Ghosttown | Madonna’s Gothical Ingenuity to a World That’s Fallen Victim to Mass Destruction.

Ghosttown - Madonna - Rebel Heart - Mother Nature - Special Music Feature

Following the release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, Madonna has added another music video to the video collection by releasing Ghosttown. In the styles of gothic and destruction, Madonna has used these to create a gothical ingenuity, in which the whole world has fallen victim to a mass destruction, causing the lives of all those caught in it all to be lost. Clocking up to over 2,000,000+ views on YouTube in just the short space of a few days since it’s release, this could mean Madonna might just get lucky if this video surpasses the 10,000,000+ views mark on YouTube in the next few weeks.

Previously, Madonna took to Snapchat to release her first video off of Rebel Heart, Living for Love, which appeared on YouTube shortly after she made history with showing the video through the Snapchat app. Now, despite a small number of problems with the Meerkat app not showing the video due to unknown circumstances, considering that it is a new service, Madonna delighted all of us with the Ghosttown music video via YouTube.

In this video, Madonna has taken inspiration from Shakira, who is most famously known for a few of her notable records, such as She Wolf, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), Can’t Remember to Forget You (feat. Rihanna) and La La La (Dare). In terms of inspiration, Madonna has styled her hair in a similar way that Shakira styled it, but in the video, Madonna appears to feel more relaxed, as well as creating an overall appearance that defines what the video, Ghosttown, is about.

Alongside her in Ghosttown comes the actor from the hit TV show, Empire, Terrence Howard. Throughout the rest of Ghosttown, notable elements show Terrence Howard lighting a fire, carrying what appears to be a highly dangerous type of sniper gun, as well as holding a young child’s hand in the same way that Madonna did at the end of the video.

After releasing her second single, Ghosttown, just days after releasing Rebel Heart, Madonna had made sure to record and release a video to go with the single, which has been doing quite well, considering the amount of AirPlay that Ghosttown has been getting from radio stations across the world.

The single cover has been designed to accommodate the town’s ghoulish appearance, with Madonna appearing to hold what looks like a sword, with some etched text on the sword.

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

In the video, the whole world has witnessed a mass destruction, which has brought the world to its knees, killing almost all of human life on Earth, with only 3 survivors left on the planet. The scenery of the video shows a lot of fires that have occurred, as well as the destroyed buildings that can be seen in the distance.

My thoughts on Ghosttown? This video is fantastic, as it shows more of a sensitive side to Madonna that some of us have seen, but not like in the way you would expect to see her. the overall appearance of the Ghosttown video has a similar, yet connected feel to Madonna’s 1998 record, Frozen. I think this because Ghosttown has a comfortable and relaxing approach which has quite easily given me and everyone else goosebumps.

There is now a possibility that Ghosttown could be Madonna’s 45th Number 1, after she performed “Bitch I’m Madonna” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I was taken by surprise when I saw the performance on YouTube, because the whole audience was clapping and cheering her on, though you can see why Rebel Heart has done well, so far, she’s sold over 500,000+ copies of her album, Rebel Heart, so far, which is fantastic. That’s not bad, because if it’s sold that many in just the first month of its release, then it’s definitely sure to go on to sell more than a million copies over the next few months. Like they say, give it as much time to blossom, and it will become something better in the process.

I think that with the way this album has gone, it’s certainly doing very well in the short time that it’s been released. Ghosttown is more than likely to boost album sales for Madonna, as well as the performance on Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show.

I can see more of a sensitive side to Madonna more in this video than in Living for Love, because this video gives me more of a chance to feel relaxed and also feel comfortable at the same time. In this video, she shows more of her heart side than her rebel side. When Madonna was being interviewed by someone at a certain stage just before or after Rebel Heart was released, she said that the album title: “Rebel Heart” was based in two parts, as the first part of the album would show the rebellious side to her personality, whereas the other side shows that sometimes, Madonna can be hurt, but really she is someone who has a heart deep down, it’s just that some people don’t see her that way.

My thoughts on this video? I honestly and genuinely think that this is a video that has been crafted to perfection, as Madonna has taken a lot of time to make sure that this video becomes what it is, and that the Ghosttown video becomes a reality.

In its full glory, here is Madonna’s latest and greatest video, Ghosttown, directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

(Make sure to change the quality of this video to 1080p for the full, high-definition experience).

Overall, I think that the Ghosttown video is Madonna’s best one yet, as she has decided to explore a different side to the album, as well as creating a video in a format that no-one else has ever used before, as she wanted this video to be worth something, and for it to also mean that no-one else can copy or even steal the ideas she used to make this video become what it is today.

Please make sure to like this article if you thought the video was good, and also, please make sure to leave a comment below on what you thought about the video, as well as the article itself :-).

Alex Smithson

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

© Any of the logos used, such as the Ghosttown logo, and the Madonna logo, including the image used behind the text are all courtesy of the record label, the ticket provider, the director and the artist itself. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fact: Jonas Åkerlund is best known for some of Madonna’s notable music videos, such as: “Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Jump & Celebration”. He has also worked with Madonna on putting together the tour footage for notable tours, such as: “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London (2006)” and “The Confessions Tour (2007)”.

iOS 8.3 Available Now for Download Via Software Update. Go and get it!!!

iOS 8.3 - Available Now

Just weeks after Apple released iOS 8.2 to the world, iOS 8.3 was officially released for download yesterday. Along with iOS 8.3 comes a wide number of changes and bug fixes, squashing those pesky, little and annoying bugs that have been plaguing many of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

For the first time, Apple has completely redesigned the Emoji keyboard, which has now gone diverse. This means that any emojis in human form will now range in different skin colours. This will be perfect for everyone, as this means that everyone will now get more choices of Emoji to use.

What is much better now is that the speed of some devices, such as the iPod touch (5th Generation), iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad mini (1st & 2nd Generation), iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C has seen an increase in speed, which is good. I’ve noticed the change in speed a lot more now on both my iPad mini (1st Generation) and iPod touch (5th Generation), as they have somehow become a little, if not a lot faster than before.

Below is the full changelog for the latest Software Update, iOS 8.3:

This release includes improved performance, bug fixes and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:

  • App launch
  • App responsiveness
  • Messages
  • Wi-Fi
  • Control Centre
  • Safari tabs
  • Third-party keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

  • Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
  • Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some Bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape
  • Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape
  • Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after taking iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes

  • Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages
  • Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
  • Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

  • Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
  • Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps
  • Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

  • Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen
  • Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated
  • Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes

  • Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
  • Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
  • Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
  • Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
  • Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
  • Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
  • Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
  • Allows use of physical keyboards to log in to Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
  • Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

  • Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
  • Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on web pages
  • Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off
  • Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on the Home screen when VoiceOver is enabled
  • Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters
  • iCloud Photo Library has been optimised to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta
  • Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps
  • Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays
  • Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on
  • Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard
  • Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
  • Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)
  • Additional Dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)
  • Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
  • Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices
  • Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen
  • Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
  • Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data
  • Fixes an issue that prevented auto-correcting “FYI”
  • Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply
  • Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode
  • Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or third-party app using FaceTime URLs
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to mobile networks
  • Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume
  • Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

A lot of bugs have been squashed in this update, and as well as this, there are enhancements that have been included for some features. Other than that, it’s really good that Apple are taking into account that these bugs need fixing, as well as adding and enhancing some used or unused features.

If you haven’t already, please make sure to go ahead and download this software update, it will be much more different now a lot of things have changed in the software.

Alex Smithson

© Apple 2015

© iOS Logo Copyright of Apple.

© Any of the logos, emojis and the changelog that was used in this article are all courtesy of Apple. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

The Press, Social Media & The Internet: What makes us turn?

Social Media - What Makes Us Turn

What it is about the News & Social Media that makes us turn? It is all about what the newspaper companies and social media write. If, for example, you look at social media websites, such as Facebook, this social network is often mentioned on some news websites, and especially on certain TV shows, such as Jeremy Kyle, and possibly Jerry Springer.

Now, you would think that in some instances that something like this may be rather sad, but, when you look at the news and social media combined, it is like as if they both connect, considering the fact that they are the two main sources, the two main sources of which are good, but at the same time, bad as well.

Although I use some or most of these social networks, I like to tread carefully with what I post, and especially with what I share as well, because I’ve seen what kind of effect some social networks can have on people, and sometimes, if not, a lot of the time, social media and also the news can have negative effects on many of us.

What do I think of the news and social media? I think that some of the news and social media is good, as long as they are used properly. It is only when these kind of things are abused, that is when things start to go wrong, which means that if the news and social media is abused, anything can happen.

Facebook is a good social network in certain ways, as you can create a Facebook page to promote your business, or even your blog or website, as well as the content that goes with it, but the bad side to Facebook? Sometimes, people can take offence to something that may be rather inappropriate, for example, if there are images that are obscene to the naked eye, then it’s images like that which should be taken down.

It is only when certain images or videos are not taken down, that is when the trouble starts, as there will be complaints, and then the possibilities that are faced is that the person can take whoever owns that page to court, in order to get the inappropriate or personal content removed.

Twitter is also a good social network if you are planning to promote your businesses and products, and is also a good service for those who want to follow their favourite musicians and other well known companies that are around the world. Also, Twitter’s video sharing service, Vine, is a good service to use as well, as you can share the happy moments of life, while businesses promote their products through both of these services.

The downsides to both? Sometimes, if not most of the time, there are often internet trolls on these services, as some people are known for publishing images and videos on the internet without the other person knowing. I make sure to only use Twitter instead of Vine, because Twitter gives me the chance to tweet the best things in life, and is also useful for me when it comes to publishing articles, as my three Twitter accounts automatically tweet the article after I hit the ‘Publish‘ button on every article.

I hate the thought of seeing tweets on my timeline that focus around certain stuff, as some Twitter users have been known for posting obscene and profane images and videos that are disgusting and amoral.

In many cases, it is advisable that all of us should be careful with what we choose to put up on the internet, because, the internet is not a safe place as we think it is. Anything can happen on the internet. I always make sure to stay secure on the internet, because the last thing I want is to deal with any problems that keep me from being secure on the internet.

Viruses can also create problems on the internet, and you often see the names of these viruses that are mentioned in articles on other websites across the whole of the internet. Even social networks have the same problem.

Sometimes, the news and social networks can brainwash us and make us believe some things that are, or may be completely untrue, as there have been certain times in the past where social media and the news have gone just a little bit too far with every bit of detail that they have found, for example, if you look at certain news sources, including social networks and other social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, MySpace, Instagram, BBC, Sky News, ITV and any other news and social media sources, they may have reliable and possibly accurate information on hand, but sometimes, these services can be fooled, as some of the information might either be true, or false, but sometimes, some of the information isn’t entirely true.

My views on the news and social media? Be careful with what you put up on the internet, because all it takes now is to post something that is possibly crude or horrible, and it will go viral everywhere. It doesn’t matter what you do on the internet, just be careful, because the internet will never be a safe place, and it is always wise to choose any appropriate content that should go up, because the authorities often police the internet to make sure that some of the inappropriate content doesn’t go up, or if there is inappropriate content up on the internet, then the inappropriate content can be taken down ultimately over a matter of different reasons.

I believe that if you can keep yourself secure on the internet, whether it be through using the latest security software on your computer or laptop, then you are good to go, but, even with security, you are still at risk, no matter what.

All views on the chosen topics are my own, and my genuine and honest advice? Stay safe as much as you can, because we are not all secure. Prevent your security from being breached before it’s too late.

I have also written this as I feel that everyone is entitled to a freedom of speech.

If you enjoyed reading this article, please make sure to like it, and also leave a comment below what you think of the Press, Social Media & the Internet.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to April!!! A Month Full of Relaxing Times, Happiness & Joy!!!

Welcome to April

Welcome to April on Mother Nature!!! It’s good to be back. As this month is set to kick in with some good weather, despite the solar eclipse that happened just a few weeks ago, this will give nature the chance to blossom and also create a beautiful landscape that will flourish well.

As well as this, this month is also going to be a good month for me, as I’ll be going on a trip up to the Victoria & Albert Museum on the 14th April, which will give me the chance to photograph some images for my coursework.

While this month is in sight, I will be aiming to finish working on my third book before the end of April comes, which is set to be the biggest book I will have ever produced, marking the biggest follow-up from my second book: “A Year in Photography”. My Journey Through a Lens is set to comprise of the first 5 case studies that have been published on Mother Nature, as well as some of the things that I’ve talked about, with two musicians being mentioned in this book, along with my own showcase of my own photography skills.

I have some exciting weeks ahead to look forward to, as I’ll be focusing on my final project once my last few pieces of coursework for the second to last unit are completed, but it feels good to keep on top of the work, which is why I have been able to find some time to write and publish articles for Mother Nature, whilst working on this book.

I had made it my New Year’s Resolution at the beginning of this year to keep on top of my work, as I wanted to be able to have more time to relax, and to also publish articles and work on my book as well. I have kept to this resolution from the start of this year, and I feel more than glad to have kept on top of the heavy workload this year, as this gives me a lot more of time to carry on doing the things that I want to do whilst I have no college work available.

For the first time this year, I have decided to not take a hiatus, despite a heavy workload, given the fact that I took one last year, but my goal for this year is to publish articles over the course of the whole of 2015, as I took a 4-5 month break last year to concentrate on my exams, but for this year, I will make sure to keep on publishing articles, and also complete any work that may involve a possible heavy workload, which I will also work on keeping up-to-date on.

Until then, welcome to April on Mother Nature!!!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: March 2015

Monthly Roundup - March

To round off what has been really good month, but mainly a stressful month for me, considering the large workload I’ve had, I will take a look back over the articles I have done this month by doing a quick monthly roundup.

1.3.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for what was expected to be the month when we start to see some nice weather, as well as the relaxing temperatures that would take away the cold, wintry weather from January & February. This month would also be the month where I would have a lot of hard work to complete, as well as the fact that I had my English & Maths exams to prepare and revise for.

6.3.2015 – As Spring has finally arrived, I used this day to cease the opportunity by taking some photos of the lovely weather, as I wanted to get back to using my Nikon D3300 DSLR after just a few weeks of using it previous. The photos I took gave me the opportunity to showcase them via the article that I wrote and published, which was titled: “A Bright & Breezy Spring!!!” This article would also showcase my videography skills, given the fact that I had recorded some video-clips, which I had put together and uploaded to YouTube via the video-editing software, ezvid.

20.3.2015 – To mark the special occasion, Madonna’s 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, was released to the world. I was delighted however, as the U.K. got the album the day before the U.S. did, and I was raring to go, as I wanted to hear her new album after listening to her song, Living for Love, on loop. I did a special music feature article on Madonna, because after 3 years, the Queen of Pop is finally back with a classical and perfected masterpiece, which is much better, and also continues, but focuses away from her 12th studio album, MDNA. Rebel Heart also went to number 1, which made the celebrations even better. Living for Love has most recently just surpassed 10,000,000 views on YouTube (now, not on the 20th March), which has made the longevity of this album get better and better.

29.3.2015 – As excited as I was, I was absolutely over the moon to have been nominated by Vijay Shah of the Half-Eaten Mind for the Real Neat Blog Award. This nomination would mean I would go on to answer the five questions that Kitty’s RNBA Award had set me. After I answered the questions, I would go on to nominate 10 other bloggers for all of the hard work that they had gone to into making their blog or website become known for what it is today.

Also on this day, I announced that my latest book: “My Journey Through a Lens”, would be out soon, as the book is almost nearing completion, given the fact that the contents page in this third book is almost full. This book would not only count as my 3rd installment, but it would also count to be one of the biggest books that I have ever produced.

31.3.2015 – The awards kept coming, as Chey had nominated me for the Liebster Award, which counts as the second award of 2015. This award would mean I would go on to answer 10 questions that were set by Chey, one of which I was unable to answer, considering just how much of a good, yet tricky question it was for me to answer. Overall, I did manage to answer almost all of the questions I was set, and I tried my best, so hopefully one question shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Other than that, after I answered the questions I could answer, I then nominated 10 bloggers that deserved the Liebster Award as well, but this time, I would set them 10 questions, as per the rules of the Liebster Award. After I did this, I congratulated them all in the article, but left a note underneath my name to say to those I nominated that they should get a pingback in their notification tab, as I thought that the blogs or websites I nominated would get a pingback automatically, just after this article went live.

Overall, I feel more than relaxed that the exams are out of the way, for now, and that I can get back to creating articles for the time being. This month has been a great month, despite having a week off sick earlier in the month due to a heavy head and chest cold, but, now that this month is finally at an end, I just want to say, have a happy end to your night and to the end of this month, and I’ll see you all in April :-).

Alex Smithson

Mother Nature | The Liebster Award | The Second Award of 2015!!!

Mother Nature - The Liebster Award - The Second Award of 2015

The awards keep coming for Mother Nature, as Chey, the founder of his blog, Socially Awkward Chey, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks Chey :-)!!!

The Liebster Award is a chain award that is mainly created by other bloggers, which is then passed on from one blogger to another blogger, to create all-new connections. It is a wonderful and fun way to interact and also make friends in the WordPress blogging community.

To kick this award article off, I will answer the questions that Chey has asked me and the other 9 that he has nominated for this award.

Chey’s Questions & My Answers

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing articles for Mother Nature from the 6th June 2013, and since then, I have gone on to receive the Blog of the Year 2013 award in just the short space of the first 6 months that it was around, when Mother Nature used to be called: “Photography | Nature – Capture Every Valuable Moment“.

2. Why should your readers trust you?

I feel that every reader should trust me with the articles that I write and publish, as I want to be able to make the reader feel comfortable and also feel at home within the article. I want to aim to make sure that my readers get the chance to see life from my own perspective, and how I have chosen to see things in a different light.

3. When do write for your blog?

I like to write articles for Mother Nature when I can find the time to write and publish, as I’m currently in the process of doing my UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course at Croydon College. When I can, I like to find the time to make and publish articles for Mother Nature, as I like to aim and make sure that I can keep everyone up-to-date on the latest articles I publish.

4. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

If I could be anyone for a day? That’s a good question. Erm…I don’t know who I would want to be for a day to be entirely honest. Though that is a very good, yet tricky question that I cannot answer. Sorry.

5. How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for the good times that I’ve shared with everyone, as I would want to be remembered for the happiest moments that have happened on here, as well as the special moments of life that I have captured along the way.

6. What kind of blog do you have, according to yourself?

This website, according to myself, is not just focused around Mother Nature, but is also focused around more of the focal points of life, for example, the news, and if possible, some or most of the things that are or have gone on in the world. Mother Nature also focuses around my photography skills, considering that I share my love entirely with photography.

7. What do you see yourself doing a decade from now?

In a decade from now, I want to see myself as being a professional photographer, as I want to be at the top of my game as a professional, full-time photographer.

8. Do you find yourself to be young at heart or an old soul?

To be honest, I find myself to be young at heart, as I like to go for every opportunity that I’m given, as this helps me to open new doors to places I had never thought I would go.

9. What or who inspires you to write?

Who inspires me to write? My two main role models, my WordPress followers, all of my friends and family, and also those who have already got their books out, and in stores too. They have all inspired me, and without them, I wouldn’t have come this far. I feel more inspired now, as I have released two books so far, with a third on the way soon, which I can’t wait to share with all you.

10. Did you like to be nominated ^^

I did like being nominated for this award, as it has made Mother Nature stronger, which has allowed me to develop my articles a lot better than before. I am absolutely thankful to have been nominated for this award, as this now gives me the chance to go further and develop my own initial ideas further for when it comes to writing and publishing articles.

In no particular order, here are the 10 nominees I have chosen to receive the Liebster Award:

1. Half-Eaten Mind | News and Views from a Partially Digested Brain

2. Dear Kitty. Some Blog

3. Tessa Can Do IT!

4. Random Ravings from Cornwall

5. Paul Militaru | Photography Portfolio

6. It’s all Coming Back to Me Now by B.A

7. Russel Ray Photos

8. DaniellaJoe’s Blog

9. WoolyandRaeski

10. One Camera, One Lens, One Year

Below are my 10 questions for those of you that I have nominated:

1. What made you want to take up this hobby?

2. Who inspired you to set up your blog/website and why?

3. What do you love the most about life?

4. If there is one thing you could do in life, what would it be?

5. What is your blog/website about?

6. Are you the kind of person who loves to go for opportunities whilst they’re still available?

7. If there was something you wanted to do other than what you currently do now, what would it be?

8. What is your most favourite quote of all time?

9. Do you like writing or reading books?

10. Did you like being nominated for the Liebster Award? If so, has it made your blog/website become stronger?

Please feel free to accept this award at any time, or, if due to possible reasons that you are unable to accept this award, for example, if there are any personal reasons involved, please feel free to decline this award at any time.

Again, congratulations to those of you who I’ve nominated for this award, you deserve this award entirely for all of the hard work that you’ve put in, and also, thanks again to Chey for nominating me, I really appreciated it :-).

Until then, have a wonderful last day of March :-).

Alex Smithson

Please Note: For those of you that I’ve nominated, you might receive a pingback on your blog or website via the notification tab, as I think that the names that I’ve linked automatically create a pingback to those blogs or websites that I’ve nominated :-).

My Journey Through a Lens | Out Soon!!!

My Journey Through a Lens - Out Soon!!!

As my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens” is almost complete, I am delighted to tell you all that this book is massive, and is the third, biggest installment in my book series, which for me, has made me go a long way, in the short space of a year.

This book, set to be my biggest, most massive one yet, is packed with so much information that is based on this website, as well as other things that I have focused on whilst I’ve been away from publishing articles.

Also, you’ll find certain articles in this new book that I’ve published in full, which have been slightly altered bit by bit, due to possible spelling mistakes, which have since been corrected, so spelling mistakes are now out of question, and as well as this, I am delighted to show you the final design, which I gather by now all of you may have seen, but also, I have shown below the fast and rapid development that the design has come from, and where it is now. The current design will be the final design that I will use for this book before I publish it.

Book Design Development

As always, I aim to improve on the design of this book, but, after designing the final design, I feel happy with it, as I know that it is bold and clear, and that it will be suitable for viewing when it is finally published.

I can’t wait to get this book out to all of you, as it contains so much information that I have gathered, as well as most of the information that I have written for this book. As always, it will be free to download online, and will be available via my main download provider, Dropbox.

This book will roughly cross over into the 400-page barrier, as the information I have gathered together has been expanded more and more over separate pages. I’m quite surprised to the fact that this book is much bigger than Book #2 (A Year in Photography), but this one is massive!!!!!!!!

In this book, some or most of the pages are filled with some of the photographical content that I have chosen to showcase on Mother Nature, and as well as this, the first 5 Case Studies are also included in this book, though two or three of them have been slightly altered, but in a way where they will still connect to the Case Studies that have already been published to this website.

I have also included two special mentions on the two main musicians I have written about. Artists, such as Ben Haenow & Madonna are going to be in this book when this book is released into the wild, and for this book, I can guarantee to all of you that this book is going to be my best one yet, and that it will also be the biggest book I have ever produced.

I have a lot of content in store to offer you all when it’s released soon, and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

To your right, I have gradually been updating the release information box, which currently shows my progress, and at this stage, this book is more than likely going to cross over more than 300 pages. The contents page is almost full, which is a good indication, as this book might be out earlier than planned.

Until then, stay tuned for more information on this book :-).

Alex Smithson

Mother Nature | The Real Neat Blog Award | The First Award of 2015!!!

Real Neat Blog Award - First Award of 2015

As 2015 has been good so far, it gives me the pleasure to announce to you all that Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind (News and Views from a Partially Digested Brain) has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. This is Mother Nature‘s fantastic start for 2015, as this award is the first ever award for this year!!!

This award was created by one of my fellow followers, and that is Dear Kitty – Some Blog, who I have mentioned on Mother Nature before in almost the past two years that I’ve been running this website. She took to the drawing board recently to create the RNBA award through her own good use and format of her computers, and since then, the ideas she has used to create this award has evolved rapidly, with the overall appearance of the Real Neat Blog Award being absolutely relaxing, peaceful and happy to view.

The RNBA includes a set of rules that any nominees need to be aware of:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Dear Kitty – Some Blog – Questions:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Most of the visits to my website, Mother Nature, have come from the United States and the UK, which is quite a lot of visits that this website has received in just the short space of almost two years.

2. What is your favourite sport?

My favourite sport is Baseball, as it is the type of game I would always want to play, given that my concentration levels run high ultimately in a sport like this.

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

What has been my special moment for 2014? My special moment of 2014 was when I released my second book: “A Year in Photography” on Mother Nature, with the result of my own physical copy being printed by DoxDirect.

4. What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is: “Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

My favourite class when I was at school was Art & Design, as I was able to set some or most of my own creative ideas free in my own work, as well as the final pieces that I produced.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

The one thing I wish I could have learned earlier was to know more about the evolution of life, and how life has come to make this world the best place that it is known for today.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

The one musical instrument I have tried to play was the piano, though I did find using this musical instrument to be difficult, as it is, in my eyes, the hardest musical instrument I have ever used.

A massive thank you goes to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind for nominating me for this award. To see more of Vijay’s work, please make sure to visit his news-site by clicking on the directories button on here, where I have placed a badge that will take you there. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the latest articles that he has, and is currently publishing for the HalfEatenMind.

The Real Neat Blog Award Nominees I have picked are:

1. Tessa Can Do IT!

2. It’s all Coming Back to Me Now by B.A

3. One Camera, One Lens, One Year

4. Spartacus2030 – This Blog is About My Reactions to the Life Experience

5. SV-Take it Easy

6. Russel Ray Photos

7. WoolyandRaeski

8. Rolling Harbour Abaco

9. DaniellaJoe’s Blog

10. Discombobulated Musings of a Scorpio Diva

As courtesy of Mother Nature, please feel free to accept this award at any time, or if you want to at any time, please feel free to decline this award if you are currently busy or if there are personal reasons involved. Congratulations are in full order for the 10 I’ve picked to nominate for this award, and it is such an honour for me to be a part of the WordPress community.

Until then, well done everyone, and thanks again to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind for nominating me for this award, I really appreciate it so much. Again, thanks to all of you for helping me to make Mother Nature become well known for what it is today :-).

Alex Smithson

Madonna | Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe Version) [Explicit] | Special Music Feature

Madonna - Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe) - Background

Madonna - Rebel Heart - No. 1 Album - Special Music Feature

The Queen of Pop is Back!!! Just 3 years after her 12th studio album, MDNA, was released, Madonna delights us all over again with her latest masterpiece, Rebel Heart. Despite some controversy with her Super Deluxe Version artwork, which created a bit of a Twitter storm, given the sexed-up look of the bondage gear she wore, her album has surprised me, because I didn’t think it would appeal to me, but it really has.

In this album, Madonna explores a bit of sex, but more of an emotional side to her personality, as she shows different forms of emotions in Rebel Heart that even I am rather shocked about. She explores different emotions in this album that somehow show that on the outside, she may be like her normal self, but on the inside, it feels like Madonna is showing a much softer, yet vulnerable side to her personality, as well as in her music.

Living for Love is a record that I’ve been playing to death most recently, given the fact that it shows Madonna at her best, with her video currently surpassing the millions by almost each and every week since its video release on the 6th February. Despite her fall at the BRIT Awards on the 25th February, she still got up and carried on to the end, which has quite recently been stirring up as to whether that fall was a publicity stunt.

It was more of a genuine fall that she hadn’t expected, and I don’t think it was a publicity stunt at all, because when I saw the fall on TV, it was quite a nasty shock to the system, though it reminded me of the fall I had on my 367 Bromley North bus sometime around the end of November, or the beginning of December. Other than that, I genuinely thought of Madonna to be a fighter, as she carried on performing despite the fall, and I admire her for that.

Aside that, another song I have played to death since Madonna’s Rebel Heart Super Deluxe album was released on the 9th March in the UK is HeartBreakCity, as it shows a powerful, yet distinctive side to Madonna that I have never seen before. This song, as the track name suggests, indicates sadness and heartbreaking moments from which Madonna has channeled these emotions into this particular record, defining the key points that sometimes there is love, hate, but simply heartbreak at the end of it.

Rebel Heart & Beautiful Scars are also my favourite tracks to listen to, as they have a happy, yet relaxing mixture that makes me feel comfortable with listening to the whole album overall. I absolutely love this album, as it has been cleverly crafted to perfection, and it is also another one of her best albums yet.

As well as this album being released as a Super Deluxe Version, there are two other album choices for Rebel Heart, as the Standard and Deluxe Version’s are on sale. Three different pieces of album artwork have been produced for the album, and here they are in their full & true glory.

Rebel Heart (Standard), Rebel Heart (Deluxe) & Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe)

© Album Artwork Courtesy of Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

To dash all points aside, for those who think that Madonna is trying to use the idea of sex in this album, she does use a small amount, but a lot of this album shows a softer side to her personality, a side of which does show a heartwarming, yet relaxing feel that despite her being the age of 56, going on 57 in August, she doesn’t let people criticise her just because of her age.

This album indicates more of a powerful, yet versatile side to Madonna, because she has channeled her own feelings into a masterpiece which, despite having suffered a number of leaks over the course of 3 months prior to its release on the 9th March in the UK (10th March in the US), she has made sure that this album gets the best treatment it truly deserves.

In my eyes, I see Rebel Heart as more of a personal album for Madonna, because she has channeled her emotions, her heartbreak, and also her own vision of life from her own perspective.

This, to me, is a perfectly crafted album by Madonna, as it is different, but also personal to me, and it’s also because of the fact that she has gone back to her natural music roots, doing what she does best.

It has also just been announced and confirmed that Madonna’s 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, has just gone to Number 1, which is her 12th Number 1 album, which is absolutely perfect, considering how much of an effort Madonna made to make sure this album became a reality. Well done Madonna!!!!!!!! You have made this album a classic and perfect masterpiece, and now, this is your time to shine!!!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

© Madonna 2015

© Live Nation & Boy Toy Inc. 2015

The Madonna Logo, the Rebel Heart logo, the Standard, Deluxe & Super Deluxe Album Covers, including the Featured Image have been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

A Bright & Breezy Spring!!!

A Bright & Breezy Spring!!!

As Spring is finally here, now comes the perfect time to breathe new life into Mother Nature. Taken this morning, I have captured the feel of Spring, despite the breeze of the cold weather. Today is a nice, breezy and sunny day, which is why I took to using the Nikon D3300 DSLR to capture these delicate, yet intricate images.

Before I went ahead and took these photos, I captured a photo of a fox which was initially sleeping, until it woke up and saw me, with the end result being that the fox had run off out of the garden.

In these photos, I have decided to go close-up, and as well as this, I have also created a very small amount of silhouette photos, which were actually taken this morning in broad daylight, even though they appear like as if they were taken at sunset.

I also recorded a few small video clips which I have put together and published as a full 2 minute and 42 second video. These connect well to this article as I’ve made sure that this video revolves more around nature, and less around what is not based around nature overall.

I have taken a bit of a twist with this video, as one of the video clips in this full video was recorded in Black & White, which brings out a different kind of side to Mother Nature on this website.

Despite this, the video I have put together is available to watch on YouTube now, but, if you want to save time in searching for the video I have uploaded today, it will be under the photos that I’ve just uploaded.

Today has been relaxing and peaceful, given just how lovely the weather was today, it wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t too cold, the weather was just right.

I have absolutely loved today, and I want this kind of day to continue over the next few months, before the Summer heatwave really kicks in over the course of July.

How did you feel about the weather where you are today? Please feel free to leave your comments below :-).

Also, if you have a YouTube account, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel at your own will, and if you liked the video, please feel free to leave a comment or give the video a thumbs up. If you do both, well, that’s much better :-).

Until then, what a wonderful and relaxing day it has been :-)!!!!!!!!

Alex Smithson