Sunday, 19 June 2016

Glorious Gardens

Hello again!

Since it's now summer, the flowers have blossomed and my garden has been transformed into a picture of health and happiness. It feels lovely to be greeted every day by such a pretty sight, so I wanted to share this sight with you! I hope you enjoy...

These lupines are what stand the proudest in our garden. They gradually turn from a lime green at the tip, to this beautiful purple shade at the bottom, which you can see here. They also really stand out from the greenery behind and below them and are a true statement piece.

I'm kind of cheating with this photo because these dainty flowers don't grow in our garden, but our neighbours and they droop down over the fence! I think they're so pretty so I'm grateful that they can be seen from our garden. Also, I love how the filaments/anthers (the yellow parts) sprout out from the centre, whereas in most flowers they're hidden away, it somehow reminds me of a water fountain.

These are my favourite flowers in my garden, no doubt about it. Their shape, colour and pattern are so intriguing and stunning to me. If you're wondering, I think they're called Hyacinth and they also come in different colours, like yellow or pink which are also very appealing!

That's it for today... Hopefully you enjoyed reading it and hopefully I'll do a part two to this post in the future with some more pictures from the garden! Comment below if you have any of these in your garden, or your favourite ones which you have that I haven't mentioned. I'll see again this time next week...

Holly x

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Misty Mornings

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Have you had a nice week?

This morning my Dad, brother and I went to a lovely seaside town called Saltburn for a little walk along the beach. Being June, you wouldn't expect it to be cold, foggy and wet but because it's England, it was... We were tightly wrapped up in a winter coat, scarf and gloves but still managed to get a lot of enjoyment out of our morning.

As I said, it was very misty and wintery, as shown by this photo. Couples walked up and down the beach, hurrying to get to a coffee shop or back to the warmth of their car, and I don't blame them!

I like that in this photo you can see the reflection of the cliffs (Huntcliff) which is portrayed onto the ice-cold water.

Here you can see Saltburn Pier stretching out into the ferocious waves of the sea. This contrasts with the tranquility and calmness of the still puddles of water on the foreground, making this photo really stand out to me.

After going to the amusements, my brother had all of these key rings which he'd won (well, I won them for him) but I had to make do with this shell. Although, I'm not complaining as I think it's quite pretty!

That's the end for today's post, I'm sorry it wasn't very long but hopefully you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments what your favourite thing to do at the seaside is and I should see you again around the same time next week...

Holly x

Sunday, 5 June 2016

A Rocky Ramble

Welcome back to my blog, I hope you've had a lovely week, especially if you've been off school like me!

On Friday, my family and I went on a ramble up the hills in Great Ayton to get to Captain Cook's monument. During our race to the top of the hill, I took plenty of photos, as well as another load on the way back down! Today, I thought it might be nice to share my favourites with you and perhaps inspire you to get out and about in the countryside...

From this blog post, you'll learn that I'm a lover of stone walls so this is just one of the many photos I took of them... Also, I've edited this one (and some others) a little so let me know what you think!

I told you I've got a slight obsession! I don't know what it is with them, I think I just find it fascinating that someone built it brick by brick years ago, and it's still there? I don't know.

Here's a close up, but this is probably boring you now so let's move on! Although, I do love this picture...

This is more interesting; a panorama of the view! To most people, this is a view to die for but for me, I'd much rather have a view of some form of water, like a lake or the ocean because I suppose I'm used to seeing the sea from my house and I often go to the Lake District. Leave in the comments which one you prefer, fields or water?

This has to be one of my favourite photos in this post, purely because of the pop of colour. Anything colourful will attract me towards it, I'm like a bumble bee! Also, I love the colour purple and I think it works really well with the green in this.

This is the end for today's post I hope you enjoyed it! I'll be back next weekend with a new post but before I go I'll leave you with some more pictures... 

Holly x


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Serene Skies

Hello and welcome back, I hope you've had a great week!

In today's post, I'll be sharing with you some of the snaps I've taken of nature's most intriguing possession - the sky. I don't know about you, but looking at a beautiful, scenic sky instantly relaxes me and I always find myself saying, "ooh, look at the sky," or "the sky looks so pretty"! I realised the amount of sky pictures I had, so I thought why not share them with you? I hope you enjoy!

Now, this is something you don't see everyday! A few months ago, you may have heard about the rare phenomenon which could be viewed at different locations in England. This is a rainbow cloud, or iridescent cloud as its formally known, which is created when small water droplets individually scatter light, turning the sky into a heaven of colour.

This is also one of my favourites... I can see different layers of clouds too, with the darker blue ones appearing closer and making it look 3D. It almost reminds me of a scene from a magical, fairy tale which makes you want to reach out to touch it.

Here is a classic sunset, with the warm, vibrant colours. Although, I love how the clouds seem as if they're being pulled towards something, creating a halo in the sky. This photo makes me think of winter, being tucked up on the sofa with the fire on and a mug of hot chocolate tucked between my hands.

I took this as we drove (disclaimer: I wasn't driving!) past a cemetery with this grand little church and stone wall. Personally, I love the colours in this and how well they harmonise together.

This is it for today! Please let me know which sky is the most serene to you in the comments and I'll see you again with another post next weekend...

Holly x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Whispering Woods

Hello and welcome back to Faithful Photography, I hope you've had a lovely week!

On Saturday, I went on a lovely walk with my family in a beautiful seaside town called Saltburn, on the east coast of England. We parked at the top of the bank and began our adventure through the woods to reach the park and beach at the bottom. Walking through the woods was truly magical, with the path lined with blossom petals which fluttered down from the trees, like butterflies or snow. I took some photos of this blossom which I thought you may like to see, hence why I'm writing this post! Hopefully, you'll enjoy...

Capturing the beauty of this path, I particularly love this picture. In my opinion, it sums up Spring and the start of new beginnings.  

Although, don't be fooled by the innocence and purity which is portrayed in this picture... The blossom was very slippy! I almost ended up falling over and being towed along by Jasper here! Despite the fact I had petals plastered to my body, it was still an awful lot of fun!

My favourite thing about this photo is actually the leaves on the left because of how the sunlight is seeping through them. Because of how high all of the branches were, I couldn't reach high enough for this photo to look prettier and to focus on the flowers... The disadvantages of being short hey?!

This one is slightly better since I made my dad hold one of the branches down for me so I could get closer! Looking carefully, you can see an insect resting on these pink pillows, drinking the nectar which they hold.

That's the end for today, I hope you've enjoyed reading this and it's made you feel at peace with your surroundings. Have a wonderful week and I will be back soon...

Holly x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Beautiful Blossom

Hello, welcome back to Faithful Photography!

As you should've read from my previous post, I went to a place called Preston Park yesterday with my family. While I was there, I also took some photos of blossom as well as the butterflies. At the park you can see the River Tees and follow it along a path lined with trees and flowers. There was plenty of blossom trees surrounding this path, meaning I stopped at each one to take a few snaps then had to run to catch up with everyone! In today's post, I'm going to share with you some of these...

Out of the hundreds (slight exaggeration) I took, this is up there with the top spot as my favourite. This is because I love how the flowers stand out from the darker background, but you can also little patches of white towards the back too. Like I mentioned in one of my first posts, blossom is my favourite flower, which makes me love this just that little bit more!

 I like this one too because of how the foreground also stands out really well, and shows the delicacy of these pretty flowers.

Looking at this one makes me think about Easter but I'm not sure why... Maybe because the flowers are arranged to look like an egg, or maybe just because I associate Spring with blossom. Who knows?!

I like this one because it focuses on the inside of the blossom, almost revealing their vulnerability and inner beauty.

That's it for today's post, I hope you enjoyed reading it! Also, I hope you've enjoyed these daily posts this week, although starting from now, I will unfortunately be able to post on the weekends, due to the amount of revision and work I have to do. Hopefully you understand and I should see you again shortly!

Holly x

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Flutter by Butterfly

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog!

Today I have something a little more interesting for you, as earlier today I visited a place called Butterfly World in Preston Park, Yarm. Butterfly World is a centre which shows many different beautiful butterfly species and a miniature replica of their natural habitat, with tropical plants and warm, dry conditions. With the mesmerising patterns each animal has, you feel a sense of calmness as they flutter around your head and gracefully swoop around the leaves of the trees. In this post, I'll share with you some of the close-up snaps I got of these carefree creatures...

Starting with my favourite one of a paper kite butterfly, one of the most delicate and angelic species. This species stays true to its name - it daintily floats through the air, much like a sheet of paper would, gently bobbing up and down as it goes.

Personally, I love this photo because although the butterfly stands out as it is with the black and white, the pink pop of the flowers make it stand out even more.

As you may be able to tell from the bright orange fish at the bottom of this photo, I was walking around a pond when this caught my eye. I noticed this butterfly almost straight away, as it seemed to be inviting me to come over. Laying perfectly still, I took the opportunity to take a photo of it - and I'm so glad I did!

As I watched this butterfly drifting over me, I waited until it landed so I could get a closer look. I was fascinated by it because of its clear wings and striking white stripe, meaning I knew I needed to give it a closer inspection (and to prove to myself that I wasn't going insane - that this butterfly didn't have a chunk missing from it!).

I spotted this beauty perched on a leaf and noticed, like the butterfly above, it had an interesting structure - with some hole-like shapes in its wings. I love how the colours of it almost make it look 3D too, despite the fact that it's actually as flat as a pancake (or should I say leaf?)!

That's it for today's post, I hope you liked it since it's a little bit different. I've left you wth some more photos of the paper kite for you to enjoy, but until tomorrow I'm signing off! Thank you for reading...

Holly x

Friday, 13 May 2016

Flower Fanatics

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog!

In today's post I'm going to share with you lovely lot some of the pictures I've previously taken of flowers! My love of flowers has grown over the years, due to the fact that as you get older, you often tend to appreciate the things you may have not batted an eyelid at when you were younger. Nowadays, I think that flowers of any type can make any place feel more welcoming and certainly a lot prettier. I'd say that my favourite flowers would be blossom, especially when there's pink and white petals drifting to the ground, creating a blanket of serenity. I quite like lillies too - apart from their smell!

I took this photo at a place called Ryedale Folk Musuem in Hutton-Le-Hole, North Yorkshire. Ryedale Folk Museum is an outdoor museum which has old shops and machinery on show, as well as old housing and allotments (where I took this).

I love the contrast between the bright pink and white against the darkness of the soil and leaves beneath the flowers as it really makes them stand out.

Similarly, this photo was taken at Ryedale Folk Museum. As you may be able to tell from the fence in the background, it was the garden of a cute little cottage which people lived in hundreds of years ago. I love how this photo almost shows a part of history, as well as the fact that it has really vibrant and warm colours.

As you may have read in my Roses are Red, Violets are Blue blog post, I went to a beautiful place called Scampston Hall in August last year. Like the photo I showed there, I also took this one in Scampston Hall. I was attracted to this stunning flower because of how bright it was and it was like love at first sight! (Sadly, things didn't work out for us in the end... Hahah)

That's it for today's post, even though I have so many more flower photos which I could share, it'd take you hours to read - trust me! Tomorrow, I should hopefully have something a little bit different going up for you so make sure to come back around this time then! I hope you've enjoyed reading this and I'll see you again shortly...

Holly x

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Passionate about Pebbles?

Hello and welcome back!

In today's post, I'll be showing you some of the photos I have taken at the beach. If you didn't already know, I live in a coastal village on the east of England, meaning there's plenty of picturesque beaches to explore... I'm not the type of girl who loves to go out shopping on the Saturday morning and then partying on the evening, I'd much rather head down to the beach then spend the evening having a bit of me time and 'chillaxing'. So since I'm always at the sea, why not share my photos with you?

Taken from Marske beach near Middlesbrough, you can see some wind turbines on this photo if you look closely. Marske-by-the-Sea has some beautiful views, especially on an evening when the sun is setting and is glistening on the surface of the sea - it is a truly magnificent sight.

This pebbly picture is one of my favourites because the focusing gods must have sent an angel down from the sky and blessed me! I have a story behind this photo too; just after I had pressed the capture button, a massive wave bombarded over to me and attacked my feet, making them dripping wet and I had to walk home with squelching shoes - the things you do to take one picture!

Here's a bit of a different picture for you! If you didn't know, this is a place called Whitby which I'm sure you will have heard of before... Whitby is one of my personal favourite seaside towns to visit; there's pretty little houses, narrow quirky streets, amusements, a lovely beach and plenty of beautiful scenery. Also, there's Whitby Abbey which is basically just a castle which is situated at the top of 199 steps, and I took this photo as I was walking up them. I think that this photo sums the place up perfectly.                                                            

I do have plenty more pictures which are similar to these which I'll be sure to share with you on a later date but that's it for today - I hope you enjoyed reading!

Holly x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Dainty Daisies

Hey! Welcome to my blog Faithful Photography!

This post is dedicated to those small white wonders of wildlife which are daisies and other white flowers). Personally, I love daisies - I think that a lawn without daisies is a lawn without happiness! Although, everyday we will walk past hundreds of these tiny little flowers without even noticing, so I thought that this post would teach you to appreciate the little things in life, because they're often the most important.

 Like I said in my previous post (Roses are Red, Violets are Blue) my camera roll massively suffered when I went out for the day to a place called Scampston Hall... This photo of these lovely lilac Aster daisies was taken there too. 

 I know this isn't a daisy (oops) but it's close, right?! I took this at a place called Hardwick Park in Durham when I went out for another family walk with my brother, parents and grandparents. There's a lovely lake there which had so many birds and some beautiful dragonflies which dipped and dived through the reeds. Although it was quite cold, it was good fun and I'd recommend going there!

Ropner Park is a beautifully landscaped park in Stockon-on-Tees which has some unreal flower displays during the summer. When I was last there, they had borders filled with flowers of all kinds which lead down to the water fountain where you'll find children filled with joy, making wishes and tossing one pence coins into the crystal clear water. This day, I took plenty of photos and this was one of them! I like this because you can kind of see the raindrops sprinkled on the petals, making it look like it's been touched by a fairy.

Living on the east coast of England means that there's plenty of picturesque little coves and beaches which have quaint but rickety houses overlooking them. One beach here is called Runswick Bay, which is one of the most popular out of them all. Runswick has the sea and sand at the bottom but a long, steep bank to get up to the top of the hill. It was on this bank that I took this photo of this delicate white blossom and I think it looks so cute!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this, but I'm sorry about how long it is - well done if you got to the end!

Holly x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Hello and welcome back, I hope you're doing well!

We all know that every girl goes crazy over a bunch of roses, although, some of us wonder why this is... I mean, they're just plants right?! In today's post, I'm going to share with you some of the work I've done in the past with roses, and other flowers of the 'pretty in pink' variety!

This beautiful bouquet was bought for my mam as a birthday present. They sat proudly on the windowsill of the living room, so that they could be admired as people walked past. Unfortunately, they died not too long ago, RIP roses :(

I think that having flowers of any kind, real, fake, daffodils or lillies, in your house makes it a home.

 How pretty is this picture? I took this on Sunday at a place called Richmond in North Yorkshire. We'd gone out for a family walk around the quirky little shops and to watch the waterfall (which by the way was so cool, it looked like it should've been in a country like South Africa, not England!), when I spotted a beauty of a blossom tree and couldn't resist taking a picture.

This one was taken at a beautiful, scenic place called Scampston Hall in August 2015. Scampston is an old mansion which has acres of land for people to visit. It has two lovely short walks to go on around a lake filled with lily pads and fish, as well as a walled garden and allotment which hold so many different plants, flowers and vegetables. I thoroughly enjoyed going there, but I doubt my camera roll did... Woops!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I hope this gave you a happy head
And I love you!

Holly x

Monday, 9 May 2016


Hello, welcome to my blog! I'm Holly Doe, fourteen years old and I live in a small village in the north of England...

As you may have already guessed, I'm going to blog about photography and some of the photos I've taken. I've always been enthusiastic about this since 01 (when I was born), somehow forever finding
the opportunity to snap a shot of something on my mam's camera. For me, the main reason that I love to do what I do is that you can capture specific moments in time which you can look back on in the weeks or even years to come, to remember the emotions you felt that day. Since I have been passionate about this from a young age, I thought that it'd be great to share some of my pieces with you on this blog to get your opinions on them and make you feel a sense of warmth and happiness. Hopefully, my posts might inspire you to get outside with a camera and have a bit of fun - just like me!

Holly x