How to make litter beautiful!

Whilst on a countryside walk recently I came across this huge pile of discarded shotgun cartridges on the edge of a wood.  There were thousands!  I wondered why the people who had assiduously gathered them up could not have then disposed of them in a responsible way.  Whilst the metal parts might rust away over […]

Lockdown wanderings: Tracks and Traces #2.

The weather recently has not been conducive to getting one’s permitted daily exercise.  It’s been very cold, pretty windy and pretty wet.  Despite that I thought that popping up to the Ridgeway a few miles from my house would be a good idea. The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway on the Marlborough Downs and it […]

Lockdown wanderings: Tracks and Traces.

Almost a year into the Covid crisis, (though it feels like 5 years), and we are in lockdown again here in leafy Oxfordshire.  We are permitted to take exercise outside of our homes once a day, so I go for a walk as often as I can.  These walks are a great chance to look […]

Have a great Christmas and a better New Year.

It has to be said that this year has been one of the strangest and hardest I’ve lived through, but next week is Christmas, so it’s a chance to relax.  Lockdown did give me the chance to improve my own skills though, and I’m pleased with that. Over the Christmas period and the soon-to-come New […]

They call me mellow yellow*.

Even in these long, greyer winter days the world around us is full of colour – a lot of colour.  Sometimes there is too much colour, and it’s worth simplifying your images by selecting things that have just one major colour.  Here I have chosen yellow. This abstract image is a macro shot of a […]

A fungi to be with (part 2)

After my last blog post about fungi in Savernake Forest, I went back a week later and had another fungi-spotting wander with a friend.  We were walking back to our cars when my friend spotted this delicate little clump of Mycena fungi amongst the fallen beech leaves.  I immediately got my bin liner out again […]

No “fungi to be with” jokes here…

Yesterday I went to the wonderful Savernake Forest in Wiltshire.  It started out as a socially-distanced lockdown autumn colours walk with a friend, but ended up being a fungal foray photography fest! I was hoping we would see some fungi, so I prepared for it.  I took my Olympus E-MD5 MkIII fitted with the superb […]

“The subjects in the photos go round and round…”

Are you looking for a subject for your images?  If so, think about round things.  There are plenty of circular subjects in the world and they fit nicely into a square or near-square crop. This dandelion is a case in point.  I was out walking and had my macro lens on the camera.  I saw […]

Where is the light coming from?

Yesterday afternoon, as it was a lovely day, I went for a walk round a local country park.  I took my Panasonic TZ-100 travel-zoom compact camera, as it’s small and light. The sun was quite low in the sky and it was reflecting well off the large lake at the park.  How that light looked […]

Mobile with my mobile

Having tweaked my right foot a few weeks ago I needed a longish walk to see if it was working OK. I chose an area between Avebury and Devizes in Wiltshire.  There’s a fabulous walk in fascinating landscape full of the signs of human occupations going back  thousands of years.  I didn’t want to be […]