I’ve photographed this tree for twenty-six years, in all weathers – sun, rain, wind, snow – and it never seems to change very much. It just stands on top of its windy hill, guarding its silent residents. The picture on the left dates back to 2013 when I processed it for entry to a Photographic Salon. It had a lot of faffing, including the addition of the little figure. On the right, we have today’s offering, pretty much straight from the iPhone.


I have taken to carrying my iPhone with me on our daily walk to the local park at the end of our road, keeping an eye out for anything interesting or unusual to use as a basis for further processing. It isn’t as easy as I thought it would be and quite a few efforts have ended up in the bin. I quite like these two, though. One of our neighbours hung the wreath on her door before Christmas and it’s still there, a cheery little splash of colour on a dull day. The image on the right is a section of a well-rusted bollard at the bottom of a steep flight of steps. They’ve both been faffed with in the Distressedfx app and I’m encouraged enough to try a few more.