Two days on the trot I manage to get up for the sun rise. Admittedly, I got up about two hours later today than yesterday and it was a case of trotting about 10 yards to Doctors Pond to take the picture – it helps as well that Dunmow is in a bit of a dip so sunrise here comes about 20 minutes later than other parts of the county 😉 . Nevertheless, I was up and I caught it!

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When I went to bed last night I told myself that, should I wake up early I had to get up and get out to shoot the sunrise. I’m an idle beggar &, even when I was telling myself this I was thinking “no chance!”.

So, I was surprised to find myself marching around Great Dunmow an hour before sunrise. I knew that I wanted to get some shots of the windmill at Aythorpe Roding so I jumped into the car and set off. It was, as you will be able to tell from today’s picture, pretty cold. I got the full sunrise, including the windmill, but this was my favourite shot, typically, including the moon.


I finally got out and about today and drove across to Berners Roding and had a look at the semi-derelict church there that I have photographed before. I took a walk across the fields to shoot the sunset which was OK, but nothing spectacular, I turned round to head back to the car and saw the below picture. In my opinion, far more interesting than the sunset.


Everywhere we went today you could see the moon and it reminded me of the B52’s track “There’s a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)”. So much so that I had to listen to it when I arrived home. I had hoped that there’d be some clever way I could tie in the lyrics with this image…there wasn’t 😉

Still, this Morris Minor 1000 we saw near Great Sampford, appears to be looking wistfully to the moon as it waits for the final visit of the AA Relay team.


The wife and I crossed the border at the weekend into Hertfordshire and took a walk around Broxbourne Woods. If you’re looking for Butterflies, you won’t be disappointed, we came across 3 distinct species – we’ll maybe share some pictures of them in the next few days…

Anyhow, the woods were beautiful and quite peaceful and I took some pictures as usual.

I wasn’t too pleased with how they originally came out, but a little levels adjustment in Photoshop and then into On One Software’s Photo Tools 2.6 and a much better, “Pixie World” quality was achieved which, I think, is pretty good. Do let me know what you think in the comments section.