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.

Another Friday

Wow! These weeks are flying by (although it work it does feel like the 946Th of January! J cat (and Z cat) wish you a happy […]

Good morning

Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to be a month for stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Sun Rise January

Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to be a month for stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Beautiful mornings

This week has been such a fantastic week of sunrises and colours! It makes getting out of bed so much easier when you know you’re going to be met by stunning Mother Nature!

I hope next week will be just as stunning. Anyone else noticed the lighter mornings and lengthing days?

Wolf Moon

The first full moon of 2022 is the Wolf Moon, which was on Monday 17th January 2022. This full moon was so named because villagers used […]

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 […]

January Weekend II

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even though the weather forecast lied and said no rain! I hope you enjoy this short video of my walk around the estate of Castle Howard. There was ice on the puddles and in sheltered parts of the forest.

Sunday walk

Catkins

The Common Hazel is easy┬áto identify in winter because it bears male catkins which open […]

Autumnal Equinox

While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, today marks the end of summer […]

January Weekend

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even though the weather forecast lied and said no rain! I hope you enjoy this short video of forest bathing. Find out more about Shinrin yoku below in my earlier blogs.

Shinrin yoku

Golden Brown…

Today is chilly and miserable. I was really tempted to go out after work to […]

Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across this video of The Beast from the East 2018. It makes me shiver just watching it! Hope you like it.

Much of winter 2018 was generally mild but things changed dramatically during the last week of February as the UK experienced a prolonged cold snap, with widespread heavy snow. It lasted for 10 days, and was compounded by the arrival of Storm Emma.

The cold started to set in on 22 February and in the days that followed, temperatures steadily dropped with sharp overnight frosts. 

By 27th February, the temperature dropped to -11.7C overnight and many areas stayed below freezing all day. As lying snow covered much of the country many schools had to close for several days.

To read more of this article visit BBC website.

Monday. On the mend

Monday morning here again, another (and hopefully my last) of being off with Covid. Got […]

Sunday Snow

A bit late on the updates but we had S N O W !Normally I’m […]

Time to Roost

Avoiding becoming someone else’s dinner becomes even more challenging at night. Watching these flock of gulls wheeling & turning in the darkening sky, heading for a sheltered spot on the lake. It’s fascinating to watch these huge gyrating bubbles of birds, spinning in the sky, like fish shoaling together to dazzle their predators. When the birds decide it is safe to, they shoot down in a dark tornado of whirring wings.

I hope you enjoy watching the video of the birds swooping and circling the lake.

Time to roost by SJ Butler – the text stays on for 20 seconds

January Weekend II

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even […]

January Weekend

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even […]

A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!
What a change this week from really mild weather to freezing cold and icy. A cold ride home, my ears and cheeks felt so cold! By the end of the week we also a dusting of snow as well but nothing like some parts of the country.

Don’t forget to feed the birds and break the ice on bird baths.

robin, bird

Time to Roost

Avoiding becoming someone else’s dinner becomes even more challenging at night. Watching these flock of gulls wheeling & turning in the darkening sky, heading for a […]

Beautiful mild day

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in […]

Robins

For the past few weeks, every time I pop into the garden, there appears two Robins watching my every move. They wait for me to fill […]

Dawn Chorus

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across this video of the dawn chorus from a few years ago. It must of been late April through to early June as these are the best times to hear it according to the RSPB

The early bird gets the worm

The first birds begin to sing about an hour before sunrise. If you listen carefully, you may notice that there is a regular sequence, with some species habitually starting before others. Among the earliest to rise are skylarks, song thrushes, robins and blackbirds, and as they do eat worms there may be some truth to the old saying!

A more relaxed approach is taken by wrens and warblers, that typically appear later. These smaller birds, who are perhaps more sensitive to the coldness of dawn, feed on insects that themselves appear later in the morning.

Enjoying your dawn chorus

If you want to listen to a dawn chorus, then the best days to choose are those with fine, clear weather and little wind. It can be cold early in the day, so remember to take warm clothes. Late April through to early June is the best period, when most species are singing well.

Dawn chorus peaks half-an-hour before to half-an-hour after sunrise, but the variety of song can prove too confusing at that time, so why not get into position a good hour before sunrise, and enjoy the arrival of the performers as each takes their turn on stage.

Dawn chorus peaks half-an-hour before to half-an-hour after sunrise, but the variety of song can prove too confusing at that time, so why not get into position a good hour before sunrise, and enjoy the arrival of the performers as each takes their turn on stage.

A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!What a change this week from really […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns and dried seed heads I created one fern image (which is drying at the moment) and a few (experimental) circular ones as well. Using my camera I created a time lapse video of the process.

The whole process from start to finish takes about 12 – 24 hours which includes drying. The time lapse is just 40 minutes condensed into 40 seconds. Let me know what you think. Notice how it changes from yellow to dark blue as the sun slowly develops the image.


I will add the final Cyanotypes in a few days time when they have dried.

Boxing Day

Well I hoped you all survived Christmas?Let me know how you spent it and what was your best & worst present? This image popped up on […]

December

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

It was such a lovely day on the 1st January that I decided to have a ride out to Beningbrough hall & Gardens run by the National Trust.

I also created a short time lapse video of the sun setting although I didn’t get all of it as the gardens shut at 16:00

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 […]

Beautiful mornings

This week has been such a fantastic week of sunrises and colours! It makes getting out of bed so much easier when you know you’re going […]