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Day #140

Day #140Title: Parking Is Scarce
Location: Dedham, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: Having been away for a week for a sensor clean, the 30D was ready to pick up today. Dedham is a short hop from Colchester, so I met my parents in the pretty village for lunch and a quick picture or two, before returning home to get on with some work. It’s always murder trying to park in the High Street as it’s a very popular destination for visitors. I love the old buildings, but it’s a pity there are so many cars in the way, preventing you getting a proper, uncluttered view from any angle.

Day #139

Day #139Title: Grazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Location: Walnut Tree Farm, Great Waltham
Camera: Canon EOS 300D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: Have been kicking myself that I didn’t go out this morning when there was more sun to be had, but I was busy with jobs before lunch. I managed to have a pleasant potter around the village of Pleshey this afternoon, enjoying a cream tea in the churchyard, which they serve every two weeks (proceeds towards the church restoration fund). On the way home, I also stopped for a look around Great Waltham which has a nice church and Elizabethan Manor house. But the sun wasn’t really playing ball, so I drove home across the back lanes via Chignall. I noticed these two horses grazing in a field at Walnut Tree Farm, and was taking pictures when the pheasant rather obligingly wandered across the field.

Day #107

Day #107Title: Spring Reflections
Location: Ingatestone Hall
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: My local club run monthly photoshoots midweek during the Spring and Summer months. This is the first I’ve been able to get to this year, at the local manor house, Ingatestone Hall. It’s a beautiful Tudor building in well kept grounds, the family seat of Lord Petre. In July, they have an evening of Summer Jazz on the lawn. Twenty-five of us descended to make some pictures this morning. I managed to sneak this one when the sun was out and there were no other photographers in the frame!

Day #81

Day #81Title: A Million Daffodils
Location: Miss Wilmott’s, Warley Place, Great Warley
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: It was extremely cold and windy today, but at least it was sunny and the clouds passed by quickly. I decided to visit Miss Wilmott’s garden at Warley Place, and was rewarded with daffodils as far as the eye could see – there must have been hundreds of thousands of them in the East and West Meadows. This was a shot of another swathe on the Daffodil Bank in the North section of the garden. Despite it being Good Friday, I think the weather had put off a lot of visitors, so I only saw a few folks during my time there – which meant the path was largely deserted.

Day #64

Day #64Title: Buttsbury Vista
Location: Buttsbury, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 17-85mm EF-S f/4-5.6 IS USM
Notes: The sun was in and out all morning, so you had to pick your moment for pictures today. I had planned to take a photo of Stock Windmill for today’s image, but the light was wrong, the wind was wrong, and the mill was positioned wrong! Best laid plans and all that. So on the way home, I stopped at Buttsbury Church for a quick look around. The church is on top of a modest hill, and this is the view over the Wid valley looking due West towards Ingatestone Hall. I’m sure you’ll see some more photos of that later in the year (it’s not open much at the moment).