Monday, September 28, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Portsmouth Sunset - s4 ep11

Sunset Warship Portsmouth Harbour This is my Skywatch Friday post for this week. It is a gorgeous sunset from Portsmouth Harbour with a UK Navy ship in the foreground. I loved the colours that evening and this photo really does do it justice- it looked just like this! This was taken about half hour after the previous post and this is really how much the colours had changed. Awesome! If you want to see other beautiful skies from around the world, visit the Sky Watch website and be sure to comment on the ones you like.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Navy warship and sunset, Portsmouth UK

Sunset Portsmouth Warship
I took this photo from the ferry when I went off on holiday last week. The sunset that night was incredibly beautiful and I took a series of shots, which I will show over the next few weeks of Sky Watch Fridays. To see this photo at its best, I recommend clicking on the photo and going to my Flickr page where you can see all my photos in large and original sizes. If you want to look at other gorgeous sky pictures, please check out the Skywatch website and click on the links to people's blogs. I have found many an interesting site this way.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stag, Hoopoe and Green Woodpecker - France

Hi everyone. I have been on holidays in France again and this time I am just so excited about what I saw that I have to show you now! The pictures here are not that great quality as I have had to crop quite heavily. They were taken with a 600mm L series lens that I borrowed from a friend for My Canon 450D. That lens costs about £8000 ($13000 roughly), so I will never be in a position to buy my own! The best thing about the lens is that I could see these amazing birds in the trees when I couldn't actually see them with my naked eye. I did take many more photos but you'll have to go to my Flickr site to see those as I won't be posting them all here I'm afraid! This first picture was amazing for me and Brian. stag 1 Brian spotted the antlers through a hedge next to our garden there in France and I was luckily playing with the camera and huge lens. I took the pictures of the stag and he was not scared or concerned at all. He stood posing for a few seconds then disappeared into a hedge. I have never seen a stag before so was chuffed to bits! He was so close it was unbelievable. The next 2 photos are of a Hoopoe. I don't know if you guys have Hoopoes in your countries, but we don't in England. I was really happy to get a picture of this gorgeous bird. It is from the woodpecker family I believe and has a gorgeous crest on its head. You see the crest better when it flies rather than when it's sitting. hoopoe 4 hoopoe 1 The next photograph is of a green woodpecker- we do get those in England, just not right where I live. I was also really happy to get a photo of this bird as we hear it all the time in the garden in France, and flying over but we've never managed to get a photo til now. green wood pecker 3 This following photo is of a dragonfly at my friends pond in her garden. This is the first time I've had a dragonfly stop long enough for me to photograph it! Dragon Fly I was really pleased with the next photo, even if it is a bit plain, as I had never seen Lapwings before- only on TV. Imagine how excited I got when I realised the flock in the air that I was watching was indeed a flock of Lapwings! They make the most beautiful yet odd sound that kind of mesmerised me a bit. Lapwing Flock The final photo I have for you today is of a Heron just as he was landing in a field. I had gone on a walk by a river whilst the boys were all fishing, with the intention of finding some ringed plovers, lapwings and all these other amazing creatures. I walked for a couple of minutes and came to a field with some huge bulls in and had to turn back! I have a very irrational fear of cows and it is for that reason that my final picture is of a heron and not something more interesting! However, I do believe he is a very interesting looking heron and I got him in a great pose. Heron I hope you've enjoyed looking at my holiday photos this week. I was a good tourist this time round and have some great pictures of some of the local atractions and cities near where we stay including of La Rochelle. You can check these out on my Flickr page if you can't wait for my posts. I also have some awesome sunsets shots with some UK Navy ships in harbour on Flickr so check them out. I will post again soon.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday! #33

Hi guys. I thought I'd have a go at something new- maybe some of you might like this one. I love yellow, it's one of my favourite colours so I thought I'd take part in Mellow Yellow Monday. I know, I know, it's Tuesday but it was a Bank Holiday yesterday here in the UK...! **Sorry for any formatting issues on this post, I can't seem to get it right! This is my new car. Igot it a couple of weeks ago and I adore it! It is a Fiat Punto 1.9 Turbo Diesel HGT. (HGT is the top sporty version) I saw this and new it was meant for me, so we went and saw it and went home with it that day. Every time I drive it, I get out smiling from ear to ear because I just love my car. I have called him the yellow devil.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and having a good laugh at my yellow car!! Check out other peoples Mellow Yellow pictures here: MellowYellowMondayBadge