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Open Day at the Community Allotment. The scarecrow keeps an eye on proceedings.

For those who may not have encountered this project previously in my portfolio about ten years ago a group of volunteers raised 60,000 to adapt three adjoining allotment plots for use by people who would not normally be able to manage an allotment or garden the very elderly, the physically disabled, adults and young people with learning difficulties and severe psychiatric problems.

There are raised beds and small plots, everything is wheelchair-accessible. Able-bodied members work along with the disabled members to give support and guidance. It's an amazing place.

This was always going to be b&w, because the colour original has a major problem (a clump of dazzling nasturtiums bang in the middle). But I have now produced a nasturtium-free colour version which will go up some time. Don't get me wrong, they're one of my favourite flowers (and wonderful in salads). But they're very bright...

Thanks for looking,

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Aug 2012 - 1:50 PM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Scarecrow
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:25 Sep 2012 - 8:09 AM
Tags:Black & white, Community photography, Photo journalism


KingBee Plus Member 9429 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 8:27 AM

Scarecrow's got a Looby-Loo look about her (I'm sure you remember "Bill and Ben" too!), and provides a wonderful distraction. She looks as if she's just jumped up and said "Boo, I'm Looby-Loo, who are you?".



Last Modified By KingBee at 25 Sep 2012 - 8:28 AM
25 Sep 2012 - 8:29 AM

I love this one Moira - good to see the scarecrow keeping watch!!
Couldn't get to Prudhoe because of the flooding this morning - I hope that you and Bill are safe and dry!

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8776 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 8:36 AM

Thanks folks. Carol, we're quite high up, above the main road through town, but Bill's reading off the list of road closures and it looks bad! Hope there's no damage down on Princess Way.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 8:47 AM

Thanks for the write up, Moira! What a grand idea, I'd like to congratulate all those involved. I like the photo for its compo, tonal range and thought provoking aspect of it.

Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 8:55 AM

Well timed capture Moria, certainly had some rain Sad
Regards Richard

pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:00 AM

good to see the scarecrow, always good for lifting ones mood, the couple and expressions captured are a necessary inclusion I feel

raining here most of yesterday and tipped down last night but this morning so far - brighter

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:05 AM

thats not a scarey scarecrow.. he made me smile

NDODS Plus Member 44326 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:21 AM

Sounds like a great project to be part of, one which clearly helps the local population. The image brings out the more charming side of allotment work, which as you will know is at times extremely backbreaking and tireless work.

Regards Nathan

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:22 AM

Think Bob refers to Andy Pandy not Bill & Ben although the latter did have a gardener who was always going off for dinner!! The scarecrow here is not going to scare a thing, she's far too nice.


mrswoolybill Critique Team 8776 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:25 AM

Ah yes, Looby Loo was Andy Pandy, Little Weed was Bill and Ben. I think we have a combination of the two!
Thanks everyone, we have to go out and brave the elements.

cats_123 Plus Member 114363 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

"Babap ickle Weed" GrinGrin

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:51 AM

Some fun in this very important allotment project Moira. It must be a joy for those of us less able to get down on their knees to garden and grow things.



Love that scarecrow, I want one whatever her name is , it made me smile and that's a good thing with all this rain, keep safe and dry,


rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 10:17 AM

Had to be yours Moira, quirky take that works so well Smile It also combines a strong sense of emotion !

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 11:49 AM

Oh, poor nasturtiumsSmile
I love the concept of this garden, it is a wonderfully therapeutic environment for those who most need it. Well done to your town.

SlowSong Plus Member 75305 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 11:54 AM

Very scarey indeed. Grin

franken Plus Member 123586 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 12:16 PM

Made me smile and has cheered up a really misirable day for me Moira. GrinGrin


mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 12:46 PM

I think this scarecrow would get first prize for the most unscariest scarecrow ever made Moira !!
Like his smile.
He must have his eye on Aunt Sally I reckon !!
(But only fans of Worzel Gummidge will know that one !!)

Last Modified By mikbee at 25 Sep 2012 - 12:48 PM
Tibetan  3 England
25 Sep 2012 - 2:31 PM

Oooo! Arrr! me dear! that there Aunt Sally is a right corker! she can have my mangle worsels any time! lol. good shot suits B&W and a very worthy cause that's for sure! all for things like that!, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 2:42 PM

A great bit of photo journalism, Moira, and the scarecrow's a fine looking chap, though I bet he's not smiling in this nasty weather! Wink
Trev Smile

danbrann Plus Member 11543 forum postsdanbrann vcard 16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 4:37 PM

those two old codgers look fitter than me Moira....that'll tell you what a state I am in...and for that scare crow it looks fitter than the three of us. Nice pic which tells a story.

lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:59 PM

Ha ha, great composition Moira, He really does look like He's looking and listenning.

John Smile

Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 - 6:07 PM

Nicely composed and captured, Moira.


AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:59 PM

The veg in the foreground looks like some delicious chard (I think). Charming image Moira. Hope you haven't sailed away down the A1 in all this rain.

annettep38 Plus Member 4210 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 9:59 AM

He is so cute, the birds will probably as him for peanutsSmile
I know a better method: Get the 600mm out (even a 300mm does the trick Smile) and start aiming for the birds. They disappear instantly.

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 6:54 PM

I bet all these comments have ment allot to you Moira, you've composed this shot so well

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