Up, up & away!

Sneak preview…
more to follow tomorrow
(after a bit of sleep!)

Well what a super bank holiday weekend. York Balloon Festival Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. I must admit that Saturday was the most glorious day, blue clear skies, for watching the balloons take off.

Wow! From this angle it looks like a giant flower in the sky
Photography Sue Butler

CALL BACK LATER ON TUESDAY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL AND SEE MORE IMAGES

Tidying the garden

As the nights are drawing in fast and the weather is getting colder & damper, my garden was in desperate need of a tidy up and leaves raking up. I love trees but I enjoy focusing on their beautiful leaves, with their textures and shapes, especially as their colours change into their Autumn foliage.

Beautiful Sunday

Sunday morning views – how beautiful is this, with York Minster in the background? Lunch and a catch-up with a friend, in a very busy York on Sunday. I was wishing that I had brought my big camera into the city, never mind. Hopefully there will be a few more glorious days like this next […]

Up, up & away Part II

At last I have had time to do some edits of York Balloon Fiesta that happened over the Bank Holiday weekend. After waited 2 years (Covid) it finally got off the ground (no pun intended!)

Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and with over 7,000 different varieties of plants to discover, there’s always lots to see, with the extensive borders that form the heart of the gardens giving a succession of flowers all the way through from May to the end of September.

Breezy Knees is a beautiful place to visit and it must be quite a few years since my last visit. It is really worth a visit it is so beautiful.

Complementing these are a series of seasonal highlights, starting in May and June with the tranquility of the Pond and Shade Garden, special collections of irises and peonies and both the Rock and Shade Gardens, with their mass of early summer blooms.

By mid-summer the annual meadow is at its best, the Cottage Garden brimming with colour and the Rose Garden full of fragrance. Through August the main borders remain a riot of colour and finally, the special September Garden with its late season blooms and the Conifer Garden, with its majestic grasses, will be at their peak as the summer draws to a close.

Colour Vs Black & White

Remember I went to Beningbrough Hall on 01/01/22? Well here are a few of the images but I thought you might like to see them in both colour & black and white. I wrote an article last year on the differences between B&W and Monochrome which you will find here. Black and white photography has […]

When does winter start?

How you define the first day of winter depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological winter. The day in our calendar that marks the first day of winter usually refers to the astronomical seasons which are a result of the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun. Astronomical winter This year, astronomical […]

Lake District Memories IX

It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week the Lakes a few of the beautiful water falls – enjoy and have a great Sunday. Moss Force (top right, bottom middle & right) can be found […]

Busy, busy, busy!

I have been so busy these past few days, cramming as much as I can before going back to paying work. This time a long drive to Brimham Rocks.

The heather was looking lovely and purply – it has inspired me to make some heather coloured handmade paper which I will show you later.

On a world scale, natural heather habitats are extremely rare: rarer than rainforest. According to the Moorland Association, 75% of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain and that habitat has been declining rapidly. Brimham moor has the particular distinction of being home to three local varieties: ling heather, bell heather, and cross-leaved heath.

Heather

Brimham Rocks is one of just over 4,000 sites nation-wide which have been awarded the status Site of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI). Attributed by Natural England, this status is used in order to protect the natural, environmental or geological heritage of the British Isles from development, pollution or insensitive land management.


The natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks, with its giant rock formations, was created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth.

Dancing Bear

The rocks, sculpted by 320 million years of movement of entire continents as well as hundreds of thousands of years of ice, rain and wind, have taken on weird and wonderful shapes and with a little imagination, they resemble familiar creatures.  There is the Dancing Bear, the Gorilla, the Eagle and the Turtle.


Card Making

Today I have been stock checking as I suddenly realised there is only 40 days until I am Miss October. Or rather 40 days until I am showcasing my cards and prints at No3 Heworth.

So I’ve been busy making cards to add to my showcase as you can never have to many cards! If you can’t get to York & want to purchase some I have a link for 7 of the cards at the bottom. These will be selling at £3.50 (at the showcase or £4.00 free p&p online)



I created these cards to sell at the showcase
Top row Original Cyanotypes made with ferns & flowers from my garden
ML – handmade paper printed with leaves
MR & BL – handmade paper with yellow daisies from my garden
BR – Pale blue handmade paper with Honesty seed pods & seeds
and Astrantia & seeds (could be planted)

I also created a video of myself (sad I know lol) making the cards. Each card is unique and they take many days to create starting from scratch.

The handmade paper has to be made and dried, the cyanotypes have to be painted with chemicals, left to dry then flowers placed on top and the good old British sunshine has to do it’s magic. The flowers/leaves have to pressed using my microfleur (another video is needed for each of these processes…) and last but not least the flowers have to grow in order for me to create any of these cards.

Purchase here

Handmade paper printed with leaves

Card comes with with envelope. The square cards measure 14cm x 14cm and printed on card 240 g/m² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

£4.00

Handmade paper with yellow daisies from my garden

Card comes with a white envelope. The square cards measure 14cm x 14cm and printed on card 240 g/m² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council). Price includes postage

£4.00

Handmade paper with yellow daisies from my garden

Card comes with a matching envelope. The square cards measure 14cm x 14cm and printed on card 240 g/m² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

£4.00

Original Cyanotype SOLD

The cyanotype is on red textured card 240gsm 5″ x 7″ (127mm x 178mm) with matching red envelope Price includes postage

£4.00

Original Cyanotype SOLD

The cyanotype is on red textured card 240gsm 5″ x 7″ (127mm x 178mm) with matching red envelope Price includes postage

£4.00

Original Cyanotype SOLD

The cyanotype is on green textured card 240gsm 5″ x 7″ (127mm x 178mm) with matching green envelope Price includes postage

£4.00

Pale blue handmade paper with Honesty & Astrantia

Pale blue handmade paper with Honesty seed pods & seeds and Astrantia & seeds (could be peeled off & planted) Card comes with a white envelope. The square cards measure 14cm x 14cm and printed on card 240 g/m² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

£4.00

Cold weekend

Another play at Droste this evening, this time it’s the beautiful Wood Sorrell from the fields near me. It was when it was ice cold with thick fog that never cleared all day. The Droste effect describes a specific type of recursive picture in which a smaller version of the larger image is featured within […]

Busy days

This week has been such a fantastic week of sunrises and colours! I also found out that I’m going to be Showcasing my work in June at No3 again! So, this morning I’ve been making a few Cyanotype cards. I’ve made a short video of me making them.

Cold weekend

The past few day days have been so cold but it has been lovely to get out and about! The image left is a composite of two images layered over the top. It was so cold when I was taking these that I couldn’t feet my fingers! Kate Bush Instrumental

It’s raining a bit…

It’s raining just a little bit this afternoon!

Sirimiri

This morning there was a light rain, fine drizzle or a Sirimiri. The type that seems to soak you and makes my hair go curly. I like the Spanish work Sirimiri to describe this type of rain. You would think that it’s not a good day for taking photographs but with careful planning you can […]

Rain, rain, rain…

Non stop rain all day, you can tell it’s approaching the Summer holidays! Everything is sodden, so not in the mood for taking any images today. Hopefully the sun will be out for the rest of the week to dry it all up. The following images are from last year’s trip to the Lake District […]

Cats & Photography

A bit of a lazy day (sort of) on Friday. I set up my tripod & camera and linked it to my phone, so instead of stood behind the camera for hours on end I could just laze on my sun lounger, read a book and keep an eye out for butterflies.

…the only thing I could attract were some bees and my little ‘helpers!’  

I’d seen the Common Blue Butterfly flying around and it had landed on my purple Verbena which looked stunning but as soon as I got the equipment up and ready the only thing I could attract were some bees and my little ‘helpers!’

I’ve a few more images to go through and a video I’d like to share so I’ll put that up later, hopefully before the weekend is over and as usually it’ll be a Part II.

Christmas Eve Eve

Ooo! You’re getting two posts from me today! A really damp and grey day again. This time we went out for a lovely walk near the lake. No fancy camera today, just my phone Before heading back to the warmth of the fire

Beastly Virus Update

*UPDATE* Turns out it is Covid – after a PCR test confirmed it. Just recovering now, not got any smell or taste which is a pain but hopefully that will return. Keep warm and safe – Storm Arwen (UK) will be upon us soon! For the past few days I have been wiped out with […]

Beastly virus

For the past few days I have been wiped out with the Flu. It’s not Covid as I’ve had 3 negative LFT. I’m longing to have the energy to to get out and to be back at work. I missed out on two fairs/exhibitions that I was looking forward to at the weekend. One thing, […]

A touch of frost

Well, a bit of a shock to wake up to frost on Friday. A wake up call to the fact we are starting to go into colder months. All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost. […]

The best place…

…Is the sunniest spot in the house! The Cat of the House by Ford Madox Ford Over the hearth with my ‘minishing eyes I muse; until after the last coal dies. Every tunnel of the mouse, every channel of the cricket, I have smelt, I have felt the secret shifting of the mouldered rafter, and […]

Cyanotype Cats

For the past three days I have been isolating as I am having an operation today. My right arm. I am right handed. So, I have been busy making some new Cyanotypes which I have made one of them into a new card available in my Etsy Shop. I have only made a few at […]

Pumpkins

I have been growing some mini pumpkins for my window display next week and I have managed to salvaged 3! so today I’ve done a quick photoshoot with the cats and a few images from a couple of years ago to get us it the mood for Autumn.

Cats & Photography

A bit of Daisy time-lapse Thought I would show you another time lapse of Daisies going to ‘sleep’ after a long day just growing! Did you know that Daisies went to ‘sleep?’Well watch this and you’ll see that they actually do! This took over an hour for them to slowly close their petals and ‘sleep’ […]

It’s a cats life!

International Cat Day takes place on August 8 of every year. Which is today! The holiday was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It started as a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about different ways to help and protect them. International Cat Care are the custodians of International […]

World Photography Day

A bit late in the day seen as there is only two hours left but Happy World Photography Day!

Every year, on 19 August, we observe World Photography Day – a globally recognized celebration of the photography and its history.

What actually is World Photography Day, though, and why is does it take place on this particular date? 

Well, the date recognizes the invention of the Daguerrotype, a process that was devised by France’s Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1837. The idea was effectively sold to the French Academy of Sciences, which subsequently gifted the process to the world on 19 August 1839. 


To celebrate WPD here a a few of my faves.


Tuesdays Travels II

Another not so glorious day. Cloud with intermitting spots of rain. Did I get wet?…No thankfully I didn’t and the sun actually came out for a bit!

The National Trust property is called Goddard’s and it overlooks the Racecourse in York.

The house was built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry of the famed chocolate-manufacturing family Terry’s with the house designed by local architect Walter Brierley and the garden by George Dillistone. The garden is very pretty with a large border of purple lavender which intoxicates you with the unmistakable aroma.

“You’ll smell it before you even see it, that unmistakable aroma that fills your nose and seeps into your senses, instantly mellowing into a smooth and soothing scent.”

Blue Gold – P Smith
Bottom left is a Sarracenias, commonly known as pitcher plants, are carnivorous plants mainly from North America. They bear flowers that grow singly on tall leafless stalks and most have long tubular ‘pitchers’. Inside these pitchers is a well of digestive fluid that breaks down prey, which is then absorbed by the plant – yum yum!

If you’re interested to know where the quote comes from, it’s part of a sleep story from Calm, read by Stephen Fry and written by Phoebe Smith. I have not idea how the story ends as I feel asleep round about the 15 minute mark!


Tuesdays Travels

Another not so glorious day. Cloud with intermitting spots of rain.

I’d booked to see another National Trust property today so I’m hoping the rains actually holds off. Although If it does rain I’m running into the summer house or the greenhouses to drink my hot coffee and raspberry muffin!

Check back later to see if I stayed dry! (also to see images from today).

Cats & Photography

A bit of Daisy time-lapse

Thought I would show you another time lapse of Daisies going to ‘sleep’ after a long day just growing!

Did you know that Daisies went to ‘sleep?’
Well watch this and you’ll see that they actually do!

This took over an hour for them to slowly close their petals and ‘sleep’ and then condensed into 25 seconds of viewing time!

The second video is what happens when you let cats ‘help you.’

Goodnight Daisies

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IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far? We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday.Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin?If you have post your pictures for me to see. If I get enough super images I will […]

New Cyanotypes

What may you ask, is a Cyanotype? Well put simply they are images developed by the sun. Cyanotype is an early photographic process creating images without a camera.Two chemicals, ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are mixed together to create a photosensitive solution which is painted onto the surface of water colour paper and left to […]

IGPOTY

Well I have chosen some images for the square crop competition but bit unsure which 4 (if any) I should enter. Here are my possibilities. About Square Crop Judges will be looking for beautiful botanical subjects perfectly suited to a square crop. Use inspiration from the other categories as a guide to the subject matter […]

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