On the morning of the model show, after I’d had a quick shufty around and taken some shots of the models, I went for a walk with my camera in the surrounding woodlands while Phil perused the models and did some shopping and chatted on with his fellow modeller friends. It was a bright crisp day so nice to catch some sunlight in the autumn leaves. Lots of goodies to see and record.
There were some industrial buildings nearby the hotel, but not sure what kind of industry.
wooden posts lining the pathway..
and lots of leaves everywhere..
and a bumper crop of mushrooms..
I found a woodland hut..
and a woodpile
and a bench to sit on
and another path to follow
the light through the leaves was lovely
then I came across a different type of forest
Next time I’ll show some of the models, and the journey home, but that’s enough pretty pictures for this post. Back to work tomorrow, isn’t it horrid going back after a holiday?!
I’m back from Holland, and of course have come home with more photo’s to get through, so am finishing off my report on Howick Gardens so I’m not too behind.
After finding the ginormous leaves, we walked along the riverside to have a look at the church in the grounds.
The church is a victorian building, and houses the tomb of the Prime Minister, 2nd Earl Grey, but other than that the interior was a bit boring to be honest. Outside was more interesting,
The small stone gargoyles on the exterior of the north wall were all carved by Maria, 3rd Countess Grey, who was a good amateur artist, but sadly she never got round to doing the south side.
Children didn’t always live too long in this era..
Lots of leaves to be found with rain drops decorating them..
and some really fine spidey webs..
After Church we went back to the Hall for lunch in the Earl Grey Tea House, which was beautiful
I had a rather lush duck & orange pate on toast …
And then back outside to walk it off and take a few more shots before going home.
those were all taken with the Fuji XT1 using the 60mm macro lens (much maligned in the Fuji owners world!) and my 18-55mm zoom. But of course I always take the iPhone along and these next few are from the phone.
Thought I’d crack on with this as I’m off to Holland tomorrow and won’t get chance to post for a few days unless I can figure out how to do it on the iPad.
Part 1 and the history bit are HERE so this is basically just more pictures of dead flowers 😀 (I jest). After the Bog Garden we wandered around the rest of the gardens to the back of the Hall
A lot of the grass had purple and white crocuses growing through which we thought really strange as they usually appear in spring, however it turns out they are autumn crocuses, colchicums no less, Its leaves, corm and seeds are poisonous. Murderess Catherine Wilson is thought to have used it to poison a number of victims in the 19th century.
You can see why I didn’t shoot many pictures with the sky included. I suppose I could replace it in potatoshop, but it belongs to the day, so there it stays.
Autumn foliage now..
could have done with just a bit of sun though!
We came across some ginormous leaves..
and even more ginormous leaves..
Sophie took one of me holding a leaf so you can see how big they are
I have hamster cheeks!!! Where did THEY come from!!??
Well, that’ll do for now, back to the packing, have a fab weekend wordypeeps
Had to walk over to Pelaw today to pick up a prescription for Phil, and though it was a blustery day, the sky was blue in a lot of places and everywhere was all coloured up. It’s officially Fall here as of yesterday, and it’s a great time of year for photography. You’ll notice I use the term Fall, even though I’m English, but…
(edumacation bit coming up 🙂 )
The word autumn comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year.It was borrowed by the neighbouring Romans, and became autumnus. After the Roman era the word continued to be used as the old French word autompne (automne in modern French) or autumpne in Middle English, and was later normalised to the original Latin. In the Medieval period there are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but by the 16th century it was in common use.
The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic Languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning “to fall from a height” and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year”.
During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America. (wiki) Well it’s not obsolete to me now!
I only had my iphone6 with me, so all these were taken with a couple of camera apps I have on it.
I have to walk over a bridge across the metro lines to get to Pelaw, there isn’t a drive-straight-to-it road, so it’s quicker to walk than go in the car, which is good, a bit of fresh air and exercise!
ProCamera is one of my fave apps as you can alter focus and exposure very easily and it has a lot of functions which is great if you don’t have a DSLR to hand.
My most used app is the hipstamatic app, I really like all the different lens/film combo’s. I make up favourites and also use the random choice setting now and then to see what it comes up with. At the moment I have about 60 different sets of films and lenses on the app! OK I’m a geek.
These were taken using the Bruno Lens & Claunch 72 monochrome film.
I walked home through the wooded back pathways to find some colour..
The John S Lens & Kodot Grizzled film combination is one of my favourites for the deep blues and rich colours.
I also have an app I only use for iPhone macro shots, I got it in error as I thought I was getting ProCamera but it isn’t, it’s called Camera+. It’s a really annoying app to use, not intuitive at all, but the macro setting is fab so I just leave it on that! It is a very popular app so maybe it’s just me being dim. 🙂
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