Monthly Archives: May 2016

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Hi folks, I trust you’re all well? I was going to post this up last week but the lurgy came and took me away for a while, not a pleasant trip at all I have to say!) so I’m a week behind once again! Today’s offering brings you garden birds, spiders and pets.

These photos were taken at the start of May when robins, blue tits and great tits were going mad in our back garden for the sunflower hearts I’d put up in a feeder.

As always I welcome any feedback you might have, so please drop me a note in the comments and let me know what you think 🙂

Being relatively new to bird photography it’s taken a little while to work out the practice that works best for me, so as I’m still at the bottom of a very steep learning curve please forgive any ‘iffy’ photos.

I decided to group them up into their proper categories as there’s a mix of subjects here, so I’ll start off with a couple of spider pics (any arachnophobes, look away now :p)

Anyone who knows me will know that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of our eight legged freaks, but that said I’ve always been fascinated by them, the zebra spider directly below is a jumping spider which I have no problem with however, they are beautiful looking things and extremely curious and, having the best eyesight of spiders are accomplished hunters.

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

The garden spider above was actually a tiny baby spider but my macro lens did a great job of making a monster out of it!

And now on to our pets, the tortoiseshell is Freddie, a very leoline and pretty looking cat, so photogenic (I think). The black & white is Flash, Freddie’s half brother who is a bit of a bully;

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

A random shot of my beautiful daughter, taken without her knowing, so a great natural shot…

Garden birds, spiders and pets

And of course, needing no introduction really, Maya our Ridgie. The first photo was taken by my daughter…

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Wow, all those photos and I haven;t finished yet! Bit of a bumper edition today so thanks for sticking with me through my self-indulgent pet photos!

The next set are of the blue tits and great tits that are now a regular sight on the bird feeder;

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

And finally these little chaps seem to be my latest muse, so tiny, so cute but oh-so territorial!

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Garden birds, spiders and pets

Wow, that’s it, I’m spent! Hope I didn’t bore you too much and I hope you liked the photos. As I mentioned above, I love hearing your feedback so please don’t be shy, let me know what you think in the comments boxes 🙂

Have a great week and thanks once again for taking time out.

Mart

 

 

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Random photos from the last few weeks

Hi, I hope you’re well? It’s midweek once more and today I’m posting up some random photos from the last few weeks. These are a mix of left-overs from my last few posts so without further ado I’ll post ’em up 🙂

This first shot, one of our cats called Freddie was actually taken a couple of years ago, shot and edited on my iPhone but it came out really well I thought. It’s in my recent folders as I have entered it into a contest on Viewbug. Feel free to hop over and lend me some support, these are all the photos I have entered into contests on Viewbug. The standards are very high so I need all the help I can get 🙂

Random photos from the last few weeks

The next couple were taken a few weeks ago in our back garden and shows Freddie on the prowl…

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

And these kind of mark the start of my interest in taking photos of birds, something I’d not really been interested in doing until the robins showed up in their droves….

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

Random photos from the last few weeks

This was taken when I was up north, near Appley Bridge and was one of the photos I didn’t edit until after  my Weekend Up North blog. It was a beautiful day that Sunday, such fantastic blue skies and lovely, white fluffy clouds floating in the sky.

Random photos from the last few weeks

And finally these 3 were taken at Bolton Abbey, the first set of photos I took can be found here. Again, I had taken loads of photos that day and had;t edited them all in time for my weekly Wednesday post which is why every now and again I post up these random photos in between a specific subject.

Random photos from the last few weeks

Dog on Stepping Stones z

Bolton Abbey from Bridge z

The last week or so our garden has played host to loads of robins, so my next blog will no doubt reflect this 🙂

Until then, take care,

Mart

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