English country gardens are traditionally beautifully colourful, vivid with different flowers and plants and perhaps a little messy. There was a competition at our local garden centre for which my wife asked me to take some photos.
But this hot-air balloon was merely something that I spotted near the A1, on the way to work one morning.
The Hay Festival has long been an object of some exoticism for us. Finally we had a chance to spend a few days in the area and participate. The talks were great, and this chap talked about the Glamour of Grammar, David Crystal signed my book, but I snapped this while in the queue.
The book shop in the tent at the Festival site was spacious, as it had to be when there were long queues of people waiting to have their books signed by the willing authors. This chap had to sit while waiting . . .
Normally I don’t like queueing, but my fellow audience members made for interesting subjects.
I took my car to have the rear tyres replaced and set off for a coffee in my local supermarket. While waiting I spotted this elderly couple sitting together and looking out of the window. It was a special sort of moment, good or bad, and I snapped the scene. I used a bit of processing to isolate the subjects further. This was my 18-135 zoom on my Fuji X-T2.
And in the same week I took a favourite student of mine flying; it was her last flight and we enjoyed a celebratory photo afterwards.
This was a sparse week for photos, perhaps because I forgot to take some, or perhaps because I didn’t happen across any likely subjects, animate or otherwise. Anyway, here is a shot of oats, moving intentionally, but with a little colour to add interest:
And here is an osteospermum, at least partly in focus. Well, the ribs of the petals appear to be and very attractive they are. My excuse for not completing the job is that I’m on the road as I write this, using my MacBook and an incomplete copy of my 2017 photo library; the library is very difficult to maintain on two different computers, particularly when one is an iMac and the other a MacBook (admittedly the 2017 version, so quite powerful). The catalog, in this case a Capture One catalog, is pretty large and takes a while to copy from one computer to another.