Saturday, December 31, 2011

Daily Drawings...


All things Dickens.
Homage to Yellowhammer.
Remembering Christmas Lunch drinks.

Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks

Happy New Year

Today is a day for reflection, dreaming, and organising.  I've refreshed the blog for 2012, hope you like it.   The main photo was taken at Ham Wall this year when I went to film the starlings make their daily aerial display.

It's been a great year for me, and I hope that it has been a great year for you too.  I'm following a path that I had only every previously dreamed of and hope that this path continues in some shape or form for the future.  There will always be hurdles and obstacles in the way, but there is a quiet determination bubbling away within to make sure that there is always a way 'round these.  I hope 2012 brings all the things you hope for.

This will be my last post for 2011 so I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for hanging out with me this year.   It's always helps to see positive comments from others - encouragement is always appreciated.

And finally, no post would be complete without a photo, so here's breakfast at the Applewood garden.



Lots of squabbling!








Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Desolate December

I can't remember a December as bereft of wildlife as this.  We have had the usual visitors to the garden; Wood Pigeons, Robins, Sparrows, Great Tits, and Blue Tits, but in the fields there has not been the usual sightings of Redwing and Fieldfare.  Even the Buzzards have been elusive this December.

Last year we also saw other beautiful birds such as little owl, and the wonderful colours of the Yellowhammer.  The Yellowhammers' song was beautiful and they duly obliged with several poses for me to capture.




Perhaps my lack of sightings and photos is also a result of not going walking enough, I'm sure Mr P would view this as the only acceptable reason, and so the New Year's resolutions begin.





Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ham Wall 20 Nov 2011



A few days before this video was taken, I ask my Group Tutor, Duncan for directions to Ham Wall.  Although his instructions were clear, so he says, I spent half an hour driving around looking for Ham Wall, with no success.  I wasn't the only one in the group to do this, so I put this down to Duncan's poor directions!

So after referring to the RSPB website  I set off again to see if I could watch the Starling murmuration in action.

I didn't see the main display as I had settled into one of the hides as the view from there was spectacular, such a great sunset.  However, I know I will return to Ham Wall again and again, so hopefully I will capture the main display another time.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ham Wall, Somerset

I made myself comfortable in the hide to capture the starling murmuration a couple of weeks ago.  This is something that I have seen on telly often but I wanted to capture it in person.

I'm still editing the film, but wanted to share the beautiful sunset that I shot with my Canon DSLR.  It was such a tranquil setting; only a few ducks sounding out and then the swoosh of the starlings as they made their way over the levels and down into the reeds. 







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