Saturday, 12 September 2020

iMovie: Haworth, Brontë Country, September 2020

My new video comes as highlights through a selection of photographs and video clips of my recent, extremely enjoyable two night stay at my beloved Haworth in Brontë Country.  

A very special thing that happened was that my dear photographer friends, Helen and George Coupe came from Lancaster to meet me and it was such a pleasure to spend quality time with them chatting, walking, taking photos and having a meal together.  

The places featured in the video are Ponden Kirk and Stanbury Moor, Top Withens and Haworth Moor, Penistone Hill Country Park and Brontë Parsonage Museum.

The purple moorland heather, which was my main point of interest on this particular visit, was still very beautiful, but it had already started to go over. 

The best thing about the video is probably my encounter with a grouse. What a beautiful and interesting bird it is! I really don't understand how people can go out and shoot them for fun. I'd never seen a grouse from such a close distance or heard its voice before. It made my day to see it and watch it.                                                   


Saturday, 29 August 2020

August 2020 - Nature Around Me Vlog

Now I have very much taken to creating videos on my iPhone I decided to pair my videography with my love and appreciation of nature by creating a short seasonal movie for each month of the year. Each of the movies will consist of a selection of video clips on nature around me which I took that month. The movies, which I will share from my new YouTube channel, will be accompanied by some still images also taken during the same month. 

I am pleased I start my new project with the month of August, the last summer month, characterized by a sheer riot of colour in nature. There is an abundance of  great variety of flowers out there, and berries and autumn fruit are starting to ripen. It is certainly one of my favourite months of the year.

Most of the still images were taken in Golden Acre Park, a park in north Leeds I am lucky to live not far from. I love going there at any time of year, but August is an absolute must as the colourful tended gardens are at their very best. 

Monday, 24 August 2020

iMovie: Haworth, Brontë Country, July 2020, Day IV

Today's post is about the video of the fourth and final day of my recent stay in Haworth, Brontë Country. I'd saved Ponden Kirk, my most loved and cherished place, to visit last. I started my walk from Ponden Reservoir, and after a quick catch up with my dear friends Julie and Steve at Ponden Hall, I took the familiar track past their home leading up onto the moors and to Ponden Kirk. It was a great day both for walking and for photography, the moors looking characteristically broody and remote under the overcast, somewhat menacing sky, and the heather that just started turning purple waving in the wind. Ponden Kirk, a gritstone rock set on the top of Ponden Clough hillside, is mentioned in Emily Brontë's novel "Wuthering Heights" as Penistone Crag, and it is the spot where the protagonist lovers Cathy and Heathcliff meet. The views from the rock are breathtaking, for me the most beautiful and impressive I have ever seen. I feel a strong bond with this magical place and have it on my mind every day; it is my mental sanctuary. I continued my walk along the elevated path on the southern side of Ponden Clough valley. The path with vast expanses of heather on one side and amazing views over Ponden Clough on the other is my favourite path of all in Brontë Country. It leads to the hamlet of Buckley Green and then to Stanbury, a picturesque village a mile and a half northwest of Haworth. I like Stanbury very much; it is usually where I stop for a rest and some refreshment on my walks around Haworth, and it was the case on this occasion, too. From Stanbury I walked the usual route back to Haworth - via Lower Laithe Reservoir and Cemetery Road with more wonderful panoramic views, this time over Worth Valley. 

I posted a few photos from this walk here:

Sunday, 16 August 2020

iMovie: Chatsworth House Gardens, July 2020

Here is my new video which is about a beautiful day out walking around Chatsworth House Gardens during our recent short break in Derbyshire, Peak district with our dear friends. The House, which was a filming location for the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice", was still closed due to Covid 19, but there was so much to see and enjoy in the wonderful 105 acre garden that it was more than enough to make our day fulfilled.

Photos from the trip can be seen here

Thursday, 13 August 2020

First New Addition to My New Etsy Shop

An edited version of the image I shared in this post. It shows River Wye at Bakewell in Derbyshire, where we recently spent a long weekend. Bakewell is a beautiful and picturesque small town in the Peak District; it is one of many attractive, full of character places in the area that are well worth a visit. The image fits in well with the rest of the images I have selected for print sale in my brand new Etsy shop: