October 18, 2011

Gee, It's kind of Spooky!

When I was in Plymouth, UK almost a month ago, I went on a walk around town. This particular day I set out later than usual.
As I turned around to come back home dusk began falling and the dark settled in more quickly than I expected. The familiar shapes of houses, and the street lighting along the road became transformed by shadow into objects I've never seen before. I thought to myself, I may have strayed into the bad end of town...oh, that's really, really, really scary. But luckily the house where I  stayed was too close to a busy road so the best thing to do was to hasten home.
Everything looks so different in the dusk. The scenery becomes more profound, charming and enchanting.
Everything took on a spooky aspect against the setting sun and dimming light.
It was purely magical.
Yes, I did have a scary experience, but I was lucky enough to take some good (to my mind) photos. That walk at dusk certainly paid off! xx
Cattedown, Plymouth, UK.

94 comments:

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Everything looks so surreal. My art teacher will only take photos before 8:00 AM and after 5:00 PM. He's a nut about lighting. He would love yours.
Sandra

Kelly said...

What an interesting array of photos! I like the effects you've captured in your night photos.

Crissi said...

Super great pictures,
Greetings Crissi

Fábio Martins said...

The night-shots are not easy to photograph without a tripod

David L Macaulay said...

interesting Betty, although it looks like you may have strayed into Devonport ie. the bad end of town.

David Allen Waters said...

light and dark can really change everything...amazing photos dear friend :)

AmyLK said...

So pretty! And so different from the normal daytime shots usually posted on sites.

I love sunsets and dusk.

Lynn said...

That IS spooky, but looks like an adventure!

michael said...

Awesome pics Betty and some of them are quite spooky!

ritsa said...

I love dusk and these are such beautiful shots!!!

Ξανθή said...

Τι ωραίες φωτογραφίες!!
καλησπέρα!!

Trac~ said...

Wonderful pictures my friend but I do hope you weren't out ALONE after dark in that place - spooky is right! HA! xoxoxo

Jennifer Fabulous said...

There is something eerily gothic about these photos. I love it! :)

Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments on my blog!

Interesting photos of this neighborhood!

BrandNewStudio said...

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Pat Tillett said...

It truly is an entirely different world at night. I like the night and always have...
Nice pics Betty!

tossan® said...

I like these night shots are well framed and the moonlight is spectacular! The night knows everything! saludo

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, those pictures are a bit spooky, and I wouldn't like to be in there. But, they are beautiful photos.

Sandra said...

spooky they are, and i would not want to be walking in any of these photos alone or even with someone, but they make great photos, pretty lights. now you can add a witch here and a ghost there and be ready for All Hallows Eve.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

haha, trac! truth be told...i was all alone in that place, but the house where i was staying in was too close to a busy road when darkness fell over there!

very spooky indeed! :)

Fer said...

Bonitas tomas nocturnas, saludos...

Sylvia K said...

Great shots, Betty, and, yes, it does look spooky! But sometimes that's part of the fun!

Sylvia

missing moments said...

Great set of photos ... dusk has some magical affect on photography.

İlhami Uyar said...

Thank you for nice sharing,I wish you succes all activities,with my best wishes.

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I have heard that some streets in England are dangerous.But there are and worse elsewhere.Have a nice week!

Naqvee said...

How down does the moon come .. eew.. in New Delhi its up on the head almost. its spooky no doubt.

Naqvee said...

How down does the moon come .. eew.. in New Delhi its up on the head almost. its spooky no doubt.

BlueShell said...

Spooky but magial, I say!
Kiss
BShell

George said...

I'm sorry you had a scary experience in the dusk and dark, but you certainly got some beautiful pictures.

Rick said...

Yes, night time shots can be magical and you've captured magic here - even though it was a little spooky.

Nice shots, Betty ! I hope your week is less spooky. ;-)

Craver Vii said...

Back in '81, I saw An American Werewolf in London. There are lingering emotions from that movie that your photos stirred up. I hope these triggers don't impede tonight's sleep. (shiver)

Sérgio Pontes said...

It seems a nice place to live

Sérgio Pontes said...

It seems a nice place to live

DebC said...

?kinda? spooky?

imac said...

Night seems to come alive, and movement seems everywhere.

Wonderful post and pics, and pleased you were safe.

Filip Demuinck said...

I like it but it is very hard to take night pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Enrique G.A. said...

Everything looks differently depending on the light you have .. Play of light and shadow, the mystery of the night.
A good number of good pictures acompañda.
Greetings .-

Ms. A said...

Oooooh, that one looks like a spooky castle. I love them all!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Yes, you scared me. Not that it takes a lot...!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

david, you're right! obviously i have had strayed into the devonport...

Leovi said...

You've managed to extract a precious and mysterious nocturnal images. Perhaps the fear inspired you. Nice pictures.

Cloudia said...

you faced down the dragon
and were rewarded (we all were :-)
with this treasure that thrilled me!


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Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Those pictures really are magical Betty. You're a brave woman for stopping to take them. I especially like the 5th and 6th ones.
Hugs to you,
xoRobyn

_ciids said...

you are a professional photographer: D
q like your work

Randy said...

Wonderful shots Betty! They do have a little spookiness to them.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That could have been a dangerous situation Betty. Please be careful! :) xoxo

SquirrelQueen said...

It is a drastic change when the sun goes down. If we're out late the familiar can become strange.

The moon and street lights combine to make some spooky scenes.

WebbieLady said...

Looks like the place is deserted..

I'd feel spookiness too if i was there alone..

lucky you had your cam toplay with to forget the feeling.

Ángel said...

Tienes toda la razón, la noche es muy especial para hacer fotos, y las fotografías nocturnas encierran esa mezcla perfecta de belleza y misterio. Tu Post, con estas magníficas fotografías, así lo demuestra.
Me gusta tu blog, te sigo
Gracias por pasar y comentar en FOTOS QUE IMPORTAN.
Cordiales saludos

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pics!

Looks like you were chasing the dusk!;)

Bitch said...

Scary or not, dear Betty...
you had enough time to take these
wonderful pictures!
Brave girl!!!!!
Hugs

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Fun gloomy shots :-)

kelly said...

What an awesome adventure!

septembermom said...

Very cool photos Betty! I think some of them would make terrific book jacket photos. You have a great eye!

Anonymous said...

I love these pictures!!
I would love to go there and take some night photos of that place.
It looks really spooky!

blueviolet said...

The darkness does indeed bring on an unsettled feeling. All those shadows...

deb duty said...

Very cool nighttime shots! They do look kind of spooky!

....Petty Witter said...

What great images and so seasonal. I think some of these would make great book covers, so atmospheric, I love them.

Leovi said...

I like the moon with the silhouette of the stacks.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

-siids, you're too kind!
thanks!!

lisa said...

These are wonderful images Betty!
I cannot tell you the number of times I've set out on a walk, planning to be back well before dark, and then going off here and there, suddenly realizing it's completely dark, and I REALLY don't want to be where I've ended up! :-)

Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a great day!

lisa.

Pastor Dennis said...

I am surprised to realize I haven't done this for a while, but I rather like walking after nightfall whether in a city or around a quiet small town; or even in the country, or the woods and wilds, when there is a smooth road or trail to walk.

Rebecca said...

spooky indeed. my fave has to be the last one.

Pat said...

Lovely night shots and, yes, some do look a bit spooky!

Amin said...

Hello! Very beautiful photos!

Pat said...

First off, glad you made it home okay. You just never know nowadays, right?

I agree! Spooky shots!

Kristin said...

That moon is totally eerie!

SandyCarlson said...

Awesome photos. You remind me of my time over there and have me missing it!

Al said...

I love these shots - it's very true that dusk makes things look very different. I've been a couple of places I shouldn't, but being a somewhat oversized guy I just stand up straight and I've been lucky so far!

ladyfi said...

What amazing shots! I agree - in the dark, everything looks different and spookier.

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Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

What a scary experience and thank GOD you made it home safely! =)

Happy week

Jacqueline at Deeprootsathome.com said...

Betty, thanks for stopping by DeepRootsAtHome.com I love your photos of the moon and the clouds. I too am working at my photography, but at 60, I am facing a big learning curve :) We were in England for 2 weeks before we went to Switzerland. Do you live in the UK? I wrote a post about Oxford last week!! We loved it there.
Blessings!

esra said...

some do look spooky but all lovely night shots. i especially like the second one and the with light trails. Everything looks so different in the dark...
Thanks for your visit and comment.

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Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

A few of those photos look like paintings!

EG Wow said...

A very nice series of "spooky" photos. :)

Trevor said...

Hi
Thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog AURA OF PAST SHADOWS recently.

I am the same as you as I like to keep post production photographic adjustments to a minimum...

You have a great blog here....I am surprised that I have not found it before.

I have linked up as a follower and will certainly be visiting again...

-Trevor

Diane AZ said...

Your night time pictures are charming, I sure enjoyed looking at them. Thanks!

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Impulsive Addict said...

SPOOKY! Great pics though!! That moon was beautiful!

colorpoems said...

It can be a bit scary after dark, especially in a strange place. But a great opportunity to do just what you did. I love night photography and I enjoyed yours very much. Glad you made it home safe.

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Glad you are alright, the last one feels the safest ...

Me said...

Dangerous is Plymouth at night.

diane b said...

They are spooky shots. I'm glad you kept safe.

Mats said...

Wonderful photos, never been there so thanks for sharing!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

rick, thanks for the link.:)


me, i think plymouth is quite intriguing at night!

Laura said...

I love Plymouth!

queen of rainbow said...

lovely picture :)
i love night photos <3

thanks for dropping by and the comment :)

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oh, the spirit of autumn....thanks for dropping by!

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