The Phoenix Time #41


She was in the middle of sorting out what she’d need for the next day when Frank phoned to ask her about her day. She described the things they’d seen and what they were expecting to be doing the following day. Frank told her that he’d be having dinner at Gloria’s on the Sunday with her family and David’s. She asked him to pass on her regards. While she and Carrie had been out to Portland Bill and Weymouth, he’d been looking round estate agents again. He’d viewed a couple of houses but some were bigger than he needed – those that would have been otherwise suitable were either in dodgy areas or obviously badly maintained. He still hadn’t heard anything positive from Betty.

The following day, he was going to visit the agents in Wigan – a neighbouring town.


Dorset Day Six – A return to Durdle Door May 5th

Carrie had checked the weather forecast before setting out. If it had been for cloud or rain they’d have had to cancel, but the forecast remained ideal. They’d both prepared flasks for lunch before they left, but would need to find somewhere later in the day to provide scalding hot water to make drinks for the evening.

The roads on the first leg towards Dorchester, as Carrie had guessed, were much busier than their previous run out on the Monday. They called  in at the MacDonald’s  on the roundabout just before Dorchester itself where they each bought a couple of large cups of coffee and poured them straight into their empty flasks. The traffic continued to be quite busy on the ring road around Dorchester and on their way to Lulworth West, though on the last leg southwards it eased off considerably.

Carrie had originally considered parking at Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, and exploring that area before driving back and around to the Durdle Door visitors car park, but given the number of cars heading in that direction, she changed her mind and headed to Durdle Door first. She was worried as they approached because the car park appeared to be full, but luckily, as she was manoeuvring to leave, a car pulled out and let her in.

They swapped out of their trainers and into walking boots and headed for the food stand to get themselves a hot drink,  which they took back to the car to have with their lunch.

‘Are you up for a hike now?’ Carrie asked, ‘The round trip, including some sightseeing, will take us until teatime and, if you remember from the other day, it does involve a bit of a climb, but the views will be glorious. My only worry is those clouds -I hope that they’ll clear before tonight.’

They left most of the things they’d brought in the car, since they wouldn’t be needed until the evening, but they both brought their cameras and tripods. Carrie used much of the time they spent on the walk teaching Charlotte about photography. She’d noticed that her friend had been asking more and more questions about what she’d been doing for the past few days, and now that they both had similar cameras, it was easier to explain things .

She showed Charlotte examples of interesting compositions as they walked, and explained how photographers use light. When they came across a view of particular interest, she demonstrated with her camera how she chose the settings to use – and why. For some scenes, without explaining how she’d approach the shot, she asked Charlotte to set up her camera and tripod, and asked her to choose the composition and settings. Afterwards, each time, she talked Charlotte through her preview images and explained alternative approaches.

Again, for other shots, she taught Charlotte how to set features such as shutter speed, exposure and sensitivity. Charlotte was a quick learner and was soon using her new knowledge like an expert.

Featured Photo

I took this photo a a little more than a week ago (21/02/2021) while I was out for a walk. I’d gone to take my daily exercise a couple of miles further from home than usual. I began near the Ship Inn at Blackbrook, St Helens, Merseyside. I parked near the Ranger’s Hut and walked, initially along the Canal and then beside the stream along the woodland path to its junction with Garswood Old Road at Happy Valley, Carr Mill. I’d taken my camera and took lots of photos to show you over the next several episodes of this story. Most of them will show the path and the water beside it.

This next photograph shows a man walking under a bridge across the path. The bridge carries a West-East dual carriageway between Liverpool and Manchester. That road is known as the East Lancashire Road or A580. Before the opening of the M62 motorway, it was the main road between the two cities. Now that the man has reached the far side of the bridge, he is approaching Happy Valley at Carr Mill. For many years, Happy Valley was a picnic site, overlooking the overflow from Carr Mill Dam. I took this shot because of the framing and the leading lines. The stream that is fed by the overflow, is on the right -hand side of the low wall.

I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor camera with a 35 mm f/2 full-frame prime lens attached. The shutter speed was 1/100s at f/13and the ISO was 3200. The shot was handheld and I post-processed my shot in Lightroom Classic.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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