Talk about slow traffic… not the internet…

I came across this tortoise the other day, streaking down the lawn at an awful speed… the sun was on the wrong side for good photos so I asked him/her to turn around….

He/she answered that it would be quicker if I moved to his other side, or I must wait for the afternoon when the sun would then be right…. (clever reptile showing me up like that)… Well I was too darn lazy to move around to his other side, there was a six foot fence in my way in any case…

So here is what I captured…. enjoy….


wonder why he/she did not have a shower after the last painting job they did ????


“Hello there” it seems to be saying in this photo….


Wonder if I’d have seen a difference in photos if I had of taken a few at 3 frames per second ???

What is Artistic licence?… and how am I doing?

Now there’s a question no one wants to see.. hell, how do we politely tell this man his own artistic licence is up to pot…?? Please don’t do that !!!

I so wish I could paint, to take these photos and commit them to canvas, to frame and place on my wall… not all of them, (haven’t got a big enough wall) but some just appeal to my eye.. like this one… would this fall into the genre of an abstract ??


These birds twist and turn with their preening, and there is more than often an opportunity to capture a different aspect of their colours from the different angles they get into… like this one…


The differing feathers, from thin to broad, the golden feather tips that are below the wings.. the mauves or reds (hell what colour is that??) towards the tail. The delicate feathers around the neck, almost hair like… the broad perfect feathers of the wings, and then the head gear… a pin cushion of gold… what a bird God created here…


a few more photos of those I love….



Have a great day as I will be having… go well….

700… an even number, but an odd feeling…

A fellow blogger commented on it being her third birthday on wordpress and this impressed me beyond words… 3 years ??? … seemed a blogging life time, as  I wondered if I’d ever make it…

photos from the loonybin” had made it 3 years… then I remembered “A Frank Angle” had been blogging since the first computer was discovered and internet came into being and had 1 500 posts… hell I’d never reach that….

Damn it if a little research didn’t frighten the katonkas out of me… I made my first post on the 30th March 2012 that’s two and a half years ago and this is my 700th post…. now I feel old…. half as old as A Frank Angle (will have to respect his age and call him Uncle) and getting close to Photos from the loonybin, (hell I might just have to call her Auntie)….

So who does one thank for being around this long ??

108 000 visitors to my site I would suppose are the first, cause they are there…. and hell that is approx. 150 views per post… My articles on “street article” (225 articles have received 200 560 reads, approx. 890 reads per article, wow this analysis is frightening)

31 000 odd comments made by others and myself… cause they have shown an interest…

and then wordpress for hosting my site without many hassles, or for allowing spammers to inundate my blog with their codswallop…

So here is a post that might be longer than usual but I do love these photos and want to share them with you all…

Thank you for being just so much more than followers, but rather the friends that you have become….

In reflection over the last 699 posts………….

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Pondering on the posts made, visits and comments…..


Looking back I might have done some things differently…..

lookin back

Hell I might even have been accused of being windy…..


I’m sure we have shared a few secrets…..

shared secrets

We might even have gossiped about others…

talked about

BUT… I’m sure we have never fought….


But rather looked out for each other… aided and even shared each others posts….

looked out

But what does the future hold for this blog..?? I’m sure while I have visitors, or people who comment and show interest…. even those that voice the love of learning from this blog… I will continue…

So here’s to stepping out of the mud and grime and continuing on with something I’ve really grown to love and can’t stop doing….

walking ahead

Please come along and enjoy the ride as we head on down the road of bloggers sphere…

On the wings of love….

Just smile for me and let the day begin
You are the sunshine that lights my heart within
I’m sure that you’re an angel in disguise
Come take my hand and together we will rise

Thanks to Jeffrey Osborne for the lyrics of  – On The Wings Of Love

Whilst at the bird hide, a certain white-throated swallow came and perch near at hand begging to have its photo taken. The wind was blowing and it kept its pose as I moved to as near as possible…




It then dropped off the security wire to a reed nearby…..



What beautiful eyes you have.. and leathery cheek…

I love this shot I took with a little zoom… the bird remained un-perturbed by my hand over the ledge adjusting the zoom…

I probably would never have been able to see the birds eye so close, or for that matter, the leathery type skin of the cheek, if this bird had of known I was in the hide…


I loved this shot for the artistic shape and form of the feathers… the bird was preening behind its wing… also with a little zoom…


One of the other birds that was in close proximity was watching me with great interest….


One can almost hear it saying “I have my eye on you, try anything funny and I’ll warn my friend !!”

How low can you go… over the edge for me..

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum).

I paid a favourite spot a visit yesterday and was rewarded in a different way. Phyllis or Lorna, not sure which one, was standing directly below the edge of the hide. I could not lean out she would have moved, so I merely pointed my camera over the side and used my tilting screen to focus and take the shots.

She was preening away happily and seemed to take little to no notice of the camera… But these are what you could call close encounters of the unexpected kind…. here’s a picture to show the set up….


and these were a few of the resultant captures….. I like them…






A bitch/moan about something, post…

I commented on a blog the other day about something that I felt I needed to get off my chest and felt this might just be the place to do it…

I don’t want to bore you with the Bulldog getting all serious and becoming a poster of moans and groans…. BUT… I forgot what it was all about, … SO … I can’t not post, so sorry all I have that is ready for posting is flamingo photos… so if you’ve had enough, switch off now and look anyway… or continue….







I PROMISE I WON’T POST ANY MORE … (glad you can’t see my fingers crossed…. hell that now takes me back to my childhood… how did crossed fingers negate a promise ?)