Why I’m taking so many photos THIS colour

1-_mg_0226-002Here’s a typical example of my recent photographic output. Monochromes, subdued colours…

Why am I drawn to colours and subjects like this? Maybe it’s because of where I live – on the coast near Bristol, where the water is the muddy water of the Bristol Channel. The water is usually brown because of all the silt it contains and hardly ever blue – only if you catch the perfect angle of the sun and the reflection of the sky. And then it is not the blue of the ocean, but a silvery, metallic blue. There are some sand banks in the channel, but the coast is lined with mud flats. It’s often cloudy so skies are quite often grey.

Does that sound depressing? Well I don’t mean it to because the very nature of the colours makes you aware of the variety of subtle shades within the blanket terms “grey”, “brown” or even – dare I say it? – “beige”. The more you look the more you see shades of pink, green, blue and lavender, to name a few.

The colour palette is even more varied when the sunset is spectacular.

The training of your eye doesn’t stop at noticing colour. There is the not insignificant matter of texture too. The mud flats are lined with meandering water channels, gulleys and creases, that bring to mind the image of the skin under a blue whale’s throat. Even a rolling grey sky above a silver grey sea has textures to delight the eye and the soul.

Throw in some man-made features for a little extra variety and there is always something to tempt the photographer.

There is interest and beauty everywhere – you just have to look.

[Many of my photographs are available to buy from my RedBubble online shop. Here’s a link to the latest Lines and leaves ]

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness?

Well not today, and not in Clevedon.  Although it has been very misty lately, the weather has changed and winds are blowing from the North, and what a beautiful day!  Quite exhilarating even though it was quite cool.

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You often get quite geometric bands of colour here looking out to Wales across the sea wall, marine lake and the Bristol Channel, but today the effect was particularly spectacular as the sun was so bright and the wind fairly strong.

And then walking around Poet’s Walk it all turned into an old fashioned nature walk, with a beautiful red admiral butterfly on some ivy …

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… and the specks in the water towards the foreground in this picture are canda geese.  I can tell you they were making a terrific noise, so I can only assume they were planning on flying off soon.

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Beautiful!  It’s not all that long ago (20 years or so) that you’d be able to see masses of red admirals every autumn, but now they are a rare sight, which is very sad.

On a completely different note, while writing I’ll just mention the special offer we have on some wigs in our ebay shop.

You didn’t see that coming, did you!!

One of the first things we bought to sell when we started the shop were some very good quality, long wavy wigs.  They are really beautiful, and come in blonde, red, brown and black with red highlights. People who have bought them have loved them, and said they will definitely be using them again.  We are moving into art work – much more interesting for us – so took these out of our shop.  However, as we are approaching halloween, this seems a good time to re-offer them and we listed them at £24.99.  As we would like to sell them quickly, we are offering them at a 20% discount.  The sale starts tomorrow 11 October.  When they’re gone, they’re gone!