Looking beyond the autumn leaves

We’re all just recovering from coughs and colds, but decided it would do us some good to get out for a walk. I was looking forward to photographing the autumn leaves now that the colours are starting to turn. However, in the end, it was the moss and mushrooms that really caught me eye.

A crisp morning

I’m glad my camera was at hand when we went out for a walk this morning. There must have been a good frost last night and it had barely warmed when we went traipsing through this small, local woodland. The light was gorgeous. I was particularly pleased to spot the seed heads glistening with their …

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A Fir Cone?? (Nope, it’s Brunia)

EDIT: I am grateful for a friend who found out that I was photographing dried ‘brunia’. Brunia is a shrub native to the cape region of South Africa. It has white pompom-like flowers. I received a beautiful bouquet of winter flowers at Christmas from my other half. The flowers themselves are now residing in our …

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A Flurry of Snow

Our surroundings were once again transformed by a layer of snow this week. Isn’t it fascinating how a layer of the white stuff makes you spot beauty in the ordinary; an unnoticed roof and a hedge that needs a trim.

A Winter’s Morning

I took my camera out to photograph my little one playing in the snow this morning. It didn’t take long for other things to catch my eye. This hellebore started flowering last week. Out the front of the house, the sun was warming up the air and I loved the light catching our wreath and …

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Natures Colours

I was sitting and the dining room table this morning, working through some emails. I glanced up and took a moment to really look at the array of colours our autumnal garden was presenting me with. One shrub alone is currently displaying every colour from a vibrant green to a deep red. I went out …

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Allium: Fully Open

The wind has been whipping around our back garden for the last two days and I was worried what shape I would find the allium in as we hadn’t attached them to stakes. Well, I needn’t have worried, they’ve used each other as supports and have wrapped their stems together. I popped out to get …

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Allium: An Update

Last week I posted the first set of photos of the Allium growing in my garden. I’ve been monitoring them daily and went out again today with my camera and macro lens to capture how they’re developing. To be honest, though, it wasn’t until I sat down and viewed these images on the large computer …

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Allium

Who doesn’t love an allium? Those impossibly large stems and bold ball-like seedheads are gorgeous. We planted a few bulbs two or three years ago and I am delighted they’ve multiplied in number this year. They’re about to pop open. I’ll have to take some more photos once they are in their full splendor.

An Autumn Afternoon

Keen to make the most of the last of the autumn colours, we donned our walking boots and headed to Roslin. The rain was heavy when we arrived but our patience paid off and the clouds soon blew over so we could set out on our short walk – up to Roslin Castle, through the …

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Lyra

Lyra is a Parson Jack Russell. She belongs to my mom and dad. She’s a cheeky little thing. Whilst not the most willing of photography subjects, I just about managed to catch her attention for long enough to get a few fun shots. “Tickle my belly please”, says Lyra. … I thought we were here …

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Escaping along the east coast

August is a fun and busy time in Edinburgh, with the Festival in full swing. However, after battling the crowds on a daily basis, I was more than happy to head out of town when we had visitors last weekend. Newhailes is a National Trust for Scotland property that we’ve been meaning to visit for …

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Norwegian Views and Landmarks

Having already uploaded two blog posts about our honeymoon cruising experience and the waterside views, here is my final Norway post. During our cruise, we were able to explore 9 different ports – starting with Stavanger and reaching up to Honningsvåg in the far north, before returning south and ending in Bergen. We saw so much …

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At the Water’s Edge

Part 2 of my cruising series of posts and it seems inevitable to focus on the inspiring views we saw along the waterways we visited – particularly the fjords. At times we couldn’t bear to tear our eyes away from the view from our balcony in case the next view was even better than the current …

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Cruising

The land of the midnight sun – our honeymoon destination. The Princess Sapphire cruise ship – our transport mode of choice. Two weeks of relaxation, exploration and fabulous views. We’ve never cruised before, so it was a bit of a risk deciding to spend our honeymoon on a cruise ship for two weeks, but I’m …

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Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum

After a drizzly few days and with the promise of sunshine, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum seemed like an ideal destination for an afternoon walk with its lovely mix of formal gardens and woodland (plus the all-important tea room). We easily spent 3 hours exploring, following the paths through the arboretum and snapping away with our cameras.

Over the Causeway

An eerie feel accompanied us as we crossed the causeway from the mainland to Holy Island on a grey and drizzly September morning. Once parked up and waterproof jackets on, we were ready to explore. We headed out to Lindisfarne Castle which is currently closed and undergoing extensive refurbishment. Somehow I think the scaffolding makes …

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Alnwick Castle

There are a good few castles to visit on a trip through Northumberland. We’ve previously visited Bamburgh Castle so this time we opted for Alnwick Castle. It holds some impressive celebrity claims to fame – having been used as a set for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. There are plenty of areas to explore around …

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Our Once in a Lifetime Experience

We were super lucky to be selected from the ballot to take part in the Queensferry Crossing Experience this weekend. For those who don’t know, Scotland has a lovely new bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, the Queensferry Crossing. Once it is fully open, it will be part of the motorway network with no access …

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Glencorse View

The Pentland Hills are almost on our doorstep and yet we rarely think to head over for a walk. However, I’ve recently spotted a few photos on Twitter showing just how lovely the heather is at the moment – a beautiful array of pinks and purples – so I thought it was time to see …

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København

We have not long returned from a very memorable trip to Copenhagen; what a city! We loved exploring by foot and metro. There is so much to see and do. I loved the mismatched and colourful architecture. It’s a city with style and is well-worth a visit. I’ve selected four of my favourite views from the …

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Nairobi Sights

I was very fortunate to be invited to participate in a series of transport workshops in Nairobi, Kenya. What a fantastic opportunity! This was my first visit to Kenya and I certainly enjoyed my time in this bustling, energetic and welcoming city. The hotel gardens were my first introduction to local fauna and flora. I was very …

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A nice outing for a new camera

I’ve recently invested in a new, small camera to take on my travels when my DSLR is simply impractical. Today was the first time I’ve taken it out for a test run – to get used to the new controls and see how it fares compared to the DSLR. Our destination: the Secret Herb Garden. …

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Wrapped up warm at Attingham Park

We really did need to be wrapped up warm for our walk today around Attingham Park – a National Trust mansion and parkland in Shrewsbury. However, the cold didn’t stop mom and me from getting our cameras out. We started off by walking passed the mansion where I liked the colour and composition of these picnic tables and the grey …

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Inspired by Nikon Meetup

I couldn’t quite believe it when I got an email in December telling me that I had been selected in the ballot for a place on Nikon’s Birmingham Meetup. Today was the day of the Meetup and I set off with a sense of anticipation of what the morning would have in store. Would everyone have …

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Island Views

A new vista waiting to be photographed around every corner. On Mull we were certainly spoiled for choice for a good landscape; from Calgary in the north, to Tobermory in the east, and Iona in the south west.

Abandoned at Salen

After enjoying our trip to the Outer Hebrides last year, we decided to select another Scottish Island to visit this summer. After investigating our options, we chose the Isle of Mull for a four night trip. Getting some fresh air and taking a batch of good photographs were my two top priorities; the trip did …

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London Transport Museum

I would highly recommend a trip to the London Transport Museum. We visited for the first time a few weeks ago and happily spent a good few hours there. You can get a great feel for the history of transport and the history of London. I think the exhibitions clearly demonstrated how vital the transport …

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Puppy Love

This little tyke wouldn’t stay still for long enough to get many photos of her that aren’t blurred! She’s my ‘puppy niece’ (my brother’s puppy) and we had a great few days looking after her earlier this year. Couldn’t resist popping one photo of her on here.

Brantwood House and Garden

I had heard the name ‘Ruskin’ but knew little of the man until visiting Brantwood House and Gardens last weekend. It turns out he was a rather interesting and influential man. A little quote by him caught my attention – “Take a handful of rubble from the roadside, and pick out a small stone. When examined …

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Greenery

May in the Lake District must be one of the most colourful times of the year – at least one of the most green times of the year. These photos are from a little walk we took up to a great vantage point over Windermere. I wonder how many shade of green there are here?

Wandering in the Peaks

A weekend away in the Peak District with a great bunch of friends and some sunshine – what could be better? Not a lot! We went on two walks: on the Saturday a wander up to Solomon’s Temple with great views over Buxton, and on the Sunday a march from Bakewell up to Over Haddon …

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Early spring walk

Meteorologically, spring began on 1st March while astronomical spring does not start for a few more days yet (on 20 March). Either way, last weekend, it certainly felt like spring! We were out walking; setting off from the Cammo Estate which sits along the River Almond. With the sun shining, you could almost observe everything starting to wake up …

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Urban Ruggedness

After a walk around the Shore at Leith, I came home disappointed with the shots I’d managed to take. It wasn’t until I imported them into Aperture, that I spotted an interesting little collection of images. The Shore has been regenerated in recent years, but I think these rugged highlights bring it some welcome character.

Knitting Time

Aside from photography, another hobby of mine is knitting. I usually use big, chunky wool – mainly because I’m a tad impatient and thin wool takes so long to knit up. However, a few months ago I embarked on a cowl using 4 ply. I love the bold colour combined with the delicate pattern. Today …

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Metal Abstracting

With Newhaven Harbour being a short walk up the road, I’ve taken quite a few photos there. Yesterday I tried to look out for the more unusual details in and around the harbour. This metal ramp and chain caught my eye. I’m pleased with the effectiveness of the photos after a little editing.  

New Year Wander

It’s 1st January 2016 and time to shake away a few cobwebs with a nice walk. We headed over to Beecraigs Country Park – somewhere I’ve been meaning to explore for some time now. It was a lovely, crisp winter’s day. We were certainly glad for our hat and gloves. At Beecraigs you can say …

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