I am the author of 8 travel books that have a spiritual and human interest content; I write about observations, insights and real life events. you can see my books by googling my name : Charmiene Maxwell-Batten
they are available on amazon.com and www.lulu.com
I love photography and have my photos to view and for sale at this link: http://sita.redbubble.com
Thursday, September 16, 2010
A renowned author was asked in an interview why she writes - her answer was:
"Because I love it and I need it"
This is short, simple, honest - and exactly my answer too.
I really appreciate you visiting my Blog and my photo gallery (below)
I have recently joined a site called RedBubble, which has given me an opportunity to showcase my photographs. I fell in love with photography about 2 years ago when I needed some photos for my book covers and my books themselves. I began with a simple inexpensive phone camera and now I use a dijital point and shoot Lumix camera.
My photos are for sale as greeting cards and framed prints.
I am also getting ready to approach various Animal protection charities in San Antonio Texas because I would like to donate some of the earnings from my photography and books towards the protection of animals. I am sad to say that in Texas, dogs and all animals are officially treated as possessions - in the same category as furniture and owning your furniture is the same as 'owning' a dog. Dogs are not considered to be living (loving) beings with a heartbeat. There are so many stray dogs around San Antonio and the culture appears to accept that as being acceptable. Dogs are left in back yards in all weather and I have asked myself why people even have a dog - well the answer is - it is a cheap alarm system and when this alarm system breaks down - it is easily replaced with a new one
Besides my passion for photography and writing and gardening, I have a passion to try and ease the plight of dogs and offer assistance to those organisations that dedicate themselves to educating and rescuing abused pets.
I was born in Axminster, Devon - England - before leaving for East Africa at 6 weeks old!
My family still live in England and I consider it to be my home and 'my roots' even though I seem to have travelled, lived and worked in other countries.
I love England and here are some photos that I recently took, because for the last two years photography has become a great passion! I find it soothing, uplifting and such a wonderful way to express one's heart.
This is the beach in Budleigh Salterton, it is a lovely pebbly beach with a wildlife sanctuary of marshes nearby where the birds and wildlife are protected.
This is the lovely Exeter Quay, where swans float and glide along the river and walk around with their baby cygnets on the grass.
This photo is in Instow, North Devon - it is a lovely place with a lot of historic and old world cottages. Across the bay is Appledore.
This is called Blackbury Camp, it is near Beer (seaside village/town) and you have to drive down a small country lane to reach this place - and when you get there it is an enchanting sanctuary where the bluebells carpet the woods in Springtime. It is wonderful to be there. This locarion is also an ancient and sacred place in the Iron Age times.
This is my book about England which can be viewed and purchased online in USA or Europe