Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - On the Bird Table


Tuesday morning saw a visit by the local grey squirrel. It was trying all the feeders to find some food. In the end it disappeared from my sight in the direction of the bird tale. I switched on the camera and lo, there it was helping itself to sunflower seed hearts:

A little later a couple of collared doves also made it their breakfast table:

Later still one of the Magpies also helped itself to the seeds but I didn't manage to capture any video that time.

Mustn't forget the occasional night time visitor:

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Guess What



It seems that last week's twisted photo flummoxed most people but TexWisGirl hit the nail on the head with the word whirligig which is a perfect description of it. Congratulations and the lone virtual gold star goes to the lady from the Lone Star State.

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I don't think this week's twisted photo will cause as many problems.
Guess What:

Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Tuesday.
No prizes, just for fun and maybe a virtual Midmarsh silver or gold star.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Howeara 'Lava Burst'

Back in May I set up a terrarium for miniature orchids:

Those which were flowering at that time have finished but I am really pleased that one of the younger plants I purchased has started to bloom.

Howeara 'Lava Burst'

One or two have failed miserably as the conditions in the terrarium probably didn't suit them. That is part of the learning curve, working out which orchids will thrive in there. One of the originals is producing a new flower spike so  I look forward to others flowering over the next year or two. It will take a while as I bought young plants to help keep the cost down.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday at The Flicks - To The Vets

When we went to the vets last Tuesday I took a video of the journey which I saved at normal speed. The video is about 20 minutes long and a bit over exposed in some places with the strong low Sunlight. All the journey is along back roads as that is the most direct route in spite of the number of sharp bends along the way. In fact it is part of the journey I made daily, Sun or snow, when I was working.:

At 632MB, it took about 4 hours to upload that one.
Soundtrack is DJ Quicksilver CD playing in the car.

Much shorter is this bit of cloud time lapse. I tried an experiment of using an iPhone / iPod holder designed for car windscreens and sticking it on the kitchen window. There is one glitch when the camera suddenly changes focus:

The clock is a video grab from my desktop background and the titling is the Alpha Clouds font which can be found on the excellent fontspace web site which is full of free fonts suitable for Windows and Macs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

One for Sorrow .........

So starts the rhyme when counting Magpies. Recently I have had three visiting from time to time. A difficult subject to photograph as they are so skittish and fly away at the slightest disturbance. Also low bright Sunlight on those white feathers is difficult for the camera to reproduce:

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Guess What

We had to trundle off to the vets this morning as it was time for Penny to checked to see how things were progressing with her gums. Not too bad. At least more extractions aren't needed yet. While there she had her yearly booster and collected more antibiotic tablets to continue her treatment.

On to the Twisters:


Congratulations and virtual Midmarsh Gold Stars go to Wilma, Adrian and Ragged Robin who all spotted the peanut feeder. I thought some of it might have had you guessing in the wrong direction. The grey part is, in fact, a slate roof on the feeder:

The Midmarsh virtual Silver Star goes to TexWisGirl who worked out it was a feeder of some sort.


The all wire mesh peanut feeders are good for birds to gain access to the food but being so open the peanuts are quickly affected by the damp weather. The wood frame with a slate roof should make the contents last longer. The mesh goes right underneath so the Blue Tits ought to be at home with it.

On to the new Twisted Photo.
Guess What:

Please leave any guesses in the comments section.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Tuesday.
No prizes. Just for fun and possibly a virtual gold or silver star.
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