The sun wasn’t out this morning when Splat and I headed out on the Old Hills. It was a bit overcast but warm enough for the wild flowers to have opened. So often we take for granted the flowers we pass daily.
I am enjoying playing with the zone plate optic and seem to be getting better results than previously.
The best part of the day is definitely first thing in the morning before everyone else is up and about. This morning was especially beautiful, it wasn’t too warm and the sun was up. The Old Hills were lovely and the flowers were at their best.
I only met one other dog walker as I wandered around with my mad springer spaniel.
Seeing and smelling the elderflower always feels like summer!
I love the dreamy look created by the Lensbaby Zone Plate optic, definitely adds to the feel of summer.
For me, photography is a hobby. I have a day job which funds my photography. I’m lucky enough to live approx. a mile and a half from the office, so it’s walking distance. I break my work day by going home to let the dogs out and since the spring I have been walking back to work, rather than use the bike. Its amazing how much more I notice when walking and not flying down the hill. On a day I was fed up about something ( I can’t even remember what) I realised not many people have a walk to work like I have, so I thought I’d share some of the sights.
It’s a short walk to end of my road and then down a path by the side of All Saints Church onto the main road. There are always flowers in some of the gardens and the path by the church is beautiful at this time of year. The bench on the church driveway is a new addition. The gas lamps line the main road. They were gas powered until quite recently buut today the gas has been replaced by more modern safer lighting. CS Lewis spent time in Malvern and it is said the Malvern gas lamps provided inspiration for his Narnia novels.
I then cross the main road and continue down the hill, along the side of the common. On the day I decided to take my camera I met Prince and his owner who kindly obliged with a photo. The road is flanked on one side by the open common and views of the Malvern Hills and on the other by large Victorian houses with great gardens. After crossing the railway I turn along a wide residential street. On the corner is the old Victorian post-box and a bench under the tree. As I approach work I pass site of the old Reception building, which has now gone and the disused carpark. The poppies appear every year and when I take time to explore its amazing the variety of small plants and weeds which grow there.
Of course it looks different when the dark clouds are clinging to the hills, but still equally amazing. Maybe in another post when the weather is very different I’ll take you with me again. Deciding which lens to put on my camera was difficult. I was torn between the Burnside 35 and the Velvet 85. In the end I went for the Velvet 85.
Follow the links and complete the circle to see lots more great Lensbaby shots. The next blog in this month’s circle is by Ute Reckhorn “let’s meet in real life”.