Life through the Lens (8 November 2020)

As my previous series came to an end, I had the idea to post some of my own photographs.

When my eyes were better, I used to enjoy photography. I had some decent kit and was around just as digital photography was taking off. Although it was strictly a hobby for me, two of my photos were published. One rural shot of hay bales ended up in a brochure made by the UK’s NFU (farming), another ended up in a coffee-table book about lighthouses. I wasn’t David Bailey but a couple of times, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

I thought I’d share some. All these photographs were taken by me, I own the copyright so if you’d like to use any, go for it. Just so long as you don’t use them to make any money.

My aim is to publish weekly again but this time, on Sunday afternoons. I’m just going to repeat this spiel each week, too, for the benefit of new readers, so you can safely skip to the camera graphic to save reading the blurb each time.

If you look at the category above (high on left, by the date), I’ll put every photo in that same category so you can find previously-published photos. If I feel a photo needs some explanation, I’ll maybe write a line or two to go with it. Like the last time, I’ll keep going until I run out of steam. Oh, and feel free to join in, if the fancy takes you.

I’ve linked to a higher-res umage under each photo.

It’s funny, I was chatting to another blogger a while back after they had posted a photo of a kingfisher. I learned that there are many types of kingfisher in the world, but that the species in the UK is called the “common” kingfisher.

Having said that, kingfishers in the UK are far from common, I only ever saw them a few times and only managed to photograph them this once.

This day was a dawn trip to Blandford Forum, in Dorset, UK, another short drive from home, and I really lucked out, seeing both otter and kingfisher.

Oh, and I wrote a little ditty today to go with the image:

A kingfisher swiftly flew past,
“My God”, said I, “that was fast.”
Just a flash past my eye,
As it nimbly flew by,
An experience never surpassed!

I blurred some of the photo out, just to obscure the original copyright notice.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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