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Cherry Blossom

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April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Snowberries

Snowberries

November 23, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Edge of the Wood

The Edge of the Wood

June 4, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Daffydowndilly in the Wood

Daffodil

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Autumn Branch

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Starting to use a tripod, on this one-day photography course at The Hirsel, took a picture of these leaves against the beautiful spotted tree-trunk behind. Busy at the moment finishing a design for the Union Chain Bridge appeal. Then I will be doing a blog about our day at the Hirsel and over the next week will get the camera attached to the tripod and try some more shots using the settings on manual.  Something has penetrated my thick, auto-functioning skull vis-a-vis all this, and I look forward to testing my scanty understanding of the process further.

November 9, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaf-Fall

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Colours of a Caravaggio painting in the leaf-fall under trees at The Hirsel on the first day of November.

November 6, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaves and Feather

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November 6, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Woods through Trees

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Yesterday I went on a one-day photography course at the Hirsel, In Berwickshire; about which I shall write a blog, as it was a great day.  But I have got to do the ironing this evening, much dereliction of duty hinted at there (unfairly, I feel, in this instance, but overall a fair comment, and then it is Downton and the football). So this is one of the photographs, which I took using the manual programme, which this time didn’t bleach everything out or add a blue tinge, so I must have learned something.  I bought a tripod on Friday in Argos in Galashiels, which I forgot immediately in a charity shop – a charity shop that was a charity “outlet” so everything was £1.99 or less, including a CD of the complete recordings of Robert Johnson – so pleased to have this, which I have not owned since I bought an LP many many years ago long disappeared with almost everything else of those years – that I parked the tripod in a corner and left it there; luckily when I got back it was still leaning against the wall and hadn’t been sold for £1.99. Anyway, this blog is turning into displacement activity, so I must log off and switch on the iron….

November 2, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

October Woodland, The Hirsel Estate

Woodland

For two days now there have been high winds, with flurries of rain and sunshine.  Yesterday I walked up the pathway beside the golf course which segues into the path where the pheasants have right of way. There are always birds on this path, they fuss off when I approach, really it isn’t public footpath terrain, though the pathways are quite clear to follow.  The woods are bright and showy at the same time, the ground thick with ferns. When the wind blows leaves careen down like fairy coins. When I went further into to the wood I heard the dogs barking from the lodge, and the pheasants shrieking; possibly it was my footsteps that were causing this disturbance. Later in the day there was a rainbow, briefly, above the garden; and today the winds have been howling from dawn to dusk, the clocks have gone back, I have stayed indoors, though him outdoors did the usual six mile walk, dressed for the weather, head to foot. New boots have been bought via the Internet: apparently they were supplied to the French Foreign Legion.

October 26, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blossom

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Bare boughs still, and then buds, and then the blossom suddenly coming out everywhere, not blackthorn now, but cherry blossom; and down by the river thick bushes of hawthorn.  These cherry trees grow along the path near the little bridge that leads up towards the greenhouses and the walled garden on the Hirsel Estate. Down below a collie was swimming in the river, though as usual people were thin on the ground in this part of the Estate.

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April Trees

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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