I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Monday, 7 December 2009

JUST IN CASE (07/12/09)

We are off down to Padstow, the weather doesn't look too promising so just in case here are a couple of images inspired by a cracking image of a cottage I saw here yesterday. As usual have had to go to extremes, anything to brighten a wet Sunday afternoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  FARM ON THE HILL........Late afternoon sun and mist rising. Total rubbish apart from late afternoon the rest is Photoshop, love the Rooks they seem to enjoy wind. Talking of rubbish, an eyesore by any standards but our nod towards a carbon free society. Be better planting trees and flowers they love the stuff.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Again misted and highlighted, sorry!

Had another look at these walls, correctly called Cornish Hedges. They have a gap in the middle which is filled with earth and the hedge planted in this. I find them most attractive.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    This hedge is only a couple of years old and below a close up or closer up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     At first it appears to be slate but on closer inspection it looks more like a hard shale, this is it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA            The raw material.

Now the pressure is really getting to me, so have decided to invest in a collaborator for this Blog. After numerous interviews have settled on a girl called Mandy.


Already asking for a PA, but her choice seemed encumbered with children so have had to let her know who's in charge here.


After a morning of torrential rain and wind, it looked like clearing so off we toddled on the bus down to Padstow. Big mistake, got a few snaps. The sunny periods were punctuated by squalls the like of which I can't remember experiencing in the UK. OK I have a short memory, if we are going to be pedantic very little memory.

All the best keep dry.


  1. You are right about it being shale. The larger stones to the base are a type of sandstone and it looks like its filled with soil must also be quite alkaline the round leaf plants will grow in that kind of soil.none lime soil you would find the fern type lynching, some one did a bad job on polling poor sally, I notice things like that the horns are growing too near each other , I notice the person who looks after them likes cutting the horns , maybe he is a practicing vet.
    or has decided to do it himself to save on vet bills. Cannot make out the breed of the brown goats there is some Sannen in the heinz 57.
    the white one is an angora bred for its wool.
    nice photos and the last postone too.

  2. I missed out on the ivy, did you get some to go with the holly berries you found last week. that kind of ivy berries are eaten by the birds once the seed has passed through the bird it will grow.

  3. Ta Tony, the ghosts. sorry goats horns are a mess. Should be left alone. Had a half dozen goats as a child and the horns always give you something to grab. Not that they are nasty, just playful.

  4. Looks like a lot of work went into the laying of the herringbone pattern in the wall / hedge

    I like to see the wind generators, here anyway where they break up a very flat landscape. I don't think I would like them so much on the Lincolnshire Wolds though. Trouble is I have to drag my eyes away from them when I'm driving.

    A very presentable looking Goat Writer.

  5. John, I hate the damn things. The ghosts.. sorry goats are smashing.

  6. Great Images Adrian. Your photography is getting better every new post. You have a book at the end of it all. The goat shot is brilliant.

  7. Great shots Adrian. Love the cottage image.

  8. You've got some of my favourite things today. stone fences and goats. I think goats are delightful creatures!

  9. Trevor I'm not sure it really improves. Just get luckier. Hope you are right though as it was one of my goals to at least become average.
    Angie, thanks, processed to hell and back or given a good seeing to as a friend up north refers to P.S. manipulation.
    Pauline, yes, lovely animals if a little mischievous. The stones are good, dismissed by the locals as. 'What? Oh! The hedge.'

  10. Amazing series....and my favorites are the last two shots of this series :)))))

  11. Thanks Sishir, if struggling for a post an attractive animal is a sure fire winner.

  12. I was admiring the first photo when I realised that you said it was mainly Photoshop. I am just so behind with what can be achieved with these things. But then if I din't play a silly game hitting balls around on hot summer days in the sun then I'd be able to get stuck behind my computer more!

    As always with your early photos I just love the closeups of walls and stones. The shale is particularly beautiful to me in colour and texture.

    WV = prizedn

  13. BAAAAHahahahaa..... GOAT writer. Adrian you crack me up, you've got that great *dry* sense of humour that translates SO well through your posts.

    That first shot is beautiful. I just love what you do with HDR!

    So, question... do you do classic HDR, where you actually shoot multiple photos? Or do you sometimes just use one shot, edit it a bunch of times and mash the edits together? I have done both and of course the second one is much less work. Suits me because I'm lazy. lol

  14. GB thanks for popping by. I just can't help brightening a dull day.
    Penny, The goat looks likely to get dismissed eaten a towel and a pair of socks today.
    The first two images aren't HDR. Selective selection and then levels--hue/saturation. There are also a whole lot of light effects under filters. When you use them you can crop or clone the light itself out. I always shoot multiple images for HDR and process with Photomatix. Except on the occasions I only shoot one--only joking. Always shoot RAW, gives me several bites at the cherry. All the best.