We had “homework” before even getting up today! Ken set us the task of finding 10 images in our room before breakfast. With some glancing light coming through the windows, I was able to rise to the challenge:
We spent the morning in Órgiva town, with another assignment – this time based around finding colour. It’s something I’m drawn to regularly anyway, so it was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Here are my best 10:
The rest of my set from Órgiva:
We had a great walk up the track in Tijola this evening – to a viewpoint overlooking the Rio Guadalfeo valley. It was sunny but very windy up there, but we arrived just in time for the glancing sunshine.
November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.
A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.
The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.
I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.
The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.
Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.
Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:
As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:
I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:
The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.
I have managed several more 50@50 images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.
I reached Day #2000 of what I’ve now dubbed “Project Infinity” on 22nd June 2013. Since then, I have been working hard to put together a set of exhibition panels showing the first 2000 days of my journey. A new website gallery is the product, and shows the thematic mosaics.
Today I travelled to the south coast to give my talk and demo to Brighton & Hove Camera Club. In Essex it seems like it’s been weeks since the sun last shone for any length of time. So when I noticed that the weather forecast for Brighton and Shoreham was going to be sunny for the afternoon, I made sure I drove down with plenty of time to spare. I parked up in Shoreham and enjoyed an afternoon’s wandering with the camera. My first stop was the view of the lovely old Toll Bridge (last seen on Day #1053) where I sat and ate my picnic. I spent a happy few minutes soaking up the sun and watching the light aircraft come into land at Shoreham Airport with Lancing College Chapel in the background.
A quick walk across the bridge and I was rewarded with some spectacular clouds over the River Adur:
Finally I made my way to the Saltings to look at the quirky houseboats along Shoreham Beach.
After a hearty Fish & Chip supper in Shoreham High Street, I headed off to Brighton to set up for the evening. It was good to see some sunshine – I can’t wait for Spring to spring properly!