I took another visit down to Flatford…it was wet, very, very wet. There weren’t many walking the vale which was quite pleasant. I took this shot deliberately with a very wide aperture, meaning you get a very narrow depth of field (or area of focus) giving the image a somewhat dreamy feel which I quite like.

Poor weather is a pain, but with it you will usually get some striking sunsets – this evening was no exception.

There has been a unifying theme to many of the images I have taken this week – lines – as part of a course I’m doing – this represents curved lines – I’d actually spotted this shot a few days ago but couldn’t take it because of the poor weather – today – with plenty of sunshine I captured the shot just as I wanted to. Pretty much everything is curved here – OK – the telegraph poles aren’t, the the lines between them are.

A few months ago I took a shot from the works car park – here’s another shot from a slightly different angle to catch the rather nice sunset we had after a day that had been quite dismal.

At lunchtime today I took a stroll around part of Alton Water in search of an Egret that I had seen the other day.

There was no sign of the egret but i enjoyed this scene with the birds on the line…one clearly had had enough and left, in what I hoped, was a huff!

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We visited the National Trust’s Wicken Fen this afternoon for a pleasant walk. It was very busy as the weather was quite lovely. Whilst I’ve taken this photograph before, it really is the number one subject at Wicken Fen…the highland cattle were hiding in the long grass and the ponies were miles away…we could just see them in the distance…but the weather was almost perfect, so that was all OK.

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We visited Ickworth in Suffolk today. Before visiting the Rotunda we took a stroll around the countryside surrounding the house. Typical rolling hills with some really nice large ponds / small lakes dotted around. The National Trust certainly have their marketing well set up as it was quite busy even on a Thursday in autumn.

We visited Flatford today to find a rather soggy Dedham Vale…so soggy that you couldn’t walk on it without some pretty substantial boots. To compound the issue the National Trust are just in the process of renewing the lock gates just outside the mill…so actually there are no lock gates in place…hence this very active water outside the Mill today.

I’ve never seen so many pheasants in one field before, good thing hunting season hasn’t started yet!

Manningtree at low tide…that’s the River Stour winding it’s way towards Felixstowe…nice sky