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Nine more photos

Hi there, remember me? 🙂 I know it’s been a few weeks since I last posted some photos, I hope you’re well?  This week I’ve nine more photos to post up, which I hope you like.

As usual from my nine more photos there are some new and some old. Starting with the old..

Hose Hill Lake

I took these almost a year ago to the day down at Hose Hill Lake, Burghfield. It was a beautiful day, the air was so crisp and clear, perfect for taking a photo or two. Oddly I passed over these pictures back then (sometimes I take so many that this is easily done 🙂 )

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Nine more photos

Barkham

Taken earlier this year – January to be precise – in Barkham, on the way to Wokingham. It was a wonderfully cold morning back then. I managed to grab a shot just as the sun was peeking over the hill. Perfect timing!

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Castle Combe

I still rate this place as one of the quaintest places I have ever visited. It’s a tine little village nestled somewhere in Wiltshire. The sky is edited to give a more interesting look, I want to go back on a better day…

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Another Moon

No introduction needed here….

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Summer

…seems like a distant memory now. We did have a good one, didn’t we? I took this on my way back from Reading, along the River Kennet. It was a beautiful day and it was the first time I’d followed the river into town.

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Frosty Grazeley

And these last few were taken last week, about 8am as I was driving in to work. It was one of those clear and frosty mornings that I love so much.

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Nine more photos

Nine more photos

And there we have it, nine more photos to add to the collection! I hope you liked them. I’m hoping that the weather gets a little more interesting in the coming week as this white cloud is a bit dull!

Until next time, take care,

Mart

 

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Southern Ireland

Hi there, I know it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a bit busy here. Since last time I have been frantically going through all the photos I took during my trip to Southern Ireland. I hope you like them, it was a great few days spent there and I desperately want to go back. We stayed in a hotel just outside Dublin and while the Mrs worked, I took myself off with the camera.

Clicking on the photos makes them larger and better to view 🙂

Southern Ireland – Day 1

It was an early start that Wednesday morning, I was sat on the runway at Heathrow as the sun rose…(taken on my S7 phone…)

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It was mid afternoon by the time I was ready to venture out. I drove up to Portrane which was a half hour trip. The internet told me I could get there and back in time to collect Annabelle from work. I wasn’t disappointed with the suggestion either. The rugged coast and clouds provided the perfect subject for a couple of snaps.

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I practiced a long exposure shot of the waves against the rocks sticking out in the bay…

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Below shows some moody clouds above Portrane Bay.

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Southern Ireland

 

Southern Ireland – Day 2

This was the Thursday and and first full day of being in Southern Ireland. I had been told about the Cliffs of Moher by Annabelle, who had been told by a colleague. A quick Google search and I was smitten, despite them being on the complete opposite side of the country! It was actually a very pleasant drive in the hire car. Once out of Dublin the motorways were an absolute breeze. All told it took about 3 and a half hours.

I stopped off on the way at a place called Lahinch when I saw this tower on a golf course…(both taken on my S7 phone)

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

After wandering around on a very blustery coastal road I saw this scene behind me;

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So back in the car and I finally reach my destination. What a beautiful and rugged coastline. The weather was extremely changeable so one minute it would be clear, then cloudy, the clear again…

These cliffs have featured in films such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.

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Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

 The shot below shows O’Brien’s Tower

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On my way back to the car I spotted a faint rainbow…

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Southern Ireland – Day 3

The final day was spent driving down through the mountain range, taking in a waterfall then on to Wicklow. I stopped off (as I always seem to do) to grab a few shots of the gorgeous sights around me.

This was on a random road on the way to Powerscourt;

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Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

I finally found my way to Powerscourt Waterfall and once again did a couple of long exposure shots.

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

My drive to Wicklow took me right over the top of some beautiful mountains with stunning scenery. I also I met who had been scouring the valley floor for mushrooms for his ill daughter! Oddly he was the exact doppelgänger for a very good friend of ours. It is possible they were related, I’m lead to believe. Who knows….

There was one point during my drive that the film An American Werewolf in London though crossed my mind. So desolate and beautiful, all I needed was a pub called the Slaughtered Lamb…

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Eventually I found other people when I stopped off at Lough Tay, otherwise known as the Guinness Lake.

Southern Ireland

So after a brief stop off at Glendalough (photos yet to come) I finally reached Wicklow. I visited Wicklow on my 14th birthday with my Dad on his boat, and I wanted to pop back whilst I was in the neighbourhood 🙂

The drive had taken me pretty much all day, with all the stop-offs and photo taking. It was dark and a storm was approaching but I did manage a quick shot of a boat on stilts!!

Southern Ireland

The End

Wow, that was a marathon blog today, right? I hope the photos gave you some idea of just how beautiful Southern Ireland is. I will definitely be going back. There are so many other places to visit, so much history to explore.

Any of these photos can be bought as prints. Please drop me an email if you wish to buy any, and as always I’d love to hear your feedback.

Until next time, be good 🙂

Mart

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From a couple of weeks ago

Surprise! It’s been some time since my last post so I’m bringing you some photos from a couple of weeks ago.

Time is of the essence so I’m not going to wax lyrical, just get straight to it 🙂

Maya

She’s such a beauty. She’s not the best model though. She’ll stand there for ages but point a camera at her and she decides to move.

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Photos from the Archives

Yep, I was running low on inspiration so decided to raid my archives and found these.

1 – Taken last March it shows the sun setting behind the trees in Grazeley.

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2 – This shot was from October 2015 and shows an Autumnal scene in Wasing Park.

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3 – This was taken a couple of months ago on a trip to Uffington.

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Wasing Park

And these were taken recently on another trip to Wasing Park. I find myself drawn to this place every now and again and this time I had a proper look around. I didn’t realise there was a nice little church around the back – St Nicholas Church which is predominantly 15th Century.

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Wokefield Common

The last couple of photos for today were taken when out walking with Maya in Wokefield Common. I love the start of Autumn as the greens slowly turn orange. Such amazing colours!

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And that’s it for this week. I hope you liked the photos I posted, taken from a couple of weeks ago. I know I keep nagging, but I’m always hoping to read your thoughts on my photos. Why not drop a couple of words into the text boxes and let me know what you think? 🙂

Any of my photos can be ordered for prints or on canvas or aluminium. Why not treat yourself or buy as a present?

Just let me know which ones you like and we can sort something out 🙂

Until next time take great care,

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…

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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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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.

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Sulhamstead – Near

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

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Ufton Nervet – Near

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

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Near and far

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St David’s (revisited) – Far

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

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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.

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Barafundle and Newgale – Far

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

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

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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.

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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;

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All Over the Place

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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!

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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.

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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

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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 🙂

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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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