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Neodigital Art | In the summertime


I’ve used photos of this lake in a lot of blogs but it keeps on changing. It is officially summer now and all the trees have leaves and everything is getting greener. I took a few shots of this scene and they are all different. The sky is a deeper blue in the other shots, but I used this one because it has ducks!


I still don’t know what those white flowers are, but they are all along the River Tame. Artists do all kinds of things to create something aesthetically pleasing, but it’s hard to beat nature on a summer’s day. It is hard to capture the beauty of nature in a picture too, but over the centuries many have tried. Whichever school of art that you’re into, I think you will find it hard to beat nature as a source of inspiration.


This picture isn’t very artistic, but we can ask the question. Why was the car park at Sandwell Valley Farm nearly full on Sunday afternoon? Perhaps, many others enjoy the beauty of nature too and that included people of all ages.


Who wouldn’t want to see this view on a sunny afternoon in England. On the left you can see a canalised portion of the River Tame and on the right of the picture is Forge Mill Lake.


I tried to get this shot without the car on it. I also forgot to take a good look at these buildings. I read that one of them was the original mill and has a reminder on it, of where the mill wheel went. There is a brook close by, but the river has been diverted and canalised so it’s hard to say which building was the water mill. The water mill originally drove a forge as the name Forge Mill suggests. There were a few mills in Sandwell Valley. If you’re a regular reader you might remember pictures of the Milky Pool and there were two water mills in that area too. It seems watermills and Windmills were major sources  of energy before they found all the coal and the age of steam arrived.


You’re not supposed to feed the geese, but that doesn’t seem to stop people. I wish they would sell the proper food at the farm shop so people wouldn’t use bread. The farm is owned by the council and so effectively run by local politicians and bureaucrats, so we have to be grateful for small mercies!

I took over 100 photos over the weekend and then edited to try to improve them. The light was great and the sky clear when I was at Sandwell Valley, but some shots were really dark when the sun went behind a cloud. I am using more of those shots for another blog today over on a Zillion Ideas. Why not pop over there and check that site out too?


17 responses

  1. Smjtk Ulie

    Really you had done a great post, and also nice shooted for the pics. Keep writing mike!! 🙂

    29, May 2012 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Ulie,

      We have having a good summer so far in England. My neighbours all have sun tans! It’s good to get out in the sun and take photos after the winter too; even though gasoline is very expensive!

      Thanks for visiting, I’ll take a look at your blog.

      29, May 2012 at 5:43 pm

  2. alex

    love the pics, thanks for sharing with us =)

    29, May 2012 at 2:09 pm

  3. Hi Alex,

    It was cool and cloudy this morning but sunny again now. It was getting a bit hot yesterday afternoon! Good weather for photography and the price of gasoline has dropped a little. It was getting close to 1.50 a litre, but closer to 1.20 at some places now. I was getting 7 miles to a litre but that dropped to 5 miles to a litre on Monday with more traffic. It would be so bad, but they sting me for £240 a year tax on the car too!

    Thanks for the visit. 🙂

    29, May 2012 at 3:43 pm

  4. Hi Mike, I completely agree with you. Nature photographs are my favorite. If people are in a shot, it doesn’t make as much of an impact for me (unless I know the people, lol!).

    The exception is for interesting buildings. Some of my favorite pictures of yours, Mike, are some of the building shots. I especially like the ones that you edited with Fotosketcher!

    2, June 2012 at 8:30 pm

  5. Hi Carolyn,

    The light and weather were both great when I went to Sandwell Valley last weekend, but I couldn’t get a clear shot of the buildings. The cows used to be very smelly but I was disappointed that they were gone! I used Fotosketcher on some of these and it didn’t work so well. I used Smoothdraw 3 to alter the colour on that picture.

    2, June 2012 at 9:20 pm

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