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…

Shipwreck I

Well, less of a shipwreck and more of an abandoned boat, left to the elements…certainly, it has seen better days! Found this boat on Braunton Sands near Barnstable on a short break in late August 2016 – I love the faded paintwork and the colours – it looks like it has changed colour several times during…

Sunset at Wellington Monument

Happy New Year! And here is a slightly quirky photograph as my first of the year – taken at sunset at the Wellington Monument, Somerset. It was considerably colder than the last time I was here in June 2015, and muddier under foot!  We stopped here to let Sparky stretch his legs on our drive to…

West from Reading Station

Looking West from Reading Station, on platform 9 while waiting for my train home (I was working between Christmas and New Year) – had seen a similar sunset the night before, but was a few minutes too late to take a picture – I left the office a few minutes earlier to be able to…

Two swans

Two swans on the River Thames on a very cold morning near Reading a couple of weeks back.  Some mist on the river, superb colour in the sky – a glorious river view! Technical details: Fuji X-E1;26mm(XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS);f/3.2;1/25s;ISO200; Handheld; Edited in Lightroom 6 DSCF47781611303937