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Birds, horses and trees

Hi there, thanks for popping over to have a look at my photos. I hope you’re well and having a good week? This week I’ve been taking photos of birds, horses and trees. The weather has been cold but beautiful so I managed to get out for the first time in a while.

And so we’ll delve straight in. Remember, click on the photo to view a larger image, they look better that way 🙂

Birds

As you’re well aware by now, I love the birds 🙂 I took a walk along Silchester Wall a couple of weeks ago and chanced upon a friendly robin. He was happy enough to pose a moment whilst I snapped him on a fence and then on a headstone.

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And with the cold weather comes the birds looking for a snack. This blue tit was on the feeder for a good few minutes. Most of the time they flit on and off very briefly, I think he must have been hungry!

Birds, horses and trees

Horses

I’d missed out on some amazing winter sunrises recently. I finally got my act together and took my camera in to work with me. Along the way I stopped off near Amner’s Farm and these are the results;

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And last weekend I took a stroll over at Whitehill, near Kingsclere and saw these two horses…

Birds, horses and trees

Trees

And of course you know of my fondness for trees, the lungs of the earth 🙂 The first photo was taken on New Year’s Day up in Appley Bridge.

Birds, horses and trees

The next two were shot near Beech Hill in West Berkshire

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And the final 2 I took last weekend at Whitehill

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And that brings to an end my post of birds, horses and trees. I hope you liked them. As always, you can order prints of these or any others on my website. Just drop me an email and let me know which ones.

 

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Short and sweet

Hi, it’s been a good couple of weeks since I last posted up some photos. This time of year is always tricky to set some time aside for going out and grabbing a few photos. Because of that, today’s post is short and sweet. There are a few new shots I’ve taken and a couple take a while back and recently edited.

As always, clicking on the photos gives a better, high quality and larger view.

Buildings & Landscapes

I forgot that I had this shot, taken last January as I drove to work through Beech Hill. A gorgeous frosty sunrise…

Short and sweet

The shot below was taken from a place called Beenham, Near Aldermaston. It was taken on a bright, warm March day and the colours were vibrant. I must go back there and get some more photos, there’s a quaint little church and rolling fields…

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Something a little more recent now, and one of my favourite photos of St David’s Cathedral. I was up near the old gatehouse building which afforded a full view of this impressive building. The clouds seemed to swirl around the tower…

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And pretty much bang up to date on this short and sweet post. Taken a couple of weeks ago in Sulhamstead, just up the road from me…

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Birds

And now, on to the birds..well it wouldn’t be the same without them 🙂

Starting off with the sleek, streamlined Nuthatch. Below him are a few photos of the Long Tailed Tit, then a Blue Tit and a juvenile Goldfinch.

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And that’s it for this week. As I said, short and sweet, right? I hope you liked them and I’ll try to get some more for next time.

There won’t be a post next week as I’m spending a few days in Dublin. Until next time take care and thanks for looking.

Don’t forget, comments are always welcome 🙂

Mart

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Frosty Playground

Hiya 🙂 Hope you’re all well and have had a good couple of weeks. This time around I’ve got a few random shots but focussing mainly on some photos of a frosty playground which I took last Friday morning after we had a bit of a frosty start to the day.

First off is a photo I took last night of the Snow Moon. I only found this out last night but apparently each full moon has its own name. Last night’s has a few; Hunger Moon, Snow Moon and Bone Moon. I had just left the house to walk Maya when I saw it just above the horizon. I was a bit gutted I couldn’t just grab a few photos of it there and then but had to wait until I got back before I could capture it, but which time the colour was draining and it had risen above the treeline so I couldn’t pull anything into the frame as an anchor…

Hungry Moon

The shot below was really just one of several practice shots with using my macro lens, I took a few with different exposures and merged them to create a true HDR shot. I was playing with the depth of field, hence the foreground being out of focus (yes, it is intentional, honest 🙂 )

Yellow Flower

The 2 shots below were taken in Beech Hill a week or so ago…

Yellow Sky

Beech Hill

The first shot was a zoomed in shot from where the sun appears just behind the tree line, whilst the second shot was taken using a wide-angle lens and zoomed all the way out to show the fields and road.

Sulhamstead Pano

The photo above is made up of 2 shots stitched together and was taken in Sulhamstead as the sun sank behind the house. I love these kinds of silhouetted shots, especially with such warm and inviting colours. I reckon the would look amazing as a print.

Sunrise

Playground

Swings

Roundabout

And, the final 4 shots were taken at the little recreation ground in Burghfield, just near the Hatch Gate pub. We had had a bit of a chill the night before so the colours in the air were pretty crisp and sharp. I thought the frosty playground looked kind of cool.

As always thanks for your time, I hope you liked this week’s offerings. I’m always keen to get any feedback you have, so feel free to post a comment, let me know what you think.

And, as I’m sure you already know if there are any photos you’d like to buy as prints then let me know. Normal prints look great but canvasses and aluminium prints look amazing 🙂

You can either let me know directly which ones you’re interested in, or click through from the Prints to Buy section and order direct 🙂

Until next time, take care.

Mart

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Out and about

Hi again and thanks for visiting my website, where recently I was able to get out and about during the very brief spell of rainless weather…lasted all of a day hehe 🙂

So last Sunday was actually a decent day with some blue sky and a slight hint and tease of the promise of Spring.

In the morning I took our dog for a walk along the canal. On the way back was a guy with a Harris Hawk. The guy was’t too friendly to be honest but I did coax him into letting me take a quick photos of the hawk. It’s at times like these I really wish I carried my proper camera around with me all the time, had to take this with my iPhone!

Harris Hawk 1 Done

Apparently these birds of prey are actually all too common and as such end up living in cages in falconry centres. A shame as despite being so common they are still amazing animals in my opinion.

So after walking Maya I decided to get out with my proper camera as the day brightened up a little.

The first place I stopped off at was Mortimer, the next village along from Burghfield. I took this whilst standing on the thinnest strip of pavement on the railway bridge…

Mortimer Railway

My current journey to work takes me through Beech Hill, a quaint little village which you might have seen me post photos of previously. There is a nice little church on the main road through the village, St Mary the Virgin church. On the odd occasion I’ve driven past in the morning and the sun was rising, the reflection in the stained glass windows is really pretty. I only got to the church a little later on in the day but I do want to catch these reflected rays at some point!

This church was built in 1867

St Mary the Virgin tmlr

St Mary the Virgin 2 tmlr

From here I drove back down the the A33 and headed toward Hartley Wintney, a village we pass through when visiting friends in Churt, and actually a place I knew from when I lived in Farnborough many years ago.

Mainly I wanted to go there to take some shots of the park they have as there but this house caught my eye once I parked up;

Hartley Wintney House tmlr

I then took a wander through the park and got a few more shots;

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Hartley Wintney Trees

St John Church tmlr

I’ll leave you with a couple f concert shots from the many I took last Friday night when me and the Mrs went up town to see Massive Attack play at the O2 Brixton Academy, the first shot is of the support act, Young Fathers who were a pretty decent opener.

Young Fathers

Massive Attack

Thanks as always for taking time out to look at my photos of when I was out and about. And as always feel free to leave comments below, it’d be great to know what you think of the shots I post up 🙂

Mart

 

 

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Posing Robin

Hi there on yet another murky Wednesday, I hope you’re well despite the trials the weather has set for us! Thanks for stopping by, today I have a few shots of a posing robin, amongst the usual sunrise/sunset and tree photos 🙂

Please let me know your thoughts using the comments box, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, for larger images, just click on the pics…

I’ll start with this sunrise shot taken from last week when I stopped off on my way to work and grabbed a quick couple of shots from Beech Hill, a rather pretty little village a stone’s throw from where I live.

Before the colours kicked in

Sunrise shot taken in Beech Hill

A couple of weeks ago I took a walk through Fulham Woods again and whilst I didn’t take any tree shots this time, I did grab a few photos of a posing robin, a cute little dude who seemed more than happy to sit there whilst I took shot after shot of him sitting there on a branch only a couple of metres away.

Plump little dude

Robin Sideways

Full Frontal Robin

Turning away...

Following on from that little fella I grabbed a shot of another posing robin in the back garden at home…

Our back garden robin

I really want to put a bird feeder up on our grand oak tree at the bottom of our garden, up until this point I was;t too fussed about bird photography but these chance encounters have piqued my interest in the little critters. I think I should wait until our two cats are a little bit older so they wouldn’t have any inclination to climb up to the feeder for a tasty snack…

Ok, so it’d be a rare thing for me not to post up a tree shot, and here it is…the tree that I see whenever I look out of the living room window, taken one frosty morning last week…

Frosty Morning Tree

Which leads me on to the closing shot of the moon hanging above the twinkling lights of early evening Reading…

Scantily clad moon

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Weather permitting I’ll have some new ones next week.

Don’t forget you can purchase any of the photos I post within these blog pages, just let me know which ones you’re interested in and what format (normal print, canvas, aluminium etc) and which size and I’ll be more than happy to let you know the cost 🙂

I also have a page on Viewbug where there are various competitions etc, why not head on over and take a look 🙂

Thanks,

Mart

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First frosty morning

Hi folks, I hope you’re having a fabulous week? Not sure about wherever you are in the world, but here in deepest, darkest West Berkshire we had our first frosty morning which made me happy, I love seeing the countryside in the grip of a frost, so picturesque, pretty and reminds me of growing up where the world would turn into a magical place.

The morning in question, last Monday, I only had my little Panasonic on me so the quality isn’t really up to much, certainly not as clear and sharp as my Canon but I hope they convey the idea I wanted when I took the photos.

As usual though, here is a selection of randoms. Thought I’d start off with Maya, our Ridgie. I’ve not posted a pic up of her for a while. Such a beautiful animal;

Maya TM

I took this a couple of weeks ago when I was wandering around All Saints Church in Swallowfield; I still love doing the shallow depth of field shots…

Swallowfield Church Bench IntLR

And this one I took from the top of the road near where I live, looking off towards Reading in the distance…

Clay Hill Road TMLR

And so on to the first frosty morning last Monday. The first three were taken in Beech Hill, a little village just outside Mortimer, then the next couple were taken at Farley Hill, just outside Arborfield and Wokingham;

Beech Hill Frosty Morning LR

Beech Hill Frosty Morning 2 TMLR

Beech Hill Frosty Sky IntLR

Farley Hill Sunrise NIKLR

Farley Hill Sunrise LR

As always I hope you enjoyed this weeks photos. To view larger images just click on the photo 🙂

Have a great week and hope to see you again next week. Until take care 🙂

Mart

 

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