Finally spring may be springing, and if that is the case there is going to be an explosion of colour and saturated greeness.  But before it does, I took the opportunity to take my latest acquisition out for the first time to Bolehill Quarry on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Before Christmas I bought a Zeiss Ikon Nettar, and was quickly taken with the square 6 x 6 format of the photographs I made.  Since then I’ve had a hankering after a Bronica SQa which is the square 6 x 6 predecessor to the Bronica ETRS which is 6×4.5 (and I have).  Then one day I happened to be browsing eBay (as you do) and there it was; a complete kit.  Three days later I was the proud owner of a Bronica SQa with the difficult task of explaining to my wife the latest “must” have purchase.  Anyway, I survived 🙂

I do like Bolehill Quarry in the Derbyshire Peak District, its very handy for me, being 20 mins from my house.  It also provides quite a variety of subjects from quarried rock faces, to young birch through to gnarly oaks.  Soon Bolehill Quarry will be full of vibrant greens, but I do prefer the more muted tone there at Winter’s end.

For more photographs of the Derbyshire Peak District by me, please have a look here. If you’re interested in finding out more about Bolehill Quarry and the surrounding area, have a look at this article in

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