This lunchtime…I had a lunch hour…first time in over a week! So I drove down to Lower Holbrook and took a stroll down the coast. I found a small beach and then further along a whole load of trees that were being slowly pulled back into the sea/river – this is the tidal part of the River Stour.

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The opposite side of the mill to that normally seen – the Hay Wain was painted on the other side of that building. It was a lovely early evening to walk around – Kingfishers darting up and down the river…but when you looked across the landscape there was still the remains of the fog from this morning.


This photograph cost me a lot of money!

The aim of todays shot was a long exposure to get lots of streaky clouds…but I couldn’t get a long enough shutter speed even with my 10 stop ND filter…so I’ve bought a 16 stop ND filter to go with it – one of those new Hitech Firebrand ones everyone is raving about.

Visit again soon for my next excuse to buy more gear!


After a few days of flat grey skies we had a really nice day today and I visited Flatford…home of Constable’s Hay Wain. I set off towards Dedham down the River Stour, there were plenty of people rowing up and down, The young couple on the right had got themselves into a little trouble grounding themselves into the bank, it took them a good five minutes to dislodge themselves and get going again.


Weird light at lunchtime today as I dashed down to Lower Holbrook and took a quick march around the bay. I liked how (almost) all the boats were apparently itching to set sale into the River at any moment.


These swans came straight across to me when I stepped down onto the edge of the lake – obviously looking for food, I thought…but no – they marched up out of the water hissing at me…charming!


Had a quick run across to Shotley Gate this lunchtime…I was looking to get some long exposures, but I prefer this HDR shot because it gives some idea of scale with the (actually quite large) yacht sailing past. These ships docked across the bay in Felixstowe are huge. I could see the large artics scurrying around the ships like small ants.


Back to the spot I was at last Friday, this time looking in the opposite direction at the bridge.


My PC issues continue so updates are a little sporadic at the moment, sorry about that.

I’d noticed this letter box built into the side of, what is now, a private house in Stutton, the next village along from where I work.

I’ve not come across the George V letterboxes before. We have a slightly older Victorian box in Dunmow, but this one seemed somehow older even though George V reigned between 1910 and 1936


I’ve heard regular trains rushing past somewhere nearby since I started work here a month or so ago. I had no idea where the rail track was. I took a walk at lunchtime across to a bridge I drive over every morning expecting to find the River Stour…so I was a little surprised to find this in its place.