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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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Last Post of the Year

Hiya folks, I trust you’re all well and geared up for the festive period? This will be the last post of the year, unless we have some amazing weather between now and 2017! As usual it’s a miss-mash of photos new and old. And as usual you can enlarge them by clicking on the photo. Comments, thoughts etc are always welcome so please don’t forget to fill up a comment box 🙂

Birds

To start, a few bird pics taken in my back garden. We get loads of them flocking to the feeder which is great, I love to sit and watch them.

So the top 2 pics show a nuthatch and a couple of blue tits. The 3rd pic is a lesser spotted woodpecker. Actually, as I sit typing this, he’s back again making small work of the suet block.

Wokefield Common

Last Wednesday I was charged with taking the mutt for her morning walk. I decided to visit Wokefield Common, I hadn’t been there for a while what with the dark evenings and all. Stupidly I didn’t take my Canon. Really annoying as the fog was rising and the light shafts were incredible. At least I had my trusty iPhone…

It really was a shame I wasn’t prepared for the scene that awaited me here, but these aren’t too bad for a phone camera I guess.

Sunset at Wasing Park

Those of you who know me will know how much I love sunsets. And Wasing Park. After the joys of the light shafts in the morning, I took myself off to Aldermaston in the evening. I only managed a couple of shots but it was still worth it, I thought.

And, to Finish…

A few random shots;  The top one is a re-edit of a shot I took last September when I was in Southern Ireland. The fisherman set up and started beach casting so I fired off a couple of shots of him underneath the gathering clouds.

The shot above was taken looking out at the Burghfield Sailing Club lake.

These 2 above were taken on a very foggy morning along the River Kennet as I walked Maya.

Well, that’s it for this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my photos and I haven’t bored you too much with my meanderings.

As always, photos can be bought for prints, canvasses, aluminium or even key rings if you so wish! Just let me know which photos you like and we can work something out 🙂

All that is left for me to say is that I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and I look forward to sharing more photos with you in 2017

Last Post of the Year

Mart

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10 new photos

Hi folks it’s Wednesday once again and this week I have 10 new photos to post up. Not going to give too much spiel about them as I’m against the clock , but I hope you like then nonetheless.

As usual, clicking on the photos lets you see them in a little more detail. Feedback is always welcome 🙂

Part 1

The first few are remnants from my trip to Southern Ireland. They are all from my last day there and were taken around Glendalough, near Wicklow.

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10 new photosThe top shot shows the Round Tower in the graveyard, whilst the second shot is of the monastery.

10 new photos

 

This shot is of the Upper Lake. I think a sepia shot gives added atmosphere sometimes.

Part 2

Autumn, I love it. The colours are amazing and vibrant and the smells of loamy earth really take me back to when I was young.

I took my daughter to Hounslow for a ballet competition the other week. Between her dances I took a little time wandering around a nearby park…

10 new photos

10 new photos

10 new photos

I’m hoping the weather will perk up a little. As I sit writing this, it’s all dull and drizzly out there!

The shot below was taken as I walked Maya along the River Kennett. Once again, Autumn reveals such stunning colours.

10 new photos

Part 3

We spent a Sunday visiting my son in Norwich a few weeks back. My wife spotted this jay hustling in the undergrowth near his uni campus. First time I’ve managed to spot and photograph one…

10 new photos

10 new photos

And finally, as you know…robins are my muse. This one especially…

10 new photos

I hope you enjoyed looking at the 10 new photos.

Until next time, be good 🙂

Mart

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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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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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