The Super Moon of Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve, I had noticed the moon was somewhat bigger than its usual size, and I thought it would be a good idea to take a photograph of it with my Nikon D3300 DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). I was really surprised though, because I had to often miss this opportunity of taking a photograph of the moon, considering that in the past year, there were certain times at night that you could see it, as well as the Equinox Solar Eclipse that took place on the 20th March 2015.

Before I took this photo, I was really surprised about how big the moon was, because I hadn’t actually seen how big it was before, considering that almost each night, it would be covered due to the bad weather that was often forecast, but please forgive me if the moon doesn’t look big because of the way I took the photo. I’ll provide three of the same photo, but with one being zoomed in, with another being zoomed in further, so that it’s a lot easier to view.

I’ve made sure to keep this short because I wanted to show you all that this was my first attempt at taking a photo of the moon, considering I only used the lens that came with the camera when I got it over a year ago.

Please feel free to feedback what you thought of my first attempt at taking a photo of the moon, if possible, please also feel free to suggest to me what I can improve on for next time. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to December!!! A Month Full of Festivities, Happiness and Comfort.

Welcome back to Mother Nature everyone, for the final month of the year that draws 2014 to a close. It’s hard to believe it was a year ago I did my first 6 months of publishing articles, and to come this far, it’s absolutely amazing. Though, despite a stressful 8 months, what with the exam season which has come and gone, and with a 12 week holiday that went too fast, I can spend the last 2-3 weeks finalising my art work for my course, and then spending the last few weeks of 2014 relaxing and publishing articles.

You have just witnessed a Christmas makeover of the Mother Nature logo, including the background, as I wanted to make sure that Mother Nature got a proper, full-on design that would make this website completely Christmassy.

As 2014 draws to a close, I want to make sure that 2014 goes out with a bang, and with 2014 being a stressful year, it has also been a successful year not just for me, but also for everyone else, as this year determined everyone’s future, considering the fact that all of us would be collecting our results. This would, in turn, determine whether any of us would have a future at college or sixth form. Thankfully, this year has been kind to us, as we passed our exams with flying colours.

Over the course of the Christmas holiday, I will be publishing the last few articles of 2014, and I will also be continuing work on my 3rd book: “My Journey Through a Lens”. This new book will be the biggest follow-up to the 2nd book, as it will contain not just the photos that I have taken with my Nikon D3300 DSLR, but it will also contain segments of articles I have published on here, certain articles that I have done a lot of research for.

Christmas is a time for festivities, and also for the whole family to come together to mark such a special occasion, including the day when everyone opens their Christmas presents on Christmas morning.

I love Christmas, as it feels like the right time to just relax, wrap up warm and feel at home. Christmas is also a special time for me, as I always aim to keep myself in the loop when it comes to crafting and publishing articles on Mother Nature. The joys of Christmas I love is being able to play games, listen to music, and also write, and with the New Year just around the corner, this comes as the perfect time to say:

“WELCOME TO DECEMBER!!! ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)!!!!”

Thank you for reading this article.

Alex Smithson

2013: A Floral Blast & A Brighter Future

NEW YEAR SIGN FOR BLOG TO END 2013

Hello everyone!!! I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the first 6 months of this blog, and wanted to thank all of you bloggers and viewers for helping me along the way, and I really appreciate the thought and kindness that all of you have given since this blog started, you have all made my life and love for blogging truly special.

Below, I’ve listed the amount of views I have received over the past 6 months, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for viewing my blog over these first 6 months since I started it up, and have a Happy New Year into 2014 where you are :-)!!!!!!!

June (The month I started this nature blog) – 126 Views Overall

July – 72 Views

August – 29 views

September – 42 views

October – 184 views

November – 173 views

…and finally, December – 917 Views!!!

The overall amount of views from June to December has brought my blog to an astounding 1,543 views, which I thank you all for solely, and also a massive thanks to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind blog and Ajay Tao of the Ajaytao2010 blog for viewing and commenting on my latest blog posts, and have a wonderful, and Happy New Year into 2014!!!

-Alex Smithson

Plus, check back at 12:00am for the all new Twenty Fourteen layout, plus the new name for this blog!!!

Photography | Nature is now Blog of the Year 2013!!!

Hello everyone!!! I wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you bloggers and all of you viewers out there for visiting this blog. Without you all, I wouldn’t have got this far in the first 6 months, and to top it all off, Photography | Nature has passed the 1,000+ view mark and has become the Blog of the Year for 2013. I owe a massive thank you to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind blog who nominated me for the 5* on the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and also a massive thank you to Ajay of the Ajaytao2010 blog for the 1* to make it 6*. Another great announcement is that Vijay of the HalfEatenMind blog has just won the Blog of the Year 2013 award as well!!! To follow his blog, the link is below…and again, thanks for a wonderful first 6 months

Thank you Vijay and Ajay, without you both, I wouldn’t have won the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and a massive congratulations to you Vijay for winning the Blog of the Year 2013 award, you deserved it as well and have a Happy New Year Vijay Shah and also Ajay Tao :-)!!!

Have a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you all in 2014 :-)!!!!!!!!!

Vijay Shah’s HalfEatenMind blog: halfeatenmind.wordpress.com

Ajay Tao’s Ajaytao2010 blog: ajaytao2010.wordpress.com

The Silhouette of Darkness, Light & Wonderwebs – Painting + Video

Hello everyone!! I have been using the Colors! application on the iPad mini I got today as a Christmas present, and created this Silhouette painting of the Rosebud in darkness, it took 15 minutes approximately to create this, as I wanted to go into a bit more detail with the clouds and the sun rays, so I made the clouds look almost completely dark to show the cloud formation, and the sun rays I wanted to blend the sky in a little more to show two different sides to the painting.

The video of yesterday’s storm is currently uploading now, so fingers crossed it doesn’t take as long as it did last night. Feel free to save the painting to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to use as a wallpaper.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful Happy Christmas!!!

-Alex Smithson

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[UPDATE]: The video is now available to watch in full HD here. Thank you for a fantastic 6 months, and I’ll post more in 2014 🙂

Check back on January 1st 2014 for the all-new blog experience!!!

The Calm After the Storm & The Christmas Eve Rainfall

Following the torrential wind and rain from yesterday, the UK had a short, but massive rainstorm which lasted for about 2 to 5 minutes, which is a massive relief, but hopefully this weather should be the last of what we see for this year as 2013 draws to a remarkable close.

Below are some photos I took today of the horrid weather and also a few photos of the rainbow just as the bad weather was beginning to clear.

Note: You may notice a slight difference in some of the photos as I changed the ISO (International Standards Organisation) setting for a few of the photos so that they had different view points.

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I’m currently in the process of creating a video and I’m just about ready to upload it…stay tuned to this blog post for the video as it should be available soon.

Thank you for reading, I apologise for the long wait, but thank you for your patience, I really appreciated it :-).

-Alex Smithson

[UPDATE]: As the video was taking too long to upload to YouTube, I will instead upload it tomorrow, I’m so sorry for keeping you waiting, but fingers crossed it doesn’t take long to upload tomorrow :-)!!!

2 Role Models that Inspired me the Most + Nominations

I also wanted to mention 2 people who inspired me the most to set up this Photography blog. My best mate, Rhys Brown inspired me and is always a role model who I can always look up to, as I asked what his thoughts were on creating this photography blog, he thought it was a brilliant idea, and I jumped at this opportunity whilst I still could, and I owe him a massive thank you for inspiring me to create this blog. Without him, I wouldn’t have got this many views in 6 months, and I owe him another massive thank you for it, he will always be one of my best mates no matter what. To follow my best mate Rhys on Twitter, here’s the link: https://twitter.com/TheRealRizzyy

The 2nd and final person who inspired me the most as well was my previous form tutor who I had since I was in Year 9 & Year 10, her name is Zofia Niemtus (though I call her Miss Niemtus as my way of showing her respect) and was a teacher who also inspired me to create this nature blog. I asked Miss Niemtus a month before she left my school to work elsewhere whether she thought it was a good idea to create a blog, and she also thought it was a brilliant idea too, so I created this blog, and over the course of June Miss Niemtus asked me to send the link of this blog to her so she could present it to everyone in my form class. I was like a bag of nerves when she mentioned my blog to everyone, as I was worried to how my friends would react, but the overall outcome of my old form tutor was positive as everyone thought this blog was really good.

Overall, I would love to say a massive thank you to these 2 people for inspiring me the most, without them, this blog wouldn’t be in existence, but I’m absolutely thankful my best mate Rhys and also my old form tutor Miss Niemtus got me this far, they have inspired me to do more, and they both deserve the best. Thanks guys, and have a very Happy Christmas :-)!!!

Here is another blog post morsel for you to digest :-)!!!

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As these first 6 months have been perfect for this blog, along with my 2 role models who inspired me the most to create this blog, I wanted to create a follow-up and also wanted to take the opportunity to nominate 3 bloggers for the Blog of the Year 2013 award. These 3 bloggers helped me to beat my target of getting 1000 views before 2013 draws to a close, so I want to nominate these 3 bloggers for their constant efforts on creating posts every day, keeping their blogs in a constant loop cycle.

Below are the instructions on how you can nominate a fellow blogger of your choice for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award:

Here are the instructions (as written by Ann):-

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

The 3 people I have nominated for this award are:

1. Vijay Shah of HalfEatenMind: Vijay is a great blogging friend and also a fantastic blogger. Occasionally I keep Vijay up-to-date on the latest blog posts I’ve published so I’m absolutely sure Vijay never misses out on the latest blog posts. The blog, HalfEatenMind is based around all the current affairs, life and also a timeline of events that are currently occuring now. The overall outcome?? Vijay make sure his posts are always effective, and makes sure every post is perfect. Vijay deserves a nomination for the Blog of the Year 2013 award, as he as inspired me to make my blog better in many different ways, and in effect, Vijay has a fantastic blog. To visit Vijay’s HalfEatenMind blog, here’s the link: halfeatenmind.wordpress.com. 

2. Petrel41 (Kitty) of Dear Kitty. Some Blog.: Petrel41 is also a great blogging friend, as her blog is all based around the wide arrays of life, and every blog post she publishes talks about something that is new, something different and also something interesting. Every blog post goes in-depth, as Kitty wants to make sure her posts are effective and fresh to read new. The overall outcome?? The blog is very descriptive and is also a lot more different, as it focuses more on almost everything. Petrel41 also deserves a nomination for the Blog of the Year 2013 award as she has also inspired me to make my blog even better, and the overall finish is that her blog is also fantastic. To visit Kitty’s Blog, Dear Kitty. Some Blog., here’s the link: dearkitty1.wordpress.com

3. Ajay of Ajaytao2010 | My Personal Opening to the World: …and finally, Ajay is a great blogging friend who, instead of making a blog post big and effective, always keeps his blog posts short, using a wide array of different quotes for every photo he takes, and also makes sure every small blog post is always effective and suitable to anyones standard. Overall, I found this blog to be really interesting, as Ajay’s blog is more on the wild side, he loves to show his own personal openings with the world. He creates more of a substantial effect in every short blog post he creates, and is always making sure the photos he takes are perfectly immaculate with every single pixel and detail. Ajay loves to aim for the perfect, final finish. Ajay also deserves a nomination for the Blog of the Year 2013 award as he also inspired me to make my blog tidier, effective and more detail, and the overall outcome of his blog is also fantastic. To visit Ajay’s blog, Ajaytao2010 | My Personal Opening to the World, here’s the link: http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/

To finish, I want to say that these 3 bloggers I have nominated deserve to win the Blog of the Year 2013 award for all their hard work, and contributions to their own blogs. I recommend having a look at all 3 blogs, as Vijay, Petrel41 and Ajay love to keep their blogs looking fresh, new and different to make you feel comfortable at ease.

Thank you for reading, and on that final note to round off 2013, have a very Happy Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

Check back on the 1st January 2014 for the new Twenty Fourteen blog layout :-)!!!!!!!!!

-Alex Smithson

The Worst Storm of December

This weather is absolutely horrible, all day I’ve been hearing constant, violent gusts of wind and it feels like the storm is battering on tenterhooks. Today has got to be probably one of the worst days the UK has experienced such violent weather forecasts. Just well over an hour ago, Sky News reported that a man has died after falling into the River Rothay in Ambleside, which has triggered a large rescue search also involving the police, the Royal Air Force, Coastguard and also many mountain rescue teams. This also came after two children in Horsham, West Sussex were treated for minor injuries after being hit by branches from a falling tree. This horrible weather is almost similar to the St Jude Hurricane we had back in October.

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This weather is worse for wear at this stage, as almost the whole of the UK was hit by relentless, constant rain which fell on grounds that are already completely saturated, and the battering winds went up to a whopping 70 to 80 miles per hour in the eastern and central areas.

Roughly 3,000 homes are now left without any source of power in Cornwall, and a further 2,000 homes in the South West are also affected after the battering high winds brought down power lines, according to the Western Power Distribution. There are 1,100 homes that are now without power in Berkshire, according to Southern Electricity.

The Met Office have now issued more than 140+ Amber “be prepared” weather warnings for London, the Southeast and also the Southwest of England, including South Wales.

25 “immediate action requiredflood warnings are now in effect and also one severe warning for the South West.

Please be extremely careful where you are, make sure you have a safe journey, and fingers crossed this horrendous weather passes by soon.

KEEP SAFE. KEEP WARM. STAY INSIDE. BRAVE IT OUT.

Thank you for reading, I hope we can all pull through this horrid weather.

– Alex Smithson

Final Header Before 2014 + A New Addition to the Blog

Hello again everyone!!! I wanted to let all of you know that I have made a final header for the Christmas holidays before changing the look of this blog to the new Twenty Fourteen layout on New Year’s Day 2014, and I’ve also created a new page titled “Nominations / Awards” to show you how many nominations or awards I’ve received. Here’s a preview:

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Feel free to take a look at the new page on this blog, and to make things easier, I have provided a link to the HalfEatenMind blog created by Vijay Shah, and have also provided the Dear Kitty. Some Blog. page created by petrel41 (Kitty), so feel free to drop by at these 2 bloggers sites anytime. I guarantee you won’t regret viewing these 2 blogs as they are both clear, descriptive, informative and very easy to get around.

Thank you for reading this blog post, and a massive thank you to all of you followers and viewers for getting this blog past the 1000+ view mark, I couldn’t have done it without all of you…again, a massive thank you :-)!!!

– Alex Smithson

[UPDATE]: Nominations / Awards name changed to “Nominations” to prevent confusion, sorry about that.