THE DONKEYS are coming to the rail to be petted and photographed, enjoying the fuss being made of them by the children at Charlotte’s ice cream parlour this morning. Guinea fowl are foraging in the grassy pen next door. High Street Despite my recent efforts with photography and video, I’m still keen to […]
Wild flowers, bees and butterflies at Walton Colliery nature park, near Wakefield, on a Wakefield Naturalists’ Society meeting, 11 August.
I’VE READ half a dozen books on photography; on landscapes, nature and most recently on digital photography exposure but, now that I know the difference between an f-stop and an ISO rating, I’ve got to the stage with my new camera, the FujiFilm FinePix S6800 when I need to get out taking photographs, all kinds […]
THE ART SPACE was too tempting, a perfect rainy day activity; coloured tissue papers, scissors and Pritt sticks were all to hand and, thoughtfully, there was some subject matter to get you started; three potted cyclamens and two watering cans. I don’t remember the last time I made a collage so this is a surprising […]
LOGGING IN to renew my library books I noticed a link to a wonderful online resource that Wakefield Libraries have recently made available; access to the British Library’s digital archive of nineteenth century newspapers. I tried a few names from my mum’s side of the family – the Swifts of Sheffield – and soon found […]
IN THE autumn woods at Newmillerdam Fly Agaric is pushing up through the leaf litter. This delicate-looking toadstool is sprouting from an old stump nearby.
AT THE BEGINNING of last month we saw a group of five Redshanks perching on the rocks at Marine Drive, Scarborough, preening as they waited for the tide to go out. They were a bit too distant to draw but I photographed them with my 30x zoom, resting it on the concrete top of the sea […]
I HAVEN’T USED my smallest sketchbook, the little Moleskin, for almost two months but as I tie up one loose end after another I’m getting into drawing mood again. OCT Scan I had my first OCT scan at the opticians this morning. The infra-red scan mapped out a small area at the back of my […]