An ode to a season passed and reminder of a fine English summer

And what a FANTASTIC British summer too. Yes, I’m struggling to recall when the weather was quite so kind as to reward us with so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the fabulous terrain without needing to pack an entire wardrobe into our camera bags to cover every climactic possibility (or maybe that’s just the girl guide in me?). We’ve enjoyed locally the most spectacular wildflower meadows and garden colours, and as the trees have gradually withdrawn their leaf nutrients, the resulting autumn golds and umbers have replaced the buttercup hues contained within the dry stone walled Pennine meadows.


First post

Welcome to my first blog post…Or ruminations on missing the MOST spectacular aurora showing through camera failure?

Where to start? It’s been an exciting 12 months with a trip to Iceland over Easter with a jaw dropping aurora presentation at Jokulsarlon on the southern coast. Pity the malfunctioning camera failed to capture the experience! Tears? Yes! But on reflection, as photographers, I believe us to be viewfinder junkies accustomed to framing every aspect of our visual experience within some aperture with a rigid aspect-ratio dimension.  Being forced to divorce ourselves from this comfortable relationship and stand powerless as we do so can, I think, be a good thing on occasion (provided a back-up camera’s in the bag for later) as we are compelled to observe every detail in the unfurling scene before us. I felt humbled and intoxicated by the sheer spectacle of the scintillating phosphenes flickering and dancing across the sky, and whilst obviously frustrated and disappointed by my lost photographic opportunities, I believe the raw memory of the event to be etched all the more deeply for it.

This long exposure image was captured the night before and was pure serendipity - I could see very faint streams fanning out from these icebergs in the Jokulsarlon glacial  lagoon and they were present for a minute or two before they were obscured by thick cloud never to re-emerge. The long exposure has accentuated the green phosphene ribbons.