ABOUT ME

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
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

SORRY

I’m very sorry to have to impart the awful news that I found my brother dead last Thursday morning. He died peacefully in his sleep sometime during the night.

He will be missed by not only me but his friends and family.

I hope to be back in the real world and meanwhile thank you all for the fun times.

Adrian.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

PROGNOSTICATOR (09/05/10)

Today we took the afternoon off from the joys of laundry. Molly was to have a hair cut and shower and I took the opportunity to visit Whitby Museum. This was recommended to me by Phil Gates whose weblog can be found by clicking (HERE).

The Museum is a must, for a provincial town to boast a collection like this is amazing, I spent two of the best hours I have ever had, with a break for tea and quiche. If I am to be honest I have had more fun but that lasts more like two minutes than two hours.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA             Not a prognosticator, that’s me but a Tempest Prognosticator. If scientific instruments were built like this today then everyone with an IQ higher than a gerbil would wish to be a scientist and not be a mediastudyist.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Sorry about the flare but if you read the above it describes the apparatus and it’s operation, it really appealed to me. Whimsy, beauty and lateral thinking that defies my imagination.

Being short of time that’s your lot for today, I got loads more pictures before being politely informed to read the notice and refrain from taking pictures……………….Que!!---QUE!!

So hopefully you will see the rest.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                               Damn near forgot. So wrapped up was I in the wonders of leaches, bells and bottles. Molly post haircut.

 

 

Sunday, 6 June 2010

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE (06/06/10)

It’s a week late and actually on page five not page one but I am now officially a published photographer. An unpaid published photographer but never the less I featured in The Whitby Gazette.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe front page of Friday’s edition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Page five.

We went out this morning in misty, cool and damp conditions, I'm glad we did it’s raining now. I’ve been inundated with requests to post some pictures of old machinery….Well one request! We had a wander round but there is nothing of any great interest so here they come the fruits of an hours stroll.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A combine Harvester.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          The business end of it with a grain auger behind it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA             A Crop Sprayer……………………………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         And again…………I’m a touch damp from lying in wet grass, I had to do something to create even a modicum of interest.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        The Plough or part thereof.

I came back to the old bath as it is by far the most photogenic thing around, not that that is saying much.

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This barn gable end has possibilities should the sun deign to make an appearance.

That’s all for now, enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

A BAD LENS DAY (05/06/10)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                               When I have to open a post with a shot of a pile of concrete railway sleepers, second hand sleepers at that, then I know I am having a bad day. I’ve not enough hair left to warrant a good…… or bad hair day, so will blame the lens.

We went out around six this morning with my jobbing lens a 12mm-60mm, which I use most, and a macro set up. Then after breakfast I mounted a longish 200mm lens with an extension tube on the tripod and the camera onto that lot. I’d noticed several different Hover Flies around so intended to get some amazing pictures. A quote from John Lennon sums up the situation……………

”Yesterday I played football and almost scored an amazing goal”

I’ve used this quotation before but it sums life up pretty neatly so I will probably use it again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   It’s unusual for peeling paint and rusty iron not to yield a better image than this especially on something the size of a combined harvester. A New Holland model 8050 for any Combine spotters out there.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This old cast iron bath is the oldest bit of iron around and is ending it’s days as a water trough. I should have used it this morning. I cleaned the water tank on the van, now I know it smacks of false economy  but rather than pay a small fortune for the recommended solution I find a cap full of bleach or so does the job. I forgot I was leaving it to do it’s business this morning. I had a shower and now smell like the municipal swimming pool. At least I’m clean, very clean I’m a couple of square metres of skin short.

Back to the insect hunt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        This must be a Green Bottle though I can find no reference to such a beast in my book.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                    I’m rather fond of this little mite. It’s a Longhorn beetle but what specifically I can’t tell you………..I’ll guess at Common.

 image                                     A House Fly or near relative having a wash and brush up on a Nettle leaf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      This one I really like, I know I shouldn’t as he spends the best part of his life bonking in cow muck. On consideration there are worse ways of life….. I suspect I could get used to the cow muck…. He’s and I’m reasonably sure for once it’s a he has decided that a break from reproduction on a fresh blade of grass is in order. The Yellow Dung Fly.

That’s all for today I will see what this evening and tomorrow morning brings.

WISHY WASHY (04/06/10)

imageWe have changed our weekend retreat from Ugthorpe to just off the Sandsend road about a mile outside Whitby. This has no pub but is a working farm. The latter should be in inverted commas it appears to be a non working farm. There is loads of broken machinery everywhere so expect some shots of old iron.

This week has been free of fire doors, (Thank the god of carpenters). Now for the good news I’m doing laundry. Or was, I seem to have spent most of the week repairing washing machines, without any great success. The only positive thing achieved was the eventual purchase of a new machine yesterday. Even Wishy Washy didn’t have to rebuild his laundry equipment every other wash.

Thursday afternoon was the highlight of the week as Molly’s mum called over to see her and we went for a pleasant walk along the beach at Runswick Bay about ten miles north of Whitby.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Runswick Bay

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This is Runswick. Ninety nine percent holiday homes so though very attractive it can be a desolate and depressing place in winter……………..Here are a few more images.

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Finally the stars of the show…………………………………….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Molly and her mum. They both enjoyed seeing each other again.

I’ll try for some more photographs this weekend and hopefully get out more next week.

Have a good weekend whatever you are up to.