Theme Life


Welcome to Theme Life

Walking around Sandwich and the surrounding countryside as l do daily, weekly and monthly, I take several thousand photographs. More authentic reflections of quantity might be closer to 3500 assorted photos digitally taken monthly once all the poorer quality ‘click images’ are extracted.

Of this figure, ten to fifteen per cent, are held back in folders and will be used in the blog’s gallery features, prompts, or published articles.

My main focus is wildlife, so flora and fauna mostly, but also l have a hankering sometimes for unusual shots, or things of a quirky nature. 

It appeals to my sense of humour, and sometimes these ‘strange’ shots are edited and kept for a ‘rainy day’ gallery or a prompt in the future or because l just like them, and they might make for an interesting themed gallery, pretty much like this series. 

Not all the galleries here will be specifically themed all the time. They might focus on specific events or moments that were happen chanced upon or simply hold a fascination for me.

Hope you enjoy the series

Music Score – Smooth


Bench Life
Photographs l have taken around Sandwich of benches and the Life around and on them.

A bench, as opposed to a pew, is usually a longish freestanding seat and can be found in gardens and parks, whilst a pew is generally found in churches but also happens to be an extended seating area. Benches can be fixed or stand-alone. Old benches were usually crafted out of either wood or stone. They are ideal in parks and recreational grounds as well as churchyards as they provide a seating area for those who may be looking at the scenery or in reflective thought.

However, they do attract quite a bit of life of their own when not being sat upon by humans and provide for some wonderful imagery.

Theme Life Directory

Main Image – Crow on Bench – The Ropewalk






Check out The Gallery for more Photographs

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Howdy Folks, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.

15 thoughts on “Theme Life

  1. I’m like you with the flora and fauna… also Sunsets, Sunrises and celestial objects, but sometimes objects catch my eye too. Garden ornaments, or fences🤷🏼‍♀️ I took a picture for my photography class in high-school of about 50 mailboxes lined up where a dirt road went off a main road. I think I got an “A” for that photo. I had to develop the film, then actually make the picture in the dark room.
    Photography is easier now with digital. Less stinky too😂😂

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  2. I love, love love the bench photos, also the photos of the town, I love those shots more than the flora and fauna, a tree is a tree is a tree, and while I love trees and flowers and critters they tell me nothing and don’t engage my imagination. (Yes, yes – oh so pretty but unless the photographer has caught something out of the ordinary, or the light is just so, well, it’s just pretty and doesn’t make me think or wonder what the story is.) That photo of the crow on the bench? FABULOUS! If I am never presented with another photo of a sunrise or sunset I would consider myself blessed.

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    1. Hey Grace, l know l loved the crow on a bench, as much as l love seeing the wildlife around the benches. Sadly l missed being able to take the photo of the fox sleeping on the bench in Millwall a few weeks back, the birds are easier to capture, Mr or Mrs Fox, are a bit more reticent to be snapped easily 🙂

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      1. Oh I wish you had got that shot – it would have been a wonderful story. Where I live foxes are as plentiful as squirrels and I love the shots people get on their security cameras of foxes playing in their yards with the toys their dogs and kids leave out but the best is the shots of a fox trotting down the sidewalk with a stolen Washington Post in its mouth – so funny to see. It happens so often people have dubbed it the real ‘fox’ news.

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      2. Awesome 🙂

        Our foxes here are still pretty rural in their orientations. They probably raid the rubbish sacks when they are outside the houses, although l suspect that might be more along the lines of domestic cats.

        Where l used to live the foxes came into the garden but here they can’t gain access. I get the squirrel and occasional hedgehog.

        I saw the fox this morning, and they are on my bucket list of ‘would like to get clearer shots of please’.

        The fox, jay, woodpeckers and the river’s beaver are all on the wish list. I get sneak views, but l am always a few seconds out …

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    1. 3500 is the number that is left, an average walkabout per day means l am taking usually around 300 clicks a day which sometimes rises to 600 clicks pending upon what l am doing on the day.

      That equates to single through to triple clicks per image and that might mean that your average daily image clicking is around 450 – that alone is nearly 3000 images are captured digitally a week and about 12000 clicked images a month … but the beauty of that is that these are all digital so when editing every day, l only keep the good photos.

      Of the 3500 monthly that is the result of editing and making decisions on what stays, BUT only around 15% are kept monthly which is around just over 500 photos and then only 200 are actually kept for the blog, the rest are placed into folders.

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      1. You get into a rhythm and once you develop your style and habit it’ll not take you long. I am up at just before 4am every morning now. I am out the door at around twenty past 4 for my photography walk which usually is around 60-90 minutes long. I am back inside the house by around 5.30 – 6am, make myself a coffee. Load up the photos to the computer and then start editing and that takes me around 45-60 minutes.

        So not long 🙂

        I am usually done by around 6.30 am.

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