Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas on the Canal

We went for a walk on Christmas Day morning, to help give us an appetite for dinner after our Pavés à la Canelle for breakfast (Cinnamon Cobbles, I'll try to figure out the recipe well enough to post soon. It's transcribed a long, long time ago from a French magazine, probably Paris-Match, so the measurements are all over the place, some imperial, some metric... ).
 We brought some old stale bread and saw plenty of birds who enjoyed it - apart from the heron who flew off into a tree. It was a surprise to see a wood duck and a pair of mandarins - maybe they had come from the park.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

On the way to work

Today was one of those mornings I went to the post office in the centre of town and walked back out to work...some quick snaps along the way.
I missed the first and best skein of geese due to not yet having my camera out.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

On the way to work...

It turned into another dull, cold, grey damp day. But as I was going to work there was a lovely sunrise glow, so I took a few photos.
The one of the flying swans is nothing as a photo, but it's always a magical feeling to see them fly overhead and hear them honking away.

Just for fun, because I accidentally hit the "posterize" button when I was editing one if the brewery silhouette photos:

And after I left the supermarket, I was rather surprised to see this:

Monday, 1 December 2014

November Favourites

Quite a few favourites for November, as life circumstances settled down a little bit...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


We've had a lot of fog recently.
The first two photos were taken with my phone on my day off last week, when I walked to the library and didn't bring my camera because it was so foggy I didn't think it would be worth it.

The second two were taken this morning on the way to work.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Count the birds

Not a great photo or anything like it - but I was fascinated (on one of the few dry mornings last week) to see so many different species of bird that could be captured in one photo. There were also crows and a magpie on the mudflats, but I could't fit them in too. Unusual to see the heron in so much company.
We have - the heron, swans, a pair of cormorants, some mallards, a moorhen (swimming) and merging into the background, a pigeon - along with the usual seagulls. Only black-headed gulls in this shot.

I should have said one of the drier mornings - there was enough of a shower to produce this rainbow. I was walking up the hill and could see someone standing in the tram tracks looking at something. I was trying to work out what she was looking at, and wondered it if was a bluetit  I could see flying across the road. Then I turned round and saw the rainbow.

By the time I left work it was pouring; part of the footpath was like a running stream, so I had to walk on the water-logged grass. Just as well I'd taken time that morning to re-waterproof my shoes.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sunday in the Park...

Sunday was a beautiful day - the downturn in temperature had just started, but it was a sunny morning with blue skies and we took a walk in the park in the morning.
The background of the picture with the female mallard ties in with the arty look of the gull in my header photo! The first photo is a jay - I was disappointed not to get a side view with the barred wings, but we really enjoyed watching him.

Monday, 3 November 2014

October Favourites

Several favourites from the cards I made for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoast, but not much else thanks to a very busy month with a lot going on. Including getting used to a new computer and trying to copy all my files over.

Apparently I took very few photos last November! I remember this one that I am using for my blog header this month - I loved the way the low morning sun reflecting off the wall on the water almost looked like a painting.