Welcome to December!

Welcome to December! It’s hard to believe we have finally reached the last month of 2017. Time sure flew this year but it’s been a fun year and a better one too. I still cannot get my head around the fact it’s December. That’s crazy, don’t you think?

As 2017 will officially close its doors at the end of this month, I will be making sure I can publish the last few articles before we see this fantastic year out. Obviously, I am making sure my priorities are solely focused on my full-time job, whilst finding some free time, now and then, to produce some articles and possibly some photography work, but in the meantime, I will be making sure to work hard, but also focus on achieving the best out of my full-time job.

The Christmas season is now here and everyone has put up their Christmas trees, and to get into the spirit of Christmas, Spotify produced a large variety of festive Christmas playlists for your listening pleasure, which you can listen to now.

While we’re on the subject of articles, I will be publishing my photography collection from London very soon, and I can promise you it is my best photography collection yet. One of the photos I will be using to promote this article has become my most liked photograph I’ve produced, so I am absolutely sure you will like the photography collection I have produced.

Until then, please wrap up warm for what is set to be a frosty winter, and again…

Welcome to December!

Alex Smithson

BOXPARK CROYDON / CROYDON COLLEGE / DUSK / Monday 5th December 2016

Coming just a little over a few weeks since I published my photo collection of the recently opened BOXPARK, I used the opportunity after I finished college to photograph a photo collection of BOXPARK inside, in which I would feature the Meat Liquor Store that is a part of BOXPARK.

In doing so, I also photographed the Christmas Lights, and as So Solid Crew are set to perform on Thursday during the Christmas Light Switch On, this was the perfect opportunity for me to snap some photos while the organisers of BOXPARK Croydon put the finishing touches on their Christmas Decorations.

As a fire alarm suddenly went off towards the end of my Maths lesson yesterday, I managed to use the opportunity wisely whilst waiting with everyone else outside Croydon College‘s Rotunda to snap a photo of the recently closed building, Fairfield Halls, and with the lovely weather in sight, I captured a silhouette, which I must say I was absolutely pleased about as it was just right and the photograph came out perfectly and a lot better than I imagined.

Overall, I am really pleased with this photo collection and as I used the Camera+ app (recommended), this just proves that you can take better photos with Camera+, especially if you love to get the full details of a place you’ve been to.

If you loved my photo collection of BOXPARK, Croydon & Croydon College, please feel free to submit feedback below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy Unveiled at PlayStation Experience!

A short while ago, I wrote an article following my excitement that Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped were being remastered after years of rumours and speculation, and tonight at the PlayStation Experience, Activision unveiled the first ever look of Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy and I have just seen the comeback trailer of the new Crash game and believe me, I wasn’t prepared. It’s so good! To reminisce the nostalgic fever of the PS1 Classic Crash Bandicoot, Activision showed the original levels from the Crash Bandicoot PS1 game, and then they put the original levels together with the remastered levels and it’s so good!

I know I keep saying it’s so good, but trust me, it is that good that your jaws will drop the moment you see the comeback trailer. I have provided the comeback trailer below so all of you can see Crash Bandicoot in his full glory, officially remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 60FPS (Frames Per Second)

Sony & Activision couldn’t have picked a better time to show Crash Bandicoot off, and just in time for Christmas, they have given all of us hope and have put smiles on all of our faces, because the marsupial Crash Bandicoot is back and marks his 20th Anniversary of being on PlayStation.

What did you think of the comeback trailer for Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy? Do you have all three of the original PlayStation 1 Crash Bandicoot games? Are you just as excited as I am about Crash Bandicoot’s comeback? Please let me know if you feel nostalgic by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to December!

Welcome to December on Mother Nature! It’s hard to believe it’s the last month of the year, the time has gone so fast, it’s unbelievable how quick time flies nowadays. It felt like it was only yesterday that 2016 just opened its doors and now we are in the last month of 2016 and this year is set to close its doors. Winter is officially here and the freezing temperatures are here to stay which now means we all have to wrap up warm, but that’s a good thing as wrapping up warm feels so soothing and so relaxing.

Given that the last few weeks of college are going to be extremely busy due to coursework and also a mock exam, I can only apologise in advance if you don’t see some articles over the course of this week into next week and also on Monday 12th December.

However, there’s some fantastic news in store. Book #4, titled: “Life From My Own Perspective” is finished and all I need to do now is just add some photos, then finalise the back cover of the book and then the book is all ready to go.

Also, even more fantastic news! Shortly after my Maths Mock Exam on Thursday 8th December 2016, So Solid Crew, best known for their smash hit record, 21 Seconds, will be performing live at BOXPARK Croydon for the Christmas Light Switch On from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and as I am going along to the event next week, I will be able to use this fantastic opportunity wisely to get some film footage and possibly some photos of the event if it’s allowed. What a fantastic way to round off 2016!

You can expect after I have handed all of my coursework in on the 12th December that I may be able to publish a bit more frequently on here, and as my last day of college before the Christmas Holiday is on Friday 16th December, this will be fantastic for me as I will be able to publish the last amount of articles before 2016 finally closes its doors.

To make a change to the Christmas Tradition on Mother Nature, I have decided to keep the logo its usual colours, but have instead opted to change the colour of this website to Red, to ring in the festive Christmas season.

I can promise you that this Christmas is going to be the best Christmas on Mother Nature, and as soon as the book is finally ready to go, I will release it before the end of 2016. I can promise you that this book is massive and it contains more content that I guarantee will be worth the read.

Until then, Welcome to December on Mother Nature!

Alex Smithson

Are You Ready for the Winter Season?

As Winter is fast-approaching, the coats, scarves, gloves and headgear comes out as the temperatures are set to drop, despite the weather being warm on some days.

As the bitter and briskly cold snap approaches, I want to ask you, are you ready for the Winter Season?

As Daylight Saving Time comes to an end on Sunday 30th October at 2:00 AM, all of us can get that extra hour of sleep back that we’ve need, but this will mean that it will get darker quicker, with daylight hours being considerably shorter.

I’m prepared for the Winter Season, and also for the fact the clocks are going back one hour next week, as I need that extra hour of sleep as the heating is switched on, meaning I can sleep like a log and feel more refreshed than I have been after a stressful six weeks of doing tons of coursework

Plus, because the Christmas season is not far behind, which only feels like as if it just happened yesterday, it’s safe to say that everyone is more or less ready to start putting the Christmas trees and decorations up (won’t dwell…) and not only that, but because 2017 is just around the corner, it is safe to say that the two-week holiday at Christmas is much-needed after a stressful and busy year.

Winter is the perfect way to wind down each year along with the Christmas holiday, and this year’s chilly Winter season is no different, so if you’re ready for the Winter Season like I am, please let me know by commenting below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Photography: Mother Nature’s Path into Darkness

As the sun was beginning to set earlier yesterday afternoon, I wanted to make sure to show Mother Nature’s Path into Darkness by taking these photos. Thankfully, because it wasn’t as cloudy as I thought it would be, and thankfully because there was some forms of clear sky, I was able to take these photos in the style that I wanted them to turn out.

Please keep in mind that these photos were taken just as it was getting dark, so some of the photos may look like they were taken in broad daylight because of how my camera took them. I can point out that there is a dutch angle in photo 7, as I’ve tilted the camera to make them look like as if it has tilted on its side, when in reality, it hasn’t.

I took these photos to show you all the small, but noticeable improvements that I’ve been making to my current photography skills. As I’m currently doing this UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course at Croydon College, this course will be able to help me expand on the photography skills I currently have, and over time, you’ll begin to notice differences in the photos that I take.

Despite it being freezing cold, luckily I had a fleece on to keep me warm as I could feel the breeze of the freezing cold weather impacting my face. I did find that I liked the photographs from photo’s 13 to 21 more, the rest I thought were somewhat okay, but a few were somewhat either out of focus or the lighting was just a little bit too bright. Apart from that, I felt that all of the photographs I took were pretty good overall.

Please feel free to feedback what you thought of my photography skills, and if possible, please feedback in the comments what I did good and what I could improve on. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

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!!! Christmas is Here and 2016 is Almost Upon Us!!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to December!!!!!!!!! Christmas is finally here, and as 2016 is just around the corner, I thought that now would be the time for all of us to celebrate this time of the year, given that it is the one and only time of the year that we always wait for.

With 2016 fast approaching, and with 2015 getting ready to close its doors once and for all, I have switched the theme of Mother Nature to the same Christmas theme that I used last year, to which I have an announcement to make.

On the 1st January 2016, Mother Nature is undergoing a much-needed revamp to accommodate with what’s to come for the future, given that 2016 will be the year of independence and determination, and also, during the course of the Christmas holidays, before Mother Nature sees its revamped design, I’ll be doing some tidying up on this website by editing and removing certain bits that do not need to stay on here, and then once all of that is done, Mother Nature will be all systems go for the new look design.

Before I conclude, I wanted to let you all know that this has been published early, and I might not be able to publish some articles, as I’ve got severe ear pain (luckily not a perforated eardrum), which will be seen by a doctor, and if it turns out to be worser than it seems, for example, if it’s an ear infection, then I may have to take a break from publishing articles until I get better.

Alex Smithson

[UPDATE]: As of now, I have been diagnosed with an ear infection by my local doctors, and it is at this point that I’ll be taking a break from publishing articles altogether, just until the ear infection is all gone. Please accept my sincere apologies for this, but I’ve been advised under doctor’s orders to take some antibiotics, including using an ear spray, but as of today, I won’t be publishing any articles until I fully recover. I’m so sorry.