Sunday, 12 March 2017

Nature Photos

I'm not only sorting through my slides but I am trying to get some of my thousands of prints into order.  While doing so I came across a few that I thought I'd share with you.

 Grey Heron

 Grey Squirrel

 Stenocorus meridianus

Red Squirrel

 Nuthatch
  Nuthatch
 Comma

Blue Tit

Friday, 10 March 2017

Stonehenge - again

This was the version of Stonehenge I showed last week -


Thanks to Mrs Splapthing I now have a version of the ancient monument without any people.  She has also improved the photo generally and got rid of the bits of dust in the sky.  Good isn't it.


I just wish it was as easy to get rid of real people from queues, picnic spots, etc...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A couple of British Lizards

I have taken lots of photos of Common or Viviparous Lizards (Zootoca vivipara).   This is from a slide I took in Delamere Forest, Cheshire,  in 1983.


Someone caught this one and a small boy in our party (which was really hunting butterflies) displayed it for photos.


That same day I caught another one and the same young boy held it for me (very carefully) while I photographed it.  (They were, of course, released, totally unharmed.)


The next two are from a walk in Devon in 2015.




Although the quality of the slide below is nowhere near as good I am equally pleased with it because it is of the very rare Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  I  have only ever seen a couple and to have managed to get any sort of photo pleased me no end.



The Sand Lizard is a threatened species and is strictly protected under UK law – as it is throughout most of Europe (it is a European Protected Species).

I am very fond of Lizards and one day may show you some of my many lizard photos from around the world, taken in zoos.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Stonehenge

You would hardly expect 4500 year old Stonehenge to have changed much since I took this photo in the 1960s.  But it has.  The ancient monument is now fenced off and no longer can one just wander around among the stones as we used to in those days.


Although this is one of my better photos of the monument there were too many people around for there to be much atmosphere.  On another occasion I visited, it was a wet, dark day and the stones were not photogenic but the absence of people made it really feel as old as time.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

An ancient Welsh woodland

I have recently been looking at some of my thousands of slides (transparencies) from the 1960s and 70s.  They tend to fall into a number of main categories - people, landscapes, architecture, plants and wildlife being the main ones.  I decided to show a few of them over the next few months.  This one is of beautiful ancient birch and oak woodland near Dolfriog in North Wales.



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