Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

Dance is this week’s hot topic and here’s my interpretation!

The swans in Marlow don’t like the music of Swan Lake, they much prefer The Hokey Kokey….with all that putting your whole self in!!

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If you want to see some baby grebes dancing the same dance then click here!

That’s All!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art

I had to think hard for this theme of ‘Life Imitates Art’.

Here’s what I came up with…..

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New

So the challenge this week is to show something new.

Have a look….

Belinda Black Swan is beautiful, She's also rather vain! She swims about the river Where she can become a pain!

Belinda Black Swan is beautiful,
She’s also rather vain!
She swims about the river
Where she can become a pain!

She knows that people love her, And they gasp when they see her swim by For every feather is always in place And her head is always held high!

She knows that people love her,
And they gasp when they see her swim by
For every feather is always in place
And her head is always held high!

She sometimes likes to pose like this And smiles at her reflection "Oh look the Loch Ness monster" She says on closer inspection!

She sometimes likes to pose like this
And smiles at her reflection
“Oh look the Loch Ness monster”
She says on closer inspection!

And when her friends gather together  They can't help but synchronise But they're rude to their other river mates Who they often criticise!

And when her friends gather together
They can’t help but synchronise
But they’re rude to their other river mates
Who they often criticise!

It was then that Belinda saw Cyril Come swimming in for a rest Sadly he had some river weed Stuck all over his chest!

It was then that Belinda saw Cyril
Come swimming in for a rest
Sadly he had some river weed
Stuck all over his chest!

Belinda turned tail there and then She went to find her friends To gossip about Cyril and his mucky chest And how he obviously didn't cleanse!

Belinda turned tail there and then
She went to find her friends
To gossip about Cyril and his mucky chest
And how he obviously didn’t cleanse!

The swans all listened And so did the gulls They couldn't believe what they saw They started to shout and call Cyril names Now what did they do that for?

The swans all listened and so did the gulls
They couldn’t believe what they saw
They started to shout and call Cyril names
Now what did they do that for?

Poor Cyril was sad and he turned his head He didn't know quite what to do!  Then an idea came into his head….

Poor Cyril was sad and he turned his head
He didn’t know quite what to do!
Then an idea came to him right then….

……He just opened his beak and blew!!

……He just opened his beak and blew!!

I have never taken a photo of a swan like this before….thus it’s new to me!

For more ‘New’ photos visit here!

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Swan-upmanship!

Oh they can be vain those swans….and competitive!

Look!

Sven Swan was a little bored and decided to begin to show off…..

Sven Swan was a little bored and decided to begin to show off…..

"One leg and scratching my cheek with the other leg! Not bad!" he said to himself in a congratulatory manner!

“Standing on one leg and scratching my cheek with the other leg! Not bad!” he said to himself in a congratulatory manner!

OOoooooooer…nearly lost you balance Sven Swan!

Ooooooooer…nearly lost your balance Sven Swan!

Well on the other side of the lake, Steve Swan had to take join in and perhaps be just a little bit better and more clever than Sven! He participated in a little posing and posturing himself….

Steve on the other side of the lake wanted to show his skills whilst on the water….and jauntily raised his leg and tucked his beak into his feathers!

He jauntily raised his leg and tucked his beak into his feathers!

 

Simon Swan of Marlow thought they were all very silly and didn't want to join in at all!

Simon Swan of Marlow thought they were all very silly and didn’t want to join in at all! He gave a disparaging look and…..

 

….led his family away from all the frivolity!

….led his family away from all the frivolity!

 

But Swinton Swan took the challenge of being the cleverest and most beautiful swan to the nth degree and showed them all what being a swan was all about….

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That’s All!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Free and Easy

From her rather high vantage point, Silhouetta Squirrel could see quite a lot!

"Today," spouted Silhouetta whilst munching something tasty, "I am going to let myself be a free and easy sorta squirrel and go of my anxieties! I'm going to see what I can see from here!"

“Today,” spouted Silhouetta whilst munching something tasty, “I am going to let myself be a free and easy sorta squirrel and let go of my anxieties for the New Year! I’m going stay here to see what I can see!”

Look how high up she was….can you see her?

Hold tight Silhouetta!

Hold tight Silhouetta! (She’s at the top of the right hand tree…you may have to click to enlarge!)

 

She could see Brian the Blackbird having a feast of berries…..

"Hmmm….which one to eat?" said Brian, trying to select the plumpest berry!

“Hmmm….which one to eat?” said Brian, trying to select the plumpest rose hip!

 

"Oy Silhouetta, these are really tasty berries….come over and have some!" Brian tweeted loudly!

“Oy Silhouetta, these are really tasty hawthorn berries….come over and have some!” Brian tweeted loudly!

But what else could she see?

"Damn those last mince pies and all those extra helpings over the holiday period!" puffed Sirius Swan…...

“Damn those last mince pies and all those extra helpings over the holiday period!” puffed Sirius Swan as he tried to take off……

 

"One foot out, nearly airborne…." he hoped!

“One foot out, nearly airborne….” he hoped!

 

"And come on…here we go…nearly up!" he added…..

“And come on…here we go…nearly up!” he added…..

 

"Nearghhhhhhhhhh…."

“Nearghhhhhhhhhh….” he screeched with all his might!

 

And off Sirius went promising himself that he would definitely cut down in the New Year!

And off Sirius went promising himself that he would definitely cut down in the New Year!

 

And Silhouetta Squirrel also saw Clara and Clarissa Cormorant trying their damnedest to look as sleek and sophisticated as Sirius when taking off!

"You still don't look like Sirius!" said Clara a little unkindly to Clarissa as she whooshed past her concentrating fervently on copying Sirius!

“You still don’t look like Sirius!” said Clara a little unkindly to Clarissa as she whooshed past her concentrating fervently on her Sirius technique!

But the thing that made Silhouetta most happy was looking down at her tree hole nest and seeing her youngest peeking out with the New Year ahead and hope in his heart!!!

"When's tea mum?" squeaked Symphony Squirrel!

“When’s tea mum?” squeaked Symphony Squirrel!

This title of Free and Easy came from Cee at

http://ceenphotography.com/2013/12/31/cees-fun-foto-challenge-free-and-easy/

That’s All!

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Whose Curly Bottom Is That Curly Bottom???

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Out on walk with my mother we saw this fine fellow…a cygnus atratus I believe!

The black swan’s scientific name means ‘a swan attired in black’….makes sense I suppose!

“Good day!” I said to him, knowing that he comes from Australia!

"I say, are you talking to me young lady?" came his reply in a broad posh accent!

“I say, are you talking to me young lady?” came his reply in a broad posh accent!

I continued with my chit chat….

“Did you come here in a wedge and where’s your bank?”

He eyed me suspiciously! I heard him whisper "Who is this woman who can speak swan?"

He eyed me suspiciously! I heard him whisper “Who is this woman who can speak swan?”

And with that he struck a pose, almost as if he didn’t know what else to do. Oh by the way……

When in flight, a group of black swans is known as a ‘wedge’, whereas on the ground it is known as a ‘bank’.

"Hmmm I bet she doesn't know that we are the state emblem of Western Australia, and we appear on the state flag." he said to himself a little anxiously!

“Hmmm I bet she doesn’t know that we are the state emblem of Western Australia, and we appear on the state flag.” he said to himself a little anxiously!

 

And with that he swam off to find some other bank members!

And with that he swam off to find some other bank members!

As he swam off, I waved this flag at him…this seemed to really scare him!

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But look who he brought back with him…..

"Oh!" said HSBC Swan to Santander Swan and Barclay Swan, "She really does speak swan!"

“Oh!” said HSBC Swan to Santander Swan and Barclay Swan, “She really does speak swan!”

I moved off as I felt sure they were about to make a variety of high-pitched, musical baying, bugling and trumpeting calls.

How right I was as the cacophony began!

What a lovely meeting it was and look how much you must have all learned about Black Swans!

That’s All!

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A Word A Week Challenge: Angle

Here are a few ‘angle’ photos…hope you like them!

Well I couldn't get my neck at an angle like that!

Well I couldn’t get my neck at an angle like that!

 

Nor at an angle like this!

Nor at an angle like this!

 

Just an interesting angle!

Just an interesting angle!

 

And again!

And again!

 

Pigeon is pretty but look at the duck underneath-strange angle of beak methinks!

Pigeon is pretty but look at the duck underneath-strange angle of beak methinks! Actually I’ve looked and looked and I don’t know what the orange bit is!

 

An 'under the chin' angle on my mother's dog is not something one sees every day!

An ‘under the chin’ angle on my mother’s dog is not something one sees every day!

 

That’s all!

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge-Reflections

I have seen this challenge on other blogs and have decided it’s time for me to join in…….

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I’m participating in the online<a href=”http://www.LetsBeWild.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>adventure travel and photography magazine</a>LetsBeWild.com’s <a href=”http://www.letsbewild.com/photo-challenge/&#8221; target=”_blank”> Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers</a>This week’s Challenge is: <a href=”http://www.letsbewild.com/photo-challenge/wild-weekly-photo-challenge-24-reflections/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Reflections!</a>

Second Time Round!

Last Saturday this post was featured over at

http://blogdramedy.wordpress.com

So today I thought I would post it here for your perusal 🙂

How Strange!

I love walking and walking by water is my favourite. But the other day, down by the riverside I noticed some rather strange happenings….

I know it's been cold in the UK...but icebergs?

I know it’s been cold in the UK…but icebergs?

Someone else was curious too…Caractacus the Canadian Goose was intrigued….

"What the heck are they? he spluttered hoping that everyone would realise that he was the one on the left and that his buddy, Callum, on the right was superfluous to this bit of the post!

“What the heck are they?” he spluttered hoping that everyone would realise that he was the one on the left and that his buddy, Callum-on the right, was superfluous to this bit of the post!

Then this….

Some upending gone on here I think!

Some upending gone on here I think!

Caractacus knew he had to get nearer and launched himself….

Callum was a little fed up to be left out but really he wasn't interested in the floating things!

Callum was a little fed up to be left out but really he wasn’t interested in the floating things!

Caractacus loved it when the water did that lovely sploshy pattern thing, but all the same he was still focused on what was ahead of him!

Caractacus loved it when the water did that lovely sploshy pattern thing, but all the same he was still focused on what was ahead of him!

Were his eyes deceiving him? Now odd things were happening to colours….

This duck has not been photoshopped or had any other photographic trickery! I haven't seen one like him before either!

This duck has not been photoshopped or had any other photographic trickery! I haven’t seen one like him before either!

Now this got the attention of some other wildfowl….

Melinda Moorhen was briefly transfixed by the colours.....

Melinda Moorhen was briefly transfixed by the colours…..

 

Tahina the Tufted Duck couldn't stop staring...

Tahina the Tufted Duck couldn’t stop staring…

But now there were two of them….

"Do you know what?" whispered Deidre Duck, "I sort of wish we had never gone through that weird bridge last week...we've have had so much attention that we've hardly had a minute to ourselves!""Hush now!" said Dandelus Drake, "Think of our bank balance and don't let on where the bridge is!"

“Do you know what?” whispered Deidre Duck, “I sort of wish we had never gone through that weird bridge last week…we’ve have had so much attention that we’ve hardly had a minute to ourselves!”
“Hush now!” said Dandelus Drake, “Think of our bank balance and don’t let on where the bridge is! And anyway, I rather like your green overtones…you look quite marvellous darling!”

"Personally," said Sidney to his partner Sandy, "I think the whole 'go through the magic bridge and achieve all your dreams' had become a millstone round or necks!"Sandy nodded in agreement but alas, Sidney couldn't see!

“Personally,” said Sidney to his partner Sandy, “I think the whole ‘go through the magic bridge and achieve all your dreams’ has become a millstone round or necks!”
Sandy nodded in agreement but alas, Sidney couldn’t see!

Caractacus found the bridge and this is all I could see of him…

Oh Caractacus, have you been wise?

Oh Caractacus, have you been wise?

Caractacus' friends searched and searched....

Caractacus’ friends searched and searched….

And the magic bridge?

Oh ok….

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That’s All!

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