This week has been heady mix of photography, new learns, new found enthusiasm (football) and indoor gardening. I'm currently too scared to look outside because we have had biblical weather this week and our garden is once again resembling what's left of the Amazon rain forest.
Yesterday, I ventured outside when the sun appeared. I checked the BBC forecast first and was assured that there was only a 22% chance of light rain during the lunchtime period. I headed through the garden gate and started my walk around the perimeter of Ridgehill Wood, only to be caught in the mother of all showers 5 minutes in. I'm not afraid of a little weather. In fact, I do subscribe to the "there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes" school of thought. I had a waterproof coat on and DMs. Sadly they were no match for the rain and within seconds, my jeans were soaked through (the most uncomfortable feeling). Think I'm exaggerating? Here's a video clip I took. The fast flowing stream is the footpath.
I topped up our Harris Gin bottle with bottled spring water as per the advice and have pushed a baby spider plant through the opening to take root. We'll see how it progresses. Please ignore the muddy footprints on the window ledge courtesy of the cat.
I've also been trying to make a decision on my final submissions to the annual Countryfile Photo competition. The theme this year is "Miracles of Nature" and the hints and tips include looking for "precious moments in time". My Facebook friend were helpful as ever in assisting me in narrowing down the choice, but since then, I have questioned whether the images say "moments in time" or are simply too generic. I've also found another couple that might fit the bill and I know that they love animals (wild or livestock).
Here are the photos I'm considering. I can only pick three.
As much as they state they are open to urban landscapes, somehow I can't see a photo of the suburbs on the Countryfile calendar, even if it does feature a double rainbow.
We also stumbled across this little sleeping goat up on the headland in the Valley of the Rocks, but I didn't take this with a competition in mind.
I'm recording them here, so that I can monitor any progress. I'm loving the surreal quality, but nailing some detail to make the image identifiable is the biggest challenge.
This brings me neatly onto a short film called All of This Unreal Time, which has been produced as part of the Manchester International Festival and stars one of my favourite actors, Cillian Murphy and is, by all accounts, mesmerising. You can book to view it here on Sunday 18th July a minute shy of the witching hour.Watch Online - All of this Unreal Time - Manchester International Festival (mif.co.uk)