Following my Shackles of the Mind series last week, I decided to give everyone, including myself, a break and plan something much lighter for this week. After giving the matter some thought, I hit on the idea of posting 5 different shots, covering 5 different categories of subject, none of which I’d posted to Flickr before. So I searched my photo-library and found a sunrise, a flower, an architecture shot and I figured that something with wildlife and something in sport (other than tennis) would complete the set. On Friday I went out to shoot some new stuff and came back with with a dark, brooding, grainy effort which I liked but felt was too sombre for the set I was trying to create. But the more I looked at the first three shots I’d selected and the more I thought about the shot I’d taken that day, I realised that I had a completely different story in my hands: a classic tale of a fall from grace and subsequent redemption; paradise lost and paradise regained. So, despite my will, this week’s mini-series was born…just a minor apocalypse.