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
No Google Adds here.

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Welsh trip

I got back from Wales a couple of days ago, and as usual, had a great time, despite the snow.

(picture overload ...... sorry)

The day after I got there we had some snow, which made it too tricky to go down the track. I really need a 4X4 for when I visit here. Despite the snow though, there is plenty to see around the cottage, and in the fields.

I found this Fern growing in the fork of a tree.

The garden Buzzard.

Billy, he's always around.

Thankfully the snow didn't last long, even though the weather forecast was for more, the following day the sun came out. The weathermen are paid a lot of money to tell us what the weather is going to be, so I stayed put, and had an explore again, rather than risk getting stuck somewhere. Naturally, they got it wrong.

A few Lichens in the sun.

One of the residents took a shine to me, because she quickly worked out I had food.

Dove; the horse who thinks she's a bird.

As fast as I put food out for the birds, she found a way to get it; even when it was in a feeder. Almost as bad as the squirrels.

The birds did manage to get their share though.

Siskin on one of the feeders.



Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dove, wondering what we are doing.

I did manage to get out further a field on one day though. The RSPB reserve at Conwy, where I met up with a fellow Flickr contact.

Shelduck. There were lots of these on the estuary.

Female Goldeneye. There were plenty of these on the reserve too.

Female Red-breasted Merganser. Lots of these birds too.

And the day I left, the snow returned.

Not much to begin with, but a few miles down the road, it was like a blizzard.

A fantastic time though, and I can't wait to return.

Enjoy your weekend.


  1. Great set of images from your trip abroad Keith!...looks like a nice place to be?...lots of photo opportunities...even in the snow!!

    I'm glad I don't get Doves like that on my bird table!!!...[;o)

  2. HI Keith..I love the shots of the landscape with the snow, the moss and lichen could have been taken in Maine!
    The Fern growing in the tree is just amazing, and gorgeous !!
    Billy the Buzzard I love that : }}
    And Dove make for a interesting visit ; }
    The Siskins are cute little birds ..I had them come just once this
    winter !!
    Never to many photos Keith love them!!

  3. Looks like you had a fantastic time Keith! The lichens shows how unpolluted it must be there! The horse obviously wanted to come in and get warm! ;)
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

  4. Lovely buzzard Keith. We had a g-s woodpecker drumming around here this morning, so spring can't be far off. Your fern looks like polypody fern.

  5. What a busy one you have been. Great time by the look of things.

  6. Judging from the images the snow didn't hamper your fun. Love them Yellowhammers and Siskin (and Billy) as for the horse the species I think is called Horse Sparrow...soz:(

  7. just beautiful sights, keith! love all the snow and the trees and paths. the birds and ducks. but i LOVE dove! :) my horse jumps the cattle guard, comes into the yard and eats from my bird feeders if i don't catch him and chase him back into the pasture. :)

  8. wonderful batch of photos! I really love that second one. Just beautiful!

  9. Keith, it certainly looks like a bonny spot!
    Wonderful images!

  10. Thanks Trevor. Yea, it's a great place. That Dove can certainly push you out of the way when she wants. A strong girl. lol

    Thank you Grace. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. It was a tough decision what to leave out; I took so many pictures.

    John, the air is very clean there. I could stay there for a long time lol

    Thanks for the fern ID Phil. I found a few others growing in the trees. Very strange to see, but they seem to grow anywhere.

    Thanks Adrian. There's always so much to see there. Next trip in a few weeks I think.

    Cheers Doug. The snow just limited the distance I could go. Some fantastic birds there; and rarities like the Horse Sparrow lol

    Thank you Theresa. I guessed you'd like Dove. :-)
    She's a great character.

    Thank you Barbara. The snow has a way of transforming a scene.

    Thanks Robin. It certainly is.

  11. Glad you enjoyed your trip, you have shown some great photos but i realy like the horse in its national costume.

    have a great weekend.


  12. Excellent selection of shots Keith. Looks like you had a great time and managed more snow than we did down here in south Wales. I bet that horse even beats Wood Pigeons at clearing the bird table!

  13. What a jouney you've had, and what about the horse, he has a good appetite.

  14. A great snowy outing. Thanks for having us come along.

  15. Thanks Peter. Yea, I had a great time.

    Thanks Adam. Thankfully the snow didn't last too long; more of an inconvenience. I'll have to get a Landy lol
    Yea, Dove certainly gets through the seed.

    Thanks Bob. The horse is a beauty, but eats anything. Like a goat :-)

    Thanks Horst. Can't wait to go back :-)

  16. Some lovely scenic photos there Keith. I can see you had a great time and saw lots to photograph. I never thought I would see a horse eating at a bird table, I suspect she would have quite happily eaten from your table too if you had let her into the cottage ;-) Amazing to have a regular garden Buzzard. Good to see the Siskins too, I haven't seen any at all this year, not that I've been anywhere much to see any lately.

  17. Thanks Jan; yea, it was amazing, but not long enough lol
    At the moment I've got Siskins visiting my garden on a regular basis. Never happened before. They're competing with the Goldfinches for the sunflower hearts, and making a right mess. lol

  18. Zaliczyłabym ten wyjazd do bardzo udanych. Było trochę śniegu, ale nie przeszkodziło to w spacerach po lesie, gdzie były ciekawe porosty i paproć. Były też wspaniałe ptaki i uroczy konik. Zdjęcie konika podgladające przez okno jest boskie. *** Bardzo mile mnie zaskoczyłeś odwiedzinami u mnie. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
    Count among this trip was very successful. There was a little snow, but it did not stop walking in the woods, where they were interesting lichens and ferns. There were also some wonderful birds and lovely horse. Photo pony peeking through the window is divine. *** Very pleasantly surprised me visiting with me. Yours sincerely.

  19. Giga, thank you. Always good to have a visit from you.

  20. You've got some wonderful nature shots here, Keith. The buzzard is a beauty. But I love Dove. She won my heart with the picture of her eating from the feeder, but the picture of her looking in the window is priceless.

  21. The buzzard is made ​​beautifully
    greetings Frank

  22. Thanks Linda. She is a beautiful horse, and followed me everywhere. lol

    Thank you Frank. A beautiful bird.

  23. Looks like a wonderful time. Love the birds and Dove is wonderful.

  24. Excellent set of photos. I love the birds and horses!

  25. Thanks Laura. Yea, Dove is a lovely horse.

    Thank you Linda. Always so much to see here.

  26. There's no such thing as picture overload with your fine photography. All are lovely but the one of Dove gazing through the window stole my heart.

  27. Thank you Hilary, and thanks for the compliment.
    Dove is a real beauty; and very cheeky at times :-)

  28. I love the charismatic resident, Keith. "Dove; the horse who thinks she's a bird" has made me smile. :)

  29. Thanks Petra. She is a real beauty. :-)

  30. Super images Keith, definitely not overload.

  31. Thanks Roy. I took so many pictures while I was away.