We seem to be in a very strange time at the moment; both in the curious weather and the state of the world in general. This is only a photography blog so let's keep it light and focus on March, March, march - shall we?

As you probably know (if you don't I'll update you with more in following blogs) part of  Cambridge's DNA - both town & gown - is the eccentric strand.

In 1979 Jonathan Partington (a Trinity College student) invented March, March, march.  Starting in the town of March a group of students meet up during the month of March and then march (or walk) the 30 miles back to Cambridge.  (This year it's Saturday 19th or 26th of March).  It's totally pointless and has no purpose but apparently according to their website 'seemed like a good idea at the time'. 

Cambridgeshire landscape is flat as a pancake and quite featureless.  So a long march is not physically hard but visually challenging.  

Having said that the challenge can be strangely appealing.  

Weather permitting I try and go out early(ish) to explore somewhere in the county I have never been before and photograph new scenes whilst getting in my daily (ok once a weekly) 10k steps.  The two birds one stone approach. 

I check the weather forecast the night before, Dom (husband) plans the route because I like surprises & reading an Ordnance Survey map is not my best skill (I blame getting thrown out of geography for that).

No marching but slowly ambling for miles and miles and miles.  Photographing anything and everything.  Once the route's completed, find a café, have a yummy breakfast with lashings of hot coffee.  I feel awake, full of energy & very smug for the rest of the day.

Taking this photo along the banks of the River Great Ouse required a lot of self-discipline and control. 

Getting out of a warm bed at a ridiculous time.  Forgetting to bring gloves so my hands were frozen.  Nearly sliding into the river, the ground was icy and I was trying to photograph (I think the word shoot might be taken out of context here) a big bird flying over my head and I wasn't looking where I was going.  Keeping quiet as a mouse was the hardest bit.   The magical, mystical golden sunrise scene appeared before me and I had to be silent - not to wake the people in the canal boats nearby or scare the life out the fisherman on the bank or startle all the wildfowl into mass panic & flight.                             

Walking on Sunshine

River Great Ouse

Tips and Tricks Photographing March

1) Go somewhere new to refresh yourself and your passion for photography.  

2) Plan a route that you are actually likely to enjoy, there's no point going to the absolute middle of nowhere and feeling miserable.  Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire I can totally recommend.

3) Find a lovely café or pub to round off your excursion.  We went to Ambience Café Restaurant, Riverside Car Park, St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

4) Don't march but gently stroll and smell the roses (words of wisdom from a Kiwi friend when I was speeding along Regent's Canal, London and didn't see the lovely views).

5) Visit March, Cambridgeshire, England & be surprised.

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