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“this life

has been

a landscape

of pain

 

and still,

flowers

bloom in it.”

  

― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

Fisherman getting ready for his fishing trip , he was kind enough to let me take a photo

Last one from my trip up to Great Staple Tor on Dartmoor last Sunday evening.

 

This was taken just as I was getting ready to pack up for the evening, I saw the sun hitting the horizon and fired off one more shot with the Western stack of the tor as my focal point.

  

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I took this one on our way from Pew Tor towards Windy Post Cross (see previous upload). We had a really lovely and sunny picnic up at Pew Tor but the weather was quite volatile last Saturday and the dark clouds moved in quickly. We followed the Grimstone and Scortridge Leat, a little stream crossing the open moorland in between the tors. There were Dartmoor ponies and sheep scattered around in the landscape. While we approached this lovely couple I noticed a patch of bright sunshine moving towards us so I quickly got the camera ready and waited for the ponies to be in the sunshine for my photo.

 

Honey Bee,ready to land.

A view looking towards the end of Brixham Breakwater out across the bay towards Paignton at sunset. As the sun dropped below the horizon a nice glow appeared which I managed to captured in this 2 stich pano. On the left of the image you can see a thin crescent Moon as well as Venus and Mercury is there to the right of the Moon but is hard to see in this image. On the breakwater towards the end a couple of guys had pitched a tent ready for a nights fishing.

 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm (f/1.8), 1/13 sec, f/4, ISO 100

 

Thank you for looking

This is the River Link ferry which carries passengers from Kingswear across to Dartmouth in glorious Devon.

Pictured from the Dartmouth side, this shows it ready for the return journey, most people having traveled from Paignton to Kingswear on the Dartmouth Steam Railway before spending a few hours in the delightful town of Dartmouth.

The whole scene being watched over by the Harbour Patrol !

I'm up in the lovely county of Dorset for the Easter weekend and wanted to stop off at Kimmeridge Bay this morning before arriving at my friends house. But as I was driving up the rain got worse so I abandoned my plans and went to the cinema to see Ready Player One instead. Hopefully the weather gods will be on my side tomorrow so I can finally get out and test my new camera.

 

So, with no shot of Kimmeridge to post, here's another shot from my visit to Venford Falls on Dartmoor taken a few weeks ago.

some skinfair previews postings soon

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earrings: AvaWay - Alis [huddriven] @ Cosmo

face: The Skinnery - Devon [Catwa app] @ SkinFair 2017

lingerie: Cynful - Coax Lingerie @ WTC

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The driver of the 1758 to Skipton tries to link his VHF to the guard to get the service underway. The torrential downpour didn't dampen the enthusiast spirit as he waits to record 37667 departing from Appleby.

The weather was typical for the day and made photography a challenging pastime. I had taken refuge in the waiting room to dodge the worst of the weather which inspired me to try a few arty shots.

I had travelled up from Devon and met up with my old school chum Richie B, later that day we would also meet up with fellow Flickr friends Gavin Bland and Jim Knight to discuss the planned events for the following day which would centre around photographing 40145.

Making a Splash at The Cobb

 

This morning I ventured out with the camera for the first time in three weeks. I didn't have a plan, I just got in the car and drove up the A38 out of Plymouth.

 

My first stop was the small village of Beer on the Devon/Dorset border. It's a tiny little fishing village and I wanted to get a photo of one of the fishing boats moored up on the beach. But when I got there they were all bunched up together and there wasn't a shot to be had.

 

Looking at Google Maps I saw that Lyme Regis was just up the road, so I drove up there to see what I could get at The Cobb.

I've been here once before for sunrise which was a gamble as it's a fair drive from home but it paid off and Ben Kapur Photography and I witnessed an amazing sunrise.

 

Today was a different kettle of fish, it was grey and moody with some breaks in the cloud meaning the Cobb itself was getting some nice side light. It was fairly windy and the sea was kicking up some good waves, and I spent about an hour capturing them. This shot was my favourite of the trip up, I really loved how this wave came over the top ready to splash on The Cobb and soak everything in sight.

  

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These magnificent red sandstone cliffs lie between Ladram Bay and Sidmouth in Devon. The rich green field in the foreground has a clover crop growing on it that is not quite ready to flower yet.

As I was driving home last night listening to the radio they reminded me that the lunar eclipse was happening. When I got home I quickly set up my camera and got ready to shoot.

 

As I didn't finish work until 10pm I missed the first half of the eclipse, so I only managed to capture the moon as it came back into view. I started by standing on my front porch, but when I realised it wouldn't be finished until after midnight I moved up into the front spare room and sat watching it until it was over.

This was shot using my Canon 70-200mm lens with a 2X extender to give me a little bit of extra focal length.

I've always wanted to do one of these composite shots so after watching a quick tutorial on Youtube I produced this. Five stages of the eclipse, from the main partial eclipse to the end.

  

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What a thrill it is to travel

Perhaps in a different country

The cultures incredibly diverse

So many wonderful things to see

 

The clothes can be so different

Unique in their treasured styles

An entirely distinctive kind of people

With their friendly happy smiles

 

And the food can be quite challenging

Different tastes and how they eat

But, hey, I’m ready to try it

Doesn’t have to be potatoes and meat

 

Different ways and thoughts of worship

It is such an international treat

To see the different cultures

And all the interesting folks you meet

 

So if you get a chance, folks

Get on a plane or cruising ship

Take yourself to another country

Have a great and wonderful trip!

 

~Marilyn Lott

  

💛 Well this isn’t another country... it is my country, England. Taken last September, on the coastal railway line path, Dawlish Warren, Devon UK.

 

And yes, I sure love to travel..... even if invariably, I reach my destination, and cry “ok, that’s it, I’ve had enough... I want to go home now 😅 ...I’ve been known to start packing, that very same night 😂😂😂

 

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying out different foods, especially in a foreign country. However, I like looking around, in a restaurant.. and seeing what others have ordered.

Not just food either... I love clothes/fashion, so I check out what they’re wearing. Listening in to conversations... oh, yes sir... there are some eye openers 😅 love to do that.

 

More than anything though, it’s the exhilarating feeling of being alive you get when being away... like a toddler let off the reigns :-) or a bird, taking off on his first flight :-). Stepping out of my comfort zone...... finding out more things, and being reminded of what I already know. Being curious... being silly... being wild and carefree.

 

Sigh...... is it Summer yet 😊😀😅😎☀️💛

  

🌻 dedicated to dear friend Crush.

 

P.s. i’ll leave off posting now, in order to make sure I’ve caught up with all your pictures :-) especially those of you who have faved, commented and left notes -on this and my other recent photos. Thank you all, so much xxx

A field over in Shaldon.. awaiting the combine.. Full Canvas

 

Thanks for looking.. have a blessed.. peaceful.. happy Sunday..

 

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Not that I will probably capture images like this one from Glen Coe in Devon! Autumnal mists and colour in exchange for 'white outs' maybe not but it is our fortune to have such wonderful changing seasons in the UK. Maybe we should not take that for granted given the likely rapid transformation of our 'spaceships' climatic conditions.

De-Branded Hop22 15862 is seen at Matford Depot, ready for a new repaint next week.

 

24th Oct 2020

Salcombe Regatta June 2017.

 

Canonet 28 film camera, Fujifilm Superia 200 Film.

The crop in the field surrounding the Daymark has been cut and left in neat rows ready for bailing creating a different photo opportunity.

Class 50 no. 50018, as yet un-named, stands at Paignton station with a rake of Mark 2 carriages and, presumably, an Inter-City service that will eventually depart to London Paddington. The shot is titled 'End of the Line' because although the Dartmouth Steam Railway runs heritage services to the original Great Western Railway terminus at Kingswear, as far as BR were concerned, Paignton was the terminus of the UK rail network in these parts.

 

I was based in Teignmouth for the week with the intention of trying to snap as many Western diesel-hydraulics as I could given what many were assuming at the time would be their last summer in regular service. My trip that day would take me to Liskeard, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Dawlish Warren, and finally back to Teignmouth. In fact Westerns proved a bit thin with 1021 and 1041 snapped at Dawlish Warren on passenger services, and 1009 and 1036 snapped at Teignmouth on parcels and china clay workings respectively.

 

This is the first time I've seen this negative 'enlarged' and, as always, it's the little details that we took for granted in the 1970s that make the image for me ....... the porter's barrow and mail trolley, the oil tail-lamps ready for use, awning tannoy, the level crossing over the ever-busy Torbay Road, the semaphores, etc.

 

Ilford FP4 rated at 125asa, developed in Acutol

 

23rd July 1976

Another photo from our Sunday walk along the Dawlish beach with it's lovely colourful pebbles. I did not have long to take some shots as it was pretty cold and we had to keep on moving. However, I was really lucky that moment as that couple was walking to the end of that pier just when I was ready to take my shot! I really liked that they were holding hands looking towards the horizon - quite romantic really!

Two days of championship hillclimbing featuring drivers from the central southern and south-west areas contesting numerous championships including the venue's domestic series the Bridge Tyres championship. The season is now well established so the drivers and cars should be well ready to do battle. Saloons through sports to single-seater racers feature in this two day meeting.

 

History

Wiscombe House, adjacent to the competitors paddock, was built in 1820 by the Gordon family and was purchased by Richard and Bunny Chichester in 1953. Major Richard Chichester had befriended Major Charles Lambton, an officer in the Coldstream Guards, and upon the latter's first visit to Wiscombe Park the duo decided that it would be ideal for a hill climb course. After much planning, organisation and consultation, involving Denis 'Jenks' Jenkinson, the first hill climb meeting was staged on August 24th 1958. One of the organising clubs was the Yeovil car Club and the drivers paid thirty shillings (£1.50) to enter. At this time the course finished at the Sawbench hairpin. Castle Staright and the Martini Hairpin were added during the winter of 1960/61. The following year saw the first visit of the National R.A.C. Championship.

Been chasing this character for a few days now , first spotted and it was away on it's toes - not sure which of us was the most surprised , then it was a bit cat and mouse until the Tiger Moth , me and camera at the ready a few captures were made . When in flight you do not see the black and white markings but something that looks like a peacock butterfly .

I have to say unrelated , when seeing these , they do remind me of a miniature Vulcan Bomber in camouflage markings .

 

Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria

(Poda, 1761)

 

Wingspan 42-52 mm.

 

One of the most attractive of the Tiger moths, this species was until recently restricted in distribution to the Channel Islands and parts of the south coast .

 

On the mainland it is commonest in south Devon, but colonies have recently appeared in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and it has also been found in other southern counties.

 

It now seems to be expanding its range quite quickly. There is also a thriving population in parts of London, but whether this is due to range expansion or the result of accidental introduction is still unclear.

 

It flies both in the daytime, when it can be found feeding on various flowers, as well as at night, when it is attracted to light.

 

The main flight period is July to September. The hairy larvae feed on a range of herbaceous plants including nettle (Urtica).

 

I did see one of these a couple of years ago but only got a shot of the underside through the patio doors , please find link ------

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Kingfisher about land on pampas grass with a tiddler. Shame it’s slightly out of focus but I still like the action. Look at its red legs stretched out ready the grab the stem.

Devon is famous for it's "Red Soil".. that gives a lovely contrast.. these fields have been ploughed.. ready for next years crops..

 

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Storm coming across Dartmoor, This was taken from the grounds of castle Drogo, what I liked the way the sun wasn't ready to give in.

Not technically perfect but I prefer it to the couple of other shots I took with a slightly different composition. Let's pretend it's from an FP4 neg.

 

A class 143 stands at Exeter St David's ready to head off into the mist with the 9.49am to Exmouth (2F15). The train would eventually depart two minutes late.

 

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9.50am, 15th October 2019

ahhhh HDR its a bit like a big cream cake with a cherry... not everyday but maybe once a year ;)

 

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The dawn sky reflects off this sea pool located close to Meadfoot beach, Torquay. A lonely figure joins the shot as he gets ready to cast his line out for the morning catch.

My first shot this year.. of these 'Crocus'.. flowers ready to open.. View On Black

 

TGIF.. Have a lovely day.. thanks for stopping by..

Last night I had an impromptu drive up to Hookney Tor on Dartmoor to meet up with Richard Fox for sunset. It was a bit of a rush as I was still halfway through a three course meal down at Royal William Yard in Plymouth when he messaged me.

 

Luckily I had all my camera gear packed in the car ready to go, so I paid the bill and took the drive up to the moor. I arrived an hour later full of Calzone and rushed up the hill (thankfully not a steep one) to the tor.

 

The sky was looking great, and we started off with a nice bit of side light on the tor, there was just enough Heather left to give a bit of colour but as the evening went on it looked like we wouldn't get the dramatic sunset we were hoping for.

 

Having never been to this tor before and not having a lot of time to explore I didn't really find a composition that I liked, but I'm sure I'll be exploring that area again soon!

 

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kingfisher captured on the river teign devon

Colour-coordinated and ready to face the winter season, me and mrs B. :))

 

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A beautiful day in Devon. Loads of deckchairs set up on Beer beach ready for me to photograph!!

And so it started - for those of you who missed the story so far - last year I decided to trace our apple tree from first flower to an apple cake made from the very same apples of our tree. For this year I challenged myself to repeat that photo story with our plum tree....

I noticed a few plums dropped to the ground middle of last week and I realised that half of the fruit was ready to be picked. Lucky for us, the vast majority of the plums is free of maggots and deliciously sweet (as well as ultra-organic - grown in the own garden!).

 

Fun plum facts:

- Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans.

- Plum remains have been found in Neolithic age archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs.

- Plum trees are grown on every continent except Antarctica. They are most commonly planted in temperate zones.

 

For previous entries into this photo series please look here:

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I saw this large field of Oil Seed Rape outside Kingsbridge yesterday which looks almost ready for harvesting. I was also surprised to see clumps of blooming thrift, daisies, dandelions and lots of hogweed along the coast path. It seems very early for wild flowers but what do I know!

 

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Hay being made ready for thatching, in a Devon field.

Steam train at Goodrington Devon

Morwellham Quay, on the banks of the River Tamar, was once an important port for the export of copper and various minerals. Ships travelled between here and South Wales, taking copper, tin and arsenic in one direction, while importing coal and other supplies.

 

Morwellham Quay had its own copper mine as well as handling the output from others in the Tamar Valley. It is now a living museum, and its buildings have been presented as they were back in the 19th century. The Assayer's Laboratory was where the content of the ore was checked to ensure that there was the required proportion of copper or other minerals that had been mined and were ready for export down the River Tamar.

 

Despite having been disused for over 150 years the granite tracks of the Haytor Tramway are a remarkable testament to the resilience of the construction materials. No wonder the quarried granite was in demand for buildings in the 19th Century.

 

The ten miles of tramway to the Stover Canal were constructed to follow the contours at a steady gradient so the wagons carried their loads downhill powered by gravity with a line of horses following to be ready to pull the empties back uphill later.

First world cup Athletics organised in the Olympic Park in London. That shot is a view from the finish line where i was sitting with my fellow photographers. A great day out shooting all athletes!

 

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This weekend just gone saw the annual Armed Forces Day on Plymouth Hoe. As I'm ex Royal Navy I always like to go down for the day and support our troops.

 

Unfortunately this year, I'm working weekends so couldn't make it, but on Friday evening I ventured up to The Hoe for sunset and got a few shots of the static helicopter displays they had ready for the next day.

 

The Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma is a four-bladed, twin-engined medium transport/utility helicopter. The Puma was originally built by Sud Aviation of France, and continued to be made by Aérospatiale. Its first flight was in 1965 and since then The Puma has seen combat in a range of theatres by a number of different operators; significant operations include the Gulf War, the South African Border War, the Portuguese Colonial War, the Yugoslav Wars, the Lebanese Civil War, the Iraq War, and the Falklands War.

Windrows of mown grass waiting to be baled in the Devon countryside.

Coming out of the estuary and getting ready for the 10 miles or so along the coast to my final destination of Torcross

After spending a few hours walking near Bowermans Nose we headed back home to give us time to get ready for a Party.

Whilst driving I noticed thick mist in the distance where we were heading.

Checking the sat nav I decided to go in search and turned right instead of left hoping that my bearings were accurate. A couple of miles along the road we were treated to this beautiful view and a lay-by just happened to be there for our convenience. We were at Buckland on the Moor looking towards Holne.

Time was ticking and I was aware that stopping now may make us late for the Dooo!

I set up in quick-time changing to a 24-70mm lens to zoom onto the mist. This was definitely one of those moments!

The evening sky was very colourful and dramatic with the blanket of mist laying above the river Dart. Other drivers were stopping to enjoy the view. The camera was set over my head on a tripod to clear the hedge so I used the live view screen to aim the camera and focus.

Twenty minutes later were we back on the road and made the party in time. Result! 💪😎

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