Photography: The Privilege of Living in the Countryside

Born into a life of country living, my rural idyll came to an end when I left the family home to make my way in the world – and headed for the city. I didn’t expect to return. Few do. But, several years ago, I managed to beat the odds and came home to the village of my birth. Naturally, as a keen camera-lugger, I stroll or cycle around the village environs and snap away merrily. But today I realised just how privileged I am to have the opportunity. As I wandered randomly through a wood close to home I realised that I was being watched by a pair of beautiful eyes…

To my surprise she allowed me to loose off a salvo of zoomed shots in her direction. I thanked her and moved on. But a couple of paces farther along the path I discovered that she wasn’t alone…

After satisfying myself that I had (at least) one shot in focus, I turned to leave her in peace – only to discover that I had over-looked another target that lay quiescent and warming in the spring morning sun closer to me…

Three hinds, all in one place, and willing to allow me to stay, amazed me. So when I turned to leave I was quadrupley (if that’s a real word) pleased that another swam into my view finder…

Then, in some silent communication, they all slowly, un-hurriedly, moved off – behind…

…the previously invisible buck. As his harem slipped silently into the surrounding foliage, he gave me a farewell glance…

…and was gone – leaving me with this little bundle of fluff and teeth…

…who, moments after this photo was taken, got herself…

…taken from behind by this randy little sod. Dirty buggers obviously. Ah, the wonders of nature.

 

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Earplug Adventures Wallpaper 63: Defensive Capability

Not very earpluggy, I know; but there are earplugs inside that mighty space craft. Honest!

Their names are Richter and Beaufort Skail…

Look: Nook: Fook!

Were you to visit the Barnes & Noble site, from which you can purchase e-books for your wonderful Nook device, you would discover that these books now appear there…

So what the hell are you waiting for!

Remember the Earplugs!

I say that because it’s been an awfully long time since I completed the last tale; and a new one seems quite a ways off yet. Due to circumstances beyond my control, photography on the aforementioned ceased shortly after commencing, yonks ago. But yesterday the hint of a re-invigouration (if there’s such a word) occurred. I took a few minutes out of my busy day to create this…

Yes, it’s another flying machine; and what’s more, two new characters will pilot it in the next story. Their names are Richter and Beaufort Skail – and they will be central to the story. Can’t say too much about the plot, except to hint powerfully that found-footage and global cataclysm go hand-in-glove. Can’t wait to start snapping the pictures…eventually.

Tooty.

Re-Blog: Preparing to Dash Through a Forest of Triffids

I first posted this a handful of years past. Having discovered it among the older files, here it is again…

Thank you, John Wyndham, for the inspiration.

triffids

Had I not read the works of the aforementioned, I would never have written Silent Apocalypse.

Annotation: Strange that, at the time, I didn’t add the cover photo. Not feeling particularly mercenary, I guess. Maybe I’d sold a couple of copies that week. Well I don’t have that luxury now: let’s put that right!

And just for good measure…the sequel!

Apple Product Users Rejoice…

…because the two volumes of The Time Tamperer are available at the iTunes iBookstore via Lulu.com right now! So now you can emulate my spouse and download them for your iPad and other AppleĀ® stuff straight away. Imagine how envious friends and colleagues will be when they see these covers shining brightly from your LED screen…

And how knicker-wettingly excited they’ll become when they look over your shoulder and see wondrous sights such as these…

Not to mention all of my witty prose.

Hmmm, think I’d better get myself an iPhone: I’d hate to miss out on the fun!