This is a simple posting compared to some of the others. Day 18 (more than 1/2 way through) had me taking a few photos of my journey to work. Normally I would only submit one photo for @hiddenbradford #bradfordphotoaday (see here for my first posting on the subject – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266) but today I put several images together to show that I can get to work and have substantial parts of my journey free of other things (cars, people, bikes, buses etc.) other than Swans, Mallards, Goldfinch, Crows, Jackdaws, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Oyster Catchers, Bluetits, Great tits, Greylag Geese, Mandarins, Wood duck, Wren, Robin and a few others that I can’t recognise.
I am a bit late with this posting. I have submitted my image for the day and looked through some of the ones from other people. Some quirky, others more personal, but some that made me think “Why didn’t I know/see that?”- like the entrance to Exchange Station. I have just tried to find the one that was submitted but can’t. If anyone finds it please send me a link and I will use that one. But basically it was a photo of pedestrian access to the old Exchange station as per this one here.
My submission for the challenge (read my first posting on the subject here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266) was of a fishing permit sign on one of the trees just next to the river in Robert’s Park, Baildon.
Please click on the image to see it on flickr and also see a photo of the same sign taken back in 2002. Another tree nearby has a similar sign and it is also being eaten by the tree.
What surprises me about these signs is how high they are. It was recently explained to me that existing parts of a tree do not grow higher. New growth will appear that is higher than the old, but anything that already exists will stay at that height – so why are these signs so high?
During my quest for signs I came across this rather surprising sign of Spring. I didn’t even know that eggs had been laid and here we already have some goslings in the grounds of The United Reform Church
On the way into work I kept my eyes open for signs and took these. One that needs its lettering redoing
One from several years ago
And some helpful ones and informative ones
But even with all these signs there are some things that will just carry on and walk wherever they like, as this Grey Wagtail was doing, strutting along the cobbles.
I am starting to think that before deciding on what photo I should submit I should look through the words for the rest of the month. I notice that day 22 is Chimney. I need to be careful or I will be submitting the same thing for more than one topic.
See my first post about the challenge here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266
Since I work in Salt’s Mill it seems reaasonable to submit a photo of the Mill, but I have stuck to the letter of The Law and submitted a photo from the day.
I don’t know how good your eyes are (or your monitor) but I suggest you view that one as large as possible.
As you might guess I have one or two photos of Salt’s Mill and you can see some of them here. That should keep you happy for a few minutes. Also if you click on the image above it should let you view some images related to Mill that i took that day.
This day is a Sunday when I would either be going up onto Baildon Moor or down to the river with my long lens, looking for wildlife. Fortunatley Baildon Moor is also a golf course so it seemed reasonable to try and combine the two – Day 15 Sport (read my first posting about the challenge here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266) for the challenge and a bit of wildlife photography.
On Saturday I felt I missed an opportunity by not going out until after my coffee (the light seemed good early on, but I was lazy) so today I headed out at a reasonable time (for a Sunday anyway) and I had not been outside long when I thought the long distance visibility was excellent. Hills were getting in the way a bit but everything looked sparkling so it seemed like a good idea to head off to Riva Reservoir again to try and improve on my photo of the 3 masts.
However it is still not as good as my first attempt. Do we have clear days any more?
The task for the day was to get some sport in the camera mixed with a bit of wildlife. The sport shot I went for, and submitted to #bradfordphotoaday was this one. This was taken with my long lens which is why the golf ball is not a streak – it is coming towards me. The long lens also compresses the slope and makes it look as though they are at the top of a cliff.
But before I took this shot I had already seen some wildlife. There were quite a few Skylark around.
Most of the time they were happily sharing the place with golfers.
As you can see it was rather cold that morning – this golfer has a pale blue golfing glove on his left hand and a dark blue glove on his right hand. Skylark could be heard singing above my head and occasionally I managed to see them take to the air and start climbing until they were just a dot in the sky.
Lower down the golf course, closer to Sconce, I kept hearing Curlew but all I could see were golfers.
With all the people about it was quite surprising to see the Skylark scurrying about though when dods came bounding through the grass they soon scattered.
It was also great to see a female Kestrel quartering the slopes. At one point she dropped down out of sight presumably to try to catch something. It was several minutes before I saw the bird hovering again.
It is at about this time that I took the photo of the golfers that I submitted for the challenge. Soon after that I went down to the far side of the golf course and looked over the wall and saw wildlife tat was just a bit too big for the Kestrel.
On the dead bracken I came across this small Tortoise Shell butterfly.
And then a little further along near the wood I managed to catch sight of this Wren with a rather blue looking insect in its beak.
I then came across a feeding Reed Bunting that was doing some very unusual acrobatics.
And nearby my first sighting of a Willow Warbler
I then met up with some golfers near one of the tees and they insisted on posing for a photo. It was only later that I realised that they were the same group that I had photographed earlier on another tee.
Baildon Moor is also used by a lot of riders and one of my intentions had ben to try for a silhoet against the sky. The lighting was not very good for that and I did not see any horses on the tops of hills posing for me but this one is not too bad apart from the poorly positioned post.
Further down the moors towards Glovershaw, where the grass is longer, there were lots of Meadow Pipits.
During the day I also saw this Purple Fritillaria
Later on in the day (2:15pm) it was one of the guided walks around Denso Marston Nature Reserve where Steve was rather pleased with this Bee Fly
We also managed to see Roe Deer across the other side of the river. They seem to be surviving even though there are reports of people hunting them with dogs. A cross-bow bolt has also been found on the reserve!!
And then one of the last photos of the day on the reserve was this Wren with nesting material in its mouth.
What does a photographer do when presented with the word “texture”. I found this one more difficult than “up”; which was Day 2. You can read the start of my blogging about the challenge here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266
To me a photograph is texture and in most cases a good photo has good texture, though of course there are good “news” photos where the texture is a distant second. So how do you represent texture using a photograph?
After my cup of coffee this morning I realised that I should not have bothered and that I should have gone out when the sun was shining. Getting a photo that has texture is so much easier when there is some light from somewhere.
I went for one of my frequent walks along the river at Denso Nature Reserve looking for texture. This time I had a short lens on the camera instead of my long zoom lens. However I did swap to my zoom lens on occasion otherwise I would have missed being able to post this as my texture photo –
This is the same Robin in full song –
The river bank gave me plenty of opportunity to capture texture, even without the sun. This tree has textured bark and several woodpecker holes in it.
Many of the trees have mosses and lichen growing on them
Sawn off tree trunks also provide texture.
The lichen covered stone wall across the other side of the river provided some good texture (I took the photo because of the discarded strimmer that was half in the water but that has been cropped out for this “texture” purpose.)
Back home I continued to look for texture and I think some of these give an acceptable interpretation of it. We had a little bit of Sun as it went down so I took the green photos below which are showing the texture of the light.
The shadows on the mortar helped this one qualify as a Texture photo.
The sunlight on the arm of the sofa also created an opportunity for using my macro tubes.
A close up of our table
And this is another that I like. The sun casting shadows of the leaves on the door –