25 June 2014

Royal Visit

On a very damp Friday in late April this year, our town was hosting a visit from HRH the Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophie. They came to open the new Art & Design block at the secondary school that both my kids attend. Afterwards, they had a soggy walkabout in the town centre. A friend convinced me to go with her, and thus we were to be found sheltering under umbrellas, waiting for the royal couple to arrive. I actually had my camera in a plastic bag and got it out when I wanted to use it. Anyway, these are just some of the shots I took that afternoon.


Soggy press photographer


Soggy police officers


Soggy town mayor


Soggy spectators (there were a lot of us being soggy spectators!)


I took this shot of the shoes of one of the councillors lined up to meet the Royals.
As you can see, it was extremely wet that day.


Soggy Town Crier


 HRH The Earl of Wessex, remaining good humoured despite the weather


HRH The Countess of Wessex, who was very friendly

17 June 2014

Poppy Field

I have so many shots to upload here, I don't quite know where to start.
Let's start with the poppy field in front of the Folly at Faringdon.
A friend and I went over there on an evening in late May.
The poppies weren't at their peak, but they were still so very pretty.
The Folly with its clump of trees, and the poppy field in front.


I found the buds almost as pretty as the flowers themselves.



A beautiful red field poppy.


A poppy's eye view.






 Looking down on a bloom with marbled petals.


A hairy bud.

Amidst all those bright red poppies, I found a solitary pink one.


The sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds, so I fiddled with my settings to see what effect(s) it would have. Most of the resulting shots were crubbish, but I liked this one.