DP Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


There I was framing up a shot of old Stavanger when I caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of this couple.  They had seemingly just got married and were leading the guest to the Reception venue.  No time to think…just turn and shoot.

The couple were unaware of everyone, happy in their new world.  They certainly turned a few heads amongst all the tourists.

But it is that little girl on the right that has intrigued me… a face in the crowd. I wonder just what her thoughts were ?

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. You can see what others have suggested on this link:- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/a-face-in-the-crowd/

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Moody Monday… Monday so is it Wash Day

Crail, Fife

Before Tumble Driers….

There was a time, and not that long ago, when Monday by tradition was Washing Day.  Never was quite sure why a Monday had been defined for the ‘weekly’ washing of the family clothes…but it was.  Gardens and streets, courtyards and vacant places had a clothes line with cloths hopefully drying in the fresh air.

Perhaps it is a tradition that some households still maintain. But with washing machines and tumble driers, not to mention launderettes and washing services,  a washing line is not necessarily an essential.  Nor perhaps does it fit with 21st century life styles.

But this Monday morning it is pouring with rain, so little point in following tradition…even if one wanted too.  Little chance of the clothes drying in the wind today.

Funny how life changes…..I suppose that is progress

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

New Year Greetings….2018


Have a wee Dram with me…Happy New Year

Below are the words I posted on this day, New Years Day 2017 

I guess they are just as relevant this New Year 2018

( I have simply changed the year)

With a Toast for your good Health and Happiness in 2018
But above all else in this world of uncertainty and unrest, please let there be Peace. Our children and grandchildren deserve much better from our Politicians. So it is my hope that perhaps in 2018 and from what ever side of the so called Political divides, that they do start listening to concerns and worries.

We for our part can strive for Peace in our lives, for our friends and families.

Finally thank you for following my Blog. For those of you who comment on such a regular basis, a special thank you for adding much pleasure to my life….I would miss your thoughts very much.

My very Best Wishes to you all

1st January

(C) David Oakes 2018




A Christmas Wish……

Robin Let there be Peace - Copy

Seasons Greetings to Everyone

And is it too much to hope that Peace throughout the World could be created by our political leaders. Nor is it a new plea as this Victorian Christmas Card graphically illustrates


25th December

(C) David Oakes 2017.   Victorian card from The David Oakes – Images Collection