THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

22 January 2015

A CROW & PASTEL SNOW SCENES


Having a pony with you seems to make the more shy members of the animal kingdom less so in the face of an eager woman wielding a long lens. I have always had problems photographing crows and today I thought the shot below was as good as it was going to get. 


However, as we schlepped along the road, the solitary bird flew in front of us and landed in a lone Hawthorn tree. I leaned on Trigger's back to steady the camera and here are the results; I think they're okay.




Laughing at me:


As the snow started to melt at our level, the higher hills in the distance kept their white coats and the light seemed to paint the scene with pastel hues:








The dawn colours have been stunning too:




Trigger has been wearing his coat at night:


And not in the day.It's an itchy business wearing a coat.


I'd never managed to capture a wren and a few days ago I saw one flitting around in a gorse bush. They normally disappear before I've even turned the camera on but this one stayed for a couple of seconds. It never did reveal its head but this will do for me for the moment:


There was an amazing frost flower about eighteen inches in length one morning but it was in deep shadow and only this detail was in focus. Still amazing. Has anyone else seen any this year I wonder? Do let me know if you have.


OB played his first football match in goal for the school B team tonight. This is the boy who had no interest in team sports until 6 weeks ago. He did really well and made loads of saves. Two all; their best  result for years apparently. They're not great! My feet still haven't thawed out yet. So, until next time, here are the boys yesterday. No snow at all today. Have a great weekend.


15 January 2015

FIRST SNOW


The day before yesterday I woke to find a thin dusting of snow (not above); beautiful at dawn:



It was a taster for the following day (yesterday), when I woke to find rather more; up to six inches in the dips. Again, beautiful at dawn (the first photo is of this proper stuff):






The dogs loved it. This is Jack's first real experience of it as we had nothing to speak of last year. No more words required for a bit I think. Apologies - there are rather a lot of them.....






















This one is a good illustration of our being above the snow line:






There's nothing more photogenic is there? 

Thank you so much for all your comments on the last post. Your support is so much appreciated and makes everything easier to deal with. So, until next time, I'll leave you with those snow loving dogs. and give any kind of extended prose a miss. Have a great weekend!