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!
A couple of weeks ago I went for a frosty walk early one morning. The maze where I took this photo last January is closed (not much room for social distancing in the narrow hedgerows!) but I squeezed through a gap in the hedge and had the whole place to myself. I hunted out the bee and while I didn’t have the kit with me to reprise the bee man (makes me laugh when people refer to him as this!) shot, I did perch on it for a quick flash. There was no warmth at all in that weak winter sun but I love to see the golden glow on my skin and am looking forward to when the glow also comes with heat.
For my outdoor week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m going back to a glorious summer morning in June 2019 when @19syllables and I took a trip to a lavender farm. There’s no doubt I prefer the vibrant colour of the original, which had no edit at, but I do like these muted hues too.
It’s time for my first guest of this month’s February Photo Fest. I bring you the fabulous and gorgeous Jaffa! If you pay close attention to his timeline (and why wouldn’t you?!) then you may recognise this shot as he tweeted it last summer. But until now it didn’t have a permanent home on the blog and, well, isn’t nice to see a flash of summer (and arse!) on the timeline? I can’t wait for summer 2021 photography adventures – they’re going to feel even sweeter this year!