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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First hare spotted this year

First hare spot of the year. It ran as soon as I got out of the car. They are amazingly fast – it was in the next field in moments.

Hare mammal

Hare mammal

Hare mammal

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)

And a flash of orange…

Today I have spent most of the day on the Common taking photos of butterflies. Orange-tips have been zooming about for the last week or so. The males are hard to miss – because, er, they have orange-tipped wings (the females don’t), but they don’t tend to stay still for more than a nanosecond. So my photos were like this…

Orange-tip butterfly in flight

Or even like this…
Orange-tip butterfly in flight

I’d just decided that I’d have to give up on them for the day and was just about to put my camera away when … one suddenly appeared and started landing for a couple of seconds at a time. Then it stopped – I got a quick reference shot. Then it let me get in closer – and still it sat…

Orange-tip butterfly

At last it stopped

Then it flittered off to another leaf…

Orange-tip butterfly

Finally at rest

Then, as if to say, that’s enough photos, thanks, it fluttered off into the treetops. Not the best photos in the world – but my first clear shots of an orange-tip, and that’s certainly pleased me!

Jill by Vogue Dolls

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Jill backJill

Vogue Jill Dolls, a set on Flickr.

I recently discovered that in the late 50s/early 60s there was a doll called Jill. She was one of a group of forerunners to Barbie. The first ‘teen’ dolls.

As my name is Jill and it was nearly my birthday, I bought these two girls from the US on Ebay. They arrived earlier this week.