Sunday, 11 December 2011
|THE 'SECRET' BEHIND THE GATE|
A few days later in the comments section I said that I would share with you what was behind the gate after I had managed to gain entry. Well here it is....the 'secret behind the gate' and it is even more overgrown by nature than the gate was.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
|BOURNEMOUTH BEACH HUTS|
Monday, 28 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
|CRANES AT THE PORT OF ST MALO|
St Malo has a history of being a home of the Corsairs - French Privateers and Pirates.
More recently (1998) it was the site of an Anglo-French summit which led to a significant agreement regarding European Defence Policy.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
|EARLY MORNING ON THE BEACH|
However if you are prepared to get up early and go for a walk along the beach you might be lucky enough to see the quiet side of the beach.
With the tide going out this fisherman is making good use of his early start by sorting out and repairing some of his fishing gear.....
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
|VIEW OF MONT-ST-MICHEL|
However the Mont can also be quite impressive when viewed closer as can be seen in this image of the massive structure which almost seems to be growing out of the very rock itself.
Mont St Michel and it's bay is included on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. At the very top of the spire is a statue of the Archangel Michael.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
|Water Tower - Northern France|
Thursday, 18 August 2011
|MICKEY AT BOURNEMOUTH (SOLARIZED IMAGE)|
One exception in my use of colour is to Solarize the image....This still gives me the 'not of this world' image style that I like but the unreal mix of colour....all most pop art in appearance... can help to create a really unusual and bright picture that I find quite refreshing.
The solarized image above is typical of the effect. I took three images of this scene, black & white - colour- and this solarized one. Both the black and white and colour shots just did not work...they tended to appear flat and boring, however the solarized shot livened up the view and seems to work well with a colourful character like Mickey Mouse.
I prefer to make my image 'alterations' at the point of capture rather than post production.
**Remember to click or double click to enlarge the image to see it better.
For the next month I will be away cycling back to the UK from Gibraltar....I will resume posting on this blog towards the end of September....Probably back to black & white again..
Saturday, 13 August 2011
|MALVERN PRIORY AND GAS LAMP|
In 1541 it was bought by the local people for £20 in order to save it from destruction. Since then it has been the parish church at the centre of Great Malvern.
The Malvern gas lamps are thought to be the inspiration for the lamp in the forest of C.S.Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
|SENTINELS ON GUARD AT THE ENTRANCE TO CROOME COURT IN WORCESTERSHIRE UK|
From the 1950s to the 1970s Croome Court was home to nuns and their pupils as it was at that time a Catholic Boys School.
In the early 1980's it became a sanctuary and headquarters to the International Society of Krishna Consciousness and remained so for four years.
A good mix of both culture and faith........................
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
|CHILDREN'S ROUNDABOUT- DILAPIDATED AND UNUSED|
I find this a sad object....something that at one time gave so much pleasure and now just forgotten..!!
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
|NO FLIGHTS TODAY|
Our health is so important to us and must be one of our most valuable assets...we don't think about it much when we have it, but it can be taken from us in an instant and then we become only too aware of it's true value.
Sorry for the recent break in my posts - I am pleased to be back.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
|ANYONE FOR TENNIS?|
Monday, 6 June 2011
Friday, 3 June 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
|BLEAK HOUSE - DARTMOOR|
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
|THE ROSE MY MOTHER WAS AND STILL IS IN HER INNER BEING|
|SPRING FLOWERS AND WINDMILL|
|A MORE MATURE PLANT REPRESENTING THE MIDDLE YEARS OF LIFE.|
|FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THE COLOUR OF THEIR LIVES FADES AS THEY GET OLDER|
|A LOT OF THINGS NOW UNUSED...........|
|HOLDING THINGS TOGETHER....PATCHING UP...|
|RAVAGES OF TIME....OUTER APPEARANCE BREAKING DOWN|
|A HEART CAN STILL BE FOUND....LOVE OF A MOTHER.|
|AS TIME GOES ON MORE PATCHING UP IS REQUIRED.......|
|THE OUTER APPEARANCE CONTINUES TO BREAK DOWN.....|
Sunday, 24 April 2011
|06.15HRS BOURNEMOUTH BEACH|
|06.30HRS BOURNEMOUTH BEACH|
The beaches have been packed and on Good Friday and yesterday there certainly wasn't too much space to be found.
With a couple more days of the holiday to go, the best time to pay a visit to the beach is first thing in the morning.....hardly anyone on the sands at all.
The sand itself is still silky smooth from the tide and the only footsteps to be found belong to our four-legged friend.........
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
|GATE OBVIOUSLY NOT USED|
Thursday, 14 April 2011
|TREE ON EXMOOR|
It is primarily an upland area with a dispersed population mainly living in small villages and hamlets.
Before it was a National Park Exmoor was a Royal Forest and hunting ground which was sold off in 1818. Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954 and is named after the main river that flows out of the district - the River Exe.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
|THE CHINESE PAGODA|
The Pagoda was completed in 1762 and at that time it was the tallest reconstruction of a Chinese building anywhere in Europe. The structure is a ten storey octagonal structure that is 163 feet (nearly50m) in height.
When it was built the Pagoda was very colourful and had a dragon at each corner. There were 80 dragons in total- each carved from wood and gilded with real gold. Although over the years there have been a number of restorations the original colours and dragons have not been replaced with most of the work being done to the roofs.
The whole structure tapers, with successive floors from the first to the top being 1 ft (30cm) less in diameter and height than the preceding one.
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
|REPLICA OF THE CHOKUSHI-MON|
This Oriental building, the Japanese Gateway, surmounts a low mount. It is a four- fifths sized replica of a 16th century ceremonial gate, the Chokushi-Mon in the Japanese city of Kyoto.
After being shown at the Japan - British exhibition in London in 1910 it was transferred to Kew Gardens.
Skilled Japanese craftsmen recently restored it's superb wooden carvings and at the same time a Japanese landscape designer complemented it with a wonderful Japanese garden.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Zen trains the mind...clarifies thought....
This image was taken at The Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew...commonly known as 'Kew Gardens'.
This is part of the Japanese landscape...it is divided into three main areas. The Garden of Peace & The Garden of Activity which are linked by The Garden of Harmony.
Peace and Activity linked by Harmony- the simple message is clear.............
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Nowadays the gardens of the castle are well worth a visit and the plants can be found both within the walls as well as out.........
I have always liked the combination of ruins and plants and in black & white can make a classic 'romantic' image......
Monday, 21 March 2011
|ONE SMALL FEATURE OF HAILES ABBEY|