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Gallery: an August selection (2023)

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness

John Steinbeck

Of course Steinbeck is assuming that we’ve enjoyed ‘the warmth of summer’, but it’s been in rather short supply this year, although August has given us some nice days. On the whole, however, it has continued July’s pattern of unseasonably cool and damp weather, again due to that stubbornly stuck jet stream.

Still, the weather hasn’t stopped us having fun! This month we’ve enjoyed days out in London, including a trip to Greenwich for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. I met up with my old school friends for lunch up in town, we had several trips to the cinema and were invited round to our neighbours for drinks in their garden on one of the nicer evenings.

In the middle of the month we spent a week in Newcastle catching up with family and friends. We took a trip out to the coast at Tynemouth and another up into Northumberland, to Bolam Lake. On our way home we stopped off in Yorkshire for our annual meet-up with the daughters of the family with whom my father-in-law was evacuated. We spent that night in Ripon where we had a lovely evening with my blogging friend Margaret (of From Pyrenees to Pennines) and her husband Malcom.

Technical notes

Most of this month’s photos were taken with either my phone or Lumix compact. I’m still enjoying the improved camera on my new Redmi Note 10 Pro phone, including its macro capabilities. But I don’t think a phone will ever replace a ‘real’ camera for me! All the shots were edited in Photoshop Elements and many also in Color Efex Pro. The one monochrome / selective colour shot (of the swan at Bolam Lake) was edited in Silver Efex Pro.

As always I am linking my selection to Ju-Lyn’s and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge.


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