At the end of my summer holidays I had a flurry of activity photographing friends who had turned 40 during the last year who for obvious reasons I had not been able to photograph at the time. One of those was LoveLustLondon who turned 40 last October.
One again I headed off to Epping Forest, which is fast becoming one of my favourite places for a photography adventure. As we wandered we found this perfect spot of dappled sunlight.
Way back on the 1st October 2020 I tweeted that I wanted Ouse Valley Viaduct to be the location of Kateroo’s 40th birthday shoot. Clearly the small matter of a pandemic got in the way of that happening in time for her actual birthday in December 2020 but this week we finally caught up with it. What an incredible day we had. Seven of us decamped to the Sussex countryside for a few hours of photography, picnicking and dodging of frisky cows in a field.
We knew if the sun was on our side the fiery tones of Ruth’s hair and the viaduct’s bricks would be a match made in heaven. This turned out exactly how I wanted it to, but there are many more to show from this day, including more of Ruth, some group shots, some of The Other Livvy and Exhibit A and some of me. So expect to see a lot of these arches over the coming months!
This weekend I’m delighted to host a shot of the delicious @19syllables, taking by Mr Syllables!
I’ve been taking some time away from Twitter; reading some other things, doing some other things, talking with other people, but some habits die hard, and a penchant for nudity always comes with you wherever you go.
Last weekend I was at the incredible Also Festival. Two days of amazing talks, food and drink, wild swimming, music, and comedy. I know I would have loved it anyway but it felt especially sweet after the last year. We’ve already booked for next year!
This wonder woodland lounge area was one of the sites for talks in the day and comedy in the evening. I couldn’t leave without getting a photo could I? Props to the ever patient Jedi Hamster who tramped through the wet morning grass in her pyjamas to get this shot early on the Sunday morning.
Three years ago when it was the Diptych prompt @19syllables and I had just been to Botany Bay and the result was Flotsam and Jetsam. Quite by chance, the Triptych prompt just after we’d spent the day on another Kent beach. I love serendipity.
“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” Edgar Allan Poe
This morning my friends and I had Lake Geirionydd to ourselves. It was beautiful. The water was, shall we say, invigorating! We were very definitely wrapped up in wetsuits and neoprene boots and gloves. But it would have been rude not to snap a photo as I got changed after my swim, wouldn’t it?
I tweeted a version of this image a couple of weeks ago but this is the shot I was saving for the blog. Here I am, naked, looking out over the countryside from a beautiful cabin nestled in the trees, camera at the ready. Yes, I am definitely in my element.
If you follow me on Twitter you may well ha e seen me tweeting photos from a gorgeous cabin near Epping Forest.
It’s no secret that one of my favourite things to do is organise amazing outdoor photography adventures. Booking that place way back in the darkest hardest days of January was the best idea. Having that to think about and look forward to has been one of my lights at the end of this very long and very dark tunnel we’ve been in
It was chillier than I would have liked (especially at night!) and the forest was way busier than when I’ve been before but chilling out in beautiful surroundings was a tonic. It feels a very long time since I whiled away time just staring at a view and reading a whole book in a day. It was a luxury.
For rather obvious reasons, many of the photos from my February Photo Fest outdoor theme come from last summer. For the final shot of the week and the Sinful Sunday texture prompt, here’s one of me pressed up against an old oak tree. Sadly I was pressing myself up again the tree because this is from my distance diaries series, but I’m looking forward to this summer and some forest fucking!