If I had my way, I’d remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July insteadRoald Dahl
I’m not sure I agree with Roald. Do away with January by all means but if I’m going to get to duplicate a month I will pick May or September over July. Which is not to say I don’t like this month, simply that it isn’t my favourite!
But there has been much to like about this past July, which was bookended with special celebrations. It started wonderfully with my nephew’s lovely wedding, so I now have a new niece-in-law. And finished with a double birthday party hosted by friends who both turn 60 this year, which they dubbed a 120th birthday party! That gave us an excuse to spend the last weekend of the month in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, enjoying the big skies of the fens and exploring a couple of nature reserves.
In between were the challenges of the hottest day our country has ever seen, reaching 41C in several places. A good friend lost her home when it was destroyed by a fire ignited by the heat. And this was in suburban London, not in a forest or on a dry heath!
But even in the heat there were delights. Flowers were blooming in our small garden (for which all the credit goes to my husband) and in local parks. We had some pub lunches and on less hot days enjoyed a trip to the cinema and a walk along the Thames in central London.
This month I had a new camera to play with. My old Panasonic Lumix, much as I loved it, was starting to frustrate me as the zoom had developed an annoying habit of suddenly retracting as I was about to take a shot. I couldn’t replace like for like, as that model was no longer available, so I found myself having to either slightly reduce the spec or somewhat increase it. You can guess which I chose! So I am now the happy owner of a new FZ330 and am learning all about its added features and altered settings etc. Most of the flower shots below, and those in Norfolk, were taken with this camera. But I’m still tending to use my compact point and shoot Lumix for trips up to London and similar outings.
Again as usual, I’ve enjoyed playing around with some of these shots, using mostly Nik Color Efex. And as always I am linking my photography highlights to Ju-Lyn and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge.
The agapanthus in the slide show was a July star in our garden and I documented it opening in a series of photos while testing out the new camera. Here are just three of them (on a loop).