Lonely sea

black and white

Outdoor Photography is my favourite photography magazine. In December, I plucked up the courage to send them a selection of my black and white images. I was surprised and delighted when they contacted me to say one of my images (above) had been accepted. It has just been published, with the following blurb:

“This was taken at Fistral Beach in Newquay. While my family surfed, I had a very happy couple of hours pottering about the shore with tripod and filters. This is a blend of two exposures, two minutes to smooth out the water and create space, and a faster one for the yacht. I wanted to capture a sense of the tiny yacht being dwarfed by Nature.”

My first 365/42 is from 11th February 2010. I had gone to the RHS gardens at Wisley to photograph the butterflies in the glasshouse but it was this cheeky little robin, encountered as I walked towards the glasshouse, who ended up capturing my fancy.

bird

365/42

Strangely enough, I discovered that on 11th February 2013, I was at Wisley photographing the butterflies again! Here’s one from that day, actually of a butterfly this time.

insect macro

365/42

My 365/43 is from 12th February 2009. Although last year’s floods were extreme, there is often winter flooding on the Thames. In 2009, it was strong enough to beak this boat from its moorings and cast it up onto the banks of Desborough Island.

river thames

354/43

Finally, it’s back to the 2014 floods for my 365/44: Walton Bridge with its feet in water.

walton bridge

365/44

 

 

 

 

Perfect morning

Surrey landscape

Yesterday morning, I had a chance to capture dawn over Newark Priory. It’s a shot I’d had in my mind for about 5 years and the conditions were perfect. For more about Newark Priory, see here.

Afterwards, I pottered about on the Wey Navigation towpath and collected some wintery shots.  I am writing a book about the Navigation and these shots should fit nicely. Altogether, a successful morning’s shooting.

Wey Navigation

Wey Navigation

365/23

My 365/23 is from last year.  Three modes of transport, four if feet count (there’s a pedestrian on the footbridge).  Taken at the junction of the Wey Navigation and the Basingstoke Canal. For a fuller post about this shoot and the history of this location, click here.

Surrey landscape

365/24

365/24 is from 2010, a brief moment of good light at the end of what had been a grey, uninspiring day.  This is the Millennium Glasshouse at RHS Wisley.

Precious landscape on the brink

Surrey landscape
On Friday, I enjoyed a trip out to Three Farms Meadows with my friend, Tony Antoniou.   The landscape here is special because Surrey is a heavily populated county.  Open spaces like this are rare and ever more under threat.   Three Farms Meadows in Surrey
I cannot hope to convey the joy of stepping through the gate onto this vast, open, empty landscape.  We spent an hour up there, in the company of skylarks, bees and a pair of red kites soaring overhead.Surrey landscapeSadly, Three Farms Meadows is under very real threat.   2,500 new homes are planned for this site.  I understand how desperate the housing situation is in this crowded little country of mine.  But still, I cannot help but dread the loss of this precious place.  The price seems too high.