Connaught Water – 48

An early morning walk in Epping Forest took us to Connaught Water, a large stretch of water near Chingford.

Not great light, but thankfully the rain held off. The second image is of some tree branches close to the water – a 25 second exposure taken with a ‘big stopper’ filter to give the water that soft, creamy look.

Connaught Water
Shapes
Texture
Old Tree
Fungi

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Latton Common & Woods – 46

An early morning walk across a local common – Latton Common near Harlow – gave me these images.

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The light was amazing – the sun was creeping up, but there was mist amongst the trees, giving the woodland an almost fairy tale feel! I travelled light – just the Olympus EM-1 and a Pro 12-100mm lens.

Early morning has to be the best time of the day – especially when the photography is followed by coffee and porridge in the local coffee shop!

EPPING FOREST WALK – 43

A walk through Epping Forest this morning just after a short rain shower.

The forest had everything – colour, sunshine, bright red fungi, old trees with nooks and crannies and the blazing oranges of autumnal ferns.

All images taken on the Olympus EM-1 with a 45 – 150mm lens. I travelled very light.

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Is there a better way to spend an autumn morning?

SHROPSHIRE – 41

We’ve just returned from a week in Shropshire where we stayed in a stunning house situated to the west of Ostwestry, close to the Wales/England border. These images are of the view from the main sitting room and verandah, looking west into Wales.

They show, not only the magnificence of the view, but also the changing light and conditions that we saw during the week.

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Even on the last days as we prepared to leave, and the rain hammered down across the valley, it still retained its splendour and beauty.

If you do not know Shropshire, go take a look. But don’t tell too many people. Keep it our secret. 🙂

 

HATFIELD FOREST, EARLY MORNING – 33

A couple of mornings ago a friend and I got up early ( 4:00 am ) and drove up to Hatfield Forest near Stansted Airport to catch the dawn. And what a morning it was! A mist hung across the whole lake when we arrived, and then the sun rose and the mist struggled to survive – but was eventually dissipated by the increasing temperature.

Here is just a sample of the images we captured.

SwanSWAN by John Allen

FloraFLORA by John Allen

The LakeHATFIELD FOREST LAKE by John Allen

Boats In The MistBOATS IN THE MIST by John Allen

Light In The ForestLIGHT IN THE FOREST by John Allen

We must go back!!!

LONDON SKIES – 27

We were in London last weekend, and on the Sunday evening we walked along the Thames. The evening sky was quite dramatic, and these are a few of the images I caught that evening.

From the south bank, looking west across a span of Tower Bridge.London Sky-1

The sun setting behind the dome of St Pauls Cathedral.London Sky-2

Shapes and patterns in the clouds.London Sky-3

The Great Fire of London Monument silhouetted against the setting sun.London Sky-4

Enjoy!

Männlichen – 26

Some more images from our recent Switzerland trip.
These were all taken from Männlichen, situated above Wengen, and accessed by a recently refurbished cable car. If you take the cable car from Wengen, grab the opportunity to go upstairs to the external viewing gallery! Feel the wind in your hair as you make the ascent/descent!

A multitude of waterfalls!Mannlichen-1Mannlichen-2

Meadow flowers – and barbed wire!Mannlichen-3

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Could these be orchids?Mannlichen-5

More meadow flowers.Mannlichen-6Mannlichen-7

The North Face of the Eiger.Mannlichen-8Mannlichen-9

SWAN v DOG – 23

In Montreux, Switzerland this dog got into the water far too close to a pair of swans and their cygnets.

What happened next was what can only be described as one of the swans attempting to get on top of the dog and drown it!!

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Finally the second swan joined in the melee.

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Somehow the dog escaped with a little assistance from its owner who ran into the lake, up to his waist in water. As the man and dog left the water one of the swans had a final ‘hiss’ at the pair.

Other than a slight exposure increase and some cropping, these are as they came out of the camera ( I know, we all say that 🙂 )