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- Our Lady of The IslesMorning all raining cats and dogs here again and it looks like it’s set in for the week! British summer at its best hey? Today’s image is Our Lady of the Isles, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The statue is situated on the western […]
- The Italian Chapel – Lamb HolmThe Italian Chapel – Lamb Holm This small but very ornate Catholic Chapel was built on the small uninhabited island of Lamb Holm on Orkney during World War II by Italian prisoners. It was restored during the 60’s and received Listed building status A. In my usual style of “must get the shot” I sneaked […]
- Vatersay Pebble Beach StumpFriday woohooooo!!!!! Thought I’d finish the week off with a beautiful shot from Vatersay Beach on Barra Island, Outer Hebrides. Probably one of the most beautiful of all the islands areas Vatersay has white sands, stunning pebble beaches and green blue seas all round it, I couldn’t resist the sea washed stump, I’d have brought […]
- Duncansby Stacks pt2Duncansby Stacks great for birdwatchers with kittiewake, guiliemots and razorbills to name but a few, take your hat in May and June you may get pecked or pooped on…..we avoided it but saw a couple getting dive bombed as they were close to the nesting edges. A prehistoric looking place thats a definite on your […]
- EOLAIGEARRAIDH (ST. BARR) OLD CHURCHYARD, ISLE OF BARRAEOLAIGEARRAIDH (ST. BARR) OLD CHURCHYARD, ISLE OF BARRA A beautiful evening on the even more beautiful Isle of Barra. The commonwealth cemetery is at the north of the island and is accessed from the main road then through a field down towards the beach. It’s uncertain as to who owns the land but from what […]
- Clachan Sands SunsetTraigh Hornais, Clachan Sands A straightforward walk along a beautiful wide sandy beach backed by Machair which is a riot of colourful flowers. Was really tricky to find this place and a lucky spot from the main road which says Cemetery & Beach. Pretty hazardous drive down a dirt single track heavily pot holed. The […]
- Beautiful BarraAs the title suggest the Isle of Barra surely is the most beautiful of the Outer Hebrides, blue seas and white sandy beaches that go on for miles and as long as you get the weather then it’s as close to paradise as you’ll get. If its beautiful scenery and peace and quiet you need […]
- Old Man of HoyHi All finally got 30 mins to do a little processing of my Outer Hebrides and Orkney shoot from a couple of weeks ago, even with all the rain I managed several decent groups of shots so I’m quite pleased with myself. We have also booked for Ireland, I have so far identified 24 […]
- Duncansby StacksHi all well we’re back from the Outer Hebrides, eventful is the keyword here, 7 absolute soaking sheeting down sideways torrential downpours of rain out of 9, you get the idea. Anyway We managed to get as many shoots in as possible then turned tail for home driving 506miles on the last day, I’m […]
- Sunset RocksYes yes I know, the title sucks, but my brain isn’t working due to lack of sleep, hate warm weather, I’m a very run warm person even in winter, must be the layers of blubber I have! Anyway this one from Northumberland walking down onto Embleton Beach. This was a great night and the sun […]
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Monthly Archives: March 2012
A very windy image from high on Shelf Stones Bleaklow in The Peaks, I did shoot a little video of this as Stormy was battling to stay upright as she was buffeted by the gale force winds, soooooo funny, I’ll try and load it later.
Subtle breaks in the clouds gave me a chance to capture a few rays hitting the moors before we made a hasty retreat down behind the stones into relatively calm conditions. To say spring is here it was icy cold too, thank goodness I took all my weather gear with me…Stormy wasn’t bothered and just took it all in her stride, I guess she’s good to -50 without worrying about putting on an extra layer, amazingly her coat works the opposite in heat and reflects the sun, she happy at 20+ or 20-.
Well its summer hair cut day today, No4 here I come, taking my hat just in case it looks that bad!..lol Don’t know why but I have got to the stage where I really don’t give a proverbial about my hair, too much messing with gel etc etc, off with it!
nearly Friday, hope you all have a great weekend
Had a wonderful walk with Stormy yesterday, trying out my Nav Skills with compass and map… very pleased as it was our first time out this way it worked perfectly, lead me straight to my target SK 09042 94912 which is just east of Bleaklow Trig point on Higher Shelf Stones, takes aprox 50-75 mins walking depending on your fitness but nothing too strenuous. you do have to beware the peat bogs much to Stormy’s dismay, she did the full on Vicar of Dibley, thought it was a puddle and finished up neck deep in sludge and dirty water, course the little love then shuck this all over me!
Superfortress B 29 “Over Exposed” was only a 25 minute trip from Scampton, Lincolnshire to Burtonwood USAAF base, Warrington, England.
Captain Landon P. Tanner took off on the morning of 3rd November 1948, at around 10.15. His crew for the trip consisting of co-pilot, Captain Harry Stroud; engineer, Technical Sergeant Ralph Fields; navigator, Sergeant Charles Wilbanks; radio operator, Staff Sergeant Gene A. Gartner; radar operator, David D. Moore; camera crew, Technical Segeant Saul R. Banks, Sergeant Donald R. Abrogast, Sergeant Robert I. Doyle and Private First Class William M. Burrows. Two other crew members were Corporal M. Franssen and Corporal George Ingram. Acting as photographic advisor was Captain Howard Keel of the 4201st.
When Over Exposed failed to arrive at Burtonwood an air search was initiated, and that afternoon blazing wreckage was spotted high on the moors near Higher Shelf Stones. By chance members of the Harpur Hill RAF Mountain Rescue Unit were just finishing an exercise two and a half miles away, so they quickly made their way to the scene of the crash but there was clearly nothing that could have been done for any of the crew 13 Died. It is doubtful they ever saw the ground.
A place that’s not only spiritual but also has a beauty about it, weird to say but you feel an affinity with the lost souls up there, as the clouds dominate the skyline and the freezing cold wind whips against your face you can hear faint whispers of voices but not in a fearful tone.
Below is a shot of the Trig point itself, after a little muddy walk from the wreckage you feel the full force of the wind as it whips up the valley from Glossop below.
very much worth a visit and a most enjoyable and memorable walk.
Bleaklow is a high, largely peat covered, gritstone moorland, just north of Kinder Scout, across the Snake Pass (A57), in the Derbyshire High Peak near the town of Glossop. Much of it is nearly 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level and it is the source of the River Derwent.
Happy Friday all……thanks goodness it’s here.
Very nearly managed to kill stormy at 6am, out for a run and she darted across the front of me to get to another dog as I set off running again and received and toe straight in her ribs, she squealed like I have never heard her before, poor little thing, I must have really hurt her, took 5 mins rubbing while she squeaked at me….she’s OK now albeit a little nervy of me, going to take some chewdles to bring her round.
This shot again from the weekend shows the intensity of the sunrise on a frosty morning, I had my polariser on which only just enabled me to pick out the blue sky top right, it wasn’t visible really with the naked eye as the light was so bright.
I have taken delivery of my Canon Powershot S100 compact camera, what a piece of kit, love it especially the slow motion video bit, great for capturing Stormy bombing around, when she isn’t hurt by a bad owner! I feel soooooo bad
Got some great stuff happening tomorrow. I’ll report back on Monday
have a great weekend
Although a very simple composition I love the feel of the warm sun on the boulder I remember it on my neck and shoulders as I stared out to sea gazing into the deep blue waters and sky. It always makes me feel closer to my mum (even though she wasn’t buried at sea)lol….. she couldn’t even swim but she had an affinity with the sea and like her I need to be near or in it every few weeks.
I think with mothers day coming up this weekend this image made me think of her like she was here and not passed away some 10 years ago, it’s amazing how time really does go by but the memory of that day is like yesterday, I guess it always will be and hopefully will stay that way. Mum was a water colour artist and the worlds most terrible cook, she used to put dinner on and go and paint, when she smelled burning dinner was done, we grew up thinking all food was supposed to be black and crispy!!!!
I managed an early run this morning with Stormy 5:30am, started getting into it now, I have never been a runner but needs must and Stormy gets some good exercise so I’ll stick at it, I was given some good advise about buying the best trainers and boy does it help, like running on clouds….well nearly! Breakfast was Pomegranate, banana and orange and my essential coffee, then it’s off to teh gym for 10am. I will get fit again!
Have a great Wednesday
As I went for a run yesterday morning at Clumber Park the sun had already reached the forest canopy but fortunately the mist was still settled in between the trees, Stormy was champing at the bit to run on so we made it a sprint to get back and collect my camera, 1DS is far to heavy to run with so Jo what a wonderful wife has let me buy a Canon S100 should be here this week, can’t wait as it’s a beaut little compact. Anyway made it back to van and collected the big camera and made it to this location as quick as possible. I was very lucky as 5 mins later the mist had all but gone as it was burnt away by the sunrise.
I managed a few more shots of the frosty forest floor and then had a lovely walk back to the van for breakfast, Stormy had a good sniff round the undergrowth no doubt searching for food….she’s started eating properly, its only taken 18 months to get her onto a proper diet, Huskies are notorious bad picky eaters.
Hopefully post another later
have a great week all
Had a great weekend away with Sid my big sis and her hubby Dave, managed a couple of runs too which is great for me not too much back ache at least and the bug bonus the weather was lovely for a change.
This is the first of a couple today as I though Stormy in her goggles well “Doggles” ought to have a post of her own. She was a little put out for the first 5 mins then took wearing them in her stride. Now the others said “what use are they”, “they’re silly” etc etc, but after a 6 mile bike ride with Stormy running at my side they were caked in dust, mud and grit so I think it’s money well spent and an investment in her gorgeous eyes! what do you think…….??
Not only cooooool but very practical, I think she may like some in other colours..hhmmmm
Not sure just how much more cheesy I could get with a title, think I may have hit my limit..lol anyway it says it all it was near as darn it midnight and it was in Mossyard one of my Scottish togging grounds. I had waited patiently all evening for this shot and the clouds kept obscuring the moon right up until I think it was 11:40 ish. I think it was worth it and I’m very pleased with the results.
Away for a Clumber Park weekend again tomorrow, looking forward to some bike riding with Stormy by my side, she has some new goggles well “DOGGLES” to keep debris out of her eyes as we cycle through the woods picture below….no doubt she’ll steel the show with my picture above but I don’t mind she’s more important than me for sure….
Please ignore the poor quality image of her it was a rush iPhone snap in the dark of our kitchen. You can see how impressed she is with them..hhmmm the jury is out!
this shot from my Stanage shoot the other week and probably the most dramatic of skies I took that evening. I used a Singh Ray Reverse Grad filter, this takes the middle brightness down to the horizon whilst leaving the sky and foreground to be as natural as possible.
I was featured photographer for March/April in “The Photographer” magazine, 5 pages, very proud indeed and especially as it’s on sale at Focus On Imaging at The NEC by The BIPP, I’ll try and upload a copy later.
Going on a shoot in 5 mins, will fill you in later, should be fun though and the sun is shining for a pleasant change.
all my best
Thought I’d get another image up to day before the weekend hits us. This one from my Moonfleet Bay shoot in Wales, a very calm sea and a long exposure coupled with a polariser to give the colour cast to the sky and sea, plus it cuts through the foreground sea to reveal the wondrous world below. the shot was taken in near darkness.
have a great weekend all
Hey Hey it’s Friday, It’s been a sad week with the loss of Monkey Davie Jones, especially for those of us old enough to remember them, as a kid I always wanted to be one…sad indeed.
Well I had my MRI results yesterday and the good news is that I don’t need surgery, looks like its a slight nerve pinch form a disc, bad news is I have to go to pain management now as there isn’t anything they can do for it! So I’m throwing caution to the wind and upping my training schedule again…will concentrate on gaining muscle strength in my lower back and see if that helps.
This image of the sea crashing in at Broad Beach Rhosneigr, Anglesey. A long exposure to create the misty effect whilst holding the detail of the rocks.
Looking forward to next week, NEC Monday for the Focus On Imaging show, credit card at the ready! better not tell Jo she’ll go mad..lol. I am after a Canon S100 for doing my scouting shots and when I am just out and about, really nice piece of kit but soooooo expensive.
Have a great weekend all
all my best