Calverley Garth
Home between 2006 and 2013. A quiet cul de sac with decent neighbours and few feral children roaming around at night.



Rugby - Yorkshire style: Beecroft Hill rugby ground in March 2008. I love the image quality of the D1x, but it is less user-friendly than newer digital cameras and eats batteries.
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Cold bench: I love the effect that snow has on the light, and how it can erase the litter for a day.
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Cold Duck: Taken in March 2006, this Saltaire Duck (actually a female Mallard that lives on the canal running through Saltaire) showed steely determination whilst mugging the photographer for his bread.
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Thanks: Feeding the locals is the neighbourly thing to do in winter. This chap lived with his family in the tree next door, but they moved out a couple of years ago. I think they did not get on with the increasing cat population.
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Pushing your luck: The critters are a lot braver (could be something to do with hunger) in winter. This squirrel let me walk right up to him with a 300mm lens.
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Mr Fox: Late sunsets allowed me to capture another wild neighbour in August 2007. More recently the whole family (2 adults and 3 cubs) have been foraging from 9.30pm each night. Oddly enough they have found a regular source of chicken wings up the street (?!)
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Summer fields: Very little grows as quickly in Africa as it does here in spring and summer. Fields are filled with colour, and bordered with dry stone walls and luxurious trees. That is not to say that one can walk around carefree. There may not be thorns and snakes, but there are nettles!
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The garden: Everythings grows like weeds here! The garden is a little sea of tranquility, and a place where one can achieve a sense of accomplishment - as long as it is tidy like ours. This was an interesting shot, taken on film with the FM3a and the Sigma 12-24mm. It was the first time I had such a wide angled lens on a film camera.
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Rodley sunset: I expected to miss the glorious African sunsets, but they are pretty good here too. Sundown at 10.30pm does take getting used to however.
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Nectar: The tree at the bottom of the yard is filled with white blossoms in spring, and the bees quickly appear. This was taken with the 300mm f/4 AF-S and a 1.7x teleconverter, an excellent macro combination with good working distance.
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The secret world of heather: Taken with a Nikon D70 and 50mm lens on a reversing ring, this macro shows the intricate structure of the millimeter long blossoms.
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