Today Jamie and I decided to have an adventure! We were going to discover The Hell Fire Caves of West Wycombe and climb to the Mausoleum atop the hill. From some previous research we found that we would not in fact be going into the caves, as in the winter they are only open at weekends. No matter, we thought, the Mausoleum it is! Sitting on the A127 not 10 minutes from my house, flooding!!! Oh how fantastic, however once passed we again allowed ourselves to be optimistic…. 1.5hrs later… it is still raining! We have a coffee/tea and decide that the drizzle outside would have to be braved to say that it wasn’t a completely wasted trip. Wellies were certainly needed, however I had cleverly left mine in the back of Reiss’ car. This was doomed from the onset! I climbed the hill, (with now muddy converse) to find it…..LOCKED! we did an hour or so of wandering around the area and I have a few photos but then the rain got too heavy and we had to retreat. Our adventure had been scuppered at every turn. Despite this, I had a really fun day and can’t wait for the next!
What collection would be complete without more fungi?
Today’s Inspiration is going to be a little bit different. I want to dedicate this post to my dad. I am a daddy’s girl and to me he is the best dad in the world.
Although we are different, I am academic and he is very practical and oozes common sense (something which I lack) we also share similar loves in Jazz music and the outdoors. My dad is a fisherman, not by trade but as a hobby. If he is not participating in it, he is watching, reading or talking about it. He has a passion for it that started at the age of 4. Ever since I was little I wanted to be with my dad and this, therefore led me to become a rambler. He has always enjoyed walking the dogs for miles at a time and even at the ages of 3/4 I used to follow him and my Grandad over the mountains of Wales for hours on end.
Recently he decided to buy a camera to document his fishing but also the beautiful places he visits and the wildlife he sees. As he is colour-blind and a bit of a technophobe I admit I was a little dubious. However, he has yet again astounded me with what he has done. All the following photos are taken on manual settings of his new Nikon Coolpix 500.
I am so proud of my dad for his first attempts at photography I do not think he has done half bad.
So my brand new Canon 600d came! Hooray! I am in love. Took it out today to test it out, as well as my partner Reiss‘ lens’. It was a very cold day, Misty got another long walk but the light definitely was not with us. I still managed a few pictures, I will be arranging a few more days out to get used to my lovely new camera.
After a shakey start to the day Reiss and I decided to go for a wander with the dog. I live right next to Langdon Hills Nature Reserve and my dog Misty loves it! 2.5 hours later she was extremely muddy and so were our wellies! I wanted this collection of photos to have an autumnal feel to them. They were all taken with the FujiFilm.
What collection is not complete without more fungi!
We load up the car with cameras, flask and coats and we are on our way. Mr Sat Nav decides to intrude on our journey by twice telling us to take a turning once we have passed it! Never the less we persist on, finally getting to the carpark to find a pay and display! Do we have any change between us? No, of course not. Off to the local petrol station we go, change in hand we return to pay our fare. The machine does not give change, £2.50 later we are finally ready!
After such a chaotic start I actually really enjoyed myself and we spent a couple of hours on our ramble with a few intriguing spots on the way. These are a few of the images I took along the way.