It was last year that I was out and about, driving in the countryside between Hucknall and Watnall, near to the village of Greesley in Nottinghamshire, England. I stopped off down a side road to take some photos of a beautiful countryside scene when I turned and noticed some smoke coming up over the little hill further down that side road. I decided to walk to the top to see what the smoke was from. Well, here was this lovely cottage down a picturesque country lane, full of autumn colour. I had to capture this scene. As a bonus, the owner of the cottage, Mr. Pike, came to greet me and invited me over for a cup of tea and we had chance to chat. He know so much about the area and has invited me to come back so he can give me a tour. I have yet to take him up on the offer as things have been quite hectic around my place for some time, but I will, and soon. Mr. Pike is also a wonderful artist as well, depicting scenes from WW1 / WW2. Very moving artistic work.

Canon EOS-1Ds Markll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
ISO 400


country, rural, autumn, leaves, orange, fall, sunshine, track, cottage, nottinghamshire

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 5 years ago

    Very inviting!

  • It really is a wonderful place. Thank you. Mr. Pike was so very inviting and a home takes on the characteristic of it’s owners. I appreciate the compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

    SNAPPYDAVEalmost 5 years ago

    looks like sleepy hallow

  • LOL! It is very atmospheric like that. Thank you very much for you compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful country scene! :o)

  • Thank you greatly Marilyn. What a lovely compliment. I do appreciate it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Greybeard
    Greybeardalmost 5 years ago

    Looks like heaven to me!!! a lovely capture.

  • To me as well friend! To me as well!!! Thank you so very much for your encouragement. It means a lot to me.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful . It is english country side that one is dreaming about.

  • Thank you. I always dream of places like this. Just so me….. I love the countryside!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    This is such a beautiful, warm image Shawn! And what a lovely story to go with it. Wonderful work my friend.

  • Thank you enormously my wonderful friend. I have missed hearing from you and Paul. I was wondering if you were going to the meet in London on Sat. 12th of Dec.?

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 5 years ago

    Superb Work.

  • Thank you greatly for the wonderful compliment and encouragement. It is a fabulous place and I am glade I found it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 5 years ago

    What a lovely warm story to go with a lovely warm pic!!
    Love the light.

  • Thank you my dear friend. It was a very crisp evening actually. But it is a brilliant place. I look forward to visiting again.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 5 years ago

    I’m glad you found it , because it is one of those places we all wish we would find.

  • Absolutely! :-)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonalmost 5 years ago

  • Ahh, you are wonderful. What an absolute honour. Thank you greatly!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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