We went out for a nice long (for us, anyway) walk yesterday, starting with our usual Saturday brunch at Mad Hatters, Tiverton. After ordering, we went to sit out in the garden, and wondered if we should have gone for the duck – it was very fresh.
It was drinking from the water bowl left out for dogs.
Mmm. Coffee. And Doppio. A good start to the day.
Rather than walking around the town centre as we usually do, we then headed down Angel Hill, and over the bridge, into West Exe, and up Leat Street. For some reason, I always get the urge to photograph the houses on Leat Street – they’ve very traditional terraced houses, deep and narrow, and opening straight out onto the street, but these are covered in satellite dishes. There’s no cable coverage in Tiverton, and reception isn’t good in some places, so satellite TV is popular.
I played with the colouring on this shot in Adobe Lightroom (these are all processed in Lightroom), and added a vignette effect.
We turned to head towards Morrisons, but crossed the road to see the swans with their cygnets on the town Leat.
A couple of gulls were very vocal about wanting their picture taken, so I obliged.
Again, the vignette (the darkening towards the corners) is added afterwards in Lightroom. All these shots were taken with my Canon G9, which doesn’t have any (noticeable) vignetting, but I got used to the effect with my Nikon 55-200 VR lens, and I quite like a bit of vignetting on some shots now.
This duck was sleeping:
One of the cygnets seemed to enjoy eating grass from the bank.
Want to see it in action? I took a little video of it too:
Here’s another of the swan and two cygnets swimming:
We found a path, and we had no idea where it went, so we decided to follow it to find out. I found a yellow hoop.
So I jumped in it.
Just after that, a well worn path disappeared up to the side of the path we were following
I had to know what it lead to, so I climbed up it. Well, what do you know? I didn’t expect that.
It lead to a digital mammography unit.
We found a small area of concrete with a drain mounted in it, with interesting patterns all around the drain.
Well, ok, maybe interesting is the wrong word there.
We found ourselves cutting through the grounds of the High School, which had gargoyles on the walls in several places.
As we left the school grounds, we found a little lost kitteh.
We cut through the Moorhayes estate next, and right near the start watched a buzzard being mobbed by a couple of crows. No photos, I’m afraid, as it was happening a bit too fast. Buzzards are really crap birds of prey. There are loads of them around Devon, and they spend most of their time being beaten up by crows and seagulls. One day we’re going to find one having the shit kicked out of it by a young blue tit, I’m sure.
So, no pictures of all that excitement, but I did get a picture of some concrete steps. Fun, eh?
Oh, and grass.
And a buttercup.
I’m usually in the habit of pushing the contrast and saturation up to make really ‘punchy’ images. When I processed this lot, I experimented with actually reducing the saturation in quite a few of them. It seems to work well here. Taking away the bright yellow gives a more delicate result.
Yeah, there was quite a lot of grass.
And some chimney pots that put me in mind of Madonna’s conical phase.
I liked the little ‘shooting star’ graffiti on the sign here, but when I went to take the photo, the rest of the wall wanted to be included too, so I obliged.
The colours are pushed somewhat, but the yellow at the bottom is quite bright in reality.
We stopped at the small Tesco store for drinks and ice-creams. As we got towards the far end of Moorhayes, I could hear falling water, and went to investigate. Unexpected waterfall!
Wherever you go in Tiverton, you never seem to be more than ten feet from a river. They’re everywhere. This little river follows near the main road through Moorhayes, then turns sharply right to follow the main road again, then suddenly turns left at a right-angle, and disappears under the road. It follows the edge of the business park after that, before wandering off into the countryside.
A few dead leaves and a fly.
I’m always careful to take photos of only the most pretty things.
Along the main road, here’s the same river:
Here’s where it turns sharply and cuts under the road:
The hedge further along had some pretty and bright honeysuckle, along with the occasional nettle.
The Michelin Man had done a poo by the side of the road.
By this time, we figured we’d earned a drink, so we stopped off at the Tiverton Hotel (a Best Western).
I had a pint of Bass, Sam had a glass of wine.
I took a couple of shots of my little Sheaffer Touchdown Tuckaway (Tucky) while there.
We then crossed the main road to Old Road, and cut up through Lewis Avenue, ending up back on Canal Hill next to the police station. We stopped off at the canal to visit the Ducks Ditty for another drink.
Again, I had a beer, Sam had a glass of wine.
Further along the canal, bees were enjoying the flowers in their own special ways. Check out the bee’s knees:
This one looked like Starbug from Red Dwarf:
When we got home, a sparrow was making a lot of noise on the corner of our building, and wasn’t going to be deterred by us being there.
It was a good walk. Around five miles, which is quite a lot for us. Lots of photos, though, and I’m quite happy with how many of them have turned out. The Canon G9 is doing good things for my photography.