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Audrey does Instagram…

As I mentioned in my earlier Photo Sans Frontiers post, Audrey has been getting into photography, so when we went for a woodland walk recently, she took Rhonda’s phone and Instagram’d the scenery for your viewing pleasure.

Here are her favourites.

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She definitely has an artistic flair, no doubt about that and I’m sure Audrey will be contributing more photos to the blog in future posts.

 

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#atozchallenge: U is for Undulation…

a2z-badge_2016.jpg.jpegU is a bit of a problematic letter, there aren’t too many ways can think of to crowbar it into a post for the A-Z challenge, so I’m going to cheat.

I really like the words “undulating” and “undulation”, they are just nice, satisfying words to say. I also like the motion which they describe; “one of a series of wavelike bends, curves, or elevations”, which can be applied to the curvaceous shape of something, too.

So here are a few photos, picked from shots that I’ve taken over the years, that feature undulations of one sort or another; whether it’s in landscapes, hills, clouds, treelines, or one of my more peculiar architectural compositions…

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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Photography

 

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#atozchallenge: P is for Panic!…

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Good grief! It’s 7 in the evening and today has been non-stop since 6 this morning; I haven’t had a chance to even think about a blog post for today’s A-Z challenge and now I’m cooking dinner for me and Audrey and my mind’s a blank_____________________

Aha!

….no, that won’t work.

I’ll never get an elephant, a swimming pool full of custard, Mel Gibson and a troupe of performing ocelots on hover boards at this short notice…

Maybe…

Hmmmm,…….no, I give up, I’ll have to miss today’s pos..

Oooh, hang on, Photos, some nice Pictures of flowers in the garden, they’re always popular.
And the sun’s out, (or it was when I wrote this) perfect!

Panic over.

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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Photography

 

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#atozchallenge: M is for Mound, and More light…

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When I got home from work today, I noticed what looked like a heavy sprinkling of fake snow on the patio, so I went out to investigate.
I discovered that the local council had finally sent a tree surgeon to begin work on the small, dense strip of woodland that runs behind our garden and he had felled a large Ash tree, allowing considerably more light into the area in the back corner; The Mound.

The Mound (it’s always referred to as though it deserves capitals, at least I think so) is where two stepped walls meet at right angles, with soil banked up to a high point in the back corner.
We transformed it last year; from the overgrown, wild garlic-infested eyesore it was, into a sort of woodland glade rockery and it has now begun to grow into its new identity.
So, with more light flooding in from the hazy afternoon sunshine, I snapped some photos of The Mound and a few other bits of the garden.

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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Photography

 

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Picture this: Moor to sea…

Yes, Spring is here and the weather is beginning to improve, which means there are suddenly a wealth of photographic possibilities out there, just waiting to be captured.

Last weekend, Audrey and I made a quick stop at Woody Bay Steam Railway, in Exmoor National Park, so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures before we made our way back home and went for a walk (or scoot) along the river Taw estuary, where I snapped a few more.

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Devon; there is always more to see.

 

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Arboretum of the imagination: Meetings with impossible trees…

Arboretum of the imagination: Meetings with impossible trees…

Here’s a little experiment to complement my post on imaginary architecture, this time applied to the sculptural beauty of trees…

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Meetings with Remarkable Trees, by Thomas Pakenham, is a fabulous book and it’s where I stole the idea for the name of this post.

Other than that, there’s no connection, except for the trees, obviously…

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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Arts, Photo Sans Frontiers, Photography

 

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Photo Sans Frontiers reblog: Devon skyline…

From dusk until dawn, there’s always a spectacle in the sky over Exmoor at this time of year.
Here are some recent examples from the latest post on my photo-blog, Photo Sans Frontiers; if you haven’t visited it yet, pop over and check it out…

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At this time of year, I manage to catch the sunrise and the sunset on my way to and from work, on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
Here are a few from the last couple of days.

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Photo Sans Frontiers, 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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Picture this: An Autumn walk…

The weather has been pretty kind to us in the last couple of weeks, but there’s definitely an autumnal chill in the air this weekend.
A perfect time then, to go for a brisk walk and try to capture the beauty of the turning seasons on camera, and what with all the multi-coloured foliage, skeletal structures of seed heads everywhere and the profusion of berries, it didn’t take long for me find plenty of ideal subjects to photograph.

I hope you enjoy this taste of Autumn…

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…and if you want more of the same, pop over to Photo Sans Frontiers for a second slew of seasonal spectacle.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Arts, Photography, Picture this.

 

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Life of Brian…

One of the restrictions of living in our rented flat is that we aren’t allowed pets, which is a shame as we would love to have a dog, but I guess we’ll have to wait until we move somewhere larger.

But this doesn’t mean that we have to go without the company of animals altogether, because our garden backs onto a small woodland area that is home to plenty of wildlife.
There is a large rookery of noisy crows in the tall pines, several pairs of collared doves that regularly feed on the piles of bird seed we leave on the roof of our shed, a few families of squirrels (one of which built a drey in the tree that overhangs our garden) who keep us entertained with their high speed antics among the branches and we’ve even had a feuding group of hedgehogs fighting all night on the patio.

 

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However, the most recent addition to our acquired menagerie is not quite so wild.

In fact, he (she?) is particularly relaxed.

One day a couple of weeks ago, I came home to find that a directionally-challenged homing pigeon had landed in the garden and showed no sign of wanting to fly away, even when approached by myself or Rhonda.

We fed him some bird seed (why do I always think of gender non-specific animals as male?) which he gratefully accepted, then we watched with amusement as he waddled around the patio quite happily before settling down for a rest in his dinner.

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Relaxed he may have been, but not so much so that I could actually grab hold of him, to allow me to read the details on his leg rings, of which there are three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as I was informed by several people that when lost homing pigeons are reunited with their owners, they are usually, um, how can I put this?… “retired with extreme prejudice”, because it means they have lost the knack of navigating their way back home. So, despite the insistence by the lady I spoke to at the Homing Pigeon Association that I “throw a bath towel over him, read his rings and call the owner, who will come and collect him”, we decided that discretion was the better part of valour and gave him refugee status in our garden for as long as he wants to stay.

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Now, being English, with our inate tendency for anthropomorphic personification where animals are concerned, I had to give our new avian friend a name.

So I christened him Brian.

Some of you may have guessed the reason for this, but for those of you who aren’t already fans of the internet’s most popular and opinionated pigeon, let me explain.

Brian Pigeon is a blogging phenomenon, a London street pigeon with his own website, which I have followed with some amusement ever since I discovered it a few years back.

I never intended to pinch the great bird-of-the-people’s moniker, but Brian was the first name that came into my head and, once I’d given voice to it, I just couldn’t see him as anything but a Brian.

(To make up for this bird-brained faux pas, the least I can do is provide a link to the original Brian’s page, so here is Brian Pigeon’s blog, give him a visit.)

And since then Brian has shown absolutely no inclination to leave his new residence, keeping us company when we’re out in the garden, giving meaningful looks at his feeding spot two or three times a day, then flying up onto our roof to catch the last of the evening sun before retiring to his new quarters in the now-abandoned squirrel drey, in the tree that overhangs the patio.

It is rather nice to have a friendly face waiting for us each morning, I just hope that the profusion of neighbourhood cats don’t see this as an opportunity to take advantage of Brian’s innocent nature and alfresco dining schedule, because I don’t think he’s all that clued up on predators.

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