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Last Post of the Year

Hiya folks, I trust you’re all well and geared up for the festive period? This will be the last post of the year, unless we have some amazing weather between now and 2017! As usual it’s a miss-mash of photos new and old. And as usual you can enlarge them by clicking on the photo. Comments, thoughts etc are always welcome so please don’t forget to fill up a comment box 🙂

Birds

To start, a few bird pics taken in my back garden. We get loads of them flocking to the feeder which is great, I love to sit and watch them.

So the top 2 pics show a nuthatch and a couple of blue tits. The 3rd pic is a lesser spotted woodpecker. Actually, as I sit typing this, he’s back again making small work of the suet block.

Wokefield Common

Last Wednesday I was charged with taking the mutt for her morning walk. I decided to visit Wokefield Common, I hadn’t been there for a while what with the dark evenings and all. Stupidly I didn’t take my Canon. Really annoying as the fog was rising and the light shafts were incredible. At least I had my trusty iPhone…

It really was a shame I wasn’t prepared for the scene that awaited me here, but these aren’t too bad for a phone camera I guess.

Sunset at Wasing Park

Those of you who know me will know how much I love sunsets. And Wasing Park. After the joys of the light shafts in the morning, I took myself off to Aldermaston in the evening. I only managed a couple of shots but it was still worth it, I thought.

And, to Finish…

A few random shots;  The top one is a re-edit of a shot I took last September when I was in Southern Ireland. The fisherman set up and started beach casting so I fired off a couple of shots of him underneath the gathering clouds.

The shot above was taken looking out at the Burghfield Sailing Club lake.

These 2 above were taken on a very foggy morning along the River Kennet as I walked Maya.

Well, that’s it for this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my photos and I haven’t bored you too much with my meanderings.

As always, photos can be bought for prints, canvasses, aluminium or even key rings if you so wish! Just let me know which photos you like and we can work something out 🙂

All that is left for me to say is that I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and I look forward to sharing more photos with you in 2017

Last Post of the Year

Mart

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From a couple of weeks ago

Surprise! It’s been some time since my last post so I’m bringing you some photos from a couple of weeks ago.

Time is of the essence so I’m not going to wax lyrical, just get straight to it 🙂

Maya

She’s such a beauty. She’s not the best model though. She’ll stand there for ages but point a camera at her and she decides to move.

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Photos from the Archives

Yep, I was running low on inspiration so decided to raid my archives and found these.

1 – Taken last March it shows the sun setting behind the trees in Grazeley.

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2 – This shot was from October 2015 and shows an Autumnal scene in Wasing Park.

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3 – This was taken a couple of months ago on a trip to Uffington.

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Wasing Park

And these were taken recently on another trip to Wasing Park. I find myself drawn to this place every now and again and this time I had a proper look around. I didn’t realise there was a nice little church around the back – St Nicholas Church which is predominantly 15th Century.

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Wokefield Common

The last couple of photos for today were taken when out walking with Maya in Wokefield Common. I love the start of Autumn as the greens slowly turn orange. Such amazing colours!

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And that’s it for this week. I hope you liked the photos I posted, taken from a couple of weeks ago. I know I keep nagging, but I’m always hoping to read your thoughts on my photos. Why not drop a couple of words into the text boxes and let me know what you think? 🙂

Any of my photos can be ordered for prints or on canvas or aluminium. Why not treat yourself or buy as a present?

Just let me know which ones you like and we can sort something out 🙂

Until next time take great care,

Mart

 

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More garden wildlife

Hi there, haven’t posted for a week or two but I have a few more photos since last time. And again they are pictures of more garden wildlife, along with a couple of other random shots.

As always please let me know what you think in the comments box.

So without further ado…

I’ll start off with the nuthatch. These birds are odd little fellows as they hang upside seemingly for  ages. Sometimes eating the seeds, sometimes just hanging there. The second photo is my favourite, he just seems to be waiting patiently for the great spotted woodpecker to finish.

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More garden wildlife

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More garden wildlife

And of course I absolutely adore the woodpecker…

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Seems we have a large contingent of juveniles around the garden; they look so sweet…

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More garden wildlife

And you all know how besotted I am with these birds. The main character is one I’ve dubbed Mr Scruffs. They are so territorial, so feisty but how could anyone hold that against them when they’re so damn cute :p

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More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

Then there are the goldfinches. They are regular visitors now and they don’t just eat the nyger seed but are also happy to take their fill of sunflower hearts. Unlike the other visitors they sit and eat quite calmly, sedately. Such beautiful birds, so colourful.

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More garden wildlife

Well hopefully you’re not too bored of my bird photos, I will be trying to get out a little more rather than just taking photos from my garden 🙂

Our squirrel is getting a little less shy now, he was running up and down the tree and along the fence as bold as brass. Bit of a cutie I think, and that tail is so bushy and fluffy.

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I took this shot of Maya after she had been for a swim in the local boating lake…

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And last but by no means least, a couple of macro shots from along the River Kennett; a pretty Common Mallow followed by a couple of tiny beetles snacking on an Oxeye Daisy.

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More garden wildlife

Thanks once again for looking. A friend of mine asked if I had thought about putting a book together of my robin pics. I wonder if there would be much call for one, if you think you may be interested then let me know in the comments box and if I get enough interest I could have a look at offering it as an option 🙂

Until next time, take care;

Mart

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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.

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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;

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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…

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

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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;

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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!

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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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Maya, Paddy and a robin

Hi there! Happy Wednesday, I trust you’re well and life is being good to you 🙂 This week I have a few photos of Maya, Paddy and a robin as well as a couple of left-over shots from when I went to Dinton Pastures a few weeks ago.

You’ll already know Maya, our Ridgie. Well we took a walk with friends of ours through a gorgeous place called Little London which is just on the outskirts of Silchester and Tadley, in Hampshire. Paddy is their dog, he’s a Wire Fox Terrier and is a proper handful of trouble, but he and Maya get on so well and love running, fighting and flirting with each other.

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Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

He really is as much trouble as he looks, bless him!

Up until a few weeks ago when I was wandering around Sulham Woods and photographed the Posing Robin I was not really too fussed about birds, but now it’s an area I want to get more proficient in. These 2 shots were taken from my bedroom window. They are a tad on the grainy side as I only have a 75-250mm lens and I had to zoom all the way in, then when I came to edit them I had to crop right into the image. Still, I think they came out pretty well, all things considered 🙂 What do you think?

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Maya, Paddy and a robin

The next few photos were taken in Chapel Row, a lovely little place in West Berkshire. There is a fantastic tree-lined road that leads straight into Chapel Row and a little open park where I spotted a trio of ducks waddling around in;

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Random canal scene below…

Maya, Paddy and a robin

And, to finish, a few throw back shots of our walk around Dinton Pastures a few weeks ago…when I go out and about taking photos I always take loads. I’ll usually spend a little time editing a selection and post them up pretty much straight away. Then I’ll re-visit the album a few weeks later and usually more of them will leap out at me…

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Maya, Paddy and a robin

Thanks for taking the time out to look at the photos of Maya, Paddy and a robin, I hope you like them. I’m always happy to hear your thoughts on them so please leave your thoughts and comments in the blank boxes below 🙂

Prints are also available to buy, just click here for a selection, or email me and tell me which ones you’re interested in. I bought an aluminium print of one of my photos and have to say it’s a beautiful medium so why not spoil yourself… 🙂

Anyways, enough of the hard sell, I hope to have some more pics up next week, so until then take care…

Mart

 

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Small window of opportunity

Hi, happy Wednesday and I hope you had a great Easter Bank Holiday. Don’t know about where you were, but last Friday we had some nice weather, meaning I had a small window of opportunity to take some photos, pity the rest of the Easter weekend wasn’t up to much, with plenty of wind, rain, hail and even thunder and lightning, all courtesy of Storm Katie!

Well luckily we had decided to leave the usual household stuff until the Saturday & Sunday and had a chilled day on the Friday so I took Maya down to the canal for her morning walk. Honestly, trying to get her to pose is nigh on impossible, here are a couple of half decent shots I managed to get…

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Above is just a random flower I saw on the footpath near the canal, set against the dark ground the colour caught my eye….

…and below is a daffodil I shot in Beecham, a small little village near Aldermaston. Again I liked the depth of field effect…

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So in the late afternoon we decided to take stroll around Dinton Pastures; have to say it’s one of my favourite places especially on late afternoons when the sun starts to set, such a lovely scenic place.

This fella was pottering about on the lake, I like this photo as it creates such a serene atmosphere…

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Then this dude paddled over, probably thinking I had some food to give him…

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A little further around the lake and the sun starts to dip, casting gorgeous colours across the lake…

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I hope the fab weather we had last Friday is just a taste of things to come, I can’t wait to get out there once more and get snapping…

As always I hope you have enjoyed the photos I’ve posted. Please let me know what you thought by typing some words into the comments box, feedback is always welcome.

Also, if you’re interested in buying prints, canvasses or print on any other media then please let me know. I’ve had some great feedback from those who have bought my photos 🙂

Until next time, take care,

Mart

 

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