Early days for early walks..


Early morning walks with my camera are back in my routine. That is to say that I have done it once this summer. Being as it is only the second day of summer this unique outing still rejoices in the title of “routine” which is hard to contradict…..until tomorrow. The light on the morning in question was soft and clear. Summer seemed to have arrived, save for the frisson of chill that loitered in the shade keeping overt optimism at bay, whilst the warmth from the early sun had awoken every perambulating alarm clock whose job it is to discredit the concept of the “peaceful countryside”……whilst laying eggs.


The hand that penned “Old MacDonald had a farm..” must surely have been guided by a head that was out and about on such a morning. It was with a “moo moo here, and a cluck cluck there” that I meandered along a winding path bordered by hedgerows stuffed to overflowing with fresh wild flowers. The sublimely elegant disorder of nature is soul subduing in its complexity. Looking intensely at tiny pockets of this natural tour de force is one of few times that I get an inkling of what infinity may be.
flowersEach turn of this lane, that encircles the small piece of land in which we now live, reveals something new and fresh to me although I have passed that same spot so many times before. It may be that I pass the spot without seeing or, more credibly, am foolish enough not to invest more of the time apportioned to me in looking in the hope of seeing.


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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33 Responses to Early days for early walks..

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Alarm clocks? All I see is dinners 😉

  2. suej says:

    Great time of day to be up and about….

  3. margaret21 says:

    Great photos. Thanks.

  4. I like your routine 🙂 and the morning light is so beautiful. I’m not a morning person (though I have to be!), but it’s such a productive and special time of day.

  5. Ah, wonderful. But I’m now feeling homesick for Spain and this made it worse 😦

  6. Wildflowers make great subject material, don’t they? Without any meddling, they do just fine growing.

  7. Ala cocks. Too good. My friend was going to try a patent something called the alarm cock. Set it, stick it in and awake to a vibrating cock inside you. True story.

  8. Vicki says:

    How lovely to see your summer photos (while it’s raining ‘cats & dogs’ over my side of the world – winter has entered with a vengeance here).

    Your photos remind me of walking along the hedgerows and country paths when I lived in Sussex in the late 1970s.

    You live in such a beautiful area of the country.

  9. What a beautiful place for photography. You done good. 🙂

  10. MELewis says:

    So summer officially starts June 1st, chez vous? Looks like you’re ahead with the weather anyway. Love those early morning moments, even the cockadoodles.

    • I heard that the people of a French village, who were rudely awoken by a crowing cock each morning, took the affair to a tribunal demanding that the cock become coq au vin rather than cockadoodle. The tribunal found in the cock’s favour:)

  11. EllaDee says:

    What a glorious blue sky. So much easier to start the day by greeting the sun, when you can actually see it.

  12. catterel says:

    One thing I really miss now I’m living in a town is the dawn chorus, including the local cockerels. We have a park nearby but all it seems to hold are pigeons and magpies – not the wonderful symphony I hear in my Swiss village.

  13. Lovely walk…….., is the blue house in the last image you are living in?

    • No, Cornelia, the “blue house” is in fact the corner of a corrugated iron cow shed:)

      • Hi Roger, I am participating a three day webinar, “Food photography” on Creative live, today there was a guest in this webinar, who owns restaurants in Seattle as I understood. His name is Ethan Stowell. I was such curious if you guys are related, since this is kind of the same business of food.

      • Hi there Cornelia/ I came across his name a while ago but I don’t know him and am pretty sure we’re not related having just finished writing a family history with my sister. It is an unusual name, or so I thought until I started searching the web:)

  14. Karen says:

    Nature has a way of making the early hours pleasant. 🙂

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