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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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Another week of randoms

Hi once more, I hope you’re well? Thanks for visiting, this time is another week of randoms! Typically I’ll have a week of getting out and snapping some shots and posting from 1 or 2 sources. Recently though it’s not been the case and I have to trawl through my backlog. This means one or two photos from various other sources, which is what we have today 🙂

Holiday Memories

To begin, a few photos taken whilst on break, and below is a shot I recently edited of Portrane Beach.

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Above is an edited shot of the tower at Lahinch Golf Course

Disclaimer – I am NOT a golfer 🙂

And a couple of shots left over from my summer break in Dale, Pembrokeshire. It really was a beautiful place 🙂

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

The top shot was taken along the front at Dale. Middle shot was from Marloes Beach and the bottom shot at Dale West.

Autumn in Burghfield

As titled really, these were taken a few weeks back when it really felt like Autumn was here. It was bright, crisp and fresh that day; I can still remember the sights and smells. Since then it’s just been a little on the wet and dull side…give me those blue skies again!

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Autumn Elsewhere!

A little further afield, although not too far! The top shot, taken on my phone was taken near Midgham and the bottom shot from the Discovery Centre in Newbury.

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Gotta love the tree tunnels 🙂

Wokingham

Ah yes, the town where I work! I took these 3 on my iPhone last Friday and edited them using a couple of apps on the phone. This takes me back a bit…

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

And..to close…

A couple of nature shots, some beautiful leaves, the ‘almost’ supermoon and a sunset at Ufton Nervet.

I took the moon shot at 17:21 last Sunday, a day before the true supermoon. I’m glad I got to take this shot because the Monday was very cloudy!

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Another week of randoms

Once again I hope you liked there photos I posted for another week of randoms. Please leave any comment for me and let me know should you wish to buy any prints 🙂

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…)

Southern Ireland

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.

Southern Ireland

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

Southern Ireland

Below shows some moody clouds above Portrane Bay.

Southern Ireland

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;

Southern Ireland

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.

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

 The shot below shows O’Brien’s Tower

Southern Ireland

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

Southern Ireland

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;

Southern Ireland

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…

Southern Ireland

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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