I’ve already written up the photographic opportunities afforded by the December Freeze, but I also had a few other outings during the month.
Firstly, I went with the Great Notley Photography Club on their outing to Ely on 6th December, Day #706. The weather was terrible at home first thing, but I made the effort to get out anyway – and the four of us who did turn up were rewarded with some lovely winter light around the town and along the banks of the Great Ouse [right].
[Life, Jim – a lifebelt cover by the river, covered in lichen]
The thing for which Ely is most famous is the Cathedral, known as the Ship Of The Fens. Never having visited the city before, I was a little unprepared for the size of the building – which can be seen for miles around as you approach.
After a lovely walk by the river and a very pleasant lunch in a pub overlooking the water, our group returned to the Cathedral to take some more interior shots. High Altar View [left] was my favourite of the shots I took inside.
You can see all the images I took in Ely on Flickr.
Talking of Flickr, after missing the last couple due to other commitments, I have enjoyed two photowalks with the Chelmsford Flickr crowd. Three of us went out in the snow on 20th December and had a long hike through Central Park and along the canal to Barnes Mill Lock, then across Baddow Meads. We did punctuate it with a warming half hour in a local coffee shop at lunchtime!
[Icicle Fans Rodney and Bev taking shots of the icicles under the bridge on Baddow Meads]
See the rest of the walk’s pictures on Flickr.
We all needed another constitutional on 28th December to blow off the cobwebs and walk off some of the excesses of Christmas. This time, four of us went on a walk around Little Waltham Nature Reserve. I’ve visited before, exactly a year ago (Day #363) when I went on a geocaching trip with Alistair.
This time, although the walk and banter was fun, I didn’t feel ultra-inspired by the surroundings – much of which were very muddy. But I did like this image below, which was a strong contender for Day #728:
[Barbed Intent – a little detail found in Little Waltham Nature Reserve]
You can see the others I took on Flickr.
Well, that’s it for 2009! You can expect a full roundup of the year very soon. Keep watching…