A PHOTO A DAY HELPS ……

 

On 8th April 2020, during the Coronvirus crisis and lockdown, I started posting one or more of my photos each day, selected from the past at random and usually for no particular reason except that I liked them and hoped that others would also enjoy them. Then, from the fourth week, I decided to choose a theme for each week. Please scroll down below the list of themes to see all the photos I have posted this year, starting with the most recent. There is more text in the actual Posts – click on UPDATES if you want to access the originals. (To see the photos enlarged, click on one in each section and then scroll through them using the arrows on each side.)

The themes have been:

Weeks 1, 2 & 3: 8th – 25th April – Random photos
Week 4:    26th April – 2nd May – Birds of the world
Week 5:    3rd – 9th May – Landscapes (world)
Week 6:    10th – 16th May – Children of the world
Week 7:    17th-23rd May – Butterflies of UK and Europe
Week 8:    24th – 30th May – Uganda (mixed)
Week 9:    31st May-6th June – Wild flowers of UK
Week 10: 7th – 13th June – Norway
Week 11: 14th – 20th June – Reflections
Week 12: 21st -27th June – Lemurs of Madagascar
Week 13: 28th June – 4th July – Mosses and Lichens, Fungi and Ferns
Week 14: 5th – 11th July – Ruins
Week 15: 12th – 18th July – Yellow
Week 16: 19th – 25th July – Domesticated Animals
Week 17: 26th July – 1st August – Bridges
Week 18: 2nd – 8th August – Birds of Bempton Cliffs
Week 19: 9th – 15th August – Between Sunset and Sunrise
Week 20: 16th – 22nd August – Iron and metalwork
Week 21: 23rd – 29th August – A Week in Pembrokeshire

Please scroll down if you want to find a particular theme. The most recent are first.

 

Week 18: 2nd – 8th August 2020 – Birds of Bempton Cliffs

 

 

Week 17: 26th July – 1st August 2020 – Bridges

Suspension bridge in Norway

 

Week 16: 19th – 25th July 2020 – Domesticated Animals 

 

Week 15: 12th – 18th July 2020 – YELLOW

A variety of photos this week which all show something yellow!

Hats for sale in Madagascar

Yellows in Norway

 

From around the world, a perfect combination: yellow and butterflies.

 

 

Week 14: 5th – 11th July  2020 – RUINS

 

We have a lovely picture in our bedroom of Rochester Castle done around 1878. It was painted by one of my ancestors, John Hornby Maw, who was a close friend of William Hunt and J.M.W. Turner. The three of them often painted together. There are very similar paintings of the interior of Maw’s living room in Hastings done by them.

We visited Rochester a couple of years ago to see if we could identify where Maw sat to make the painting and compare it with how it looks now. We found the spot, near the Cathedral, but it was tricky to photograph because of a busy road, a car park and the sun straight in front of me! But we found it fascinating to see how little had really changed with the castle itself.

 

 

Week 13: 28th June – 4th July 2020 – MOSSES AND LICHENS, FUNGI AND FERNS

Sphagnum moss in Norway

The beauty of ferns unfolding

 

Fungi

 

Lichens

 

Week 12: 21st – 27th June 2020 – LEMURS OF MADAGASCAR

I have been privileged to visit Madagascar twice, in 2015 and 2019. Madagascar is an extraordinary island, larger than France, with 90% of its plants and wildlife being found nowhere else in the world. It split off from Africa 170 million years ago and then from India 100 million years. It wasn’t populated by humans until between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago, the first being people from south east Asia. About 600 years ago, people from Africa came across.

Madagascar has primates, but none of them are monkeys or apes. Instead, its primates developed as lemurs. There are more than 100 species, nearly all of which are endangered or critically endangered. Thanks to the help of experienced trackers and guides and by going off the beaten track, mainly in forests, I have been fortunate to see a third of the species, including two out of only about twenty Northern (Sahafary) Sportive Lemurs believed to still be alive.

The smaller lemurs are nocturnal, so usually only spotted on night walks although I have seen some sleeping during the day. Lemurs range in size from the tiny Mouse and Dwarf Lemurs, which look a bit like dormice and weigh from only 30g (1 oz), to the Indri which weighs about 9.5kg. Most species occur in only two or three locations.

Apart from the somewhat bizarre-looing Aye-aye, they are all very endearing.

 

WEEK 11: 14th – 27th June 2020 – REFLECTIONS

 

Winter reflections on Loch Eil, Scotland.

The reflection in the fjord is so perfect that you hardly notice the difference when the photo is turned upside down!

 

Some reflections in man-made objects, including the Foucault Pendulum in Valdivia, Chile.

 

Reflections of an autumnal maple tree in our garden pond.

 

WEEK 10: 7th – 13th June 2020 – NORWAY

Norway is my favourite country – because of its people, way of life and culture, its wildness, beauty and rich variety of landscapes and seascapes. You can go for miles without seeing any people or houses – and when you do see houses, they are so picturesque, built of wood and often brightly painted, sometimes on stilts at the water’s edge. The sea and majestic fjords are sprinkled with thousands of rocky islands, mostly uninhabited, and there are lakes and rivers amongst the mountains and high plateaux.

I first fell in love with Norway and everything Norwegian when, as a student, I spent a few weeks south of Oslo (the capital) in 1964 as a volunteer working with an international team landscaping the grounds of a new centre of young girls with babies. Then in the 1980s, our family made a “blind date” with a Norwegian family of six, the Sekkesæters, who live in Trondheim. The first year, they stayed with us in Nottingham and we gave them a holiday exploring the Midlands and North Yorkshire. The next year, they gave us a wonderful holiday in Norway – and we’ve never looked back, enjoying many holidays together and on our own in our campervan. Due to their right-to-roam laws, you are allowed to stop overnight anywhere providing you are more than 150m from any houses. We have ‘camped’ in so many beautiful and remote spots with only birds and otters anywhere near us, and so many different wild fruits to harvest.

My problem this week was choosing just a few photos! I started with some of the lovely “wild camping” places we stayed overnight before going on to other beautiful views of Norway.

 

WEEK 9: 31st May – 6th June 2020

Wildflowers of England: I have always been interested in wild flowers and by my mid-teens, I knew the names of most flowers in England although I have forgotten many of them now!

 

WEEK 8: 24th – 30th May 2020

UGANDA: As you will be aware, if you know me or have looked through this website, Uganda is my second home in many ways. And I should have been in Uganda right now, spending a few days with Felicity Lawson and Robert Okiror touring some of the National Parks after two weeks on a SOMA mission in Soroti Diocese.

So this week’s theme will be Uganda – photos from some of the National Parks. Again, I might find myself cheating and putting on more than one photo a day as I shall struggle to choose just seven photos out of many hundreds!

 

WEEK 7: 17th – 23rd May 2020

This week’s photos are BUTTERFLIES of the UK and Europe.