A Different Path



Isn’t it amazing what these little devices that we nearly all carry around in our pockets[smartphones}can do,they are indeed actually mini computers and they also have some quite good  cameras certainly good enough for snap shots and days out with the family or freinds.like the photo above taken on my sony phone which has a 20 mp cybershot camera in it .any way i like most of us have our phones with us all the time and having a camera built into it enables us to be ever ready to take a picture that may arise .The photo above i took the other morning in the cemetery near where i live .one thing that really hit me was that all the cemeteries ive visted over the years they have all had paths that are straight ,now i had a question that came into my head and it is , are the paths straight for a reason ? i dont know to be honest if all cemeteries have straight paths  or just the ones ive been to.but is there a connection with gods word [the bible} ? and i for myself have to say yes ,because you see god tells us in his work that he makes our windy paths straight or that the paths that our lives are sometimes windie and that god can straighten those paths in our lives if we ask him for help with difficult things in our lives that are knocking us off course or sending our lives in circles seeming as if life is going nowhere and situations are only getting worse and you dont know the way out .proverbs 3:6 says,in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.but sometimes the path god wants you to take may be very different to what you would chose or want ,like the path in the picture thats covered with moss a path thats not often walked along .you see this picture got me asking many questions .some of us sometimes feel that we are at a cross roads in our lives but we dont know which way to go,and so we just carry on doing the same job living in the same part of the country or same country when god is saying ,no take the path with moss on it ,i know its not the one you would choose yourself but i am with you trust me ,i wont let you down i wont let you fall because i love you i have a plan for your life but you must trust me ,i never break my promises .so will i,will you trust him trust god .it could be scary most likely will be ,but we can trust god and if we do god may very well suprise us in a very big way .so next time you are in a cemetery see if the paths are all straight !!!!! 


Photography and Graphic Acceleration


Just thought i would  share my experience and workings with something called graphic acceleration. if you are into photography like i am and have been for best part of my life ,you go out take a card full of great picture .what do you do when you get home ,yes if like me upload them to your pc .then when we browse though the shots we think can i improve a certain image and we open the file in a photo editing program .there are many but the ones i use and beleive most people will use will be adobe photoshop or lightroom .both of these ive been using for many years but over the last few much has been added and updated ,but in the last two years i think more updates and adding new tools and features have taken place in  such a short space of time ,but there is one area that has changed and for the most part is a bit overlooked .this is something called graphic hardware acceleration.this is where a programming code called open cl can be employed to further reveal more detail and higher and expansive parameters our images , but because there are many different graphics cards of differing degrees of performance in our pc s not all these parameters are enabled in photoshop .first you will have to look up and find out what your graphics are in your computer and then go to the adobe website and check with the system requirements and if your graphics card is in there tested list .if your computer is only a few years old or relatively  new then more than likley it will be there .Next having checked your card details is to open photoshop and on the top bar click on the edit heading ,a drop down pain will be revealed scrol down and select preferences then performance ,and you will see something called graphic acceleration ,you will also notice an advanced setting pain click and open it and you will see a series of tick boxes of which some will be ticked make sure the open cl one is clicked ,all but one should be !. at the bottom you will se an unticked boxed called 30 bit colour .now this is something very new and when enabled reveals more colour detail in your images enabling you to veiw far more in your photographs .this is something you should do with your monitor if it has high enough pixel count , but you wil see the biggest most dramatic wow factor difference if you have a 4 k monitor or one of the new 5k  apple i macs .the photograph above has been processed with 30 bit colour setting enabled .    

a winters day


Wow its end of feb 2017,and Christmas seems way in the past. time for me to say even though winter can get you down, there’s always a bright side to life that will give you a life whether that a shopping trip visiting family or friends,or going out for a walk on a sunny winters day. for me it was a few weeks ago it set of for my favorite wilderness place the nature reserve a few miles out of town near me . bough beech resevoir is a huge expanse of water and attracts a huge variety of birds all through the year from blue its to buzzards and ospreys on there way north.but my surprise was seeing a brambling a winter visitor a most beautiful bird to see_dsc4445_dsc4453

there distinct voice and flight pattern is unique. my next was seeing a buzzard a lot closer than i have ever sen one before,truly amazing birds._dsc4792

another is the marsh tit quite rare now in my part of the country_dsc4380

so on  a day that was cold but sunny , a suprise i had found ,so dont right of winter days get outside and see what god will show you and it will suprise you and give you a lift  in spirit that will carry you through the bad stuff

The Lynx


The Lynx must be amongst one of the most beautiful of   medium sized cats.the lynx can be found mainly in the northern hemisphere four main speices exist eurasian lynx , canadian lynx ,and the iberian lynx,and the bobcat.the largest being the eurasian lynx its native to european and siberian forests.the canadian lynx inhabits north americia canada and extends into alaska, the iberian lynx is the species which is rare they inhabit the iberian peninsula and is an endangered species although conservation work is on going it was extremely endangered but has been changed to endangered dsc_0062_106

the last is the bobcat with many sub species it inhabits north america and canada as well.Lynx are usually solitary but do travel together sometimes not very often though.they have up to four kittens which gestation is about 70 days.they feed on  deer and small mammals being more usual _dsc8013-edit

there have been a few reintroduction programs that have been quite successful in switzerland  and germany most notaibly as well as slovinia and croatia.

Winter Sleepers


As Christmas is upon us and time slows down to a gradual halt ,as the days are cold and the turkey was bought , all festive is the time we share ,to gain a glimpse what others lives bare ,of times of joy and rest ,as you lay down your weary head Deer sleepers ,and in there dreams of times ahead ,of travels a near or afar . may may may the cold melt away ,into a new year time forges forth but still i will take the scottish broth ! so bright cold clear winters days when sun is bright and  melts the frost away._dsc3967



Just over a week a ago my wifes camera broke,so i took it into the menders in london a shop with a very good repair service .anyway time past about five days later got an email saying her camera was all fixed, o day earlier than they said which is usually six days ,so next day i headed of and decided to go up and collect it instead of having it posted back which nearly cost the same as the train fair! i caught the 9.30 train from tonbridge which takes about 40 minutes to get to charing cross in station  in  london. on arrival t took the underground from the embankment to vauxhall underground station changing at victoria.it was the a ten minute walk to the shop fixation uk in kennington lane ,i had a chat with the guys there and the left with judys fixed d600 ,so started back while on the underground i thought i better test out her camera so got of at st james park,which is right by and about half way through the lenght of the park, the weather was good few clouds but mainly sunny and st james park looked really great passing through the gates into the park i could have been right in the middle of the countryside hard to think i was actually in the centre of one of the worlds busiest cities _dsc5367

the colours of autumn were truely wonderful it seems especially colorful this year, maybe it just me but a time of year i didnt particulartly like when i was younger now becoming one of my most favorite times of year So i walked down to the lake and on and towards buckingham palace seeing_dsc5394 it from the bridge over the lake ,and st james palace in the other direction ( the first picture at the top shows this ) as i walked i noticed that there was loads of wildlife one more unexpected birds was the pelicans_dsc5431_dsc5419-edit

this was a most unexpected surprise ,taking a few pictures testing out judys camera all was apparent it was all working like new good job done by fixation ,but as they were so close it didnt matter that i only had 50mm lens! not really a wildlife lens but that didnt matter further along were these black swans _dsc5442

there red bills making them stick out as very different i could have photographed wildlife there all day but decided to push on to the palace as time was rather short,five minuets of good striding and i was there with the palace right before me_dsc5446  it really is an amazing building its grandure and size hit me first being much larger than i remembered,it had been so long the last time i was there ,i crossed the road and walked up to the outside and the gates  i then turned round and set of back towards st james palace which i knew would be quite a long walk but first had to take a photo of the gate entrance to green park_dsc5453

it seemed to sparkle in the midday sun the gold really shining that done i took the walk to the st james  palace which was about twenty minuets at good speed  arriving a bit short of breath i stopped for recovery_dsc5469

as i walked closer my mind drifted back to when i was 10 and my nan took me to see the queens birthday celebrations here which take place every year in june ,i went with nan in 1969 and remember the changing of the guard so decided to look and see if i could see any guards _dsc5471

passing through the square to the gates i realised i may be lucky as it was justa bout lunch time i then heard la loud shout so i hurried through the gates just in time to see the changing of the guards there red uniforms and highly polished helmets sparkling in the breaking through sun _dsc5475

one posed for a picture and another on horseback as well, after that excitement i looked at

my watch and headed for the underground m,to catch the train back home to tonbridge .Getting into the station at 3 .00 wasjust in time to do the half hour walk home get the car and pick judy up from work !