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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Great series of pictures.

You have the knack of turning the "ordinary everday things we take for granted" into a "sense of wonder".


A reminder for us to learn to slow down and look around.
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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

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Great series of pictures.

You have the knack of turning the "ordinary everday things we take for granted" into a "sense of wonder".


A reminder for us to learn to slow down and look around.
Most kind, thanks for those comments :-) Yes I do like to slow down and look around for pictures. In fact sometimes I slow down so much, people think I have stopped.

Anyway, here is another from today. This is a gritty close up of a Disk Harrow. This is one of the many wonderful metal objects you can clamp on the back of your tractor to terrify motorists on narrow lanes.



We had one of these on the farm when I was a kid. It was all rusty like this one. We kids decided to help out and so we painted it pink.

This did not go down at all well and we all got severely told off.


See. There is no justice in the world...

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Airlift: Lots of trips to and fro adding grass to the treetop nest of twigs...



And from the sublime to - ?

Well he is only carrying one piece of grass but even so I suspect he won't get off the ground.



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

This isn't particularly Springy, but now and then I see a picture that is just about texture.

This chunk of split tree caught my eye last week while out for a walk round the village, and I gave it the hard paper treatment under the enlarger, as it were.




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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

As regards the Allen Mower.
Fight is an appropriate word.
As a teenager I was occasionally let loose with one of these whilst working on an estate in the Trossachs in my school holidays.
H & S wasn't invented or I would have used it as an excuse.
These things were lethal and temperamental.
Snatch clutch and clearing anything up to 2" diameter.
When I would finally get it to go it was definitely in command.
I hated them with a vengeance.
Still gives me the shakes just seeing one.
Thank goodness strimmers were invented.
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As regards the Allen Mower.
These things were lethal and temperamental.
Snatch clutch and clearing anything up to 2" diameter.
Thank goodness strimmers were invented.
Yes, most of the web references to the Allen Scythe say the same - fantastically dangerous item

It reminds me of my childhood on the farm. We had a circular saw bench. That is to say - a 2 foot diameter saw blade, the bench and a pulley. No guards on anything at all. The pulley connected to a tractor PTO pulley about 15 feet away with one of those old worn 4 inch canvas belts with an overlapping metal joint coupled with a 6 inch nail though it. So the pulleys, the belt and the blade were all open to the elements.

So there was the tractor rattling away, the rhythmic ting-ting of the belt joint going over the pulleys and the hypnotic singing of the saw blade.

Us kids were warned to keep away from it - which meant it exerted a magnetic pull on us - I mean - how dangerous can it be??

That makes me shudder to think about it

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Low Cloud!

Last year's leaves, this year's rain...

I went for a short walk in the thick grey air this lunchtime. We were up in the clouds here most of the day, before it started raining* It has a strange property being in the cloud as hill walkers will know. Its rather like high speed fog..

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*Actually, the trees were catching so much moisture from the passing cloud that the only place it was raining was under the trees...
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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

What a beautiful image. I envy your ability to spot a "photo opportunity" in the most unlikely circumstances. I see another series developing " Snaar snaps: the weather".
What lens were you using? The EXIF says f0.0.

BTW just noticed your new signature (cat for sale), appeals greatly to my sense of humour.

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What a beautiful image. I envy your ability to spot a "photo opportunity" in the most unlikely circumstances. I see another series developing " Snaar snaps: the weather".
What lens were you using? The EXIF says f0.0.

BTW just noticed your new signature (cat for sale), appeals greatly to my sense of humour.

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Signature: He he he... That sprang out of a conversation last week.

As to the lens, it was my Tamron 200mm f3.5 prime. A nice lens but is has longitudinal CA. i.e you get purple and green fringes around the out of focus stuff in front and behind the target. Otherwise its a nice piece of glass, great for narrow DoF

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Great shots again Pete.

I keep going back to the disc harrow

Love the crop and the textures on the discs - superb fella
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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Some days it can feel like a long way home:



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

I thought I heard the sound of new bells last week...

I blagged a second trip up the ladder at lunchtime to get some pictures of the church six bell set. I figure the rush to get them hung and strung is probably related to Easter fast approaching.

Anyway it was very very cramped up there and very dark. Just as well I took a flash with me, though it didn't make a big difference. Anyway - here is a top view of the steelwork and the general arrangement



and here (using hand-bounce flash*) is an underside view of a nice new bell



Plus if you endow a bell you get to name it. This one seems to be called Colin :-)



All great workmanship and starting to sound nice too.
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*That is to say flash bounced off the palm of my hand to soften the effect and mix with the dim ambient a bit...
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Excellent pictures of the church bells
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Excellent pictures of the church bells

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Many thanks..

Not high art, more like high anxiety up there. About ten different ways you could fall and hurt yourself (or worse, damage your camera...)

When I heard the bells were up I thought to myself .. There's a potential picture - I bet the new bells are all nice and shiny on the inside - and so they are

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When I heard the bells were up I thought to myself .. There's a potential picture - I bet the new bells are all nice and shiny on the inside - and so they are

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Pete, sorry to be pedantic but the bells are down not up Ask Matthew Higby about that - I believe he is hanging them.

Looks a nice tidy job though. I look forward to ringing them in August.
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