Wanders With My Camera

Derelict and Wonderful

I rounded the corner, Nirvana on loud, and nearly crashed the car into a fence when this caught my eye!20140423-182347.jpg

I immediately pulled over and ran up the train track to check this wonderful abandoned wooden train station building. Isn’t it fab! It is going to have to be drawn!20140423-182429.jpg

I can’t believe I’ve not seen this before. I only found it because I took a detour from my usual route because it was a sunny day and I was enjoying the drive.

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Abandoned Can Be Beautiful

My love for abandoned old buildings continues..

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They just have so much more character…

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… and continue to inspire my art. The attention to the little details and thought that goes into the overall architecture. What’s not to love?

An Autumn Wander In The Woods

I love Autumn, especially in Big Tree Country.

It is a bit sad that summer is finally over but the slight chill to the air makes everything seem so crisp and clear. The rain washes everything clean and brings out the most amazing smells in the forest. It also tops the river up so that the salmon can swim back up to spawn.

The light is wonderful for taking photos, especially of all the wonderful toadstools and mushrooms that are emerging out of the ground just now. They create miniature landscapes, gatherings that could be tiny dwellings and have the most intriguing shapes. Just crying out to be drawn and documented in some way.

Here are some photos from my wanders around the Hermitage in Dunkeld, Scotland. One of my favourite places to be…

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Ossian’s Cave is really wonderful. I was told that a hermit used to live here when I was a child!IMG_7168 IMG_7169 IMG_7178

The folly looks out onto the waterfall. The noise of the water is incredible and the spray often hits your face when the river is full.

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The blaeberries and ferns are changing into the most fantastic colours now..

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One of my favourite ‘shroom finds this autumn. Aren’t they wonderful ^_^IMG_7315 IMG_7316 IMG_7318 IMG_7320 IMG_7321 IMG_7322 IMG_7323 IMG_7324 IMG_7326 IMG_7327 IMG_7328 IMG_7330

Toadstool lineup

All The Fun Of The Fair

Recently I had a trip to the funfair. It was brilliant and I came away feeling really inspired to do some new pieces ^_^

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I left the funfair feeling very inspired. I loved the colours, the energy and the shapes. I think there may be some new illustrations coming from these photos..

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Cottesloe Beach.. Not Just Sand And Sea

The other day I started cycling.. And just kept going! All in all I covered about 50km. One of my stops was Cottesloe Beach. This is what I found…

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.. And then it was time for home!

Trees and Rooftops

My Sunday began with a rather nasty hangover. A bit too much wine last night with my very good friend whilst we put the world to rights and got inspired with talk of new ideas me thinks! Things got better, however, with the promise of tattie scones and egg from the ‘not quite right range’.

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The day continued with a rather terrifying mix of badly placed cones, a mobility scooter on the road and some rather hungover driving. Surprisingly I got to the promised tattie scones in one peace and having hurt no one. And boy did they taste good!

After food a walk in the park was on the cards…

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The park, it turns out, has turned into a snowman’s graveyard. It’s a wee bit sad to see all those lumps of melting snow scattered around in the now muddy, sodden grass.

So sticking to the slushy paths, dodging puddles and dog poo, I wandered onwards..

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..past some fantastically twisted trees!

Fancy a game of tennis… The court was still white with snow. Was surprised that there was no snowmen lurking here. Untouched snow.. It was so tempting to go make one myself; or at least a cheeky wee snow angel! I restrained myself.. But only because I’d forgotten my gloves and I was quickly losing all feeling in my numb fingers!

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The winter sun was setting fast now and was bathed in almost misty looking clouds.. Creations the most gorgeous light for photos.

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I love taking my camera for a walk. I love that I never quite know what I’ll find! I also love that the cold fresh air put pay to the last of my grogginess and spinny head!

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