Spent the day last Monday in Harrogate at a meeting. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon although pretty chilly. Mid afternoon I had a spare hour and went for a walk with my camera. Its a beautiful town.


I have visited a number of times before and usually find my way to Betty’s tea room at some point. Usually with a group of friends or colleagues. Its a great place for breakfast, but this time I had to settle for a coffee with an iPhone for company. Just across the road is the town’s war memorial with fresh wreaths like every town in the country.


Belfast City Hall

This week I had the chance to go to a work event at Belfast City Hall. Everyone I know seems to have been inside the building before but this was my very first time.


As Halloween is over they felt obliged to have a Christmas tree. I restricted myself to the star on the main tree in the central hall visible from the top storey.


Inside and out its a fantastic public building, clad in marble with dramatic sweeping staircases, chandeliers, flags, great ceiling domes and stained glass windows.


All very opulent and very much from another age.


the toadstool

I have thought about getting a few shots of a toadstool recently – seems to be the obvious time of year for it. I had a cooked breakfast yesterday and the mushrooms on the side did not look that picturesque so I resisted taking out my mobile phone camera. This morning on my usual Sunday morning stroll I could only find a single cluster of toadstools anywhere, all around just one tree. Not quite sure just why that should be, there were dozens of other trees around with lots of dying leaves everywhere.




Whiterocks beach

I spent last night on the north coast with my 10 year old son. It was pretty wet yesterday and we were all “DVDed” out. This morning was such a contrast – about 10 degrees and almost un-interrupted sunshine. I fancied going back to the Strand where I took some shots last weekend on a very windy, cloudy afternoon but as we drove along the coast road we stopped at Whiterocks. There were lots of walkers, dogs, the odd horse and the inevitable surfers.

That part of the coast is such a beautiful place – with the backdrop of the cliffs, Dunluce castle in the distance, miles of golden sand and the constant crashing of the waves. Its amazing if you think of all this as reflecting our God.



Finally I thought I would try something a little different taking this shot as the water flowed back out to sea trying to catch the ripples and turbulence caused by a pebble. Managed to avoid getting wet feet.