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.

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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 […]

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 unique qualities that are as strong today as they always were. Timeless, gritty, truthful and classic are all common ways of describing black-and-white photography … even after nearly 200 years since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first black-and-white photograph, mono remains as popular as ever.

DIGITAL CAMERA 2020

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 […]

Happy New Year

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Happy 2022 to you all. I hope that this year is going to be happy and enjoyable. I have created a short video of some of the highlights in 2021. To be honest I have taken a lot more images than I thought I had. Hope that you enjoy it, let me know what you think.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January (nearly)

Have a Happy New Year!Thank you for all your likes & comments it has been much appreciated. Throughout the year at the beginning of each month […]

Happy New Year

H a p p y N e w Y e a r !

Happy 2022 to you all!

What a mild day!

Such a beautiful end to what started as a very wet morning. It is really mild here, with temperatures set to reach 16 by Friday. That’s […]

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 […]

January (nearly)

Have a Happy New Year!
Thank you for all your likes & comments it has been much appreciated.

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

Happy New Year

Happy 2022 to you all. I hope that this year is going to be happy […]

What a mild day!

Such a beautiful end to what started as a very wet morning. It is really mild here, with temperatures set to reach 16 by Friday. That’s crazy!

The Minster looking glorious in the bit of late afternoon sun.
There’s a squirrel running around in those trees.

The last few days of the Year II

The last few days of 2021
It has been so nice having family round over the festive period.

Over Christmas I have been creating a few videos from 2016 up to the present date so I can show them on here over the coming new year, I hope you will like them.

Haha didn’t realise I was speaking on the video 😂😂⬆️

A few videos from over the year