Lake Wood

We got a little lost on a walk from Uckfield, due to some woeful walk instructions and an awkwardly reconstructed wall.  But on the plus side I did get to sit and watch dragonflies for a few minutes.

Dragonfly on Lake Wood
Dragonfly on Lake Wood
Lillies and Geology at Lake Wood
Waterlillys and impressive geology at Lake Wood.

It being a post-industrial landscape there were occasional arches and gated tunnels.



I am lucky to be able to stay in my Dad’s place in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, from time to time.  From the town of Knaresborough you can walk up Nidd Gorge following the route of the river.

Nidd Gorge - Bilton Weir
Bilton Weir on the River Nidd

You can hire boats in Knaresborough if you fancy some messing about on the river.


Upriver from Pateley Bridge is Gouthwaite Reservoir.

Gouthwaite and Lodge
Gouthwaite Lodge across the Reservoir Dam.

Trying to get to the pub we came across the drivers worst nightmare, on winding country roads, cyclists, tractors and a bus!

Perfect Storm
Cycle race, tractor rally and the no. 821
OVN 920
Masham Young Farmers Tractor Rally

Wide Angle, Dusk and a Low Tide

After a great deal of procrastination and eBay’ing I have finally bought a wide angle lense, a Sigma EX 10-20mm F/4.0-5.6.  I used it through a recent trip to Cordoba (not yet the subject of an entry here but soon I hope) and this evening took it to the beach as low tide and dusk coincided.

Bare feet on the sand
New Trainers
New trainers I suspect.



Two Churchs of West Sussex

After a dearth of opportunities to take pictures  I decided to take a day off and visit a couple of local(ish) churches.  The first was Church of St Mary Magdalene at Tortington.


The interior is as beautifully looked after as all the Churches Conservation Trust properties.  The interior arch has some unusual carvings of “beakheads – boggle-eyed monsters with beaks, tongues and squid-like tentacles that frown and glare at visitors below.”

The door arch and iron fittings are original 12th century and have been moved at least three times.

The graveyard contains a variety of differing crosses and carvings.

The second was the Church of St Mary the Virgin at North Stoke.

which contains traces of 14th century wall decoration

and some splendid carvings.

Slindon Woods

A couple of images from a stroll through Slindon Woods (near Bognor, East Sussex).  The featured image is from the churchyard of St Mary’s in Slindon.

Slindon Woods
Aisle of Beech Trees
Slindon Woods Bench
This reminded me of the curved tombs in Pompeii which provide seating for weary travelers.


At a photographic club lecture I heard probably the clearest description of the point and practice of HDR images so I thought I would combine some spare time, a convenient golden hour window and a trip to Shoreham to see what I could achieve.  I am quite pleased with the result below.

Shoreham Harbour Wall

On the return journey I stopped on the bridge across the estuary and took the image below of the houseboats (I assume).

Houseboats on the Adur at Shoreham


Whitchurch Canonicorum

On a journey back from a break in Cornwall (hopefully I’ll get time to post some images from that shortly) we stopped in the tiny village of Whitchurch Canonicorum and the church of  Church of St Candida and Holy Cross which is unusual as being the only religious site (other than Westminster Abbey) in England to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact.

Shrine of Saint Wite (Latinised as Saint Candida)
The only shrine in Britain to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact, apart from that of Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey

But is obviously still a working church.

It has some fun exterior and interior gargoyles.

And walking around the back shows a fascinating mix of architecture acquired in it’s long life.

Jumble of Architecture
Church of St Candida and Holy Cross.


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