flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Personal, Photys, Views, Walks, wild flowers

a wee stroll in the sun

Off out wi’ the camera since it was nice ‘n’ sunny this forenoon. I had intended heading for a beautiful garden (didn’t snap as it was being worked on at the time) but got distracted by these on the way. They are connected to my previous post As I Walked Out… since it is more or less the same area just shifted forward four months. Spot the differences?

  1. wonderful wildflower end of the Millenium Field… super
  2. closeup of a cornflower, my first
  3. medium sized gowan – big daisy
  4. the brightest yellow – black eyed susan/rudbekia
  5. fluffy thistle heads
  6. fat glossy rosehips
  7. broom pods ready to pop
  8. popped! (sound backdrop of pops, crackles, buzzing bees and thrumming crickets)
  9. bramble view – taste good too!

wildflowerField

cornflowerBlue

gowanFine

sunnyFlower

thistleFluff

rosehips

broomBangers

broomBanged

brambleView

flowers, Garden, wild flowers

personal poppy

Mother Nature has seen fit to reward the previous two posts with the tiniest poppy growing at the front of my house.
Despite chucking wildflower seeds at the ‘wild patch’ for a couple of years there have never been any results, till now! But she is sooo small, even this photy gives her a false robustness. Really only 15mm or so across and with a stalk like a hairy thread. Good for you Tiny!

Tinyiest Poppy

animals, Photys

So I’ve been away

Here a couple of the critters I saw.
I will admit to a bit of a thing about storks, blame Jackanory during the sixties. There always seemed to be cartwheels on the roofs/chimneys of  any european tales, ready for the return of the storks. But I don’t remember the stories, clogs, dykes, and wearing national dress probably.

Stork on nest

This burly chap was happily swimming around a rain swollen inner city river, munching on anything green that floated past. He’s my first otter coypu, squee! Oddly enough some friends a, not on holiday, also saw an otter in their inner city river the same week, theirs had a fish – but I had a camera!

Otter in urban river

Photys, Views, Walks

As I Walked Out …2

This is the day that is supposed to be hot. Looking out at the view first thing I saw the morning mist and decided to take myself to the Victorian water tower, before the sun really got going. Dug out my teeny radio and fixed it to the shuffle, pocketed the camera and set off with the intention of a half hour each way. As usual I got to my destination, turned round and got side tracked, disorientated and almost lost on the way back home!
Here are twelve wee pics of there and back, including some big vistas, the water tower, dry ski slope and minature railway. The big thing you are missing out on is the loud and continuous bird song. Excellent!

Friday walk oneFriday walk twoFriday walk threeFriday walk fourFriday walk fiveFriday walk sixFriday walk sevenFriday walk eight
Friday walk nineFriday walk tenFriday walk elevenFriday walk twelve

flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Photys, Uncategorized, wild flowers

As I Walked Out…

…one early morning. Not so early and with my coffee and biscuit in one hand and wee camera in the other, and I even had to nip home for a new card and batteries. So please enjoy my hour and a half wander round Castle Hill.

  1. whins (gorse)…mmm that coconut scent
  2. broom with their little bean pod shapes
  3. may blossom (hawthorn) cast yer cloots if you wish!
  4. lilacs, unlucky to have in the house?
  5. field of baby ferns emerging from their dead
  6. english bluebells drooping grcefully behind a wall
  7. fern skeleton and new hawthorn blossom, old meets new
  8. a huge and slightly annoyed bumble bee
  9. buttercups from my front door – yes it’s meant to be a patch of “weeds”!
  10. wild turnip, …really?
  11. baby oak leaves unfurling and looking a soft and shiny

Gorse or WhinsBroomHawthorn BlossomLilac BushFern FieldEnglish BluebellsLast Year-This Year Big Bumble BeeButtercupsWild TurnipOak Leaves

Photys

micro sight

microscope photo of string microscope photo of a hovis digestive biscuit crumb microscope photo of a tiny gold ribbon

Having been given a pocket microscope as a birthday gift and after peering down it for a while I decided to experiment with my camera. The ‘scope is a light wee thing so getting the heavier Fuji FinePix balanced on top then leaning over was a right fiddle. These are the best (!) of my first attempts but I am not put off as I do like the effect, even though the eye sees better detail.