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Nuclear Skyline

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Sunset Silhouettes

Sunset Silhouettes


Mysterious Manor’s

Yet another fun day out today, with one old friend and one new friend… and what better place to spend such a day than in an old abandoned manor house… Does it get any better than that ??… Well ok, maybe you think it does, but find one of these places and see if you still feel the same… ;)

This is yet another one of those derelict and abandoned manor houses, such as the infamous Potters Manor… It’s known only as FH Manor, and is just as closely guarded a secret, and not one person will divulge it’s location… so for me this took almost 2 days of investigative work to figure it out, and that’s half the fun surely ??… I’ll not go in to specifics, but I FOUND IT… and that’s what matters… :)

Seriously though… How could anyone leave such a place to ruin ??…

Oh, btw… Can you find the special addition ??… :D

Edit: I did throw this shot up as a separate post, with some history on the place.. but it didn’t seem at all popular so it had to go… Seemed a shame to waste the shot entirely though, so I thought I’d squeeze it in here..  I guess Urbex photography is an acquired taste eh.. ;)


Feeling Reflective

Spent rather a pleasant afternoon strolling along the river with a good friend, and her new Canon 5D Mk II (no fair… lol)… Spent most of the time with one eye open for any potential photo opportunities, and the other eye on her… waiting for her to fall in, so that I could do the decent thing that any friend would do… and grab her camera before it got wet… Well, if she were washed away, I’m sure she’d be only too happy knowing that her camera was going to be looked after !!… Right ??… :D


A Tangled Web

It’s that time again… Time for another of my favourite subjects… Sunset…

Nothing much more to say than that… Oh, and that’s my daughter at the top, and oddly enough she wasn’t QUITE so interested in the photography aspect when their was a play area involved !?!?! Go figure !!!…


Let There Be Light…

So there I was, sitting on the cold stone cobbles, or should I say virtually laying on said cobbles… in what I thought was a pretty deserted part of the castle, trying to re-capture a shot I’d taken many years before with an old old camera… getting dripped on from the mouldy walls and roof… when a couple appeared (and stopped) in the doorway to the right…

So being considerate I stopped setting up the shot, and said “please, carry on, I’m just setting up”… but they said “Oh no, this looks like a very nice shot, so I’m going to take the same picture after you”…  lol… Well I didn’t mind too much, as I didn’t know them at all, and it’s highly unlikely their shot would ever appear in the same place as mine… but what I DID mind, was that they just STOOD THERE… Right in the middle of my shot… waiting for me to finish !!!!…. with their cameras in hand…

Ummmm…. S’cuse Me !!!…. lol….

So I had to again stop what I was doing, and actually ask them to step back out of the way… lol… And them photographers an all… sheeeesh… There was me being highly considerate of others, and stopping my set up to allow them to pass, yet they declined and appeared entirely surprised when I politely asked them to step back in to the doorway instead, so I could take my shot…

Photographers !!!… So Rude !!!… LOL…

For anyone who’s interested in a bit of history, you can read plenty over on WIKI… The castle is medieval, founded way back in the 12th century, and is the largest castle in England… and when I say large… Well it’s HUGE.. I managed to find this aerial shot which will give you an indication to the extent of the place… It’s the complete triangular section right up to road you see bordering the docks…


As The Sun Slowly Sets…

… On another year, all I can think of to say is…. “Thank goodness for that !!”…

Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while will know that I’m none too personal or wordy on my blog, and generally just let the pictures speak for themselves where possible, with the odd bit of relevant narrative when it feels right… Well this post is kinda an exception to the rule, and in a sense a bit of an apology too…

You’ll no doubt have noticed that my posting / commenting has been a bit sporadic to say the least of late… and for that I apologise… To be honest 2010 really hasn’t been a good year at all for me… There have been far too many negatives for my liking, and even the odd positive turned out to be more for someone elses “hidden motive” benefit than my own… Sure I’ve had some laughs, and made a few friends along the way, and lost some too unfortunately… but it’s been very much stacked in the odds against…

I’ve taken barely a handful of shots these past few months, and haven’t touched my sketch-pad for what seems like months either… Just haven’t felt the inspiration or motivation… To be honest, this year has pretty much kicked the stuffing out of me, and it’s now time to take a bit of a break from it all… So this is forewarning that I’ll not be around much, if at all, for an undetermined period of time… No plans on how long or how complete my break will be, but just felt it might be an idea to let you know I will be taking one of sorts…. lest you wonder where I’ve gone… I’ll still be getting your posting updates via email, and will likely sneak in and throw the odd comment around when the mood strikes, but please don’t feel offended if I happen not to comment on yours, but do someone elses… It’s nothing personal.. It’ll just be a right place / right time kinda thing…

So anywho… was listening to this record tonight, and thought it quite fitting… hopefully… lol… I hope 2011 is kind to you all… See you somewhere down the road… :)


Snow More…

Well this morning was just another ordinary morning over here… Cold, but otherwise pretty bland and non de-script… That however was all set to change just a few short hours later when (as predicted) all this arrived…

This next shot is just a snapshot of my backyard, which only had nothing but a very light dusting of frost when we left the house…. Driving home after (during) the snowstorm was entertaining though…

It was amazing exactly how much snow came down in just a couple of hours… We’re only talking maybe 4 to 6 inches, but it was fast enough to make even the main roads virtually impassable, and a number of times I found the car travelling in a completely different direction to which my wheels were pointing… even at a mere 15 – 20mph…

It is slightly concerning though, and I know I’ve said this before… but they KNEW this snow was on the way… and exactly when it was due to arrive, and roughly how much too… Yet they are still incapable of ensuring even the main roads stay clear and passable…


Summers Here

Even if it is a bit late, and only for the weekend.. lol.. Well, it’s been quite the nice weekend at least.. And what better way to spend it than to wander around the odd castle.. Surprisingly though, even though I live within 30mins of this castle, and have visited many times.. I’ve never really captured a nice shot of the place.. Today turned out to be one of the better ones though I hope.. And in addition to the castle, I also managed to find a family of baby peacocks.. Could they be any cuter ??..


Wet ‘n’ Wild

Well it’s been quite the weekend here as far as the weather is concerned… We’ve had torrential rain / brilliant sunshine / high winds / high tides / warmth / cold… but trying to get the perfect combination for what I had planned took a few wasted trips to the beach…

Finally though all the favoured elements combined this morning, and I spent quite a few lucrative minutes slowly freezing in the wind and sun… Oh, and I got yet another opportunity to play with my new toy… :)


Super Furry Animals…

So yesterday I finally had the opportunity to put my new toy through its paces… and I’m glad to say I was rather pleased with the results… So we spent the day at a wildlife park, which naturally was PURELY for the benefit of the kids… and was nothing even remotely to do with me wanting to play with my new lens…Nah-ah…

This is a small selection from a host of images I will be picking from in posts to come hopefully… providing I don’t get bored with them before I post them… Despite the title though I have to include one feathery not furry shot, as there’s a story to convey about this wee feathered friend of mine… I inadvertently pulled a bird…  ;)

This particular wildlife park has some real nice access to many of the animals, from walk through enclosures to open perches for some of the birds… to other animals roaming completely free within the grounds… Well, in one particular area I noticed how friendly one particular bird was as he was allowing himself to be petted… Well never one to miss an opportunity of some petting I decided whilst it was quiet to go make friends myself whilst the rest of the family were… ummmm… seeing to other natural requirements…

I checked first to make sure there were no “This animal bites” signs… but only saw a “Do NOT pick this bird up” sign… so figured he wasn’t in to removing fingers and the like…. Well I was giving him a good scratch behind the ear and under his chin (or whatever birds call their chins) when my daughter returned… and as I turned to look at her my new-found friend took full advantage of my momentary lapse in concentration, and promptly stepped on to my hand, and RAN full speed up my arm and round the back of my neck…. and perched himself firmly on my shoulder, and proceeded to nuzzle my ear and neck…. lol…

My first thought was “OH CRAP !!”…. “How the heck am I gonna get him back on his perch ??”… As from his demeanour I was pretty certain he wasn’t intending to return of his own free will… So a small crowd begins to gather… and I hear one woman whisper to her friend “I’ve seen him do that before, He won’t get him back very easily”…. OH THANKS !!!…. Lol…

And right in front of me is the huge sign “DO NOT PICK THIS BIRD UP”…. Ooooops…. Well it took some patience and cunning, but I finally managed to get him back on to my hand, and then literally peeled him off, and back on to his perch.. At which point my daughter said “Tickle him again Dad”….. NO WAY !!!… lol…

Anyway… I wasn’t the only one… When we walked through the Lemur enclosure there was a keeper in there making sure that people didn’t stroke the Lemurs, but just allowed them to get on with whatever they wanted to do… Well my daughter knelt down to get a closer look at some of the baby ones, at which point one came running up and jumped on her lap, and just sat there looking at her as if to say “Well !!!.. What have you got for me ???”…. lol…


HayDaze…

It’s been far too long since I’ve been out of an evening to capture one of my favoured subjects… the perfect sunset…. and unfortunately mostly I only have myself to blame for that, as sunset is late, and by that time of day I’m normally settled after getting the kids to bed etc…. so the thought of getting ready to go out again is one that’s all too easy to convince myself “maybe tomorrow”….

Well last night was almost another “maybe tomorrow” yet again… and I uuum’d and ahhhh’d until it was virtually too late…. The other problem being that I can’t just step in to the backyard to capture anything…. as my backyard is none too interesting… so I have to drive somewhere…

Well I left it sooooo late before deciding that I WAS going out, that my location options were severely limited, but this particular field is only 5 mins drive away and I’ve not shot here before… so that’s where I ended up… and I ONLY just made it too, and this was the very first shot I took…. Did manage to get another 20 mins shooting in before the colour drained away completely, so all in all it was definitely worth dragging myself out…. That is all except for the mosquito’s…. I really could have done without their interest in me last night… itch itch itch…. ;)


‘Nuff Stuff…

So for now at least that’s enough of the Urbex stuff… Still plenty more shots to edit and post from that visit, but for now I thought it was time for something slightly more pleasant looking… We’ve had some beautiful weather here just lately… Nice and warm and sunny… Maybe not as warm as some of you are used to, but we’re talking in the 80’s which is very nice for us on this tiny little Island….

Oooh, now there’s something I guess you never knew… I do indeed live on an Island… A proper island, just off the coast of the bigger island that is the UK…. Ok Ok… I’ll admit, it’s only a few hundred yards off the mainland, but it’s still an island completely surrounded by water… and connected by a road bridge…

Here’s some Wikipedia stuff

“The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, England in the Thames Estuary, some 38 miles (61 km) to the east of central London. It has an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). The island forms part of the local government district of Swale. Sheppey is derived from the ancient Saxon “Sceapige”, meaning isle of sheep, and even today the extensive marshes which make up a considerable proportion of the island provide grazing for large flocks of sheep. The island, like much of North Kent, comprises London Clay and is a plentiful source of fossils.

The land mass referred to as Sheppey comprises three main islands: Sheppey, the Isle of Harty and the Isle of Elmley (it was once known as the Isles of Sheppey before the channels separating them silted up), but the marshy nature of the land to the south of the island means that it is so crossed by channels and drains as to consist of a multitude of islands. The ground is mainly low-lying, but at Minster rises to about 240 ft (73 m).

Some Sheppey inhabitants like to call themselves Swampies, a term that began as, and for some people remains, an insult; for others it has become a term of endearment or a phrase for reinforcing identity. The family names “Shippee” and “Shippey,” found predominantly in New England, derives from those whose ancestors were from the Isle of Sheppey.”

And as is sometimes the case, I was going to opt for the black and white option, but I know most people tend to prefer full colour…. but I processed in black and white too, so rather than waste it, here’s that option too…


Rockin’ It…

Now this is what I call a rock pool… lol… I’m assuming it used to be more of an outdoor seaside  swimming pool, but it’s very much given over to all sorts of sea-life now…

Still on a bit of a black and white kick here, but for those who prefer your kicks in glorious technicolour, then here’s an extra splash or two…

And I’m not mean or anything, but I was SOOOO willing my daughter to fall in head first…  What a shot that would have made… lol… Even me shouting BOO !!! didn’t have the desired effect though… ;)


Bathtime

Fortunately not mine though you’ll be pleased to hear… as I had my bath in February, so I’m good for at least another few months… unless the flies return again in too vast a quantity that is, then I’ll concede to a wipe down with some wet stuff… Anyway, bathtimes are dangerous, especially for me… as I have a tendency to fall asleep in the bath… and that’s when the bath toys are at their most mischievous…  And as for Errol the rubber duck… Well I remember this one time when.. ummm.. Yeah ok, maybe that story can wait methinks…

Back on track again… So this was one of the few shots I got from the interior of Leeds Castle, before I got told off for “appearing too professional”… lol… Next time I think I’ll just take some paper and a few crayons…and plant myself in the middle of the floor and start scribbling…

They were quite happy though to let my daughter snap away with her point and shoot though… Maybe I should have loaned her my camera… Lol…

And as promised, here’s a couple of extra shots of the black swans from the castle grounds…


Sunny Knights

Well it has to be said that one thing we’re blessed with here is an abundance of castles… Within an hours drive from me I can think of at least a dozen, if not more… and I’m sure I’m missing plenty too… And they’re mostly genuine castles too… So today (as the kiddies were off school for the day), a visit to our local’ist local castle was required…

This is Leeds Castle, and was built in 1119, and is most renowned from the Tudor times, when King Henry VIII visited frequently with his Queen Catherine of Aragon, and the entire royal court…

It’s a wonderful place to spend the day though, when the weather is nice… and comes complete with an amazing landscaped estate, and the compulsory moat, black swans, and a maze, and of course its own golf course… lol..


A Bit Windy..

Well there’s a few more still from the “hospital” shoot, but I thought I should throw something slightly more refreshing up…. Can’t be doing with too much “grunge” in one go…. lol…. This was the last shot from the same day, when we actually did the Derelict Hospital,  a Castle and a Windmill…. You have to love this County sometimes… :)

I have quite a few shots of this windmill, and still can’t decide on which one I prefer, so I’ve gone for this one now as I got bored trying to decide…. Hope you like… :)


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