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 […]

Dull November

Dull November brings the blast;

Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Sarah Coleridge
2021-11-28T18:09:00

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until

Christmas Fair

So tired…

Zzzzzzzzzz

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 out again.

Copyright SJ Butler Photography

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

The best place…

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
T Pratchett

…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 heard

every bird in the thicket.

I see

you

Nightingale up in the tree!

I, born of a race of strange things,

of deserts, great temples, great kings,

in the hot sands where the nightingale never sings!

SJButler

Lake District Memories III

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! So missing the Lake District, Cumbria. It is over a year since I last went and I’m feeling the pull to go more than ever, especially that my favourite time of the year is almost here. For now, I will have to be content with memories from yesteryear, I hope you like them. This week it’s the turn of fabulous sunrises and sunsets. How beautiful are these?

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

J Walton

Image by SJ Butler Photography
Ullswater
Sunset over Derwentwater
Sunset over Ullswater
Good morning – Sunrise
Sunset

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 be rewarding with some stunning shots.

Not all rain is the same

Just like grey skies, rain comes in many varieties, each of which presents unique challenges for the photographer. Drizzle is the lightest type and relatively easy to work in. The droplets of water are smaller than raindrops and it can often be confused with mist.

Rain drops on tree branches

Thunderstorms are obviously much more violent, and while they can be tricky to work in, there can be some great opportunities for original images. Storms that involve thunder and lightning are more common in late spring, particularly during the afternoon and evening, so it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast.

Looking though my archive, I don’t seem to have any lightening shots, maybe that’s something I need to work on!

Rain drops on leaves

Rain with wind is possibly the most difficult weather condition to work in, particularly if the direction of the wind changes. It is possible to work with your back to the wind, but you will find that it probably changes direction. Also, it can blow the rain at your camera and damage your camera.

There’s a storm brewing – Cumbria

You can also take interesting shots in the rain by capturing moving vehicles and the spray they create. Use a long lens to avoid getting splashed, and try shooting from an open window or upper floor of a car park. If it’s just too wet to venture out, consider photographing the window as a possible subject for cool abstracts.

Taking images of water droplets on the glass pane while making the landscape/garden outside out of focus can look stunning.

You can protect your camera by using a clear plastic bag over your camera, secure the bag over your lens with elastic bands, then cut out a hole for the lens.

Sirimiri

A light rain; A fine drizzle;

Stronger than mist

but less than a shower

Pronunciation: si-ri-mi-ri

Origin: Spanish

A Chawla

Big Butterfly Count


People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of butterflies amid fears they have been affected by poor weather this spring. I was only thinking the other day that I had not seen many butterflies at all in my garden or on the country lanes when I go cycling.

TV naturalist Chris Packham said participating in the Big Butterfly Count could provide key research on the impact of climate change on wildlife.

Members of the public should spend 15 minutes outside counting the number and type of butterflies they see.

The annual count will take place over the next three weeks starting today!


Packham, who is vice-president of Butterfly Conservation, said: “Biodiversity and climate crisis is an urgent issue and it can be overwhelming to think about what we can do as individuals to really make a difference.

…low numbers of speckled wood butterflies, while small tortoiseshells, commas, green-veined whites, large whites and red admirals 

Butterfly Conservation

“Because butterflies and moths make excellent indicators of the impacts of climate change and other human environmental factors, collecting data on their numbers is really important.

If you want to get involved or find out more visit these links.
You can also download a fabulous poster to help identify the butterflies and day time moths!


Last year more than 145,000 recordings were submitted to the Big Butterfly Count, but 2020 saw the lowest average number of butterflies logged since it began 12 years ago

Butterfly Conservation



Sunsets – Mother Nature doesn’t need a filter


Sunsets

Who loves a beautiful sunset? Yes, so do I!
Is there anything more peaceful then taking in the quiet beauty of the setting sun?

As the sun descends below the horizon, creating romantic shades of red and orange across the sky, the world has a chance to breathe in and rejuvenate.

While sunsets are a literal end to a day, they’ve also become symbols of peace, harmony, and the promise of renewal. Sunsets are a great reminder to rest and reset our hearts and minds at the end of each and every day.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



Summer


Thank goodness it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. It has rained most of this week but today & yesterday has been delightful. Very warm and lots of sunshine. I hope that it stays like this for the weekend.


Beautiful blue sky & soft billowing clouds
Gorgeous big Daisies lining the grass verges
Dappled light filtering through the leaves

Heliophilia (n.)

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Pronunciation: hE-lE-O-‘fil-E-a

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Origin: English

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Definition: Desire to stay in the sun; Love of sunlight