I went out this morning to take these photos for the Phoneography Challenge. After a lovely, sunny weekend last week, the weather has turned cold and grey again, so my neighbourhood isn’t really looking at its best. The filters/effects I’ve used probably haven’t really help it look any better, but I think I was inspired by the grey day!
I’m in two minds about photo editing. Sometimes its worth doing, particularly if you need to correct something, but sometimes I feel like I do it for the sake of it, just because I like messing about with pictures and trying out all the effects. It’s fun, but I could probably spend my time more productively.
The park is lovely – I love living near so much green and being able to look out across the river. The town we live in has a bit of a bad reputation; but where we live is pleasant, near to the shops and the station, and we have great neighbours. There’s a nice community feel to our road, because people actually know one-another’s names (not everyone, admittedly), and stop and chat, and we all follow the adventures of the neighbourhood cats, of which there are a few. People help each other out by mowing their neighbours’ front lawns, gritting their paths in winter and lending them things…the neighbourhood is definitely friendlier than it looks in these photos!
The pictures were taken on an HTC Desire C, and edited using Pixlr Express.
- Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood – Nature at her Best (rolbos.wordpress.com)
- Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood (iamontherun.wordpress.com)
Earlier in the week, I went for a wander around Rochester. After I’d posted some letters, I went to have a look at Charles Dickens’ Swiss Chalet.
This is the place where Charles Dickens wrote his last, and famously unfinished, novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which is set in a town alarmingly similar to Rochester. The house has been transplanted from its original location in Higham, to a courtyard off Rochester High Street, near the public library (perhaps appropriately enough). In the courtyard there are some ponds and lots of lavender…and a dragonfly:
Down the high street there were already quite a lot of Diamond Jubilee -related decorations…
…and some delicious-looking items in the sweet shop window.
I ended up at the cathedral, and found a lovely tree.
This tree stands in the gardens behind the cathedral. It is very tall, and quite wide of trunk, and, therefore I assume it’s probably very old. I spent quite a long time looking at it. I like trees, and this one is a particularly beautiful one. It’s on a bank, and you can see its roots going down into the ground and all the other plants growing around and on it. It reminded me of Lothlorien in The Lord of the Rings!
I also found some windows in the sky, which are actually part of the ruins of the 12th-century cathedral chapter house, later briefly part of a royal palace for King Henry the Eighth, according to the sign.
Finally, some peonies. I’d like to have a peony plant in my garden one day.
I like the word ‘autumnal’. I like autumn, apart from the coldness and potential wetness. I like bright, crisp autumn days, and I like seeing all the different colours of the leaves and the different kind of light you get as the year draws to its close. I went out on Saturday to try and capture some autumnal scenes. I ended up taking quite a lot of pictures of trees. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as far as I’m concerned, but I doubt that everyone shares my fascination with different types of tree bark, so I haven’t posted too many photos.
One of my favourite subjects!
I might have posted this one (or similar before) but I quite like it.
These are some of the same trees a few weeks ago – much greener!