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Flip Me Over and Transport Me to Spain!
Anyone who frequents the excellent road system of Spain will immediately recognise this as one of those light industrial / retail areas that are found on the outskirts of most medium-sized Spanish towns…
Only they’d be completely wrong. Having taken a wrong turning in the sweltering summer-sun-drenched English coastal city of Portsmouth, I thought I’d shifted into another reality in which I still lived in Spain. Only the fact that I was driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road brought me to my senses. This is how it actually looked…
Yes, I flipped the picture. Boo, I really love driving in Spain: I feel so relaxed there!
Summer Portrait: Mad Dogs and New England Patriot Fans Go Out in the Midday Sun
It was a blisteringly hot day. The sky was blue and almost cloudless. So I decided to take an MP3, a camera, a mug of coffee, and go catch some rays. Here’s one of the snaps I took from my sun lounger…
Rural Wallpaper: Remembering Summer
When you’re half-way through an English Winter, it’s hard to remember the preceding Summer…
Nature Wallpaper: Forbidden Fruit
Actually these fruit weren’t forbidden at all. The only reason people hadn’t picked them is because they taste vile. But they make a nice wallpaper, so they do have their uses.
Portrait Gallery 141: Seeking the September Sunshine
Portrait Gallery 140: Rusty Wire Fence and a Flowery Dick Plant
I suppose it could have been worse: imagine the scene if it had been titled, Flowery Wire Fence and a Rusty Dick Plant. It’s possible!
Portrait Gallery 139: Poppies Galore
Nature Wallpaper: The Leap
Snails Ruin Summer Memorial – Well Almost!
During the Summer of 2020 I was inspired to create a sort of reverse window box that I planned to attach to a wall that faced my sitting room window. I hoped that the flowers within it would brighten the view out through the window, and make the street look colourful and cheery too. I showed it to my (then ailing) wife, and she agreed that it would look very nice. Come Spring we planned to plant some seeds in it; but (if you’re a regular reader of this blog) you’ll know that she never saw the Spring. But I went ahead and did it anyway – as a Summer memorial to her. I selected Scabious and Cornflowers – coz they were her favourites. I added Calafornia Poppies as (what I considered) a perfect visual counterpoint. Well they all germinated – the Scabious and Cornflowers taking the lead role. But, to my horror, they were all destroyed overnight by a gang of marauding snails. Too late I applied the snail pellets. But then, as the endless rains of Summer gave way to a few days of sunshine, this happened…
Linzi’s reverse windowbox lives. And best still, those are late germinating Cornflowers at the far end of the box. Better late than never: success!
S.A.D: And Why the British Vacation Abroad
Raincoats and umbrellas: an absolute neccessity. Not fun.
Standing Out From the Crowd
Wallpaper 628: Meadow Hunting
Normally my photos struggle to gain ten ‘likes’ on Flickr (after all the standard is terribly high, and there’s some very fancy cameras out there). This one seemed to follow the usual path – until I’d sat myself down to breakfast – to discover that, over night, fifty people had found this nice enough to let me know. Captured the essence of Summertime perhaps?
Wallpapers 625, 626 & 627: Tranquil / Hare Today / Flee!
As I stood, stock-still, in the middle of a sun-drenched meadow – framing this shot…
…a movement at the periphery of my vision made me pause a moment longer. I was then able to watch as a lone Hare loped towards me in a stop-start fashion – eventually arriving before me and totally unaware of my presence…
Unfortunately my autofocus chose that moment to ‘beep’.
Did I ever mention how much I dislike autofocus?