July 30, 2014

Sparrowhawk and Badger

I have last couple of days been trying to photograph the badger. One of the first evening, I managed to find them and also get some photos even though it was pretty dark where they come out from their hole. I had to use high ISO 20 000 and manual focus because the camera had difficulties to focus being that dark.
Yesterday I went there too but actually neither saw nor heard them. To be fair, the whole area is pretty big and badger burrow is very large with lots of exits. When I was almost back home, I see a badger trot across the street :) The camera was though safely packed away.
This morning just outside the window, lucky me, a sparrowhawk landing in a tree. It stood there for a while in the morning sun, trimmed his feathers and just generally gazed with his 'angry' yellow eyes.

This Thursday I will be going again to the summer house in Croatia and spend four glorious weeks there doing some odd jobs on the house, swimming and of course photographing. I do feel like the 'photographer-block' is passing.

See you soon with new photos!!

July 18, 2014

Long weekend in Brecon Beacon National Park

I know, I know, it has not been that many posts lately. I'm finding it extremely difficult to motivate myself and photograph right now.
Anyhow, last weekend we were off to South Wales and a National Park named Brecon Beacons.
It has southern England's highest peak, Pen y Fan which is at 886m. Maybe doesn't sound that high, but it is rather impressive so close to the sea and as far south. We managed with two hikes, one called The Horseshoe and it passes 3-4 highest peaks in the area of course including Pen y Fan. The walk is easy with some steeper inclines that felt in the thighs :) Still about 15km long.
The first day's was the so called Waterfall Trail. A really nice path through the forest and it felt a bit like walking through a rainforest with all the water, all the green and moss everywhere. This hike would also be at about 14-15km but we had a bad map and a poor reader (me) ;) so that ended up being about 20km instead.

This weekend, we were meant to go to the Cairngorms NP in Scotland. Unfortunately it seems the weather is going to be bad, so we lets see if south England offers something instead again.

July 7, 2014

Le Tour De France

Been back in UK for a while now, but it has not been any photographing. Not here and not in Croatia either. It has been mostly work on the summer house so photography will have to wait untill I go back next time.
However, during the weekend Tour De France has been here in South Yorkshire. During the Saturday they cycled from York to Leeds, Sunday was our turn here in Sheffield and today they are cycling from Cambridge to London.
This might be the only time having this kind of event on my door step, and what's the best way of enjoying it? Disposable BBQ, middle of nowhere and some nice company.
Being there rather early gave us the opportunity to choose a good spot, and just enjoy the weather until they would pass us. 
The wait was rather long, although the caravan with all sorts of fun and entertainment started to pass by an hour two before. Which was a bit refreshing.
Eventually when the conductor peloton with leading cyclists swished past it all was over
in seconds, the average speed is around 40-45km/h which is pretty quick ;)

Obviously there were more cyclists further back swishing by in cluster but it felt like it was over when the leading group passed, so we packed up (had already been standing there for almost 5 hours) went home.
The race ended in Don Valley, further into Sheffield, unfortunately its not possible to be in two places at once.
It was impossible to miss that tour de france was in town 

Sheffield center first days race

More signs

People wrote messages on the road and was hoping that the helicopter was going to film it


From the caravan

More caravan



More crowds

Soon they are here

And there is one