Mindful

I have mentioned, here and there on this blog, that I suffer from anxiety. I have so for my whole life. But it wasn’t until summer 2022 that I finally got help. (I was actually contacting my doctor regarding ADHD, which I’m sure I’ve got, but because I scored so high on anxiety in a questionnaire, I was referred to mental health services for it.) The six sessions I had with my practitioner included some helpful tips for when that dreaded feeling rears its head again. One of them was a mindful activity.

A clump of trees in my local park became my favourite place to do this exercise. It just means using your five senses to be aware of your surroundings.

September is such a month. The last remains of the summer are still present, but autumn slowly creeps in. Can’t wait for the colourful glory of this season!

It is important to slow down.

Pigeon conference, again.

What in the tree…

I’ve been running this blog for seven years and nothing has featured here more than pictures taken from my living room window. Mostly of skies, but sometimes of the big tree that grows by my house. You’d think I’d know everything there is to know about the tree (except what it actually is as I have zero knowledge of botany). Starlings hang out on its branches, as well as crows. The tree is also good for observing the changing seasons. In spring, when the leaves start growing, in autumn, when they turn and eventually fall. However, it wasn’t until September 2022 that I, for the first time, noticed that…

It’s got berries?

Last Of The Autumn Leaves

I took so many pictures of autumn leaves this season, and now I don’t know what to do with them. So here’s yet another autumn leaves post–this should do until next year!

Foliage in Manchester city centre.

A little leaf that blew into my kitchen.

Litter covering the leaves in my local park. Occasionally I take pics of litter, whether it’s to showcase the ignorance of humankind, or something for my Random and Weird Phone Shots collection. Or both. Or in this case, the writing on the box. I don’t what the product is, whether it’s a drink, a snack, or perhaps a small toy, I just like its name. Of course, I’m a fan of Marvel Cinematic Universe (that has given us tons of stuff this year), and it reminds me of the scene in the first Avengers movie where Steve Rogers aka Captain America assigns everyone a task in their fight to beat the villains, when he turns to Hulk and says only: “Hulk–smash.” And Hulk smashes. It’s still remains a favourite of mine.

Skies in November

I’m pleased about today’s post for two reasons: 1. photos taken with camera, not smartphone (that’s the second post in a row with camera pictures–it’s getting better) and 2. skies!

Sunrise above, sunset below.

It was November— the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind—songs in the pines.

L.M. Montgomery – Anne of the Island

Autumnal Still Life

I decided to do a nice autumnal still life photoshoot this year (last time seen on Some Photoblog in 2018).

I thought the cover of Taylor Swift’s newly released album Red (Taylor’s Version) had the perfect autumnal colours, and the artwork for Evermore is also very autumnal.

Here’s some more pictures:

The page is from my copy of Anne of Green Gables, the one I found in a charity shop and that’s falling apart (the book, not the charity shop), which at least means I could use it for my photography. It’s the chapter with the famous October quote, and yes, it’s November but her conversation with Marilla is about autumn leaves, so it’s still relevant.

This year I’ve also discovered the joy of ambience videos on YouTube, like for example this one which I link here. Enjoy!

Autumnal Castlefield

You know you can’t get enough of autumn!

I took so many nice pictures on my walk in Castlefield, Manchester, at the end of October, I couldn’t just keep them all to myself. Here I share them with you:

Hold an autumn leaf.

Throw it in the canal.

Goose eats it.

Asters in front of the Roman fortress. I wonder if they were there when Romans were there. Would a Roman centurion admire these asters, perhaps?

A setting sun. It never disappoints.