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For once the sun is shining and its nice and warm. Time to catch those rays and get rid of the ubiquitous British pallor.  So, it’s the sunbed out in the garden. Hold on, I’ve forgot the cold drink. Back inside and then cold coke poured, its back into the garden.

The problem is Lily the cat has decided in my short absence that the sunbed looks nice and comfortable and she is going to make the most of it. Annoyed I approach her and and as usual she she takes no notice of my imposing presence, in fact she doesn’t even deign to open her eyes, So I go back inside to grab a camera. I’ll need proof for Mrs M of the sheer audacity of the undisputed boss of the family.

Camera in hand, I once again quietly approach Lily and once again she doesn’t open her eyes – but her claws extend. Of course she knows I’m there and she’s sending me a quiet yet firm message.

“Back off mate, this bed’s mine”.

I retreat to the garden chairs, once again strangely content in knowing my place in the Marshall household pecking order.

 

Taken with my Fujifilm X-E2 and 35, F2.0 lens.

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A trip down to the Cotswolds today and to the Batsford Arboretum. Mrs M and I haven’t been down there for a few months so it was time to re-acquaint ourselves with the fabulous arboreal shapes and colours at the arboretum.

The first surprise was that it wasn’t busy. Perhaps the appalling weather of the last few days had put people off. We also managed to grab some sandwiches and coffees without having to queue. Normally the excellent meals at the restaurant draw the crowds in at lunchtime.

Once amongst the trees proper, the air was warm and damp and the small streams that meander through the trees gurgled happily. The bird song was incredible, I can’t imagine how loud the dawn chorus is.

I took the Fujifilm X-T1 and the 35mm f/2.0 lens. I’m glad I did as the light amongst the dense trees (everything has just got larger and greener with the warm wet weather we have been having) was quite low and so ISO’s of 1600 and 3200 were common on the shoot with apertures of f/2.0

The picture below however is an exception as it was taken against the light looking up under the leaf with the sky behind so the auto ISO kept the level at 200. The exposure time was 1/80 second at f/6.4 aperture.

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