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November ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 1st December 2013

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.

Colours And Shapes

Colours And Shapes

A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.

Southend Sundown

Southend Sundown

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.

Wet And Green

Wet And Green

I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.

The Little Fishing Fleet

The Little Fishing Fleet

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.

A View From The Jetty

A View From The Jetty

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.

The Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge

We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.

Light Through The Trees

Light Through The Trees

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:

Peeping Over The Wall

Peeping Over The Wall

As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:

Rainbow In The Gutter

Rainbow In The Gutter

I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:

Staircase Symmetry

Staircase Symmetry at Lacock Abbey

The Vortex

The Vortex

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.

Mersea Meander

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 10th November 2013

I enjoyed a great walk on Mersea Island today, in some fantastic late Autumn light. It was bitterly cold but I didn’t mind. I’ve not been to West Mersea in ages, so it was great to potter along the beach and poke amongst the boats.

At The Sharp End

At The Sharp End

The Golden Sail

The Golden Sail

Grasses Waving In The Wind

Grasses Waving In The Wind

It was tough to chose my picture of the day but colourful boat reflections won out for Day #2141. Meanwhile, I chose another view of the brave wind surfer for my 10th MoNovember ’13 shot. And a boat bit attracted my eye for 50@50 #46.  Here are the rest of the images I made during the outing:

Beside The Seaside

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 2nd July 2008

As well as local outings, I managed to get to visit the seaside during June. Firstly, I went to Whitstable on the north Kent coast. I last went a few years ago and it poured with rain. This time around, it was sunny, but there was plenty of wind.

The beach is stony, and there is the odd boat pulled up on the shingle. This one looked rather sad sitting there on its own.

The tides are strong in the area, and so the groynes are substantial and held together with large bolts. You can see there is quite a difference in the level of the shingle from one side to the other.

Despite the harsh conditions, there are still splashes of colour in the front gardens facing the sea. Homeowners have troughs filled with hardy plants which don’t mind the salt atmosphere.

I liked this garden on the sea front. The yellow poppies stood out really well from the grey clapboard of the house. And the plaited rope wound around the railings.

A final walk along the prom and I found a colourful mural on the side of a beach hut:



This is another picture of the kite surfer making use of the free wind power, a slightly different than the one I used for Day #171.

At the end of June I went to visit the newly build beach huts on West Mersea. I had heard they wre worth a look, and wasn’t disappointed by their pastel shades and neat presentation. Here is a selection of those which nearly made it on Day #182.