Well that was all a disappointment…Snow, Snow, Snow, ran the headlines, weather warnings galore…and we go about a mm of snow – admittedly, there would have been much more if the rain that preceded the snow by about 3 hours had arrived later…then we would probably have had something to talk about!

When I got out of bed an hour before dawn I was somewhat underwhelmed when I looked out the window, still, I got up and went for my normal walk around Dunmow. I could see the cloud moving in and picked up the pace to make sure I reached Doctors Pond bang on sunrise and I was (for once) rewarded with a cracker. Hope you enjoy!

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Let’s face it, shooting a sunset at Doctors Pond is rather like shooting ducks in a barrel…even with a new manual focus lens I’ve hired which I’m not convinced I’m focusing quite right yet.


Wandered onto Doctors Pond today to photograph some of the birds gathered there, The seagulls were in fine voice swooping down onto the water…not sure what they were trying to catch, or if it was just practice…but they caught nothing while I was there.


Back in March (!) I got my old Nikon D60 converted to infrared and went out and shot a whole load of Infrared images. I couldn’t suss out how best to process them and got a bit fed up and put them to one side.

I finally got round to working out how best to process them and really like the results. I now can’t wait for next spring to get out and shoot some more infrared shots and get more into this side of photography.

Here’s Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow…not sure why but (ignoring the cars) this has a 1950’s feel to it.

Doctors Pond Infa-Red

More from Rowney Woods. The effect makes it look like the trees are full of cherry blossom

Rowney Woods IR 5

The process has an interesting effect on the colour of clothes.

Walking In Rowney Woods IR


I ventured out first thing this morning into a rather dark and overcast morning and took a walk around Doctors Pond. I was surprised to find a pair of Barnacle Geese, which I haven’t seen here before – they don’t normally get this far south and east in the UK


We’ve had a leaking radiator at home so we have had to be sparing with the heating as when you turn it on water sprayed across the room…we had the plumber in today to fix it…just in time for the weather to warm up again tomorrow. Still, it was nice to get a bit of warmth back into the house as you will see, outside it’s really rather unpleasant! Doctors Pond, of course, still provides an interesting picture even in the worst of conditions.


It’s Saturday so it’s time for a panorama. Today it is of Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow, Essex at sunset. This is an HDR image made up of 5 HDR images, each made from 5 original images, so 25 images in all (5 per portion). All stitched together in Kolor AutoPano 4.2 and then fiddled with in Lightroom and Photoshop. If you were to print it out at 100% you would need a pretty specialist printer as it would be 68 by 28 inches or 172 x 72 cm. You’d need a pretty large wall to hang it on as well đŸ˜‰

Who said size doesn’t matter?


I wanted to get the fireworks from the local display appearing over Doctors Pond, which I have done before. The wind didn’t help in getting decent shots of the fireworks today – this shot was of the finale explosion at the end of the display and you can see the accompanying laser show in the background as well.


Walking around Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow I noticed some pretty flowers in bloom in some of the gardens that adjoin the pond. This is a black and white version of the shot – if you are interested I have included the original colour version of the photograph…which I liked, but fancied playing around in Photoshop with it and came up with the main image.

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I have photographed our local pond – Doctors Pond – many times, but this is the first time I have photographed it in many months…I have no doubt you will see this sight again a few times over the coming months!