Day #244

Day #244Title: The Clock Is Ticking
Location: At Home
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: Well, today is officially the end of Summer (such as it was!), and we’ve also reached another milestone – we’re exactly 2/3rds of the way through the year and this 366 Project. I’m afraid I didn’t venture far past the back door for today’s shot. Although the forecasted deluge hasn’t yet reached Essex, the light was pretty awful for most of the day, so I’ve stayed at home doing jobs.

Day #241

Day #241Title: Geld-Art
Location: St. Nicholas, Little Braxted
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
A friend and I went to a lunchtime networking meeting near Kelvedon today. There were plenty of grey clouds about on our outward journey, but by 2:30pm when we set off again for home, the sun had come out. So I suggested a short detour to the village of Little Braxted, just off the A12 east of Witham. The map promised a village pond, watermill and moated Hall, none of which turned out to be terribly photogenic. But what we did stumble across was this delightful little church – quite ordinary (if old) from the outside, but astonishing inside. What a gem! The walls are painted with the most intricate patterns, apparently the work of Father Ernest Geldart, village priest from 1881-1900. The building itself is Norman, dating from around 1120. You will also find a plaque inside listing all the incumbent priests from 1386 to the present day. There is more info here. It’s well worth a look if you find yourself in the area. And it’s one of the things I love about this project – it has inspired me to explore places I’ve never been to before, even though they might be on my doorstep. Every once in a while, you’re rewarded with something spectacular like this.

Day #238

Day #238Title: Ripening Berries
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
The forecast wasn’t bad for today, but when I woke up it didn’t look very promising. So I spent a very boring Bank Holiday tidying the house. The sun came out for a bit before dusk, so I took a quick trip out to Widford to see if I could get any pictures. I took a few, but wansn’t very impressed with them. This tree is one I spotted when I got home, belonging to the neighbours. The light was still rather nice, and I liked the contrast between red berries and blue sky.