Vanishing Point

Vanishing point…in so many ways!  Artistically, we have converging lines from the track, bridge and railings meeting at the vanishing point at the base of the trees in the distance; Historically, this the track bed for a long dismantled railway – here it is fairly clear, but elsewhere it is vanishing – quite overgrown and being…

Daffodils

Glorious daffodils – there are lots appearing around Shipton – many different varieties in the driveway up to the secret garden (a wild wood that is open to the public) and these miniature examples found while returning from a short Sunday walk (between rather heavy rain showers) in a border by the road.  Spring is definitely…

Grand Entrance

Well…it was probably once far more imposing, but currently somewhat lost – I imagine that this is, or was, the edge of the Sarsden estate though this is a just a field with a footpath and bridleway now – I expect it was to impress visitors arriving on horseback on the approach from the south…

Rollright Stones – revisited…

These are some of the Rollright Stones, near Chipping Norton on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border – I have been here before (see this post), but not for quite some time. Three sets of Neolithic and Bronze age stones in total – a stone circle (The Kings Men), a burial chamber (The Whispering Knights) and a single…

Spring?

Has Spring arrived?  Hmmm…not yet (a frosty -4°C here this morning), but there are signs that it is coming – found these snowdrops near Bourton-on-the-Water while walking Sparky on Saturday. Took this with the largest aperture I could to throw the background out of focus (f3.2 rather than f2.8 as I had to zoom in…

Heading Home

Heading home from a frosty, early morning walk a few weeks back – misty in the distance – you can just make out the spire of St Mary’s Church at Shipton-under-Wychwood (slightly right of centre amongst the trees).  You can also just see Sparky heading impatiently to the next gate! Originally in colour, this photograph…

Shipton Down at Dusk 2

Taken a few minutes after Shipton Down at Dusk 1. the clouds had taken on a delightful pinkish hue – more stunning colours (tweaked slightly in Lightroom…but not by much!)   Technical details: Fuji X-E1;6.5mm(Opteka 6.5mm; manual);f/3.5;1/18s;ISO200; Handheld; Edited in Lightroom 6 DSCF48351612053994

Shipton Down at Dusk 1

Dusk on Shipton Down – Took Sparky for a walk up to the top of the hill yesterday – I had my camera but was about 20 minutes too late to see the sunset. I was still able to get some shots with dramatic colour, however – It would have been better with a tripod but…

Sparky the Lab!

  This is Sparky the Lab!  Our 22 month golden labrador retriever – he weighs in at 36kg currently – we blame his father, Toby is a big fluffy retriever – His mother, Iska, is quite a small labrador in comparison Sparky is loungng on a large circular trampoline – I think he sees it as…

St Mary’s Church, Shipton-under-Wychwood

A view of St Mary’s Church, Shipton-under-Wychwood, above the tree tops – taken a few weeks ago in the late afternoon while returning from a walk with Sparky, our (large) golden Lab-Retriever. A beautiful, late afternoon sun lighting the spire with stunning colour standing out against the stormy sky – glorious! Technical details: Fuji X-E1;35mm(XF…