February Roundup

Hold the phone! This month was a mixture of the strangest and lovely weather! At the start of the month, was very cold, icy and frosty. As we close the month, it’s like we had a massive thaw and had super warm, dare we say spring-like weather! Odd, but rejuvinating none the less.

“Frozen Holly”– Other than for Christmas, holly is usually so festive, in my neighbour’s front yard is a holly bush which from a gardening point of view is getting out of hand. But! I was very grateful for it in all its glory to get this shot! I am actually quite proud of it.šŸ˜ƒ

“Masonic Bible”– The Masonic Hall in Barnoldswick will soon be demolished in order to make way for a car park and new houses. It’s a shame to think a 100+-year-old building will soon be no more, but I really enjoyed looking around and taking in the history and beauty in the tiniest details. This shot is of one of the very “worn” Bible, which you know has been through some things. If only it could tell us its story, I loved how the sun shone on the Bible and made it look very dramatic. I normally don’t take very dark/moody photography, but this one I’m proud of.

“Frosty Bud”– In the spring, this bush is one of the most glorious things. With the weather going up and down this poor bush is confused so it’s started to somewhat bud. I probably could have done a better job of getting more detail out of the frost, but once I was editing I was quietly happy with how it turned out.

“Ladybug Moss”– I did a weekend walk to Malham and Ingleboro two days in a row at one of the points where we stopped to catch our breath- I caught sight of this ladybug and I’ll be honest I am very very proud of this shot. I can’t believe how in focus I got it because let’s be honest it’s tricky.

“String Of Frost”– We experienced Britain’s version of The Big Freeze at the beginning of the month and despite the drop in temperature it did prove to create some very beautiful photography- and just the kind I like. I love how nature adds beauty to things we are normally so quick to dismiss or complain about the cold and all the while we rush past the beauty in all the details.

“Moorlands”– Took a walk to Ingleboro a weekend and was lucky with great weather and beautiful skies! I took this shot quickly so I’m very happy it came out well.

“Freemason”– I love this shot, I don’t have an elaborate story re: it, just that the detail and focus surprised even me. Lol.

“Water Froth”– I took this shot at the base of the water leading up to Janet’s Foss, I was taken by the “froth” that gathered by the rocks…yea I know it may not be that interesting, but I liked it.

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January Roundup

New year, new attitude! Or at least that’s what they tell you. I’m working on being more visible on the photography front and pushing myself more. I recognise that maybe I kinda am okay at this? And I enjoy working on my craft, but maybe, hiding in the shadows isn’t going to cut it anymore. More on that later, I suppose- but for now, here’s January’s roundup.

Pendle Hill in the Mist“- Creepy much? One of my resolutions was to be more physically active- nothing major, just to get out more and walk etc. So, a friend of mine asked me to walk up with her. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was almost dying once I got to the top, maybe I would have felt creeped out by the thick mist, but the fact of the matter was- I welcomed it because it was cool, refreshing and hid my overheating and sweaty face.

FrozenĀ Heather“- I think the odd weather has been playing tricks on the plants in our backyard because I’m not sure they’re supposed to be blooming right now.

Dewdrops In The Grass“- We’ve had some cold weather over here in the UK, admittedly nothing like Montreal was being hit with, but it also made for subjects to photograph, especially since this month I’ve been struggling with inspiration. As I was doing the dishes and looking out the kitchen window, I loved how the sunlight bounced off of the dew on the grass, so quickly grabbed my camera and took some shots. Something about how the shadows and light appeared really jumped out at me.

Shadows OnĀ TheĀ Grass“- I loved how the shadow of the fence reflected on the due on the grass. Like specs of diamonds.šŸ’Ž I don’t have very much else to add to that, but I love this photo.

Livres“- If you didn’t know, livres is French for books, I couldn’t think of a name for the shot, so I simply change languages. It’s what I do, it makes me sound interesting- lol. These are some of the thrifted books I’ve bought over the years. I’ve never read them, but they defo look nice on a bookshelf!

Blue– I have a love affair with water droplets on things in nature. This one is no different, I love how the colour of the sky makes the water droplets pop against the background and also just love how different each tiny water droplet is. I honestly love nature!

Succulent“- I like to think I have a green thumb and so far, luck appears to be on my side. #winning These are some of my succulents, I bought them as a small tiny plant, and now I’ve been able to sprout 4 more plants from them! On that millennial note…

“Green Frozen”– More frozen plants, I have to humbly admit that sometimes when I want to get a shot, especially if I’m pressed for time, I cheat and shoot in auto. When I have the time to be all fussy and artsy and shit, I then shoot in manual. This shot is one of those times! I loved the way the light hit sections of the shrub and I didn’t want the automatic section to blend the lighting. It’s made me realise that I really underestimate the manual setting sometimes.

My Faves: Animals

I was looking through my repertoire and realised that I had a lot of animal shots, some because I had cats and they are easy prey for cute shots, but also because they don’t away when you point a camera at them!

“Hairy Cow”- 2011
I took this shot in Sterling, Scotland, we took a detour and stopped on a beautiful road to take some shots of the scenery, as I look to my right a massive and I mean massive cow approached me. Other than being scared, I figured it was more curious than dangerous and took some shots. I loved his/her hair and the vibrant colour. I think of that day and smile.

“Leg Up”- 2016
I’ve come to realise I’ve taken a lot of bird pics in my time, but if you’d ask me, I would have thought otherwise. I took a lot of shot of the ducks at our local park, but I was looking for one that stood out and this one certainly did so!

“Serious Star”- 2016
Swoon, my big-hearted, lovable cat- she was scared of her own shadow, but such a beautiful heart. I miss my cuddle bug.

“White Swan”- 2018
While taking a walk last summer, I came across this majestic swan, because is there really any other way to describe swans? I had better shots of the actual swan, but I loved how I caught the water dripping from its beak.

“The Watcher”- 2016
I have to admit, I don’t know how I spotted this little one peaking out of bushes, but I was glad I did!

“Ostrich Plumage”- 2016
I have to say that this is one of my absolute favourite shots, it may not be much to really look at, but I survived being attacked by an ostrich, in low light and still managed to get this macro shot. A win on all counts. I was also pleasantly surprised by the detail in the feathers, sometimes things look so different when you just look closer.

“Resting Butterfly”- 2016
I really love capturing butterflies, but sometimes they can be hard to catch if you don’t have your settings locked in, and I will fully admit to throwing it on auto in to not miss the shot. Meh, don’t judge.

“Blue Jay”- 2016
This shot was a scramble to get, I was actually looking out of my balcony window when I spotted the blue jay land in the tree outside the window. I slowly grabbed my camera and hoped my shuffling didn’t scare it off before I managed to get the shot. I was very satisfied when I saw how in focus I managed to get it!

Timeless photography from my lens to your heart…