2019 in photos

heidi a maine coon kitten
my daughter’s kitten Heidi

This post is in response to a photo challenge from a fellow blogger to produce a gallery of my favourite recent photos.  Although I would like to think of myself as a travel blogger I have to admit my most liked photo on Facebook was a kitten. So can I introduce my daughter’s kitten Heidi who is part Maine Coon and who we expect to grow quite big.

I have always enjoyed writing and in the past I was lucky enough to sell several articles to a nursing magazine however apart from a few holiday snaps I have never been very interested in photography.  I got into blogging via a rather unconventional route.

After I retired I began mystery shopping to earn a bit of pocket money. I found that jobs offered required a few photos. I had just bought a new Samsung phone and rather reluctantly at first I began to explore what I could do with the camera. My first photos were pictures of rubbish at railway stations and broken tiles in toilets. I also had to photograph receipts and tickets to claim expenses.

I had a light bulb moment when I realised that the reports I was writing for mystery shopping companies were very similar to some of the blog posts I was reading and that I could use the same skills for blogging.

The Platinumline 2019

I belong to a walking group and most weekends we explore local historical sites and I often write up the walk for our Facebook group. It has taken me a while to develop the art of story telling with illustrations. I often  outline a draft before deciding what pictures I am likely to need.

I hope you enjoy this selection of a few photos from this year. I start in early Spring at Durham Park

The lake with the church in the background #Durham Park
The garden at Durham Park in Spring

It is a National Trust property near Bath famous for its tulips but this time we visited to see snowdrops and daffodils.

A display of succulents
The winning entry in the floral marquee

This was the winning exhibit in the floral marquee at the flower show in Cardiff  Cardiff Review of the RHS flower show

Constable moment

A cow in the river
A Constable moment

Although I try to have some idea of the photos I need, sometimes I just have a bit of luck. We spotted this cow in the water when walking along a canal near Bradford on Avon. I feel the artist John Constable would have wanted to paint the scene.

The forest in November with brown bracken #Savernake forest

A more recent photograph from an Autumn walk in Savernake forest

The last two

I think since I have been blogging I have become more aware of what is going on around me and happy to take a photo.

Two cherry pickers being used to decorate a christmas tree
decorating the Christmas tree

I spotted contractors decorating an enormous fir tree in our local shopping centre recently. I now know how they get the decorations up there.

St. Paul's cathedral at night taken from the sky bar.
St. Paul’s cathedral

I want to finish with a #Sunday still. Last weekend I went to visit my son in London and on Sunday evening we visited the sky bar at a nearby shopping centre. I was very pleased with the image I managed to capture of the dome of St. Paul’s cathedral at night.  You can just see the London eye in red to the left.

I have a lot to learn about photography but I am hooked. if you would like to see how other bloggers responded to this challenge #Sunday-stills your favourite photo. 

As always I love to read your comments.

Author: Anne Fraser

Hi, I am Anne, I am a retired nurse from Bristol in South West England. I am married with five grown up children, four boys and a girl , a grandson and a cat. I like History, travel and reading. I hope to connect with other people with similar interests.

6 thoughts on “2019 in photos”

  1. Aww what a fab way to round up the year, love the photos. Interesting with the Christmas tree, too. I’ve never seen one being decorated before (I think I’d anticipated they arrive already fully decorated, oops!) xx

  2. Hi Anne, I loved visiting Durham park last time I was over here! Your photos are great and I really must look back at my Instagram pics to see which ones got the most interest! Always fun to read your posts and I am in awe of you being a mystery shopper, I’d love to do something ,like that one day!

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