Times are changing

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I thought I could do with writing a catch up blog as I suddenly realised I’ve been absent for a very long time on WordPress.

Life has moved on considerably since I last posted…. As you can see I finally graduated from the lovely University of Glasgow – I am now (somehow) the proud owner of a 1st class MA (hons) in Philosophy. The blood, sweat and tears was all worth it when I opened up that results email and saw I’d got the 1st! I’m experiencing some post-graduation blues now but it’s all just part of the journey I think; after so many years of truly difficult work I guess I just feel at a loose end. I have no definite plans yet apart from saving up to go travelling as much as possible and home schooling my wee monkey for a long as I can (or at least for as long as she wants me too anyway).

I’ve also moved house back to the Manchester area – a tiny bit reluctantly as I completely fell in love with Glasgow and Scotland whilst I was there – however it was time for a change and my new circumstances should give me the opportunity to save more money and really have the future I want for me and my daughter. I’m hoping to get loads of new photo opportunities by exploring the surrounding areas of the Pennines, Lake District, Cumbria and Wales.

For now it’s just time to relax, re-centre myself and get used to my new found freedom. I can’t seem to get used to the fact I have nothing much I really have to do, and I’m already looking at volunteering (to put the tefl qualification to good use), and maybe learn a language or two! I want to re-focus my energies into my photography and try to take that more seriously now as well! Daunting but all very exciting too….

Thanks so much for sticking with me throughout all the stress – my wee WordPress community has given me much comfort and support and I hope my followers will continue to follow me into the future whatever it may hold.

Sunshine Moon (edit)

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It’s taken me a while to get used to the new iPhoto update, I’ll concede that’s probably because I’m not used to it but so far I’m not a fan. they seem to have removed the settings I use or just changed them to make them more difficult to use. So not the best update as far as I’m concerned. I suspect it just means I should start using Lightroom as soon as possible (and shooting in RAW)!

I finally worked out how to flip the aspect ratio to give a horizontal picture which is what I wanted to do with this image the first time round, it gives a much better image of the smaller craters around the bottom right edge of the moon….. I’ve noticed that WordPress photos look much better if horizontal when on the reader, and without me realising it’s actually changed my photography habits or editing preferences. I try to avoid vertical shots if I can help it or turn them into horizontal shots after the effect like with this moon photograph.

I often wonder if WordPress software has influenced any other photographers I’m following in the same way?

Hidden Tranquility: Bingham’s Pond

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I found myself down at Gartnavel Hospital today. As soon as I stepped off the bus, I found myself in front of this surprise beauty spot. An area of tranquility that manages to exist right next to a main road. As soon as I walked around it, the usual noises were distant somehow. Lovely little spot, I might even bring monkey down to feed the birds on Sunday if the weather allows.

According to The Urban Fly Fisher Bingham’s Pond was first developed in the early 1800s, so I’m pretty impressed the space has remained protected despite extensive developments in the surrounding area.

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Hatching the Past: Archeological Findings

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum dinosaur exhibition has some great hands on activities for smaller children. This monkey had loads of fun searching for dinosaur eggs hiding in the gravel. There were also lots of other opportunities for her to touch and play with things and get a really good experience for someone her age (2 years).

See ‘Hatching the Past‘ for more information.

Sunshine Moon (Part 2)

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My daughter adores the moon, she seems to get particularly excited if we can see it in the daytime. I tried to get a really good picture of it for her to look at at home. She’s pretty thoroughly anthropomorphised the moon; she always says hello and goodbye and once told me that ‘he’s crying because he’s got no Mummy’….

I was pretty impressed about the level of detail my zoom function gave me on this one, I expected the image to blur but there’s some really clearly defined craters available to see.

Fossilised Roar

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The Dinosaurs of Kelvingrove

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Sunshine Moon at Downhill Park

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Delicacies of Spring (Part 2)

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Shattered Skies

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I liked the way the perspective of this shot gives the appearance of the tree reaching some kind of glass ceiling and shattering through it. Smashing the patriarchy in the woods 🙂