Sunday, 17 October 2010


When we go for our afternoon perambulation Bobby and I usually cut through the back of the churchyard. More often than not there are some chickens from the nearby smallholdings diving for cover. The other day there were two which had made themselves a comfortable hollow under one of the small trees. They were not going to move unless they really had to.


One day I tied Bobby outside the church while I went in to see if it was possible to photograph the stained glass windows. For these I took three photos at +1 0 -1 EV and process them as HDR. This window facing East was difficult as there was a green tint to the light which was reflected from trees nearby.

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This small one is in the porch and again is so close to vegetation that it receives very little direct light.


It is not very often these days that farm machinery is left out in the open as quite a few tractors have been stolen in the county.


There is very little Autumn colour at the moment as the plants are changing colour at different times but I did spot this on the way home.


On damp nights it is as well to take a torch when I let Bobby out for his last look round as I never know what may end up underfoot.


 I wonder how many different types of slug there are.


  1. You did an excellent job with the windows. Not easy even with HDR.

  2. Hi John,
    Beautiful pictures. If you are interested in identifying slugs there's a key you can downlad at

  3. Thanks Adrian. Not as good as yours though. The first was a devil to get near the correct colours as the walls should be white but then the window turned green. I really must learn how to alter part of a picture.

  4. Thanks Phil. I've saved a copy of the pdf file for future use.

  5. I couldn't resist your last sentence :) and have found there are around 30 different types of slug in the UK. I now know something I didn't before.

    Lovely photos of the stained glass but my favourite today was the chickens :)

  6. Walls are rarely white John just go round with the polygonal selection tool and adjust that area to suit. I'm going to be internet bereft this week so will do a 'How I Does It' On the other blog. I've upgraded to Elements9 aren't I the swish one. So as you use Paint Shop it will only give a rough idea. I used to own up to HDR but the last few times have just dropped a copy mono image over the top and adjusted opacity. Enough blather time for a pint.

  7. Hi Jan. Thanks for the information. I thought there might have been hundreds.

    For you information the Great Tit visited the nestbox again this morning.

  8. Hi Adrian. Those walls are brilliant white, to the eye anyway. I'll have a look at the destruction for Paintshot Pro. It seems to do most things Elements does, though maybe not 9. I look forward to your instructable.

    A pint, or three, sounds a good idea. At college we had this 'rule' that every man was three pints below par - every day!

  9. those beautiful church window photographs would make a lovely Christmas card John!

  10. Chickens in the Churchyard sounds like the title of something :) I love stained glass windows, and your photos turned out well with the process you used. Looks like a lovely church. I'm not so fussy on slugs though ~ good idea to take a flashlight outside.

  11. Hello Matron. I wish I had moved the cardboard box of plants before taking the second photo. I must try again as you have a good idea there though Bobby might be a bit miffed as he usually goes on my Christmas cards ;)

  12. It's a very plain church Glo. I think I like a bit more ornamentation - something like Lincoln Cathedral ;)

    Can't say I'm too fussy about slugs - just fascinated when I saw three different types together and was getting desperate for some new wildlife photos.

  13. Interesting selection from your walkabout John.

    No wonder so much machinery goes missing when you only need one key!!

  14. What beautiful photos! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog. You can come over to my garden and gather up all our slugs if you'd like!


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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