Thursday, 12 December 2019

Mill Road Winter Fair

Last Saturday, Mill Road held its annual Winter Fair.  It's always a busy and vibrant event, reflecting the cosmopolitan and independent nature of this area of Cambridge.


 

 




Thursday, 5 December 2019

A Foggy Morning In St Neots

Last Saturday I woke to a beautiful foggy morning.  Perfect photography conditions.  But where to go to take best advantage?  I decided Granchester might be a good bet.  The meadows would have interesting trees and there might be some activity on the river.  Then I could work my way down into the centre of Cambridge.  

My only concerns were that the fog might not be as strong in Granchester or that it might not last until I got there.  So to play safe, I decided to get a few shots by the river in St Neots first, before moving on to somewhere more interesting.  However, it turned out that my safety stop gave me all I wanted.  Some great trees, swans and rowers on the river.  I spent the whole morning getting shots there and didn't bother with Granchester.  So the lesson is, never ignore your local patch.

 





Saturday, 30 November 2019

iPhone Autumn

A small collection of images taken over autumn, using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.  Changing the 'lens' and 'film' options within this app changes the resultant image.  No further post processing has been done.  With the weather so poor for the whole of autumn, many of my favourite Hipstamatic shots were deliberately abstract.  Although the first two, straighter, images were taken during an hour or so of lovely evening light during a stroll by the river in St Neots.


 
 
 
 

Friday, 22 November 2019

Fox Covert and Therfied Heath

The weather has not been that kind this autumn.  When not actively chucking it down, the skies have remained leaden, with little light.  But last Saturday offered some hope.  The forecast for places east of St Neots was for early mist, brightening later.  I knew from looking at Ann's blog (from where I steal most of my ideas) that the beech trees in Fox Covert, next to Therfield Heath, were in full colour.  So wood and heath seemed the best option for the conditions.  The mist wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped, giving mainly flat conditions at first, and it took quire a while for the sun to break through.  But eventually it did and gave some nice light.


 
   

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Fungi at Gamlingay Woods

More fungi.  This time  from Gamlingay wood.  Again the fungi were abundant in both numbers and variety.  There were lots of large specimens.  Plenty of pale milk caps, and I even managed to find a pristine Fly Agaric.  But it was the tiny ones that mainly took my interest.

 
 
 

Friday, 25 October 2019

Fungi at Ashridge

Due to work commitments, I couldn't make Ann's annual fungi forage trip to Thetford last Sunday.  So instead I headed out to Ashridge the day before.  This does seem to be a good year for fungi, and I didn't have to explore to far to find several varieties.  Sadly no decent Fly Agarics.  I found a few specimens, but they had all been thoroughly munched.  There wasn't much autumn colour either.  At a guess, maybe 10% of the trees had changed.