Saturday, 26 September 2009

Anstey, Leicestershire


Anstey, Leicestershire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I used to do a lot of walking in the countryside and have decided to try it again. I am hoping to do a walk each weekend from now onwards - and of course my camera will go with me. Leicestershire County Council have published leaflets detailing walks in the county and I am using them as a starting point. My first walk was last weekend from Anstey which is to the north west of Leicester. The route took me from the village to Bradgate Park, Cropston, Crown Hills Park and then back to Anstey. The walk is about 10 kilometres or 6.25 miles. A leaflet about the walk can be downloaded from here.

Here are some of the photographs that I took along the way:

Anstey, Leicestershire

This is an old packhorse bridge which is crossed on the way out of Anstey towards Leicester.


Lonely Tree

I liked the stark outlines of this dying tree - it was alongside the path that I walked along.


Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

The ruins of Bradgate House are in the foreground. It was the home of Lady Jane Grey who was queen of England for nine days in 1553 when she was 16 years old. Her accession to the throne was part of a plan to stop Mary Tudor becoming queen and reversing the protestant reformation. The plan failed and Lady Jane Grey was executed for treason the following year.


Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

Part of the ruins of Bradgate House - the building on the left is the chapel and is the most complete part of the ruins.


Anstey, Leicestershire

King William's bridge was built for the visit of King William III to Bradgate Park in 1696.

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Golden Eagle


Golden Eagle
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

This collage is made up of photographs of a Golden Eagle that I took on a day organised by "Photographers on Safari" at a farm near Whissendine, Rutland. The photographs were taken using the long end of a 70mm - 300mm zoom lens. On the Sony A100 camera that I was using this is equivalent to 450mm and has produced the bokeh effect in the images. I have had this image printed at 15 inches by 10 inches. I mounted it in a black wooden frame which complements the image very well.