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Some local photos

Hi there, and a belated Happy New Year to you. I hope you had a fantastic festive break and 2017 is being kind to you. For my first post of the year I thought I’d share some local photos, taken in and around Burghfield Common.

Sadly there aren’t as many as I usually post up. The weather hasn’t really been too inspiring and I’ve also had a trapped nerve in my back. Not much fun to start the year but it’s on the mend now so all good 🙂

Anyway, enough of my woes and on to the photos 🙂

Webs and fog in Wokefield Common

Just before Christmas we had a couple of days of heavy fog. The droplets on the webs in the woods were really quite pretty. The fog through the trees was quite eerie.

Reflections and light shafts near the Burghfield Sailing Club

What started off as an icy morning soon thawed as the sun emerged. The shafts of light beaming through the trees were amazing.


A couple of revisions

And, as usual a couple of older shots. The first shot is of one of the lakes at Dinton Pastures at sunset. The second was taken during the summer along the River Kennet near Theale.

An imposter

Ok, so this wasn’t taken anywhere near Burghfield Common. I wanted to share the beautiful view from my sister’s in Appley Bridge, near Wigan. I took this on New Year’s Eve 2016, and that kinda brings this post to a natural conclusion 🙂

I’d just like to thank you for your continued support throughout last year. I love reading your comments so please keep leaving them.

As usual, photos look better if you click on them and view them in larger format. They would also look infinitely better on canvas or aluminium so don’t be shy and buy a print or two 🙂

Thanks,

Mart

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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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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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Random photos from the last few weeks

Hi, I hope you’re well? It’s midweek once more and today I’m posting up some random photos from the last few weeks. These are a mix of left-overs from my last few posts so without further ado I’ll post ’em up 🙂

This first shot, one of our cats called Freddie was actually taken a couple of years ago, shot and edited on my iPhone but it came out really well I thought. It’s in my recent folders as I have entered it into a contest on Viewbug. Feel free to hop over and lend me some support, these are all the photos I have entered into contests on Viewbug. The standards are very high so I need all the help I can get 🙂

Random photos from the last few weeks

The next couple were taken a few weeks ago in our back garden and shows Freddie on the prowl…

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

And these kind of mark the start of my interest in taking photos of birds, something I’d not really been interested in doing until the robins showed up in their droves….

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

This was taken when I was up north, near Appley Bridge and was one of the photos I didn’t edit until after  my Weekend Up North blog. It was a beautiful day that Sunday, such fantastic blue skies and lovely, white fluffy clouds floating in the sky.

Random photos from the last few weeks

And finally these 3 were taken at Bolton Abbey, the first set of photos I took can be found here. Again, I had taken loads of photos that day and had;t edited them all in time for my weekly Wednesday post which is why every now and again I post up these random photos in between a specific subject.

Random photos from the last few weeks

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The last week or so our garden has played host to loads of robins, so my next blog will no doubt reflect this 🙂

Until then, take care,

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 🙂 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 Robin 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 🙂 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. 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 🙂

Prints are also available to buy, just click here 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… 🙂

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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