Gallery: an August selection
When summer opens, I see how fast it matures and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although August has been hot, mostly sunny and very dry, I can already sense that summer is closer to its end than its beginning. The lights are going on earlier each evening. The warmth of the sun is tempered by a cooling breeze. And a few showers, and one day of steady rain, have started to re-green the weary grass in our parks.
August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.Sylvia Plath
We’ve had an up-and-down sort of month. While July was bookended by happy gatherings of family and friends, August has been similarly bookended with funerals. Both the relatives who died were well into their eighties and in poor health, so neither came as a shock. But it meant two last-minute unplanned trips up to Newcastle. Although it was good to see the family, these occasions are naturally always tinged with sadness.
Between those we spent a few nights in Ripon, as we did last August, in order to keep a regular ‘appointment’. It’s our tradition to meet up for a pub lunch in Grinton in Swaledale each August with the daughters of the family with whom my father-in-law was evacuated. His ashes were scattered on his beloved Grinton Moor. So this annual get-together is a sort of memorial to him as well as a reason to visit this beautiful part of the country. There was time for some sightseeing in the area, visiting Knaresborough and beautiful Fountains Abbey. And on the way back we spent a night in Derbyshire so we could visit Eyam and the Radical Horizons sculptures at Chatsworth. I’ve already posted about most of those places but I’ve included a few as-yet unshared images from them in this month’s slideshow.
And of course there were the usual local pleasures and trips up to London. We had a walk one Sunday morning in my favourite park, St James’s. I met Virtual Tourist friends for a delightful evening in a Vauxhall pub. And on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of the month we headed to Soho to visit the Photographers Gallery and enjoy an open-air lunch. There won’t be many more of those this year I guess!
I’ve spent some time this month getting used to my new Panasonic Lumix FZ330, so quite a few of these shots were taken on that. But for others I continued to appreciate the convenience of my compact point and shoot Lumix, and a handful were taken on my phone. See if you can work out which!
I’ve done less editing/fiddling than usual. But most shots have been tweaked with Photoshop Elements or Nik Color Efex, and in the case of the rhino, a Silver Efex conversion to monochrome. And as always I am linking my photography highlights to Ju-Lyn and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge.
Sorry to hear about the funerals you had to attend last month – I hope each of the lives were well lived and also well loved. Two of your photos really grabbed me – the initial swan and the reflection. great work as always.
Thank you Annie. Yes, lives definitely well lived and loved, thankfully. Glad you enjoyed the photos here – can’t believe we’re now halfway through September!
Love the moon picture, Sarah! I won’t even try to guess which pictures were taken with which camera. Lenses of all kinds have advanced so much over the past few years.
That’s very true Siobhan, although I still feel I can’t beat my main Lumix – I think it’s not just about the quality of the lens but also the zoom length and the choice of settings to adapt to different situations 🙂
Beautiful autumn pictures. There is always this moment where you realize summer sun turned to autumn sun, maybe just the angle.
Thank you – although the photos must be deceptive as August is very much still summer here 🙂 Maybe it’s the drought making the trees look as if the photos were taken later in the year?
Maybe. It has been very dry here as well.
The slideshow was an inspiration to show these wonderful photos Sarah. Each one as I flicked through gave a gasp of delight and I started again to amke sure my wonderment was real. Thanks for joining in The Changing Seasons 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much Brian 😊 I enjoy putting these monthly slideshows together and I’m always happy when they’re well received!
I love St James Park too … really miss London. Spoke with my London aunt this morning and she also echoed the relief at dropping temperatures.
Trafalgar Square hosts such interesting outdoor art – this fly on the plinth is so funny! Your captures of Derbyshire are stunning – sky, open space, and that light! The Chatsworth bridge is magical. Where is that whimsical rhino at Westfield? (one of our favourite shopping haunts)
Thank you so much for a healthy & satisfying dose of the UK this morning.
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed your virtual visit to London. The rhino is a new addition at Westfield. He’s outside near the restaurants strip, in front of Zizzi I think
Stunning picture of the moon! Here wishing you a wonderful September to follow your August 🙂
Thank you – I hope you have a great month too!
The clarity of the moon shot is amazing, Sarah! I probably used my iPhone 90% of the time taking photos during my August travel.
Thank you Amy, so glad you liked that one – I confess I was pleased with how well it came out (handheld!) I don’t really like using a phone for photography as I much prefer to have a viewfinder. It’s so much easier to see and compose 🙂 Plus a camera gives you more options with settings, even if I don’t use many of them most of the time!
Awesome shots! I love the moon, its amazing!
Thanks so much Anna 😀 I took that moon photo standing on our front path!
This is such a lovely collection of photos- I especially love the heron (one of my favourite creatures). The weather is changing where I live as well and I welcome it- the arrival of Autumn is such a wonderful feeling.
I too love herons, and autumn too, but I’m less keen on the winter that follows it!
No I couldn’t begin to guess which is which but as ever there’s some fabulous shots here. I will make one guess though – the moon shot was on your phone….?
Sorry, no, that one was on the bridge camera. I’m pretty sure my phone couldn’t do half such a decent job!
A mixed month for you then, Sarah, but you’ve captured lots of lovely images during August too. I particularly love the moon, truly captivating, and those gorgeous baby crows. You should send that in to the Countryfile Calendar competition next year! 🙂
Now there’s a thought, I may just do that! They were hovering for scraps above our table at the cafe there 😃
I couldn’t tell which camera you were using Sarah. But I do know that the blue window was my favorite!
A lovely shade of blue, isn’t it?!
Oh, the Places We See
Your pictures are always delightful no matter which camera you are using. I love that heron (well, at least I think he’s a heron) the best. An intriguing stare, if you ask me!
Thanks 😊 There are actually two herons, one in St James’s Park in London and one at Chatsworth – I’m very much drawn to them. From your description I think you must mean the first of those? You should be able to see the captions as you scroll through the slides – let me know if you can’t!
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This is a nice selection of photographs, Sarah. The stone bridge at Chatsworth should be a postcard – it’s outstanding!
Thank you – I’m sure that bridge will have appeared on many postcards over the years!
I know that house in Ripon! Well spotted! A lovely eclectic selection, as ever.
Thank you Margaret – I might have guessed you’d recognise that one!