Well I’ve now completed the second month of selfies, without too much pain. Here are some out-takes which didn’t quite make the cut for February – click the thumbnails to view a slideshow:
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.
The end of the month saw temperatures plummet. Before the snow really set in, I was able to go for a photowalk around Galleywood Common and the Canal at Ulting to catch a few frosty pictures.
Being as it was on the right day, but no-one else came, I’m still calling this a Chelmsford Photowalk! I did bump into another friend from Ingatestone Camera Club on the canal towpath, so two people = photowalk in my book!
I love a bit of snow and frost. Not so keen on ice when you need to get out and about, but it can be beautiful in its own way.
First, there was a severe frost on 15th December, and I had some time to walk in the Noak Hill Nature Reserve near Basildon. Here are some images which didn’t quite make it for Day #715:
[Frosted Twist – I loved the strand of creeper winding around this thorny branch]
[Frosted Rose Hip – this was in a shady corner and did not see any sun all day]
[Oak On A Bench – another lovely leaf]
Then I was pretty happy when we had a 5″ snowfall at home on 18th December. The first thing I did was run around Galleywood Common and take a load of shots, then hop in the car and tentativey drive to Ulting to visit the lovely little church by the canal there.
[A Light Flurry on Galleywood Common]
[Divine Light, Ulting Church – a magical location at any time of the year]
[Tracking in Chelmer Park]
[Dingle Dangle – more ice on the railings in Chelmer Park]
[A Go On The Swings – Central Park, Chelmsford]
[Icy Teasel – some delicate snow on the banks of the canal]
I know it can be an inconvenience, but I’m looking forward to the next lot of snow soon – it’s great for pictures with a difference and if you are wrapped up warm, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get some cracking images and have fun.