Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Sun and Rain

A couple from the stormy day which was not much more than a normal blustery Autumn day here. Apart, that is, from it being so dark for much of the time with just an occasional glimpse of the Sun through the high Saharan dust:



In the close shot the Sun looks a bit lop sided as the camera couldn't find any clear edges to focus on.

This morning it was a case of looking where I was treading when we went for our early walk. The ground was wet from an earlier shower and it was almost impossible to spot any frogs in the gloom. This one got out of the way just in time and thoughtfully waited for me to take a flash photo:


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's teaser picture was:

an Any Deepstyle version of:

Adrian got part way there recognising the fringe but it was part of a lampshade not a posh tablecloth.
Thanks as always to all those who had a go.

This week's teaser is probably a lot easier:

If you would like to have a guess as to what it is please leave it in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Tuesday

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Spot the Spider


If it hadn't moved I would never have noticed it.
Typical Harvestman, tiny body and enormous legs:


This one was most uncooperative. It would not stay still so I could get some decent photos to stack.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

I Have Often Wondered ....

.... what the view of the world is like from horse back:

Horse Riders

I hired a large van when I was moving house and really appreciated the better road view from a higher driving position. It's was only then I realised how restricted the view ahead is from a car.

Many years ago I thought about having riding lessons but bottled out.
Now I just think - it's a long way to fall and I don't bounce as well as I used to.

Friday, 13 October 2017


More unusual this morning as the colourful part of the Sunrise only showed through a small section of the sky where there was a break in the thicker, low cloud cover.

Sunrise over the village school field:
Sunrise 13Oct2017

It almost looked like the eruption of some distant volcano.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Worth Getting Up For

On our early morning walk to the village crossroads we were greeted by a beautiful Sunrise:

Sunrise 12Oct2017

Sunrise 12Oct2017b

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

I Spy With My Little Eye

Can you spy what I spied here?


As many will know, not a subject I particularly like to get near:


But fascination got the better of me:


What was most interesting to me was the pale marking on each wing. In the photos it tends to look yellow but actually seemed to glitter like gold leaf. In spite of the gold colour this appears to me to be a Silver Y (Autographa gamma) moth. With a wing span of 30 - 45mm I definitely do not want to see any of these indoors.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's teaser picture:

was an 'Any Deepstyle' manipulated version of:

which was correctly identified as a butterfly by Adrian, Ragged Robin and Wilma
and as a Red Admiral by Adrian and Wilma.
Congratulations to all and thanks for having a go.

Something different to work out this week:

If you think you can work out what this photo started out as please leave a guess in the comments.
They, and the original photo, will be revealed next Tuesday.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Catching Up

Nice to see a Song Thrush visiting the garden this morning:


In fact, not just one but two together.
I don't think I have ever seen two together before now. Hopefully a breeding pair.

Thanks to Adrian of Adrian's Images for the suggestion that the field with two apparent crops has brassicas along side Ley Grass to reduce leatherjacket damage. Sounds reasonable to me. A closer view:


Now what can Penny have possibly found to be of such interest?

Oh, just a dead one of these:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The End of the Lane

On our walkabouts down our lane this is where we have to stop:


Years ago there was a path straight ahead going past the tree in the distance.
There was an attempt to have it recognised as a right of way but as you can see that failed.
I don't blame the farmer as that strip of land means more money crops and some antisocial dog walkers would let their dogs loose to rampage through the crops.

Looking at the field I showed being ploughed a while ago I am trying to see what has been planted. At the moment it looks like two crops in one field alternately spaced in strips. One pale yellow. The other green with very different leaf shapes:


I must remember to take some closer shots.

Just before reaching the end of the lane there is a a gap in the hedge allowing good views for cloud watching. This is three auto-stitched photos:

cloudy panorama 2

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's teaser photo:
Screenshot (2017-9-25 11.12.26 am)

which was an 'Any Deepstyle' manipulation of a close view of Iris seeds:
2014-02-22-12.21.15 ZS PMax

I think this week's Deepstyled teaser should be somewhat easier to identify:

Thanks to those who had a go last week.
If you want to have a guess at what this week's teaser is please leave your guess in the comments. They, along with the original photo, will be revealed next Tuesday.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Half a Moon

Thursday night I noticed the Moon showing clearly with a lovely pale orange colour. Needless to say by the time I had the camera set up on its sturdy tripod there was plenty of cloud about:


Try as I might with every setting I could find on the camera it refused to reproduce the true colour.

Every now and then the cloud cover cleared so I took a short piece of video.
Canon 70D with 400mm zoom lens plus 3 times digital zoom in the camera:

Taking a quick look at the Moon as we normally do it appears to be virtually stationary, only noticing it has moved after some minutes have passed. With the camera rock steady the video shows the true 'movement' as the Moon and Earth career through space. The Moon is orbiting the Earth at over 2000mph.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Memories Are Made of This

'Memories Are Made of This' says the title of a song sung by Dean Martin

It's sometimes surprising what can make a memory from years ago rise to the surface. Recently a couple of riders and their horses were trotting round the block. When we went walk-about there was the evidence in the road:


What strong memory can possibly be associated with a pile of horse dung?

One Summer near the start of the 1950s I was sent to stay with my maternal grandmother and great grandmother. A decision I liked as I generally enjoyed visiting there. The only thing I didn't take kindly to was one particular chore I had to carry out. Milk and coal, as with many other products, was delivered by horse and cart. After they had visited I would be given a hand shovel and bucket and sent out to collect the still steaming piles of horse manure. Why? Granny would transfer it to a sack which was dangling in an old oak water butt. The resulting manured water being used to feed her roses.

Oh and no. I wasn't tempted to repeat the exercise this year.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Fill Those Baskets

Not just humans gleaning an Autumn harvest from the hedgerows. Recently the Ivy around the village has been swarming with bees making the most of a final harvest of pollen, leaving with bulging pollen baskets. Some Ivy growths have so many bees visiting that the hum from their wings can be heard well before nearing the plant.





I have noticed there seem to be far fewer wasps around this Autumn. Normally by now they would also be swarming over the Ivy but I have only seen the occasional one.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Whenever I fold back the hasps while unlocking the garage or shed doors I never know what will be hiding there. Sometimes a moth, sometimes a spider. This time it was a weevil:

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By the time I had fetched the 50D with its macro lens I only managed three focus stacked photos before it made a dash for cover.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tuesday Teaser

This was the modified photo I showed last week:

It was just a photo of a recently ploughed field:

Many thanks to those of you who had a go at identifying it.

I wonder what you will make of this week's teaser:

Screenshot (2017-9-25 11.12.26 am)

Any guesses in the comments please.
They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Tuesday.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Keeping Warm? + Sunrise

Early morning - A group of Starlings clustered on one chimney stack:



Saturday, 23 September 2017

Baa Baa Black Sheep ....

Nice to see some back in the paddock at the end of the lane:





Trying to work out whether Penny is a sheep? 
Right colour but no wool or horns.

Friday, 22 September 2017

On the Turn

We are now officially in Autumn and the leaves are beginning to turn to their Autumn colours:


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Daddy - What Long Legs You Have




Crane Fly AKA Daddy-long-legs

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Only Good One is a Dead One

When we had that hail storm a while ago I thought I saw a large, unwelcome, furry visitor disappear into the greenhouse. Another sighting a few days later confirmed my identification. After leaving some choice bait in safe places there have been no more sightings apart from this stiff one I found near the bottom of the garden.


Moving that was the nearest I have been to a rat and though I knew they were large rodents I was still surprised just how big they are.
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