Early evening – lone tree.

Tree - early evening & diffused.Early evening – lone tree (diffused & sharpening set to soft)

Another from Jabrin Fort.

Steps & Fence JabrinSteps & Fence Jabrin.

For want of boring you – ;)

PS: just for interest – it hit 40deg.C today !


“England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare’s much-quoted message, nor is it the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels. More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy Victorian family, with not many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons. It has rich relations who have to be kow-towed to and poor relations who are horribly sat upon, and there is a deep conspiracy of silence about the source of the family income. It is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts. Still, it is a family. It has its private language and its common memories, and at the approach of an enemy it closes its ranks. A family with the wrong members in control – that, perhaps is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.”
George Orwell: Why I Write.

Steps & Windows – Jabrin Fort.

Steps & windows JabrinJabrin Fort.

Afalaj in Misfat Al Abryeen.

Walking around with my new Fuji Xpro1 camera – a nice but frustrating experience.

I found that although it was nice not having a large SLR hanging from my shoulder, using the camera was less than intuitive. This is my fault not the cameras…….. I am so familiar with the layout of Nikon cameras that my fingers would not hit the right button unless I made a conscious effort and looked for which one I needed.

Another annoying problem was that I kept getting lost when it came to the display settings; I like grid lines (available) but they kept disappearing. The preview display would sometimes only show in the viewfinder and this seems to be why I lost the grid lines. I think I will need to re-read the instructions and stop making what for me (I thought) were intuitive selections – the old saying “when in doubt read the instructions !  :) ” is very apt.

Something I did find very good, was having a ‘proper’ viewfinder – none of this holding the camera at arms length and struggling with glare on the back screen.

That said, it was so nice being able to walk around and almost forget I had a camera with me, especially when negotiating difficult terrain.


Going back to the classic editor.

I was going to have a rant ! but just installed Greasemonkey and added a script that stops me ever seeing that childish new edit page that WordPress has foisted on us…….. now no need.  :)

See these links:




Sometimes small things just make your day……….

Old Steps – Misfat Al Abryeen.

Old Steps - MisfatMisfat Al Abryeen.


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