Favourite Photos of 2020 – Review of the Year

I am blogging about this year as I did last year, but more importantly to look back on 2020 and find some good things to remember from the year the world changed…  So I’ve been through my photos, including all those I hadn’t sorted and edited yet, and found a few favourites to show you.   I hope you enjoy seeing them collected together too.  

NB I thought I wouldn’t have many different places this year, and that these would be mostly local photos, but actually there are a few others!  2020 as you know has been a bit different to what we were expecting.  And I had to spend much of it shielding, or at least shielding as much as I could.  So I didn’t go out much on my own with my camera, I just went on a weekly local walk with my family through most of that first four months of lockdown.  We did finally get away to the caravan in Cornwall for a fortnight in the summer holidays, and did a few day trips in the Autumn before the second lockdown.  And now we’re ending the year back to local walks only…

 

Winter 2020:

Photo of Bodium Castle in the mist by Jane Mucklow

Misty afternoon at Bodium Castle – New Year’s Day January 2020.

 

 

 

Photo of chalk archway at Botany Bay Kent by Jane Mucklow

For my birthday weekend in mid January we went to the Kent coast to find the chalk stacks and archway at Botany Bay. 

 

 

 

Sunset over the Darenth Valley from West Kingsdown Kent by Jane Mucklow

A winter sunset from early March, looking south west over the Darenth Valley from the hill up to West Kingsdown.  Probably the last time I was out socialising for a long time, I was on my way to the Kent Women in Business Awards do!

 

 

Spring 2020:

Photo of the Pink April full moon by Jane Mucklow

The Pink full Supermoon of April 2020, from my bedroom window!

 

 

And photos from our local walks…

Photo of blackthorn blossom on blue sky by Jane Mucklow

I love looking up at blossom.  But it’s hard to capture that feeling into a photo – here’s one of my favourites though, blackthorn blossom and pale blue sky.

 

 

 

Photo of bluebells on Polhill Sevenoaks Kent by Jane Mucklow

Bluebells – we walked up Polhill bank from Otford to find these one weekend.

 

 

 

Photo of bluebells in Greenhill Wood Otford Kent by Jane Mucklow

And the following weekend walked up the hill the other side of the village to find these, in the woods above the Mount.

 

 

 

Photo looking up at Kent apple blossom by Jane Mucklow

Looking up at blossom again, apple blossom this time and bright blue sky.

 

 

Something different with the next one, a little lockdown project for you!  We had some bluetits nesting in our bird box for the first time, and I whiled away several happy hours trying to capture the parents flying in and out.  Very sadly I totally missed seeing them all fly away though!  Here’s a montage of some of my favourite shots…

Photos of bluetits by Jane Mucklow, montage from the garden of nesting bluetits

Montage of bluetits.

 

 

Summer 2020:

We couldn’t get to Cornwall for May half term, but we did do a day trip to the Kent seaside for my son’s 8th birthday…

Photo of beach groyne at Dymchurch Kent by Jane Mucklow

Beach groyne at Dymchurch

 

And I did go out for a wander on my own one evening to photograph this year’s poppies…

Photo of poppies above Eynsford Kent by Jane Mucklow

Poppies, fields near Eynsford, Kent.   Spot the rainbow just above the hedge on the right?

 

 

 

And a couple from our holiday in the summer to Cornwall:

Photo of surfers at sunset Porthtowan Beach Cornwall by Jane Mucklow

Surfers after sunset, low tide at Porthtowan beach, Cornwall

 

 

 

Photo of Wheal Coates in the mist St Agnes Cornwall by Jane Mucklow

Wheal Coates in the mist, St. Agnes, Cornwall

 

 

 

Photo of surfers at sunset Porthtowan Beach Cornwall by Jane Mucklow

The beach after sunset, low tide at Porthtowan, Cornwall

 

 

Autumn 2020:

Photo of the Autumn view over Otford from the Mount by Jane Mucklow

Autumnal view back across Otford from the Mount

 

 

Photo of Autumn stormy reflections at Scotney Castle Kent by Jane Mucklow

Stormy sky reflections at Scotney Castle, Kent.

 

 

We did a mad day trip to Brownsea Island at October half term, on a mostly rather wet and grey day!  (We did see a couple of red squirrels, but I didn’t get a photo of them!)

Photo of silver birch trees on Brownsea Island by Jane Mucklow

Silver birches by the pathway, Brownsea Island

 

 

 

Photo looking up at the pine trees on Brownsea Island by Jane Mucklow

Looking up at the pine trees, Brownsea Island

 

 

No Remembrance service this year, but my daughters laid the Girlguiding wreath for the village, and we had a bit of sunshine for that first thing…

Photo of sunshine through the tree at the war memorial Otford Kent by Jane Mucklow

Autumn morning  sunshine, war memorial, Otford

 

 

Photo of Autumn leaves on the village green Otford Kent by Jane Mucklow

Autumn leaves, village green, Otford

 

 

And back to local cold and wintry walks again…

Photo of old man's beard in the winter sun at Lullingstone Kent by Jane Mucklow

Old Man’s Beard in the winter sunshine, Lullingstone

 

 

Favourite Photos of 2020

Well there we go, a quick tour of a few of my favourite photos from this year.  Mostly local, with a few from further afield. It’s been really nice to take some time to have a look back through the year and realise that I did actually get out to take more photos than I thought.  I’m not sure I can pick a favourite though, maybe the blackthorn blossom as a reminder that warmer days will be here again soon, and the misty Bodium Castle right at the beginning.  Let me know which your favourite is!

 

Prints, Cards & Calendars

If you’d like any as a framed print or canvas for your wall, so you can enjoy one all year round, then do let me know, I can do that for you of any of them. 

Or likewise as greetings cards, some of these will make their way into my card collection I expect, but I can make any for you specially, again just let me know.  (And a few of the local views will probably make their way in to next year’s calendars!)

 

My business this year

Thank you so much for all your support this year.  It has been a funny old year hasn’t it, tough without any craft fairs, and I have missed seeing lots of my lovely customers in real life.  Sales slowed down in the local shops I stock with my cards this year too, as they either closed or had reduced customers, and I couldn’t get out to look for more stockists.

But I’ve made it to a few Farmer’s Markets instead this Autumn, as they’ve been outdoors, so that was good.  I’ve been able to sell more online through a couple of local virtual Christmas markets, both of which I have helped to admin, which was great to be able to help other local businesses sell online.   And posting on them helped me to post more often on my own social media. 

I’ve spent time updating my website and have sold more through here this year.  I’ve added more photos to the Gallery Pages so you can see more of my photos that you can buy as prints or canvases for your walls.  And I’ve added several more card collections to the Greetings Card page so you have more choice when buying online instead of at fairs.  Let me know what else you’d like to see included. 

I took a course last summer to learn about making notebooks to sell on Amazon, and I’ve got my first set of designs on there – with more to be added when I get a chance!  You can see these and the links to them here – Notebooks.

I also spent time in the first lockdown creating an online course to teach families to take better photos, which I loved doing.  It is still available via my website, and I’m planning to update and expand it soon, which you’ll also get access to – have a look at Ordinary to Awesome

I was going to take a couple of photography workshops at my local country park at Lullingstone this year, but they had to be postponed – hopefully in 2021 instead.  I might run my own versions too once we can meet in real life…

 

And Thank You

But whether you’ve been an online customer, farmer’s market visitor, blog reader, course taker, or follower on Instagram or Facebook, it is all very much appreciated.  Here’s to another year in 2021 of more beautiful photographs that I love taking and you love seeing! 

Do keep in touch on my Instagram or Facebook pages, or via my newsletter (which I try to send monthly!) for new photos, relevant news, and details of events I’ll be at – Notes from the Landscape.

 

Jane  🙂 x

 

PS If you liked these, here’s my blog of favourite 2019 photos 🙂 

 

Favourite Photos of 2020

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