Sunglasses Are Optional

Today, this blog reached a huge milestone with 500 of you following little old me. I never envisaged reaching 10 followers, let alone the current figure - so thank you, to each and every one of you. I'm humbled that so many of you have given me a second thought, and clicked that follow button.... Continue Reading →

Ah! Sunflower

Ah Sunflower, weary of time, Who countest the steps of the sun; Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveller's journey is done; Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale virgin shrouded in snow, Arise from their graves, and aspire Where my Sunflower wishes to go! William Blake Did You Know?... Continue Reading →

Tawny Eagle

This delightful, feathery beauty, is a Tawny Eagle that I captured at the Lake District Wildlife Park near Keswick in Cumbria. The Tawny Eagle is a large bird of prey. The bird breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a... Continue Reading →

Remembering The Fallen

With paint sprayed from tins onto a church exterior, in the former mining village of Moor Row in West Cumbria, artists from The Colourful North have created a wonderfully patriotic display for all passers-by to see. The painting depicts a lone first world war soldier, standing to attention as the sun sets over fields of... Continue Reading →

Banned For Being Political

As part of its festive campaign, the UK discount supermarket Iceland struck a deal with Greenpeace to rebadge an animated short film featuring an orangutan and the destruction of its rainforest habitat at the hands of palm oil growers. Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting adverts before they are broadcast to the public, said it... Continue Reading →

A Phantom Of Delight

She was a phantom of delight When first she gleamed upon my sight; A lovely Apparition, sent To be a moment's ornament; Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful Dawn; A dancing Shape, an Image gay, To... Continue Reading →

The Drinking Song

A couple of years ago, I was DJ, producer and general dogsbody of an online radio station that I'd set-up. The station was short-lived, but it did attract a few thousand listeners daily. Sadly, I had to give it all up when Microsoft removed all stations from their Media Player, making it virtually impossible to... Continue Reading →

Sing Me Something Well

Yesterday afternoon, I went for a short walk along the local bridleway hoping to capture a bird with my camera, and the gods obliged with a little stunner - the Common Blackbird.The male, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich, melodious... Continue Reading →

Week In Focus #1

For my first photo of a weekly challenge that I've set myself, I've gotten down low and taken a photo of tall grass which covers the moorland of picturesque Ennerdale. Autumn is offering up wonderful colours at the moment, with most greens turning to gold. It's a lovely time of the year to be out... Continue Reading →

Another Post

This is an old metal post, standing resolute, and all alone in its independence on moorland at Ennerdale in West Cumbria. I've made this photo available for free, from Pixabay. I hope you get some use from it. Resolution And Independence There was a roaring in the wind all night; The rain came heavily and... Continue Reading →

A Photo A Week

In an attempt to break free from the rut I've found myself in with regards to photography, I'm going to push myself to take a photo a week, and share with you all on here. I'll begin this endeavour on Wednesday. The photo's will be a mix from my DSLR and my Phone. I'll highlight... Continue Reading →

The Grinch

Here in the UK, on the 9th November, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch hits cinema screens, and recent advertising of the movie has brought back some fond memories for me. Back in 2015, when I was still involved in the local political scene, I was asked if I would like to help the fledgling Whitehaven Town... Continue Reading →

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