September 2006

Bugs and Butterflies

Just time for a quick update before bed. Today we headed out to a butterfly house that Shelly had really enjoyed last year. They have a lot of other creepy crawlies too and we all got to have a tarantula crawl over us. Lots of photos to process from that trip, but the one below is my favorite so far.

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After that I was heading out to pick up my new suit ready for the wedding on Saturday and spent the rest of the day just ‘catching up’. As the sun started to go down I headed over the road to the vacant plot which gives me a good clear view of the mountains. As the sun sank behind them I was firing away, trying hard to get shots that didn’t reveal the houses too much. The mountains are about 40 miles away from here, so there’s a lot of sky in the shots I took.

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Mountain Man

As you can see, we got up into the mountains yesterday. This was one I snapped of myself using my Sigma 10-20mm lens at about 12,000 feet. The air was noticeably a bit thinner up there and by the time we reached this point I was feeling a little fuzzy headed. The sun was great, though it did make it rather too easy to blow out the highlights when shooting with the snow around.

The tallest mountain in the UK is Ben Nevis at 4,409 feet, so up here I was getting on for three times that altitude and there were 12K to 13K mountains all around. I have a map and I’m hoping to be able to identify a few of the mountains I was seeing at a later date - too many to make a note of on the day.

I’ll post some more photos once I get some post processing done.

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Arrival in Denver

We flew out to Denver on 23rd September for a two week break. The nine hour flight direct from Heathrow was fine and the extra security measures really weren’t too much bother at all.

It was getting dark by the time we arrived at Linda’s parents’ house, so my first real chance to see the mountains was this morning. I went out for a short walk with Linda’s father, Bob, and his dog Hank and snapped the following picture from just around the corner from the house.

 

Breakfast was next, and a welcome visit to the Golden Corral which saw me fulfilling my desire to stuff myself with pancakes and waffles.

More updates once we’ve settled in a bit more!


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Botanic Gardens

Today was very likely the last chance I’ll have to visit Leicester Botanic Gardens this year. The gardens are about a mile from home and over the years have become a favourite place to walk, think, and take some photos!

For the last several years Leicester University (who own and maintain the gardens) have put on a display of sculptures in the gardens. These have proved to be great subjects for my photography.

I can lose myself in wandering between the sculptures, looking for interesting angles to take photos from. The light today was very harsh, it was an uncommonly nice day for September.

I really enjoyed taking this shot of a sculpture of a shark fisherman. I love taking wide angle shots, and I enjoy trying out odd perspectives. With this shot my camera was right on the ground, no way I could look through the viewfinder. So I just released the shutter and hoped. It didn’t come out too badly.

I’ll try to get back down there again next weekend, and then my next chance probably won’t be until next year. The gardens are only open during hours I’m at work during the winter.

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