This is all about our choice of digital image as our free January 2014 wallpaper at fullersfolio.co.uk
"Edinburgh Skyline". This was taken a few weeks ago on a very cold day in Edinburgh and we thought it would make a great wallpaper picture.
We had found ourselves coming up to the castle just as dusk was beginning to form. The colours in the sky were amazing just crying out to be captured
The hard part was choosing which image should be the one for the calendar
Maybe the crane is not quite so classical, so the castle is chosen as the one for this month.
We hope you agree with our choice, and just in case you want one without the calendar here it is.
We hope you like our choice, and hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
A short while ago we were walking near Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway, enjoying the fantastic countryside and a sunny stroll along the beach we watched the farmers racing to get the harvest in before the weather broke.
As you can see in some fields the process had finished and in others it was still progressing.
The hillside was covered in these large bales, that when taken together made patterns on the skyline.
We thought it would make a good digital wallpaper for October
If you do not like the month on the image then we have it without as well
We hope you like our choice of the Galloway Harvest digital wallpaper for October taken in Dumfries and Galloway last month this year. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Please forgive me for not posting this a few days. It was thought about and half written, but other things came along and I did not realise it had not been posted. Oops!
When we were thinking about what to have as March's digital wallpaper, we looked at the long range weather forecast and thought, this is very different to the heat of last year. So maybe it would be good to have an image that reminds us of the warmer weather from 2012
March Digital Wallpaper
This shot was taken at an old orchard near to Penrith, towards the end of March 2012
Orchard full of daffodils
The new growth of nature was bursting out all over the place, and it was hard to capture, but I took 129 pictures that day so have lots of future potential
March Digital Wallpaper without the month
We hope you like our choice of free Daffodils in the Sun March digital wallpaper taken near Penrith last March. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
When we were thinking of what to have as the digital wallpaper for February, the snow and rain was lashing down outside. This sort of helped guide our choice to something that was not too wet or cold.
Oyster Catcher - February Digital Wallaper
For this month's image we have chosen an Oyster Catcher on some rocks taken last June in the Isle of Islay
Isle of Islay Sunset
We were very fortunate as the weather was great at this time on Islay giving amazing sunsets
Oyster Catchers Flying
I think Oyster Catchers are a lovely birds, and can often be seen as a flock. There distinctive red to orange beaks standing out in the sky as they fly by.
Oyster Catcher February Digital Wallpaper - With Calendar
We hope you like our choice of free Oyster Catcher February wallpaper taken on the Isle of Islay last June. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Autumn Mists over Kielder Water
Recently on one of the few days when it has not been raining I was driving past Kielder water and was able to capture these fantastic images, and this article gives some more insight into them.
Sunrise over a Frosty Autumn Kielder Water
It was early in the morning, just after 7am and the sun had just risen over the tree line and provides a fantastic lighting colour as it is reflected on the water
Misty Autumn Morning over Kielder Water
The early morning sun highlights the mist rising from the water
Jet Trails in Misty Autumn Skies over Kielder Water
Moving to a new location and after a while the sky opens up to reveal a blue vista with these jet streams crossing
Misty Autumn Skies over Kielder Water
In this image one can see small broken ice floating on the water in the foreground, with the mist rising in the distance.
All in all I was very fortunate to be passing at just the right time, when the temperature and sun were just correct to produce these amazing conditions.
Old Wooden Fishermans Shed with Nets Drying on Roof
This month on fullersfolio we have launched a "New" Shed image collection
For quite some time now as I have been travelling around I have been capturing images of huts, shed and other similar structures. Our landscape seems to be littered with such buildings.
Wooden Fishermans Shed on Dungeness Beach
Some are in pretty poor repair and others considerably better
Fishing Net Sheds at Hastings
So we decided to celebrate trading for 6 months that we would send the time collecting together some of these images and putting them up as a “new collection”
Fishermans Shed on Dungeness Beach
Of course the irony is that in the majority of cases the sheds are far from new.
Old Shed near Greenhaugh
We hope you like this collection and we will be adding to it as and when we have the time.
Last Swallows of Summer
Each year swallows from around the area join up before making their journey south as their annual migration. We have a series of power and phone lines that seem to offer a good resting place, before setting off.
Swallows waiting to migrate
This year was no exception even though the weather was terrible. I have often wondered how they manage to identify our specific post and power lines from all the others around but they evidently do.
The other morning we woke up to several hundred birds sitting on the lines waiting for the off. They were shivering in the pouring rain but they still allowed me around an hour to get the camera out and try and take some snaps.
Swallow in the rain
As you can see by the rain drops captured in the images the rain was quite heavy. As such it was so dark that only the odd shot was any good due to the low light levels.
Swallows waiting in the rain
Sadly the images of the departure were too out of focus, but it was very impressive. The whole group just setting off. There did not seem to be any distinctive leader, but their must have been as the flight was so coordinated. There was a couple of false starts – maybe waiting for stragglers. Then they were off for another year. Probably thinking good riddance of all this cold and wet, off to the nice warm sun.
We look forward to seeing you next year..
The Millennium Stone
The Millennium Stone at Greenhaugh
When I go wandering round a place with my camera, people often come out of their houses to see what I am taking pictures of. They normally look at me for a bit and then go back inside. Sometimes they come and talk to me gently asking what I am doing and sometimes they tell me a story about what I am looking at.
A couple of months ago I was in going through Greenhaugh in Northumberland National Park and at the end of the village towards the school noticed an upright stone and some old farm equipment by the side of the road. As it wasn't actually raining I thought it might make a good picture so stopped the car and started to take a picture.
Someone came out of one of the houses and asked what I was doing, so I told them and they said did I know the story of the stone. I said no. This is what they told me – I don't know how true this is but it makes a good story. So I will recount it here.
Old farm machinery
They alleged that some time before the millennium one evening in the pub it was decided that something should done to celebrate the occasion for the village. Someone came up with the idea of putting up a standing stone. A grant was applied for, which was approved and it was all go.
They then alleged that there had been much discussion in the pub as to where to get the stone and someone suggested that it could come from the local river bed. Bets were made as to the outcome of this – if it would be successful or not. It was then said that rope chains, buoyancy bags and a tractor had been used to get the stone up out of the river bed to the village. It was then put into position using a few bags of cement. It was then alleged that this had been very profitable, as the cost of the stone had been only a few tens of pounds and time taken.
As I said at the start I don't know if this is true or not but it does make quite an interesting photo, with the old farm machinery next to it.
White Cliffs of Dover
A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to be walking along the top of the White Cliffs of Dover in the sunshine
Speed Boat going by
The air was clear and bright and we were able to watch the boats going by as can be seen here.
We were walking from Dover along the National Trust path to the South Foreland Light House Having enjoyed looking round there we walked back on a slightly different route.
The wheat was a fantastic golden colour having ripened in the sun. It waved in the wind. We thought it would make a good September wallpaper reminding us of what we have been missing with all the recent rain.
September Wallpaper with Calendar
We are offering two versions of this - one with a months calendar on it and one without, in varying different sizes. More details can be found on the fullersfolio freebie page and we hope you like them.
Can't see the logs for the trees
Road through the forest
I live in an area that is surrounded by forests full of trees. Every few miles there is a sign at the side of the road saying that one is passing a different bit of woodland. As the forests are managed there is a continuous process of cutting down and timber removal.
Piles of logs up side of hillside
The timber is cut and removed very quickly and is often hard to catch but the other month I was fortunate to catch this timer extraction vehicle in action.
The timber cutter fells the trees then cuts them into standard lengths and leaves them in rough linear piles running up the hill side.e to edit.
Log collector starting to climb the hill
Then it is the roll of the log collector to pick up the cut lengths, and take them to the stacking point, where they are stacked into piles.
Log collector at top of hill
The collector slowly climbs to the top of the hill along a track at an almost impossible angle, wading through thick mud anything up to half a metre in depth.
Pile of collected logs at bottom of hill
These images of the log collector and piles of logs it was collecting were taken with the 500mm telephoto lens in mild April drizzle. The collector was around a quarter of a mile away across a valley near to Hell's Hole which is in Hyndlee Forest - part of Forests of the Scottish Borders. I hope with me that you think they are worth recording.
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