Monthly Archives: August 2016

Near and far from here

Hi there and happy Wednesday once more. I missed out posting some photos last week to give myself time to get a couple more edited. This week I have photos from near and far from here – well Wales and West Berks 🙂

As always, click on the photos to see later images, and feedback is welcomed.

Theale – Near

Starting with the near and a selection of photos from around where I live; First up is the lock along the River Kennet. I love walking Maya along here, it’s also great for taking my bike.

Near and far

Sulhamstead – Near

A lovely time of year yet signifies the end of summer…

Near and far

Ufton Nervet – Near

The next 4 were taken in Ufton Nervet. I’m a sucker for clouds and trees as you can tell.

Near and far

Near and far

Near and far

Near and far

St David’s (revisited) – Far

Yep, back to Wales once more now…I have a few more still to edit. More to follow hehe

Near and far

Pembroke Castle – Far

Took me a little while to get this one almost how I wanted it. I’d taken so many that evening and I’m glad I persevered.

Near and far

Barafundle and Newgale – Far

Just a random rock jutting out of the sea at Barafundle…

Near and far

And a couple of the pebbley beach we stopped off at in Newgale.

Near and far

Near and far

West Dale – Far

To finish today’s post, a couple of sunset shots. These were taken on the last evening spent in Wales this year. What a beautiful place it is. Definitely up for another holiday there again next year.

Near and far

Near and far

Thank you so much for looking, I hope you liked the photos.

Don’t forget, I’m happy to get any feedback from you, just let me know what you think in the comments box. If you wish to buy any photos drop me an email and we can get it organised.

Until next time, take care,

Mart

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All Over the Place

Hi once more and thanks for visiting. Is it really Wednesday again..already? I have a few photos from all over the place today, a real mish-mash 🙂 So this week I have a few from my garden and surrounding areas.

The Garden

I’ll start off with a few from the garden. As always please click on the photos to see larger versions, and feedback is always welcomed;

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

Biking

Riding along the River Kennet a couple of weeks ago and was chuffed to come across this beautiful bird. First time I’ve seen one so I was pleased he wasn’t shy, you would’t believe how many photos I took!

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

My bike propped up as I take a break and a quick photo. This was actually 3 photos taken at different exposures, then merged to create an HDR photo.

All Over the Place

Again, this shot is made up of 3 different photos and merged, then tweaked a little. I really like the brush-stroke effect of the clouds.

Mortimer

For the first time in a while I went out sunset chasing which lead me to our neighbouring village – Mortimer. Sadly the sunset didn’t happen as planned, but I did manage to take a few shots which I’m happy with. The first 2 were taken approaching Mortimer at the bottom of the village, the bottom 2 are of St Mary’s Church

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

All Over the Place

And Finally…

A random re-edit of Bolton Abbey, washed out in black & white then a reflection added, just ‘cos 🙂

All Over the Place

As always thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your feedback so why not fill in one of the comments boxes 🙂

Photobox have stopped providing their free galleries which is why I have taken down my ‘prints to buy’ link. That’s not to say I’m not selling anymore, just let me know which photos you want.

So until next time, have a great week,

Thanks,

Mart

 

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In and around Dale

Hi, thanks for taking the time to look at my blog. As promised some time ago, this week I’m posting up some photos from in and around Dale. We were there towards the end of July and were so lucky with the weather. The first couple of days were a little on the misty side but then it brightened up. So much so that one of the days was the hottest of the year so far!

I’ll try to put these photos in some kind of order as I edited them all out of sequence. So starting with some of the wildlife I saw and snapped;

Forgive my ignorance, but I tried to look these birds up and I think they are dunnocks…We had a several bird feeder stations in the house we stayed at. They kept the local birds well fed.

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

This one turned away right at the crucial moment.

Our holiday in Dale

There were plenty of sleepy snails taking refuge from the heat.

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

Below is a field-digger wasp. I spotted him as I was going down some very steep steps along the Coastal Path in West Dale.

Our holiday in Dale

There were plenty of insects around due to the heat. Below, a hoverfly comes in to land.

Our holiday in Dale

And below, a keeled skimmer dragonfly warms up and dries off in the early morning sun.

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

Wild ponies roam free along this particular stretch of the Coastal Path;

Our holiday in Dale

And on to the scenery. To say it was breathtaking would be an understatement. Even the first couple of days where the weather wasn’t too good, I found beauty around me. This is the seafront at Dale on a misty morning ;

Our holiday in Dale

The same seafront, but in the evening. Apparently this was the night of the huge full moon. Unfortunately it was obscured by clouds in Dale, but what an amazing blue hue…

Our holiday in Dale

The next shot was taken on the cliffs just above West Dale beach. Not sure who that was stood on the edge of the cliff…

Our holiday in Dale

Whilst the next 3 were taken at Barafundle Bay. This was probably my favourite beach of the holiday. By the time we got there is was pretty much deserted, that said I don’t know if it had been busy or not, it was so clean.

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

The panorama shot below is of Marloes Beach. Again this was a great beach but it had no shelter at all. This turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Our holiday in Dale

And, to finish, a few shots of St David’s Cathedral. I loved this place. Despite not being religious I find most churches and cathedrals to be amazing buildings, so intricate and lush.

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

Our holiday in Dale

I still have a few more photos of in and around Dale but need a little more time. Hopefully I’ll have some ready for next week.

As always I’d like to thank you for your time. Feel free to leave comments below, I alway like to know what you think.

If you would like to purchase any photos from my site, just email me and let me know what you would like 🙂

Until next time…

Mart

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Landscapes flowers and creatures

Hi, it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted up some photos. I hope you’ve been well and enjoyed the fine weather we had. I said I would post up some photos of my trip to Dale but I’ve yet to go through them.  Yes, I took so many while I was there! Instead I have some landscapes flowers and creatures to show you 🙂

Starting off with a couple of shots I took a few weeks ago. Teasing you with a teasel to start off. A bee busying himself next, then some budding flowers.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

The next few were taken in the garden…

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

And apologies once more to the arachnophobic out there, I find them so fascinating, especially the awful symmetry of this specimen.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

So I had a further week off after coming back from Wales and I managed to squeeze in a jaunt down to Uffington, Oxfordshire to see the White Horse. The Ridgeway here is the highest point in Oxfordshire and from the peak you can look out across 6 counties. I need to go back when the weather is a little more nicer, but even so it was quite spectacular to take in the scenery.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

The 2 above were taken in Tambourin, on the way to Uffington. This place is known as the Valley of the Racehorse.

The first shot below is a feature called The Giant’s Stairs and were formed by retreating glaciers during the last Ice Age.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Sadly the only place to get a full view of the White Horse is by air due to it being on the brow of a hill.

As I was walking back to my car I noticed a noisy little Meadow Pipit. I started taking a few shots and I think he was interested in the beep of my camera as he came in for a closer inspection.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

The last 2 shots were taken in Woolstone, a very charming little village nearby, a collection of some of the nicest houses I have seen in 1 place. Need to go back for a few more shots. The White Horse pub was a great little place to wet my whistle after a few hours’ walking.

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Landscapes, flowers and creatures

Well I hope you liked this shots of landscapes, flowers and creatures. I’ll do my best to get some Dale photos prepared next week. In the meantime please leave your thoughts & comments below and remember any of my photos are available to buy.

Thanks,

Mart

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