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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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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.

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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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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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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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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