Roads for MMC

Been trawling the archives so, whilst I was in there, I had a look around for something for Leanne’s MMC. Not sure I’ve submitted the best option but you can see all the entries here.

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A Hastings’ old town road
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A South Downs road
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A wet and breezy Weston-Super-Mare road
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Lydd’s old rail road
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Hastings’ new link road
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Shoreham Docks’ road
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Another Hastings’ old town road

Bewl Water reservoir

I’d be showing my age if I said I remember my dad coming home from work all excited and driving us all up (a long way in those days – not so now) to see this brand new lake that had recently been created – but I do. Lots of years on and nature has taken claim of the area which is now a beautiful place to take the bike, the dog, the kids – or just go on your own. We did. The other evening. Well, with a camera, of course.

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Taking his inflatable SUP board for a walk.
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A family enjoying the water.
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Bewl rowing club
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Getting in some late practice.
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It’s a long way back to the clubhouse.
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Evidence that autumn is on its way – wild flowers going to seed.
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Not much of a sunset today.

Week 34 of my 366 challenge.

Well, the year is moving on and the summer is coming towards its finale and… I have managed to pick up a camera and shoot something, worthy or not, every day this year so far. Long may it continue.

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And, everything stops for tea.
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Isle of Sheppy – a desolate place.
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Maybe the DOF could have been deeper for this coloured glass.
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Not another shot of the pier at sunset and low tide.
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Sad day – very last launch for RX60. Alfie-Elliot (the boat and not the dozer driver) is being decommissioned this week. There are so few traditional wooden boats on the beach now.
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From sea to table in 4 hours – food miles 2. Didn’t they look attractive before I got them into my kitchen – ha!

 

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Sculling on Bewl Water reservoir – sheer bliss.

 

Source Skate Park, Hastings

Some snaps (they were quickly taken) from the local camera club visit to Source Skate Park. I like the way the lines of the metal pipes and the patterns on the plywood create graphical backdrops for the riders.

The monochrome image is my entry for Leanne Cole’s monochrome challenge this week.

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Submission for Leanne’s MMC
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Nik Efex

I downloaded it, as I’m sure many of you did. Then, I avoided it, as I’m sure some of you might have. Now, if I am to make the most of what seems to be some powerful filters, I’m sure I shall have to go through the process of over-using and abusing it before I find some presets I like. So, lets get on with the over-using and abusing so we can get it out of the way sooner and start calming down again. I’m sure you’ll see immediately which ones have been ‘Nikked’.

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Port Lympne revisited

I don’t like zoos, I don’t go to the circus, I shan’t be attending festivals involving elephants if we’re lucky enough to get to India later in the year but… I do admire the work of institutions like the Aspinall Foundation. Although the endangered animals are not in their natural environments, far from their homelands, they are at least in spacious enclosures where they are encouraged to live as ‘normal’ a life as possible. At Port Lympne the convenience and comfort of the animal comes before the importance of ‘getting a good look’ for the spectator and therefore, it is often difficult to get a clear photographic shot. I like the challenge… And, as a tiny contribution to supporting the work they do to protect these species, I have bought an annual pass and expect to revisit the park several times this year. I think it is important we all get exposure to endangered species, learn of the difficulties they are currently experiencing and are aware of their lives in the wild.

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Acres for African herbivores to roam.
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Black rhino can often be spotted.
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Dust baths for bison.
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Mud holes for water buffalo.
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What do ostriches do?
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The giraffes have some roaming rights.
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The breeding program seems to be working.
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Baby drill baboon
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The apes have big inside and outside enclosures to choose from.
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Foraging for seeds.
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Keeping safe from the big boys.
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A family unit of gibbons
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A pair of old tigers who have enjoyed a far longer life than they could have hoped for in the wild.
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Shy fishing cat was camouflaged amongst these rocks.

 

 

Beach groynes at sunset

When the tide’s not out, it’s not always as easy to pull a few pictures from the beach. This poor groyne had to suffer being the focus of all my attention for a short while the other evening as the sun sank behind me.

The first image was the debut of my return to Leanne Cole’s monochrome madness challenge this week. I hope I am able to make a contribution on a weekly basis again from now on.

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Entry to Leanne’s MMC
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Hastings’ Pram Race 2016

It was another great evening in Hastings’ Old Town with teams of people dressed up and racing their carts and prams around the pubs to make money for charity. Not sure why I didn’t get so many good photos this year – it certainly wasn’t because I was spending too much time in the pubs. Haha!

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Tourism at Cuckmere Haven Valley

It was quite a surprise, when we took the dog over to the Cuckmere Haven Valley here in East Sussex, to see it must have joined the list of ‘must see’ places for international summer visitors since we last visited. Well, it’s not really surprising: the oxbow lakes and the river winding its way down to the sea in front of the backdrop of the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters is a glorious sight.

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Lots of tourists in the Cuckmere Haven Valley
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Common Blue butterflies
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Would it look more llike this if I had a polariser…?
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Enjoying the mouth of the river Cuckmere
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River Cuckmere runs over the beach
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When the tide is out
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Remnants of agricultural land management
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Perfect for kayaking
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From the cliff tops
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An abundance of wild summer flowers
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Beautiful views on a summer’s day.
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Looking over the oxbow lakes.