Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Iceland as The Best Backdrop for Selfies and Portraits

For most tourists these days visiting the sites is mainly to act as a backdrop for their 'Selfie' or their antics.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Black Sands Iceland

On our journey back to Reykjavik, we stopped a couple of times on the volcanic plains to photograph the grasses and other vegetation that cling to life there. Quick edits but gives an idea of the scenes - the weather was sombre, grey and rainy, to go with the surroundings

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stokesay and Powis Castles and Signs of Spring

Saturday started cold and foggy for a visit to Stokesay Castle, which was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It is one of the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England with the Great Hall, unchanged for over 700 years and the yellow 17th-century gatehouse - with no uprights vertical!!.
By the afternoon spent at Powis Castle, it was sunny and truly spring-like with bees and flies visiting the spring flowers (first Eristalis pertinax hoverfly of the year). The gardens are the finest example of a terraced Baroque design with lead statues and orangery. The Castle was originally built around 1200 but has been embellished over 400 years and now also houses a Museum of Clive of India artifacts.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Venus Pool, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

We are staying with Peter and Jane in Shropshire (thanks for great hospitality as always) and last night spoke at Wrekin Arts. Yesterday after a pleasant walk on the Long Mind in indifferent light, we  visited Venus Pool where the sun came out and there were lots of birds.   This reserve is south-east of Shrewsbury, and covers almost 27 ha (66 acres). In addition to the pool itself, with its islands and areas of open shoreline, other habitats include stands of willow scrub, extensive marginal vegetation, flower-rich grassland, hedgerows and woodland. An arable field to the south of the pool is planted with bird-friendly crops. I was pleased to get good views of Snipe and also Bramblings. Only had 140mm lens so not the best bird images but a record of the habitat etc.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jokulsarlon Moonset and Sunrise

Final images from the Glacier lagoon and beach. Beautiful lighting to finish our stay in the area - just the journey back and Reykjavik day to follow!!

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so