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“In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson-

It’s taken me the longest time in the history of being a ‘photographer’ to upload these photos. Two whole days! They were taken on Monday after we ventured out for some storm shots. However since then I have been in such agony with a poorly tooth that I haven’t been able to concentrate on much. After an even more agonizing visit to the dentist yesterday afternoon, I’m back on track – almost!

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We decided to be brave and head to the coast on Monday, where the wind was still battering the beaches. Lepe is a beautiful part of the South Coast and is the shortest distance between the mainland and the Isle of Wight. It was -very- windy. But worth it!

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Much of the coastal road was flooded too which added to the experience, as did trying to eat a few chips whilst walking along. Once the seagulls started circling we abandoned that idea and headed for the safety of the car. Afterwards though, a walk along the beach brought some great views with it.

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As did trekking home the long way through the New Forest. Trees were down, roads were closed and there was a fair bit of flooding both within the forest and on the roads through. After a few impromptu turnarounds we did a full circle back towards Lepe and got an amazing view of Fawley Power Station with a rainbow framing it nicely. (Photos probably don’t do it justice!)

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“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”
― William Shakespeare

When I was younger, each time Halloween came around my parents would take my sister and I to Burley, a traditional New Forest Village full of quaint shops and ‘witching’ history. Burley used to be the home of a famous white witch known as Sybil Leek and Dragons, Witches and Smuggling have been part of its history since forever. We would always be allowed to choose a Halloween decoration of sorts for the house, whether that was noisy ghost toys, ornamental bats or a witch in a rocking chair (that really rocked!) we had a field day choosing.

Some items that were purchased across the years remain out all year round, and probably worry the occasional visitor! We have a cauldron hanging above the fireplace in the dining room and behind it on the brick wall are three bats in various state of flight.

Ornamental bats of course. Growing up with these obscure ornaments never bothered me, in fact I love them and writing about it now makes me nostalgic to go back and explore the little shops and art galleries of Burley.

So today I used the cauldron and a couple of bats as my still life focus. With the rain pouring down outside and thunder cracking overhead it seemed a fitting setting to be shooting some rather random objects!

I keep passing through Burley for work here and there, so I will stop and get some shots for a blog one of these days. Possibly a trip for a weekend sometime! It will make for some great photography…

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