South Shropshire Hills

South Shropshire Hills

January 2013

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Ludlow at Easter

Some photos taken on the way to and from Sunday lunch at the Cliffe.

You can never have…

…too many pictures of the castle…

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Small Tortoiseshell

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Nothing screams ‘Spring!’ like Forsythia

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Catkin

 

Dinham Bridge

The amazing thing about Ludlow is …

…that you can be five minutes from the centre and on agricultural land.

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Apparently 2 and 7 Dinham were at one time home to an inn called the Harp. What I don’t know is why there is something that looks like a harp inn sign outside 14 Dinham…

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Franschhoek

Franschhoek is a delightful town in the Western Cape where we stayed for a few days in 2008. Great restaurants, excellent wineries, but best of all are the views of the surrounding mountains.

The name actually means French Corner, the valley having been settled by French Huguenot refugees in the 17th century.

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David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Mitchell’s Fold

We were hit by a snow flurry hard enough to make it virtually impossible to get outstanding photos of the stone circle itself – at any rate with my little compact – but the light was pretty dramatic and a little Photoshopping has improved some of the close-in shots.

The circle is over 3,000 years old and the stones are dolerite from Stapeley hill. Continue reading

Ludlow sunset

Taken this evening. Sorry, we don’t have a lake in Ludlow like the one in Keswick.

Taken from the side of the castle that overlooks the Teme facing across to Whitcliff, but in this instance I turned almost due West for obvious reasons. I really like the natural frame provided by the leaves, though it’s probably a gambit I use too often.

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And here’s Mortimer’s Tower, on the same side of the castle, catching the last of the sun.

Mortimer's Tower

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

 

Sunset, Derwentwater

Some views of Derwentwater around sunset.

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And another. The first time I went to Keswick there was much less boating activity on Derwentwater, and I kind of missed that, but at the end of the day there are plenty of  directions to point a camera without including a boat. And I must admit, it’s a long way to walk right round. (So we didn’t!)

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And another (with boats) looking away from the sunset, over to Derwent Isle and Cat Bells.

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And one looking further South towards Borrowdale.

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David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

The harbour at Kirkcudbright

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I don’t usually use the ‘artistic’ settings on my little compact, but didn’t notice the dial had moved till I’d taken the shot. Instead of trying for a more natural shot later, I used a Photoshop watercolour filter and rather liked the effect.

It’s the Dee at Kirkcudbright, with MacLellan’s Castle in the background.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World