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|Country Walks – New Gallery Feature|
|Starting this month is a new gallery feature called Country Encounters which will be a once-a-month gallery to sit with the other features Earthly Comforts runs, these being Theme Life and Best of the Month, as well as Worm World. It replaces the Wild Walks and Natural Encounters, gallery features that ran during the blog build from 2021 to 2022.|
Country Encounters will be a gallery feature with a unique twist: everyday photography with information, music and quotes, a style of educational entertainment. The series will explore nature, wildlife, countryside, history, architecture and other assorted miscellany that l think will pique the reader’s interest that are also huge passions of mine.
The other gallery features are more ‘themed’ in their approach – worm world is worm photos, theme life is photos on a particular subject, and best of the month is a mixture of different shots combined with quirky and the sometimes unusual.
However, Country Encounters, which took the best elements of seasons two and three of Wild Walks and Natural Encounters, will hopefully have more of a bite to it. It will encompass not just the best of the Town of Sandwich with its medieval architecture and romantic fairytale quaintness, but also the surrounding countryside to the town itself, plus more expansive views displaying the county of Kent.
I think it’s easy to simply display photographs in a gallery but sometimes more of a backstory is appreciated or maybe that’s just me.
I take several thousand photographs every month digitally; of that, around 15 – 25% are kept back for use within the blog in the galleries or other posts. I use a Canon EOS 700D and several lenses; 18 – 55mm macro, 50mm macro, 75 – 300mm zoom lens, 18-135mm everyday zoom, and 120-400mm zoom. On occasion, l also use a Canon Ixus pocket camera.
There are many areas in Sandwich that l photograph regularly, from the town itself and the circular walk that encircles it known as the Ramparts to Gazen Salts Nature Reserve to the walks along the River Stour to Sandwich Bay, to name but a few of my usual haunts.
Country Encounters will feature all of these locations that you have become accustomed to, seeing as the close-range walks that l tour daily, but also it will introduce hikes from further afield and more ‘outings and trails’ that Suze and l have planned for the coming months.
We have been looking at Pegwell Bay, Wingham, Wickhambreaux, Stourmouth, Deal, Fordwich, Eastry and Ham, to name but a few, so expect gallery features from these in the coming months in addition to the usual Sandwich shots.
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