I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

THE BRAINWAVE (06/03/10)

After a much warmer night than we have come to expect we got up and went for an early morning constitutional. I was feeling a bit down, the place is heaving with birds and mammals but am I getting any pictures….NO!…..We passed these, what I assume to be old log carts.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey are attractive enough to warrant a click  but it dawned on me.The trees round about are over a hundred feet tall. I’ve seen and heard Owls, Buzzard and Woodpeckers. Now just at the back of the truck the terrain goes vertical , a slight exaggeration but I realised if I wanted to see birds then looking down on them would be a distinct advantage.

First we walked down to Patterdale for the paper, came back, had breakfast, saw the Nuthatch but he feeds on the blind side of the feeder. I’m very tempted to cut off a foot rest!

The expedition I contemplated would take a couple of hours. In fact we were out for four hours, today I would travel light, one camera one lens, no dog food, no Adrian food…Go for it!.. We did and both of us came back starving.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Up we went, level with the uppermost branches, no Buzzard, no Owl, no Woodpecker. There is a good view of the steamer pier at Glenridding.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Ullswater also looks good from up here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     We wandered a little further and it looked even better.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     As did the old miners cottages in Glenridding.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       St Sunday Crag in Grisedale didn’t look quite so inviting but what the hell, it’s a view.

Molly growled, a low growl, I turned around and what did we find?…………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A young Roe Deer in his full winter coat. Told you they were here!…… Happy!….As a pig in muck…..Am I?

Alright the brainwave produced not one avian image. It was still well worth going out.

Tomorrow, I think, a walk up to the snow line, no birds up there so no doubt they will all be perched on my shoulder. Monday, I fancy a look round the old mines in Glenridding.

Never a dull moment.


  1. Beautiful shot of the deer Adrian :-) Whenever I see one they always manage to find the darkest possible place to stand!

  2. Helen thanks, so did this, f9 ISO 1250. I'm no expert as you know but , If you are downwind of them they freeze, suspect hearing and smell are fine but eyesight is lacking. They seem much better in their dark jackets.

  3. Helen, I forgot to mention glad John is out of the hell hole.

  4. PS Helen glad John is back home, not as happy as he is I'm sure. As someone who has had a couple of big hits tell him that should he suffer panic attacks then get up blow in a paper bag and breath. fools the system.

  5. On the.... 5th shot, I really like the symmetry you've captured between top and bottom of the shot!

    The deer is too cute! Great shot! :o)

  6. Good catch with the deer Adrian, and stunning views from your walk up hill. Well worth the effort I'd say.
    I love the way nature is claiming those old carts too.

  7. Krista, thanks the weather is perfect. it does make life easier.

    Keith, I was beginning to doubt I'd get one. It is a snappers paradise.

  8. Your sense of humour just cracks me up. You are a tonic.