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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and also my favourite. I just love autumn and winter; I love the colours, I love the weather and I love the general feeling of excitement around Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and, of course, Christmas. Dog walking in a frosty park is a joy for both the dog and me. Yesterday was a gloriously crisp, white morning and Martha and I had a good game of chase in the low morning sun, when I managed to photograph her waiting for me to throw her ball. Here is Martha, intent on play.

Martha, intent on play

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November morning sun

Autumn is here, soon to be winter, and it’s my favourite time of the year. I absolutely adore the period between mid-October and early January (yes, I even like the dark nights and mornings!) and I find it especially good for photography; the autumn colours turning into spindly bare-branched trees, low-sun, mist, fog, snow… some of my favourite photography subjects. We had a beautiful morning on Sunday so I managed to get out and take a few photos, the first of which, November morning sun, is posted below.

November morning sun

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Foggy Avenue

It’s been some time since I last updated and since I got my camera out, but we woke up to a beautifully foggy morning today and seeing as I just can’t resist the fog it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take my camera to the park and take advantage of the weather.

Here is the first of my shots from this morning, Foggy Avenue.

Foggy Avenue

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I entered another Light Space & Time art competition recently, the theme of which was CityScapes, and was absolutely thrilled to come second in the Photography & Digital category, while coming sixth overall. The photograph I submitted was Walking Into A Dream, which was taken a few years ago in the little alleyway between Manchester Town Hall and the Central Library.

This has been another huge boost to my photography, especially as I haven’t been able to do anything new recently owing to some ill health. I really am now looking forward to getting out with my camera once I’m back to full fitness again!

I’ve been neglecting photography in favour of writing lately so I’m really thrilled that one of the photographs I submitted for the April 2013 Light Space & Time art competition, SeaScapes, received a Special Merit award. The photograph I submitted was of the Grand Hotel and promenade at Llandudno, taken from the end of the pier.

This has been a wonderful encouragement for my photography and will hopefully give me the prod I need to start focussing on it properly again and devoting as much time to it as my writing from now on.

Blimey, it’s been a while since I last posted… My day job has been very busy of late, although I’ve now finished for my Christmas break, which I’m extremely pleased about! I hope to spend at least part of my holiday writing and sorting out some photographs.

November was also a busy writing month for me and I’m absolutely delighted that one of those stories has been published today, in the December 2012 “Magic” edition of Litro Magazine.

Litro is available to buy in various stockists around London but they also publish all the stories from the magazine online too, so you can read mine if you wish. If you do read it, I really hope you enjoy it.

Autumn is such a beautiful season, full of rich sublime colours. I took a walk with my camera a couple of weekends ago to photograph the leaves and was really pleased to see some flowers still out. Photos of the leaves will follow, but for now, here are some of the autumn blooms.

Autumn flowers

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