More adventures withe the camera !
“Salthaven Community Orchard”
“Food Fight in the Garden”
More adventures withe the camera !
“Salthaven Community Orchard”
“Food Fight in the Garden”
Just a few shots as Spring and Mother Nature works at her best in our garden !
Just a few feeders can bring a host of winged beauties into your garden !
atever your favourite enjoy your garden..enjoy your life !!!!
Many people who are currently working a six day week will tell you, that far from having a day off on their only work free day, that they end up doing all the things they have little time for on the days they do have to work. Chores like going food shopping,laundry,cleaning the car,cleaning the house and if the weathers nice tidying up in the garden.
My day off last week was no different to most, although I did get a chance to set up the camera with the remote and took some good photos of Starlings,Blackbirds and a Jayhawk. It was a busy day and a productive one as I got some of the jobs done, that i’d been meaning to do and as the weather was disappointingly inclement, didn’t miss the chance to do something more enjoyable.
Even though it was my day off I got up at the normal time,made a cuppa and watched TV for just over an hour or so.Feeding the birds is a morning ritual and they thoroughly enjoyed the feast I’d put out, allowing me to get some good shots. I’d had some free Sunflower seeds that came on the front of a magazine so next up was sowing them into three pots of varying sizes. Recently I’ve also put up a mini greenhouse so watering the seedlings was next on my agenda as the weather started to look gloomy.
It was at this point I decided to drive over to the club and do some other jobs that I’d put off for far too long. I loaded up my tools as well as the recharged batteries and headed off. It was showery but again my four hour visit was productive.I managed to repair the storage box roof at the back of the cabinchaletshed with the the help of some timber i had stored and also put some new felt on making it waterproof once again and as good as new.
Next as the rain fell I headed indoors and put up the TV on a wall with the aid of a movable bracket finally after clearing out the backbox I headed home to do some more jobs. The jobs I had in mind were plumbing in a Water Butt (it filled up later in the week and didn’t leak),cutting the grass and finally I watered the Plants as the sun shone brightly.
Then it was time for dinner so much for a relaxing day off
“I am only a naturist because I love the comfort of wearing no clothes”
Hopefully in a weeks or so we may be able to pop along to the club and see how the Cabinchaletshed has fared over the fairly mild winter which hasn’t really seen any snow at all. For one reason or another we haven’t visited together since late September although I did pop over in late February to collect some clothes and the bedding. Over the course of the last year work(mainly),family commitments and us moving house have seen our visits kept to a minimum.
The thing I miss most the only thing, is the setting which is deep in the countryside a setting not dissimilar to where we live now. There’s nothing better than arriving on a Friday night getting undressed and not wearing anything apart from a smile until Sunday evening. Even when it’s not sunny it’s still pleasant and as we are not huge drinkers anymore it’s time to think of way of entertaining ourselves other than the legendary trivial pursuit of course.
Only last week I bought an Aldi special of a inverter and a solar battery voltaic panel which I hope will give us sustainable power throughout the weeks months and years just for the princely sum of £52. Maybe we can hook up a TV so we can watch our many DVDs in our huge collection.
This morning with sustainability in mind I renewed our joint membership to the Green Party and I’m hoping we can get back to enjoying life the way we did, just a couple of short years ago. Work must of course be factored in to make it all possible however,even so it important to enjoy life whenever you can.
After cutting the grass yesterday afternoon,I settled down on the sunbed in the garden soaking up some well earned rays. Apart from the flies(there were many) I suddenly noticed how many birds had come into the garden.I quickly popped inside and grabbed the camera to see just how many I could shoot, before the sun disappeared. Sitting quietly and as still as I could suddenly all the birds returned.
The best shots I got were not as easy as one would think, as I spotted a Blackbird over my left should and managed to shoot these before my neck ached,I moved and the birds flew away.
Who says the garden is boring in the wintertime ?
“The sun can warm the coldest dawn”
Up with the larks ? Well not actually, but the thought was there as I stumbled out of bed,some 20 minutes before sunrise. Recently, while driving to work, I’ve seen some wonderful sunrises and misty mornings,so today on my day off, I challenged myself to go out and record some of them.
It was a chilly start to the morning (it was only 3º Celsius) even so it wasn’t as cold and frosty as I’d hoped for.The main thing being of course, it was wonderfully bright and gloriously sunny,perfect weather conditions for photography. It is still wonderfully sunny now as I write some 25 minutes after midday,but the shadows are beginning to creep across the back garden, as the sun heads slowly down once again.
I didn’t head far away, just a little way across the countryside to a spot near Rivenhall,managing to capture the wonderful St Mary’s and All Saints church from a distance.I have to say that my photography skills can still be described as being in the amateur category, but I can say even so,I do have my moments of success.
Mostly I enjoy greatly, capturing the moment.Whether it be in the morning,evening,summer or winter, in varying weather conditions in the countryside or even in the city. For me I’m only here once so why not live this moment and why not capture it in a photograph,a video,a post or whatever medium you choose.
I realised during early spring visits to the club in 2015, that the sun can light up the sky and landscape in a wonderful way and also its never quite the same, as you go through the year,month by month. Climate plays a part too whether it’s being naked, during the warmer spring and summer months to being fully clothed, with three or more layers,thermal underwear,two pairs of socks,woolly hat and gloves (finger-less of course) in the cold winter months.
In terms of photography,I love the challenge of seeing what else or where else I can shoot and also experiencing the feeling of doing something I’ve not done before. Today I parked just down the road from the church and walked into Rivenhall Thicks,the only real wooded area visible from the road. The view across the fields to the church was excellent and with the sun in the background it gave me a great start to the day.
Then afterwards it was straight back home, into the warmth of the living room,numerous cups of coffee and a mince pie or two.To my delight as I sat at the computer, the wildlife (above) seemed to just appear at the window and afforded me another chance to shoot.Even though they’re taken through glass they came out rather well.
“Lost on a wave and then after
Dream on on to the heart of the sunrise”
Even on a wet Morning as I look out from the kitchen,there’s always so much going on in our garden probably because we live on the edge of open countryside. Starlings and Sparrows seem to love the gardens especially if we put out some seed or even some bread. Other varieties also make appearances from time to time making even a raining day special.
Encouraging birds to any garden is easy if you do just a few simple things. Provide them with shelter in the form of trees, hedges and shrubs, add a few nest boxes, make sure there is a clean source of water and of course, feed them. It’s also really important to make sure there is plenty of natural invertebrate food for many different species including warblers in the summer, but also for nestlings when birds are breeding and this means avoiding pesticides of all types in the garden.
Predators (including your birds) will soon build up in number to establish a balance in your garden and you will find you have few, if any problems with pests. Many of our native bird species are declining in number because of loss of habitat, nest sites and natural food in the wild. We can all help them by encouraging them to feed and breed in your garden. Making your garden a haven for birds can be achieved in a number of different ways.
Feeding your birds Feeding the birds with seed mixes and peanuts, which more than thirty percent of us do in one form or another, is a very important aspect of wildlife-friendly gardening and nowadays contributes to the conservation and survival of many species. It is important to use good quality mixes of seeds, sunflower seeds or peanuts, to ensure that you are not introducing disease of any kind. Cleaning your feeders and bird tables is also necessary. There are several bacterial and viral diseases that affect our birds and these can be passed from one to another in their droppings. Many types of feeder are available, but do make sure you keep them clean at all times.
Water is also vital to your garden birds. A tiny barrel pond (like this one in the picture) will bring birds of all species to drink and bath. If you have room for a bigger pond you will be creating a habitat for all manner of wildlife as well as keeping your garden birds supplied with water for bathing and drinking.If you enjoy watching the birds in your garden, and would be interested in helping with a Garden Bird Survey, the BTO runs a Garden BirdWatch scheme.
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