Photo a Day Year Seven

I have been working on a photo-a -day project for seven years now – that’s 2548 pictures posted to date. I post the pictures weekly on my Facebook page and, intermittently, here and on Flickr.

My only rule is that I take at least one picture a day – no cheating. Sometimes I have a theme – owl of the week – sometimes I’ll have a weekly theme. This year Spock and Kirk have featured heavily in honour of Star Trek’s 50th birthday (and mine).

As has also become a tradition, at the end of the year I make a mosaic of all 364 pictures.

Mosaic picture of a photo a day pictures

Onwards to Year EIGHT

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Nature photos 2015

Twelve nature photos I took this year. What with the weather, work and life generally I haven’t taken as many photos as I did in the last few years. I bought a second-hand 400mm lens a few months ago, but I haven’t had the chance to take it out yet. And I finally got my 24-105mm fixed after it broke when I was in France in summer 2014. So here’s hoping 2016 will be a good year for nature and wildlife.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Robins

Yesterday I went for a walk at Priory Country Park in Bedford. One of my favourite places at the moment. You can always guarantee seeing something whether it’s swans, grebes or ducks, or butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels, rabbits … or robins. I’ve never seen so many robins in so short a time. Here’s a few that I managed to get a picture of. A couple are ringed.

Robin one
Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin two
Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin (bird Photos)

Robin three
Robin (bird Photos)

Robin four
Robin (bird Photos)

2014: a year in photos

Photographs from 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wishing everyone who looks at my blogs and very happy and healthy New Year. And thank you for stopping by.

It’s been a funny old year. Some lovely moments and some not so lovely, and on balance I’m glad to wave it bye, bye. So here’s to 2015 – onwards and upwards!

January
A very wet Priory Country Park in Bedford.

Photographs from 2014

Flooded Priory Park

February
A family ‘in joke’ It comes from the 1990’s TV Show Fist of Fun.

Photographs from 2014

The moon on a stick

March
Another visit to Bedford. There is a huge swan population in the Bedford area, but I had never seen a black swan among them before.

Photographs from 2014

Swans

April
My husband was on tour in the Netherlands with the Bootleg Sixties. The band’s families caught up with them at Easter in Leiden.

Photographs from 2014

Leiden, The Netherlands

May
We went to a family wedding in May in gorgeous Gosfield Hall in Essex. Thanks for inviting us, Leigh and Stefan!

Photographs from 2014

Cosmopolitan

June
I went on a butterfly watching trip to La Brenne in France. I met some great people and saw loads of butterflies including the increasingly rare Large Blue. This one is an Ilex Hairstreak, and not found in the UK.

Photographs from 2014

Ilex Hairstreak, La Brenne, France

July
A summer view from the edge of town.

Photographs from 2014

View from the end of my road (nearly)

August
Four days in Cornwall thanks to our lovely friend, Eric.

Photographs from 2014

Punches Cross Fowey Harbour, Cornwall

September
The second family wedding of the year at beautiful Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire. Thanks for inviting us, Lauren and Jamie!

Photographs from 2014

Chandelier in Brocket Hall ballroom

October
A mystery moth on the side of a UPS van.

Photographs from 2014

Moth in October

November
The Bootleg Sixties did a mini tour in the UK this month.

Photographs from 2014

Bootleg Sixties show in Rotherham

December
One of my Christmas presents.

Photos

Lego Research Institute

A flash of blue

Now that spring is well and truly here, my thoughts have turned back again to butterflies. In amongst the flashy Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells and the butter-coloured Brimstones zooming about, I’ve been really pleased to see the first blues of the year – Holly Blues. These are tiny wee things – probably the size of my fingernail. On the ground – with wings closed – they are a very light silvery blue and could almost be petals, but when in flight and when they (rarely) open their wings they become the ‘sky-flakes’ of Robert Frost’s poem.

Holly Blue wings open

Holly Blue wings open

Holly Blue on leaf

Holly Blue on leaf

Holly blue on leaf litter

Holly blue on leaf litter