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…

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…