London Flickr Beerup

Last Tuesday I attended another London Flickr Meetup.

I’ve been to three of these before, but they had all involved going to a place with the intention of taking photos.

Last Tuesday’s was a purely social thing, that involved going to a pub with the intention of drinking beer (needless to say, we all took our cameras along anyway).

It turned out to be both well attended and good fun; I was especially happy that it was well attended as it was something that I had instigated.

Would have been no fun if I’d been the only attendee.

My only regret was how rough I felt the next day.

Six (I think) pints on an empty stomach is not ideal.

Next time shall have to eat first…

London Flickr Beer Meetup
London Flickr Beer Meetup
London Flickr Beer Meetup
London Flickr Beer Meetup
London Flickr Beer Meetup
London Flickr Beer Meetup

Stained Glass Windows

Guess what, more photos!

On the way back from the lakes we stopped off at Mucklestone (a village on the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire) to take photos of some stained glass windows.

This was done as a favour for a friend and involved climbing up a step ladder then balancing on a ledge that was just wide enough for my tripod.

The stained glass windows are at Mucklestone Church and commemorate the Battle of Blore Heath which was part of the War of the Roses.

More info on the official site.

St George
St George
Queen Margaret of Anjou
Queen Margaret of Anjou
King Henry VI
King Henry VI

Lake District Roundup

Last of my photos from the Lakes.

Aira Force waterfall, where we saw a very nice rainbow.

Then Ullswater; we suspected this was a different rainbow, but you can never be sure.

Then some lickle lambs – zoom lens in car again :-(.

Then a quick stop in the rain to take a photo from the top of a mountain pass.

Rainbow at Aira Force
Rainbow at Aira Force
Rainbow over Ullswater
Rainbow over Ullswater
Newborn lambs
Newborn lambs
View from Kirkstone Pass
View from Kirkstone Pass

Walk around Buttermere

Next batch of Lake District photos.

These are from a walk we did around Buttermere.

At the end of the walk we saw a sheep giving birth but it was too far away and I didn’t have my zoom lens handy so no photos.

After that it was off to the pub for a beer!

Snowy ridge
Snowy ridge
Lakeside forest
Lakeside forest
Lakeside tree
Lakeside tree
White house on side of lake
White house on side of lake
Green field
Green field
Sheep (and lambs) against the wall
Sheep (and lambs) against the wall

A goose and some sheep

Thanks to my fantastic navigation skills we took a slight detour while on the way to Buttermere.

The peak of this exciting new route was an encounter with a road full of sheep.

There was also a goose. This goose took it upon itself to stand its ground and started hissing at the sheep. This we all watched from the sanctuary of the car.

After this excitement (well, it was for us city folk anyway) we then drove through a high mountain pass – which was a different kind of excitement.

Suffice to say, we made it there in one piece.

Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere

Macro lens in the wild

I went for a walk in Richmond Park today. Naturally I lugged along my camera gear.

Within the park I stumbled upon an enclosure known as Isabella Plantation.

By luck I had stumbled upon it at exactly the right time of year, everything was in full bloom.

It was also perfect weather, sunny with a nice cooling breeze.

I took many photos. So many in fact that I can’t post them all in one go.

This selection is of the more abstract ones.

The next lot will be close-ups of bees of butterflies.

This was the first time I’ve used the macro lens and tripod outdoors to take photos of flowers and plants – it worked out quite well. I should do it more often.

I still have more Lake District photos to add too, so it’s a bit of a photo flood at the moment.

As always, all photos added here also automatically appear on Flickr (it’s all done with magnets, magnets and XML).

Tree Bark
Tree Bark
Red leaves
Red leaves
Leaf close-up
Leaf close-up
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Plant close-up
Plant close-up