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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to Monday and a new edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week curated by yours truly.

I chose the prompt on Friday; Birds and Bees, which loosely incorporated the theme of anything with the ability to fly.

I have an awful lot of bird and insect photos in my archives and I was sorting through posts at the weekend, (to pick a selection to transfer over to Photo Sans Frontiers, freeing up valuable space during my upcoming blog transition) so I thought I’d start by sharing some of my favourites…

…followed by these new shots, which I captured in the garden at the weekend.

K’lee’s post is winging its way to you via THIS LINK

Now, let’s have a look at your birds, bugs and beasties…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

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#atozchallenge: W is for Wildlife…

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Ok, I’ve been beaten again.
I’ve just this second sat down after being on the go since I got up, 13 hours ago, I’ve got a horrible bloody cold, (again) probably courtesy of Audrey and my head feels like it’s full of glue.

So I’m going to cheat again and put together a quick compilation of photos, based (very loosely) on the theme of “wildlife”, although “animals” would be more accurate, to be honest.

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Photography

 

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Just Jot It January: Day eighteen…

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For this, the 18th installment of Just Jot It January, I thought I’d give you an update on Brian, our unofficial pet.

Nearly six months ago, Brian arrived in our back garden (or rather, since he was lost, maybe “failed to arrive somewhere else” would be more accurate) and showed no sign of wanting to leave.

He was a bit cautious to begin with, but regular meals and non-threatening behaviour on our part seem to have helped him settle in to a daily routine.
He now comes fluttering down from the roof when we go and sit out for a morning coffee, strutting about and making that weird hooting noise that pigeons make, until one of us rewards him with a pile of seed from the pot we keep in the (now securely anchored) gazebo, especially for him.

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Brian has become less picky in the time that he’s been with us, now actually eating the wild bird food we have for the less-refined natives of the neighbourhood, instead of insisting on the sunflower seeds that he would only eat when he first appeared last August.

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As you can see, he now has his full winter plumage, with some rather fetching iridescent patches of green and purple, after having gone through a somewhat less dignified period of moulting, when it looked like he had mange and his throat went completely bald.
He’s even started associating with the local wildlife to a certain degree, sometimes sharing a branch with another (less well-bred) pigeon or one of the collared doves that frequent the patio, although he is still very protective of his personal seed pile.

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“You lookin’ at my seed?”

The only possible danger Brian faces now, is from the attention of the two cats that have moved in next door, one of whom is showing an unhealthy interest in our feathered friend. But he seems to have got into the habit of checking to see if the coast is clear before venturing down from the roof, so he may not be quite as bird-brained as we thought.

Having said that, he does occasionally seem to have trouble determining what constitutes a balanced diet.

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“Now, do I eat salad, I can’t remember..?”

{photos by Rhonda}

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Just Jot It January: Day six…

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This Just Jot It January thread is turning out to be a bit of a double edged sword; I’ve enjoyed the challenge of posting something each day and love the fact that I have discovered a whole raft of new blogs to read, follow and comment on, but on the other hand it’s giving me a terrible case of “blogger’s guilt”.

This is the nagging feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get round to visiting the increasing number of blogs that I now follow, (don’t ask me how many, I’ve lost count) a feeling made worse by the fact that every day brings new likes, comments and followers on Diary of an Internet Nobody, all of whom I feel honour bound to visit in return.

Now that may sound somewhat ungrateful, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I’m thrilled that more and more people are choosing to join me on my erratic journey through the ether, I just don’t want anyone to feel as if I’m not giving them the reciprocal attention they so richly deserve.
I shall persevere though, so if I’ve not visited you for a while, it’s not through lack of trying.
I’m working full time, I have a packed Star Trek watching schedule to fit in when Rhonda is working in the evenings (my ongoing cultural education of Audrey, the newly-confirmed seven year old sci-fi geek) and the small matter of three blogs to keep up to date.

So with that in mind, I had decided just to post a few more photos today, (because I’m sure many of you have similarly busy lives and don’t always want to wade through hugely long and wordy blog posts) but as I was forced to admit to JJIJ host, Linda G Hill today, I really do have a problem with brevity.

Here are some nice photos for you anyway.
Watch the birdie…

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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Blogging, Just Jot It January, Photography

 

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Winter wanderland…

The rest of today’s photos from my walk by the river, on Photo Sans Frontiers…

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A stroll in the park, for the final day of my Christmas break, and I captured some winter trees, the riverside gulls a stunning sunset.

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Happy new year from Photo Sans Frontiers, I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season and I look forward to a photogenic 2016.

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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in Arts, Photo Sans Frontiers, Photography

 

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Just Jot It January: Day three…

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For the third edition of this month-long feature, I’ve decided to change medium and post some pretty pictures for you to look at.

What with Christmas, the crappy weather and all three of us having the same horrible cold, we haven’t been out much in the last week, so it was good to get down to the park in the winter sunshine today.
I took a few photos of the winter trees, a rather impressive sunset and the ever-present gulls feeding by the river, all of which I shall post on Photo Sans Frontiers shortly, (watch out for the reblog on here too) but I thought I’d give you a sneak preview now, as part of Just Jot It January.

I hope you like them and if you do, pop over to my photo-blog and check out the rest later on.

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Photo Sans Frontiers Showcase: Madilyn Leonard Benrubi / Yun Yi…

For this, the third post showcasing photography uploaded to my Photo Sans Frontiers Fb page, I’ve chosen to compile pictures by two contributors, both of whom I initially met on a blog sharing site and have subsequently become friends with on Facebook.

Madilyn Leonard Benrubi, born in New Jersey and author of the blog Jersey Lil’s 2 Cents, now lives in Maryland and regularly posts beautifully captured pictures that show the changing seasons and passing wildlife that visits her garden in Rockville.
I love photographing birds myself, so I’ve picked several of Madilyn’s avian subjects, along with a couple of great shots of the moon for her first guest appearance, I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve chosen.

Cardinals, American robins, cedar waxwings and starlings are clearly regular visitors to the trees and shrubs…

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…along with hungry sparrows, squirrels and even the occasional inquisitive deer…

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…and the view is just as good at night.

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Yun Yi, originally from Chongqing in China but now living in Durham, North Carolina, writes the blog Human Without God and her gorgeous naturalistic photos of the woodland landscapes and lakeside vistas around her home always make me want to explore the hidden pathways through the trees, leading who knows where…

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My thanks as always to Madilyn and Yun for their wonderful pictures.

Stay tuned for more from Photo Sans Frontiers soon.

 

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