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Day #291

Day #291Title: The Judge’s Bouquet
Location: Discovery Centre, Great Notley
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: I was recently asked to judge a photographic competition based on the Flickr Great Notley group, choosing the top 30 for an exhibition at the Discovery Centre. The private viewing for photographers and friends took place this evening. As a judge, I’m used to receiving my expenses for attending such events, but I was rather pleased to be presented with this lovely bouquet as well, as a thank you from the organising committee.

Day #222

Day #222Title: Chestnut Tree Cottage
Location: Great Warley
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
I managed to grab this picture during a brief period of sunshine this morning, on my way to Upminster for the Camera Club’s Digital Day. I took the cross-country route from Brentwood via Great Warley, where I stopped for ten minutes for a few shots. I thought that this one fitted nicely with the week’s theme, Framed.

Day #202

Day #202Title: Who Needs A Front Door Anyway?
Location: Writtle
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Despite living in the Chelmsford area for 16+ years, I realised the other day that I had never set foot in Writtle, a village a couple of miles west of the town. I decided to remedy the situation this afternoon, and was rewarded with a very enjoyable wander around. I stopped at the Church for tea and biscuits and pottered round The Green, a picturesque triangle of grass surrounded by lovely Georgian houses. There were people sitting enjoying the sun, kicking a football around and kids feeding the ducks at the pond. The good folks of Writtle seem to be mad for Hollyhocks – there were different varieties growing in just about every garden. This scene summed the whole place up. The Hollyhocks have grown to such a height and spread that they render the front door completely unusable. But who needs a front door anyway?

Day #190

Day #190Title: R.I.P.
Location: Chelmsford Crematorium
Camera: Canon Ixus 850IS compact
This afternoon, I went to the funeral of a lovely old gent from my camera club. He and his wife were also my next door neighbours for five years when I lived in Ingatestone. He was always enthusiastic about everything he did, willing to help anyone out with computer problems and generally a great person to have in the club. The chapel was full to bursting, just going to show how popular he was. He will be sadly missed by his family and club members alike.

Day #142

Day #142Title: Arachnophobia!
Location: Stock, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: After a meeting in Stock first thing this morning, I decided to stop off at the Church in the village to take a few shots inside. However, I found they were just gearing up for 10am Mass, so I had a look around the churchyard instead – there is a memorial garden with some pretty flowers which are just coming into bloom. There I spied a spider, crawling on a rather attractive-looking flower head. This was as close as I was prepared to get! I know it was only a tiddler, but me no like spiders…

Day #135

Day #135Title: The Cowparsley Bridge
Location: Good Easter
Camera: Canon EOS 300D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: I attended a training course in Margaret Roding for most of the day, but it had finished by 3pm, so I took a detour to Good Easter on the way home and had a potter around the village. There is a pond with bullrushes (and big, splashy fish). The pleasantly cool church was open for visitors. I particularly liked this scene, at the rear of the churchyard, where a footpath crosses a stream on a little wooden bridge. It was surrounded by gently waving Cowparsley and numerous Dandelion clocks.