The title of today’s post, ‘donner’, probably got you wondering, right? But since it is time for letter ‘D’ in our Alphabet I thought I’d go with donner, because in German Donnerstag means Thursday.

Have you ever wondered where the names of our days come from? You know, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday? I did. And apparently the origin goes back to the ancient times, when days of the week were named after planets and their Roman or Germanic gods.

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For example Thursday: This was the day of Jupiter. In Roman empire’s Latin ‘Jovis dies’. While it doesn’t resemble much of today’s English name, take a look at the French and Italian ones, jeudi and giovedì. Pretty similar, right? The Germanic peoples back then put their god Donar or Thor on the same level with Jupiter. Hence they changed their weekday’s name to resemble Donar. Which over time changed from donares to donarstac to Donnerstag today. Or further north in English from Þūnresdæg to Thor’s day or Thursday. All these go back to ‘The Day of Thunder’. Therefore I selected a photo of some pretty thunder clouds to go with this little article.

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Textures on light photoThe second meaning on my mind for ‘donner’, I am sure there are quite a few more, is the French verb of ‘giving’. Which I thought is right for this time of year. Hey, Christmas is only two weeks away and Hanukkah is already here! As you may have seen, I have been working a little with textures lately. Yesterday I started on this post and thought it might be nice to give something, as in ‘donner quelque chose’, to you my readers. So I came up with these three similar, but also quite different textures. They are a little grungy and will add a kind of cracked paper or old leather feel to your picture. Click on the original cloud picture and the smaller pictures underneath where I applied the set. There is also an example on how they could look on a much lighter photo than my ‘donner’ clouds. Still, like with every texture they won’t work on every photo. But if you play a little with blending modes, opacity and a little bit of this and that… you’ll get the picture.

If you want it | here it is  ***** click here to download the zip file. (zip) ***** Oh, and since it is Christmas I added two color versions in – correct! – red and green 🙂

Envious in Green Dramatic in Red

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Jenny MatlockThis is my contribution today to round 6 of Alphabe- Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock. If you have a moment please visit her website and check out other ‘student’s’ work and her ‘terrific tangents’.


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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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