Friday, 8 February 2019

Winkworth Aboretum

Winkworth Arboretum is a National Trust property near Godalming in Surrey.  I had previously visited in autumn, when the extensive acer collection is at its best.  I had read a couple of articles saying that Winkworth was a good place to see snowdrops in Surrey.  So whilst in the county, I decided to make another visit.  There was still snow on the ground from a a couple of days earlier and I really wanted a picture of a snowy snowdrop.  Sadly, it's really not that great a place for snowdrops.  It has patches, but no large drifts of flowers.  Nowhere near as good as places like Anglesey Abbey or Benington Lordship.  The best of the snowdrops also weren't in the best of the snow.  Eventually though, I got something close to what I wanted.  Snowdrops aside, it was still a good day out.  The site is on the side of a hill and the low winter sun gave dramatic light across different parts of it, as the day went on.





 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Cambridge Reflections

The weekends have been very dull and grey recently.  So when there was actually a bit of sun on a Sunday afternoon, I headed to Cambridge to take some pictures.  I decided to concentrate on the strong reflections that the low sun was causing in the shop windows along Kings Parade.







 


Sunday, 30 December 2018

Tate Modern - Switch House

The good thing about the 'tween days of Christmas is that you can find the time to do the things you've been meaning to do.  Like finally take a look around the new(ish) Switch House at the Tate Modern.  After a good look around both outside and in, I wandered over to the Turbine Hall, which currently has a lovely shiny floor.






Friday, 7 December 2018

Mill Road Winter Fair

Last Saturday was the annual Winter Fair in Cambridge's Mill Road.  The day drew a big crowd despite the wet weather.  There were also plenty of CCC members out to record the day's events.  Mill Road is a quirky, vibrant and eclectic place, and the Winter Fair is a great showcase for all these charms. Where else can you eat duck gyoza, while watching traditional (and not so traditional) Morris dancing, as the strains of funk music, played by a brass band, drift down the street?



 

 
 






Friday, 30 November 2018

Red Kites

One of the great wildlife success stories of recent decades has been the Red Kite.  Persecution in the 19th and early 20th centuries decimated the UK population.  Once, you had to travel to west Wales to stand a chance of seeing the few remaining birds.  Then in the early '90's a reintroduction program began in the Chilterns.  There are now so many Red Kites in the Chilterns that their numbers cannot be reliably counted.  The birds have spread and other reintroduction programs followed, elsewhere in the country.  Kites are now an increasingly common site in Huntingdonshire.  There a few spots to reliably see them, but one of the best is near a scrapyard on the old A1 at Stilton.  The scrapyard owners must feed them, because Kites can appear there in large numbers. 

I visited one afternoon with blue skies and low sun, hoping for a number of beautifully lit birds.  Sadly, feeding time must have been over.  There were 6 or so Kites when I first arrived, but this soon thinned down to a couple.  I could see more a  couple of fields over, but didn't have the time to chase them.  Instead I enjoyed the view I had and will go back again to hopefully get the numbers I hoped for.


 





Friday, 23 November 2018

Autumn By iPhone

I haven't been out with the proper camera much over the last few weeks, so here are some autumn shots taken with my iPhone.  All, except the final shot, were taken using the Hipstamatic app, with no further processing.  The last image was taken from my bedroom window, using the normal camera app and given minor adjustments with Snapseed.  I was drawn to the tree highlighted in the notch between the roof shadows.