Christmas Day fame :)

I was very excited to get an email on Christmas Day to say that my favourite owl photo had been featured on the Red Bubble homepage for Christmas Day - woo hoo! This never happens to me, so I just had to blog about it :)

I use Red Bubble to sell my photos as greeting cards, calendars and framed prints etc - the quality is excellent. They do all kinds of cool stuff, including custom t-shirts - go take a look! I have a gallery over at zoepower.redbubble.com/works

White out

We don't get this kind of snow very often in Oxford. And hardly ever on a weekend. So, despite the strong pull of my warm duvet nest, I managed to get myself out and about with my camera to explore the white winter wonderland. The first day of snowfall is always the prettiest, when it is completely untouched...but this time it was rather challenging to juggle my umbrella (to protect my camera from the heavy snow showers) as well as both my cameras and frozen fingers! So I'm afraid my composition is not as strong as it should be - but the scenery more than makes up for that I think. More photos on Flickr, as ever, in my Winter Wonderland set.

Snowy avenue
Dedication
Winter wonderland
Going nowhere
Snow laden
Snowy path by Cowley Marsh Park

Blurb photobook arrives - and it's fabulous!

So very excited when this arrived in the post. Can't recommend Blurb highly enough - the quality is superb and the price is very reasonable. Although all my images are online, there's still no substitute for sitting on the sofa and browsing through a carefully selected and arranged bunch of photos in a printed and bound photobook....

You can also see an online preview of the book at http://www.blurb.com/books/1727131

Autumn birthday loveliness in the Lakes

Al and I went up to the Lake District for a lovely long weekend in late October for my birthday. We stayed in Keswick in a fabulous B&B called Howe Keld which I highly recommend. It turned out to be fantastically located - just 3 minutes or so to the loveliest lake in the Lake District IMHO (Derwentwater) and just 3 minutes into town for lots of cafes, bars and restaurants. The autumn colour didn't disappoint - and although we had a couple of grey, wet days, the scenery was still take-your-breath-away stunning. And our last day was glorious sunshine making those gorgeous leaves positively glow. Thoroughly magical and restorative. Can't wait to go back for more! Here are a few of my fave photos from the trip. The pinky toned ones are from some dawn photography on the morning we left - was hard to tear ourselves away! More on Flickr in my Lake District set.

Misty montains
Misty boats at dawn
Mist and moonlight at Derwentwater
Early morning mist at Derwentwater
Derwentwater cruise in the autumn sunshine
Derwentwater glows in the autumnal sunshine
Gorgeous morning light
Beautiful woodland walks

Norfolk: a lovely long weekend of sunshine and showers

Al and I had a really lovely long Bank Holiday weekend in August, catching up with old friends and family. The long drive was worth it for an invigorating walk on the shingle beach at Cley-next-the-sea. We were *lucky* to have one of those days full of fabulous clouds and skies, in and out dramatic sweeps of light - and rain! Made for some lovely pics - but we got VERY wet :) We'd spent quite a long time walking in totally the wrong direction and managed to walk directly into the middle of the storm....well and truly got my sea fix that day! Found a lovely cafe on our wanderings too that was covered in shells and painted in lovely bright colours - just my cup of tea :) Here are a few faves - the rest are on Flickr, as always.

Fun in the sea
The brightness inbetween
Shells 3
Wiveton Hall Cafe
Fun keyrings

Cornwall trip no. 2 - May 2010

I'm rather behind on my blog posts! We had a super lovely second visit to Cornwall in May, staying with my family in an apartment right next to the beach at Perranporth. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather again and picked the most perfect days to visit the beautiful St. Ives - it was hard to believe we were in England! I really do love Cornwall. We had such a lovely time pottering about with our cameras on lots of beaches, went for some beautiful coastal walks, ate lots of lovely food and even managed to pack in some shopping in St. Ives! See my Flickr set for the full dose of photos.

Waves curl and crash on the shore
Waves crash on the shore
Porthminster Beach, St. Ives *2*
Porthminster Beach, St. Ives *4*
Waves ride in at Porthcothan Beach
Fabulous surf at Perranporth
Self-portrait silhouette silliness
Mysterious woods
A cloud of pink
Sculpture *4*

Cornwall trip no. 1 - April 2010

Al and I were supposed to go to San Francisco in April - but the volcano debacle meant we weren't able to fly. So 2 hours of research later we had booked ourselves a replacement holiday in lovely Cornwall. We were soooo lucky - the sun shone every day for us. And we found the most amazing B&B in Boscastle - quiet, elegant, stylish, spotless, with fabulous breakfast - I could go on.... we really felt spoilt rotten. Our B&B was called the Old Parsonage - highly recommend it. It was a super lovely break. We spent a week wandering around the coast, taking a metric tonne of photos and eating lots of lovely food :) Here are a few faves - see my Flickr set for the full dose.

Gazing into the sunset
Evening light at Watergate Bay
Abstract sunset at Watergate Bay
Abstract seashore
Evening light at Sandymouth Beach
Pebble heart
First paddle of the year!
Fifteen at Watergate Bay *4*
Hallway in our lovely B&B
Our lovely B&B in Boscastle  - The Old Parsonage *3*
Our lovely B&B in Boscastle  - The Old Parsonage *5*
Flowers on the window sill