Trees in Winter are so poetic. So exposed that you can clearly see how delicate they become toward the tips of their branches. It seems natural to highlight this and since I’ve become slightly hooked on making these kaleidoscopic abstracts, I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. So here is ‘Circle of Trees’.

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hear leaf intense

The warm-up act is on and the show that is Autumn is about to start! Leaves are a’changing, there’s a hint of mist early in the morning and you can smell the earth releasing its mustiness. It’s my favourite season and excuse for taking far too many photographs of berries, like these.

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Have a great week!


That naked tree

Just two more days left before school restarts. Two more days of waking up with that lovely feeling of having nothing planned, a real rarity at Casa Fanton. Come Wednesday, we’ll no doubt feel like we’ve been thrown into a salad spinner with a flurry of activities, early starts, homework folders and finding PE kits. For now though, we’re going to immerse ourselves in doing relatively little; perhaps enjoy a few walks, watch a few films, read and eat Easter chocolates. How good does that sound?


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There’s been a green revolution happening on our regular walk with trees sprouting to life everywhere! A few days of gorgeous weather in Edinburgh and ‘POW!’ it’s lush and fresh with blossom pom-poms of pink and white on every tree. Magic.

I’ve shot so many photographs of all of this new colour that finding time to stay indoors to process them all is going to be a stretch. Fortunately, this abstraction took hardly any processing time at all as it was all done in-camera – just a few tweaks in curves in PS and it was done.


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Reflected trees in the dirty grey waters that run alongside the Leith Walkway in Edinburgh.

I’m stupidly excited about abstracts within nature, I find the virtually limitless variety of colours and forms captivating and having been really tough with myself lately about having a niche and a style (blah!), I started to doubt whether this new interest would ‘fit’ in with what I ‘should’ be shooting. Well, you know what, I love it and if I can somehow, someway convince myself that there’s room for another one under my ‘soft/dreamy’ umbrella, then that’s even better.

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twenty sixCor blimey o’Riley, we saw a lot of snow in the Dolomites last week. It hardly stopped and we heard that there had been quite a few avalanches due to the sheer volume that fell some nights. Amazing.

Roofs were piled high and road signs weren’t visible in places. If, like me, you love trees, there was an almost overwhelming amount of beauty as far as the eye could see. Tremendous skiing too.

snow roof

jesus and the mountain dip

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That half-haze you get in the autumn/winter cusp is gorgeous to me. It’s all so dreamy. The branches are now all naked and poetic. Bare bones beauties.
These trees are at the end of our road and I’ve been watching them shed their leaves every day on the walk to school with my daughter. Most of the leaves have gone now but there are a few golden hued  hangers-on that really stand out against the muggy tones of the season.