Late night Breather in Garden


Just take a flashlight and have one more breath of fresh air before retiring. (Don’t forget to take camera).

I have got into the habit of doming this recently because of Rosie my mini Dachshund who has discovered ‘mousing’ and just loves to go chasing around the garden following her long nose.

Tonight whilst waiting for her I spotted a Speckled Bush Cricket. I love them they alway remind me of Walt Disney characters.

Speckled Bush Cricket

Speckled Bush Cricket

TIME IS THE MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY


The times I have promised myself that I would make time to sit down and continue with my Blog. However, with the best will the world, there is only just so much time in the day. And if you are a) an insomniac. b) a main carer for your beloved. c) a semi-retired -‘Everything’ – it gets difficult to say the least.

But I am going to try. I have found a new extension to my wildlife photography since I last posted. The Garden at Night! We only have a small garden, by choice, but Ido try and legit go as wilds possible. And recently I found that whilst I was out there at night, waiting for Rosie (or mini-dahshund) to do her business, if I took a small but powerful torch with me,I could enter into a whole new world of activity, with MY insects, in our garden.

It has become a great learning curve for me and intend to start posting some of the more interesting pics here on this blog.

This little feller is the larva of the Harlequin Ladybird.

This little feller is the larva of the Harlequin Ladybird.

This is the first pic, hopefully I will be posting more later.

IS THAT THE TIME ALREADY?


Wow nearing Feb and I haven’t posted anything. Where has 2013 gone? However, I will send out a proper message to all my excellent and friendly bunch of bloggers. As a back-up and just in case (well you never know) Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic 2014.

Warm wishes x

 

ps.

Of course it would help if I could read and write!! :-)

Stop the badger slaughter and save British wildlife


For what it is worth, please reblog. If there is just one tiny thing we can do to stop the slaughter of these innocent animals.

February 2013


Peahen and Chicks

Can’t believe where the new year is off too! February already, but the good news is that Spring is around the corner, really looking forward to getting out there again and seeing all the new young things coming to life.

I think the pic above symbolises that time of year. The photo is of a mother Peahen and her chicks. I actually took the photo a couple of years ago now whilst my wife and I were on a wildlife outing in the caravan to Gigrin Farm in Mid Wales. The mother spent most days hanging around the caravan and didn’t seem to mind Rosie, our mini dachshund. That is until one day Rosie started to get inquisitive and walked in her direction.  Mother hen soon put a stop to that and Rosie came hurtling back to the van and break neck speed, ears akimbo!

Oh well, gonna try and get some z’s now it is 1.30am and I am having trouble with the old insomnia again. It has never really left me and I put it down to my time as a musician during my early years. It’s funny if I stay up until I am ready to sleep, which is usually around 3.00am, I will start to feel guilty!  Why? I don’t have to be anywhere special in the morning, so why can’t I stay up late?

And so the internal argument continues! Oh well…..same old, same old, as they say.  :-)

 


Originally posted on Personal Perceptions:

The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin during wintertime. The memorial for the 6 million Jews was designed by architect Peter Eisenmann. It consists of 2711 concrete slabs of heights varying from 0.2 and 4.8 meters (8 in to 15 ft 9 in). The stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

Underground of the 19000 square meter installation there is a “place of information” that holds all the known names of the holocaust victims.

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Blog of the year


Wow! This came as a surprise and a first for me thanks to Isadora, a great big thank you Issy it is very much appreciated. I just hope that I can get all the rules right now!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

BLOG OF THE YEAR Award: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

The rules for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award are:
1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
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6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.
When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

1. Ruth E Hendricks

2. Galen Leeds Photography

3. Andrew Skelton

4. Helen Cherry

5. Otto Von Munchow

6. Oaktree Photography

For those who have already received a star(s) for the Blog of the Year award, please add an additional one to your badge! You can pick up the corresponding badge at the link shown in the rules.


Well worth reading if you have any interest at all in the future of our woodlands.


Chepstow Castle Internal Door

Chepstow Castle Internal Door

Well it’s seems like an age since I last posted, so I thought my snippet of a Chepstow Castle door (which dates back to the 11th Century) would be an apt header!

I would just like to wish all my new friends on WordPress Blogs (and any other Blogs for that matter) a very happy Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year.

The weather in Wales is much like the rest of the UK at the moment there are floods everywhere, and more rain than we have had in a 100 years. But it doesn’t appear to have deterred the shoppers, from the TV news I see that the High Street and the Internet have all had a last minute boost to their sales. And good luck to them – it didn’t come from my house!

I have a number of plans for the New Year, whether they will come to fruition or not is another thing. One never knows what is around the corner, good or bad? But if all goes according to plan, I intend to finally publish my PhotoBook on “My Time with the King of Skiffle“. I have quite a lot of unpublished pics of Lonnie Donegan (Does your Chewing gum Lose its Flavour) during the time I was with him from about 1968 to 1973. I am sure there will not be a lot of interest out there, but I know there is a click of hard fans who would welcome it. Besides, I feel it would be a shame if the pics didn’t see the light of day.

I also have a number of photos, also unpublished of other entertainers which I guess would be another book. Pics of ABBA during their sound check at the Royal Albert Hall in 1978. I was the only photographer allowed in – all down to CBS Clout – nothing to do with photography skills. And lots of photos taken at private gatherings, none of which I will mention here because I am not a ‘PAP’ and I will ask permission to publish, just out of politeness really.

OK, have a wonderful and safe holiday,

My warmest wishes to all.

 

 

 

 

Better late than never?


When I say late what I really mean is LAzY! Well kinda.  I’m not naturally lazy in fact I’m the opposite, I need to be doing something all the time, otherwise it tends to have a significant impact on my frame of wellbeing. So I am continually doing something, admittedly it is usually in front of a computer and if not then it’s behind the lens (hopefully).

I did mange to actually get out with the camera this past week just for an hour – I have been behind the lens in the studio every day. I decided to visit my local Castle and Country Park (Caldicot) which is really only 2 miles from where I live. It was really enjoyable, I was amazed at how many people were out during the week.  It was nice to see them taking advantage of the facility, after all it has been there since about the year 1011. Henry the VIII was rumoured to have stayed at the castle on his way somewhere. I have been fortunate enough to use the inside of the castle for a number of photo shoots. The last with Queenie Mae earlier this year for her Album Cover.

The Autumn colours were truly awesome and I was fortunate enough to capture a couple of colourful shots.

Caldicot Castle & Country Park

A Juvenile Gull comes into land on the pond

I am now preparing for my ‘dreaded’ birthday next weekend. Age never ever bothered me much not until I reached 65, then in common with many other men no doubt, I began to ‘think’ about age. I was suddenly classed as an OAP, and Old Age Pensioner. But yet I didn’t feel like one thank God! Well that was 6 years ago, so you can imagine how I feel now! And don’t you just hate it when people say “ah…Age is just a number” one will usually find that those persons’ number is under 30!

But having said that I am grateful for relatively good health and I am able to combine some photographic work with looking after and caring for my darling wife of 38 years, although we have been together since the week we met, on the Englebert Humperdinck Summer Show, so that’s 43 years. Her MS of 17 years continues to progress but she does a fantastic job of dealing with it, much better than I could ever do.

Ok…I promise I will post again before Christmas (it says here) but just in case, I hope you will all have everything you wish for, for yourselves and your loved ones.

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