Snow Hits Coulsdon 2016

As the New York City, Washington DC and the rest of much of the US East Coast braces itself for 2ft of snow and blizzards (good luck everybody), my very own Coulsdon in Surrey experienced just enough slow last weekend to not have any real impact but to certainly make to place look beautiful.  It would be nice to have a little more (not 2ft and blizzards) beats the mild very very wet and damp winter we’ve been having.

Here are a few shots I managed to grab on an early Sunday morning stroll around the neighborhood.

Bradmore Green Pond, Old Coulsdon

Snow in Coulsdon with the Shard on the horizon

Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

The 2015 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

1903 Riley Forecar

The world’s longest running motoring event, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.  Having started in 1896 the event has run almost every year on the first Sunday in November since.  Starting at Hyde Park, London and finishing on the Sussex coast at Brighton some 60 miles away all you need to enter is a car built before 1905!!.  All entrants are therefore over 110 years old.  Some cars are even steam powered!

I had the pleasure of a lovely autumn morning  to catch some of these cars driving past Coulsdon in Surrey.

Below are just a few shots I managed to grab, more are available on my Website www.8dcphotography.co.uk

1904 Pope-Toledo

1903 Gladiator Tonneau

1904 Gladiator Side Entrance Tonneau

1904 Curved Dash Oldsmobile

Newquay And Crantock from the Air

So the Easter Holidays in the UK proved a fantastic opportunity to get out of London and head to the South West of England and hit wonderful Cornwall with the family.  In tow, as the weather promised to be good, was the DJI Phantom 2 packing a GoPro Hero 3+ Black.  It was the first real opportunity to get out flying again this year.  Lets hope for a good summer and more flying time.

The following Video is a snapshot of some of the wonderful scenery that awaits travellers to the glorious South West corner of England.  Most of the video footage was taken in and around Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall, famous for its beaches and the atlantic swells that attract UK’s surfers.

GoPro Video Timelapse – Beartooth Highway

Another brief snippet from our amazing holiday this year.  This time a Timelapse  of the drive between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana over the simply stunning Beartooth Highway US 212.  When we started the temperature was a nice 22 Deg C at the top of the pass, some 11,000ft up we hit -2 Deg C and Snow.

 

The Mid West American Road Trip

Wow, first off apologies for such a long hiatus, summer was very busy and blog time has been at a premium.  Finally though I expect to get a little bit of free time over the next week or so to update you all on the American Road Trip I’d mentioned in a previous post.

In short and amazing holiday/vacation plenty of photo’s taken and plenty to share in coming posts.  But for now a very quick photo summary to whet you appetites…..

Having started off on a 9 hour flight from London Heathrow.

London Heathrow

We landed for a very short initial stay at Denver

Denver Colorado

The next day we drove to Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore (Black and White)

and then onto Badlands National Park

The Badlands

before heading West towards Devils Tower

Devils Tower

where we met a large colony of Prairie Dogs

Prarie Dog

Still heading west we stopped off at the Little Bighorn battlefield.

Little Bighornand then headed over the Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Into the beautiful Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Falls (Landscape)

where we sat by Yellowstone lake on a moonless night and stared at the Milk Way

Yellowstone Lake Milky Way

Our next trip took us South to the Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons Mormans Row

and then on a long drive over the Rockies to Salt Lake City

Utah State Capitol Building

Another Drive took us South and East towards Moab where we visited Arches national Park

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

… and the stunning Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point Panorama, UtahNearing the end of our trip we headed east back towards Denver

Denver City

A fantastic and memorable holiday that I will never forget.  We covered 6 states experienced temperatures from -2 to 34 deg C and covered 2843 miles.

Milage

 

Just glad the Pilot decided to clean the screen before we headed back to London.

When I'm Cleaning Windows

 

 

Jack Bauer comes to Coulsdon with a drone’s-eye view

Hmm not sure about the Jack Bauer part.

Inside Croydon

The things you find on t’interweb…

Not sure if this is from the CIA, keeping tabs on the violent militants of Coulsdon, or surveyors working on behalf the fracking companies with licences to explore the mineral resources under Farthing Down.

Whatever, it is worth a watch for curiosity value if nothing else, as it offers a fascinating overview of the wonderful public open land to the south of our borough:

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Review – The Spyder4Elite Display Calibration Tool

If you have been having trouble getting those display settings just right on your monitor, or are finding it hard to match the display output on multiple monitors,  pop over to Cafetography and read my guest review of the Spyder4Elite Display Calibration tool by DataColor.com.

It’s a great little device tallied with some fantastic software and so easy to use.