Week 20 – Election coming

This week was one of working towards the General Election.  I delivered some leaflets to all 80-odd houses on an estate in my village.  This is not the estate, it’s the main street, with a former pub (now an Indian restaurant) in the background.  The Election was a waste of money, but the result was reassuring . . .

Party Political Poster

And I found a church in a beautiful setting by taking the long way back from where I fly at RAF Wittering:

Church-field-sky

Week 17 – West Country of England

I booked a day’s workshop with ImageSeen, to be held at Westonbirt Arboretum.  It was called Impressions of Westonbirt, and the subject was closeups and “intentional camera movement” (ICM); but it didn’t really matter as it was going to be good to concentrate on photography, whatever the subject matter.  In the event it was very good fun and quite rewarding; I learned a few new techniques and remembered a few old . . .

Blurred bluebells and pink azaleas at Westonbirt
Zoom burst and swing – bluebells and pink azaleas
Skeleton of a dead leaf with pink showing through from underneath
Dead leaf with pink flower behind
Dead flower in silhouette
Silhouette

Westonbirt is not far from the “oldest town in England”, Malmesbury, where are situated some historic buildings and their gardens. The Abbey House Gardens was a delight.

Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Monolith with inscription: "Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children"
“Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children”

Finally, I found two delightful scenes:

Carnations and Union Jack cushion
A happy couple in denim
A couple, enjoying life

Week 19 – sparse

I took much fewer good shots this week, but I kept up the shooting nonetheless.  This is ranunculus, I gather.

Uppingham

This seemed to be tempting curiosity somewhat, but I took the photo anyway.

iMac or Art?

We visited a pub in Kings Cliffe, the Cross Keys; this beer was locally brewed to the landlord’s specification and it was delicious!  The jar contained a sample for people to see how it looked before buying.

Cross Keys own brew

Week 18 – the start of Summer?

We were in Malmesbury for a few days, a lovely town in a beautiful part of England; I’ve long wanted to take a photo like this, rather like some of the archetypal scenes from the 1960s . . .

Dandelion clocks with sun setting
Dandelion field

A visit to Bath is something I haven’t for many years; it’s a beautiful place and the Abbey a great place to visit.  The floor of the Abbey is collapsing owing to the deterioration of the graves beneath it and some serious repair has to take place.  But in the meantime it still looks great.

Abbey with choir, congregation and West Front window
Bath Abbey with choir and congregation
Votive candles in Bath Abbey with one extinguished
Votive candle extinguished
A small chapel with cross in Bath Abbey
Birde’s Chantry Chapel

Finally, lunch at Le Comptoir Libanais was well worth it, both for the food and for the visual impression.

People at table in a colourful restaurant
Colourful  lunching

Back to Westonbirt arboretum and I had a go at twisting the camera during a longish exposure.

Circular movement of bluebells
Spin with a long exposure

Before finding this charming couple at the restaurant, clearly enjoying each other’s company . . .

Two people, dressed in denim, smiling
Caught Couple

Week 16, early bluebells

When bluebells bloom in our woods (we have 5 or so ancient woodlands near us) it brings more visitors to see the sights.  Unfortunately, some of the visitors let their dogs loose to trample the flowers, while others walk through the patches to get a better photo, each of which activities can ruin a patch of bluebells for later visitors; but I managed to get to Waresley Wood before too many new paths had been trodden.

Bluebells in woods
Waresley Wood bluebells
Bluebell cluster
Bluebell closeup in Waresley Wood

Two small people whom I know quite well also enjoyed a walk in the woods.

Two small boys walk along a path in the woods, bluebells behind.
Little boys in the woods

And I happened upon a practice flying day at Old Warden airfield, near Biggleswade.  It’s the home of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Second World biplane on the grass at Old Warden airfield
Polikarpov Po2 at Old Warden
A second world war monoplane on the grass
Lysander at Old Warden airfield