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.


51 comments:

  1. Beautiful photography as always. The colours in those snowy scenes are just gorgeous! J9 x

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    1. There was something about the light that day but I can't quite get what it was! x

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  2. What an amazing frost flower. Well done on finding it. Crows are not easy birds to photograph - far too canny! I shall have to stand at the door with my camera to keep those blasted farm Jackdaws off my seed feeders (even though they are now in Squirrel-proof holders). Your snow is hanging around. I drove to see my friend A today, who is up in the mountains above the snow line and just a few dots of snow around in the hedgerows. However, I'm off to Sheffield tomorrow and they had a good amount 4 or 5" and it's still hanging around, but rain forecast. Boots needed!

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    1. Have a great time BB! We don't get Jackdaws at all up here but when we lived in Chagford they were the bane of my life. I was constantly knocking on the window and running out waving my arms at them. They're not very attractive birds either are they? x

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  3. Another blogger, Adrian, just found frost flowers for the first time. So did I, from his photographs. Adrian's Images, he calls himself.

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  4. I have never seen Frost Flowers. Very cool.

    You have a very good photog eye.

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    1. Thanks Joe! They are certainly cool.

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  5. Great shots of the crow! I have never seen a frost flower, so beautiful

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    1. I had never seen them before last year and now I see them all the time. I thought they were a fungus at first!

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  6. I also do not know what a frost flower is but I think it is very lovely.
    You are having some very pretty weather.
    Wurfs to your Gud Dugs !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Best weather for me. I'm not keen on the heat Parsnip. Cold and sun please.

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  7. It goes without saying that I love the photos of your pups, but you captured the crow beautifully! I've also tried to take photos of them with no luck, but I keep trying!! You've had about as much snow as we've had, and more is predicted for us over the weekend--We'll see if we get it. Take care, and stay warm!

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    1. I've been trying for YEARS Kim. You need to take a horse with you!

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  8. Adrian from Adrian images, a blogger, have had this Hair Ice a couple of times on his blog. You should have a look at it as he has some fantastic close ups. The views in this post are wonderful

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  9. Great captures of the crow Em. The ice hair, I never saw that. But I have seen it in other pictures from people who were Lucky to see this just as you. The landscape pictures are amazing love the colours.

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    1. I often find they appear in the same twigs or rounds of beech lying around so I always go and look if I think conditions are right.

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  10. I love looking at your photos, Em.

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  11. Wonderful Crow photos! They can be difficult to capture. Loved the photos of Trigger and Snippet. Your photos always bring such joy.

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    1. Thanks Gail. I was so pleased it stayed in that tree!

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  12. Glorious photos and boys having fun as ever!

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  13. Those crow shots are more than OK I would say Em - brilliant in fact.

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  14. Well done on getting the crow and wren photos. The pastel scenes of Dartmoor are lovely and the frost flower is just beautiful - I don't think I've ever seen anything like that.

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    1. The wren is definitely a 'could do better' RR!

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  15. The shots of the snow on the high hills are just stunning Em. I was watching a wren prospecting under the bird table today, with the woodpecker on the feeder, first time I've ever seen that. I bet it isn't around tomorrow when I do the birdwatch, especially as I plan to have the camera out!

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    1. I keep forgetting about the birdwatch....I will put it on a post-it!

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    1. I just hope there's no sinister reason for it....

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  17. Wow I have never seen a frost flower it looks stunning! Sarah x

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    1. They are so beautiful and ephemeral. x

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  18. I am so glad that OB had such a great time with the football and that he has a new interest! Sounds as though he might do the rest of the team some good!!! How great would that be. Just read your comment to me, thank you so much and so sorry about what you shared. That is so sad. I don't have your e-mail so cannot respond any other way, but you can always get in touch if you like. You are right I think we have much in common! xx

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    1. I'll put it on your blog Amy - thank you. xx

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  19. Gorgeous photos Em! I always love them all. Pretty shot of the wren on the gorse bush. A flash of memory, happens more and more these days ;-0 I once went on a camping trip over the weekend on Dartmoor - have I told you this? - maybe - and as it was my first camping trip, some clever soul decided to initiate me by putting branches of gorse into my sleeping bag. I developed a rash that wouldn't go away for a couple of weeks. Was not happy, never went again :) I did enjoy waking up to the sheep bleating near my tent though. I suppose I still had fun, barring the rash :)

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    1. I know that rash Denise - not nice at all! You're being very kind about the Wren picture given the fact that there's no head! x

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  20. Wow, just stunning! I miss dramatic seasons like that. And I never even knew such a thing as a 'frost flower' existed - thank you!

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    1. Do you even get frost in winter Christian. Perhaps I'm being completely naive about Australia thinking you have no obvious winter!

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  21. Love all the photos, the crow and that little wren is my favourite. Have not seen many wrens down here in Essex and I miss them, tiny little brown balls hopping through the hedges.

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    1. I took some pictures today of what I think might be wrens but haven't blown them up yet. They're probably Sparrows!

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  22. Loving these pics Em - the birds, the landscapes, Trigger, and that frost flower is awesome. I'm thinking one has to experience hoar frosts to find those beautiful gifts from nature, and we rarely ever get one of those wonderful weather happenings here in the southeast US.

    Enjoy the weekend on beautiful Dartmoor.
    Mary x

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    1. I've only ever seen a hoar frost once and I think I did a post about it......let me look...here we are.... http://dartmoorramblings.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/hoar-frost.html . I'd never seen anything like it before. We're due snow overnight on Wednesday....HELP! x

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  23. What brilliant photos Em!! Especially the 4th photo down from the one of snippet! Love the pics of trigger too :) I have never seen a frost flower... amazing!!! x

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    1. I've so enjoyed walking at sunrise. Already 7.0, when I go out, is beyond sunrise so I'm not getting so many good shots! x

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  24. Cracking set of shots, Em. Good on OB for branching out into team sports. And I've only ever seen frost flowers on your lovely blog :o) xx

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    1. More to come CT....at least I think there are; they're on my phone so could be utter rubbish! xx

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  25. Your shots are stunning, Em! Those crow pictures are really very special (I find them fascinating birds), and the lanscape you live in is spectacular. It beats Chiswick High Road hands down! And of course, I love the pictures of your dogs who always look as though they are on a mission, and a very important one at that! xxxL

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    1. I had a friend at college who lived just off Chiswick High Road and so I spent a lot of time there....lovely. If we were ever to move back to London.....xx

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