Carver Barracks

A rather macabre subject today. I didn’t set this up, someone had laced this twig through the deer skull so it was at about head height…I thought it created a particularly spooky subject. For those of you who would like to see something a bit more pleasant…

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Lovely work this lunchtime through Rowney Woods in Essex. There was a slight mist throughout the woods giving some great atmosphere…there was also a lot of bird activity including

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Our regular visit to Rowney Woods was very pleasant in the very mild weather we are having at the moment. There was just a little bit of mist that hadn’t burnt off which gave the light a really nice softness. More pictures after the break

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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


Rowney Woods was looking really nice today in its late autumn, early winter colours. I really couldn’t pick which image to choose for today’s picture so you get four…The main shot is of an area the Forestry Commission usually cut back once the bracken is past its best, I’m glad they haven’t this tear as the colour of the bracken really sets off nicely against the green of the moss.

This is the same area as the main image. The central main tree is the tree you see the trunk of in the main image.

Reflecting on Autumn

I’m a sucker for the silver birch shots, especially looking straight up from below…

Autumnal Silver Birch

…and when the sunlight catches them like this

Lighting up the Silver Birch


We popped out to Rowney Woods this morning for a walk. Whilst there were some pretty threatening clouds around the sun did periodically make an appearance as it did in this shot as we were leaving the woods, lighting up the young oak tree at the entrance. 

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A quick stroll around Rowney Woods this morning before the weather closed in.

This entrance into the woods doesn’t actually exist but I took one picture of this area as we arrived and then a second picture (including the people) as we left. I then combined the two in photoshop and because of the change in light it looks like the people are entering the woods by a (non-existent) path. You can see the two images used below.

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Continuing my occasional deliberate camera motion series we have this shot of some of trees in Rowney Woods, not a particularly original shot but enjoyable none the less.

I couldn’t decide whether to publish this shot or the following shot as my shot of the day. I deliberately went for the star-burst effect by closing down the aperture on the camera (to f22) and positioning myself so the sun broke through the branches.

Time For A Walk


I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.


The sun was just breaking through as we approached Rowney Woods giving us those great sun beams…big sky as well!