Big Cheshire sky one spring morning.

Big Cheshire Sky

Big Cheshire sky one spring morning.

Beautiful spring sky over Cheshire one morning.

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Big Cheshire Sky

A beautiful spring morning in Cheshire, looking over a golf course at Mottram Hall Hotel in Macclesfield.
I stayed in Macclesfield on a trip. As I was leaving the hotel I was presented with this view, and really had no choice but to grab my phone and take the shot. Wish I had had a camera with me.

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Taken on a Samsung Note 4 and processed in Snapseed on the phone.

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Morning on an empty beach at Umhlangs Rocks

Morning on an Empty Beach

Morning walk on am empty beach, with Durban on the horizon.

A morning walk on a beautiful beach at Umhlanga Rocks, kwaZuluNatal, South Africa.

It could almost be a desert island. Look closely at the horizon – that’s Durban, with a ship leaving harbour. Nice illusion, but still great to walk along the beach in the morning, all alone, with just the sound of the sea.

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One tree under a cloudy sky

Just One Tree

Just One Tree and a Cloudy Sky

Just one tree rising into a cloudy sky

It’s just one tree. In a field. On a farm.

On a windy day, with rain definitely on its way, we decided to take a walk to a neighbouring village. Why? Just because we felt like it, and needed a bit of exercise. The route uses a public path through a nearby farmer’s fields with a number of tall trees providing a bit of protection from the wind for the herd of sheep in the field.

Now there is somehow something special about a tall old tree, which just begs to be photographed. The effect of the fluffy clouds and blue sky in the background just enhanced the picture. Processed in black and white to emphasise the shapes and cloud textures, it becomes a strong and fairly dramatic one tree picture.

Off the subject for the moment, I notice a number of colleagues producing good black and white photography suddenly. I wonder if it has something to do with a cold and windy winter, with no mitigating factors like snow to make for some interesting photography.

Oh! Yes, we did get home before it rained!

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A Frosty Start but No Snow

No Snow

A bit of hoar frost on a wooden post at the local lake, but no snow.

Every year there is speculation about whether the UK will have a white Christmas. In 11 years of living here, I haven’t seen one yet! Not only that, so far there has been No Snow at all thisRead on …