Silver Tree Ferns

Silver Tree Ferns

Silver Tree Ferns are found all over New Zealand, growing up to 10 metres or more high. As with many of the plants here, they are native to this country. Although very difficult to capture the silver of the underside of the leaves, the pattern that they create, especially when seen against a blue sky is very worth recording in my opinion. The silver fern is a cultural symbol of New Zealand, many logos, especially in sport, incorporate its image.

Flip flop pattern

Flip flop pattern

Walking along the busy Khaosan Road in Bangkok you will see dozens of shops selling handcrafts, clothes, pirated DVDs, books and useful backpacker items. This photograph was taken along this road of a huge display of sandals. The bright colours caught my eye and it looked to be an interesting pattern.

Some form of sandals (or thongs if your in Australia, jandals here in New Zealand) are must haves for any traveller. When I left the UK back in July 2012, I took a lovely pair of Birkenstock sandals. Sadly, one of them came off as I was getting on a boat on the island of Ko Phi Phi Don. It wasn’t until recently that I replaced them.

Blue Peeling Paint Texture

Blue Peeling Paint Texture

Taken at Alnmouth harbour in Northumberland on the north east coast of England this very old boat had it seems been left out in the sun for a few too many years. This is the hull and although I don’t remember seeing it on my last visit to this part of the world in 2009, it was probably there but I simply didn’t see it. It caught my eye on this year’s trip due to the texture and the way that the paint was curling.

Scaffolding in the Sun

Scaffolding in the Sun

Sometimes we look forward to seeing a famous landmark or building in a new town (particularly when travelling) only to find that it is covered in construction workers, usually using ugly scaffolding to get access and at the same time masking what we came to see (or in my case photograph). This was the case with the image below of the River Avon at Bath with the Empire Hotel. In my opinion this would have been a lovely photograph if it wasn’t spoilt by the scaffolding. Taken at sunset the sun is highlighting the side of the hotel with the most scaffolding (typical right?). Rather than delete the photograph I decided to keep it and in addition zoom my lens into 200mm and focus on the highlighting scaffolding for the above pattern picture.

Whirly Pops

Whirly Pops

Walking through the city centre of Bath early one morning I stopped at  this window display of Whirly Pop Lollipops in a sweet shop on Westgate Street. The bright colours and retro look of these lollies made me take a second look and I thought that it could make an interesting pattern photograph. As you can see they all have a similar pattern, but do come in more than one size. I remember seeing them a lot more in sweet shops as a child, but I don’t remember ever having tried one.