Monday, 29 February 2016

Photo Scavenger Hunt..



The word February comes from the word  "februa"- which means cleansing or purification, and reflects the rituals undertaken before Spring.

This is one project I really enjoy doing, I don't need much encouragement to get out there with my camera.
 The list of word helps to look for things I might not have photographed.
Have a look over at Greenthumb and see what other people have snapped.  

Thanks to Greenthumb of Made with Love for organising the hunt.



(Green)
Green has to be the first leaves showing on the Hawthorn.

The hawthorn was thought to be the ancestor of the maypole and was the source of May Day garlands. The rhyme “here we go gathering nuts in May” referred to the collection of knots (not in fact “nuts”) of may blossom (link)
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(2)

These are two of my favourite pots...bought for a pound some years ago in Settle
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 (Cool)
We had a few frosty and cool days in February.
Lowest temperature recorded on Earth. Aerial photograph of Vostok Station, the coldest directly observed location on Earth. The lowest natural temperature ever directly recorded at ground level on Earth is −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K), which was at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
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(Somewhere you went)

Had a day out in Skipton to meet my mum for lunch, every trip here I visit Emma's Apothecary shop, filled with the most wonderful stuff on two floors. I can not leave without buying something. 
Today the Bee compact mirror and the Badger tin came home with me. The Scarf was a present from my Husband on our last visits.
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(Up)

Up is watching the sun come through the clouds at the park, we have had a quite a few sunny days this month. 
Very nice.
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(Frame)

Old Man comes out with me when I go a wondering with the camera, quite allot of my photos have bits of him in the frame.
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(From a low angle)
Crocus are out in the garden.

Different species of crocus bloom in different parts of the year, but most species will show their beautiful flowers during the winter and spring
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On the shelf
 On my shelf above the new wood burner.
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(Writing)
Walking round just lately I have noticed how much rubbish there is, the past winds and flooding have not helped.

The discarded box with the words "handle with care" made me think how many people do not care about what a mess we are leaving on the land. 
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(Inside)
sycamore seed found in side a wall, seed of sycamore are arranged in V-shaped pairs and equipped with wings that facilitate dispersal by wind. One tree produces up to 10.000 seed per season.
Sycamore is often planted in urban areas because of its ability tolerate air pollution and provide shade.
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(Line)
A line of walls, one of the few greenbelt areas left as you walk down to Guiseley , even though it floods they still want to build houses here...
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Shape
We all love the shape of a Robin...:)
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Nothing to see here...



 A free morning, with sunny weather and a trip to the river.
The river Wharfe runs along the boundary between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, there are many spots you can visit the river, but here just of the A65 you can park up and go for a little walk.
You can sometimes see many birds on the river or not, but to day was a day for not getting any photos!
First a disturbed a Dipper, which flew of down stream, the children on the other side disturbed a large flock of Lapwings as they were gathering wood out of the field from the last lot of  flooding we've had, later on they would send the Hares scattering as they drove their truck round. Camera not fast enough to focus on a moving Hare.
Black-headed Gulls, Carrion Crows and my first Curlew was spotted, did manage to get a quick shot of the pair of Oystercatchers and Long-tailed tits hiding in the trees
(Blackbird, Great tit, Dunnock, Magpie, Wood pigeon )

I should have worn my boots as it was very muddy, distracted by the young Bullocks ,there was not a wall between me and them, not happy been in the same field, I even mapped out which part of the river I could jump in if they came near me!!! 
My face was leaking due to the cold winds, not going to well.. I decided I had enjoyed seeing the Hares and got back in the car.





Friday, 12 February 2016

Look what came in the post

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I have joined  the world of Instagram...
which is giving me a creative outlet for my photography as well as combining it with nature, books and many other things I love to collect.
A quick search on the internet, and most books can be found.

One of the ladies I came across dawienettlebee, she takes wonderful photos of Bird, animal and nature books, some of the books I had not seen before. I love the old nature books, the paintings and the drawings as well as the smell.. As a child I lived next to a paper mill, were many of the books I have now came from, rescued before they were mashed up into a pulp to make new paper. I spent most of my childhood in that place and the smell of old books sends me back. 


"The Seasons" foreword by Roy Strong.
To illustrate the four seasons of the year Louis Lawrence chose and wrote out  in decorative script  short extracts of poetry  and pose by writers such as Longfellow, Southey, Scott, Tennyson and Wordsworth. He decorated each page with his own delicate drawings and watercolours.
( notes from the book)










Found tucked inside the book was a little card left by the previous owner.  



Stamps was another thing I collected from the mill, letters from all over to be recycled. I have a large folder full, but I could not resist ordering some bird and flower stamps, they are wonderful too.








I more books to show, but I will leave you with this one found in a second hand shop on Wild Flowers, this book too has lovely drawings.










Friday, 5 February 2016

Muddy Boots...



You will need your Boots on if you go to the park...

Just a few days of dry weather and a little bit of sun, has jumped started the park into Spring.
Birds are singing  and the first spring flowers are on there way, even though is a little to early.

Greenfinch
Dunnock


Alder Catkins

 Catkins which appear between February and April. Alder is monoecious, which means that both male and female flowers are found on the same tree. Male catkins are yellow and pendulous, measuring 2–6cm. Female catkins are green and oval-shaped, and are grouped in numbers of three to eight on each stalk.


Redwing
Redwings occur in all habitat types throughout the UK, woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland, hedgerows indeed any open country habitat with suitable scrub.
In the garden, like all thrushes, the Redwing enjoys snails, earthworms, Mealworms and Fruit, as well as Suet and Fat Balls .
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Other birds hiding amongst the trees were,
Great tit, Coal tit, Blue Tit, Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Carrion crow.

Drumming away in the tree was a Great spotted woodpecker.



Hiding in the shadows of the beck was a Grey wagtail





Lesser Celandine




I have recorded this flower, flowering as late as April in 2010 when we had a cold winter, the small patch I watch was just coming into flower, but along the edge of the park next to the road edge they were in full flower as they get more sun.


(No sun to day, so flower closed)   

In the same place at the far end of the little wood that follows the Beck was a good patch of 
Snowdrops




On todays walk, the last thing spotted was some blossom.


Fingers crossed we can all get out at some point and look for signs of Spring this weekend.