Anyone who’s a member of the RSPB may have recently received through the post their quarterly copy of “Natures Home” magazine. Along with free admission to all of the UK’s RSPB reserves the magazine is a perk of being a member of said organisation. Back to this in a moment…
Now, as one who likes to get out and about as much as possible I’ve noticed that on the nature front things are cooling down. Birds are no longer singing to hold a territory or attract a mate and the frantic to and froing (is that a word?) feeding the young ones has mostly finished as they’ve fledged to make their first flights into a new wide world. It’s usually around this time that I start to wonder what to look out for and where my next half decent photo opportunity is going to come from?
This brings me back to the RSPB magazine I mentioned at the start of this post. Inside, there’s a section called “Your View”, which contains a selection of photos sent in by the magazines readers. In this new edition the winning image is of a rabbit taken by a chap called Paul Dimitriou – nothing special about a rabbit you may think? Well, this image (in my humble opinion) shows how with good composition and lighting and also in this case excellent timing can yield a prize winning photo, I wish I could link to the article so you could see it. The image is in portrait orientation of a young rabbit standing on its hind legs, sniffing at a stray grass seed head, presumably about to eat it, that’s about all that’s in the picture other than grass and out of focus nettles. It’s a very worthy winner in my book, if anyone’s reading this and have seen it I’d love to know your thoughts?
So the next time you or indeed I see a common rabbit or something similarly overlooked, don’t let the possible opportunity pass by. Paul Dimitriou will be glad he took his opportunity, the prize of £850.00 pounds worth of high spec Leica V-Lux f2.8 compact camera will soon end up in his hands.
The picture at the top of the page is one of my better rabbit images, there’s nothing much happening but I like the fact that there’s 4 of them looking relaxed and all facing the camera (sort of)…
Our last fair in Blackburn went quite well, although the rain stopped play for the first half of the day, by 2pm the Sun was shining down and the folks who had previously simply rushed past to get out of the rain now took time to browse and a few more sales were made. The other stalls were of excellent quality and all in all it was a good event with the other attractions in the town centre all adding to the vibrant market feel.
I am doing another one tomorrow Sat 18th July,so if you are in the Blackburn area do come and visit us, I will be sharing my stall with another Artist from Higherford Mill, Wendy Clark Jewellery. She makes the most wonderful silver creations using precious and semi precious stones. Please check her out online https://www.facebook.com/WendyClarkJewellery
I have been busy adding new lines to my Etsy shop, and further working with my tweed look fabric have created more purses, cushions and covered journals. The natural look of the fabric I think complements the country feel of my entire range and of course are decorated with birds, I have added a Wren and I think it looks nice, one of my favourite birds. If you need an unusual gift please check our etsy shop out at the top of the page and international delivery is available at reasonable rates.
Dave is busy processing some pics he has taken recently and I am sure will be updating them soon for your enjoyment, I particularly like some of his recent ones, but you will have to wait and see.
That’s all for now Catherine.
Broad Bodied Chaser (female)
Record temperatures around the country this week and my first sun loving Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly (above) photographed at Lomeshaye Marsh in almost the same spot as one from last year. It would be good to see a male for comparison before the season’s finished. Also seen at the marsh were damselflies, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral butterflies, bees, wasps and many more insects, too many to name even if I could!
This mornings walk was a fairly quiet affair to start with, a Song Thrush briefly perched on a fence, the field behind giving a nice neutral backdrop.
Along the path a I spotted a vole (Field or Bank?) which had found something tasty, this was the closest I could get before it realised I was creeping up and then vanished into the drystone wall.
The highlight of this morning was a Short Eared Owl over the moor, distant at first but eventually came just a little closer.
Short Eared Owl
Rewind further back to last weekend and a Snipe was posted by the roadside, probably keeping a watchful eye over its young ones in the field. The evening light was nice but not quite coming from the right direction for a decent photograph.
Earlier that day Curlews were about and in good numbers.
Tight turn – Curlew
For me it doesn’t come much better than an encounter with a Barn Owl, I just wish it would come by in good light!
That same evening, something I’ve seen a few times but not photographed – A Sun dog, Wikipedia describe one as an “atmospheric phenonmenon”. For the following photograph I turned down the lights a little to make it slightly more vivid as when it’s exposed correctly (ish) it doesn’t show the same as with the naked eye.
And finally, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the Sun dog 🙂