No one owns the …

Just thought I would add this quote today which popped up on my timeline today – very true.

Dull November

Dull November brings the blast; Then the leaves are whirling fast. Sarah Coleridge

So tired…

Well my answer is yes, I’m feeling really exhausted and I’m so ready for a few days off coming up soon. I haven’t really been out with my camera taking any Autumnal shots yet. I’m hoping that next week might have some really lovely days so that i can go out and take my camera […]

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 […]

December

H a p p y C h r i s t m a s

A big thank you to all who have purchased andy cards or prints from me – Thank you once again!

Well December didn’t turn out bad as far as selling cards & gifts. Out of stock of all my cyanotype Christmas Cards & Chris the Christmas Cat! Next year I’ll have to get busy making some more of the Cyanotype ones.

I also sold three of my pictures at the last minute, so I’ll have to re-stock those too, especially as Valentines Day & Mother’s Day will be soon on the horizon!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nunnington Hall

Gourd!
That’s a lot of veggies!

I had a visit to Nunnington Hall & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust. Their botanical displays were absolutely gorgeous. Here are just a few of the many, many displays. If you want to find any information about Nunnington or any of the National Trust properties/gardens please click here.

Photographs by SJ Butler

Latest Instagram posts – check out the video of the gorgeous piano playing. I will be posting that sometime this week!

Weekend Vibes

Welcome to

The Weekend

Today started off really good, the image on the left of Red leaves at Thorpe Perrow Arboretum will be printed in the York Press on Monday 25th October. I will put a link up on Monday so you can (hopefully) view it online.

How exciting!

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Late to the Party (again…)

World Cyanotype Day 25th September


It seems as though I missed World Cyanotype Day which takes place on the last Saturday in September. I didn’t even know it was a thing but then again it seems every day is World whatever day. Apparently it started in 2015 by a lady called Judy Sherrod we created “shootapalooza.” I’m not going to go into detail here but of you are interested there is a link further down.

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I’m Blue – Eiffel 65

The sun has appeared!

The sun has appeared today for the whole day! It feels so good to be cycling to work without a coat, the sun warming my body as I gently ride through some stunning countryside, flowers and trees.

The forecast for the next ten days is more sunshine and really lovely temperatures.

Today I planted out my sunflower plants that have outgrown their pots. I’m looking forward to seeing these grow and grow over the coming weeks and months. Some are from last years sunflower seeds and the rest were given to me as a gift for Mother’s Day.

Last years sunflowers

It his really inspiring me to make some more hand made paper to make into cards so I will probably show you in a few blogs time but here is some that I made a few weeks ago (which are available to buy in my online shop).

BUY

A week in pictures

Week in pictures: 11 – 17 September 2021


A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week.

I think my favourite is the one taken at Kew Gardens in London. I have only ever been once and that was to see my highly commended image at the International Garden Photographer of the year. I would love to go back and spend a weekend there/

Botanical Horticulturalist Alberto Trinco holds the upturned leaf of a Victoria Amazonica at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, on 15 September 2021
DOMINIC LIPINSKI / PA MEDIA
image caption – Botanical horticulturalist Alberto Trinco holds the upturned leaf of a Victoria Amazonica – the world’s largest water lily species – at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Kew Gardens has set a new record for the largest living plant collection at a single site, according to Guinness World Records.
Icebergs are seen at the at the mouth of the Jakobshavns ice fjord during sunset near Ilulissat, Greenland, in September 2021
HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / REUTERS
image caption – Icebergs are seen at the mouth of the Jakobshavns ice fjord at sunset near Ilulissat, Greenland.
Lava flows down the side of Mount Merapi on 15 September 2021
AGUNG SUPRIYANTO / AFP
image caption – Lava flows down the side of Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano.
A worker carries jute to a boat at a rural market in Munshigonj, Bangladesh, on 17 September 2021
MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / GETTY IMAGES
image caption – A worker carries jute to a boat at a rural market in Munshigonj, Bangladesh.
Claudia Castano touches the name of her brother German etched on a wall at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack
ROBERTO SCHMIDT / GETTY IMAGES
image caption – Claudia Castano touches the name of her brother German, etched on a wall at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. In a video released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York City, President Biden paid tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives.

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Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Race

York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge

Wow – you have two blog posts today from me! Today felt like an Autumn day with dappled sun light and a cool chill to the air. The leaves on the trees that line the River Ouse, slowly starting to change colour.

Dragon Boat Racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and has become popular with charities, the  York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge provides the opportunity for anyone to take part in this thrilling sport here in York on one of its finest  assets, the River Ouse. 

The event, is normally held in July each year, but this year, because of Covid, is in September (12th). 

I stayed for a couple of hours but it started to get a bit chilly a lovely end to a lovely weekend.


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A bit of Urban

I don’t usually visit big cities as it’s not my idea of fun, but it was nice to visit somewhere different for a change and have a ride on the River Taxi.

It was extremely busy and it’s a shame people aren’t considering others on public transport. I seemed to be the only one wearing a mask for the journey to Leeds.

The images of the pigeons are taken outside one of the many shopping arcades. I was just eating lunch when this lady came along with a bag of rice and started to throw it around. From nowhere birds flew from every direction and descended on this small patch of rice – cheers!

Let’s feed the birds!
No – I rather you didn’t!

YOU

&

ME.

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ME

&

YOU.



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International Forest Bathing Day



International Forest Bathing Day
Today is International Forest Bathing Day, the perfect reason to take a moment of mindfulness by following our step by step guide. Stop, breathe, and soak up the first signs that autumn is coming.

Want to know a bit more about Forest Bathing? Check out my page called Forest Bathing or head over to Forestry England for your free download of Forests for Wellbeing booklet.