I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images 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

Friday 23 December 2011


It’s cold and raining constantly today so it’s a good job I had a crystal ball and took plenty of images yesterday in what turned out to be a brief clement spell.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    The Crystal Ball…………It’s actually a Campbell Stokes Sunlight Recorder. I spent ages messing with it trying to get a decent image of Chatsworth House reflected in it. Hopeless. I never noticed the bird muck on it either. That’s me in the middle.

_C220102_3_4_5_6_fused_edited-1  A bit of the house. The bit I did manage to get a bad reflection of.

_C220187_88_89_90_91_tonemapped_edited-1 Another corner of the garden.

_C220197_198_199_200_201_tonemapped_edited-1  Chatsworth Maze. It is amazingly complex if you’ll excuse the pun.

_C220202_3_4_5_6_tonemapped_edited-1This modern screen I took a fancy to.

To finish up today I have a couple of stitched images.


chat2212 The view down the park from the house looking north or thereabouts. I know it has a lot of grass. I did it on purpose. I wanted to convey space. This will pop up large with a click.

Tomorrow I’m moving up to Bolton Abbey for Christmas. I was going to Ravenglass but there has been a change of plan. I will have to go and do a shop……I’m dreading it.



  1. I love the reflection shot.. bird poop and all and that maze looks wonderful. Happy shopping.. if there is such a thing.

  2. That house is so Pride and Prejudice. These pics make me want to look up the history of the house. The modern screen is great work!!

  3. Excellent follow on from the previous post Adrian.

    Well done with the reflection in the sunlight recorder...looks like a tricky business?

    Being an (ex!) engineer I can appreciate the work that went into creating that screen...looks good!

    Have a safe move and happy shopping!!...[;o)

  4. I love that shot of the maze Adrian.
    Good luck with the shops.
    All I can say is thank goodness for the internet. Haven't been to my city centre in over 5 years.

  5. I like the maze, not only for the design but also for the dynamic sky and the sun-dappling. Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh no, can't trust the weather! I agree with you,that screen is gorgeous! wouldn't mind pinching it for my garden!! tomorrow is supposed to be sunny day in western France, so should be simiar in the uk (well, i hope so)
    have a good shopping, just done ours before the hords invaded the shops...very pleased with myself, even managed to refuel before them and now i am now going to have a nice cup of tea !Keep weell Adrian.

  7. It's a wonderful place to visit Adrian...

  8. It's been one of those rainy days here for a change.
    I really like the piece of modern ironwork - I assume its iron.

  9. Yet another place that you have visited, my compliments for your photos.

  10. It was an amazing place. Beautiful photos! Thanks!
    I wish you a Merry Christmas.
    Greetings from Hilda

  11. A series of shots to be proud of. I'd be fascinated with the crystal ball as well. And I like that reflection shot, those trees look like they're kind of balancing - you know, like those toy figures you push and they keep swaying and staying upright. Wish you a good Christmas - and not too much of a crowd in the shops!

  12. Hilary, thank you and there is no such thing as a happy shopping.

    Ruby, it has a great deal of history. It isn't all that old though.

    Trevor, I thought the screen was squre tube TIG welded or brazed but I could do with another look.

    Keith, I will find a twenty four hour supermarket and hit it long before dawn.

    JoLynne, it is a wonderful garden. Things hiding round every corner.

    DeeBee, it is a very appealing bit of work. I suspect I'll need something stronger than tea after shopping.

    Andrew it is..........be better without the hoards of people.

    John, I first looked and thought it was a bit of very competent fabrication. It could be cast. iron. I'll make a note to have another look in March.

    Bob, many thanks.

    Hilda, yes it is wonderful. I'll do my best to be merry.

    Monica, the gardens are extensive and amazingly they seem to seemlessly transform from the formal to the wild and rugged.
    You have a good Christmas and all the best for next year.

  13. Amazing scenes, love the reflection & texture on the maze ... solved from the side you photographed from ! There was a sculpture exhibition on when I was there & they were preparing exhibits in cordoned off areas, consequently I missed the modern screen. There's another image in amongst your set that I recognise ;-)

  14. Adrian, these are beautiful images, the gardens are pure joy. Too bad about the weather hope it clear soon.

  15. Another set of great HDRs. Either your colour spectrum has altered ever so slightly or you are converting me!

    We managed to do the maze albeit with quite a few glitches along the way.

    Fabulous modern screen. I don't remember it at all so I assume it's quite recent.

  16. Great images, Adrian. What a beautiful place, must cost a bundle to keep it looking beautiful.

  17. Jay, The Southerby Exhibition is always worth a good look. I that's me....a very hairy me.

    Gillian, It will clear up soon. Probably around June for a week or so.

    Graham, I have toned them down a bit.....a lot. There are a few modern pieces scattered around. I am always in a rush here. get ahead ofthe crowds and attempt to stay there.

    Horst, It does cost a fortune. It's worth it.

  18. Wish you a Merry Christmas.... a Christmas filled with joy and peace!
    My best regards from Romania!

  19. Wind, thank you. All the very best from England.