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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.
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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Friday, 26 December 2014

HAPPY WEATHER. (26/12/14)

It doesn’t get light here till just before nine in the morning. I take the dogs a wander in the twilight at around the back of eight. It was really frosty this morning and I noticed what I thought was a fungus. It looked like cotton wool growing on dead sticks in the woods. Some of it was about two inches thick. It was like spun ice and not a fungus at all. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ll try for a photograph tomorrow.

A few snaps from todays wanders but first one from last night._V0G7657  Sunset over Loch Ness. I don’t usually bother with sunrise and sunset but this was different enough to be worth a picture.

Mid morning today I was out again, I found the Goldeneye ducks but couldn’t get close.

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_MG_1187    I did get closer than last time. I don’t think they are tempted by bread which is a pity as it would save a lot of tramping this way and that.

_MG_1219     The Goldfinch or one of the many decided that the perch was acceptable.

_MG_1220         This is a new one for me. I think it is Yellow Brain Fungus. It is frozen solid as the temperature only managed to reach the dizzy heights of –3oC.

I have nothing planned for tomorrow but may go out looking for the Wild Goats. They are about but the very devil to find in a hundred acres of woodland. 

I have an unpaid job. I have to get snaps of as much wildlife as I can and present them something like this. They are going in a guide for Grockles to borrow. It could be quite a big job as they are all going for high resolution print at 200mm2.

_MG_1214           For the booklet to be any use to numpties like me then it will have to show front back and side views. It could be an interesting project. Fortunately many birds look and act the same despite them being male and female. I find it similar to Homo sapiens in certain areas of southern England.

Have a good weekend. This cold weather is forecast to last for a few days. It is Happy Weather.

28 comments:

  1. The Sunset is great with the low cloud and reflections on the waves.
    Good luck with the project.

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    1. John, it looked so much better from higher up.
      The project will give me something to do. I've cleaned the lens up ready.

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  2. Adrian the sunset is beautiful. Great shot of the finch and fungus, both new to me. Happy travels!

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    1. Gillian, Goldfinch seem to have done well this year. The fungus was a good find.

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    1. R.Mac, they are one of our more colourful birds.

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  4. I like that Goldfinch photo, i cant get close to the little devils, i see he had a ring on his leg too, must be a Christmas present.

    peter

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    1. Peter, I have been three days getting this close. Whoever ringed it should have added a ball and chain.

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  5. That sunset is fantastic.

    We've just had snow (I'm actually in Formby not at home) although it's stopped now. Maybe you'll get it later.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, I noticed it at first as the clouds had a very soft pink tinge. It was worth wandering down to watch but it didn't last long. It's not snowed yet but it is forecast. We will see.

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  6. I hope you manage to capture the rare Michaela Strachan bird - front, back and side views. And if you can get her nibbling on a couple of fat balls, all the better.



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    1. YP, it will soon be Winterwatch time. I don't know where they are this year so the chances of bumping into her are not looking good.

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  7. I love the Goldfinch image and the Sparrow. Goldeneye can be a royal pain in the.... to get an image of. However the first image is amazing

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    1. Douglas, Goldfinch day it was.
      I suspect I'll never get close to the ducks. They are very skittish.

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  8. Like others have said, the sunset was a worthy shot.
    That's the second excellent Goldie picture I've seen today.

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    1. Keith, it's not bad for me, I can't read the ring though.

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  9. Lovely to spend time here with you



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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    1. Cloudia, it is a lovely place to be. It is cold, very cold on my fingers.

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  10. I've come to the conclusion that there just aren't enough hours in the day for you. You keep busy all day. You always have a certain number of photos to get each day. I would like to see the wild goats and am interested as to whether they are native , or feral.

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    1. Red, I have to walk the dogs three times a day. I have plenty of time for the odd picture as they are busy annoying the resident fauna and birds.

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  11. Nice sunset photo, and that finch is beautiful.

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  12. Brilliant sunset my friend and all that surrounds it.

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  13. Me encantan ver ponerse el sol. El gilguero está muy guapo:))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, que era una suerte de puesta del sol.

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  14. I'm fascinated by the frozen fungus. I wonder how it prevents its cells from breaking down when they thaw.

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    1. Graham, I don't know. There are several different fungi that seem to grow when it's frosty.

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