Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

So Early Bird is this week’s photo challenge. I permitted myself a smile when I thought of my holiday a week ago on a narrowboat. Oh…..the early mornings and oh…the birds! Perfect combination for this challenge…..

So without further blather….

There I was doing a bit of stretching in the early morning when I heard a tapping….and that's when I saw Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker!

There I was doing a bit of stretching in the early morning when I heard a tapping….and that’s when I saw Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker!

"Now," said Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker, "Where was that hole I was working on….?"

“Now,” said Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker, “Where was that hole I was working on….?”

"Was it up a bit higher?" he wondered!

“Was it up a bit higher?” he wondered!

"Or was it another tree completely?" he wondered idly in the early morning light!

“Or was it another tree completely?” he thought idly in the early morning light!

Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker finally found that hole!

Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker finally found that hole!

And here he is thoroughly checking it out!

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Just to let you know how excited I was to catch this beautiful bird, it’s only the second or third time I have seen one…just so pleased!

Also, on the previous day, this next photo was the best shot I had managed to get of another Great Spotted Woodpecker! Look….

You can just make him out!

You can just make him out!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat 2

So…following on from my last ‘Afloat’ post, here is my second post on the theme of ‘afloat’.

On the way to NorthWales, along the canal in a narrowboat, you have to cruise through a couple of tunnels, one of them being quite long…..

I can't for the life of me work out how they made these tunnels!

I can’t for the life of me work out how they made these tunnels!

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And once out, this was the view from the canal bank!

And once out, this was the view from the canal bank!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

Oh how I smirked to myself when I saw this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Afloat! How easy peasy lemon squeezy to find a photo for this….after all I have only been back for about 4 hours from a holiday on a narrowboat!! Travelling from Ellesmere in Shropshire to Llangollen in North Wales. I could well be posting every day this week!

This was the scene just before the aqueduct that takes your barge from England to North Wales! We were in the pub watching the action!

This was the scene just before the aqueduct that takes your barge from England to North Wales! We were in the pub watching the action!

This next photo is the aqueduct from a distance….

Quite high up (understatement!) and only as wide as a canal boat!

Quite high up (understatement!) and only as wide as a narrowboat!

Now for some shots from the aqueduct……

One step to the left and over you'd have gone!

One step to the left and over you’d have gone!

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And finally…I don’t know how, but we chose the most glorious 5 days of weather so far this year!!

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That’s All!

See Ya xx

Photography 101: Double

I have some mixed doubles for you!

"Don't look at her and she'll go away!" said Tufty the Tufted Duck to his pal! "How rude!' thought I!

“Don’t look at her and she’ll go away!” said Tufty the Tufted Duck to his pal!
“How rude!’ thought I!

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"Quick nip round the back and she'll never see us!" said Sam the Soldier Beetle!

“Quick nip round the back and she’ll never see us!” said Sam the Soldier Beetle!

That worked well eh!

That worked well eh!

I love the canal photo 1!

I love the canal photo 1!

i love the canal photo 2

I love the canal photo 2

I love the canal photo 3

I love the canal photo 3

I love the canal photo 4

I love the canal photo 4

Mmmmmm

Mmmmmm

I love this little chap!

I love this little chap!

Visit here to find this theme!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections 3

A tale from the canal…..

Meet the Geese…..quietly enjoying an evening by the canal…..when who should they spot??

Meet the Geese…..quietly enjoying an evening by the canal…..when who should they spot??

Yes…woman with a camera!

"Woman with a camera! Woman with a camera! Woman with a camera!" honked Taka (Taka  Gander Get it??)

“Woman with a camera! Woman with a camera! Woman with a camera!” honked Taka (Taka Gander-Get it??)!

 

With a little quick goose thinking Taka honked "Don't worry, I'll distract her, she's bound to follow me as I'm so very gorgeous! You can all rush to safety."

With a little quick goose thinking Taka honked “Don’t worry, I’ll distract her, she’s bound to follow me as I’m so very gorgeous! You can all rush to safety.”

 

Taka began to feel irritated and turned to woman with camera and decided that glaring would probably do the trick!

Taka began to feel irritated that he couldn’t shake her off and turned to woman with camera and decided that glaring would probably do the trick!

 

Not all the geese were like Taka and a few moments later Goosen, who found Taka’s incessant honking pretty annoying, hissed something angrily at Taka!

"For crying out loud Taka, the woman is looking for photos with reflections in, so get a grip and quieten down" said Goosen who was also a Gander! (Get it?) "And maybe you should Taka break!" he added a little sarcastically I fear!

“For crying out loud Taka, the woman is looking for photos with reflections in, so get a grip and quieten down” said Goosen who was also a Gander! (Get it?) “And maybe you should Taka break!” he added a little sarcastically I fear!

 

"She's not after us! She's not after us! She's not after us!" honked Taka somewhat repetitively!

“She’s not after us! She’s not after us! She’s not after us!” honked Taka somewhat repetitively!

And with that, Taka sloped off!

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Followed by his son!

Followed by his son!

And just for M-R…….

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That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure 4

Something I treasure highly are wildlife photos, especially river birds…..

Meet Mildred Moorhen…full frontal!

Meet Mildred Moorhen…full frontal!

 

Mildred on her best side!

Mildred on her best side and full of chat!

 

Poor Mildred….innocently pecking around on the canal edge, minding her own business, when who should shatter her reverie……

None other than moi and mon camera!

"Erk! Run for the hills, run for the hills!" shrieked Mildred, of course meaning 'Run for the water' in reality!

“Erk! Run for the hills, run for the hills!” shrieked Mildred, of course meaning ‘Run for the water’ in reality!

 

What follows is a series of photos of Mildred leaping into the canal!

"Have to jump, have to jump" thought Mildred in somewhat of a panic!

“Have to jump, have to jump” thought Mildred in something of a panic!

 

"Right, definitely after three….one, two…."

“Right, definitely after three….one, two….”

 

"Threeeeeeeeeeeee!"

“Threeeeeeeeeeeee!”

 

"Damn it!" gurgled Mildred, "That bank was higher than I thought!"

“Damn it!” gurgled Mildred, “That bank was higher than I thought!”

 

Dignity resumed!

Dignity resumed!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

But there’s always Dot-nose and E but D waiting for you…….

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