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Queenswood Arboretum

I had a lovely day out at Queenswood Arboretum, in Herefordshire, last weekend. It was the October meet for the Shropshire Community flickr group. We went to see the Autumn colours. The sun may not have particularly shined much for us, but the trees were lovely. In fact it rained a little, but that just made the leaves sparkle. Here’s a few of my pictures.

No particular focus



Autumn's finest

Red and Yellow



This week I made my first entry to show photos at an exhibition. It’s the idea of the tutor of my photography courses this year (Christophe Dillinger). The exhibition is in Grenoble in France, and is called “Square in Grenoble”. This is because the theme that all photos must be submitted in a square format, and the idea is you will show 9 photos in a square layout – 3 by 3.

I was interested in it as soon as he told us about it – but he did actually ask me to have a go as well – so I have. I fully expect not to be selected, but hey – gotta give it a whirl eh?

My tutor picked a few of my photos (from ones that I’d brought in as ideas for the coursework) and then said he wanted to see some more of the same sort of thing. So I’ve picked a few – after much agonising – and put my entry in one day last week. The closing day for entry is today.

So if you’ve been following my flickr stream and wondering why you’ve been seeing square mosaics appearing. That’s why! This one is my final entry.

My creation


My new macro lens has arrived. I’ve been having a little play with it this evening.

 Bottle top

Corona beer bottle top

I think we’re going to get along just fine! ūüôā

Nice Suprise

I’m not sure if it was genuine ‘stir craziness’ or subconcious procrastination regarding digital photography written homework, but I decided I absolutely had to have a walk this afternoon even though it was raining. (A weekly walk around the town is just about the only exercise I get at the moment. During the winter months, I¬†generally ‘feel the urge’ on a Sunday afternoon as the ‘urgh…back to work for another five days’ and ‘double urgh…won’t see daylight at home again until next weekend’¬†vibes kick in.)

Before I set off, I had a quick look around the backgarden. There’s so little in it that I didn’t think I’d find anything of interest, but I did note that there are some bluebell leaves¬†starting to poke out of the ground (which is promising since it presumably means they have survived their undiginified uprooting and repositioning last year). I was also really, really pleased to find this gorgeous little guy:

Hellebore 1

I love hellebores, but this is the first time I’ve¬†got around to having any. They were all acquired late last summer. Most of them are baby plants which aren’t doing anything much yet, but this one was a little bigger when I got it and as a result has rewarded me with its first bloom. I love it! I’m just a little bit gutted that it’s down at the far end of the garden, which probably means I won’t get another look at it until next weekend now. (Damn these stupid short winter days….!)

The other baby hellebores look nice and healthy, but I gather it can take a couple of years before they flower, and I suspect that might be the case with them. However, I’m pleased to learn that they love to self-seed, and I’m hoping they will indeed do that in my garden. (At the moment I guess I only stand a chance of that from this chap as to self-seed the plant needs to flower.)

And to close, here’s an arty farty blurry hellebore photo.

Hellebore 3

Seasonal Greetings

Happy Christmas. I wish everyone a lovely day celebrating or not-celebrating in whichever way suits you best.

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Happy Flickriffic Christmas

Deck the halls…

Christmas and me (or “Christmas and I” if you want to be grammatically correct) don’t always get on particularly well, but in an attempt to feel a little bit festive I ventured up into the loft to retrieve the Christmas tree. Getting my box of decorations out is always an interesting experience since it’s a bit of a tight squeeze to get both me and the box back down the loft ladder at the same time (and I’m not large believe me).

Anyway, the tree went up, the twinkly lights came out, the decorations went on and then I amused myself for the next couple of hours trying to take fancy artistic photos of the tree without using a flash so as to get nice “cosy” colours. Unless you have a tripod this is practically impossible. Still…it kept me off the streets and out of trouble. Here’s my best (i.e. least blurry*) effort.

Deck the halls...

I’m due to start a digital photography class in the New Year. I really hope I learn some tricks…

* since I wrote¬†the above I’ve been to bed, fallen asleep (eventually),¬†got up again, realised (despite my claims to the contrary) that the picture is actually very blurry, so I thought I should qualify what I meant. This sort of blurry is deliberate. Since I’ve been a member of flickr, I gather the fancy term for deliberate out of focus blurriness is ‘bokeh’. I am by no means a bokeh master though, and should you care to have a look around flickr you will find some absolutely brilliant examples. So by ‘not blurry’ I meant that I hadn’t wobbled the camera.

Not wobbling the camera¬†is fiendishly difficult in dim light without a flash because the shutter needs to stay open a bit longer¬†to capture the scene. This is why camera tripods were invented. I don’t possess one of those though and had to resort to¬†alternative means to limit wobble. The tree is on a table, and for this shot I think I¬†was¬†‘lying’ on a chair (like an upsidedown beetle), with my head¬†jammed against the chair-back to keep still, my feet¬†jammed against the table edge to keep them still, and my knees up on my stomach as a ‘tripod’ to keep the camera still.¬†It possibly would have worked better if hadn’t kept on laughing though.

If you do go and have a look around flickr, beware – it’s the sort of fascinating site that, if you’re not careful, will steal whole hours and days from your life.


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