Your Choice


This morning, including material from ‘Oiling The Lion’, and from ‘The Hornby Train Set’, I continued writing ‘A Knight’s Tale’.

This afternoon, Jackie drove me to Lymington to visit the bank. This is now the nearest NatWest branch remaining open. My chauffeur parked outside and I joined a small queue. We spent quite some time listening to the lone cashier negotiating with a woman about whether or not she should withdraw Β£10 before Saturday. The problem was compounded by another woman having difficulty in operating the rapid deposit machine. Eventually it was my turn to be attended to. I needed to order some Australian dollars to send to Orlaith for her fifth birthday. This involved putting my bank card into a machine. It was then that I was informed that I was in Lloyd’s Bank and that NatWest was next door. I turned and entered the next building. All went smoothly after that.

We continued on to a forest drive.

Pony on heathPony 1Pony and shadow

At Brockenhurst, grazing ponies,

Ponies and cyclist on heath

leisurely cyclists,

Trees, walkers, pony

and eager walkers,

Walkers, dogs, pony

some with dogs, enjoyed the late afternoon sun

Autumn leaves

that lit the autumn leaves,

Sun streaks

and was a little lower by the time we reached Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, and stretched even longer shadows.

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A group of ponies hovered on one verge, contemplating crossing to the other side.

Trees over stream

trees stretched over

Reflections in stream

streams that flowed under the road, and, like Narcissus, admired their reflections.

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In photographing the forest scenes I occupied myself deciding whether to offer images in colour

TreesForest scene 2Forest scene

or to convert them to black and white.

Forest scene 3

For this image, colour,

Forest scene 3 Version 2

or black and white? Β It is your choice.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious chilli con carne with peas and rice. I drank Arboresque Fronton 2016.


  1. Beautiful photographs, Derrick. I never seem to find the right roads to drive along to catch such great pictures of the flora and fauna whenever I have visited the New Forest.

  2. Mmmmm. -Chili con carne sound very acceptable as we are suddenly taken from 27 to 12 degrees here in Grenoble. Rude, frankly!

  3. The bank story? Ha-ha! That is exactly the kind of thing that I seem to be able to do – welcome to my world πŸ˜€ How do you choose between black and white or colour? Both, it seems to me, have something to offer. In the choice you offered I think I’d go for the colour – it is so soft and muted and gives the feeling of loss of light in that I can sense the colour giving way…. if that makes sense. The black and white is stark and leaves little for my imagination to play with…. It’s all quite subjective though isn’t it.

    1. Many thanks, Pauline. I agree re colour and black and white. You will have noticed it was the colour I chose for the header. I go for black and white when shapes are more important. I think we have been in your world for a while, now. πŸ™‚

  4. The business in the bank was funny and something I might do too! I love the lines and angles in the black and white photo but I like the gentle colours very much and think I will go for that one.

  5. Have just waited in line at the bank this morning… The 90 year old lady in front of me was trying to explain to the teller that she didn’t have a computer at home, to which the teller responded, “Then you can’t change your pin number.” After that I needed someone to drive me around some beautiful, restful forest.

  6. Both have their virtues and functions, colour and monochrome, and neither is a replacement of the other. Done the right way, monochrome bestows certain timelessness to the images. Is it related to absence of colour in the photographs of yore, I wonder. There are images where excess of colour distracts in a way one cannot place, but desaturate the scene and the mind is at ease immediately. Either way, you are a master of framing and exposure and those alone are the elements that constitute the beauty of an image.

    1. Very many thanks, Uma. Jackie was making the same point about the black and whites of yore, being reminiscent of childhood. For me it is about shapes, light, and textures.

  7. Nothing wrong with you; is there?

    Did you know that these days one can do that type of banking on-line in perfect safety? I do it all the time.

    It’s probably a lot safer than going into the wrong bank where you’re liable to be arrested for trying to rob them or shot in the worse case scenario.

    Anyway I enjoyed the trip through those English country roads.

  8. Your water features and horse photography are my favourites usually but this spooky cum mysterious shots in black and white of the trees are great too πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you Derrick I fancy a hack over to Brock now, so beautiful at this time of year, all those trees. I really love ornamental drive and over the a35 upto bolderwood after snow has fallen, truly a wonderland. We are so lucky ?

  9. I laughed at the bank story. Ooops, never mind. πŸ™‚
    The photos are so beautiful, Derrick. I love the trees admiring their reflections. I prefer the color here. The black and white are interesting, but stark–but they would do well for a Halloween theme because they’re also sort of spooky.

  10. So pleased you found your correct bank lol. I remember my aged Uncle telling me one of his amusing tales, only he could tell, about going into a shop and looking for an item he had always found behind the door on entry,
    He complained bitterly to the shop assistant when he asked for the item asked why did Boots keep swapping things around.. She laughed and said, You will find Boots is the Chemist next door. πŸ™‚

    I was in seventh heaven in all your photos Derrick.. Horses and Woods.. My favourites πŸ™‚ <3

      1. Of course Not Derrick.. πŸ™‚ neither was putting mashing a pure hot water brew the other day, when I forgot to add teabags to the pot. <3 πŸ˜€ or when I threw the teaspoon away and put the yogurt pot in the sink.. πŸ™‚ lol.. Nothing at all to do with age.. hehe.. πŸ™‚

  11. It’s interesting how the black and white photos look a little sinister to me. I love the one of the forest where the trees are dark silhouettes against the muted green. Stunning photos, Derrick. πŸ™‚

  12. My goodness! what an excellent crop you have today. Definitely, agree with your choice for black and white and colour for the last one as the colours are so beautiful in this one xxx

  13. I love the way the humans with their dogs can meander through fields without disturbing the ponies or cows or any of the wildlife – too bad humans can’t get along with each other like that! I always look forward to your photos, Derrick. Please thank Jackie for driving tours.

  14. Thank you for taking readers on another forest drive! I love these excursions into another place, and what sometimes seems like a kinder, gentler time.

  15. Great pics – both colour and b&w – can’t choose between as they evoke different feelings and emotions! Awesome stuff Derrick! Can we have a b&w one of the interior of NatWest…I mean Lloyds…no, Natwest…or Lloyds – darn now I’m not sure where I am…!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    (found myself in the bedroom earlier wondering, ‘what the heck did I come here for?’! πŸ™‚ – think most of us can relate to the surprising moments of awakening – nice one!)

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