Monday, 27 November 2017

Keep it local

Only made it as far as Beddington Park today. Surprising amount of dog walkers for one small park!! Still that kept me close too and in the River Wandle for a while. Good to see Grey Wagtails and a Little Egret fishing around the leaf litter and litter trying to find some food.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Chatting in Chaldon

This morning a trip down to Chaldon to the church of St Peter and St Paul was the order of the day. Its a modestly small church which I'm guessing indicates how many people lived here during the medieval period. Amazingly the church is left open and it was hard too leave as it was cosy inside.

Inside the church is an amazing mural dating from the late 12th century depicting Heaven, Hell and the deadly sins.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Wittering in Wotton

Spent a couple of hours in Wotton on Sunday. Its just West of Dorking and was surprisingly chilly. Wasn't happy with most of the pics so below are the best of a bad bunch. The church is the burial place of John Evelyn ( diarist ) though i never got in the church to have a look. To the West of the church are some fields crammed full of corn and it was above these fields that the Buzzards kept me entertained during my chilly stay by mewing loudly, constantly, the Jackdaws racing up to meet them in menacing black clouds that soon evaporated and Black-headed Gulls arguing over who had rights to the spilt corn.

Ooh its me 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Away to the coast

So a long weekend comes to an end. Staying at the Haven in Caister, just up the coast from Great Yarmouth which is a Martin Parr kinda town i feel. The beach right next to the camp showed close views of a seal in what can only be described as a force 40000 gale!!! The camera fell over twice and it was almost impossible to get a sharp image as the wind blew dogs and dog walkers past at an alarming rate. A quick trip to Sheringham amazed me with a walk by flock of Turnstones actually on the main road - follow this with Brent Geese, Gannets, Little Gulls, Knot, Curlew, Lapwings in flooded fields ( i thought that was a long gone tradition ) and it almost restored hope.

Caister Beach

These are the gates to the camp site from the beach
Apparently it has a Little Tern colony during the Summer

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Storm chasing

Well the plan was to go back to Epsom race course and catch some cloud movement over the grandstand. So i was gutted to pull up just as a huge storm covered the sky in moody grey cloud and persuaded me not to get out of the car. So where to go? I decided back to Ranmore to photograph the lych gate at St Barnabas. It gets harder to find churches that aren't flood lit these days but this is one that stays nice and dark. So 70 second exposures and see what happens.

St Barnabas lych gate
c 1859

104 sec @ f22 iso 320

73.0 sec @ f22 iso 320

72.0 sec @ f22 iso 320

All taken with a canon 5d and a 17-40mm f4 at 17mm and me running about with a torch filling in the blanks on the lych gate.

Friday, 20 October 2017

A chilly day

Today was the first truly chilly day of the Autumn. Standing on Ranmore common was a struggle, enlivened by a couple of Raven that were resisting all encouragement from the local Crows to leave the area. Then a quick stop at Epsom race course for a coffee - skies were empty.

The quest still goes on to get a blurry look from the camera, today the light was to bright and a 30 second exposure wasn't making much of a blur.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Ooh, erm, not sure which way to look!!

Took a trip down to Ockham Common this morning. Wanted to try out a new filter on the camera. If you're wondering about the blog title, type ' Ockham Common ' into google!! Wish i had. Anyway some pics of the trees.

This one seems to show the 'Ockham Ghost' walking towards me!!