This is the third weekend running the UK has had weather warnings for rain and high winds as storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge sweep by. Much of the local countryside in Worcesershire is sodden and many towns on the banks of the Severn have been flooded. Although not far from the Severn we are safe from the floodwater.
As you can imagine I’ve seen lots of photos of flooded areas on social media and they begin to lose their impact. For this month’s blog I’ve stuck with water as a theme, used my Burnside 35 and had a play with black and white.
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Jack and I went for a wander round Malvern Common last weekend.
It was a lovely cold, bright, sunny morning. With all the recent rain the common was wet and muddy but we found the first snowdrops of the year.
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It was the shortest day of the year. The sun was coming out after what seemed like endless rain.
It feels like its been raining forever. The Old Hills at Callow End are sodden and the mud just sticks to the dogs so we’ve been going back to Malvern Common to walk them. Its still muddy, not as bad as the Old Hills, and there’s bracken, which when the dogs run through it, the mud drops off. It’s a simple but very effective trick for keeping them clean.
I had my Sweet 35 optics with me and my Velvet 56. It was lovely to see the sun shining through the cloud. The softness of the Velvet 56 accentuates the misty mood.
Wishing everyone all the best for 2020.
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It was a cold misty morning today. There has been so much rain this month everywhere is wet and muddy. Despite this I did take my camera with me and had a play with the Sweet 35 and Sweet 80 optics.
I used the Sweet 35 for the close up shots.
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When I am the town running errands I like to look at the flowers in the supermarket and florists. Last week I found something I thought was a bit different, a Firework Chrysanthemum. It struck me as being very seasonal and I thought I could have fun with it.
The shots below were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 or Sweet 35 (with macro converters).
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Having missed last month’s post I can’t believe how quickly this has come round. I wasn’t sure what to post this moth until fate intervened. The shots below show my springer spaniel Splat. We had fun for six years, he got me through some challenging situations and its amazing what you can learn from a dog.
I’m surprised I have so many photos as he didn’t like the camera and would move away when I got it out. He loved to play fetch with a tennis ball and to race the German Shepherd, Jack. Some of the shots I’ve used before and there are some new ones and few oldies I found in my archives.
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Memory can play tricks on you. My neighbour had a great, colourful display of sweet peas which for some reason brought back memories of my grandpa growing them. I don’t know where that one came from as I remember some things about his garden really clearly, the strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, the greenhouse and the hen run.
Anyway, I got some shots of George’s sweet peas using my lensbaby velvets. I hope you enjoy them.
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After yesterday’s record temperatures it was much cooler this morning and slightly overcast. A great morning for a walk on the Old Hills with my dogs and my camera. Today I was playing with my Burnside 35 and my extension tubes. I wanted to focus on the smaller flowers which before I got into photography I would never have noticed. The are so pretty and add colour to the area.
I was lucky to catch the cheeky little grasshopper. I couldn’t believe he didn’t take off as I got close.
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One of my Definitely Dreaming Project 52 prompts was “From my Doorstep“. I don’t have a great view but spotted a little weed growing in the crack between the wall and the path. It has a really pretty blue or purple flower and looks like a violet, so I used it to get my shot.
This inspired me to get my camera out and capture the other tiny flowers and weeds growing within a few feet of my doorstep. I was playing with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 and extension tubes. So often we miss what’s under our feet, failing to realise and appreciate the beauty.
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It Lensbaby Blog Circle time again, where a group of Lensbaby photographers publish and link a series of blog posts. We all have different interests, skills and subjects but share a love for using our Lensbabies. Be sure to follow the link at the end of this post to take you round the circle.
At this time of year daisies and dandelions are everywhere, being so common we take them for granted. When I see dandelions I think of when I was a child and I was told picking them caused you to wet the bed. Amazing how things stick.
I usually take photos of the dandelions seed heads rarely the flowers but when I was experimenting with my Edge 35, photographing daisies the blurry yellow of the dandelions in the background made my shots more interesting.
And in black and white they provide great texture as part of the background.
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