It was my birthday at the weekend, and my sister came home to celebrate. We went for a very cold walk to look at some snowdrops. We didn’t stay long in the woods as it was freezing and muddy, but I took two photos to make it worthwhile.
Last week I got struck down with the lurgy, twice! First I had a cold, and then I had a stomach bug, and I spent a lot of time staring out the window watching the birds. I took a few photos when I could, although some of the birds refused to come near the window so I could get a good shot!
The mornings are getting light now, and the birds are starting to sing all day again. I’m glad spring is on its way, although we haven’t had a bad winter here in Lincolnshire (coast excepted, given that they flooded). A couple of weekends ago we weeded the garden for the first time, and today I saw my first butterfly. Soon it will be time to plant seeds and get ready for veg growing.
Mummy and daddy blackbird having lunch :)
I think this is a wren, but it wouldn’t come out of the hedgerow so I didn’t get a positive ID.
This weekend was a particularly lovely one. The sun shone; I pottered about with my crochet blanket, started knitting a new scarf, had lots of tea, read, made soup and generally relaxed. I also took a few pictures on my camera, which has been feeling neglected recently.
These are all the ends of my crochet blanket so far. They’re going into the scarf that’s photographed further up.
I hope you had a lovely weekend too.
Last Sunday we had a lovely frost; everything was crisp and white. I went for a walk at a local wood and took some icy photos. (For those who follow me on Twitter, this is not the same wood where we got the car stuck on Wednesday. Although it was equally mud at both places!)
Despite the nature of these photos, this winter has been very mild (aside from the endless rain), and there have been many reports of flowers germinating and birds nesting because of the mild weather. The temperatures have got nature confused and it thinks spring is already here. They’ll get a shock if winter arrives in February.
The wood where these photos were taken has since shut to the public because of a dog attack. There are always a few bad dog owners that ruin things for everyone else, and this wood closure is no exception. It seriously annoys me when I see irresponsible dog owners. It’s really quite simple to be a responsible dog owner: don’t let your dog off the lead unless it walks within a few metres of you and comes to heel when called. Simple. My Father rarely used a lead with our German Shepherd, but we never had any problems because she was well-trained and we never let her run off to accost people or other dogs. Not everyone loves your dog as much as you do!
Ok, rant over. haha.
Father Christmas was very good to me, and he bought me a new camera strap for the camera I bought last autumn.
It’s off Etsy, and it’s worth having a browse for camera straps on there as there are lots of goodies available.
With my other camera, I made the strap myself and it was good fun. However, I wanted this strap to have clips so that I could remove the strap easily when I didn’t want it. I use this camera to take macros so I won’t always want the strap in the way. The clips make it easy to remove the strap, and the clips themselves mesh together so that you can create a handle after unclipping the strap.
There are so many instructions for decorating camera straps nowadays, and so many pretty straps for sale, that there’s no excuse for not jazzing up your camera!
Last Wednesday I had the day off, so my Mother and I went to explore a fishing lake we’ve recently discovered near our allotment. Britain is currently in the middle of a particularly crappy winter, and our trip to the lake was no exception! The wind was rough, but for once it didn’t rain.
There were a lot of birds, but I didn’t manage to photograph them all. These photos were all edited on my Mac, using Pixelmator. Please let me know if you have any pointers for using this editing software. On the whole, I didn’t find the process too painful, but everything is still new. Click or hover on the images to get the bird names.
If you’re wondering, the Canada Goose is my favourite photo. I love the contrast of the water and the green verge.
I ordered a new laptop this week, so I’m clearing out the old stuff on my computer before I switch over. I will soon be a Mac user! I’ve never had a Mac laptop before. I seriously winced at the price, but I really don’t want to use Windows 8, and my current laptop has a winning combination of no working mouse button, a dead battery and a super-slow start-up. Amazon were selling 13″ Macbook Pros with £170 off so I’ve ordered one of them.
It will be a fairly easy switchover, as I don’t keep many files any more, and what I do have is on various clouds. I’ve been storing photos on here and on Flickr, and I save actual files on Dropbox (I print important photos). My iTunes library is on an external drive, so it should be a fairly painless switchover. I will move my library on to the new laptop’s harddrive. Having your iTunes library on an external drive is a right faff, as you have to plug it in to your computer if you ever want to do anything (even just updating software).
Anyway, the real point of this post is to share some photos I took last month of lichen. I love lichen!
It’s my first day back in the office today. I’ve eaten far too much this holiday, but never mind! Happy Thursday!
That is a terrible blog post title. It’s hunting season, and here in Lincolnshire there is a thriving shooting community (and fox hunting community – it’s probably the same people in each club). My Christmas walk yesterday went something like this: Walk along for a few metres. Spot little bird in tree nearby. Focus camera. Jump as gunshot rings across fields. Curse as all birds flee deep into undergrowth. Repeat. I didn’t even have the opportunity to take rubbish photos as so many of my photos were interrupted before I’d even pressed the button!
I did manage to get pictures of the couple of birds though, and I saw a cormorant. They always remind me of the Flannan Isle lighthouse keepers mystery. We studied it at school. I think there is a poem where the lighthouse keepers were cursed to roam the seas as cormorants?
The great tits were loving the ash keys. I guess there is good eating in the seed clusters.
The little long-tailed tits are adorable. They flutter around as a group and they enjoyed the oak trees.
The chaffinches were enjoying having a rummage around in the grass on the path in front of me.
There were quite a few moorhens around, but this one caught my attention because it was trying to avoid the cold, cold water.
The birds on the water didn’t flinch at the sound of gunshots, unlike the birds on land. I guess they think they are safe on water away from their predators (it’s a reservoir).
It’s hard taking photos of birds in silhouette. I don’t really like doing it, but at this time of year the sun is always so low in the sky. At least you can see some of the colour on this great tit.
There is a kingfisher living at this reservoir, but I haven’t seen it. I’ve wanted to see (and hopefully photograph) a kingfisher for four years now, but I still haven’t achieved it. I have a list of known kingfisher spots in the area, but they always hide when I come round!
I hope you’ve had a nice Christmas walk. And if you haven’t got out yet, you really should get some air in those lungs! Then you can eat more chocolate!