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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


Le ciel en feu

We had such a gorgeous sunset today that I just had to share it with you.

This is a two minute walk from chez Nez. I’m a sucker for all the silhouettes…..

Light dusting

Probably no gardening this weekend then!

We were forecast snow for yesterday/this weekend and we have indeed woken up this morning to a light dusting. This is outside my front door. My only visitor so far. I’m glad I haven’t had any post delivered today which would have spoilt this before I had a chance to get the camera out. (I am not an early riser – especially on Saturdays!)

The visitor

Snow was due to fall yesterday and all the schools in my area closed early as a result – so early in fact that the kids got sent home before a single flake had floated down out of the sky. I find that a little odd personally. Health and safety being over cautious? Would definitely not have happened in my day. Anyway, we did have a few flurries from about 4pm onwards, but nothing that stuck.

I spent a good hour yesterday afternoon doing my ‘photography homework’. This was finding a place of interest and taking lots of pictures of it from different angles etc while still taking care over things like exposure and composition. I walked down to the local church for mine. My hands were freezing afterwards (even though I was gloved up). I’m tempted (sort of) to go back this morning because of the snow, but it’s already melting and the longer I leave it…… Ah well. Plus I’ve done something painful to the top of my back/neck since I got up. Ironically, I think I did it while I was watching a news article on BBC breakfast on how to pick things up properly and not hurt your back.

Here’s some dusted holly for you:

Lightly dusted

Season of mists….

It has been gorgeously foggy all day today. Typically Autumnal, so I went out and had a go at trying to use the Nikon D40 to capture some scenes that summed it up. I think I see what Peggy Archer meant about the lens that came with it. I find it pretty hard to tell how focused I’ve got it. I’ve often thought I had the image nice and crisp, only to be completely disappointed by a blurry mess when I view the images back on the screen.

At first I thought it was because I’m a little bit short-sighted, but now I think it must be the lens. I’ll have to treat myself to a better one soon. On an aside, it is proving handy that I’ve mastered contact lenses. I’d forgotten just how awkward wearing glasses and trying to use a small viewing lens on a camera is – with spex I find myself peering over the top of the glasses – so that really does mean a blurry image!!

Anyway, over at Haughton Hall. The leaves were literally raining out of the trees. They made a noise as they did it too – like a giant bowl of rice-crispies. I can’t say I ever particularly remember leaves being noisy while falling off trees before. I wasted about ten minutes trying to get a decent ‘leaf in flight’ shot before giving it up as a bad job and concentrating on the misty scenery.

Here are the ones I like best (cropped on the laptop via SnagIt as I can’t be bothered to fire up the PC and do it the proper way):

Foggy day

Foggy day

Foggy day

Foggy day

Foggy day

As it was still foggy this evening, I went back and had another go. These are the best two results. Not tooooooo bad seeing I don’t possess a tripod and it was a slow shutter speed. Only one person caught me squatting inelegantly on my haunches so I could keep my elbows on my knees and minimise camera wobble. So….only vaguely embarrassing.



The bottom one reminds me of Narnia. I keep expecting Mr Tumnus to poke his head out from behind that lamp….

You could say it rained.

It rained yesterday. It rained and rained and rained. And after that, for good measure, it rained some more.

It had been quite pleasant all day until 5 minutes before I left work when someone turned on the big hairy tap in the sky. Then it cleared up for a while. Then about 8.30pm I noticed some rather spectacular and black looking clouds in the sky. Continue reading ‘You could say it rained.’


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