Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I must have an escape!

I saw this face looking out under a gate in the village of Cheddar in Somerset - and if ever there was a face set on mischief I think it may be this one!

More shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Brougham Hall Door Knocker

A friend of mine has a photo gallery in a (being) restored 14th century Hall with a rather wonderful door knocker.  While the design of this door knocker may be very old, the object itself is rather more modern.

At some time the original door knocker was stolen and sold at auction!

You can find out about the Hall here.

I'm really busy at present - so comments from last week remain unanswered - it's nothing you have done, its more to do with the amount I have to do!  I will try and catch up as soon as possible.

Linking this post to I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2.  

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A wombat on Friday!

After a bit of a run of post from the UK (which will continue next week!) I thought I'd take a different direction on fridays for a while and post images of Mammals for a while.

If there is any interest in a "Furry Fhings On Friday" sort of link up, I am open to persuasion!

So, this is a Wombat.  The world largest hole dwelling herbivore by some accounts - and a good value animal by all accounts.

This fine beast was on the beach at Wilsons Promontory earlier in the year - you can read more about what else was about during that trip here.

I'd like to say thanks to everyone who hosted Sky Watch Friday - but at present I am a bit short of inspiration for sky shots that are just a little bit different.  I know that keeping a "link up" going takes a bit of work!  And I don't think I have abandoned skies for ever!

Let me know if there is any interest in a Wild Mammal Friday sort of thing!  SM

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday - Bridled Tern

It came as more than a bit of a surprise to find out that there was a Bridled Tern in semi-permanent residence on the Farne Islands - and it came as an even greater surprise when I managed to get some half decent images of the bird.

The Bridled Tern does breed in the area known as the Western Palearctic - but only in the Middle east, and then not in huge numbers.  It also occurs around much of the north coast of Australia.

I have seen reports that suggest that this bird was from a breeding population in the Caribbean, that had become lost (or simply gone the wrong way - taken a wrong tern??) during migration.

Whatever its origin, this bird was well off of its local patch - just like me at the time really!

So this bird - Strena anaethetus (or Onychoprion anaethetus after a name change) - may have recognised a fellow wanderer and come out to see me!  However, it seemed to like hiding behind vegetation when I saw it.  I almost scored some good "in-flight" shots - but they are a little too blurred for public consumption.

I have since found out that this is only about the 40th time this bird has been recorded in the UK - so, its probably my first image of a bit of a mega bird!

So, this unexpected guest was a real bonus bird on the Farne Island trip.

Now (as ever) it's over to you - click away to join in.