I think this may well be a first for me – both sunrise and sunset from the same day.

Great Dunmow’s Doctors Pond this morning was cold and frost – much of the pond was frozen over…to such an extent that the schoolboy with stick couldn’t break the ice…This evening’s sunset was pretty spectacular – and I wasn’t the only person out there photographing it.

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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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Exactly as it says on the tin πŸ˜‰


We’ve had some really poor sunrises over the last few weeks. We have either had flat grey skys…and it just gets brighter, but no less grey or we have had brilliant clear blue sky, which just means a flat orange colour…and a lot cooler than you want it to be when stood around outside.

Today’s, admittedly, was not a whole lot better, but at least there were some shades of red with the orange light blinking through the flat grey skies! It was still cold enough for a frost though!


It really hasn’t been the best weather down here the last week or so – freezing fog this morning…lovely


It’s been a cold and very foggy day today in Dunmow…at least where I live. If you walked up to the High Street you got above the fog and it was a clear blue sky…still very cold though.


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.


It’s not Great is it?

I don’t hold the Town Council wholly responsible for this. They spend a lot of time clearing up after the selfish of Dunmow – just look at that rubbish…including in the Christmas Tree. No doubt this will all be cleared away first thing in the morning by the councils street cleaners.Β Credit where credit’s due – the High Street and Market Square look a lot better.

You do have to wonder about where the Town Square is though…it caused all sorts of uproar when it was originally sited here – outside the public toilets pretty much in a car park with a road running through it!

It’s not Great is it?

 


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