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Scottish Sunset

Scottish Sunset

As world famous photographer Chase Jrvis says, the best camera is the one that’s with you. I now understand what he means. I was out at the local shop picking up a few ingredients ready to make dinner when I noticed a great fire in the sky. Mother Nature was treating us to a magical display of colour as the sun set. I didn’t have my “good” camera with me, but I did have my camera phone. I took these pictures with it. I’m very pleased with the results.

Colours of sunset

Colours of sunset

Norcliffe Chapel

Norcliffe Chapel
Norcliffe Chapel

With spring on it’s way to the northern hemisphere, the changes all around are quite remarkable. The sun is shining brighter and longer, and it is getting noticeably warmer. Make no mistake, winter is still hanging around, but spring is slowly pushing it out of the way. We took advantage of the early morning sunshine that has been all too absent this winter, and had a short trip to Norcliffe Chapel in Styal, Cheshire, and the woods behind it.

Cross on top of the chapel
Cross on top of the chapel


Tree roots

Tree Stump

Wood Nymph


Dunham Massey in the Autumn

Dunham Massey is a wonderful National Trust site, and is perfect to visit anytime of year. In autumn however it is just beautiful. The late afternoon sun shines on the yellow and golden leaves, and if you are lucky enough to see the deer feeding on the last of the season’s acorns then you are in for a treat.

A deer gets closer than I would have imagined
A deer is snuffling through the undergrowth looking for tasty acorns
Deer eating acorns
A leaf appears to be basking in the late afternoon sunshine
A lovely place to stop awhile and watch the world go by
Yes, I did take my camera to the cafe. I am one of those people.
Cake & Coffee
Some birds feed by the water's edge
A swan floats past, eyes closed against the late afternoon sun.
Sleeping beauty

Colours of Autumn

Leaves, turned red and yellow by autumn lie on the ground
Autumn colours

It was a cold morning today. The sun was shining brightly, but in the northern hemisphere we’re just too far away to avoid the frosts at this time of year. Cold it may be, but the world around just looks so beautiful at this time of year.

I took an early morning stroll, well wrapped up against the chill, and took a few images of the glorious display of colour available to see. If you have the chance you should get out and enjoy the final throws of autumn just before the winter approaches.

A solitary leaf is seen in the foreground, with a street fading off into the distance behind
Solitary leaf