Holmes Chapel – Swettenham

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This is an enjoyable walk that takes in some wonderful views around the Cheshire countryside, starting off along the Dane Valley Way.

GPS Track on ViewRanger

The route starts by crossing a long field which was quite muddy following the rains of Spring. Cut through a small wood and cross a brook before quickly coming out to open fields once more.

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There is something about a lonesome tree that I just can’t resist to photograph it.

Lonely Tree, Cheshire

The track does pass along some farmland and one of the farmers seemed to be running a hunting/shooting trip that morning. We tried to keep to the official path, but at one point we were prevented from following it due to, well, a bovine blockade. We had to improvise and made our way around (there’s a tell-tale loop on the GPS track).

Shortly afterward, we are reminded that all gates should be closed behind us, under strict penalty if we fail to abide. Not sure if they would accept a credit card for the 40 shillings, we made sure the gate was firmly closed behind us.

Then we enter Swettenham, a nice little village with a nice pub for a pit stop. The Lovell Arboretum is by the Swettenham Arms, but we decide to leave this for another time. Our drinks are gratefully downed, and we continue to the end.

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bamboo

With the release of the new version of Lightroom this week, I’m sure that I was one of the many that dove straight in with the upgrade. The new pricing on the product coupled to the improved and new functionality (maps and books! – we’ve been crying out for books since version 1!!) made it a bit of a no-brainer.

That’s the problem with no-brainers – no brains are involved. After happily downloading, installing and converting my catalog to the new format, I joined one of the many who quickly realized that their ability to use 3rd party plugins had been rendered useless. No more Nik filters, no more PS Elements. On to the Nik Software update sites, update with the new LR4 versions, but still no luck. What have you done to me, Adobe! Don’t get all possessive on me now – I need to see my mistresses!

Several visits to the forums with the frenzied masses, and eventually I hear of someone who has stumbled onto a workaround until Adobe release the real software update that fixes this problem. If you don’t own Photoshop CS5, then download it and install the trial version. You don’t even have to use it, just install it. If you already own CS5, then uninstall it and reinstall it again. And there you have it – I’m back in a happy marriage again.

desktop of the month – march 2012

This month’s desktop calendar image is on time! An image that I took in the Rocky Mountain National Park this summer, manipulated somewhat in Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

Click on the image to download. Set your background color to pure white and when you set the background to your desktop, set it as a “Fit” (rather than a “stretch”, “center” or “fill”) and set your background color to pure white.

desktop of the month – february 2012

I woke up this morning and realized that I was late (again!) putting up my monthly desktop calendar. Then I realized that all of my desktop calendars have been landscape in orientation. Natural enough given the aspect ratios of monitors. So I wanted to do something different – one of my images in portrait orientation for my desktop. And this is what I came up with.

Click on the image to download. Set your background color to pure white and when you set the background to your desktop, set it as a “Fit” (rather than a “stretch”, “center” or “fill”) and set your background color to pure white.