Autumn colours.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times we view Autumn colours, they still excite the senses. Nature seems to understand exactly how to put on a show and by golly, this year, it has excelled itself.

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A day in the rain.

How often have you marvelled at the autumn display. Many times I’m sure and with varying reasons. As children we loved the “conker” season and all those wonderful leaves to run and play in. As adults it was more to do with the magnificence of the colours. With these thoughts in mind I arranged to spend the day at Winkworth Arboretum, in Surrey, to take in the colours and enjoy a walk in the countryside.

Although the weather forecast was for rain the opportunity was too good to miss. True to form the rain started on arrival. However, this minor setback simply added and extra dimension to the day out.

I include a few shots showing just how the sparkle of rain drops can add to the overall atmosphere created within the woodland.

A practical tip – make sure your camera is suitably protected from damp, wet conditions.Winkworth Arboretum Winkworth Arboretum 5 Winkworth Arboretum 4 Winkworth Arboretum 3 Winkworth Arboretum 2 Winkworth Arboretum 1

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Jeeps away.

Back in late spring my son and his partner set off on an adventure in his customised “Jeep”.

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Meeting up with many other like minded people they embarked upon a weekend of thrills and spills.

Playing with Jeeps

Not for the feint hearted, in fact some sections were only for the more experienced drivers.

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Palmyra, Syria.

Ok, so hands up those that haven’t heard of Palmyra. It’s a city within Syria that has an ancient past with ruins that are dated as being 2000 years old. In real time that’s half the age of the Pyramids, in Egypt. However, for all their youthfulness they are still very important in World Heritage terms.

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the city ruins and spend some time walking amongst the stones, columns and archways. A very sobering experience that certainly got my mind working.

I attach some photos taken in 2009 before the present trouble. However, Palmyra has suffered over many years from those that wish to rob or damage the buildings. I suppose things are no different today – we still haven’t learnt anything.

They are in Black & White in an attempt to convey some atmosphere.

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

Palmyra - January 2009

Palmyra – January 2009

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Street scenes.

Previously you saw a few shots looking out from high above Robin Hood Bay looking out to sea. Today, I thought a few “street scenes” would offer you an insight into the fishing village itself.

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Robin Hood Bay

Just five miles south of Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast, you will find Robin Hood Bay. This small fishing village is one of the few places along this part of the North Yorkshire coast that is accessible for visitors, although only those prepared for a steep climb down and back from the car park.

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Near the river (Thames).

Bank holiday weekend was variable as far as the weather was concerned. However, we managed a couple of hours of bliss walking in the piece and quiet around some grounds bordering the river Thames.

Starting with the siting of a Grebe that was foraging for vegetation to take back to it’s mate who was sitting on a nest contain two eggs (yes, we actually saw them).

Grebe foraging.

Quite near this location were a few row boats. However, they were minus anyone to use them.

All tied up.

Moving on from here we moved out into the countryside and found ourselves passing a tree that had been planted in memory of a loved one.

In memory.

At our furthest point we happened upon a slow stretch of water covered with duck weed. It looked just as though you could easily walk across it. No one tried!

See Green (duck weed).

On our way back and nearing the end of our walk we spotted an area set aside for picnickers. However, as you can see there was space for more.

Just waiting for you.

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