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|Sunday, January 8, 2017, 8:37:07 PM-|
Another weekend, is about done, walked in the woods, found a possible new spot, to take a picture or two.
A quiet spot sit, thinking about, how one i never thought would hurt me, but has, its life, i guess, she is young.
It will sort itself out, one way or another.
These quiet spots are needed at times, still.
A little adventure sorted out today, journey to see, my beautiful one, to feel her arms around me, is, the best medicine, you can get.
Sad to see, that some more are leaving her, and sadder, that one more valued member of the site, could be following soon,, best of wishes to them both.
Now is the time, i can see, the nights getting lighter, for me, i like those light mornings , will be out early a lot , this summer, but will, go to bed, when i come home, but i also, want to shoot the Milky way, so maybe, i will need to camp, out some nights to get those shots, plus i need a lens, that will get the results.
I got a photographic job, someone wants me to do a calendar for them, i have been doing my own one, for a few years, people like it, also, they are going to show, my pictures to a professional photographer, something, might come, from this.
One from an early morning visit, to, that Castle, that changed my life, took it over a year ago, when Boredmum and i had an early morning stroll..
To each and everyone, i hope the days , treat you well.
|Sunday, January 1, 2017, 7:31:09 PM-|
Happy New Year, to everyone, hope, the year is a good one, for everyone.
So my, the start of my 52 year on this planet, what it brings, well, we will have to see.
I do not really make resolutions, i make plans, i have little projects planned, the end of one, means, the start of another.
This new year, started around 6am, for me.
I had planned a sunrise shoot, had checked, the forecast, but on looking out the window, i could see, cloud on the horizon.
I took my time after that, breakfast, medicine and then a cup of tea.
By then, i was ready, it was dry, so i was going out anyway.
Camera gear, is like my go bag, it is ready at all times.
So walking the quiet streets, noticing how few lights were on, thinking about when i was younger and , people would have still been partying at this time, not a person , i saw, either,, times, have truly changed.
I went through the stile and into the dark, how beautiful this first morning of the year is, slight frost, a little biting wind, and i am in my element.
As i walked down the slope, i only slipped once..
I stopped , set up, took 4 pictures and moved on, got the picture for this blog.
Then i doubled back, down a road, climbed a fence, then up a hill to a spot, where , i could sit and just watch the world dawning before me.
First i set , up the camera, i knew, i was wasting my time,, but who cares.
The new little flask, i had bought was brought out the bag, poured out a welcome cup of heat, then just sat back.
My mind wanders so easy, think about the past, thought about some New Year days of the past, some good, some better forgotten.
I think of some people, i have known, how some have just drifted out of my life, at first, this was hard for me, but, i just see, it is part of, your life story now.
I think, i take these changes hard, for i am not one, for letting people get close, i built walls of granite, they were not too be breached, but every once in a while, someone manages, thankfully my beautiful one, did, just that..
But, i could also, see, my old dog running in this field, the twist and turns of her, mesmerising. She has been gone for so long, now, the hurt in,my heart will always be there.
Thoughts of taking a picture, were put aside, another hot drink and just some more things, running in my mind.
My life is, at such, a slow pace now, i love that it is, i take time to look, too listen and too smell, as well..
So 2017, lets just see, what you bring for us..
So here is the picture, first one of the year, well second one, that i took, but the view was the same.
It is a special view for me, these two trees, are so much part of my life, they told me a story.
I have sat beside them, fell asleep, on them, and they have gave some wonderful pictures.
To each and everyone, i hope the days, treat you will
|Monday, December 26, 2016, 11:05:33 AM-|
Past again for another year, but for me, i kind of get a second go, today, Boredmum will be here and it is like Christmas all over again.
I walked in the wind yesterday, tried to take some pictures, failed in that, but the tradition of walking on Christmas Day is now on 42 in a row, yes i was 9 the first time, i can remember.
Easy to remember that one.
I am in a time of finding sleep hard again, it is phase, not one i like now, i get tired and when it is around 9pm, i am ready for bed..
I paused it here,, for it is now time to go for a walk ..
Back from my walk,, so where, was i..
I never got any pictures this morning again, walked, just over 6 miles, we had the most amazing hailstorm, driven by the gale force wind, was the only time there was, anything of interest, but, sheltering was more sensible, this time.
I sat among some bushes, like, i have done so , many times,, i think at these time, been thinking a lot about how, i have been a failure in life in, so many ways, how i have never achieved, what i should have, shyness, makes me hide away, have i time to change this, time to see.
But then, my thoughts are broken, when a few little birds land on the bush in front of me, i watch, there search for food, checking all the nooks and crannies, then, as quick, they are off.
Now the hail, has stopped, time to move on, again, listening to, a podcast, as i walk, stopping, every so often, to just look around..
I head to my familiar woods, walking through, them, feet slipping the odd time, on the mud, that is around now, thinking, now it is coast time, will spend , the time along here from now.
Odd walk in the woods, especially, if we get some snow..
Some wondered what the colour version, from the last blog looked like,so here it is.
I spent less time on this, than , the black and white one, beauty of working in Lightroom , is you can just make copies and, do what you want to them, me i do, as little as possible to them most of the time.
But sometimes, i will remove a distraction, i have never replaced things, like putting in a better sky.
I have only spent hours on a picture once, the scene was an intimate shot of reeds, reflecting on the water, there was a lot of little things, i took out, more to just , see than anything, using the Clone stamp tool and a brush, but to be honest, i could never do this all the time, some do, but like on here, each to there own..
To each and everyone, i hope, the days, treat you well
|Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 8:46:56 PM-|
A black and white, for a change, but to be honest, i am not happy with it, like, i always say, i just never see, the world in black and white.
I see, both sides of things, in life.
That little waterfall is a challenging place to shoot, there is a tree, that just gets in the way, some might cut it down, but not me,, Mother Nature, put, it there for a reason, so i work around it.
But sometimes, just standing there in the water,, with the trees, all around me, is the important thing.
How standing there, you notice, the little things, like how much fungi, i missed,by not visiting there earlier, how in the sandstone, there is certain things, that catch your eyes, things, that i might, shoot in the future.
Even with in the water itselff, and watching how it flows, it goes around the rocks, over the drops, it makes patterns, the shutter might be open for 25secs or more, you are waiting, then you see, the result, the flow is showing..
So does that picture, i posted work, well , i am sure, we all have our own thoughts on that..
To each and everyone, i hope the days, treat you well
|Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8:38:24 PM-|
Well, back in my little part of Scotland, now, been a fantastic few days again, new memories made and new traditions, that will last my lifetime now, started as well.
We have been luckier, with the weather, this winter, it has been a lot drier and even though, we have had a little more colder weather, had some unusually warm days, as well.
In 10 days, is the shortest day, and then the days start , to get longer once again, till those long summer days of close to 18hrs of daylight.
Two weeks today, is Christmas, time for 4 days off, time to refresh the batteries, as well, will hopefully walk everyday, take a few pictures, spend time, with Boredmum.
Started looking, at a new cameras, this time it might mean a system, but we will see, plenty of time, to research, to big a decision, to make, to rush.
As promised a little shot, i took of the stars, was a special morning, the peace, in the darkness, is strange, it is quiet, but, you hear things, as well, like a fox calling, owls hooting, or even flying towards you, then you just have the other sounds, that sometimes, make you wonder, what, they are, do i ever get scared , not yet,, lol.
But i love, these times..
To each and everyone,i hope, the days, treat you well
|Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:05:17 PM-|
Something a little different for me,, all my blogs,have been written at home, this one is being told from, an international location.
I am so very greatful for so many little things, learning about myself, all the time, seeing things , with different eyes as well.
I got my yearly testing of my eyes done the other week, a side effect of diabetes is the possibility of my eyesight, i knew, they might be worse this, time and i was right, just needed stronger reading glasses, so not to bad.
I had a cold for 5 weeks as well, but you just get on with it, only thing i never done , as much was take pictures, missed some nice skies as well, but there will be more.
Soon, i will have been a year in, my job, place is growing all the time, the work, is busy all, the time, get asked, if i miss engineering, but i never do, is was just a chapter in my life story, a long one, but just a part of the past like , so many other things now.
I got up, early the other week, sky was clear, thought of getting a picture of the stars.
I went through a gate, into the fields and it is like instant dark, in such a short distance and it is like another world.
Once, your eyes adjust, then the sky just pops, there is such beauty above us, lying on the ground, in the middle of a field and just looking, up, is amazing, i have been like this, many times in life, hopefully, many times more, i am so lucky in seeing things, that others, just never bother about, my life is not a fast one, i lead a slower pace, than most.
I take time to observe, what is around me and i am thankful, for this.
But i got my picture and once i am home from this international jaunt, i will post one of them.
I travelled by train on Thursday, i enjoy the train, it is for the most part peaceful, watching the countryside whizz by, even going through the few towns, i enjoy.
I get to sit and think, just like being on, one of my walks, there, when a quiet spot is found to run through some of the things, that run, through my head.
One thing, that is funny is the boring bit, there is a little stretch, where it just seems to take longer, by car or train, it is the same.
Best thing of all, is that waiting for me, at the station is Boredmum, getting off, the train, walking towards, her and then i have her in my arms, a massive hug and a few kisses as well,,
Never on the dark days, did i think life, would be like this now, i guess, it shows, never to give up, to just keep fighting, for maybe just like, with me, life can change, so very quickly as well..
I know, no picture, but i have none on, the laptop, so sorry about, that, but maybe tomorrow or Sunday, i will post a little picture..
To each and everyone,, i hope, the days treat you well..
|Sunday, November 20, 2016, 9:28:25 AM- A Defining Moment|
Time goes so, very quick for my, these days, it is so precious, as you get older, you try and grasp, as many moments, as you can.
Autumn, has, came and went, i chased the colours, got a few really nice pictures, ones.
I stood in a river, spot where i swam 30plus years ago, forgot about the beauty of the spot and was in my element, how standing there, for what i thought was 30mins, had turned into over 2hrs, by the time,, i headed home, it had became over 4hrs.
My journey is one of discovery, i am learning all the time, learning the art, that i partake in, is such a part of me, also learning about me, as well, it all becomes one, at times.
I get to spend, as much time, as possible, with my Beautiful Boredmum, as i can, i love my adventures, with this lady, she has been a breathe of fresh air to me, i travel to meet her, as much as i can, this was a big step for me,, i do not do new things, for some a simple train journey is no problem, for me, the first part of my journey was easy, had done it a lot of times, the next part, i had to process it, all in my mind, then i just got on that train, now it is easy.
I sit, i watch, i listen, so many do not, the outdoors, is where i am peace, seeing things, i have seen before, are just as great , as the new, few sundays ago, early morning landscape shoot, gave me such a beautiful sight, a flock of Lapwings, flying back and forth over the pond, had me glued too, them, the twists and turns and i am in this place, these once, common birds, are a rare sight here now, not like when, i was young, when i saw them, all the time.
I listened to a distant owl,, think, it was Tawny, when it is dark, the sounds of Nature, is wonderful to me, the first note, the bird sings, the beat of wings, going by me, the whisper of the wind, water flowing.
THen, i have the sit moments, these are , when i sit down, it is random places, can be a nice shaped stone, a tree sloped, the right way, that my back, just flows into, or just on the grass.
My last sit moment, was by the pond, the owner had dumped a large rock, it was the perfect seat, i sat my gear up here. in front of me, was the pond, this one is quite new, but nature is shaping it, reeds, are growing and the grasses, the waterfowl are always in here.
I was watching, to all, that was going on, around me, i was listening too, the bark of of a dog,, was what i heard first.
My head has been a little cloudy lately, these quiet times, soothe me , in a way that no other thing can, it gave me the defining moment, where, it just became clear.
For all i love wildlife, that moment, there taught, that it is, the landscpae is, my true passion , in photography, as i saw the sky change to my right, all i could think of, was i want to catch that sky, to show the beauty of the new dawn of the day, that special moment, when the sun comes up and lights up the land..
So here is the picture, this was the moment, where the cloudy head cleared, all the problems, went, i saw the future path, that i will go on, chase the light, chase the dream,, just chase life..
|Sunday, September 18, 2016, 5:52:35 PM-|
Just a little thank you, to everyone, that has commented on my blogs and read my blogs, not just the last few, but all the blogs, i have ever done. It is very kind of people taking time out from there daily lives, to read the words and to often view the pictures, that i share, some leave more of a mark on them, with the comments, that are left, they become part of the story of my life..
When it was suggested to me, that writing might help, at a time in life that was, not great, would lead me to the place i am now and then getting asked to show some pictures of where i walked, two of the biggest moments in my life.
I blogged nearly every day, for 1000 blogs, i was addicted to it, but it cleansed my soul, it helped more, than anyone will ever know, for all i told about my life, pretty much warts and all, there was things, that happened, that well, that yes, i did write them, but deleted, often at these times, tears ran down my cheek, but still that process of writing helped.
My need to write, has not been of much need lately,for i have found a happiness, that i never thought there was. I smile and, i laugh, but yes i feel guilty in not blogging sometimes, i thought about just posting a picture, but it does not work for me.
Who would have thought that getting into photography, through being a member of an adult site, could lead me to a place, where, my pictures, that i post around the web, have been viewed millions of times, from people all over the world.
So from this simple man, too each and everyone of you, thank you for bringing me, too the place i am in life now.
From last night, chasing an image, that just never happened, but,like in the old days of picture taking, when i saw this, just thought it was the one for a blog.
I have shared those two trees before, but i shot from an angle that made you see, them as one tree, it was like other times, one tree, was when i felt alone, but now, i am part of a couple, so now i share these trees, as they are meant to be, My Two Trees..
|Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:45:32 PM-|
At the rate, i am going with blogs, it works put about 11 left to go after this one, but things can change.
With the evening drawing in, Autumn is starting to show, her beauty, when the trees turn to, such beautiful colours, early morning fogs and if i am really lucky, an early frost or two.
With a bit of luck, we might not be as wet, as the last two yrs once winter hits.
I walked in my woods the other week, caught sight of a little bird, called a Nuthatch, first one, i have ever seen here, been looking for years for one, had the camera, got a record shot, but that was all, it was close to dark, but for a simple man like me, this was such a wonderful gift from Mother Nature, to give to me.
My time, with Boredmum is so special, such a gift to come into my life indeed, when i felt the calm a little while ago, i was lucky, i was visiting her, i cried and she held me so tight, for once, the storm never followed.
We have had so many special moments together, love is indeed a wonderful thing.
I have started a new project, one that will mean a lot of work, trying to be a National Champion once more, i love setting myself goals, this one might take a year or two, till i get close again, but i will.
My photography has been plodding along, taking pictures, when i can, trying to capture the beauty that Mother Nature gives me, taken a few decent pictures, this yr, think i am now at 11 pictures, that i really like.
Funny that one of the pictures, that done well for me, with so many thousands of views, was one, that i nearly deleted, , why i sometimes, wait a year, before editing pictures.
This was such a picture, taken close too, a year ago. From one of those morning, that are rare here, a frost covering the fields and the sunrise, happening at the same time, can remember waking late that morning, running out the house, climbed the fence at the top of the road, then jogged down the field.
Getting out of breathe was, worth it, i think..
|Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:50:53 PM-|
How, i love this place and all, its weather, from the odd days of sun, too those wild stormy days.
But as i sit and write this evening, the rain is falling, been a wet old summer here in my little part of Scotland, can only remember 2 dry weeks this year.
Would like a little bit of sun, might be like others and complain of the heat, but knowing me, i would just lap it up and enjoy the heat of the sun on these old bones.
How fast the year, has went by , 8 months in, been a blast, went on a little adventure the other week, travelled by train, well 3 separate trains, i enjoyed it, train was busy, but my time flew by.
A week on Friday and i am on holiday, so many days to spend, with Boredmum, funny thing is, we are never bored, i keep wondering what boredom is actually like, always so much to do and even in those quite times, i am busy.
I am getting old, my body is telling me, more and more now, hard for me to accept, that i will not be the active person i was in, some ways.
I have trouble even climbing a fence now, gone is the young boy, who could put his hand on a fence post and then vault over the fence, i find these things, so hard to get my head around.
But i am fortunate, i still have places to roam, so much to see. I have a drive, it will carry me on,, so what if i wake i all sore, feeling like a 90 yr old for i get the greatest gift of all, each time i do, for i am alive and as long as, i am i adapt and enjoy the world, i live in..
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