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'Canary Wharp' by Philip Wright of Caterham u3a

'Canary Wharp' by Philip Wright of Caterham u3a

Taken in Canary Wharf in London on a rare trip to the capital. The buildings in the photo are perfectly horizontal and vertical, but I liked the way they were warped in the windows.

'Accidental Effect' by Jonathan Ruddle of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

'Accidental Effect' by Jonathan Ruddle of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

This photograph was a mistake. It shows two boats taking part in the Round the Island Race, the annual race around the Isle of Wight. I had the wrong ISO settings on my camera and it came out very overexposed. But I rather like the washed-out effect.

'Nature Shapes' by Sue Andrews of Braintree u3a

'Nature Shapes' by Sue Andrews of Braintree u3a

I love the contrasting colours, different shapes and sizes created by nature.

'Snail Ride' by Peter Lund of Ruthin & District u3a

'Snail Ride' by Peter Lund of Ruthin & District u3a

Big snails have little snails upon their backs to ride ‘em. Little snails have smaller snails and so ad infinitum!

'Two Sizes, One Family' by Rick Harding of Stubbington u3a

'Two Sizes, One Family' by Rick Harding of Stubbington u3a

Two different sizes in the same family. The small seed head (fruit) is from a Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) whilst the large one (10cm across) is from a Goat's-beard (Tragopogon pratensis), also known as 'John go to Bed at Noon' because its flowers close by midday. Both from the Daisy (Asteraceae) family and from Stubbington in Hampshire!

'Stepping Out' by Ann Hooley of Ruddington u3a

'Stepping Out' by Ann Hooley of Ruddington u3a

In a local park earlier this year the Egyptian goose and gosling caught my eye because, in spite of the difference in size, the gosling was leading the adult as they marched along. At the point, I took the picture they were completely in step.

'Matryoshka Doll' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

'Matryoshka Doll' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

This Russian Matryoshka doll (with ten nesting dolls) was bought in Moscow over 50 years ago when the Iron Curtain still existed. In Russia, the doll is thought to symbolize traditional values of Russian society: respect for the elderly, unity of the extended family, fertility and abundance, and the search for truth and meaning.

'Which Size?' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

'Which Size?' by Angela Owen of Worcester Area u3a

… but which size fits? I had two main aims in lockdown – developing my photography and focussing on being healthy. Now is the delightful time to go buy some new clothes, but what size – I’ve lost weight? Yippee! I was in this dilemma and playing with the clothes hanger and size markers when I realised it perfectly described my dilemma. It forms a question mark so I had my smiley-face beads finish the job. I’m happy!

'Diamonds' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

'Diamonds' by Rosemary Gibbs of Rugby u3a

Clear cut crystals, yes, semi-precious stones and seed beads all feature in the necklaces and bracelets used in this image and which I have had few occasions to wear during Covid times. Over a number of years, I collected a wide range of different sizes of beads which I learned to make into these varied designs at an enjoyable jewellery class that I attended.

'Baby Gorilla With Mother' by Trevor Hosking of Knutsford u3a

'Baby Gorilla With Mother' by Trevor Hosking of Knutsford u3a

This was taken at Gerald Durrell's Jersey Zoo where conservation of species is it's vision. The mother is carefully and lovingly watching her offspring whilst it feeds.

'Pysanky' by Sonia Bidny of Littleborough u3a

'Pysanky' by Sonia Bidny of Littleborough u3a

'Pysanky' Ukrainian Easter eggs. They are real eggs that are decorated by hand with beeswax, then dyed and later blown. At Easter time they are taken to church alongside the traditional Easter food to be blessed.

'Glowing Spheres' by Andrea Edeleanu of Guildford u3a

'Glowing Spheres' by Andrea Edeleanu of Guildford u3a

Was taken at RHS Wisley Glow in January 2021. I liked the grouping of simple spheres of different sizes connected yet separate, glowing in the darkness.

'Beetles & Bees' by Elizabeth Chew of Syston u3a

'Beetles & Bees' by Elizabeth Chew of Syston u3a

I love photographing bees on flowers and I was very impressed by the amount of pollen this one had gathered in it's pollen baskets. The beautiful little beetle next to it was an added extra!

'Insects On A Rose' by Richard Thomas of Sudbury u3a

'Insects On A Rose' by Richard Thomas of Sudbury u3a

Insects on a rose at Marks Hall Gardens. You wouldn’t wear these colours together but Nature seems to get away with it!

'Choices' by Jill Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Choices' by Jill Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

Taken at Keddleston Hall. Well, we chose the longer route on our day out in August last year. It was a breath of fresh air during a difficult year for everyone. I hope this illustrates “different sizes” sufficiently too.