Manual 365 / 58 Latin’s Not Dead And Elfs Only Drink Tea!

Capra aegagrus hircus (Goat)

I’ve never been a fan of Latin, it always seem a tad precocious but after a wander over the hill and woods behind where I live I felt that the Latin was the only way to express the beauty and anger I discovered…

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Sarcoscypha coccinea (Scarlet Elf Cups)DSC_8077

But, due to my inexperience I missed shots of a couple of Dama dama (Fallow Deer) that I spooked and a Dendrocopos major (Great Spotted Woodpecker)

The great thing about where I was is that it’s not too far and I could pop up there any time and there were clues left by other species, that maybe I’ll be lucky to catch sight of. I saw evidence of the

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and the

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who should be admired for carrying great loads for miles from the local shop but have the unusual habit of arranging the light carcasses of their victims  in neat heaps to be evaporated or eroded by the passage of time…

For the record I will be returning with help and bags over the next few days to clear what I can of the rubbish.

(Kind of a disappointed) Peace Peeps! x





Manual 365/38 There Will Be An End To The Grey And Brown…



A little Facebook shaped birdy tells me that it’s not to good in the UK at the moment and I know how grey and drab it can be at this time of year but the spring is nearly upon us and everything will burst into life. But to do my little bit in the meantime I’ve got some shots of the local flowers around Albufeira. All the pictures were taken using my stock 18-55mm lens and all have had some post processing in Lightroom. But they were all shot in manual mode.





I have to say how impressed I am with Portugal, I know I’ve only seen a fraction but it’s all been amazing!

At the moment I am currently a resident in the Eden Resort

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