Optimum Trajectory Photography » "Creating images from the imagination"

Its that time of year, when the nights are drawing in and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn. The light at this time of year becomes clearer, and that just inspires us to get out with the camera to see the different colours that are out there.

With the low sunlight, odd things happen, like finding “flat rainbows”. I captured this one, the first I’ve ever seen, high on the moors whilst looking for a somewhat elusive stone circle. It was a magical moment…

Its also the time that the fungi fruit bodies start to appear, and that means time to start foraging.

Slightly old but this is the first decent fruit body I’ve seen. Its a Greville’s Bolete I think, I distinctly remember the smell of geraniums… However, seeing as indentification was not 100%, it was left where it was.

All too easy to pick something, get it wrong and end up in a dire situation. Mind you, with more than 3,000 species in the UK alone, its not surprising that its not easy to work out what is what. Finding one though that you know exactly what it is, especially if it is edible, is one of the joys of autumn. Fresh food, and in most cases, very tasty too!

Looking at them though, one cannot help but wonder what our ancestors thought of these odd things that sprout out of death. No wonder they have a mystical feel to them.

There are parts of the UK where our brave boys can practice the art of low flying. Normally you hear these aircraft rather than see them, but occasionally you get so watch a slow flying bird go over your head, or in this case, below your line of sight. Great skill is needed to fly like this, and whilst some people find this obtrusive, it never fails to bring out the schoolboy in me.

The crew of this Hercules I hope were having fun. I guess the crews in the image below were too!

This was taken at this years Great North Run, where I was spending the day with friends, as one of them was taking part. She posted a very respectable time on the run, and all I can say is I am glad I was just a spectator. Mind you, one little one may have had a little too much excitement as she fell asleep on her daddy’s shoulders on the way back to the car park…

This is also the time of year when many religions hold thanks giving services for the harvest that has been gathered in. All around the world similar celebrations happen, and it is believed, have done for many thousands of years. A journey out to Siddington Church in Cheshire found me looking at the most delightful sight of a church full of corn dollies. Not something you expect to find in a Christian place of worship, as the original meanings of the corn dolly go way back into the mists of time.

Visiting there on the Autumn Equinox added an extra dimension to the day, as did a visit to the workshop of Mr Raymond Rush, the creator of all of those minature works of art…

Walking into the workshop was like walking back in time.

Whilst on the ecumenical theme, a visit to Eyam, the Plague Village found me sat at the base of an ancient Saxon cross. It reminded me of the old Public Information Films that the BBC used to show in between programmes before the ever present diatribe of daytime TV started.

And to finish off this months collection of work, a visit to “Slag Alice”, Northumberlandia, which is the largest man made human form on the planet. Recently opened to the public, this is a perfect example of the mining industry doing something useful with closed down open cast workings. Almost going full circle, as this type of landscape art can draw as a reference, the chalk cut figures such as the Uffington White Horse, which was cut into the chalk over 3,000 years ago…

So there we are, thats September almost over, and the nights now last longer than the days, I am looking forward to October, the frosty, foggy mornings, the real changes in the trees, and the opportunity to go out with the cameras, and enjoy the tenth month…

  • Karen Jones - September 24, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Cool precise and concise blog and gorgeous photos.ReplyCancel