The photo today is of the River Tame in Sandwell Valley Country Park. I’m not sure where I’ll go today. I want to go somewhere, because the weather forecast is good. At Walsall it’s the Caldmore Village Festival in Palfrey Park. I was going to photograph that last year, but the weather wasn’t very good.
When I start a blog, I have to think of a title and then what picture to begin with. It’s not easy! This photo is of the Manor House in West Bromwich, it’s now a museum and open to the public on some afternoons. People overseas keep telling me they want to come and see the places that I photograph. Maybe the Tourist Board should sponsor one of my blogs!
Today’s picture was taken at the top aqueduct in Wednesbury where I live. It was sunny a few evenings ago. The railings reflected well off the water. Have you noticed how much graffiti there is around the canals? That’s young people who are bored. I read this morning that an headmaster at a school is advising them to do all sorts of things. Do work at home, visit the sick and lonely, get a job and study… I assume while the kids are doing this, he will be watching his smart television, going out to a restaurant or maybe enjoying a barbecue in his expensively landscaped garden. It’s amazing how people with money and position in society, know what’s best for people who don’t have money and position.
I rushed around the historic vehicle show at the Arboretum that quickly taking photos, I didn’t have time to ask what the cars were or look too closely. I do know that this is a mini though, probably a Cooper. I paid to get in there and so I’m making use of the photos again this week!
Last week, I went to the historic vehicle show in Walsall Arboretum. I hope to take a few photos today too, but the weather is much like last week, sunny but rain forecast. It’s Olympics of course. I wonder what the athletes will talk about when they get home. There will be those that will be disappointed and the medal winners who will no doubt talk about it for the rest of their days. I rode my bike from here to Sutton Park a few times when I was young. I didn’t get a medal and you really don’t want to hear about it do you?
I’ve started this post with a photo that I think is a little artistic. It was taken in Merrion’s Wood. I don’t think I would choose Merrion’s Wood for a picnic, it is a great place to take photographs and explore though. I would prefer Sandwell Valley for a picnic on a sunny day. Do you remember those sunny days we used to get in England? We do get breaks in the rain sometimes and that is a good time for a barbecue, garden party or a picnic. That was the subject of my blog yesterday.
On Sunday, Simon James came with me to Walsall Arboretum, to a historic vehicles show. I’ve used some of the photos that I took, on a blog on a Zillion ideas; so I’ll use some of Simon’s recent photos in this post. His pictures are more widescreen than mine. (more…)
I took this photo at a historic car show at Walsall arboretum yesterday. It was sunshine and showers; mostly showers and so not great light for photography. I will be using some of the pictures for tomorrow’s Neodigital Art blog though. I wrote a psychology blog this morning and posted that on a Zillion Ideas. It’s about how we can subliminal influence and what goes on in the subconscious minds of other people. Influence gives us more control over our lives and we all want that.
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I just ramble on a Sunday, write whatever is on my mind. I have a lot on my mind today, mainly the weather. Rain is forecast for this afternoon and I planned to take some photos. It was sunny and warm when I took this one of the canal, we have a few canals in the Midlands. More than Venice in fact. They aren’t quite a appreciated as the Venetian canals; people can be blind to what they have…
The London Season
It’s all go in London, after the excitement of the Queen’s official birthday. People turned out to watch the trooping of the colour and waved their flags and took up the customary grovelling positions. Some of them were hoping that, if they sucked up enough, they would get a gong in the birthday honours list. We have a season here in the Black Country. Last night the London set, went to the Hampton Court Palace Festival to partake in champagne and canapés, be entertained by the likes of Jools Holland and end the evening with a really, really expensive firework display. Up Tipton there was bingo and karaoke. The Tipton set celebrated with Banks mild and prawn cocktail crisps. Entertainment was by an Elvis lookalike from Prince’s End. (more…)
Happy birthday to me…
Yes, it’s my birthday yet again. My mate Richard; in Sydney, Australia posted a picture of a teddy bear and a birthday cake on Facebook earlier (my birthday started early in Oz). That took me back to when I was a kid, playing doctors and nurses with teddy and the girl down the road; she was the doctor. I’ll never forget what she did to teddy with that three feet of plastic tubing; no wonder his eye fell out. (more…)
When I’m taking photographs in winter the light is often difficult. I was standing on the bridge over the canal to take this shot. The sun was low in the sky in the afternoon and behind me for this shot. I edited this photo and added highlights to try to make the tree silhouette against the white bleak sky. Depth is provided by the tree and the canal going away into the distance. I also like the hedge row that runs along the side of the canal. (more…)
I have chosen this photograph to begin with because I was shooting into the sun. The sun was shining through the trees and gave a good effect, but I must have moved as I took the shot. The days are shorter now and so even mid-afternoon the sun is quite low in the sky. The light is very different from what it is in the summer and so we get Autumn colours as the leaves change colour but also the light has an effect. (more…)