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|Friday, December 06, 2013, 9:53:54 PM-|
I am getting fed up now,, would even use the word,, bored,, i am the worst and most impatient person to be not well,, for me getting better is not happening quick enough and it is getting me down.
I have been grateful for youtube and watched so many photography videos,, done so much research on various things and i know more the way my photography will take me..
I think within myself i already knew that one,, so now i have made a list off all the new kit to get over the next year,,big thing will be the new camera,, and 2 new lenses,, one will be a macro lens for those nice close ups,,the other another for landscapes,, better filters and a speedlight or two..
First thing on the list ,, is a new ballhead for the camera,, will get a geared head,, handy for making those tiny
After all that is gotten,, well time to start saving for trips further afield,, so much i want to see and need to see,, my sheltered little world,, needs to be opened up more,,speaking to people on here and listening and watching what is said,,shows how little i know of the world and people too..
People talk of travels and things,, they have done and all i can do is listen, i have no input as i have never done these things..
I have showed everyone a little micro dot on this earth of my world,,with my camera,, now i want to show a much larger dot of the world to myself and to share through the pictures i take..
I have such a short time to do these things now..
Another little view of the gulley and the water running down and cascading over the drops.. now i wish i could find something larger and show that,, must be somewhere around here..
Squirrel has a nut in its mouth,, watching them as they gather and then bury them,, is fun,, how many do they store is a anybody's guess,, but i saw this one bury 10 in a very short time..
|Thursday, December 05, 2013, 7:33:41 PM-|
I have been wakened since just after 2am and i am still not tired,, in that time i have seen and heard so much weather,, been gusts to just over 100mph locally and one off 148mph recorded elsewhere..
It has rain,, it has snowed and yes i even seen the sun.
I have to admit this being cooped up has been hard,, but luckily my mind wanders,,today when i held that little green elephant,, my thoughts of Eve were so strong,, i had tears in my eyes,, the more thought about her,, remembering how,, she gave me that little plastic charm,, so tiny but it means more to me that any other poseccions i own.
Once we were going walking stopping at a shop,, provisions bought and Eve got a Lucky Bag..
Getting to where we were going and getting out,, weather was not looking good,, but we were geared for that,, plus it was an easy walk.
Heading into the trees and following a path that would have been there for hundreds off years,, Eve talking a 100mph as usual and me not getting a word in..
Stopping by a waterfall and watching as the water drops from above,,this was her place,,she loved it here.
In summer we might have swam,, but it was winter and even we were not that dumb.
So we walked on and soon it was the first little hill,, nothing major,, but on the top off the ridge,, it was getting wilder and i thought there was going to be snow,,
I decided that we should head for a bothy,, a refuge against the weather,,it was to be a wise move,, this was to have been our final destination,, as we had planned to stay the night in there.
By the time we got there it was bad and it was only by knowing the area,, that we knew where to head..
Getting inside and soon we had a fire on the go,, sitting by the side off it,, she takes out her Lucky Bag and opens it,, the usual sweets and always a trinket,, she handed me that little green plastic elephant and told that would always keep me safe,,
So many years later,, i still have it,, guess it,, is still doing its job..
After the storm,, i hope all my old friends are still standing here,, so often after one as bad as this we lose one..
When i took this on a frosty morning,, i always had the idea of turning it into a black and white,,
|Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:34:19 PM-|
I truly thought i was going to make my work tomorrow,, but it ain't going to happen,, was out off breathe tending too the fire in the house.
My job is just to strenuious to do it and be like that..
Another off my little sidelines at Christmas was gathering holly.
I prided myself in getting the best and it was how i was able to by my gifts to my family.
I had 4 places where i would go for the Holly,, i use to rotate the tree's i cut it from and i just cut enough as i knew i needed.
I had to make sure,, that there was the nice red berries on it and they were spread nicely on it.
The tree's farthest away, were about 3 miles and i would be away for hours,, i use to make a little fire and heat a tin off soup on it.
I carried my secateurs, to cut it,, the double hessian sack to put it in and my shepards crook walking stick this was useful for hooking over the highest branches to pull down to cut.
The last thing was a thick pair of gloves for without these, i would have been scratched to ribbons.
I think all these things i done when i was young served me well for later life and too this day.
I knew where i could get sloes as well,, these i sold to someone in the village who made Sloe Brandy and Gin,,
I gathered Blackberries to make jelly and i cut Rowan berries for a woman to make jelly.
All the money from these little things was saved in an old tin,, that i still have too this day.
I found this tin at a local tip,, when i was maybe 5 or 6,, it still hold money to this day,, 40yrs later.
Later when i was around 13,, i learned the value off scrap metal,, then i collected copper and brass,, i was able to contribute too the house then and help my mum out.
I think it was maybe a year later,, that i started to gamble,, small amounts and small wins,, turned into large amounts and large wins.
I use to get someone to place my bets and made sure i always made sure i shared my win..
I was able to help my mum out even more. But she found out about my gambling and made me stop,, i promised that i would till i was old enough and i did.
Went back to scrimping and saving again,, now it may seem too some my life was hard,, but i loved the life i had..
I learned the value off things and to owe nothing too no one,, to appreciate all the things i have,, that when you worked hard,, you got the rewards..
Sorry that i have been posting a lot similar pictures, just now,, i had planned on fresh ones,, last weekend and to be truthful,, i am not sure i will get out this weekend..
|Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 9:58:03 PM-|
With it being so near to Christmas it is easy for the mind to wander too years gone bye.
I can remember wandering in a local wood that had fir trees,, looking for the best tree,, i could find.
I started looking months before and i kept going back over the months,, making sure that the one i was watching still looked right and also checking my reserve ones.
Even then i believed in having back ups.
I would look at it from all sides,, making sure i could get the 6ft in height i wanted and also that the branches were nicely placed,, visualizing where the lights would go and the baubles would hang from the end,, i could see the tinsel,, as it wrapped around and on top the fairy that my mum got for my first birthday.
Two weeks before Christmas and it was time,, i packed my saw and walked over a mile,,no matter the weather that day,, it had to be 2 weeks before.
I stood often in the rain and once in the snow,, i looked all around again.
Seeing it was still ok,, i kneeled on the forest floor and i cleared the bottom branches,, then i made my first cut,, sawing from one side and the finishing it from the other.
I can still see tonight as i closed my eyes that tree,, coming down and it hitting the ground.
I measured it and cut it too length and then i kind off roped it so the branches were more compact for my walk,, finally wrapping the bit, with a old hessian,, so that would go over my shoulder as i made my way home.
By now it would be dark and seeing the village lights in the distance,, i made my way home,, following the river,, crossing 4 littles burns,, walking up a field,, along the road and then just one more field to cross,, now i was near home.
I climbed a fence and turned right walked 100yrds and i was there,,back at home,,, yes that was when Christmas was special too me..
Now i normally, would not show a picture with people in it,, but there is no faces to see..
I watched the couple walk by me hand in hand,, my drifted too when i might have been half of that couple doing the same thing,, then there is another couple on the little point and they had been playing with there 2 dogs,, but for me this picture,, just seemed so right that night..
|Monday, December 02, 2013, 6:50:06 PM-|
Funny thing happened when i was trying to get finance for the first time in my life,, i was refused.
It seems it does not pay to have no debt, when things like this are involved,, now to think i have been wrong always paying cash and having paid any bills on time..
I did kind off think,, i would be turned down as because of this i have a very low credit score,, if one at all,, seems that makes you a credit risk.
Guess i should go on a spending spree and then have to pay it all off over years and then i might have got my finance..
So what was it,, i was going to get just my new camera lens,so now that means it is on hold,, i take it as a sign,, it is not time to get it yet..
Maybe the nature gods have decided that i should just keep taking landscapes for now,,which is not a bad thing, as i really do like them..
I probably could have just bought it,, but a new desktop is needed first and this is what i will get for Christmas..
I hopefully will have it before Christmas,, so can get it all set up,, proper photo editing software installed and then,, will have to see what we can do with it.
So for the third day i am a prisoner, but tonight for the first time i feel a little better,,i hope so,, as the weather is looking good for the weekend where i hope i can get out and take pictures,, yes i am that sad,, but i am just a simple man..
|Sunday, December 01, 2013, 6:50:53 PM-|
So i still feel as if my chest is caving in,, but at least the breathing is a lot better,, plus no visit too hospital today..
But i have not done much today and even went back to bed this afternoon, the other thing i have discovered is that a lot off the cold medication i took before,, i now can't as i diabetic..
All i wanted to do is go and take pictures,, but i am not sure when i will be able to get out again,, all i can hope that it is next weekend.
My new photo editing software is here,,now i only need a computer to put it on,,my laptop is probably not up to running it.
So tomorrow i will try and decide on,, if i am going to get a new lens or not,, you would think it was a simple decision to make,, but it will affect in what i do for the next 8 months,, i plan on getting one more lens next August time for micro shots,, just when i need it for the fungi and insect shots. But i already know what that one is,, so that is sorted.
I was looking at some pictures and it brought back the memories off when i had taken them.
I think i will need to start getting some printed and put them in a frame,, how easy it would be to just change them when i want,,seeing them i am sure would make me smile ever morning..
Well i better post some pictures,, the sneezing and coughing is a pain just now..
The paths through the dunes are nice to walk in,, seeing how the sun hits the grass is kind off cool..
Sunlight hitting on the waves,, as they roll ashore,,sitting watching them, as i had a drink,, just watching and waiting,, sometimes like this it would be nice to share these moments with someone,, well i kind off do i guess, when i post them on here..
|Saturday, November 30, 2013, 8:57:55 PM-|
I ended up in hospital tonight,, i was at home alone all day,, and i have been suffering from a cold.. Woke up this morning and could feel it in my chest,, my breathing got worse as the day went on and ended up having to go too the hospital.
Just like in the picture,, tomorrow will be a new day dawning..
Hope everyone has had a nice day..
|Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:29:37 PM-|
Sometimes you have to question why you bother..
Now if this was not so noisy,, because i bumped up the iso,, it would have been a more interesting picture,, for all it looks like it is daylight it was actually very dark,, but i learned a lesson..
I have seen this squirrel a few times,, i know it because off the black spot on the front left leg,,i hid behind the ferns to take my shot,, was nice to just sit and watch as it went about what it was doing..
|Thursday, November 28, 2013, 9:24:14 PM-|
I hope all my friends across the pond,, have a great Thanksgiving and also all the rest off the world have a great day..
I see this as a contrast,, light and dark together.
I managed to grab another little bargain this morning and i was able to get a photo editing programme at a nice price,, now i need to think of what i am going to run it on as my laptop, has not got the power to run it well.
Just another piece off a large jigsaw,, i am putting in place.
I also will probably start using Flickr a bit more,, had account for a little while,,but only had one picture in it..
Just more of my life evolving..
The seagull is looking for its tea,, soon it did dive into the surf, that was running ashore..
|Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 9:14:53 PM-|
Tonight the blog will be short,, to tired for much writing,, my sleep is getting worse,, been awake from 3am this morning and need to try and sleep a little..
The island across the water is clear to see that day,, one day i hope too get over there for a few days..
Seems like so long ago,, i walked down here,, i will have to re visit soon and re charge my batteries,, to sit in a few nice spots and watch the water run below me..
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