Photo of the Week!

Because of my new camera, I’ve chosen 5 photos for this week, and also because I haven’t done a photo of the week for a long time.

This was before the snow - when the weather was plain cold and dewy.

This was before the snow – when the weather was plain cold and dewy.

A walk around the neighbourhood, and this window caught my eye.

A walk around the neighbourhood, and this window caught my eye.

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Jumping to the sky.

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Contrast.

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Moss and stone. For some reason moss and lichens on stone really interest me, so I’m thinking of doing a photography project on that subject.

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Snow Days!

Oh my goodness, Zoe is still alive on the blog world! I apologise for my absence; work at school has been busy as well as other occupations such as piano practice etc. and of course being in the Italian Alps for my ski trip with school!

I received a brand new Canon EOS for Christmas! Wow, I absolutely adore it and am loving the quality of the pictures I come out with! Here are a couple of ones from the snowy Parkrun and other snowy scenes, which are pretty rare for Britain.

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Walking in a winter wonderland.

Watching as the crazy runners line up for the 5k challenge in the ice and snow.

Watching as the crazy runners line up for the 5k challenge in the ice and snow.

Look at that gorgeous girl.

Look at that gorgeous girl, amongst the white.

Is this yet another beautiful person?

...And he crosses the finish line!

…And he crosses the finish line!

Our blanketed back yard.

Our blanketed back yard.

I just like this one.

I just like this one.

I was actually being pulled on the sled when i took this... I like Belly's swishy movements.

I was actually being pulled on the sled when I took this… I like Belly’s swishy movements.

Smilin' in the cold!

Smilin’ in the cold!

Plumbing the depths, then rising to new heights

Ringing in the New Year - with a new, and exhilarating, ramble.

Ringing in the New Year – with a new, and exhilarating, ramble.

Two more wonderful winter walks punctuated the end of 2012 and the start of 2013.

The first, an annual holiday tradition cherished by the girls, saw us donning our wellies on Christmas day to squelch over the sodden fields to the old Saxon mill – turned pub – for festive hot chocolates, mulled cider, and a local beer on draft for Dad. A short walk over well-known, and very muddy, terrain. Not particularly exciting, one would think, undertaken more out of ritual habit than any particular expectation of revelation. But the heavy rains that transformed the fields into brown ooze had also swelled the River Avon. The flood waters poured over the elevated path that led to the pub and suddenly our walk became an exciting adventure.

Flood waters cover the river banks.

Flood waters spread beyond the river’s banks, rushing over the elevated walkway to the mill. Isobel turns for a moment, unsure of whether we can wade through it. 

Though not deep, the water rushed quickly over the stones. We mounted the fence to make our way across.

Though not deep, the water rushed quickly over the stones. We mounted the fence to make our way across.

Excited to have forged our way, we doubly enjoyed our Christmas libations, and then forded the torrent one more time to make our way home.

Excited to have reached our destination, we doubly enjoyed our Christmas libations. Then we forded the torrent one more time to make our way home.

In contrast, our New Year’s Day walk found us high above the rolling Cotswold countryside on Broadway Hill.

The path runs through a series of fields, some populated with sheep, and connects the picturesque village of Broadway with the folly on top of the hill.

The path runs through a steep series of fields and connects the picturesque village of Broadway with its famous folly on top of the hill.

Clouds scudded quickly across the dramatic sky, while the land beneath appeared an undulating quilt in many shades of green.

Clouds scudded quickly across the dramatic sky, while the land beneath appeared an undulating quilt in many shades of green.

At the summit, Broadway Tower glows in the setting sun. On we go, into 2013!

At the summit, Broadway Tower glows in the setting sun. On we go, into 2013!

End of year walk

We saw the old year out by taking a winter walk around Offchurch. Down the disused railway track, along the canal, back via the Fosse Way and farm fields. Some excellently gnarly foliage and even a few new year’s shoots.

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Hips if not haws

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New growth

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K silhouetted against the sky

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Old man’s beard (dubbed by Isobel winter cherry)

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A fine sculptural example of teasel

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End-of-year sky

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Ripening ivy (with holly nearby)

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Self-portrait

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When I look forth at dawning, pool,
Field, flock, and lonely tree,
All seem to gaze at me
Like chastened children sitting silent in a school.

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Barge life (a path not taken)

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On the upslope