Don’t forget the Trees

On my walks, be it along the riverbank at lunchtime, or on a birdwatching trip to a local nature reserve or country park; you will always find trees.

They may not always be the focal point of the shot.


Birds through the Lens

I have been looking through some old shots and have found quite a few of Great Crested Grebes.

Maybe one of these days I will be able to capture their incredible courtship display.

Look Around You

Whenever I go out whether its to the shops or on one of my walks around a nature reserve or my usual lunchtime walk along the riverbank,  I take the time to take a look around at my changing surroundings.

A new bypass has opened on my journey to work, which I don’t need to use but it has the knock on effect that my journey time has increased.

The riverside has changed a lot in the last few years, with building being demolished, new buildings taking their place and the addition of a new river bridge.

Nature changes from season to season. Leaves change colour, Flowers bloom, birds build nests and eggs are laid and chicks .

This time of year is a good time to watch birds feeding at bird tables.

And in Spring you can see

If you take time to look.

I find going for a walk clears my mind and often inspires my writing.  I also get to meet the most interesting people, from avid birdwatchers who are more than happy to share their latest sightings, to the artist who paints what he sees.

Dementia Village

Rohan Parekh

When I was studying advertising in college, the project I enjoyed most was creating an ad campaign to raise awareness for dementia. While doing research, I found out about a nursing home that was unique because unlike most nursing homes worldwide, it doesn’t treat its patients like inmates.

Hogeweyk is a village for people with dementia, located in Weesp, Netherlands. It’s like a small town, where patients feel like residents and are free to stroll about and enjoy the scenery. They can get a drink, get a haircut, go shopping or watch a movie. They can talk and interact with each other. Caretakers are disguised as townspeople and they keep a close eye on all residents. Caretakers also staff the restaurant, the cinema, the grocery store and hair salon.

One of Hogeweyk’s founders is Yvonne van Amerongen. Before Hogeweyk was built, her mother called her up one day to…

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Looking through the Lens

Sometimes I capture the most unexpected shot…..

I had been walking around one of my usual country parks and had decided to take a few shots of the wildfowl on one of the lakes, when I saw a flash of blue in front of the lens as I was composing my shot.

Then of course it’s always worth just pointing the camera and see what its sees along the shores of the lake.


And sometimes you may get an unexpected bonus!

If you look closely at the Great Crested Grebe on the nest you will see Junior hitching a ride

Looking through old photos

Flicking through old photo albums, or clicking on digital images on your PC. Its the same. That moment in time when you pressed the shutter and captured that image.





The Old and the New

As I wander around from place to place (with my trusty camera) I see buildings old and new.  Some still in regular use, and others just waiting, waiting until they are ‘repurposed’

I see a lot of churches, large and small, and I wonder if those who built them ever thought of how long the building would last.

or how these stately homes would adapt and survive

This building below

however has had many uses throughout the years.