Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Thrill is Gone




A few days ago, a blues legend died. He was 89. He was BB King.



The heading is the title of one of his many, many great songs; and neatly sums up how I've felt about blogging for some time.
It had seemed to become like a merry go round of mutual gratification at times; or at least that's how I was beginning to see it.



Plus, as I get older, I get lazier.
I get a lot of, 'I can't be arsed' moments.



I like to go out, I like to take pictures, I like to watch the birds and nature around me.
Some days I can't be arsed to go out. I'll take the pictures, but many just sit on the computer, because I can't be arsed to do something with them.
And the birds and nature are still enjoyable, (when I have made the effort to go out), but the rush to add another bird to the 'tick' list, has gone. Even when it's not far from here, I can't be arsed.


It's probably not all the fault of blogging. Events in my life at the moment are taking over.


My mum has been getting rather frail as she gets older, (getting old is cruel and rotten).
And she's been getting forgetful for some time. She has always been a worrier, but the past few months it's been hard seeing her slowly deteriorate, and then more speedily get worse. The simplest of tasks would need a Herculean effort on her part.
She was scared she was losing her mind, and she would finish up in a home.
The most scary, was she would see people she knew, indoors, but they were not there.
To her, they were real, and even though they didn't respond when she spoke to them, in her mind, they were real.
I was there a couple of times, after I had visited her and left to go home, I was still there, in a chair, a couple of hours later. So real, that she cooked me something to eat, even though I had taken her out for a dinner earlier, when I was there.
Finally, a diagnosis has been made, and some medication seems to be making a big difference. She has been diagnosed with 'Lewy bodies Dementia'.
No cure though, just another cruel part of the ageing process.


Recently, after I got back from Wales, one of the hard drives in the computer died. The one with my pictures on. I'd backed everything up during March, and I was about to back up again, when disaster struck.
A lot of time, work and stress later, I managed to get things sorted. New drive, pictures added, and more importantly for me, the 'lost' pictures restored, thanks to some excellent software called '7 Data Photo Recovery'. Worth looking at for those disaster moments.


And a new addition to my life soon in the shape of a new puppy.
He was going to finish up in a dogs home, because he was unwanted. My soft side took over, and I stepped in.
He is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Border Collie. Black and white; but he has no name yet.
Maybe Whisky?
Maybe he is what's needed to kick my arse back into gear.



So, enough of my misery.



These are from a day I could be arsed to go out. I didn't take many pictures, but as I was making my way back to the car, I spotted half a dozen birders staring intently at some reeds just to the side of a footpath. As I got closer, I asked, 'What we all looking at?'

A Bluethroat.

Now that's a bit rare here.








See ya.




Saturday, 25 April 2015

For this auspicious occasion ..........



................. I give you ..............








Wheatear, because I like them.







Dancing Curlew








Singing Oystercatcher









Osprey, doing something I vaguely remember.









Magpie; a very misunderstood bird.









 Ring Ouzel, 'cause there's a lot about at the moment.










A couple of Whinchat, because I haven't seen any for a while.




and finally






Red Fox; a beautiful animal, ruthlessly persecuted in this country by some misguided wankers.





Have a good one.




Saturday, 11 April 2015

About time



Time for another post.


Back in Wales, and despite some wind, rain, a bit of sun, Easter, some crowds and loads of kids on an Easter holiday, I have managed a few pictures.



I'll start with a sunrise from a few days ago at the Great Orme.








Lots of Gorse in flower, and the scent has been amazing.







Got a birthday coming up soon, so I've treated myself to a couple of new moth books, and a new moth trap. This is one of the moths from the trap the other night.




Grey Shoulder-knot

According to one of the books I have, it's a moth found more in the south of the country, so a surprise to find one up here.




Out in the fields the trees are very slowly getting their leaf buds, and some interesting lichen growing on the dry stone walls.



Cladonia fimbriata





It was great to watch some of the sheep giving birth too.










On one visit to Anglesey, I came across some ponies having a great time.



Must have been a good spot, because they seemed to be queuing up to take turns for a good back scratch.




And now the birds ..........


A visit to Rhos-on-sea during a time when the tide was in, produced a bird I only usually see way out on the sea, as a black dot bobbing amongst the waves.






Common Scoter



A few other birds, in no particular order.



 Skylark








Sanderling




A lot of these are arriving in the country at the moment.




Wheatear







Meadow Pipit




A fly past by one of these.


 Shelduck



and finally, a nice pair to finish on.




Dipper



Enjoy the rest of your day




Saturday, 14 March 2015

Frog orgy



I arrived back from Wales a few days ago, to find my little garden pond alive with a writhing, croaking mass of bodies.





Yes, it's spawning time again. Must be spring.







I'm not sure where they've all suddenly come from, but there's a lot!





This fly seemed to be pushing his luck though.











and a bit of video to end on
















Enjoy your weekend

these are.





Saturday, 28 February 2015

Weekend whistle



A few pictures for the weekend.



 A great spot for Dippers; Afon Eiddew at Lake Vyrnwy.


and here's a Dipper I found there,




I'd never heard one sing before, so here he is.








I'm not a great fan of slow shutter speed water pictures, but I had a go anyway.
Both hand held; I only use a tripod for macro pictures of moths.







Next up, a bird.

I managed to catch this one having a quick rest



 Yellowhammer



The Starling is an incredibly underrated bird in my opinion. The range of colour in their plumage is amazing. This one was happily singing and burbling in the sunlight on some rocks.







I managed a short video of the maestro here.






I was pleased to get a few pictures like this one




A Treecreeper on a wall. Usually only manage them as they scramble up the trunk of a tree.




There's been lots of these two birds here,




Lesser Redpoll




Siskin





I'm glad I'm not the only one who suffers from a bad hair day.




Male Red Breasted Merganser in the wind.




and last one for now








Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Still here


The snow has all gone now, but it's very windy today.
Not ideal for taking pictures, so here's a few from less windy days.




I didn't think he'd get the joke, but he obviously did.






Kestrel in a big hurry.






Goldcrest stopped long enough in the sun for a picture.







Grey Heron putting the brakes on.






That's all, the internet is very slow.



Have a great weekend.