Keeping Busy

Although I haven't posted anything just lately, it hasn't been through a lack of interest on my part, simply that I am busy on other things which in their own way, are related to what this site is about. The Winter is always a relatively fallow period for me photographically with the shorter days and it is only around now as the daylight hours noticeably lengthen that I start to get excited again !

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New Year Projects

In a sense the above title is rather misleading at it seems to allude to “New Year's Resolutions” which I don't believe in too much. However, the period between Christmas and the New Year 'Twixmas' as I amusingly heard it referred to, is a time for reflection and a 'gathering of strength for the year ahead plus a time to get your existing goals into sharp focus.

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A Stage Set

A little while back, I spent a brief time walking around Oxford, it was one of those sunshine and showers days but interesting never the less and I took a few photographs. Although not likely known to many people overseas, there has been two TV detective series which were set in Oxford, Morse and a spin off Lewis, both were very good and made heavy use of the University part of the city as a backdrop for the drama.

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Christmas Cards

As we approach that time of the year again, many of us send out Christmas cards to family and friends. A few years back and after the passing of both my Parents, instead of buying cards from a shop or on line, I decided to start printing my own and more personal greetings cards.

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The Changing Skies

Living in the South West of England, the main influence on our weather locally comes from the Atlantic and our prevailing wind direction for the majority of the year is West South West and this makes for some variation in the skies we see. In fact it is one of my personal joys to see this rather than the grey blanket clouds you often get close to the year end.

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The Local Lifeboat

Because of our extreme tidal range which means that 24 hour launches are very challenging, we do not have a deep water lifeboat but we do have a couple of inshore boats both of which are tractor towed to the beach and launched via their own rigs into the water.

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Remembering Nuncky

A few weeks ago my Uncle Mickey died just about a week short of his 94th birthday, an excellent innings by any standard, he lived in Washington State in the USA with his wife, Jeanie had US citizenship and was a staunch Republican. As it is Rememberance Sunday today, it is a fitting moment to think of him as well as all the other ex servicemen and women.

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The Unexpected Heron

The Somerset Levels are a flood plain and it is said that the County name of Somerset is a corruption of an earlier Saxon phrase which described the inhabitants as the “Summer People” because it was only in the Summer months that the Levels were useable because they were waterlogged in the Winter months. It is the type of habitat that supports wading birds of all kinds, among the larger birds Herons are fairly common and I always like to photograph them when I can.

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