Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lifting your spirits

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Here are 10 sights to lift your spirits. They are in no particular order.
  1. A skein of geese flying in a ragged "V" formation, descending through the evening sunset onto the salt-marshes.
  2. An azure blue May sky with a stiff wind blowing streams of fluffy cotton wool clouds from one horizon to the other.
  3. The unreal glow of light in the bedroom when you wake on a January morning to find an unexpected fall of snow has descended in the night.
  4. The tumbling flight and the "peewit" calls of a pair of lapwings as they perform their aerial display over the fields during the nesting season.
  5. A sunset over the sea just as after rain has cleared, leaving the sky a mixture of the purest blue, the darkest grey, tinted whites, and the firiest red.
  6. The view after a brisk walk, on a clear, cold morning, from any summit that gives a 360 degree view.
  7. The low sun filtered by the red, orange and yellow leaves that won't let go of the trees in autumn.
  8. Turning the corner on a woodland path and coming upon banks of purple rhododendrons in full bloom.
  9. Hundreds of tiny frogs, each no bigger than your finger nail, as they clamber around the shallows of a pond.
  10. A field of wheat, barley or oilseed rape (above) that has been invaded by bright red poppies.
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Olympus E510
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 18mm (36mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation: -0.7 EV
Image Stabilisation: Off