in praise of hawthorn

I like a gnarly old Hawthorn tree. They're a stoic kind of tree, not fussy about position and soil quality at all, seeming to just get on with doing their thing wherever they find themselves growing. Most don't end up being trees at all, just a constantly trimmed piece of a mixed hedgerow environment, so... Continue Reading →

best seller

My Redbubble store occasionally sends me an email starting 'Congratulations, you've made a sale!' When I say occasionally, I do mean it's very much at the 'Oh wow, yes! I forgot it was still there...' level. So a recent email informing me of the purchase of one of my images as an extra large canvas... Continue Reading →

title here

Just sitting here and thinking of some relevant wording to add to my pictures for this post. Don't mind me. Tell you what, I'll post the pictures for you to look at now, while I carry on and think of the angle I'm going to take for the text. As usual, you can click on... Continue Reading →

Not dead yet

I know. You have been wondering haven't you? It has been said --by me on my 'About Bear' page as it happens-- that "I do enjoy the creative outlet of my photography–it’s just more often in sporadic bursts of relative enthusiasm rather than a continuous drive."But five months, without even feeling like I want to... Continue Reading →

Hawthorn Blossom Time

Always lovely to see the Hawthorn trees coming out in their spectacular blossoming, after a winter of them just showing off their--equally photogenic--twisting and gnarled, skeletal and austere-looking structure during their days of basic survival. This is what they hang on for, with their skewed and precarious looking positions, out in the windiest and harshest... Continue Reading →

An Anniversary and Other News

It is the third anniversary of the day when this humble little blog, not really attended to with much in the way of care in the previous six or seven months, was featured on WordPress Discover. It went mad for a few days. Like from about 30 followers to 8 or 900 mad. Since then,... Continue Reading →

Dormant

Yeah, it's kind of been that way for me. I see, from some of the photo blogs that I follow on here, that it has not been the same for everyone. Many of them have been happily getting on in some form or another, posting new images and other content for viewers to read and... Continue Reading →

Back on the Beach

First time back on the beach. Post the initial 'too-late lockdown', after 'too early lockdown lift' and into lockdown again and before the seemingly incomprehensible tiers apply. Yesterday afternoon was pleasantly Covid and holiday-maker free. It was March 2020 the last time we set foot on here. Seems an age ago now but the pleasure... Continue Reading →

Nice Picture

Today, I am answering a letter from a reader.It is from a Mrs H, in Cornwall. Dear Bear,I wondered if I might make a request? Don't forget it's bin night on Friday. Also, have you got a 'normal' photograph to show us by any chance? Not one like the whooshy abstract things you do --... Continue Reading →

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