Eclipse – 21/08/2017

Eclipse…well, just! ¬†In West Oxfordshire, UK, after a day of lifeless grey skies, we got just enough of a glimpse of the sun to see the 5% bite out of the sun before it set…and it was good to see, dodging behind some clouds (which was good, as it adds extra interest to the pictures…

Lulworth Cove

This is Lulworth Cove, Dorset, UK from a day trip a few weeks back – the weather wasn’t the best, but the rain did hold off while we were there, but it certainly was not a ‘sit on the beach’ kind of day – what you cannot tell from the picture is how windy it…

Walks with my camera

So – it’s my birthday today – just finished work and heading home – hoping for a home-made birthday cake and a beer (though maybe not together!) ūüėČ Anyway, as a special treat, here are two photos from recent walks with my camera and Sparky (though he doesn’t feature in either of these this time)…

Real or Reflection?

Real or Reflection? ¬†Sometimes difficult to tell where real life¬†ends and the reflection begins – love this photograph of the overhanging branches and their reflections in the water. ¬†Taken yesterday in the Secret Garden, a¬†free entry woodland and ponds in Shipton-under-Wychwood. Edited here using Macphun Luminar Neptune – currently on offer (MacOS only at the…

The Age of Steam

The Age of Steam…revisited…this is a¬†photograph taken yesterday at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR). ¬†The GWSR had a steam festival weekend, though we didn’t go to that. ¬†We saw a couple of trains from a bridge and again here, after walking the dog up Nottingham Hill, at Gotherington Halt – the line runs from…

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¬įC 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…