Mike Wright Photography

22nd April 2019


Sorry the update is a bit late this month – Easter got in the way a bit.


The first set of shots for this month were out on The Moor. I went out with my friend Ian, early on a dull morning, with the clouds dropping down to cover the tops of the tors at various times. We went to the Scout Hut, which is near to Ditsworthy Warren and walked along the old tinners' track to the remains of Eylesbarrow Tin Mine – not that there was much in the way of remains above the ground – pretty much just one wall standing. However, we did get talking to one of the Dartmoor Volunteer Rangers and he gave us a bit of history of the site and told us where the remains of the blowing house were – we would have missed them otherwise – and some detail about how they worked. It's always interesting talking to people you meet on The Moor.


Since Lesley retired, we try and keep Wednesdays free as a day we can go out somewhere together and this week we headed out to Challaborough. We didn't quite make it there, as we noticed a sign for somewhere called Aylmer Cove, neither of us had heard of, so decided to give it a try. It was a good decision. There was a small National Trust Car park and as we got out of the car a lady and two dogs came off the path and back to their car. The lady was puffing and blowing a bit, so we worked out that perhaps the way to the beach was quite steep – which turned out to be the case.


It was about half a mile down to the beach – along an old smugglers' path according to the information board – with good views of the cliffs either side of the cove. When we got down there, I left Lesley sitting on a seat and went and investigated the rocks for close ups, with very pleasing results. The shots on a larger scale were good too – the cliffs were just huge slabs of slate and very imposing as they reflected the sunlight. It was quite a strenuous walk back up to the car and we understood why the lady was a touch out of breath. I was pleased with the way my knee coped – have it heavily strapped with a knee support helped.


Driving into Plymouth, there is a small copse on the left as you go over the cattle grid and onto Roborough Down on the way to the A386. I've been passing it for years and then I thought it might be worth trying for some pictures – especially if there was a mist. So, mist was predicted and I got up early and sure enough, couldn't see past the end of the garden. I set off and the closer I got to the copse, the less mist there was, until when I arrived, it was as clear as a bell. I decided to take some shots anyway and got one that I was half pleased with and the one looking up into the treetops which I was very pleased with.


I set off back and then noticed there was still mist in the Tamar Valley so decided to go down to Weir Quay – not a shred of mist. In desperation, I cut across to Bere Ferrers and there was the mist, with the sun just showing through it.


For my next trip out, I went to The Garden House to see if I could get some 'Spring Garden' shots for a competition in 'Outdoor Photography' magazine. Had a pleasant morning and ended up with one or two potential entries – but the standard is so high, I shall probably rethink. Then there is a few shots from a fabric shop in Launceston. Lesley is planning on re-covering some old chairs we have and this shop was recommended by a friend. So on a rainy old day, we went to Launceston and had a stroll around until we found the shop and in we went. To pass the time, I asked the lady if I could take some pictures. Lesley did get the material she wanted – for what to me was an eye-watering price!


As spring was beginning to show its face, I went down to Maristowe Quay and walked around the river to Lopwell Dam. As a bit of a challenge, I left my big lens in the car and only allowed myself to use my 24mm-105mm zoom lens and the tripod. I was quite pleased with some of the results, although it would have been good to have had the option to zoom in further than I could with the smaller lens. Fortunately, I didn't feel I had missed any great opportunities by not having the big lens with me and I was really pleased with some of the reflection shots.


The next set of shots are closer to home. I have grouped all the shots I took around the garden together, so there are a range of shots, from the garden opening up as spring takes hold, to close ups of things growing in it to some experimental shots involving zoom bursts and intentional camera movement, which hopefully will produce some entries for the International Garden Photographer of the Year competion in the macro-art section.


Sitting at home one evening, there was a lovely sunset light shining on the living room wall, so I went into the kitchen (we're an upside down house, so all the living rooms are upstairs and the bedrooms downstairs) where the light was shining on the laurel blossom which grow at the top of the laurels growing along the side of the house. It lit the petals up beautifully, so resting the big lens on the window frame, I shot off several pictures until the light faded.


And that's it for this month. I didn't feel like I had been out very much, there seems to be quite a few pictures. My knee is getting more painful and I feel I am maybe making the decision not to go out – particularly where it is likely to be steep or need a bit of scrambling. I must try and up my motivation for next month.


Hope you have all had a good Easter and enjoyed the hot weather – rarely is it that good over the Bank Holiday. My son and his girlfriend came home for a few days, so we had a really nice time with them.