Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

The Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Circle’  this week and we have carte blanche to do what we like….

These are our Boxing Day Fireworks…..

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And then, because I rather like bubbles…..

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Happy New Year Everyone!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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On Holiday in Turkey!

Here was my view this morning…..

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

And here are two characters maybe pleased to see us!! (I know I know they couldn’t care

less but I’m pretending!)

Sado the villa sparrow checking all's clear for his missis! (Can you see her little eye peeking out?)

Sado the villa sparrow checking all’s clear for his missis! (Can you see her little eye peeking out?)

Siyah the cat in ecstasy at our arrival!

Siyah the cat in ecstasy at our arrival!

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Our villa is over on the side bar if you wanted to have a look!

So glad to be on holiday!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 3

More holiday snaps!!

But with a slight difference and if you saw yesterday’s blog, you would know that the topic today is concerning saucy Stinkbugs…..

I also happen to think that these Stinkbugs (Shieldbugs aka Eurydema Ornata!) are totally carefree….they certainly didn’t seem to mind a camera hovering above them!

Look…

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Yes, they’re mating!!

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And they don’t care who knows it!

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I just think they are stunning and very beautiful!

Now, can you guess who this is? I have zoomed right in so it makes it a little more difficult for you!

Beautiful pattern!

Beautiful pattern!

 

Anyway….go on….have a guess!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Me and My Shadow on Holiday in Turkey!

I have followed this little chap around the pool a lot today!

Dharma Dragonfly was pleased with how long his body looked when he glanced at his shadow!

Dharma Dragonfly was pleased with how long his body looked when he glanced at his shadow!

He lifted his bottom end (I know it's his abdomen) and was shocked by how short he looked!

He lifted his bottom end (I know it’s his abdomen) and was shocked by how short he looked In the shadow!

"Damn!"  exclaimed Dharma Dragonfly as he discovered that however high he put his bottom end, he couldn't make himself look long again!

“Damn!” exclaimed Dharma Dragonfly as he discovered that however high he put his bottom end, he couldn’t make himself look long again!

Dharma stopped thinking about size and opted for the sheer beauty of his wings in the sunlight.

Dharma stopped thinking about size and opted for the sheer beauty of his wings in the sunlight.

Having shown off his wings in the sunlight, Dharma decided to pose on a piece of dried grass in front of a different background! I quite like it!

Having shown off his wings in the sunlight, Dharma decided to pose on a piece of dried grass in front of a different background! I quite like it!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

HOLIDAY!

I’m on holiday in Turkey, at the villa that’s on the side of my blog page entitled ‘Fancy a Holiday”. It’s beautiful!

We have a pomegranate tree and it is full of not quite ripe pomegranates. Sadly they’re not ready til September or October.

 

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This one has split open. Aha....a photo opportunity!

This one has split open. Aha….a photo opportunity!

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Taken from horizontal position, looking upward under a banana tree!

Taken from horizontal position, looking upward under a banana tree!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures 2

 

January 2012-Old Man's Beard taken with my new camera.

January 2012-Old Man’s Beard taken with my new camera.

 

February 2012-Snow on my lovely curly plant in the garden!

February 2012-Snow on my lovely curly plant in the garden

 

March 2012-My eldest grandson looking intensely at pegs! (He is...you just can't see them!)

March 2012-My eldest grandson looking intensely at pegs! (He is…you just can’t see them!)

 

April 2012-Wahiba Desert in Oman-those sand dunes are hard to climb!

April 2012-Wahiba Desert in Oman-those sand dunes are hard to climb!

 

May 2012_It was a good year for dandelions-are they too beautiful to be weeds?

May 2012_It was a good year for dandelions-are they too beautiful to be weeds?

 

June 2012-Dragon fly caught on iphone camera!

June 2012-Dragon fly caught on iphone camera!

 

 

July 2012-By the canal I found this iris!

July 2012-By the canal I found this iris!

August gets several photos…

Merhaba! (That means 'hello' in Turkish).

Merhaba! (That means ‘hello’ in Turkish).

Pomegranite flower on its journey to becoming a fruit

Pomegranite flower on its journey to becoming a fruit

 

Pomegranate at a different stage on its way to becoming a fruit!

Pomegranate at a different stage on its way to becoming a fruit!

 

Hibiscus brightus reddicus!

Hibiscus brightus reddicus!

 

Hibiscus brightus white-icus!

Hibiscus brightus white-icus!

 

Cunning disguise put on in order to cut down neighbouring trees at the villa in Turkey!

Cunning disguise put on in order to cut down neighbouring trees at the villa in Turkey!

 

September 2012-"Well bend me over and slap my bum!" said Candice Conker in her particularly prickly pants!

September 2012-“Well bend me over and slap my bum!” said Candice Conker in her particularly prickly pants!

 

October 2012-Charlie Chard lookin' fine!

October 2012-Charlie Chard lookin’ fine!

 

 

November 2012-A beautiful crisp, clear day upon which I decided to lie on the ground and take upward photos of my orchid!

November 2012-A beautiful crisp, clear day upon which I decided to lie on the ground and take upward photos of my orchid!

 

 

December 2012-Beech leaves with very cold edges!

December 2012-Beech leaves with very cold edges!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

What a hard task this has been!

January 2012-With new camera in hand, I began experimenting with close up photos!

January 2012-With new camera in hand, I began experimenting with close up photos!

February 2012-The last flowers my dad sent to my mum before he died

February 2012-The last flowers my dad sent to my mum before he died

March 2012-Preparations for my mum's art exhibition

March 2012-Preparations for my mum’s art exhibition

 

April 2012-Ceiling of Mosque in Muscat

April 2012-Ceiling of Mosque in Muscat

 

May 2012-Beautiful flower that I chose as my blog picture

May 2012-Beautiful flower that I chose as my blog picture

 

June 2012-Wow...Cinnabar Moth

June 2012-Wow…Cinnabar Moth

 

July 2012-So pretty I couldn't resist leaning over someone's garden wall to take this photo

July 2012-So pretty I couldn’t resist leaning over someone’s garden wall to take this photo

 

August 2012-A well needed rest in my villa in Turkey...it's available for rent!

August 2012-A well needed rest in my villa in Turkey…it’s available for rent!

 

September 2012- A new discovery for me...Inkweed fruit

September 2012- A new discovery for me…Inkweed fruit

 

October 2012-The captivating Chinese Lantern plant

October 2012-The captivating Chinese Lantern plant

 

November 2012-I took hundreds of photos of this most gorgeous Mandarin duck

November 2012-I took hundreds of photos of this most gorgeous Mandarin duck

 

December 2012-The heaviest frost I have ever seen

December 2012-The heaviest frost I have ever seen

 

The Camel Spider Experience!

It had been another hot day on our Turkish holiday, approximately 45 degrees, and travelling buddy and I had had a hard morning by the pool, sunbathing, reading, swimming….you get the picture. We then had a beer (turkish beer called Efes-very nice) and continued holidaying vigourously. A little later we decided that it was time to become recumbent out of the sun. So we picked up our books, kindle and iPad and retreated to the living room…..

Ample space for retreating from the sun for a short while.

I positioned myself on the settee by the wall whilst travelling buddy started moving cushions on the other settee for ultimate comfort. Suddenly she moved faster than I have ever seen her move before, clutching her arms around herself and hyper-ventilating! Whilst rearranging the cushions, she had picked one up and underneath it was this…….

No wonder she looked a little startled!

Now obviously this is not the photo of the incident…the floors of the villa are tiles not mud! I didn’t manage to get a photo at the time but wanted you to be able to see the great big blighter!

Anyway, on with the story. This camel spider had been sitting quietly, minding his own business underneath one of the aforementioned cushions being plumped for comfort before being rudely disturbed. But once exposed, it remained quite still and was very accommodating as I placed a large jar over it. I can honestly say I have never seen any spider like it. It was gross yet fascinating. It had 8 legs and then those two antennae positioned leg lookalikes flailing in the air. It was about 15cm long. But that beak….oh it was so horrible. I have managed to find another photo but a little closer up….

Ugh ugh ugh!

What can I say? If you were to google camel spiders then you could see videos of them too….if you wanted!

So, camel spider under the cushion got unceremoniously thrown over the garden wall so that travelling buddy and I could get on with the business of relaxation and more beer drinking to calm our nerves.

That’s all for now, but I might find another creepy crawly story for another day!!

See Ya xx