Time to Go..

View from the Beach, 2020

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”

from “Little Gidding”, T.S. Eliot

I have decided to end this photoblog, it ran for 11 years in various forms but as they say, “All good things come to an end”.

From the begining, it was a place where I shared pictures of the odd things which I found – thank you for visiting my corner of the Interweb – and the insights which you shared.

Take it easy!

Bee in the Garden, West Sussex

Bumble Bee, West Sussex – August 2021

Bees are harder to photograph than you might think (I’ve written that before – I know). Perhaps informed by Disney and their slightly chubby appearance, I tended to think of them as rather leisurely, but as I tried to follow their movements, I came to realise how purposeful they are: every movement they make is for gathering nectar or moving on to the next flower. They are tireless. And they work without anyone directing them, although I know they do an intricate dance back at the hive to tell other bees where there is nectar.

I don’t think I would be a good bee, but I admire them.

Sunbeams, Shoreham Beach

Sunbeams, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – September 2020

A photograph from the end of last summer. It is a bit “decorative” or new age book cover’ish (“The Wisdom of Pebbles”) – but I still quite like it.

And I took it with the simplest camera I own. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere.

The Shard, London

The Shard, London 2020

Although I am scared of heights, I like going up tall buildings. Whenever I visit a new city, I’ll search for a tall building to look at it from.

But I’ve never been up The Shard. So I couldn’t say whether it was worth the entry fee. In a slightly connected way, I can recommend St Paul’s Cathedral – there is a whole post I could do about that! As an aside, my favourite view of London is from Parliament Hill.

It feels a bit poignent, because I took this early last year before the lockdown.

Empty Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea

Empty Beach, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – May 2021

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky…”

Sorry, I thought I would start with a bit of John Masefield. 🙂

This photo is only a couple of weeks old, but the now weather has shifted from “sort-of-summer” to “definitely summer”. So it is long gone (although it isn’t).

When I lived here 40 years ago, I was always disappointed that the sea looked green rather than the blue you see in films. And I wished the shingle was sand. But now, I’m glad that it isn’t: the green is rather pleasing and the waves hiss when they strike the pebbles!

Memorial Tree, Ichingfield

After weeks of wet weather, it feels like we have finally reached summer. I haven’t posted for a while because the footpaths have been too wet to be fun to walk on.

Tree, Itchingfield, West Sussex – May 2021

I took these photos at the same time of day, two days apart. This is a memorial tree – which I suspect is for some former students at the local school. It is in a farmer’s field, with a footpath, which I took these photos from.

Tree, Itchingfield, West Sussex – May 2021

View From Gurney Drive, Penang

View of Straits Quay from Gurney Drive, Penang – January 2016

Years ago, I lived in Penang. On a Wednesday afternoon after work, I used to walk from Island Plaza into George Town – where I would usually have my dinner. At the time, I believed that this was a fair way, but looking back, I can see it was only a few miles. I used to love this view across the bay to Straites Quay and on this occasion, I think the clouds look quite impressive. On other occasions, there were huge storm clouds which warned of bad weather ahead.

Straits Quay, Northam Beach, Penang – August 2013

I know that this view has gone now – the beach has been drained and the land reclaimed for building. One day, I hope to see what it is like now.

Remembering Earth Day

Between Malaysia and Laos – January 2104

I have mixed feeling posting this picture and referencing Earth Day. It is after all a photograph from an airliner of a tranquil landscape. Although most things look tranquil if you view them from far enough away. But it is a view from above. There is something movingly beautiful about the Earth viewed from space. Many astronauts (and cosomonauts) have spoken about how beautiful the Earth looked from their spacecraft windows. I believe the first Earth Day was in 1970, I wonder if people being able to see the Earth from space made them want to celebrate and care more about it.

Walking into Town

Trees in the Park, Horsham Park – April 2021
Trees, Horsham Park, West Sussex – April 2021

For health reasons, I am trying to make sure I take a solid walk every day. I recently found myself testing a new (to me) camera, so I thought I would combine the activities and see what came out of it.

The camera is an Olympus E-450, which I believe is about 10 years old, so I was curious to see what my photographs would look like.

Tree in the Park, Horsham Park, Horsham – April 2021

Before I even took any photographs, I was pleased with the size and weight of the camera, which even with the kit zoom (14-42mm), easily slipped into my shoulder bag and was barely noticeable as I walked along country footpaths and climbed over stiles.

Calves in a Field, Horsham, West Sussex – April 2021

Back home again, looking at the files, I’m really pleased with the colours the camera produced. The greens look good (I hate it when they go neon). and the cows and flowers look – about right. It reminds me, that a good camera 10 years ago – is still probably a good camera.