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Autumn and winter #ramble


We are into autumn now and nature is giving us a warning that winter is fast approaching. Tomorrow British Summertime ends and we move our clocks an hour back. It will mean it gets dark earlier and I’ll gain an hour’s sleep.

The winter solstice will be on the 22nd of December 2015 and this traditionally is followed by a great feast as we use up the last of the food that won’t keep through winter. Luckily, this feast coincides with Christmas!

It hasn’t been very good weather to go out taking photographs which is a shame because the autumn colours seem really good this year.

The weather forecasters seem to think that winter starts as soon as the weather changes. Some of them are always making predictions for months of sub-zero temperatures and snow. They have failed to predict severe weather in the past and the slightest bit of low pressure out to the Atlantic and the prophets of doom take over. I’m quite relaxed about the weather because to me the winter starts on the winter solstice, so I can enjoy the autumn for another couple of months yet. Then I’ll start moaning…

We still have Halloween and bonfire night to go yet. We had a bonfire and firework display in the park last year. It was free and the only one for miles; predictably 12,000 people turned up. It was chaos and a stray firework made it even worse. They are having it at a bigger park this year. Will they avoid chaos? I doubt it. I ain’t going anyway.

I would like to a Halloween event and photograph the fake blood and gore, but I haven’t found one yet. There’s still time so I’ll watch out for events. I might be lucky and be able to photograph fireworks from a distance. I got good pictures last year, just out of the window!

I suppose that’s what life is about, just waiting for opportunities and then taking advantage of them. One thing I have become aware of is that life is limited, we don’t live forever so we have to look for opportunities and take advantage of them.

I think it’s time for another picture.

1 cottage

I’ve become concerned about our historic buildings just lately. We have none left hardly in the town I live in. This lock keepers cottage is popular with photographers and so I think for that reason it should be a listed building. Photographers have good taste, politicians have none, they are mostly just power hungry parasites. Photographers generally understand quite a lot about art and getting some perspective to their pictures. I have interesting conversations with other photographers when I’m out taking photos. They aren’t  envious of each other equipment or skills. They tend to be focused just on getting the shot. Press photographers are a different breed, they just want the shots as quickly as possible and tend to be a bit anti-social in doing so. I don’t worry, I’m just Black Country paparazzi!

That’s it for today. I’ll be back with my Sunday ramble tomorrow. You can follow this blog and get emails when there is a post just by entering you email in the space provided at the top of the sidebar. You can also follow me on Twitter for updates.

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