It was another crisp clear day so I decided to head to Ulting for a walk along the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation canal. It’s a route I’ve done before but there’s plenty to see. Once past the little church of All Saints (which I first photographed way back on Day #41), the towpath got rather muddy, so I slid my way along to the 1951 footbridge and returned via Bumfords Lane (great name!) to the north of the canal. Here are some of my favourites from the day:
Wasn’t the lighting fantastic?! I was very pleased with my 45-200mm lens on the GF1 which I used a lot today. It’s the first time it’s really had a good work out in sunny conditions. My favourite from the walk was chosen for Day #1476.
A small group of us from the GNPC went on a photowalk to RHS Hyde hall on 1st May, with the intention of doing some macro flower photography. However, we were somewhat thwarted by the fact that it was VERY windy! Never mind, I did manage a few reasonable shots, and this rather splendid purple Iris (complete with added fly) nearly made it on Day #1217:
After my stint at the BBC finished, I had a couple of days to draw breath before I went out with the Upminster Camera Club to judge their Shoot Maldon Live competition. I had a great time, despite the weather being rather variable. One of my own favourite images from the day was this detail [right] from the chandelier in the pub dining room – it would have been picture of the day had it fitted one of the six themes we were supposed to be shooting!
The Chelmsford Photowalk Flickr group had an early outing this month to visit the Essex Young Farmers’ Club Show in Roxwell. Plenty of photographic subjects to see, and there was an excellent turn out. Again, it was very windy so some shots were a bit limited by the conditions (the sun was in and out all afternoon). My multi-shot composite of the mad motorcylists had to be picture of the day, but if I hadn’t have had such a good image, then this rather striking (and clean!) picture of one of the old tractors on display would have been my choice:
Ingatestone Camera Club had their first summer photowalk on 31st May, where we had the free run of the grounds of Ingatestone Hall to ourselves. My macro shot of water lilies in the pond was ultimately what I chose for the day, but it was nearly this mono image of the Hall and pond. It had taken innumerable goes and oodles of patience to get all of the elements in the right place – when the sun was out, the swan had invariably swum off!
I enjoyed a great mini break in Bournemouth at the beginning of April. Alistair & I were going to BarCampBournemouth and decided to spend a few extra days down there geocaching, which always presents great photo opportunities. The sun mostly shone for us, here’s a near-miss for Day #457:
[Heading down the pier]
We also explored stretches of the Bourne Valley Greenway, which runs for several miles through the centre of the town. It’s a real hidden gem. This was a close contender for Day #458:
[Japanese Bridge and shadows in the Bourne Valley Greenway]
Easter weekend wasn’t particularly good for weather, and it wasn’t until later in the month that I had a couple of good days out with the camera. One was on 22nd April whilst out geocaching around Little Burstead. This was a strong contender for Day #478:
[Footpath Through The Gold]
I spent the next day on a trip to Marks Hall with a photographer friend David. We enjoyed the gardens and I found this tranquil scene which almost made it for Day #479:
[Swan Lake, Marks Hall]
Our Chelmsford Photo Walk started the Centenary Circle on the last Sunday of April, walking the Broomfield-Springfield leg around New Hall. This dandelion was taken on the walk to the Tudor school, which I also liked for Day #482: