Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Starlings and Apples

This is the first time I have seen Starlings show interest in an apple:



I don't think they were too impressed as they didn't stay very long.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's teaser was a Circular Studio rendition:
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of this Christmas candle ornament:

Congratulations to Ragged Robin who worked it all out and to The Weaver and Adrian who were most of the way there:

This time I used XnSketch to produce:

What had I photographed? If you wish to have a go at identifying it please leave your guess in the comments. They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Tuesday.

Monday, 11 December 2017


This evening was one of those rarer occasions when there was very little cloud in the West while the Sun was setting so all the gorgeous colour was on the cloud formations towards the East:

Sunset 11 Dec 2017

As for the dire warning of snow for us yesterday. It was almost a case of what snow, here anyway. Some very fine snow with an hour of the fluffy stuff which started to settle and then vanished. Mainly sleet and rain.

Friday, 8 December 2017

I Dare You ......

Nothing captures Penny's attention faster that a squirrel making a dash for a tree:

I Dare You

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week I used Circular Studio to produce:

from  this:
Windmill in Boston

A photograph I took many years ago of the Maud Foster Windmill in Boston, Lincolnshire.
This is a working mill and details can be found HERE.

Well done to Roy, Bettina, Adrian and Ragged Robin who could see it was a windmill.

On to a new Circular Studio concoction for you to identify:
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As always, if you want to have a guess as to what this is you can leave your guess in the comments. They, along with the original photo, will be revealed next Tuesday.

Monday, 4 December 2017

December Cold Moon

A clear frosty morning gave an opportunity to see the December 'Supermoon':

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As predicted it was large and bright, too bright for the little Nikon to cope with as detail was burned out. I tried a bit of burning in Affinity but the detail just wasn't there.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Winter Moth

Spotted resting on my front door this morning:

Winter Moth

For once it was one I managed to identify very quickly.
A Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata)
For detailed information about them visit The Garden Safari HERE.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

An Apple a Day ......

.... is one of the surest ways to attract Blackbirds to my garden:

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Tale of Two Robins

Or to be exact one with a tail and one without:

More than a bit surprised when I was scanning the video captures to see what had been visiting the bird table. Born like it or the result of an altercation with a cat or another Robin? We will never know.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

White Thursday

We've had Black Friday.
 Here, near the Lincolnshire coast, today is turning out to be White Thursday:

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dazzling Penny

In this case the Penny is my retired greyhound. This year I bought her a new reflective harness for our  Winter early morning walkabouts. Here are her coat, old harness and bright orange reflective harness:


This piece of video, captured as we went out yesterday morning, shows how well it works. Though it is mainly lit by the infra red LEDs on the camera it is just as dazzling when lit by street lamps or vehicle headlights.

I have a fully reflective coat I wear on dark rainy or misty mornings. Though padded it is not quite as warm as the one I have on in the video and at least it has a couple of reflective strips.

Both harnesses are from CosyDogs in the UK. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's Any Deepstyle modified photo was:

Congratulations to Ragged Robin. You chose the correct one. It was a Sunflower:

For this week's teaser I used Circular Studio for a change:

What is it? If you think you know then you can leave your guess in the comments. They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Tuesday.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Monday Mystery

Once again, on our mid morning walkabout yesterday, I spotted another painted stone. This time on a pile of roofing tiles next to an old outhouse being converted to a dwelling:

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I may have missed others on previous walks so I have no idea how often they appear and still no idea whatsoever as to their purpose.  Intriguing though. Some days ago there was a piece of scrunched up paper in the tree fork where one stone had appeared in the past. It was awful weather that day so I didn't look closely at it. Maybe if I had I might have been somewhat wiser.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's Any Deepstyle modified photo was:


which started out as:


and was correctly identified by Adrian and Ragged Robin as the Union Flag aka Union Jack.

Here we are with yet another photo modified in Any Deepstyle:


What is it? If you think you know then you can leave your guess in the comments. They will be revealed, along with the original photo, next Tuesday.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Goodbye Leylandii - Part Three

It is fortunate there is a public footpath next to my garden as that gave the Green Cuts guys somewhere to drop a lot of the branches though it was still a tight space avoiding next door's fence and greenhouse. Nor was there much of a landing drop space in my garden between the fruit cage and the garden pond:

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This view gives some idea of the task:

It wasn't until I had a closer look at some of the stills used to make the time-lapse I noticed that to be safe some of the cut branches had been lowered to the ground:


Some general shots of the guys at work:







Needless to say there was a veritable mountain of chippings to dispose of.
This truck ferried three loads on the first day alone:


Plenty of wood too thick for chipping, much of which some neighbours took for burning:


Originally I was going to have the stump taken down to about four feet in height but when it had reached this stage I decided I liked it as a natural sculpture to take the bareness off that corner of the garden:


So that was the end of two and a half days hard physical labour on their part.
All that remains is for me to pay the bill when it arrives.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Goodbye Leylandii - Part Two

A couple more videos today.
Most of the time I couldn't see any detailed action.
If your eyesight is sharp you may spot one of the gang from Green Cuts in the second section, would probably need to be seen full screen. It gives an idea of just how big the tree was.

In that and the following video the occasional sound of a camera shutter is from the 350D which was taking the stills which made up the time-lapse shown yesterday.

This is part of the final reduction from 60ft + down to a stump:

The gang from Green Cuts in Lincolnshire were terrific. I recommend them for the careful, stirling hard work they put in to the job and the way they cleaned up at the end of every day. You couldn't get a more cheerful, friendly gang to work for you.

A few stills to finish of tomorrow.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Goodbye Leylandii - Part One

There was a leylandii growing in the corner of my garden when I first moved here many, many moons ago. About twelve years ago I had it topped with about one third of its height being removed. After that it started to spread as well as finding new sections to continue its upward growth. The time had come to let some light in that part of the garden and relieve some of my anxiety when watching it wave and clatter in strong winds. To that end I contracted a local company, Green Cuts, to reduce it down to a stump.

For part one here is a time-lapse video of two and a half days hard graft:

I now have to sort out some real time video I took along with some still photos.

I had set up an old Canon 350D in the kitchen fitted with an 8GB card and connected it to a Canon mains unit which replaced the battery so I wouldn't have to worry about it running out of power. An external timer was set to take a photo every twenty seconds. The resulting 1866 photos were made, 100 at a time, into video clips using Time Lapse Assembler. This is a very simple app for the Mac though I don't know whether it will work with the latest version of OS X. Finally those video clips were put together in iMovie to produce the finished time-lapse.

Sound track is my own composition which I call Thumper.

If the video doesn't play here than this link should take you to it on YouTube:

Friday, 17 November 2017

Just a Taster .....

..... as to what has been going on here recently;


More to follow when the job is completed.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tuesday Teaser

Last week's Any Deepstyle modified picture:

started out as this photo
My Heather plants which have almost grown in a stepped pyramid shape:

Many thanks to those who had a go at guessing what it was, not an easy one I admit.

This week's Teaser:

If you think you know what it is please leave your guess in the comments. They will be revealed, along with the original picture, next Tuesday.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Trees - Part Two

Still with the 1200D 'full spectrum' camera.
Hardly a leaf to be seen now:





Sunny but plenty of puddles left from overnight rain:

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