Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Here comes the weekend

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Had a couple of days away again, just relaxing, and trying not to think too much about the upcoming tests. Might take a little while to catch up with everyone.

While I was away, I had an appointment time for the test at Oxford, (next week), so that was good news.
An appointment for a sick meeting at work came too, but I wasn’t there. Oh dear; Tesco take these very seriously.
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The response and sly threat of withholding sick pay in the second letter if I don’t contact them, and attend this time, would make anything the Krays ever did, seem tame by comparison.
A good job I ignored the threat, or else the old heart might not have taken any more stress. Shame on you Tesco!
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So, while I decide if I take this any further, here are a few fairly recent shots.
And I’ll gradually get round to everyone; promise.
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Mandarin Duck



Blue Tit


Cock Pheasant, showing off.


Little Egret



Mute Swan, holding his threat pose while he paddles the shallow water.



One of the recently fledged Blue Tits



Mayfly



Large Skipper



Flower of the Tulip Tree



Dandelion
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Have a good weekend.
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33 comments:

  1. Some lovely shots. I especially like the Mayfly and the Dandelion: delightful.

    Good to hear that you have an appointment. I hope it goes well and brings good news.

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  2. Lovely photos, hope all the health / sick day issues sort themselves out
    : )

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  3. Beautiful images, the Egret in flight is incredible.
    Good luck with everything and have a lovely weekend,
    xo

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  4. Keith here in the USA by this time you would probably find yourself unemployed as our laws favor the Employer and not the employee...We have to buy our own insurance and in the case of sick leave its not very good. Best of luck with your meeting. THE Photos are awesome as always...great action, and that Love that Mandarin Duck. I added 6 new birds to my life list on my recent trip that was very exciting!!!

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  5. Happy weekend indeed! these are all beautiful.Love the Blue Tit fledgie, what a cutie, and the Little Egret flight shot - most excellent!

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  6. Thanks Kerry. I'm very pleased with the Dandelion too. :)

    Thanks Sarah. Yea, I'll be glad when things are back to some sort of normality lol

    Zuzana, thank you. Enjoy your weekend too. :)

    Thanks Dixxe. Our sick pay scheme is one of the 'benefits' the company offer; but they can be a little nasty at times lol
    Well done on the new lifer birds :)

    Thanks for your comment Jill. Those little Blue Tits are just 2 weeks old now.

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  7. Nice photos! The "Mayfly" is my favourite.

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  8. Ohhh you have the same Large Skipper than I have here :) it's perhaps mine who's visiting UK ? LOL
    I really LOVE this dandelion picture - it's sunny and positive and beautiful - would look great as a poster on my wall ;)
    Swan was not really happy to see this paparazzi in his area ;)
    In fact ... this whole series is great :))
    Have a nice and peaceful weekend !

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  9. Lovely photos, Keith, not least the mayfly and the mandarin duck (I've not seen one of these before).

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  10. as ever stunning photos.

    any chance they'll retire you on grounds of ill health?

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  11. Quality shots, just relax chill and take pictures, best way!

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  12. Thanks Kozma. I had to lie down for that one. Struggled getting up again lol

    Pescalune, thank you. You did a better job of yours than I did ;)
    I'm really pleased how the dandelion came out. Thanks.

    Thanks Emma. The Mandarins are beautiful ducks.

    Cheers Pete. I wish lol You never know, they might :)

    Thanks Bob. I could get used to this lol

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  13. Tesco, It is the only supermarket in our town, so if you want to travel, it will cost you much more, and I can't. By the way, lovely pictures, especially the mayfly and the Mandarin Duck.

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  14. Thanks Bob. Yea, working for them I see the other side. I'll write a book one day ;)

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  15. Hi Keith,
    I hope you enjoyed the week end and there is still tomorrow to get some nice pictures ;-)
    I love this set a lot and it is nice also to see and visit your blog again ;-) Hope your health is getting a bit better...

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  16. Thanks Chris. Yea, getting there lol

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  17. Some fabulous shots here Keith. The Little Egret in particular and you have made a simple common Dandelion into something like a work of art.

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  18. Thanks Roy. I must admit, I like the dandelion too. :)

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  19. I did not know there is a tulip tree. lovely bloom. love all the action shots but my fav would be the first one. what a cute and colorful duck.

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  20. That mandarin duck sure is a beauty! Reminds me of the wooden duck but your mandarin seems more friendly! And great pose you captured of the swan!

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  21. That mandarin duck is stunning. It's also interesting to see a swan do something that isn't completely pretty.

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  22. Finally catching up - Some of your best ever shots this time Keith. I especially like the displaying pheasant. Often see them about the local fields but never seen them display.

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  23. Wonderful as always. I love the Mandarin duck. We had one stop by here at our local pond about 2 years ago. It drew photographers with huge lenses out from all over the city. I didn't have much of a camera then. Your capture is beautiful and I love the simplicity of the dandelion.

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  24. Thank you Doreen. The first time I've seen a Tulip Tree too. Lovely looking trees when they have the flowers.

    Thanks Shelley. The Mandarin is certainly a handsome duck.

    JoLynne, thank you. The swan was holding his aggressive pose, as he crossed a shallow stretch of the lake. Interesting to watch.

    Thank you John. I've been trying to capture their display moment for a while now.

    Hilary, thank you. The Mandarins are such extravagant beauties. The dandelion is a personal favourite too.

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  25. blimey they are all really too good to pick a favorite but if I must... then fledging blue tit takes it with a short head. For smile factor 'mincing fez' takes top prize along with his dashing feathery pantalooms. Oh but what about the mandarin... damn. F.A.B all of em.

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  26. And that large skipper ain't bad either;-)

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  27. Hi Keith, I have been looking through all your posts of the last week or so, some brilliant pictures. I enjoyed the video clips of your Blue Tits leaving the nest box. Interesting to see the picture you have taken of the Mother Shipton moth, these can be confused with the Dingy Skipper, they look similar and they are similar in size. I have seen the skipper but not the moth. There is a massive Tulip tree in Wimborne, Dean Court, which is one of my favourite trees. I hope your tests goes well for you and your sick pay is sorted, keep relaxing and enjoy the sunshine.

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  28. There is something so special about your photography, Keith. It really is beautiful, you always seem to bring a great sensitivity to your work.

    I love the Pheasant :) Also the Swan shot is magnificent and the Tulip Tree flower has such lovely light and looks lovely with the raindrops. Actually I could mention every one of them because they are all special!

    So glad the appointment is through and I do hope all goes well for you. Sorry to hear about the trouble with work, I have heard they can be very awkward, I know someone who had an accident while at work there and they had all sorts of trouble claiming compensation and sick pay.

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  29. Debbie, thank you for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

    Linda, thank you, and good to see you back again.
    Thanks for your kind words, and thoughts.

    Thank you for your comments Jan; I really appreciate your compliments.
    Tesco's can be a real Jekyll and Hyde bunch. The staff know Mr. Hyde very well lol

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  30. That "flower of the tulip tree" is AMAZING. They all are...but that one stole my breath.

    Hugs!

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  31. Thanks Jen. Same reaction when I first saw it too. I'd never seen one before.

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  32. Topnotch photography! Just stunning ~ I enjoyed looking at each one ~ a great variety and beautifully presented.

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  33. Thank you for stopping by, and commenting Glo.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

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