A Bar-B-Q in England

The summer family bar-b-q normally happens at the end of July, round about the birthday of the lovely Jules. This year the calendar is well cluttered at the back end of July, so we had it at the front. Everything was nicely organised for a full house of family, in-laws and friends, when one of our number decided to sneak in an extra holiday, the knock on effect being he had to work this weekend so we were an in-law down. The fun thing about the bar-b-q is that we do nothing except eat it. Jayjay prepares lots of nice food, and has the bar-b-q food ready too, and Gra does the cooking, plus he often brings things to try too. This year Dawn cooked a cake, which was also yummy. While all this was going on I was alternating between eating and chatting and wandering around the garden taking photos.

1537 Foot bridge at Ashford Kent
Footbridge as Art – as we head north to the bar-b-q.

1648 A garden awaiting a bar-b-q
Our chef Gra chatting to AJ

1670 Common Blue butterfly maybe
One of the locals resting up

1654 Butch guarding his tape
Butch in the shade

1680 Mating Green-veined butterfly maybe
If you have Sex at a Bar-b-q, I guess it’s best to do it discretely.

1693 Vietnamese Lantern
A Vietnamese lantern, but we didn’t see it working!

1735 Bar-b-q in progress
The first food to hit the bar-b-q.

1752 Sunshine and bar-b-q
An assortment of family, including in-laws and ‘adopted as’ in-laws. Well – you can never have too many in a family.

We have meat eaters, veggies, and gluten frees amongst us, so we had a wide variety of foods, and of course we all, (nearly), cross-ate to try all the flavours.
Come 7pm we started to scatter our various ways. Jules, AJ and I headed for Ynys Mon, Wales. I drove the first half of the journey, and the girls kept an eye out for Red Kites along the M40 motorway. As we approached Birmingham, a sunset started to develop, but I wasn’t going to stop until I got to the half way distance, 140+ miles, and when I pulled into a service station to top up the drinking bottles and swap drivers, the sunset was still prettyish but fading a bit. Jules took over the driving and headed north, but the woods and scenery hid the sunset, and I didn’t get a good view of the sky for the best part of an hour or so, and then the gorgeous colours and patterns were no more. Better luck next time.

As usual, I went into photo doodle mode, and experimented with the camera’s program settings. I discovered the moonlight setting and it takes three photos and puts them together to get the sharpest image. Unlike the burst mode that takes up to ten pics in a fraction of a second and saves them all, this only produces one photo at each press, and often at slow shutter speeds. The advantage is that in poor light it does seem to produce nice pics (not guaranteed of course) and I don’t have loads of pics to sort through. I can’t remember all the pics I took in ‘Moonlight’ mode, but I’m thinking most of them were. The blooming exif data doesn’t appear to tell us this info – which is incredibly stupid of some git at Canon. I’m going to do a carefully documented experiment to see if some of the weird numbers and things in the EXIF data give me a clue. Carefully documented and Andy don’t necessarily go together, so we shall see!

1761 Sunset from the M6 motorway
Pastel sunset colours from the motorway.

1775 Dusk from M56 Motorway
Stanlow Refinery from the M56 motorway with ‘moonlight mode’

1816 Night drive across North Wales A55
Jules cruising at 68 mph. Another ‘moonlight mode’ pic.

1820 Night drive across North Wales - in the A55 'Pen-y-Clip' tunnel
Nearly home, in the A55 ‘Pen-y-Clip’ tunnel.

Taken in ‘Moonlight mode’. Not perfectly crisp, but good enough considering the bouncy nature of roads. A nice safe ending to a fab day. I remember hoping that all my American friends had had a nice day too, celebrating their 4th of July.


An Ynys Mon Shootaboot

Plas Cadnant and a nature reserve in Holyhead, both on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, UK, were the locations for Shootaboot 2 2015. The weather was cloudy with sunny spells with a few short, light showers, but none of the cloudbursts of the previous days.

Vee could not wait to get into the Welsh countryside but she took a wrong turn along the way as she drove to Llanfair! so couldn’t take time out for photos. She said that the hour long detour was not without a considerable amount of pleasure as she drove through so many wonderful little villages.

After giving Vee a refreshing drink and a bite to eat I drove us to Holyhead after taking her to book into the nearest Premier Inn in Menai Parc. Anglesey, which is also known by its Welsh name Ynys Môn, is an island off the north-west coast of Wales. It stretches across an area of 714 square km and is the largest island of Wales and the fifth-largest island surrounding Great Britain. (Facts from Wikipedia).

We parked at the coastal nature reserve called the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park and walked out over the grassy stretches overlooking the Irish Sea. The fields were covered in primroses, bluebells and other flora, and were bordered by bright yellow gorse bushes which seemed to grow in the most hospitable of places on the surrounding chalk cliffs. Vee took loads of flower pics before we walked up to a viewpoint overlooking the sea and coastline.

320 Coastline at Holyhead Breakwater Country Park
Coastline at Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

318 The Holyhead Breakwater
The Breakwater seen from the view point.

At a mile long, it is possibly the longest breakwater in Europe. I assume that the zig-zag shape is to better withstand the winter storms. The breakwater was built from stone quarried here. After it was finished in 1875, the quarry was turned into a brickworks.

321 Brickworks chimney stack
The brickworks chimneystack and ruins.

Later, back at the car park some locals came to feed the birds on the duck pond and loads of gulls appeared from nowhere. Thinking that this was going to be a good photo opportunity, we sat and tried to capture some of the action.

332 A loaf for the ducks and gulls
The ladies with the bread.

365 Herring Gull - Larus argentatus
My only successful shot

Thursday 1pm

We met up again at our place, and after a cuppa set off on plan A, which was to visit Penmon Point with it’s geology, historic buildings, birds, and the chance of seeing porpoises or dolphins. Two miles down the road, as we were exiting Menai Bridge, I did a sharp left turn in to a narrow road, exclaiming, “The gardens are open, and I’ve never seen them yet. Lets take a look”, and what a good look it was.

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens – Gerddi Cudd Plas Cadnant in Welsh – and their site and story is Here.
Briefly the 200 acre estate was bought in 1996, and the new owners started to restore it to it’s former glory in 1997.

381 Walled garden entrance
The entrance to the walled garden

391 The Double Herbaceous Border
The Double Herbaceous Border

409 Flowers around the Ornamental Pond
Flowers around the Ornamental Pond

Later on in the Valley Garden.

435 Bluebells beside path to upper valley
Bluebells beside path to upper valley

459 Path to the Afon Cadnant
Path to the Afon Cadnant

We walked through the valley garden to one of the waterfall view points. While we were there we spotted two adult Grey Wagtails feeding two chicks. The two chicks were separated by several yards of river, but the were fairly static, so we think this was their first day out of the nest. Because the chicks stayed in put, and waited for the parents to feed them, we took advantage and moved to a spot quite close and spent 45 minutes photographing them. A magical situation which was quite enthralling.

Waterfall on the Afon Cadnant539
One of the waterfalls.

531 Grey Wagtail feeding fledgling
Grey Wagtail feeding fledgling

1004 Yours Truly at the Tunnel
Me at the ‘tunnel’.

1008 Walled Garden Pyramid Topiary
Walled Garden Pyramid Topiary

Finally, a coffee break at the T-Bar. As I said, this was my first visit, but I can see me coming here again, especially as they do a season ticket. A season ticket and a T-bar – that has got to be a bargain. My son saw my photos, of which this few is a taster. If you click on any of the photos you will go to the original in Flickr, and then you can browse the rest of the pics, should you wish.

380 Tea Room (T-Bar)
Tea Room (T-Bar)

After a very nice coffee break we headed back to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, with one more quick stop to view the two bridges on the Menai Straight.

1022 Menai Bridge over the Menai Straits
Menai Bridge

Cat Sat

Chatty Bit: We have been on a birding and family visitation to the Southeast of England, namely Kent. This has been followed by a week in our daughter and partner’s house, cat sitting etc, while they enjoy the sights abroad. By this weekend we were well frazzled, and went into permanent chill-out mode, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I thought I’d take a series of photos of the garden here, which I could use for a Facebook post to show them how nice their garden is keeping, and a post here to show everyone I’m still awake, and thinking of you all.

Piccy Bit:

690 Chaenomeles japonica
We know this as Japonica, which is only half of it’s name. I discovered today that it is Chaenomeles japonica, an ornamental quince.

691 Chaenomeles japonica
A macro which has highlighted some dust particles, but they are between the glass works of the camera !!

697 Rhus
This is the flower (?) and new leaves on a Rhus. They have gorgeous autumn colours and need to be well pruned to keep them to a manageable size.

699 Bluebell

700 Bluebell
Bluebells of course, but these are the typical ‘garden’ ones, being Spanish or a Spanish/English hybrid.

728 Bee feeding on a Pulmonaria - Lungwort
A bee (?) feeding on a Pulmonaria (Lungwort) flower. It’s got a massive feeding tube, which is why I question it’s insectorial nomenclature. I had loads of fun trying to photograph all manner of bees and insects, with a success ration of 2%, LoL.

752 Pulmonaria - Lungwort
Pulmonaria in close-up.

748 Blue Tit at the bathing pool of the water feature.
A Blue Tit not bathing!! but some have been, plus Great Tits, Robins, Dunnocks and a Goldcrest, and on a daily basis too.

781 Pond and water slide
The pond and water feature with a Fan Palm of some sort against the fence.

756 Mahonia
One species of Mahonia.

766 Mahonia
A shrubby version of Mahonia.

767 Mahonia
Fruits on the Mahonia.

790 Daffodils
The Daffodils are at the end of their season, but a few still look very pretty.

794 Daffodils
A welcoming sight at the front yard / garden entrance.

In search of a bird, a view and a cheese.

In search of a bird, a view and a cheese
I had the idea of visiting the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust’s Martin Mere reserve, and stopping off at Liverpool maybe, to ride the Ferris wheel.
"Jules" I said, "How about going to Martin Mere?".
"I was thinking of that too, and we could overnight somewhere, and meet Mel at Hawes", said Jules.
This seemed like a good idea, so I got the job of looking for a place to stop. We usually use Premier Inn or the like because we know the bedrooms are disable friendly, and the beds are quite comfy. The only budget hotels ‘oop norf’ were at Kendal, and the best placed (and cheapest luckily) was a Travelodge just south west of Kendal.

When Jules discovered that we were staying at Kendal, she suggested skipping Martin Mere and to spend the day in the Lake District. I did a quick feasibility study in my head and decided that we needed two nights away, so I came up with plan ‘C’ and have two nights away, and do both Martin Mere and the Lake District.

Now we’ve got that lot organised, I guess I’d better do the photos.

Day one – A 2 hour plus drive to Martin Mere, with a tiny detour near the end of the journey to bag a geocache. We left home after the morning rush hour, and got to Martin Mere at lunch time.

420 Mere Side Cafe(teria)
Mere side Cafe

We’ve been coming here to see the birds for 25 years or so, and we’ve eaten many nice meals here. This is the new cafe and the food was poor, and we had to eat it quickly in case it got warm!

423 Whooper Swans - Cygnus cygnus
Adult Whooper Swans

447 Whooper Swans - Cygnus cygnus
Juvenile Whooper Swan

507 Male Pintail - Anas acuta
Male Pintail

452 Adult Greylag geese
Greylag Goose

499 Birds on The Mere
The Mere with a stack of wild fowl

We spent a couple of hours in an unheated hide, (there is only one heated hide, but the views aren’t so good from there. Heated hides are very rare in the UK), and we had a very nice time. The species numbers were down this visit, but that’s why birding is fun – the poorer days make the better days extra special, and the birds are so pretty that a few less doesn’t spoil the fun. Another 2 hour drive saw us at the Travelodge hotel just south of Kendal in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Day 2. Monday had been very overcast, but we awoke Tuesday Morning to a beautifully sunny winters day. Without more ado, we set off to view a small corner of the nearby Lake District. We took a ‘B’ road west to Lake Windermere bagging a geocache on the way.

526 The road from Crook to Windermere
A country road on the way to Lake Windermere.

A quick look at Windermere from the ferry point and then we headed north. We had chosen a route away from the main roads, and one road up, and another down, would bring us back to the top of Windermere.

528 Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere from the ferry point at Bowness-on-Windermere

538 Townend Farm Buldings
17th century farm buildings, still in use at Townend Farm The farmhouse opposite these buildings is owned or managed by the National Trust but we didn’t go in there. We came through here for a geocache, but a telephone engineer had the junction box in pieces, and we suspected the geocache was hidden behind the box.

We went to the top of Kirkstone Pass and turned left towards Ambleside, and nabbed a geocache half a mile from the pass. We were going to follow the road back to Lake Windermere as I mentioned earlier, but the sun was still quite low, very very bright and full in our eyes, so we decided to skip the route south, after bagging the geocache, and go north to Ulswater instead.

557 Kirkstone Pass from below Pets Quarry
Kirkstone Pass from the Ambleside Road
The high point is where the buildings are, which is a pub of course.

561 Brothers Water lake
Heading north and down the Kirkstone Pass road towards Brothers Water

We stopped for a photoshoot beside Ulswater, and then drove all along the northern edge to the end of the lake at Pooley Bridge. we turned around there after a quick look at the map, and decided to back-track a bit, head north, then west, until we were above Thirlmere, and then head south to that lake for a late picnic lunch.

567 Patterdale hillside
Knobbly bit of hillside at Patterdale

575 Ulswater

581 Ulswater

583 Ulswater
The road around Ulswater

585 The Sun Inn beside Eamont River at Pooley Bridge
The end of our Ulswater drive at Pooley Bridge and Eamont River

590 Tree on the edge of Bram Crag
A tree on the edge of Bram Crag, 2 1/2 km from Thirlmere.

596 Thirlmere
Thirlmere from our salad picnic spot

610 Fungi on log
Fungi on a section of tree trunk
It was a thick slice of a trunk, which would have made a nice, albeit thick, coffee table. Found this near a geocache, one of three that we got, but there were another twenty around the lake, and more up in the hills. Today was a touring potter, but we collected seven geocaches during the day’s drive which made a nice mix of activities.

From Thirlmere we headed south past Grasmere and Rydal Water (wasn’t that something to do with the film ‘Grease’?) and on to Lake Windermere.

616 Lake Windermere sunset
This delightful sunset greeted us at Windermere.

Back to the Travelodge for soup and crackers, and so ended a delightful day. It was successful on three fronts, because we saw some beautiful places and got some nice photos; got several geocaches, and this was a diet day, which passed without any temptations to be otherwise.

Day 3. We awoke to a beautiful sunrise, and another beautiful sunny winters day, except today it followed a frosty night. A return trip to the road north of Windermere to get a geocache, and then we picked up the cross country road from Kendal to Hawes.

623 Sunrise at the Kendal Travelodge
The sunrise from the entrance to our Travelodge Hotel.
Did I mention that it was very comfy? The Travelodge, not the sunset! It didn’t have a restaurant close by, so no hot breakfast, but my food supplier had organised and packed all our meals in advance. Today was a non diet day, so Wendsleydale Creamery, here we come.

Jules was i/c of geocache selection and navigation, and we stopped first at a geocache outside a caravan site. We didn’t find the geocache which we suspected was at a stone construction called a pinfold. It was used in the olden times to keep stray animals in, and there was a charge made against the owner to get them back. If they weren’t claimed then they were sold. The owner of a caravan site, where the pinfold is, came out and asked if we were lost, so we told him we’d stopped to look at the pinfold, which he promptly told us all about. We got chatting of course, and he told us about the division of the counties (we thought we were in Yorkshire, but it isn’t in Yorkshire any more) and about living and working in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. He was very interesting, but had to go when some workman arrived to do a job for him, and we left too, having given up on the pinfold geocache, but we got some geocaches further along our route.

626 Frost in a field at Garsdale Bridge
A touch of frost at Garsdale New Bridge geocache.

629 Wendsleydale Creamery
The restaurant at Wendsleydale Creamery
It doesn’t look very inviting in this photo, but when you are there it feels fine, and the food is delicious, and quite upmarket, although the prices aren’t. They have a cafeteria for people who don’t have time to chill out and enjoy the service.

We came here for the cheese, and to meet up with our niece, Mel, so we spent a lot of time in the tourist shop, the cheese shop, and the restaurant. In fact, we went to the restaurant twice, and finished the day with a jam and scone tea, before leaving as the sun was just setting.

638 Cumbrian Sunset
A Cumbrian sunset from the M6 Motorway,
The beautiful clear skies lasted to the end, but we had another nice sunset to round off the day. Jules’s turn to do the first stint of driving, so I photo-doodled as we drove south towards home.

As I write this, we are four days away from Xmas, so I’ll wish you all a fab time in what ever festivities you enjoy at this time of year, and may 2015 be very good to you. Now, where’s the wrapping paper?

In Search of Snow

In Search of Snow.

… well, in search of a suitable subject and viewpoint with snow (hopefully) for the Four Seasons Challenge. I had given this subject a lot of thought, and decided that my favouritest, prettiest and handiest Llyn (lake) would be just the spot(s) for the challenge. As with any plan and endeavour, there are always myriad opportunities to go off on a tangent, and so we got to take loads of photos all around Llyn Padarn.

I know that the smaller subject areas seem to be more suitable to getting the best chances of varied seasons and a winning portfolio – but – I went big last time, and big it is this time.

728 Llyn Padarn Snow
My favourite view of Llyn Padarn, and Mt Snowdon when the clouds are absent

730 Llyn Padarn snow
Looking across Llyn Padarn towards Fachwen and Gallt-y-foel

At this point we drove around the lake to a favourite picnic Platz for a coffee break and to see what bird life there was about. Birds were very few, but the delightful sunny day and still air made gorgeous reflections in every direction we looked.

732 Llyn Padarn reflections
Reflections on an inlet of the llyn.
Behind the fence is a footpath that with roads and woodland tracks, circumnavigates the llyn.

741 Llyn Padarn Black-headed Gull Reflections
A Black-headed Gull

745 Llyn Padarn Reflections
Llyn Padarn Reflections

We drove away from our picnic platz, but before we got to the main road we spotted more reflections at a mini bay with a pontoon for the canoeists. I got out of the car, just in time to spot a train on the far side of the lake. The Llyn Padarn narrow gauge railway people were running a steam train to a station on the lake, where Santa was in residence for visiting children. The kids got a train ride and a chat with Santa and no doubt a present too.

751 Llyn Padarn Train Reflections
Narrow gauge steam train

748 Llyn Padarn Train Reflections
The little steam train

759 Llyn Padarn Reflections
Gorgeous blues at a sister picnic platz

754 Llyn Padarn pontoon Reflections
Reflections at the Pontoon bay.
Ideal for schools and outdoor activity businesses to get their canoeists safely onto the water with a handy parking and picnic area next to it.

766 Castell Dolbadarn
Castell Dolbadarn Castle
The castle sits between two lakes and is accessible by a short walk. Although the sky was bright, the sun was behind the clouds, it wasn’t as impactful as I had hoped. Not to worry, it’s only a twenty minute drive from home, so I we can try again another day.

767  Llyn Padarn Snowdon Star Reflections
Ooops, more reflections with the Snowdon star

We popped into the Slate Museum car park in the shadow of the Llanberris Quarry.

771 Llanberris Quarry
The Llanberris Quarry

772 Slate boulder reflecrions
Finally, one last Reflection pic at the Slate Museum

Was that the end of the trip – almost, but there are no more pics, LoL. We stopped at a car park on the way home and found the missing bird life – lots of goldfinches and chaffinches and siskins among others. A nice way for us to finish the morning potter.

Penmon Photoshoot on Ynys Mon, Cymru – Wales

The 12th dawned bright and sunny, which was just as well, as we had a few things we wanted to do today. Plan ‘A’ had three parts, and part 1 was to go to a car park overlooking the Menai Straits that we have nick named Penmon car park – well, it is a car park and it is in the area called Penmon. Regular readers will know that we come here to chill out for a while with fruit and coffee; watching the view, birds, waves and clouds, and that is what we did.

745 Herring Gull
Here’s the bird – a Herring Gull

748 Rock and blue water
Our first view of todays colour, Blue, and the Menai Straits with Conwy Bay in the distance.

759 Yacht and turbine sails
Sails in the distance, on yacht and wind driven turbines – all through a heat haze no less.

Part 2 was to go to Penmon Point for an Earthcache. An Earthcache is a special kind of geocache, where, instead of finding a hidden cache, we come to see a site of geological interest. Ynys Mon – the Isle of Anglesey – is a geologists cornucopia of rocks, strata, faults etc with access to eons of history. To claim an Earthcache, we have to visit the site, and answer questions set by the Cache Owner (CO), and quite often to take a photo to prove we’ve been there. A CO is the person who sets a geocache in place, and does the write up and description that explains what the geocache is all about.

3 Penmon Point and Puffin Island
Penmon Point and Puffin Island

The Earthcache I came to visit today was on the subject of Berms. A berm is a shingle bank built by storm waves. Big storms throw large pebbles up high, and smaller storms throw smaller pebbles less high, so the seaward slope has steps in it. Berms typically form between two headlands.

8 Andy at the Berm at Penmon Point
The intrepid geocacheologist at the Berm

771 Berm at Penmon Point
The shape of the berm shows up nicely from this angle.

Part 3 was to have a photoshoot simultaneously with Parts 1 and 2, hopefully to find suitable images for four challenges that I’m involved with at the moment.The main one being this Remote Shootaboot, and I was hoping to capture some yachts, which seemed rather apt as it’s Columbus day on Monday.

762 Anglers on rocks and boat
The wonderful weather brought out loads of anglers, some in boats, some on the rocks.

778 Yacht versus canoe
Lots of canoeists and yachts, and here they look as though the yacht and canoeists are too close for comfort.

772 Coastal geology at Penmon point.
The scenery at Penmon Point is varied and pretty. There is a nice T-bar here that does yummy toasted sandwiches.

We didn’t stop for a toasted sandwich, as I had a chicken stew ready back home. It’s an 11 mile journey, which takes about 30 minutes on the narrow roads. The last mile or so is a toll road in the summer, so we usually come here in the winter. How tight is that?

What happened to plan B you may ask – we didn’t use plan B as every thing was fabuloso – (I thought that was Italian, but it seems it’s Spanish).

Sunset? What Sunset

I was visiting Ynys y Fydlyn for a geocache earlier in the week, when I met a couple of photographers. One was a professional, and the other his amateur friend. Ben said his professional friend was checking out the island for a ‘hoped for’ sunset later in the evening. They were here to see if an arch through the island would be suitable for the sunset photos. He showed me a gadget – a piece of white plastic with a compass in the centre, and lines labelled Jan to Dec. By aligning the compass mark with magnetic North, the lines showed him where the sun sets at various times of the year. How cool I thought, to visit a place, and know if it’s layout means it’s worth coming back later for some photos. It was a good sunset that evening too.

I thought it would be nice to do some sunset photos for the lone shootaboot. All week we had been getting stunning sunsets, and so I was expecting nothing less for the weekend. Don’t you just adore an optimist? Saturday night came and the sunset was one of those salmon ones, running along the horizon, but a cloudless sky meant no fancy bits.

Sun Compass App
The App on the phone

On Sunday I did an App search, and found one that did what was required. I was now hoping for a nice sunset, and I could do a quick check on the App to see if it actually did point in the correct direction – I’ve got a lot of my dad in me, LoL. It was near enough by the way.

41 Baby Begonia blooms
At least we had some colour here.

As sunset hour approached, and of course, with the App we new exactly when it was, there were still no colours in the sky. While we waited a bit longer, I topped up the bird feeders and watered the flowers in the planters. I took some pics of the flowers too, so I would at least have something to post!

We set off for our proposed venue, and it’s now only 40 minutes from sunset time, and still no colour anywhere. We changed our plans en-route, and nipped into a local birding spot on the Menai Straits valled Traeth Lafan, (Lafan Beach), rather than continue further along the coast. No point in going too far if nothing was going to happen.

48 Sunset thro' grass
Our sunset on arrival at Traeth Lafan

We got to the car park, and we did now have some colour in the sky, but we didn’t have any suitable buildings here for the silhouette. There’s a bank on the seaward side of the car park, and it was well grassed, so I took a few shots through the vegetation. I was quite pleased as they actually looked pretty, although not the stunners we often get.

49 sunset reflection
Reflective colours – just

Back in the car for a chat with Jules and a biscuit (cookie), when I remembered the groynes around the corner of the beach. On the way to them the reflections in the water looked interesting, so I took a shot, but it isn’t very note worthy.

50 Sunset and skeleton groynes
Sunset thro’ the groynes, no exposure tweek

I took half a dozen photos through the uprights that once supported the groynes. The first three pics were a bit short on colour, so I underexposed the next three to grab some extra colour.

56 Skeleton groynes
Wooden uprights

Before heading back to Jules, and another chat and a biscuit I took a few shots of the groynes themselves, but the pics were a bit washed out, so I upped the contrast to give them some zap.

60 Sunset and car roof
That roof

Before I got to the biscuit stage, I took a few photos with the roof of the car in them, to see if it would act as the silhouette interest.

64 Sunset and cloud
Swirly cloud

We didn’t like the roof shots very much, if at all, so out of the car again, (there’s a lot of exercise in this photography lark you know) for a few more pics, using a swirly cloud as the point of interest.

The colours and patterns weren’t fantastic tonight, but they were still pretty and enjoyable. We were well chuffed because it hadn’t turned out to be a complete turkey, and we’d had nearly an hour of fresh air and nature; now that can’t be bad.

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