The Golden Buddha

IMG_3901 (1)my  Golden Buddha

welcomes the coming of Spring

with open arms

The sparkle at the day’s end

Crummock sparkle

As the crux of winter looms, the fells hang a necklace of snow around their peaks and the lake glistens in the clear light of the falling day. The birds are quiet, gathering their strength to endure the cold hungry days still to come. Looking out across the water the shadows play like ghost ships seeking anchor whilst the phosphoresencent quality of the surface changes as if a fifties black and white television screen. It’s too cold to linger long, though the dogs seem happy to splash at the water’s edge. I’m minded to take a photograph with my restored pre-digital Yashica lens supplied by The Lens Doctor. That sounds like an advert. It’s not – more like an endorsement for a guy that is doing a great job helping to ensure these wonderful old lenses have a sustainable life after the digital revolution. Meanwhile the light has just changed again.

A time for reflection ……..


The season is changing. Thank heavens the rain has eased – to be replaced by crisp frosty mornings and the snap of fallen leaves. Wonderful blue skies filled with the bleat of passing geese and the promise of a waxwing or two preening on the mountain ash down the lane. Things are getting serious for the wildlife. Our resident red squirrel has gone invisible but the evidence of his presence is unmistakeable in the hazlelnuts sawn through with relish. Like the animals we are all gathering round the warmth, as winter winds up the ante.

A quick walk down to the foreshore at Bassenthwaite Lake reveals a lovely reflection.


Seeing things anew ………

The Solway today was quite a dramatic place to be. The recent stormy weather had abated a little but the signs of instability could be seen in the cloud formations. Over Scotland it was clearly still raining but the clear blue skies to the west heralded more promise. A flock of c90 lapwing passed overhead as the oystercatchers and curlew hugged the shoreline in their irrepressible way. Our two Estrela dogs were keeping our eyes and hands busy. Meanwhile I had a new lens to try out – a Yashica ML 35mm. This is, in fact, an old lens that had been used, as originally intended on film cameras. These days I mainly shoot with film but the Yashica had been rebuilt and converted for use on Canon digital SLR. The man responsible for this clever tweak is Eddie Houston aka The Lens Doctor. Eddie specialises in giving wonderful old lenses (often optically superior to their modern counterparts) a new lease of life. Its basically recycling – and hats off to  Eddie for doing such a terriffic job. The lenses he sells have all been restored to a professional quality, fitted with a converter and chip to offer compatibility with Canons and offer great value.

The shot above is a bit blurry – but I love the richness of the colours and the contrast between sky and land.