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March of the Internet Nobody, day thirty: Nature photography week…

For my penultimate post in this maelstrom of March madness, a more accurate description would be “countryside”, instead of “nature” photography, as I tried to capture a bit more of the actual landscape on my journey home today.

I took a detour past the imposing Castle Hill country house and gardens, snapping a few shots of the estate cottages, the lodge house at the entrance to the drive, Castle Hill house itself and the surrounding woodland. The crows called noisily from high above as they built their twiggy nests in the tall trees, daffodils bloomed on the roadside and the river flowed peacefully past.

It finally felt like spring is actually here and summer is on the way.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty eight: Nature photography week…

For my second day of capturing the natural beauty of Devon, I took a couple of quick detours on the way to and from work.

I’d tell you more, but I think you’ll find the photos speak for themselves. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so just imagine me waffling on about hazy morning mists, trees silhouetted against lowering evening clouds and hosts of golden daffodils, while you enjoy the spectacle of Spring’s return.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello there, fans of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and newcomers alike, I hope you enjoyed the last ordinary weekend of the year. Now it’s time for another burst of Monday morning creativity, courtesy of K’lee’s prompt; Show us your Winter’s light.

I took my entries for the challenge on the journey home from work yesterday morning, in the hills above the A361 link road, which cuts through the countryside from the M5 motorway, on its way to Barnstaple and the rest of North Devon.

It was very foggy when I drove to the edge of Exmoor at 6 a.m. but the worst of it had lifted by the the time I returned around midday, leaving some nicely artistic mist to add atmosphere to the pictures. See what you think…

You can see K’lee’s post HERE, but let’s see what you have to offer first; over to you…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Arts, Photography

 

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Reaping the wild wind…

The majesty of the Devon countryside, juxtaposed with the imposing, sculptural forms of wind turbine technology make for some great photo opportunities.
Enjoy the spectacle, as posted on Photo Sans Frontiers, my photographic blog.

Photo Sans Frontiers

Yesterday morning I took a drive up to the hills above Barnstaple, which give views of both the River Taw valley below and Fullabrook Down wind farm at the top.

I went up there initially to capture some black and white landscape shots for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but the views were so spectacular that I stayed to do some experimenting with long exposures of the turbines. 

On the way back down the hill, I stopped to grab a few shots of the wooded river valley, lit by the low autumn sun…

…and because it was bonfire night on Saturday, here’s a sparkler sculpture and a strange sparkly gif of Audrey for you.

Oh, by the way, that post title..? That’s just a reason to include this ’80s classic. 

Enjoy.

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend and that K’lee’s prompt of Black and white landscapes gave you plenty of inspiration for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Fortunately it was a beautiful day yesterday, so I ventured out onto the windy hillsides above the Taw valley, up to the Fullabrook Down wind farm, where the majestic structures of the wind turbines add an extra presence to the landscape.

I got some fine shots of the low morning sun, shining across the wooded valley and I mucked about with some long exposure shots of the turbine blades in motion (more of which can be seen over at Photo Sans Frontiers) giving them a dandelion-like appearance:

And just because I can, another gif:

Now it’s time for you to show us what you’ve come up with.

You can see K’lee’s photo HERE.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Animation, Arts, Photography

 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: It’s been a long week…

This week I’m wimping out on SoCS, (although even that ended up being a lie, once I began mucking about) mainly because it really has been a long slog this week and I only get one day, Sunday, when neither Rhonda or I are working. But Linda G Hill left a prompt I couldn’t pass up;

” “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. ” 

Oh, alright then…

Lazy weekend.

It was a gorgeous morning, so I couldn’t resist going out into the Devon countryside to take some photos to use in Monday’s Black and white landscape edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Here are a few colour shots from my journey, to pique your interest for tomorrow.

Here’s a gif of the view from the hills overlooking the River Taw valley, where I took these photos. (Please excuse the shaky camerawork, that was me tripping over a tree root) 

It was also bonfire night this weekend and for those of you who aren’t aware of what that means for us in the UK, let me quote from a post I wrote a few years ago, (yeah, I know, not in the least bit stream of consciousness, but it did just occur to me, so I’m going to allow myself to use it, ok?) so, should you be interested;

It is the dawn of the 17th century.

In continental Europe, the Eighty Years War rages.

In the old low countries that would become the Netherlands, the Catholic Spanish are fighting the Protestant Dutch, aided by mercenaries and zealots from far and wide, including a man known variously as John Johnson, Guido Foukes, and Guy Fawkes.

During his time on the campaign Fawkes met Thomas Wintour, a fellow anti-royalist who introduced him to Robert Catesby, the man who would lead the conspiracy that would become known as The Gunpowder Plot.

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Rewind a further 700 years.

The dingy recesses of a kitchen in 10th century China:

A cook is making a spicy curing mix for half of the pig his master has acquired for winter storage.

In the gloom he reaches for black peppercorns to add to the saltpetre he has already got in his grinder, little knowing that what he has in fact added is ground charcoal, used to prime the ovens.

Not only that, he also erroneously adds sulphur in the place of yellow turmeric.
After starting to rub the mixture into the pork, he realises his mistake too late and has to dispose of the spoiled meat, already fearful of the punishment to come.
However, when he throws the carcass on the fire, thinking to tell his master a tale of a cooking accident, he notices the coating he had applied burning with strangely coloured flames and giving off loud cracking and popping noises.

Knowing a good escape route when he saw it, he hurried to his master and told him of this mysterious discovery.

Experiments followed, packing the sulphurous black powder into hollow bamboo shoots and igniting it, the destruction achieved seemingly disproportionate to the tiny volume of mixture used.
The rest is history.

Or possibly gastronomy.

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Fast forward to England in 1605.

By now Catesby had persuaded Fawkes and eleven other co- conspirators to take part in his audacious plan to assassinate King James I.

He had gained access to the undercroft of the House of Lords, where he and his cohorts stashed some two and a half thousand kilogrammes of gunpowder. Enough, by recent calculations, to cause total devastation to anything within a 500 metre radius of the blast.
Of course the plot was foiled at the last, the King’s men tipped off by an anonymous letter. But it is often forgotten, in our haste to cast a good anti-hero in our folk legends, that John/Guy/Guido only played a minor part in proceedings, merely guarding the cache of explosives and therfore being the only one caught red-handed.


He gave the rest of them up under what would nowadays probably be called “enhanced interrogation”, but cheated the full weight of justice – he was to have been hanged, drawn and quartered – by jumping from the scaffold and breaking his neck before sentence could be carried out.

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Now, back in the present day.

We still celebrate the burning to death of a man who actually took his own life under the very noses of his executioners.

And thanks to Henry VII choosing the new fangled fireworks (oh, if that long-dead Chinese chef knew what he’d started) as the climax to his wedding festivities in 1486, immediately making them de rigueur with the celebrating upper classes and soon with anyone else who could mix the easily-accessible ingredients, we now fire all manner of alarmingly powerful ordinance into the night sky, never knowing quite where it will land.

Well we have a tiny back garden, which is overhung by a large oak tree, so we were never going to have an aerial spectacular, but Audrey and I still had a mini display of our own, with a combo firework and some sparklers.

Here are some pictures and another bizarre little gif.

And as for Linda’s prompt, well; in case you missed it, I have a novel coming out soon and if you click the lovely bespoke artwork below, you can find out more.

There, that wasn’t too blatant, was it?

For more photographic loveliness, tune in here tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo Challenge and over on Photo Sans Frontiers for more on my trip up to the wind turbines.

The Accumulator returns next week, honest.
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Cosmic Photo prompt…

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to provide you with some inspiration for Monday’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

This week it’s K’lee’s turn to pick the theme and he’s gone with; Landscapes in black and white so get your creative mojo working and give us some monochrome masterpieces to start the week.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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