I thought I'd sorted out all the orphans on the computer,
but it seems every time I look in a picture folder, I find a few more lost
souls. And I've still got a lot of pictures to sort through, and decide whether
to keep and process.
Here's one that made it, from a visit to Loggerheads Country
Park, near Mold, in north Wales, back in April.
It was disturbing to read recently, of an egg thief, that
stole about 50 eggs from 65 nesting pairs of Little Terns, at a nesting site in
the north east of England; Crimdon.
A lovely little bird, that is having a big enough struggle
without bastard egg thieves.
There are usually signs put up on beaches that have nesting
birds, to advise the public to keep clear for a few months. The area is usually roped off, so that you know where not to go.
This is one on the beach at the RSPB reserve at Titchwell,
on the Norfolk coast.
Unfortunately it didn't make any difference to this bloody
idiot, who ignored it, and strolled through the roped off area, with his
spotting scope over his shoulder.
These sort of people shouldn't be sharing the same air that
I've spent a lot of today messing around with a much
neglected website I have.
The holdingmoments dot com version.
I've decided to concentrate on mostly Butterflies, Moths,
Dragons, Damsels, Flora and Landscape on there.
Today the moth section got a makeover, but I can't figure
out how to get the pictures in the order I want. Never mind.
Here's just a couple from the selection I uploaded today.
And the delightfully named Mother Shipton
To address the balance, a couple of Butterflies.
Duke of Burgundy
These Bluebells have finished round here now, and in this
picture, they are certainly past their best; but the light through the trees
was too good to pass.
I'll end with a couple of birds that I took yesterday.
I rather liked the cheekiness of this one.
A Kestrel, that has taken up residence in an owl's box.
The other day, the computer threw a wobbly. A brain fart; a
hard drive amnesia blast.
I'd got up in the morning, switched the computer on, and
went to make a coffee. I glanced over at the screen after a few moments
expecting to see 'Welcome', but all I got was a torrent of white writing
scrolling upwards on a black background.
'Hmmm', I said out loud; or words to that effect.
I tried to read the writing as it whizzed upwards. Most of
what I could see were picture file names, and the odd words like 'orphaned
Orphans? What was going on?
I hit a few keys, but nothing happened.
I decided to let it carry on while I made my coffee.
After a while it stopped all the nonsense, and fired up as
I sat down yesterday, or was it the day before ..........
anyway, I was looking for a particular picture. I knew where to find it on the
computer, because I'm fairly organised on here. It's just life I have a chaotic
So, I find the folder, open it up, and start to look through
the thumbnails of the pictures when ........ a blank! A neat little empty
square where a picture should be.
I moved the mouse over it, and it came back with the
information, 0kb. The picture had disappeared.
I have a system of various pictures that I want to keep, duplicated
in folders; and also backed up on an external drive.
I looked in another folder, and there was the copy of my
I went through a couple of other folders, and found half a
dozen other missing files. Maybe these were the 'orphans' that were rushing up
the screen the other day?
Now, I've got literally thousands of pictures on my hard
drives in the computer. They go back to 2008, and some beyond that. I back up
fairly regularly to external drives, but the problem now is, how many other
'orphans' have I got lurking amongst them? At some stage I'm going to have to
go through everything.
I've done a virus scan, and it's come back clear.
Maybe the computer is feeling a bit old, like me. It is
getting on for two, at least.
I'm finding things a little difficult and strange at times; a bit older than two.
I forget stuff, which is annoying, but not the end of the
I drop stuff, which is bloody annoying, and I knock stuff
over. Some would say I'm 'clumsy', but I think not.
Maybe I'm heading towards the Recycle Bin these days.
When I sit, relaxing, I find myself aware that my right hand
is tapping out to some unheard beat, or rhythm.
Getting older isn't all its cracked up to be. Sometimes it's
It's been a while since I've posted. Got a few pictures
still to sort through from various days out recently. That's one of the reasons
I took a break from blogging. Sometimes the internet just seemed as though it
was taking over.
Here's a couple of pictures from a little while ago.
This is my buddy, Bud, using all his powers to make the plate come
He lives in Wales. I wish I did too.
This is his new 'friend'.
She's called Ellie, and tries very hard to be loved by Bud;
but he's not that bothered by her juvenile antics.
A sunrise, from back in May. The Grand Union canal. One of
the pictures I've entered in a photographic competition run by The Canal and
A pair of Avocets, that were desperately trying to make
their nest containing four eggs, safe from the high spring tide at Titchwell
Spring is definitely in the air, as the following two videos
The first is a short clip of a pair of Mute Swans
The second is another short compilation of a pair of
For some time I've had one visiting at night, so I put some
dog meat and dried mealworms down for him. One night, the night camera recorded over
an hour of the courtship between a second hog that turned up. It doesn't always
end in mating, as the female sometimes just isn't 'in the mood'. During this
time, a third hog, presumably a male, turned up, and had to be swiftly dealt
A few nights later, they managed to actually mate in
OK, back to some more pictures.
A recent visit to Minsmere nature reserve with Trevor, gave
us some stunning views of a couple of birds of prey.
and he treated us to a fly past with his lunch. A
The second bird was this stunner;
A Marsh Harrier.
I was going to have some butterflies next, but I'll do them another time. I want to keep
with the raptor theme for now.
The garden has been invaded by lots of juvenile Starlings at
the moment, and last night a Sparrowhawk dropped in for tea.
The following were all taken through the glass in the back
door, so maybe not as sharp as I'd hope for.
If nature at its rawest is not your thing, then skip the
next five pictures.
I may post the video another time, or you could seek it out on my YouTube channel if you want. It's quite graphic.