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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.
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Saturday, 15 March 2014

AT LAST. IS THIS THE MONSTER? (15/03/14)

I got a couple of papers this week and not only can I not finish the crosswords but they made my blood boil. I find it soul destroying that our non-elected government can award themselves an 11% pay rise yet give Health Service workers 1%. We are governed by immoral crooks. It is time to start throwing rotten eggs whenever they appear in public. I stopped going to meetings when a Scot informed me that meetings were for alcoholics and drunkards don’t go to meetings. 

I spent a couple of hours sitting in a cool gale this morning. I know it is silly but I noticed a couple of Otters yesterday. Unfortunately the dogs noticed them before I did. I lugged the 400mm lens and tripod down to the confluence of the river and loch. I got settled in behind a fallen Alder, tied the dogs up and sat and sat and drank some coffee and sat some more. All I saw for my trouble were a couple of Oyster Catchers and a pair of Mallard.

I have good internet here so watched the England/Italy game. Italy got thrashed but never gave up. I have seen hundreds of Rugby matches and never have I been disappointed. The fans mix together and applaud good play no matter which side they support. It’s in complete contrast to the tribalism that is football. Last week some ignoramus head butted a player. He was a football team manager. Says it all really. I used to play rugby and I have to admit it was rather pedestrian. These days it is fast and furious. The work rate is great. Ladies Rugby is on the up with BBC coverage now. I saw a few clips but it didn’t have the appeal of Beach Volleyball.

Is this the Loch Ness Monster?

_V0G8328 This Lichen is a monster. The frond bit is about four inches long. It’s growing on a Norwegian Spruce I think. I have trawled my books. I’m guessing it’s Lobaria pulmonaria. It is one hell of a size for a lichen.

Tomorrow looks good for some waterfall video so batteries are charged, tripod polished and we are ready to go. I have a commission first for some high resolution pictures of happy campers and the campsite. I don’t get many calls for my snapping ability but this is a biggy. Free camping for a year. And the loan of a big 4x4 to get me to the waterfalls. With a bit of luck it will get me to the meeting in the pub.

Have fun.

18 comments:

  1. Nessie has been defecating at the side of the Loch again I see:o)

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    1. Douglas, and six feet up a tree. Just watched the qualifying and I can see F1 being farcical.

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  2. Rotten eggs are too good for politicians Adrian, I can think of something much more appropriate to dump on them!!
    It's a shame you missed out on the Otters, there's always another day I guess?
    Watched the England game, the boys did well. (Given your current location you best guard your words re the Scots!!) It's a good weekend for the rugby, now watching the French/Irish game, it's close at the moment!
    Splendid Lichen, no macro lens needed for that?
    Good luck with your assignment and waterfall pictures for tomorrow...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, something has to be done about politics.
      There are too many people about at the moment. I suspect I'll have to wait for a different venue. Otters aren't rare in Scotland but they are hard to get pictures of.
      I'm glad that I have sufficient bandwidth to watch the last of the Six Nations.
      I have never seen such a large lichen.
      The weather is looking good for pictures. A bit windy but warm and overcast with superb visibility.

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  3. Better a frondly monster than an unfrondly one ;) I'm assuming the cool gale brought down your boiling blood temp, and wishing you well with the photo shoot.

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    1. Very good Glo. It's the very devil when I can't enjoy a newspaper.

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  4. When you played rugby, I'm guessing you were a nancy boy three quarter - probably picking daisies out on the wing like Percy Bysshe Shelley. Am I right?
    By the way, I note that the government bleated that when it came to their own pay they were obliged to go along with the findings of the so-called "independent" pay review body but not so with NHS workers - then they are perfectly happy to question the findings. Like you say - "immoral crooks".

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    1. YP, I played full back from choice but I do remember there being a lot of standing about.
      It isn't just their wages. There are now ministers and shadow ministers for just about anything you can think of.

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  5. So mysterious with all those craters!

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  6. So were the crosswords too hard or was it the boiling blood that didn't allow you to get the crosswords??? Politicians? I think we have to throw eggs at the a holes that elect them. We have to throw these bums out from time to time.

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    1. Red, too hard. I only ever finish about twenty percent of them. This week I was only getting about half the clues.
      Politicians seem much the same the world over. Awful people.

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  7. Now you've reminded me that we have an election in 6 mths time and the bs is flying already. I'd rather see a monster lichen than a monster Nessie any day, you would never get so close to Nessie. Hope you have a good photo shoot.

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  8. Pauline the weather is looking perfect today.

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  9. Well I guess Nessie must have some skill at magic disguises or she couldn't have kept fooling us all these years ;)

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  10. I worked with politicians for my whole career so have a really healthy disrespect for the great majority of them. I do accept that there has to be wage restraint in the current situation but Westminster's stand on this one beggars all belief. As for rugby I live in Scotland and New Zealand: what more can I say?

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    1. I think politicians used to have morals but in the last twenty years they have just become self serving.
      Rugby, the best and the worst you have.

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