26/01/2017 Day 26 of 365



Old logs in the Outwoods.



Canon 40D with Canon 50mm.f/5, 1/60s, ISO 400

25/01/2017 Day 25 of 365

Poker dice.

Canon 40D with Sigma 24-70 @ 56mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400.


24/01/2017 Day 24 of 365.

 I’ve had this song in my head all day.


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away, across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell.

23/01/2017 Day 23 of 365

Graffiti art, by Buber Nebz, real name Dan Smith.

Dan is known in Loughborough for  various works of art such as the Lego Men, Edward Scissorhands and a large Elephant.

Panasonic Lumix, 7.2mm, 1/15s f/3.8 ISO 400.

22/01/2017 Day 22 of 365


The mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) is a perching duck species found in East Asia. It is medium-sized, at 41–49 cm (16–19 in) long with a 65–75 cm (26–30 in) wingspan. It is closely related to the North American wood duck, the only other member of the genus Aix. Aix is an Ancient Greek word used by Aristotle to refer to an unknown diving bird, and galericulata is the Latin for a wig, derived from galerum, a cap or bonnet.
The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange “sails” at the back. The female is similar to female wood duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.
Both the males and females have crests, but the crest is more pronounced on the male.
Like many other species of ducks, the male undergoes a moult after the mating season into eclipse plumage. When in eclipse plumage, the male looks similar to the female, but can be told apart by their bright yellow-orange beak, lack of any crest, and a less-pronounced eye-stripe.
Mandarin ducklings are almost identical in appearance to wood ducklings, and very similar to mallard ducklings. The ducklings can be distinguished from mallard ducklings because the eye-stripe of mandarin ducklings (and wood ducklings) stops at the eye, while in mallard ducklings it reaches all the way to the bill.

This one was on Charnwood water in Loughborough.

Canon 40D with Canon 70-200L @159mm, f/6.3, 1/60s, ISO 400.

21/01/2017 Day 21 of 365

Loughborough RFC vs Spalding RFC. @ the ‘Drome’


Canon 40D with Canon 70-200L @ 81mm, 1/500s, f/5, ISO 1600.

20/01/2017 Day 20 of 365

Loughborough, viewed from the Outwoods.

The Outwoods is 110 acres of ancient woodland to the north of Loughborough and is one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. The Outwoods consists of a variety of different routes and walks, including an easy access path with a bird feeding station.
The Outwoods was gifted to the people of Loughborough in 1946 by two local benefactors, Allan Moss and George Harry Bowler, and is managed by the Outwoods Management Committee. In 2015/16, for the eighth year running the Outwoods was awarded the Green Flag, this is a nationally recognised mark of excellence.

Canon 350D with Sigma 24-70 @ 24mm. f/5, 1/800s ISO 100.

19/01/2017 Day 19 of 365

“The Bastard Gates”

Originally the main entrance to the Playing Field site, the gates were named after William Bastard, Chairman of the College Governors, and were officially opened in 1934.

Canon 40D with Canon 50mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 800

18/01/2017 Day 18 of 365

Scissors. A set of craft scissors on a white background.


Canon 40D with 50mm lens and Canon 380EX flash. 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100

17/01/2017 Day 17 of 365


Spongey, the cat from next door. He is a lovely cat but he does try to stealth food from our two. He likes to mooch around our garden and in the summer can be seen lazing in the grass near the hedge between our house and his.

Canon 40D + Canon 380EX flash with canon 70-200L @ 122mm, 1/250s, f/5, ISO 100.