Cee Fun Foto Challenge….Musical Chairs (etc)


Sail Away Party on leaving Port

Bright sunshine, sea air and lots of Music and fun …..the perfect way to leave any port.

Music was the topic defined for this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

You can see what others have submitted for the Challenge on this link:-



30th November

(C) David Oakes 2016


Wordless Wednesday ……. Another Favourite Place



Location:-   Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich looking down Lock Alsh to the Cuillins of Skye, West Highlands of Scotland

It is also Saint Andrews Day


30th November

(C) David Oakes 2016

Turned out nice again…….


A Riverside Walk in Derby

Monday…..after a rather grey start which was following a weekend, that apart from the odd flicker of sunlight, never really woke up…we have belatedly been blessed with a cold but fabulous late autumn day.  Time was limited so we thought we would head for the same riverside walk along the Derwent in Darley Park as we did last week. Last week it was the Beech trees that displayed their autumnal colours….today it is the turn of the mature Oak trees with their leaves now more brown than the Beech, but just as colourful in the low sun particularly when set against a deep clear blue sky…


The low sun cast very long dark shadows, nor did it rays mange to penetrate the depths of the river waters make it look more than a touch mysterious.

With all leaves now gone the bark of the Silver Birch comes into its own with the rust red tendrils hanging from the thin branches like Christmas decorations. Remember the Beech with its handsome head now devoid of leaf that create the carpet below the swaying branches.

Long shadows and bright low sun create a wide array of contrast on an inner City Park that could well be mistaken for a very rural landscape.

But we will let the Mature Oak Trees have the final say to a fantastic day.


The forecaster tell us that tonight will be the coldest in our part of the UK since  January 2015….our first real deep frost is predicted. On the up-side that could mean a great day again tomorrow.

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2016

Moody Monday…..



Out come the Skeletons….

What else can one expect for the end of November……and it could be so much worse with rain, frost, fog or snow….or maybe all at the same time!.

Mind you there is still something magical to be gained from the skeleton of winters trees.

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2016