Richards Ramblings

Stories

Stories For years now Strictly Come Dancing has appeared on Saturday nights. Something to be avoided. Normally I have better things to do but this year for some reason I have watched the last couple of episodes. Stories? I am getting there. I sort of knew about dance and movement and, in very rare cases I have been seen moving to music. Not very much you understand and even more rarely in public. My love of music stretches back for decades...
February 15, 2021 No Comments

The past few days

The Past few days. It’s interesting how the river level goes up and down. The floodwaters that I had thought were receding in recent days have now come back again with vengeance. All my normal paths are once more underwater. This means that rather than enjoying my walks I just have to do them. Nature Reserve I fought my way to the nature reserve today. All routes in being flooded some difficult to negotiate some passable with the risk of...
February 8, 2021 No Comments

Snow day Walking

Snow day walking Ever heard how quiet everything goes when snow is falling? How little noise it makes? The soft white flakes float lazily down buoyed on a cushion of air. The flakes themselves have little mass and are easily swept along by the prevailing wind forming mounds against hedges and other raised structures. It falls like a gentle harp playing swirling and twisting in the breeze like a flute whistling The leaden grey sky hangs...
February 1, 2021 No Comments

Winter

Winter This is a different winter to all of the previous ones I have known. Right now, as I write this, we are in our third lockdown, trips out are curtailed. Just left with the walk along the river, which is not how I wanted to start the year. Not only this the sky is a monotone grey not particularly good for photography, no contrast. I love winter there is a silence to the landscape which is only punctuated by bird calls. Yes, you can hear...
January 28, 2021 No Comments

The Way We See the World

  [caption id="attachment_1867" align="alignnone" width="304"] image by kind permission of Karin Kallas[/caption] Can you keep a secret? I am at an RSPB reserve called Bowers Marsh just outside Pitsea. I am grabbing a swift but needed 30 mins of comparative quiet. Silently, in peace, I’m pondering the picture above and the way we see the world. It makes me a little, not sad, but grateful? In our lives, we get to see so many really...
January 25, 2021 No Comments

Some Demons

Some Demons to excise Joe turns up with his iPhone or Samsung stands for about 10 mins walks off and when you look at his Instagram feed later he has images that you would kill for. Then it starts I’m not good enough: - By whose standards My equipment is rubbish: - Really? So, your expensive DSLR with a huge sensor and processor is worse than a phone. I know phones are very capable these days, but I still prefer a camera that I can...
January 18, 2021 No Comments