The Moorhens around Doctors Pond have been doing very well this year…lots of Chicks. We didn’t have any Moorhens here until 4 or 5 years ago, we now have at least 2 well established families.

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A rather pretty sunset behind Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow that drew me out this evening


24Jun

296/365v3 – Trees, Clouds and Bird Song

I only had my tiny Manfrotto table tripod with me so decided to go for that low to the ground look…which worked until, inexplicably, the camera changed its focus…but in the end I quite liked it anyway! I added a bird song soundtrack which I recorded a week earlier about 10 miles away 😉

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The fair comes to Dunmow a few times a year. It’s not a large fair but it’s always interesting to see it first thing in the morning with no one around.

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Despite living close to Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow we very rarely see damselflies in the area…indeed, this is only the second time I have seen one in our garden after 18 years of living here.


I visited this very pretty timber church in Suffolk to photograph the outside of the building, however, the sun was directly above and in line with the church making it impossible to shoot. Fortunately the inside of the church was really quite lovely!

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Another glorious day meant it was way to hot to venture out until 8.00pm in the evening. With sunset not until 9.20pm that’s not such a problem, the woods were still really dark with the heavy summer canopy blocking out much of the sunlight…so, this is a public footpath we (still) haven’t followed across the field of barley. I haven’t done any HDR for a while – so it was nice to run this shot through Photomatix to create this shot.

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It’s poppy time!


Blazing sunshine all day – the damselflies were very busy


17Jun

289/365v3 – Bishop’s Stortford Carnival 2017

I joined some of my colleagues from Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club today to photograph the carnival, including a brief timelapse. 

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