ABOUT ME

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
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

………….. AS A NEWT. (10/10/12)

I enjoyed another sunny day. We had a good wander round but the best was left till last.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       See………. not a cloud in the sky on my little planet.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA             I wish the dogs were more particular about the quality of the water they swim in. I am going to have to invest in one of those squirty perfumed things. The van reeks of stagnant pond and horse muck.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA             The rat has learnt to climb the bird feeder. I have given the pole a spray with teflon but it makes no difference at all.

As I was trying to persuade the dogs out of the pond I looked down and saw this little beauty. I thought it was dead but it was just cold.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA              I popped it on a fence post to warm up and stood guard to make sure nothing swooped down and gobbled it up.

It’s not an Salamanda it’s a Smooth Newt, I think it’s a he as it still has a bit of crest left. It soon warmed up so I carried it back to the pond. I hope that’s where it was going as it will be bloody annoyed if it was heading somewhere else.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA               It had become quite quick and agile and spent the fifty yard walk back to the pond trying to run up my sleeve. Little devil. They are difficult to handle so small and delicate. If you inadvertently pull off a leg or it’s tail it can grow a new one. Wish I could!

Have fun.

15 comments:

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    1. Wah,
      they aren't reptiles they are amphibians. They don't bite.

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  2. Lovely shots Adrian. We were walking along Sandbanks beach the other day, and witnessed a couple trying to prevent their dog from rubbing itself into a very rotten Canada Goose on the shoreline. Dogs eh?

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  3. The Newt is suddenly woke up to find some human had lifted in his hand, I'll say it was annoyed, still, he put it down, the wrong way.

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    1. Bob, I hope not....I wouldn't want to make it angry.

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  4. I am not sure how you got that first shot but it is brilliant. I am glad you finally had some sunshine. As for the rat, try some oil or grease on that pole maybe. The dogs are scamps, maybe trying to bring that special scent home with them, LOL. :)

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    1. Gillian, they succeeded!
      Look for Little Planets on Google. If you have trouble then ask and I'll do a 'Seeing to Pictures' tutorial. You should find plenty on the net as they are popular and can be very effective. They can also be very time consuming this one is the quick and nasty version.

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  5. Lots of everything in this post. I'll bet the dogs can rally stink up the joint. My daughter had a bathroom at the back door and her Schnauser got a bathe before she was allowed the run of the house.

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    1. My dogs get treated to a hose pipe.

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  6. Nowt like a newt to brighten the day ;) My goodness, those dogs do like traipsing around in the bog and muck. Must be difficult to get them cleaned up. Enjoyed your photos and text :)

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    1. Glo, they are wonderful little creatures.

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  7. Clever fellows (I think he's a fellow) is rats but climbing a pole like that is more than I've seen before.

    I used to play in a pond (it was 60 years ago) which was full of newts. The pond is long gone and I'd be surprised if there is a newt within 10 miles of my childhood home now.

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  8. The sky island is way cool! How do you do that?? It's like something out of Avatar:) Puppies love to get dirty:) Cool capture of the newt.

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    1. Chris, there are many tutorials on the internet Google Little Planets.
      In PS or PS elements go to Image> resize and uncheck restrain proportions. Square your image up and turn it upside down. Then Filter>Distort>Polar cordinates> Rectangular to Polar.
      It works best on a 360 degree panorama but with a bit of cloning on can get away with less. Before you start level both sides of the image so the horizon will join up.
      E-mail if you have trouble.

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