This image is about a month late reaching the screen, overtaken by more pressing images. Hornbeam – Carpinus Betulus – is a beautiful deciduous tree but it is also commonly planted for hedging. The leaves are distinctive, similar in size to Beech leaves, but with toothed edges and deeply furrowed. Backlit they are one of my favourite leaves.

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Window Light

Windows are canvases on which light paints an interpretation of the surroundings. Sometimes the interpretation is accurate, sometimes it is closer to Cubism than reality.

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A house of substance

Today’s image was taken in London in the build up to Christmas last year. Part of a very elegant house, the exterior flood-lit, all the rooms alive with light, and the occupants clearly visible as silhouettes  – and even a Christmas Tree on display.

Impressive place? It’s actually part of a large doll’s house display in a shop window. Were you fooled, just for a moment? Without something ‘other’ in the frame to provide a sense of scale, we can be easily misled, or find it difficult to interpret exactly what we are viewing and how big it is actually.

And 0n that note I will bid you all an enjoyable weekend. My beloved companion (no, not my wife), my faithful Canon G10, has finally died on me and cannot be resuscitated. I am in mourning and wondering how to replace it. It has to be pocket-able, and must have a viewfinder – at altitude in the Alps, the back screen cannot be seen well enough to compose images. Any suggestions, other than a secondhand G16 which I am seriously considering, would be welcome.

Click on the image to view an enlargement.

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Chance Finding-2

Hot on the heels of the small clutch of reeds in my previous post – Chance Finding – I spotted this line of reed stems. Some standing proud, others bowed and bent – each one reflected – they suggested a Hieroglyph.

Images like this, divorced from any other feature within the water, appear to float in space: which is why they appeal to me so much. They are also transient – in a few days this creation of shapes will be amended as the reeds grow. The composition might improve, but more likely it will become muddled and the simplicity of the current form will be lost.

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Chance Finding

We are still finding new places to visit in Sussex and thereabouts. Each place visited yields a new collection of images.  Some of those images are illustrative of where we have been – images that are of that place. But there are always other images that are found at a place that are not specific to that place. They are, if you like, the chance findings, the unexpected, the results of an Eye that is always looking, thinking laterally, subconsciously saying: ‘Where’s the picture’?

Today’s image was taken at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Pulborough. I’m not really a bird watcher and I didn’t go equipped with binoculars to spot birds. We went because it would get us close to the River Arun and the wetlands that surround its meandering passage to the sea at Littlehampton. There was no real agenda. The wetlands are all but dry anyway – thanks to a very dry winter and spring (so far). But there were a few ditches where water remained, and reeds were poking their way through the quiet water. And this is one of the images I found – semi-abstract, like a few absent-minded brush strokes on a minimalist canvas (once the specks of insects were removed with the healing brush).

As photographers, wherever we go, we will always have a shopping list of potential images. We choose our camera and lens and perhaps a few accessories based on expectations and likely targets. Shoot those headline images, and then expand your vision – you may be surprised how often  your best images are peripheral to your original thinking, or completely outside the box. And that is what I find so exciting about being a photographer.

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Blackdown re-visited

It is only six weeks since my first visit to Blackdown (click here to view), but the change in the scenery has been remarkable. Colour has erupted – the result of an unseasonably warm April. Add in blue sky and scattered clouds and Spring is dazzling.

This small pond looked dismal and grey last time but it positively shimmered when the sun shone and lit up the stunted new tree growth across the heathland.

I also re-captured the Pine trees  – so different against a dramatic sky.

This heathland is carpeted with Heathers, which have yet to bloom. August is probably the time when that will happen, and then the colour palette will be broadened further. I will be back.

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The Plantation re-visited

I’ve re-visited The Plantation that was the subject of my previous post ‘Discovering the Plantation‘, as I said I would.  On this second visit there was intermittent sun and a patchy blue sky and I had an opportunity to explore this area a little further.

There are really three distinct plantings. One very large area – see above – is perhaps the most visually attractive but a little difficult to get around because it is infested with Brambles, but it has a lot of potential photographically. And it presents one face when the sun shines as it did in the first picture, and another when the sun is absent as seen below.

But whatever the weather, the trunks still stand out proudly.

Both the two other areas of the Plantation have trees with slightly darker trunks and leaves that remain golden: almost autumnal in their colouring. These areas are also smaller and have a more intimate feel to them.

There is so much potential here, both at the taking stage and also in the options during processing. It is a place that I know I will return to regularly. And the joy for me is that it is less than fifteen minutes drive from home

For those in who live in Sussex (or adjoining counties), let me know if you are interested in visiting this site and I will send you details of where it is.

And a final note to thank all those of you who have kindly sent me ‘get well’ messages following my escapade with a ladder. I’ve managed to get through the last two days without painkillers and am making good progress. I’ve now used up several ‘lives’ with near misses of one sort or another over the years – not sure how many are left – but I will be a little more careful in future.

Enjoy the gallery below, click on an image and navigate through the enlargements.


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