All posts by Rae-Anne & Rekeisha

May Roundup

Boy did this month go by quickly! I’m sure I have said this every month when it’s time to do the round up, but this one felt especially quick. I blame the Easter and May breaks, not that I’m complaining. We had such beautiful weather for most of the month, it was positively summer and for that I am definitely not complaining! Maybe that’s why my creative juices were flowing and I didn’t struggle as much to get shot posted or shared for this month’s roundup! 🌈

“Yellow”– This shot was taken in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, while we were visiting family. On the drive down I noticed (it was hard to miss) all the fields and fields of rapeseed and I knew I needed to get a shot of them up close! Scroll further down to see a pic of me in the field, I had to stop myself from running through them, not sure the farmer would have appreciated that.

“Mr. McGregor”– This sign tickled Neveah so much, I had to include it in the roundup, we visited a local farm in Ramsey and this was one of the signs that caught our attention. The weather took a turn on us though and the heavens literally opened on us, but I was able to get this shot before we were nearly blown away or drenched!

“Double Planes”– I wasn’t going to originally going to post this shot, because it didn’t do anything for me, but then I thought about how it’s not my usually type of shot and I thought I should include it because why not!? So, here are some random two planes which flew above our heads in Cambridgeshire. You’re welcome.

“Rasta Sheep”– I know, I know they have actual names and it’s something Scottish, but I much prefer Rasta sheep and I’m sticking to it! Now waiting on them to break out some reggae.

“Llllambs”– These were some of the farm animals we spotted before the downpour; I mean can you ever get tired of lambs? Nope.

“Magnolia”– I honestly don’t know if I love anything more than flowering trees, it’s a shame my body doesn’t like them as much as I do, but meh- it provides a great shot! I actually can’t remember where I took this shot, as they’re everywhere!

“Rapeseed Fields”– Like I said earlier, I was enamoured but the rapeseed field, so I had to take and share more shots! 🌻🌻

“Back”– Does this shot make me look like a blogger? I suppose I liken myself to one. I crossed my mind the other day that I don’t show myself much on this, so- here’s a shot to prove that I am in fact a real person. See you next month!


April Roundup

April showers, right?! Well, I can gladly say that we didn’t get too many of them this past month and I ain’t mad about it. The month started out slow, because I was still getting over the March blues, but over the Easter break I caught up and might have just hit lots of inspiration.

“Puddle”– If there’s one thing that’s for certain about Neveah, is the fact if she sees a puddle, she will step and possibly jump in it. And I supposed I can’t fault her for it because, well puddles are fun! We we went on a walk earlier in the month and came across these massive deep muddy puddles, I was very glad she was wearing wellies, but also that I caught the shot of the splash AND came out dry! Everyone wins!

“Alpacas”– I joined the other parents from my daughter’s kindergarten class on a group stroll in our neighbourhood and we came across these adorable alpacas. I mean come on how can I get them as pets?! #squee

“Spider”– Found this little or big bugger in my shed and though I’m not scared of spiders, I wasn’t too pleased to find him; needless to say after taking these shots, I swiftly closed the door and left it well alone.

“Tulips”– One of the best things about spring is all the beautiful blooming flowers! It never gets old, well at least to me. It’s been such a lovely time spending our weekends exploring our local area, we came across these beauties on a trek to a little town called Barley.

“Cousin Loving”– Over the Easter break, we took the kids to do a fun walk/Easter themed activity- they loved it and to be fair I think the adults loved it as well! Here is a shot I managed to capture of my daughter and one of her cousins.

“Ribblesdale Viaduct”– We had such beautiful weather over the Easter break and our family took advantage of it and took a mini road trip through the Dales. We took a pit stop to this beauty and made sure to get some shots. It was a sunny day, but very hazy which made getting the right settings on the cam a bit tricky, but despite losing the sky in the ground, I loved the sun spot caught in the shot.

“Blooming Rosemary”– On a trip to an amusement park over the Easter break, I spotted these beautiful rosemary plants and never realised that they bloomed. It was so beautiful and now I think I’d like to plant some myself.

March Roundup

Wrought Iron

March. Urgh, let me tell you how unthrilled or uncreative (is that a word?) I’ve felt this month, and to be fair it didn’t really make sense because for all intents and purposed the weather wasn’t all that bad. I’ve just been in a massive creative rut and fully hoping the new April spring feeling helps to unblock my creative juices. Saying that, I haven’t been completely useless, I did manage to take a few shots for the monthly roundup.

We took a day trip to Tropical World in Leeds and that was pretty much where the brunt of my photos for the month took place. Nothing like a mini day out to get you capturing some shots. It was a little but breezy, but we still took a walk around the gardens, it was then that I spotted this lovely archaway under the bridge. I think I majourly lucked out capturing the streak of water on the right, I can assure you I never spotted when I shooting.

Disclaimer, I have a general rule about things that crawl on their stomachs- not for me. But! As we walked through Tropical World, I loved the vibrancy of this little dude’s colour; don’t get me wrong, I was very happy he was behind a glass, but still marvelled at him/her ish.

Bay Leaves
I picked a massive bunch of bay leaves from the Barnoldswick herb garden this summer, they have been drying since then and I currently have them in a vase on the window ledge, so it’s not only practical and useful, it’s also decorative. Bonus, I love the way the light was shining on the ledge so I thought I’d capture it.

White Drops
No clue what this flower is called, but it was so pretty on our walk, it needed to make this post, so here it is. If you know it, let me know…maybe the pic will have a better name.

Raspberry Bush
This bush is in my front yard and for the past few weeks it has begun budding, I’m sure I’ve taken a shot of this before, but it’s such a beautiful pop of colour to drive up to that I needed to take a quick shot.

This plant is one of the reasons I love nature so much, it can be hard and yet it can be soft all at the same time. I marvel at trying to figure out which plants get to have soft bristles or hard spikes- nature really is interesting.

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.😃

“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.

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.

Frozen 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 On The Grass“- I loved how the shadow of the fence reflected on the due on the grass. Like specs of diamonds.💎 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.