Saturday, 29 August 2020

August 2020 - Nature And 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: 


Thursday, 6 August 2020

New Etsy Shop

I am very excited and pleased to announce that I have finally opened an Etsy shop to sell fine art prints of my photographic work. Here is a link:

I have put in a lot of work setting up the shop; have learned a lot about selling and buying on Etsy, and I know there is still a lot to learn. The next thing is to start promoting my shop; an important thing I have not done yet is tagging my listings so buyers can find my work in their search. 

Thanks to some lovely and supportive friends I have already made two sales!!

I am excited and optimistic about the project, and just a little nervous about the starting period. On the whole, I am glad I am ready to give a go to something I have been thinking about and intending to do for a long time.

Monday, 3 August 2020

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

On the third day of my last month's stay in Haworth I walked to Top Withens, the iconic Brontë related location; the farmhouse ruin the location of which was the inspiration for the location of the Wuthering Heights house, the home of Cathy and Heathcliff in Emily Brontë's novel. I wanted to visit Ponden Kirk on the same day - another landmark from the novel, but the paths from the south and west seemed invisible and the terrain rather hazardous looking, so I decided to leave Ponden Kirk for the following (last) day. Walking from Top Withens in the north-west direction I could see Alcomden Stones in the distance, so I made my way towards them. It was an easy, clear and not very long path, and I was pleased to have visited the stones even though I didn't plan to do so. I walked back to Top Withens and returned to Haworth via Brontë Bridge and Falls and Cemetery Road.
It was a pleasant, not too sunny day, with spells of some beautiful lighting. I could not have been happier anywhere else other than those bleak, but beautiful moors. It was my first time at Top Withens this year, and after a few months of Covid 19 lockdown it was so refreshing, reviving and energizing to be in the remote Brontë Country. 
My videography learning is progressing slowly, but steadily, and with just a little bit of frustration. I managed to create another iMovie which I'm sharing here together with some of the still images I took on the day in among many video clips.