It had been raining all day, and then, as we settled into evening, the sky cleared and we had pinch of sunshine. And more mysteriously, some mist – which is unusual in July.
As I remember it, I took this photo not long after I arrived in El Salvador.
In the “wet” season, it rains every afternoon – usually at about 4pm. Usually, being the operative word, because sometimes – like when you have work to do or places to go – it comes down early. The rain clouds seem to roll down from above San Salvador (a big volcano as well as the capitol of the country) and then you can see everyone speed up what they are doing so that they can be indoors when the rain falls: workmen pack their tools, livestock get undercover and old women move with remarkable pace, all glancing over their shoulders at the volcano as they go.
I have lost count the number of times I got soaked, sometimes I ended up buying a new shirt when I got to destination, but everytime, I got wet to the point where water would stream off me when I got undercover.
But, soon after the “dry” season begins in November, you find yourself missing the rain. The lush, green landscape slowly goes yellow and everything gets a layer of dust on it. Until March, when it starts all over again!
I took this with my Minolta X1, which was hopeless for anything that moved, but here, that wasn’t a problem!
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.
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.
I live in a rural area, so when I go for a walk, I usually see trees and animals, rather than buildings and people. And I tend to find myself photographing the same things, over and over – the memorial tree which I posted before is a case in point. But sometimes, if i’m lucky, I see something different. I was walking along the edge of this field, when I saw this deer looking back at me. I was sure that she would just bolt away, but no, she just stared at me. So I dug out my phone and took some photos. And then, something moved next to her and I realised – she had a fawn with her!
I’m sorry the quality isn’t great, but it was getting dark, I was using a phone and the deer was 30 feet away (I think). So, perhaps instead of wishing I had a better camera with me, I should just be glad that the deer let me see them at all.
I found this graffiti cat outside the flat where I lived in Wokingham (Berkshire, UK). At the time, as you can see, I took a photo of it – but didn’t really think any more about it. But then I read this news story on the bbc website about this street artist – Catsy, who it turns out does his work in – Wokingham. Well at least now, the mystery is over!
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.
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.
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.
Right now, like many people in the UK, I’m living in lockdown again!
I think I’ve written it before, but one of the things I have appreciated this year, has been the opportunity to notice the passing seasons. I particularly remember the change from spring into early summer, and now, with the hard frost this morning, I’ve noticed we are in the hard part of winter. The picture is of ice which formed on my car overnight – I have taken pictures of this before, because I love the patterns the ice makes.
There is a weather forcast for snow tomorrow – have to see how that goes!
I may have posted pictures of this tree before – perhaps in a different season.
As I recollect it, I was sitting on a bench, when I thought the tree reminded me of a still life or perhaps a Chinese landscape painting. So I took a picture.
After what has seemed like weeks of rain, yesterday, we had a few hours of sunshine, so I went to the beach. It was warm enough to sit on the pebbles and watch the waves for a couple of hours, so pretty mild for mid-December.
In the photo, the sea looks much flatter than it was, every so often there would be some quite large waves which arrived with a crash.
And then, large clouds formed and the sunshine stopped. Time to return to the car and drive home.