Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Yet more snow! The bird feeder has only just been introduced to the garden, but it hasn't taken long for it to be fully utilised. Today we had visits from a number of sparrows and starlings, two robins, a collared dove, great tit, dunnock, blackbird, and a song thrush.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Winter Aconites are a lovely vibrant yellow, yet I somehow prefer the subtleness of them in sepia! My intention was to bring out the texture of the anthers and the shadows of the stamens. If you click on the photo it will bring up a larger version, and the texture can best be seen.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Had a day off work to visit Potteric Carr, a nature reserve 45 or so miles away. Saw quite a few birds that I don't see regularly -most notably a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, as well as grebes, shovellers, teals, but the best photo of the day was of this common or garden blue tit! I like the way the wind had lifted the feathers to give it this ruffled look.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
I managed to leave the card I had bought for Peter at home when I came over to stay, so this morning I set to making one. Ok, I know that sprouts aren't the traditional means of declaring one's love, but what's a girl to do with limited materials to hand and not much time? And he does like sprouts!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Took a drive up to the Howardian Hills in my lunch hour. There had been a brief flurry of snow earlier in the morning, and a little was still lying.
The Carlisle Memorial Column is a 19th century monument built to the memory of the 7th Earl of Carlisle, paid for by public subscription. To give some idea of scale, the central column, which is hollow inside, is over seven feet in diameter, and 250 feet tall.