Yesterday morning I took a drive up to the hills above Barnstaple, which give views of both the River Taw valley below and Fullabrook Down wind farm at the top.
I went up there initially to capture some black and white landscape shots for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but the views were so spectacular that I stayed to do some experimenting with long exposures of the turbines.
On the way back down the hill, I stopped to grab a few shots of the wooded river valley, lit by the low autumn sun…
…and because it was bonfire night on Saturday, here’s a sparkler sculpture and a strange sparkly gif of Audrey for you.
Oh, by the way, that post title..? That’s just a reason to include this ’80s classic.
It was actually proper summer weather for a change at the weekend, so Audrey and I got out and about in the sunshine, both at Rock Park in Barnstaple and on Woolacombe beach.
Here are some moments captured on our travels, including the original shots that made up this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge post.
And here, for no reason except that I like it, is B.A. Robertson and the little heard (I suspect) “b side the c side”, from, unsurprisingly, the b side of his biggest hit, Bang Bang…
It’s good to have a document of how our garden has grown from the unkempt and overgrown blank canvas that we began with, to the oasis of colour, form and texture that we have made for ourselves.
I’ve posted many photos of The Mound, both here and on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but it’s a continually evolving part of the garden which started off like this…
…a dead tree stump, overgrown with bluebells, wild garlic and long, unidentified green things, along with a few stems of ash and hawthorn (from seeds of the trees which used to overhang the patio).
And in the last week or so, leading up to today and the glorious bank holiday sunshine, the garden now looks this…
Finally; it might not look exactly like this, but here was Audrey’s fairy garden, beneath the fiery red canopy of the pieris, after a little creative manipulation.