Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Day of the Butterflies (and a few more creatures)

Thursday, a couple of days after bad news, we needed to de-stress and revitalize. What better way than to get out in the sunshine and head off to the countryside. We first found ourselves at Kings Forest near West Stow, what a beautiful place to just wander and drink in the joys of nature. The amount of butterflies we saw was amazing. After a walk through the forest we headed off for a picnic lunch by the River Lark at West Stow, followed by a walk around the lake.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Holi Festival of Colour - Ipswich 2014

The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated in early Spring. Apparently the Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. It's a day of happiness and joy where people dab each other with colour, hug and wish each other Happy Holi. The Ipswich event, held in Holywells Park and organised by ISIA has such a great atmosphere, everyone having fun, coloured powder everywhere, a smile on everyone's face.

(I never know whether to make the slideshow auto play or not - any viewers of the blog will have to let me know their preference.)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shooting with a 40mm

Having acquired the second-hand SMC Pentax DA 40mm Ltd lens, (See previous Blog post,) I decided to put it through its paces to see what it was capable of. A visit to Ickworth House and Grounds gave the perfect opportunity. I took a variety of shots, both inside and out, and at variable distances. personally I like the lens - but I'll leave it to you to decide.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Walk from Cambridge to Grantchester

So the last Saturday in March promised to be a sunny day so we headed off to Cambridge. Probably made a mistake by parking in the station car park because it added a few extra miles to the walk. We headed off towards Mill Road, alongside the Grafton Centre, then across Christ's Piece where I was surprised to see outdoor table tennis tables, can't say I've seen them before.

From there we headed off to the city centre and through Rose parade. It's here that I usually pause to Look in Campkins window to see what second hand lenses I can't afford. Went inside this time and fell in love with a little SMC Pentax DA 40mm Ltd lens. Shouldn't have brought it really but it was a good price, and as someone has since said, you can't take it with you ;-)

Walked along Kings Parade, brought ourselves a take away lunch from Sam Smiley's and then went to sit by the bridge near The Mill to eat (always a good people spotting place.) From there we followed the river path towards teh village of Grantchester. The views were lovely, lots of folk playing on the river, lots of butterflies flitting about in the sunshine, lots of other people doing the same walk.

We paused in Grantchester to buy a cup of coffee, a good chance to experiment with the new lens. The people at the next table were willing participants. Refreshed by our coffee we headed back towards the city centre. Next time we'll park nearer the start of the walk.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Kings Cross to Paddington via Regent's Canal

So what do you do when the warmest day (so far) of the year is forecast? If you're a bit mad like us you head off to the city rather than the beach. And yes, that's exactly what we did do. We jumped on a train to King's Cross and decided to walk along Regent's canal. We had to dodge lots of joggers and bikes but a pleasant day was had. Although I recorded the walk, for once photography was secondary to just enjoying the heat and the sunshine.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

To Camden and Back

16th February 2014 and the forecast was for unseasonably mild weather and sunshine, so we decided to take the train from Cambridge to King's Cross and from there walk through to Camden. The forecast held out, maybe the sunshine was the reason Camden was so crowded. Despite the hoards of people it was a lovely day for walking and not a bad day for a bit of street photography.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Angelsey Abbey and Lode Walk

With the sun shining we took ourselves off to Anglesey Abbey to admire the snowdrops that scatter the ground like white confetti. We wandered around with me snapping anything that caught my eye, including my first daffodil of 2014, and of course, snowdrops. We then wandered off to the nearby village of Lode so that we could walk along the other side of the river that flows through the grounds of Angelsey. All-in-all it was a pleasant day and extremely mild for the time of year.