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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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; ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Nine more photos

Hi there, remember me? ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it’s been a few weeks since I last posted some photos, I hope you’re well? ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Nine more photos

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 editedย to give a more interesting look, I want to go back on a better day…

Nine more photos

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.

Nine more photos

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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Weekend Up North

Hi, another Wednesday and some more photos, this time taken from my weekend up north a couple of weekends ago. Do feel free to leave any thoughts or feedback in the comments boxes ๐Ÿ™‚

It was my Mum’s birthday and we treated her to tickets to see ELO in Manchester, and of course we had to go as well, just to make sure she enjoyed herself of course ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a great gig, lots of fun and nice to spend some time up north with my family. The weather behaved itself too which was an added bonus, meaning I could wander around some of my old haunts.

I drove up on the Saturday afternoon and it rained so much on the way up, I was thinking that the whole weekend up north would be a wash-out. By the time evening came however we we’re treated to a gorgeous sunset;

Sundown between Branches z

Up North

Up North

Up North

The Sunday was gorgeous weather so I took advantage of it and drove to the small village of Parbold, where I went to primary school. It brought back so many memories…

Up North

Up North

Up North

Up North

Sadly there was nowhere to park up in the village centre as I’d have loved to have taken some shots along the Leeds-Liverpool canal. I ended up driving through Hilldale and up Hunter’s Hill where I was treated to some spectacular views;

Up North

Up North

Up North

The tower off in the distance of the middle shot above is Blackpool Tower. To the left you can even make out a rollercoaster!

I took quite a few shots while I was up north but haven’t managed to look at them all so there may be the odd one or two pop up at some point in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for taking the time out to look at my photos of up north, I hope you enjoyed them. As always I’d love to know what you think, which is why there’s a comments box so please feel free to use it ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course prints are available to buy of any of my photos, either use the photos to buy link or email me directly.

Cheers,

Mart

 

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Maya, Paddy and a robin

Hi there! Happy Wednesday, I trust you’re well and life is being good to you ๐Ÿ™‚ This week I have a few photos of Maya, Paddy and a robin as well as a couple of left-over shots from when I went to Dinton Pastures a few weeks ago.

You’ll already know Maya, our Ridgie. Well we took a walk with friends of ours through a gorgeous place called Little London which is just on the outskirts of Silchester and Tadley, in Hampshire. Paddy is their dog, he’s a Wire Fox Terrier and is a proper handful of trouble, but he and Maya get on so well and love running, fighting and flirting with each other.

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

He really is as much trouble as he looks, bless him!

Up until a few weeks ago when I was wandering around Sulham Woods and photographed the Posing Robinย I was not really too fussed about birds, but now it’s an area I want to get more proficient in. These 2 shots were taken from my bedroom window. They are a tad on the grainy side as I only have a 75-250mm lens and I had to zoom all the way in, then when I came to edit them I had to crop right into the image. Still, I think they came out pretty well, all things considered ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you think?

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Maya, Paddy and a robin

The next few photos were taken in Chapel Row, a lovely little place in West Berkshire.ย There is a fantastic tree-lined road that leads straight into Chapel Row and a little open park where I spotted a trio of ducks waddling around in;

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Random canal scene below…

Maya, Paddy and a robin

And, to finish, a few throw back shots of our walk around Dinton Pastures a few weeks ago…when I go out and about taking photos I always take loads. I’ll usually spend a little time editing a selection and post them up pretty much straight away. Then I’ll re-visit the album a few weeks later and usually more of them will leap out at me…

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Thanks for taking the time out to look at the photos of Maya, Paddy and a robin, I hope you like them. I’m always happy to hear your thoughts on them so please leave your thoughts and comments in the blank boxes below ๐Ÿ™‚

Prints are also available to buy, just click hereย for a selection, or email me and tell me which ones you’re interested in. I bought an aluminium print of one of my photos and have to say it’s a beautiful medium so why not spoil yourself… ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, enough of the hard sell, I hope to have some more pics up next week, so until then take care…

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 threeย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week and hope to see you again next week. Until take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Mart

 

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