You wake up at 5:30 and can’t get back to sleep – a good reason to head down the M5 for 40 minutes to visit WWT Steart and see what is about.
Today: Roe Deer, Hares, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant and a flock of Golden Plover – with a colourful sunrise. #sunrise #WWT
After the beautiful, peaceful sunset yesterday – today the southerly wind rushes in at over 40MPH. The tide is one of the highest of the year, so I ventured to see what was happening around Birnbeck – answer? Not as much as I had hoped – the wind was very strong but really only succeeded in flattening any waves. This the best shot of the morning. But with such murky colours I think a monochrome rendition is needed –
The sky looked active and promising for a good sunset this evening so risked the rush hour traffic and got to the sea front in time to see the sun nearing its setting – lighting up the Wheel and casting strong shadow on the ugliest new building in the town.
Turning around to face the sun the view was beautiful – a lone runner made a good focus for this shot. Thanks to the A1 CameraClubWeston – a tip I learned was to close down the aperture to f22 to get the modest starburst effect.
Turn back towards the town and the gathering clouds loomed and glowed.
Turn again towards the “sea” and the reflections caught my attention for the next image to make.
Showing again how it always pays to look behind you when photographing a sunset 🙂
Westhay nature reserve near Glastonbury is a beautiful place – more so at the start and end of the day when the light and atmosphere is changing in exciting ways.
No sign of the recent Osprey, nor the Bearded reedlings. A short-lived view of a kingfisher and an encounter with a Roe Deer was the extent of the wildlife encountered this morning. Clearly Autumn is here and enforcing its presence in more visible and tangible ways.
Clevedon Pier viewed from Layde Bay at beach level. A windy day at high tide. I love the way black & white creates such drama. – Fuji XT20, 18-55mm, Polarising filter, shot in RAW processed in Silver FxPro2 – Fine Art option with a red filter applied.
A good evening to watch the sun go down on Clevedon beach – illuminating the pier with a backdrop of dramatic clouds tinged with a little pink.
It was good to receive my “Birthday Bible verse” from my friend Mary Bea Miller.
“With Your very own hands You formed me;
Now breathe Your wisdom over me so I can understand You.
Give me sense to heed Your laws.
When others see how You treat me, let them be glad,
for Your words are entwined within my heart.
Lord, I know that Your judgments are always right.
Even when it’s me You judge, You’re still faithful and true.
Now let Your loving-kindness comfort me, just as You promised.
Surround me with Your tender mercies that I may live.
For Your law is my delight.
Comfort me so I can really live;
Your revelation is the tune that makes me dance.
Let the fast-talking tricksters be exposed as frauds;
They tried to sell me a bill of goods,
but I kept my mind fixed on You.
Join us together, all of us who love You.
Make us into a lovely unified reflection of You, as we follow Your instruction.
Let my heart be whole.
Help me to love Your every wish and I will never have to be ashamed.”
It prompted me to return to some other good words that have become important to me recently:
I want to be a trail-blazer for the ordinary, everyday life.
seeing beauty in the moment by
becoming fluent in the language
of the God Who is here, Who is now
from the poem “God Gazer” 2010 Malcolm Duncan
That is what my photography is about.
OldparsonArt launches with this website and blog.
I am a dedicated photographer of the environment, weather, landscape and its inhabitants, I have assembled a collection of awe-inspiring images for my website. Many in colour, but a number in black & white – a medium which suits my love of the dramatic in photography.
Starting from these photographs, I have produced linocuts and woodcuts as well as sculptures in wood. Each of these inspired by what I have seen on my many walks in the Somerset region and beyond.
I like to use large prints of the photographs help convey the feeling of being in the place, many of these in a wide, panoramic format.
My WordPress store will be coming soon, meanwhile my photographs can be purchased on my Thinkphoto site here: and my sculptures and linocuts can be bought on Etsy.
A good photograph begins with knowing where to stand – Ansel Adams
The Green Bridge – Pembrokeshire.
Rarely accessible as it is on Ministry of Defence property, we had a glorious summers day to visit. Plenty of seabirds to see and photograph too – there are some on the left hand rock. I love the deep colours in this image and the sense of flying over the cliff.