All posts by Phil

My Sunday Photo: 12 August 2018

Begonia in the RianRain at last! This begonia plant looks grateful, doesn’t it? We all love the sunshine, but sometimes, nature shows us that we need the rain as well. Somehow, this simple view across my garden table seemed to epitomise peace and gratitude. There is something incredibly calming about looking around outdoors just after the rain has stopped, especially if there is little background noise. It was just what I needed, today.

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My Sunday Photo: 5 August 2018

Surfinia on blurred backgroundOn impulse, I just decided to experiment a little. I enjoy finding the line where photography meets art. Now, often, depth of field – or lack of it – can be a problem, but here I have deliberately used the widest aperture possible, in order to blur the other flowers behind the surfinia. This is the result, without any editing. I think this is art – almost!

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My Sunday Photo: 29 July 2018

Rain on Apples on TreeI have always loved the effects produced by raindrops in nature, such as in this shot taken today. This time, however, the rain was in any case so especially welcome after a long spell of hot dry weather! A gentle breeze was also very pleasant. Oh, and I still hope we get some more sunshine before autumn sets in!

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My Sunday Photo: 1 July 2018

Birds at Nature ReserveI took this picture only today. I was visiting a part of a nearby nature reserve that I’d not been to before, and decided to see how good a shot of these water birds I could get – apologies for not having identified them yet. This is a cropped section of the original image. I was fairly pleased with the outcome. I imagine that this is one family – two chicks and the proud mum and dad! I hope to visit this spot again soon.

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My Sunday Photo: 24 June 2018

Orange LilyIt seems rather fitting to herald the arrival of summer with a picture like this one, showing the vibrant colour of this species of lily flowers. Although they don’t last long, one plant can have several buds that open in succession. They also have quite an intriguing scent – but watch out for those stamens, because the pollen can stain clothing quite badly!

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My Sunday Photo: 17 June 2018

Ornamental Roof DetailLast week, when out shopping, I happened to notice this detail of the facade of nearby building. It wasn’t until after I took this photo, however, that I realised that the cruciform finial in the middle is evidently made of cast iron! I’m not sure of the exact age of this building, but it is definitely over 100 years old. This king of thing makes me think about all the labourers and craftsmen who must have worked on it – all long since dead.
Accidents in the building trade were common; we tend to get frustrated by the amount of health and safety legislation, but we should be grateful for it!

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My Sunday Photo: 10 June 2018

Rose - Not PerfectThis shot is one of several that I took yesterday. I love the wonderful shape and line, colouring, and all the features that make roses beautiful – including, of course, the scent, which sadly I can’t send to you over the internet.

But as I viewed this little set of pictures, a train of thought came into my mind: the roses I had photographed were not perfect. They would not have won any prizes in a flower show. One or two petals, as you can see here, were damaged and turning brown at the edges, or a little bit shrivelled. But wait – does that mean that these roses weren’t beautiful? Indeed, might they be even more beautiful for not having been sprayed and snipped to within an inch of their lives?

By now, many of you will have guessed where these musings are leading. We have an industry that depends, for its very existence, on convincing people, women in particular, that they must devote lots of time, effort, and most importantly, money, in the quest for bodily perfection of a kind that isn’t actually attainable without photo-editing software.

Ladies – and gentlemen, too – take care of yourselves, by all means, but don’t set out to be what you’re not, because an original is worth far more than a cheap copy.

Thank you for reading.

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