Cat’s Eyes, Bath

Cat, Bath – October 2016

I used to see this cat almost every day on my way to work. I used to walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal into Bath (where I worked) – and this cat lived on one of the houseboats. I believe the same owner had a beautiful dog too.

Cat’s Eye, Bath – October 2016

I’m not one to pester cats I don’t know – but one day, she slowly trotted off the boat and came to say “Hello”. I think she has beautiful eyes.

My Father’s Hen, Bath

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

My father is an unwilling birdkeeper. Someone in the village found they had a flock of chicks which they didn’t want, so he took them on. At the moment, because of the weather, they are laying one egg each day, which he usually shares with his neighbours.

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

I believe this is a Campine hen – a breed which originates from Belgium. I’m quite pleased with my photo of it, but in the flesh, the black and white plumage is very striking. I know this particular hen is the most assertive in the flock, being quick to peck the dogs if they come to close!

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset 2021

Inka, Somerset

Inka, nr. Bath, Somerset August 2020

They say, “Don’t work with animals or children”. But as you can see, some animals make good subjects. I like that he has given me good eye contact – I think I did something to get his attention (shameless preformer that I am). People make all sorts of claims for their portraits, but I think I have shown what Inka is like at least some of the time. I think I will use this as an illustration for a lens review I am working on for my YouTube channel: It is sharp and can help achieve a narrow depth of focus by his face.

Gnomes! Bath

Gomes, Holbourne Museum Bath 2016

As a picturesque city, popular with tourists, Bath has a number of small museums. The Holbourne Museum is probably the prettiest of all of them. A few years ago it had a major renovation and now boasts a very attractive cafe with views of Sydney Gardens and the canal. They regularly host medium sized exhibitions on mix of themes. Here as you can see – on gnomes – I should have gone in and had a look.

Runners, Bath

Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath 2016

The Kennet and Avon Canal runs between Bristol and Reading and while once it was used for commercial transport, is largely used for recreation these days.

There was a time when I used to walk along this towpath every day. It is popular with runners and cyclists as an alternative to the A4, which really isn’t very pretty at all. There is always something to see, in any season. Once I saw a kingfisher. On more occasions than I would like, I have been drenched.

Because it is a canal, you can see that it is higher than many of the landmarks you can see in the distance.

Please be Patient, Bath

Notice, Bath 2016

Details make me think. They sometimes make me smile.

I think this is the “Mk2” version of the notice. I think the bits on the board itself were the first version – perhaps it wasn’t waterproof or wasn’t in primary colours. Note the capitals at the top and bottom in blue.

I don’t think mine would be as creative.

A Beautiful Visitor

Harlequin Ladybird, Bath 2010

Some years there are lots of ladybirds and others there are very few. I believe the Summer of 2010 was very rich in ladybirds, particularly this sort – which I had never seen before.

A little research online, tells me that it is a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia Axyridis), which is apparently an invasive species.

At the time, I thought it looked rather neat and beautiful, perched on a wrought iron railing in one of the squares in Bath.

Close-up photography is much harder than most people credit, so I am rather pleased this worked out.

In the Morning, Batheaston

Batheaston, 2016

A well-known photographic adage is “the best camera, is the one you have with you”.

On this occasion, as I walked to Bath on a fairly chilly Autumn morning, I only had my iphone with me – so it is what I used to take this picture.

When I look at photos, I’m looking for signs of the photographer, tapping at the keys, turning the drama to 10. If you’ve ever seen Ansel Adam’s “Moonlight over Hernandez” (I think it is spelt like that), you can hear him clanking away in the background, bringing in the sky and shadows. But it is a lovely image. I think his best selling one – so perhaps that’s ok.

This is pretty much how it looked.