A somewhat abandoned lean to I saw earlier today.


This week’s jaunt was a quick drive down to Canvey Island, just down the coast from Southend, home of Calor Gas and Dr Feelgood…it’s a pretty industrial place…but quite fascinating.

Infamous for a massive flood on the 31st January 1953 that cost the lives of 58 people (including 3 in the Netherlands) and saw the island evacuated when the old sea wall was washed away following a tidal surge.

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I visited Maldon on Saturday around sunset…a good time of year to visit as all the kiddies fairground and paddling pools are closed down so, whilst there were still plenty of people taking the air, it wasn’t as busy as it gets in the summer months.

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It’s all been a bit quiet here since New Year’s Eve music extravaganza. After three years of consistent photography projects I decided I needed to take a year out to do some solid learning and recharge my batteries. Towards the end of the last 365 the quality had completely fallen away…to such an extent that I didn’t publish the last week or two’s pictures…

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The Church at East Bergholt in Suffolk was due to have a bell tower built in 1525, however, due to a lack of money this was never completed so a bell cage was built in 1531 to house the bells – this image shows the bells within the cage –

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Another visit to Alton Water in Suffolk. This lunchtime I parked up at the main car park and set off to visit a part of the lake I hadn’t been to before. There’s a large outcrop of land that juts out into the main lake giving a nice view of the reservoir in both directions…it’s also a good spot for Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) to hide away from prying eyes (or cameras). I spotted this one on the opposite bank and allowed me to photograph him/her for a short while before getting irritated and flying off. 

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Tool a quick sprint down to Pin Mill on the River Orwell at lunchtime and took this shot of the Betula. The tide was in, and when the tide is in, there’s actually not much coastline to get at…still a lovely spot.

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Popped out for a quick march around part of Alton Water this lunchtime and came across this fallen tree on the edge of the reservoir.


Down on the Lower Holbrook coast again in Suffolk, this time at high tide – this little spit comes out and has this great tree at the end of it. The Sandpiper happily sat on the other side of this tree was not happy to see me and left in a flurry of wings and chattering…I did feel rather bad for disturbing him.

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It’s a big bridge and standing under it makes you feel really small…I’ve taken it’s photograph a few times, this one definitely shows its power. Should we be worried about the gap in the middle?