mEAndering ~ a photographic day

Just as it was bright and sunny yesterday it was wet and miserable today…and did I mention cold with it?

We decided a rest day was in order today so packed a picnic and headed off South but not to the Open Gardens as the rain was steadily getting worse.  I felt a bit guilty not going as I know how much hard work it must be for the garden owners to prepare and then not to have many visitors turn up must be disheartening but the rain was a bit too heavy for comfort, at least my comfort.

We had not gone far from home when we stopped the car to have our picnic on the moors high above the Holme Valley were much of The Last of the Summer Wine was filmed.  The view is quite spectacular and made more atmospheric today because of the mist.   The wind up here was quite strong, buffeting the car as we ate.

The photo clearly showing the signs of Autumn approaching.  I shall be sad to see the summer go this year although it has been too hot at times it was really nice not to have to think about coats and umbrellas for a while.

Instead of the open gardens we decided on an indoor outing at the Millenium Galleries in Sheffield.  There was an exhibition of the Victorian Giants:  The Birth of Art Photography – which was mainly pioneered by four early photographers – Lewis Caroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden.  It was a free exhibition with a request for a donation which I don’t mind giving.  I never really knew very much about the beginnings of photography until today; only that it was not a simple procedure and that the early photographers had to be something of a technician as well as an artist to be able to develop them.

The early photos were mainly of women and children and some quite famous people such as Darwin and always posed of course as movement could not be captured and always quite sombre.  To take a photo you had to keep quite still for many seconds and for a child this must have been almost impossible yet some of the photos were quite expressive and captured incredible moments of affection and tenderness to the extent that you felt like an intruder.  There was no photography allowed in the exhibition so I have nothing to show but do have a look at the link if you are interested to know more by clicking  Victorian Giants.

I was completely fascinated by the prints and each one had a small caption beside it explaining the photo, who took the picture and naming the models. The Duchess of Cambridge had made an opening foreword to the exhibition and picked out her own favourites which in itself was interesting.

On the way back to the car park we passed John Lewis in the city centre where there are three large Plane trees  laden with their pretty conker like fruits.

After leaving Sheffield we drove down to Bradwell in Derbyshire to pick up my mum from my sister’s caravan.  We had a quick look in Castleton as it is a few years since we have been – at one time when our girls were young and we shared the caravan with my sister and brother we went on most weekends and holidays – it is much the same as it has been for the last 30 years or more – a slight change of shops and cafes here and there but nothing drastic.  We took the back road out of Castleton to Hope and once again the mist was quite spectacular.

We drove up on to the highest point above Hope and Castleton and stopped to take a few more snaps.

So despite the dismal weather we managed to have a successful and interesting day.

As mum is staying with us a few days now and she is a little high maintenance these days it is possible I will be having an enforced blogging break for a day or too and you may notice an absence of comments.  We will be taking her home on Wednesday evening so blogging should resume after that!

Have a lovely bank holiday.

back soon x

14 Replies to “mEAndering ~ a photographic day”

  1. Have a lovely time with your mum. Loving the misty, atmospheric photographs. The change in the weather has come as a bit of a shock, having been warm and sunny for so long this year. X


  2. lovely photos. I agree that you can feel Autumn tip toeing in. I’m quite happy for it to do so, even though I have made the most of and really enjoyed summer this year. Enjoy having your mum to stay x


    1. It is coming too soon for me – just because I feel that Christmas rush coming with it – I have already seen cards in the shops. I like Christmas but I am not keen on it been strung out for so long it seems to water it down. I like to savour Autumn which is a beautiful season without having to think of Christmas too soon. At least we get a break in Spring and summer as the retail sector have their attentions on getting holiday products sold.


  3. Great photos, that’s one thing about a gloomy day, everything looks so much more intriguing

    It’s really chilly here too, a good day to be in, even though I have a huge list of things to do in the garden.


  4. Looks like you made the most of an inclement weather day. The exhibition photos must have been incredible given the process of taking them was so exacting. Your photos reminded me of scenes from the old TV series “All Creatures Great and Small”. I love a moody landscape.


    1. Similar moorland to All Creatures Great and Small – just seen on the news tonight about the devastated Saddleworth Moor which is just up above us on the way to Manchester. The fires have left it looking like no mans land in France after the war – stripped of all vegetation. Very sad.


  5. I’m not ready to let the summer go yet, although I do love autumn I’m not ready for it this year. Your photos do look quite autumnal too. Xx


  6. Lovely moody photographs – bad weather can be beautiful too! After two beautiful days today – a friend’s outdoor wedding day – is dull and overcast and drizzly so far. Such a shame.


    1. Hi there – sorry I don’t know your name it has come through as anonymous. How unfortunate for your friend after all the lovely weather we have had over the summer. It is the only thing you cannot choose for your wedding day you can only hope the weather will be good. Your friend will have a lovely day though despite the weather and she may get some very romantic ‘mood’ photos if it is dull.


  7. It’s definitely autumnal. Driving back from my parents, the trees were starting to show shades of orange, red, gold and yellow. It was rather lovely!
    Have a great time with your mum.


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