“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” ― J.M. Barrie

I could take photographs of flowers, and especially roses, all day. My mother loved roses, and the three years since she died has been full of me staring intently at some roses with camera in hand, trying to catch their beauty.

Briar roses, similar to the one below, are the first to bloom.

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It is probably one of life’s ironies that her anniversary falls just before the season when most roses bloom, so when I go on walks then I rarely find a good bloom to photograph. But just a week or so later…

Friends House, Euston Road
Friends House, Euston Road
Kennington Park
Kennington Park
Rose of Kennington
Rose of Kennington

I love looking at roses as the sunshine falls through them, but this year the weather has been variable. Fortunately, roses with raindrops on them also have a special something. This lot were all taken at the wonderful rose garden at the Imperial War Museum, London.

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This is the nearest they've got to a blue rose.
This is the nearest they’ve got to a blue rose.

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There will doubtless be some more photos of roses posted on this blog before the year is out!

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Sun, sea and shingle!

Despite living in London 11 or so years, I’ve never been to Brighton. I formulated  a plan some months ago to do a seaside trip somewhere on the South Coast, but wasn’t sure whether to go for Sussex or Kent. I still want to go to Kent, so perhaps more to follow. But for now here are a few pictures I took in Brighton. It’s great for photographers, and one could spend longer there. I had a few problems (particularly around sunset/dusk) and would like to practice some areas related to this photo blog more, but here they are anyway…

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Made in Chelsea, or, how much I love bridges

Every time I go back to Bristol (or home, as I still call it) on the National Express coach I go past Chelsea Bridge. In December 2013, after one such trip, I had a really strong impulse to go there and take pictures, but kept putting it off. It seemed like a great thing to do on a dark, frosty winter night (absolutely had to be a clear night); in the summer, it would be dark too late, and on a cloudy evening, it would mean the light pollution would make the skies look orange.

It has taken me all this time to get round to it! But I finally did it, and my instinct was right, because I saw the river bathed in the lights of the Albert Bridge.

I got a lovely new tripod for Christmas which helped, and also experimented with using the timer for the first time. Any deficiencies in the results are entirely due to me not being very good at technical settings still and possibly the camera itself. But I hope this will inspire you to go down there yourself. DSCF3041 DSCF3046 DSCF3080 DSCF3083 DSCF3085 DSCF3089 DSCF3091 DSCF3093 DSCF3093 DSCF3096 DSCF3108 DSCF3110 DSCF3110 DSCF3112 DSCF3114 DSCF3117 DSCF3120 DSCF3125 DSCF3133 DSCF3137 DSCF3138 DSCF3145 DSCF3149 DSCF3150 DSCF3153 DSCF3154 DSCF3157 DSCF3159 DSCF3160 DSCF3162 DSCF3165 DSCF3166 DSCF3167 DSCF3171 DSCF3174 DSCF3175 DSCF3177 DSCF3178 DSCF3192 DSCF3223 DSCF3224 DSCF3229 DSCF3231 DSCF3235 DSCF3272 DSCF3273 DSCF3206

Winter Walks

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Central Park

I’ve neglected my blog in last few months. Finding the dark and long nights uninspiring. But here’s a few of some winter walks I’ve taken on trips to Lancashire, Exmoor, New York and Washington DC and wandering on London’s Southbank.

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Central Park on a beautiful crisp December day
Central Park on a beautiful crisp December day
Central Park, NYC
Central Park, NYC
A wild and wet December day in New York
A wild and wet December day in New York
Rainy evening in Brooklyn, NYC
Rainy evening in Brooklyn, NYC
Washington DC
Washington DC
The Thames looking a bit choppy
Meanwhile back in London, the Thames looking a bit choppy
Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
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New York New York
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Foggy Exmoor
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On the way to the zoo.

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Spring finally..?

As you are all aware it has been a long time since most of us saw the sun. Wind, rain, more rain, and grey skies when it wasn’t raining have made this a dreary winter for the most part.

I’ve always loved spring flowers (who doesn’t): snowdrops, crocuses, narcissi, daffodils, cherry blossom, magnolia and lilac all have their place in my photos.  Followed by the roses when they come. In some cases I have been taking photos of the same flowers year on year. Occasionally this doesn’t have very good results. This year I was too busy to manage any snow drops, or maybe it was because it was raining. Anyway, why blather about something which you all enjoy anyway. Here’s to a pleasant spring ahead. Either that or building an ark.

These were taken at Gordon Square, Bloomsbury (very good for crocuses!), St James’ Park and in the garden at home. More flower pictures to follow I hope.

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Most people walk along the South Bank of the Thames. A few years ago I walked the South Bank of the Thames from Hampton Court to the Thames Barrier, an experience I would highly recommend. I love the river, which is the real heart of this city. Now I live only a few minutes from Tower Bridge. I recently decided to walk part of the North Bank to get a different perspective on things. Here are the results.

 

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