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Sitting seagulls

I recently picked up a newspaper supplement about achieving your goals in 2014 with a focus on learning new skills and pursuing new experiences.  One of the articles was about street photography and how pleasurable it can be to just take your camera out for the day and capture the little details you love about your hometown.  Another was about building active-ness into your daily routine and encouraged the idea of walking and talking - one of the suggestions was that instead of meeting friends for tea and cake or dinner when you have a catchup, go for a stroll and get some fresh air instead.  It made me feel more determined to get out and about more with my camera and to go for more walks to take in the beautiful scenery near where we live.  On top of this I've also been using my FitBit Flex to track my daily activity - it's a really fun gadget that shows your activeness and steps via a light display and then buzzes when you've reached your daily target.  In an effort to try not to be so sedentary I've been trying to go for more lunchtime walks from work and on Monday I took my camera along for the trip (and a Tom for a walk and talk!)

Highcliffe Beach Highcliffe Beach Highcliffe beach Beach huts at Highcliffe Tide and a seagull

It was very calming to have that break from work, take in the fresh air and enjoy the sounds and the sights of the seashore.  I've been enjoying taking photos of birds lately, seagulls pit patting along the tideline or sat on groynes or fences.  They make me smile how they often sit together in groups, watching the tide roll by and (maybe) sharing the news of the day.

After a more relaxed afternoon at work (although with slightly messier hair than I usually have on a work afternoon due to the onshore wind!) we then headed home in the van but had to stop again to capture the beautiful sunset.  I was so glad I had my camera. We nipped into Mudeford Quay where a sailing boat provided the perfect scenery for photographs - gently lapping waves tinged with pinks and magentas, the slowly setting sun disappearing behind puffs of pastel coloured cloud.  Swans and coots paddling around the banks and reeds and grasses gently swaying in the wind.

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A walk slightly further around the quay found another seagull meeting...

Seagulls Seagulls

... But I wasn't invited to the party.

I love getting home from a walk with my camera and looking through the photos on my computer.  It gives me the same excitement as waiting for a film back from the photo lab - seeing if you've captured some hidden gem, a dapple of beautiful sunlight, a set of geese flying in perfect formation.  Photography is such a passion of mine and a little dash of escapism, I must make an effort to get out and about with my camera more.  Let me know if you go on any walks around your hometown with a camera, I'd love to see your posts!

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26 comments

  1. These pictures are just stunning Rosie, so beautiful! I wish I could go for walks along the sea on my lunch breaks! x

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  2. Lovely photos Rosie! Just gorgeous xx

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  3. Beautiful photos! I love the one with the boat - the colors have been captured beautifully :o) Xx

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  4. Such gorgeous pictures Rosie, I'd love to live by the coast. Xx

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  5. Lovely pictures. I am trying to take my camera out more this year :)

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  6. That is absolutely gorgeous! xx

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  7. This is such a good idea! I really like being outside and there are some pretty areas I could take photos. Do it all the time on holiday but never at home!

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    Rachel
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  8. Lovely pictures, I particularly like the one 3rd from the bottom with the boat and the sunset, gorgeous! I'm also trying to make a real effort to take my camera round with me this year :)

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  9. Beau-ti-ful. You're a lucky duck to be able to walk there :)

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  10. I remember you use to make these kinds of posts all the time. I've honestly missed them.

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  11. These photos are gorgeous, especially the ones where the sun is setting! I always forget how fun it is to take some innocent snaps of my surroundings and normally don't think to take my camera out unless I'm going away somewhere different. Very inspiring post!
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  12. very pretty pics!!! love :)

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  13. These are great. Going on walks is such an easy simple thing to do to get out and have some time to reflect and move your body. I wish I lived by the sea.

    -Molly

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  14. these photos are amazing, Rosie! I wish i could take photos as well as you do!

    Tori xxx

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  15. Lovely photos :) i do this all the time where I live, take my camera to the beach for a stroll :)

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  16. Beautiful photos, how lucky you are to live by the sea very envious but happy for you
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  17. A walk with a friend sounds so perfect! I always like taking walks around the shore in this weather, the sea is always so relaxing!x

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  18. This is such a lovely ideas and stunning photographs. It's something I wish I did more often. I just love the sea. There is something so calming and relaxing about it. I'm live about a 10 minute drive from the sea (the cold Northern sea and a very rugged coastline), but I have always wished I lived within walking distance. x

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  19. As always you make me yearn to live back in England. But still Seoul has a lot to offer. Think walking instead of sitting is an excellent idea!
    Rachel
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  20. I always love you photo posts, makes me miss going on holiday to Christchurch xx

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  21. Oh my goodness Rosie, these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! If I ever get a quiet weekend, I'm planning on going out for the day with my camera and just having a play and taking as many pictures as possible- I'm sure mine won't be anywhere near as gorgeous as these though! I like the idea of walking and talking too- probably way better for me than all the cake I normally eat when I catch up with friends...!!

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  22. I keep meaning to go on little walks more, I would be a lot more inspired to if I lived near the Sea, these pictures are so pretty.

    Hannah
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  23. Love how pink the sea is with the sunset photos. Mother Nature wins again.

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  24. Gorgeous photo's, I love the colours! It seems like such a great idea to get outside for a bit, even just for 15 minutes in the middle of the day. I wish I lived closer to such nice views though! xxxx

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  25. I keep meaning to do the same! Gorgeous photos, I love the light and the pinky/blue tones.

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