LOL! I’ve been looking back the FATman archives for a Christmas photo for this post, and really cannot find a single one!  I think I just don’t do Christmas photos.  And so to something from brighter, warmer days:

Driving on the eastern reaches of Queen’s Sedge Moor, heading for the little hamlet of Barrow; and, suddenly, the road overshadowed by a giant – an oak I think – backlit from the east.

And so to standing back as far as the narrow lane permitted, looking up through a very wide angle lens; and to overexposing the scene – avoiding a pure silhouette – to retain some colour in the tree’s leaves and some detail in its trunk, while letting the rising sun’s glare burn out much of the backdrop.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Queen’s Sedge Moor, on the Somerset Levels south of Wells; 24 May 2019.


In this post, a little while back, I talked about the fact that, due to child poverty, large numbers of children in the UK – which is one of the world’s richer countries, after all – are routinely experiencing hunger.  Quite simply, this is a national disgrace, and I am ashamed of my country’s government for allowing such circumstances to routinely occur. Today of all days, it seems right to repeat this message, and I would be grateful if those who have not seen it would look at this post.  Adrian



            • Gary, thank you very much. Well, as I write, the new, more infectious variant of the virus is out of control here and, once more, our government is dithering, and thus contributing to loss of life. Its clear that a full national lockdown is needed, the Opposition has called for one within 24 hours, and now we will just have to wait until our “Govt” is brave enough to take action.

              Our “govt” is rarely proactive, it simply reacts to events, and it rewards loyalty rather than ability and performance in its Ministers. The contrast with the devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and N Ireland is increasingly marked. The vaccines are being rolled out, but I must admit to being significantly worried by England’s general situation.

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