35×35 Yella…

DSC_0868I’ve just realised…. I’m not keeping count! Oh well, never mind.




Bumble Photo Bomb!

Right, I’m setting myself a rule. If I get photos of flowers and there’s not an insect of some description getting in on the act it’s not getting in!


Lucky for me there was the bee in this shot of my most favourite spring flower she’s bang on the focal plane too!


Winter’s Going…

DSC_0017-EditAnd I can genuinely say that I’m going to miss it… A bit. Now, I’ll admit that February’s been a bit of a dull one but on the whole, this winter has been amazing (apart for the lack of snow but, hey, you can’t have everything), from misty crisp mornings to stormy rolling skies it’s had pretty much everything… Apart from the snow… DSC_0055-Edit.jpgBut now, the Daffs are in full swing, the trees are starting to bud and I’ve been neglecting my camera… So Spring… Bring it on! ;o)

Shot this evening in Stourhead Gardens, I still can get over how quiet it is there in the evenings. That’s when the magic happens!

Manual 365/115 Bonk!

I held a dinosaur in my hand earlier, sure it was of the tiny, feathered and very dazed variety but a dinosaur none the less. And this dinosaurs’ evolutionary memory knows nothing of windows and the “bonk” they make when you fly right into them which alerted his plight to the ape rather than the tigers that prowl in the undergrowth around here.


Gradually the Blackcap came to and eventually flew off to a nearby bush. Glorious little fellow though and I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know they were a thing before today.


Photo credit goes to Sandie and her iPhone today , I thought it better to let the little critter recover than insist he poses for a few close ups.

I did get a few shots in the garden this afternoon and it’s my excuse for not mowing the lawn, this week anyway. I don’t think I’ll be able to pull it off next week.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/105 Such A Lightweight!

I’ve been eyeing up a cherry tree over the last couple of days and I promised myself that I would get a close up shot of the blossom before I left today. It’s been an intense long day but I remembered. Unfortunately I remembered when I was tanking down the A1m  about 20 miles away with 130 miles to go, a return trip was not going to happen. So, one calls upon the past once again! Only Tuesday though and a return to Stourhead! A different aspect though…

The dark!


And the flower…


It’s late and I’ve got to be up early! More input over the weekend I promise!

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/72 To The Winterbourne

I do love weekends. The phone stops ringing and there’s no real need to rush anywhere so what to do? A leisurely drive from Mere to Amesbury (to visit my Grandfather) on the A303 offered up a Iron Age hill fort, spring flowers next to a crystal clear stream (complete with dog) and a fast flowing fully operational Winterbourne (Complete with swan).

Lets start at the end of the list, I pass through Winterbourne Stoke on my way to or from work often but I’ve never actually stopped and had a mooch around, that changed today. The River Till passes just to the East of the village and under the A303 right next to The Bell Inn, most of the time the water levels are low or non existent but at the moment the water is fast flowing and as clear as glass, the plant life in the river is thriving and, while  Spring is taking its time on dry land it is thoroughly underway underwater. I even spotted a young Brown Trout darting against the current.

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River Wylye in Berwick St James the weather was warm enough to walk about in a t-shirt and not feel the chill at all. The water still looked bloody freezing though and judging the amount of time the dog was in the water I think I’m not far wrong!

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And, as I said, I’ve done this in reverse order, The Iron Age fort of Yarnbury Castle, lies just to the North of the East end of the Wylye by-pass, there’s not really anywhere to stop unless you know of the little track and are willing to take the risk of following traffic not realising you’re turning, that’s where a flashing beacon comes in handy!

None of the shots I got up here could do justice to the monument and the view was quite misty so landscape shots were out too (even though I’m going to post a couple), but as before, a revisit, maybe at Midsummer while the rowdy neighbours are crowding around the “common” stones just down the road…

Taken using the Easy Panorama effect built into the camera.DSC_9090

18mm @ f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 (All my pics are ISO 100 unless stated from now on)DSC_9088.jpg

Thanks to the Lady with the dog who unexpectedly got a card thrust into her hand. And thanks to you for looking, liking, commenting and generally just being!






Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Peace Peeps! x