for some reason this year I’ve got a ‘thing’ about Autumn. Maybe it’s because we’ve not had such a good summer and therefore I’m wanting to benefit from the Autumn sun and colours so bear with me on this one.

So let me tell you about the chappie on the left…yes he’s been made up with wood and doesn’t he remind you of the logo of Bertie Bassett on the packets of Bassett liquorice Allsorts sweets whether that was the intention or not I’ve no idea but I will see if I can find out more about him next time I visit the gardens.

Yes I’ve been off to Hyde Hall yet again but it really is a place I can visit time after time as the gardens are continually changing as time moves through the seasons. Anyway I went all on my own last week and spent about 5 hours wondering around with my camera and Macro lens. It was such a beautiful clear day with a blue sky, very warm sunshine and not too many people there as it was midweek.

So here are a some of the photo’s taken with the 100mm macro lens which I must admit to using for all types of shots and then I decided to use my new lens as I wanted to catch some colours beginning to appear on the trees but I hope the next time I go back they will be more advanced than this

Finally I’ll leave you with my own little bit of Autum in our garden. Many years ago I was fortunate to study Bonsai and this Beech tree I started 21years ago this November and as you will see it now a fully grown (bonsai) tree and yes it’s leaves are also changing and they will of course all drop and the tree will go into it’s winter mode!!

When I look at the photo’s I’ve posted they really do not do them justice in the small size so please do click on them to view them at a large image.

I hope you’re enjoying your season whether you are here in the Northern Hemisphere or where you’re beginning to welcome Spring in the Southern Hemisphere..

I’ll see you again soon, and take care.


New Lens and a visit to the park..

Last Friday I met up with my photography friend Terry and off we went to Weald Park this time for me to try out my new lens and for Terry to see the deer…..well have I a lot to learn about the lens!!

So first off I thought you might like to see a photo of my camera with lens and extender
big isn’t it and heavy but, I managed and surprisingly enough after awhile I didn’t really notice the weight. The only thing I would say is that with a lens this size on the camera people do tend to look at you thinking you must be a ‘professional’ how wrong they are!!

I did have the camera on a Monopod to help me steady it and I wanted to try and get some decent photo’s maybe of birds in the distance, the deer and anything else that was interesting. Ok the deer photo’s we’ll forget but I’ve done just one for you it’s ok but I’ve posted better before As for the birds well they are ‘ok’ but that is all. Here is one of the Heron which was far away across the lake so a reasonable distance away. The lens has at least allowed me to crop in and get an ‘acceptable’ view of it and the other one is of some birds flying overhead, goodness knows how I managed to get them as it all happened so quick

On our way back we called in at another Park and this time I left the new lens behind locked very safely in the car out of site and put on my 17-70 sigma lens. This was in the hope of perhaps getting some pics I would be happy with, again a little disappointed but there’s one of the leaves turning into their Autumn colours which I’ve posted at the top and here’s one of a wooden carving in the children’s area – took this one for fun!!

so there you are just a quick post to update you and to let you know that I’ll be trying to improve on the taking of photo’s again at the end of the week when we do have a forecast for some really nice sunny weather – we’ll see!!

Because I’m a little disappointed with my pics from the new lens (need to practice more!) and because looking back on this post there’s no bright colours except for the top photo, I thought, I would leave you with a photo taken this morning in the garden of one of the last of the summer roses – taken in the rain!!

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon.


It’s Autumn already…

and as far as I’m concerned I haven’t had summer yet. Well ok we did have a few days of blue skies and sunshine and yes at the beginning of summer there was the odd week or two where it was hot and we had doors and windows open but now although we’re having a few nice days the evenings are beginning to draw in and it’s quite chilly first thing in the mornings and late at night.

So I thought I should start looking around for some Autumn colours for you but to be honest the trees haven’t fully turned yet and neither have I been anywhere where there are the ‘right’ sort of trees for the colour but I will be doing so over the next few days.

Therefore in the meantime I went over to Hyde Hall last weekend and there were some wonderful vibrant colours in the gardens which gave me an excuse (not that I really need one) to click away with the camera. I had my Canon 50mm Lens that day as it a easy, lightweight and not to obvious lens on my camera and these photo’s were taken with that lens..

The previous week I had a another fun day out I as went off to some more marshland called Two Tree Island down by the river Thames estuary. Chris and I met up with another friend Terry for a day of hoping to get some good photo’s opportunities of maybe birds, flowers, insects etc. It was one of our lovely days weather wise and although I seemed to be clicking away with the shutter I wasn’t over happy with the outcome of the photo’s. It’s not easy to spend a day like that one walking around not only with a camera but a tripod which to be honest is what I needed to get those really sharp piccies of the flowers and butterflies so I’m afraid you’ve only got the one photo below.

Although we were told by quite a few others walkers/bird watchers/photographers that the kingfisher and Osprey were around and had been seen by many of them it wasn’t to be for us so I’m afraid I don’t have any real exciting photo’s for you although this is one I took of a bird (seagull variety – you can tell I’m not familiar with birds species!!).

To finish off my post I thought I would leave you with a lovely photo of what to do with your old wellies – don’t throw them out but fill them with soil, cut some holes in them and hang them on your potting shed!! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you all again soon. Take care and stay safe!