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Summertime and the poppies are back

Summertime and the poppies are back

When you first behold a poppy field, immediately the intense red colour catches the eye. You stop and take in the beautiful scene. Such poppy fields are rare and also transient. Similar to the bluebell season, their intense red colours grace the landscape for a couple of weeks and then they are gone. I have been fortunate to see two poppy fields in successive years. The first was in Minworth, which is now a housing estate. Last year a poppy field sprung up in Leamington Spa which was close to home. Both…

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We had a street party

We had a street party

Our street held a Jubilee street party.  We have a strong neighbourhood community and this is led by Denise Jowitt and Kattalin Martin.  A Whatsapp group formed before the day and plans were laid.  On the Sunday morning of the Platinum Jubliee, there was rain and so much was falling it looked unlikely that a street party would get started.  At 2pm people emerged out of their houses.  Tables and chairs were set up and a line of Gazebos assembled.  All the cakes were displayed in one neighbours’ garage and then the…

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Fun in the High Street

Fun in the High Street

The High Street in Knowle village closed on Saturday 4th June during Jubilee weekend.  Several drivers were not pleased that cars were stopped from passing through Knowle.  They were diverted around the High Street but that did add 5 minutes to their journey!  The car drivers’ loss was the community’s gain.  At 10 o’clock as soon as the road was closed, the artesian market went up.  There was just one problem the rain came along at the same time and stayed for the duration of the morning.  From all accounts people thought…

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Wings and Wheels

Wings and Wheels

A stretch of green in the Warwickshire countryside close to Bidford-on-Avon is the home of Bidford Gliding and Flying Club.  With the decline of Covid, many fairs and fêtes are back on the calendar and ‘Wings and Wheels’ promised to be a well-attended event.  On arrival, the wheels were in full force with an impressive display of classic cars on one corner of the airfield.  I enjoyed seeing the old Jaguar and Alfa Romeo cars as these were a particular love of my father.  There were many other cars present including a monster truck alongside the…

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Spaghetti Junction Rollercoaster

Spaghetti Junction Rollercoaster

With the famous spaghetti junction turning 50, the event has led to a flurry of media and photographic interest.  A rollercoaster of activity. Such a landmark event has already led to Heinz releasing a limited edition yellow-themed tin of Spaghetti pasta celebrating the anniversary   I, also, found myself getting caught up in this rollercoaster of a celebration of the motorway junction.   Following on from my recent visit to the junction, IgersbirminghamUK organised a photographic meeting for the week of the celebrations.  Just under 40 photographers arrived on a Sunday morning to be briefed on the…

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Moor Pool Heritage – IgersbirminghamUK

Moor Pool Heritage – IgersbirminghamUK

The Moor Pool Estate is a Garden Suburb in Harborne, Birmingham.  The estate was designed to be a low-density housing scheme and the concept was drawn up by John Sutton Nettleford who was the first Chairman of Birmingham’s town planning committee.  Moor Pool area has around 500 houses spread across 54 acres.  There are 6 different house styles  in the roads that link together across the estate.  The houses also take advantage of the contours of the land, and this gives pleasing views of the area.  The classic view of Moor Pool…

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Photographing Hanbury Hall

Photographing Hanbury Hall

Visiting popular National Trust destinations does have its challenges if you are a keen amateur photographer.  Hanbury Hall is so photogenic and countless pictures have been taken over the years.  I would guess each season throws up wonderful views not only of the house but the impeccable gardens as well.  Usually, before I visit a well-known property, I check over the web sites and look at other people’s photographs to find out which are the best views.  As it happens for this visit, I did not get myself organised, so I went to Hanbury Hall not…

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Water droplet photography

Water droplet photography

Belonging to a 52 week project group on Flickr, I have different weekly challenges to complete.  The challenges throw up interesting topics including pictures of water droplets.  During lockdown I did become efficient at oil and water photography but attempts at taking pictures of water droplets splashing from a great height were less than satisfactory.  With the water droplet challenge, I decided to revisit this technique rather than the straightforward approach of water droplets on surfaces.  The aim of this blog is to provide some tips on how to do this at…

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Bluebell walk in Great Alne Woods

Bluebell walk in Great Alne Woods

Bluebells stretching out in a forest glen are always a wonderful sight to behold.  This year there has been an abundance of bluebells and they are slightly earlier than previous times.  For the photographer, bluebells are so appealing and to see the blue flowers either close up or at a distance is always very appealing.  This year I first noticed the bluebells when I visited the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and then again during a bike ride to Hay Wood that is close to home.  I have visited several bluebell woods before,…

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Transport Museum Wythall – IgersbirminghamUK

Transport Museum Wythall – IgersbirminghamUK

The Wythall transport museum is a treasure trove of bus memorabilia and it was recommend to the IgersbirminghamUK team as a place to hold an Instameet following a feature on BBC Midlands Today.  The man behind the museum is enthusiast Denis Chick and he was there to greet us as we arrived at the Museum.  Denis is Vice Chairman and Press Officer and there is nothing he does not know about the collection. His enthusiasm for the place is unlimited and we received a warm welcome. This was a limited numbers IgersbirminghamUK…

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Hi and welcome to my photographic world

These pages are where I have blogged about my photographic journey. I keep it up to date with stories about places I visit and views on the world of photography. It is written for your interest and enjoyment. I have put my contact details down and welcome discussion on any of the subjects covered. I am also available for talks on photography with a particular focus on its use in social media.

Many thanks for your interest in my work.