Morning Frost, West Sussex

Trees, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

Christmas isn’t the coldest time of the year in the UK. In December, we can usually relax because the coldest months for us are January and February, So, after a relativly wet Christmas, the weather has turned increasingly colder and finally we having really hard frosts – as you can see in these photographs.

Frost on Tree, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

This year, I forget to buy a calendar and to make any New Year’s resolutions. Is it too late? What should they be? I like taking photographs – as you can see. Should it be to do with that? During lockdown I wrote a novel (I think there will be glut of novels when this is over) – struggling with editing at the moment. Should they be to do with that?

What do you want to do in the New Year?

Frozen Cobweb, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

Trees in Moonlight, West Sussex

Trees in Moonlight, Southwater, West Sussex November 2020

My first post of the second lockdown!

I’m back to walking in the park either early in the morning, or late at night, when sensible people are snug in bed.

I missed the full moon (which was smothered by thick cloud anyway), but I’m still pleased with the amount you can see. In reality, it was a really dark night, but in the photo, I think it almost feels like twilight. In the latest update, all you have to do is hold the phone up for a count of five – and hey presto! No need to blend photos because the Moon is so bright. I love it, but the ease makes me uneasy. A bit like satnav, rice cookers and booking flights – making something which required skill and judgement, fairly routine.

Worthing Pier, West Sussex

Fishermen, Worthing Pier, West Sussex September 2020
View of Worthing Pier, West Sussex September 2020
Worthing Pier, West Sussex September 2020

It is strange how seasons change from the edges, the mornings and evenings are much cooler than they were mid-summer and obviously it gets darker much earlier. But as you can see, during the day it is still warm and might even be mistaken for a summer’s day.

Piers were a Victorian fad, with seaside towns competing to have the longest. As the years have passed, most have fallen into disrepair, but a few, such as Worthing Pier have remained. Given that they stand in the sea and are subject to storms, they require fairly continuous maintenance.

Worthing Beach from pier, West Sussex September 2020

Feather, West Sussex

Feather, West Sussex August 2020

After what has felt like age, it has finally rained. In the UK we have had several weeks of hot weather, so this has felt very welcome.

I found this feather on some park land I like to walk on every morning – I’m trying to decide what sort of bird it came from – probably a seagull. It is amazing to see how oils on the feather repel the water, so that it forms little spheres (which act like mini-magnifiers). One of the beauties of the natural world, is how the closer you look, the more you can see.

Lavender, West Sussex

Lavender Seedling, West Sussex August 2020

Writing this, in early August 2020, I hope things are well with you.

How are you spending lockdown?

For my part, I’m so be getting into different routines – here I was just about to water some lavender seedlings – when I thought I would take a quick photo. For some reason, i thought that lavender would be easy to grow, but I’m finding them to be very slow! Lots of learning when you try something new!

Like most of my photos these days, I’m using my phone, I find if I turn it upsidedown, I can get quite close and gives a pleasing almost worm’s eye view of things.

Bullocks in the Morning, West Sussex

Bullocks in the morning, West Sussex July 2020

This field, is next to the parkland where I walk every morning. As you can see, it is used as pasture land. It is tempting to think of landscapes as unchanging, but there is quite a rapid turnover in livestock and I am sure that if I see them again next week, there will be different animals there.

I don’t know how it is where you live, but here, since the start of lockdown, it feels like most days merge into each other fairly seamlessly. Or atleast that is how they feel.

Two Trees, West Sussex

Two Trees, West Sussex June 2020

I think I have missed my morning walk once during lockdown. Yesterday, it was quite cool and misty early on – but by the time I went out for my walk, the Sun was up and throwing long, dark shadows. And there is a contrast with the morning mist, which is slowly being burned off.

Double Rainbow, West Sussex

Rainbow in the Park, West Sussex – June 2020

People tend to think of landscape photography as a fairly leisurely persuit, but in my experience it is anything but. I took these two pictures within a few minutes of each other – and then the light went!

Two Shadows, West Sussex – June 2020

If you are curious, I took these on my phone, which I bring on my daily walk. Moments after I took the rainbow picture it rained quite heavily, which made me glad that my phone is water resistant. To my eye, these photos are quite close to how it looked, the Sun was very low in the sky, casting long, dark shadows.

Shadow, West Sussex

Tree Shadow, West Sussex June 2020

Another sunset photo. I really like trees and the interesting shadows which they cast. In this case it is from the the sunset. Part of me want to crop this to square with the tree in the middle – but I haven’t. I wonder what the soundtrack might be.?

As you can see, this another view of the park which I have been walking around all these weeks. When I first started walking in the morning and evening, I was mostly alone, but now I regularly have to leave the path to allow other people to pass. I’m writing this on a Thursday evening, knowing that on Monday all the shops in Horsham will open for the first time in almost 3 months. Will it be teaming with people or will they all stay away?

Bee, West Sussex

Bee with Pollen Baskets, West Sussex – June 2020

Another go at bee photography. I think this is another species of bee to my previous photographs, note the bright yellow pollen baskets on its rear legs! I don’t know how your lockdown is going, but I seem to spend far more time in the garden now, than I ever have in the past. And like anywhere, where you spend time, the longer you are there, the more you notice. The other thing is, I suppose, that we are now in Summer.

I took this photo with my iPhone – it is cropped a little, but I can still see some texture on the bee (its eyes look particularly smooth and glossy).