Watercress Line

I haven’t written a blog in over a week as I went on a holiday to England to see some relatives and friends. While I was there on my holiday I went to Watercress Line which is located in Hampshire for my very first chance to go for a ride on a steam train. The four train stations located there are Alton, Medstead and Four Marks, Ropley and Alresford.

First the drivers of the train let me go up to the steam engine to get some photographs of the fire and all the controls. It was very hot from the fire while I was up there.

I was very excited to go onto one of the carriages and the whole interior felt like The Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. I looked out the window and I took photos very quickly of other trains and carriages as the train moves very fast.

Normally I am sensitive to noise and I can’t tolerate certain sounds. While I was riding in the train I really enjoyed listening to the engine noise and the choo choo sound of the steam. It was a very nice sound to listen to and I didn’t bother listening to music.

I also got photos of the wheels, parts of the different stations and the whole train from the middle of the crossing bridge.

Mailbox
Ticket box and door into station.

Towards the end of the steam train tour I was allowed to go up to the signal box where they change the signals.

Photographs of endangered species

I used to have a fear of bees because I thought they might sting me. In order to overcome this fear I went outside with my camera to search for bees and take photographs of them on flowers. This helped me to stay calmer around bees because they won’t sting me randomly. Bees are very good pollinators and they take nectar from each flower. We have a lot of flowers in our garden and we wouldn’t want the population of bees to decrease and disappear.

Stupid people who spray chemicals all over the place are killing the bees and they are killing themselves.

Little Big Blooms

Sorry that I haven’t written in a while as I spend the last two weeks doing the leaving certificate. During the weeks leading up to it I took some photographs of the Aeonium plant, also called the tree houseleek and made a series of pictures of the plant growing.

Please click on the arrows to look at the photos.

Beautiful flowers and leaves

Now that it is almost summer time I decided to go outside in the garden to see lots of flowers growing in each bed. I really like all the colours of the flowers so I took lots of photographs close up to them. After it rained today I found some leaves with water droplets on them. I have photos of leaves with the most droplets that fell onto them.

Abandoned old buildings

One day when I went for a walk in the woods I discovered some old houses that have been abandoned from many years ago. They are mostly built from stone with some moss, ivy and tree branches growing on them.

The first stone house I discovered was an old forge that was once used for blacksmiths.

Then I decided to take some photographs of a wall with a lovely tree branch texture on a barn, a farmhouse and some parts of it.

forge entrance
The chimney above the forge.
A window in the big barn.
The corner of the barn
some stones sticking out of the broken wall.
Shelves built into the wall.
Between the barn and the house
Another building with animal shed below and hay loft above
A window into the animal shed.
Chimney on the old farmhouse.
The steps up to the hay loft.
A wooden door which might have been the entrance.
Two windows corresponding to each other.
A small window.

Down by the seaside

Today I decided to go on an outing with my family to Bundoran Beach in Co Donegal because the weather was nice and sunny. It was my very first visit to this county in Ireland. I took my camera with me to get some really good photographs. The trip to Bundoran was only 1 hour and 18 minutes from where I live.

First I took some shots of two cliffs and the green moss texture on the berms of the sand.

Here are a few of the samples of texture I saw on the cliffs.

This is the structure of the cliff that I zoomed in closely on for the textures.
Bundoran Town with the mountains in the background.

On the way to the other side of the beach I decided to take some more photos of textures of wood on the fence. I got a few shots with holes in the wood.

I also discovered a cave under the cliffs.

As we got to the bigger side of the beach I decided to take some photographs of the textures of sand, berms and waves.

The footprints in the sand to the water
The footprints in the sand back to the mountain

This fish was about 1 meter long
unusual wildlife

On the way back home we decided to go to Glencar waterfall in Co Leitrim. I got out of the car on the way up there to take photos of the mountains.