.org.nz/about-us/world-prematurity-day-17th-november
Oh, and I get to be the proud dad that shares a few images of his life...
I don't know much about hat sizes. I know my uncle had to buy very large hats. But his head doesn't seem big to me either.
It's typical that you can spend a week within throwing distance of somewhere and it's only on your last morning - typically a mad dash to pack and get out - that the sun decides it's going to make a proper appearance.
The hut is the same hut I shared in my Sunset(ish) shot a day or two back but from a different angle. It is the information centre for the Crannog that is neatly tucked away behind this hut.
#sunrisephotography #sunrisephotos #landscapephotography
From the other side.
Because the rain, mist, wind, etc has hit my locale all I have to provide today from my break to the beacons is a shot of the same sunrise I shared yesterday but this time from the other side of the church at Llangasty.
I love the colours going on in this one....
#beautifulBrecon #landscapephotography #sunrisephotography #churchphotography
So as it's #CoffeeThursday I have the low down for you. No more quaking in terror, no more mispronouncing espresso...
Your caffeine fulled mods as ever are: and myself
The family took a minor detour on our way home from our week away and dropped in to see the Children's Memorial at Aberfan Cemetery in South Wales. For those that are unaware, Aberfan is where 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives October 21st 1966 due to slurry from the nearby colliery unexpectedly sliding down the hillside and engulfing the local primary school.
This image is just a apart of the overall memorial and as a family we were all profoundly moved by this location - the peace that we experienced was wonderful and the area has been beautifully landscaped now. However, this memorial serves to remind that live is but a moment and for some of us it's even shorter.
Even I had to stop reading some of the gravestones as they were bringing a lump to my throat.
Grabbed possibly my last chance to get some sort of sunset shot this week I'm away. Due to weather predictions it is expected to rain for the rest of this week - well at key times of the day at least.
And as it was, the sunset was actually off to the right of this shout but there wasn't anything of interest there so snagged a long exposure of this instead. 149s of B&W goodness with my ND 10 stop filter.
#longexposurephotography #sunsetphotography #blackandwhitephotography
Time, distance, circumstances, vision, perception.
All these things change when viewed under a different structure set.
What am I talking about...? Well last time I saw this church it was open to the public 24x7. Last time I was in the company of those rare souls known as friends that just allow you to meet together once in a blue moon but it feels like it was just yesterday you last saw them. Last time I wasn't a camera toting artist looking at composition and light with a critical eye. Last time I came here it was mid-morning and memory tells me the surrounding area wasn't locked away behind 'no access' gates and fences.
- This time it was closed.
- This time I was alone.
- This time I had my camera and was disappointed at the few angles and ideal locations available to me to capture sunrise.
- This time I ignored the signs and climbed the fences anyway.
@ St Gastyn's, Llangasty, Brecon Beacons
#sunrisephotography #churchphotography #beautifilBrecon
Sadly googleplussuomi.com appears to have been taken down so I can no longer easily link you to a timeline of my imagery. If anybody knows a direct replacement then please do tell.
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I'm a tech head with a passion for way too many things. I have one wife and 3 children. A happy family man with not enough time, too little money and too much going on inside my head.
I love rugby (Wales) and even though I turned 50 recently I still haven't seen (nor plan to) a full football game. Love cricket; 10 Pin Bowling (closet to 300 I have is a 257); Tang Soo Do; Judo; Cycling and many other.
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