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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
To culminate Hastings’ Old Town week, following the pram race, the tug of war, the wellie-boot race and a multitude of other community activities, the town, as most towns do, puts on an annual carnival which is far more child friendly than the Pram Race.
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!
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.