Down by The River (again)

16 Apr

This weekend saw us staying close to home again, the weather although fairly clear and bright was threatening rain!……

AN HDR to start, I haven’t felt the need to HDR for ages now, but this scene just lent itself somehow?…. Plenty of Yellow for impact but begging for saturation!……..:)

The river was running quite fast too, murky brown and not at all inviting, don’t you know we have an official drought?……….

Impressive Willow tree ‘eh?…..:))

A little further along the bank Chrissy spotted an “Orange Tip”… quite lucky really ’cause they don’t stay still for long if the sun is out!…..

The clouds moved a little and he opened up!…….

…..but he was soon off, he didn’t fly far though and found lunch just too tempting…….;)

So that’s another couple of miles walked and another card full of images to wade through……..

Have a Good Week!……………


Posted by on April 16, 2012 in photography, Wildlife


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107 responses to “Down by The River (again)

  1. alessandro ciapanna

    April 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    that must be a wow willow. impressive πŸ™‚

    • electrickat

      April 18, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Seriously on of the most beautiful willow photos I’ve seen – magic!

  2. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife

    April 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    ooohh, how lovely! so wizard of oz-ish.

  3. Mikalee Byerman

    April 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    These colors seriously don’t even seem real — so GORGEOUS!

    Congrats on a very well-deserved Freshly Pressed nod…


  4. QQ

    April 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    The shot of the willow is awesome.

  5. thomaswrites

    April 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    The orange tip has now become my favourite butterfly. That combination and pattern of colours is stunning πŸ™‚

  6. xuantian

    April 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Such amazing photos.. Thanks for showing us around your life through your camera lens.. πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work. I am following you!

  7. aFrankAngle

    April 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful captures of the insect. Looking up the weeping willow true is awesome!

  8. jandjandaviesdesigns

    April 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What fantastic photo’s

  9. Kathrin

    April 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    wow, looking great!! πŸ™‚

  10. leog26

    April 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Where is this at?

    • Andy

      April 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Leo?…. It’s near Bridgnorth (Shropshire UK) Thanks for your visit!….:)

  11. Áine Warren

    April 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Yes, very impressive willow! I love that butterfly too, beautiful.

  12. The Hook

    April 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful work! Great title, too; very “Farleyesque”!

  13. Cathy

    April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The first one is just breathtaking. Very awesome!

  14. Rae

    April 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Beautiful! I love wheeping willow trees.

  15. Dounia

    April 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    These photos are beautiful. The willow is really amazing, and I love the first shot – the colors are stunning! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  16. Dan Del Ferraro

    April 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    WOW! That shot you took of the Weeping Willow from below to up….WOW. So beautiful. Reminds of the trees I used to study under during college.

  17. A Half-witted Bruiser

    April 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Ooo, I adore the picture of the butterflies–simply superb! I have the hardest time trying to capture a picture of them because they always flit off!

  18. indigofletcher

    April 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely shots! It’s so nice breaking out of this cold winter into this gorgeous spring! I especially loved your shot of the willow!

  19. Cherie Roe Dirksen

    April 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Incredible pictures! Wow…such beautiful colours, trees, insects, landscapes and skyscapes.

  20. Sarah D.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    All beautiful. I’m impressed that you got so many shots of the same butterfly, wow! Gorgeous, too.

  21. quirksofthemind

    April 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful photos … Beautiful place

  22. wynnegraceappears

    April 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    You really captured beauty. Congrats on FP. The butterfly series is wonderful. ALWAYS simply amazed by the shades of blue of this sky we live under. Blessings.

  23. princessepiggy

    April 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    oh wow!!! this is beautiful! especially the first picture. where is this again? colors are mind blowing πŸ™‚

  24. ladyfromhamburg

    April 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    The photos are so beautiful! All of them. The colours are incredible – and how you managed to capture the butterflies is simply amazing. Great!

  25. wrands

    April 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Amazing photos!

  26. Constance V. Walden

    April 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    These are really nice photos, especially the butterflies. God makes wonderful creatures. Connie

  27. livewithearth

    April 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I envy your presence in those places. Even the “uninviting” river. Beautiful.

  28. yvonne ayoub

    April 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Wow! Many Congrats Andy!!!! SOOOOO well-deserved and l…….ong overdue!! Bravo!!!

    • Andy

      April 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Yvonne, and thank you for your support!…..:)

  29. Hadas

    April 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm


  30. Lori Lipsky

    April 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm


  31. Jason Ministries

    April 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Amazing! Simply, amazing. πŸ™‚

  32. eleanoremacdonald

    April 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful! And Congratulations!

  33. home, garden, life

    April 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Nice images…from where?

    • Andy

      April 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Diane, Thank you for your comment, this is near Bridgnorth, Shropshire UK…….

      • home, garden, life

        April 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        A beautiful place indeed. I invite you to visit my world in photos on my blog…D.

      • Andy

        April 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        Diane, I would normally have been there by now, just tonight has been more hectic than I am used to!….. see you soon!….:)

  34. Jim Cantwell

    April 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Those are absolutely amazing photos great post

  35. Sheree

    April 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  36. erinandmaya

    April 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    That must have been a great weekend. We would have loved to see the willow tree and butterfly.

  37. cakesbykat

    April 17, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Great shots! I like the one underneath the umbrella of the willow!

  38. 2sidestory

    April 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Congrats on making Freshly Pressed (a big accomplishment) your pictures are beautiful.

  39. Grumpa Joe

    April 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Ah, the brightness of spring greens. They are wonderful.

  40. 4MyLifeFitness

    April 17, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Beautiful images, the Willow Tree is my favorite.

  41. Jennie Upside Down

    April 17, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thank you for sharing and congrats on being Freshly Pressed πŸ™‚

  42. lijiujiu

    April 17, 2012 at 1:58 am

    How beautiful the pics are. Thanks for sharing.

  43. pnwauthor

    April 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Oh, wow! What a beautiful place. I love the willows, blue sky and puffy clouds–resembles a dream.

  44. Seasonsgirl

    April 17, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Lovely photos… especially the tree.

  45. anaslense

    April 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Beautiful and colorful!

  46. mackerelskies

    April 17, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Oh, wow. I’m going to have to figure out how to get to the UK in a hurry if I’m ever dying, because I would LOVE for the last thing I see to be that willow tree. That shot looking up through the branches is *such* a gorgeous shot. In fact I think I’ll just hurry up and fly out now. Then when I get to the willow tree, I’ll just refuse to budge, and eventually die right there under it. Yes, this is a good plan.

  47. she writes love in ink

    April 17, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Beautiful, amazing colors…hard to imagine they are real!

  48. starlight

    April 17, 2012 at 3:46 am

    this is the kind of post that i really like, beautiful photos and nice text, something that is a feel-good read.. i truly love nature and you captured the vibrant colors that it has to offer.

  49. triptracker

    April 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I loved the upward shot into the tree and truly impressed with the butterfly shots. Fantastic pics

  50. Shonnie

    April 17, 2012 at 4:04 am


  51. Being Julz

    April 17, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.

  52. gabyjpena

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    really beautiful!

  53. yen d.f

    April 17, 2012 at 5:34 am

    butterflies, i wish i could go there too!

  54. mazharsyed

    April 17, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Reblogged this on mazharsyed.

  55. rosielwriteslegibly

    April 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love your photographs, they’re very beautiful. A lot of those pictures of the kinds of pictures that I would take and look back at and just smile. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  56. visalakshiramani

    April 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

    The butterfly looks more like a flower than an insect!!!

    Lovely and wonderful close-up shots!!!

  57. abichica

    April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

    amazing!! beautiful pictures.. πŸ™‚

  58. Namita Lad

    April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    nice pictures..n very different butterfly

  59. sylvia

    April 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

    loved u r pics….They are awesome

  60. Bridget

    April 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Beautiful images…especially that beautiful Willow!

  61. Claudia

    April 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Oh wow, I LOVE that first photo. Reminds me of where I’m from (even though that’s all the way over in Idaho, haha). Beautiful!

  62. emiliafurdui

    April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Nice and amazing photos -part of heaven! congratulations!!!
    i write about silkworm butterflies

  63. Azhar Ali

    April 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    butterfly shot is coolll

  64. Amy

    April 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

    The sky, tree, butterfly, flowers,… are all amazingly beautiful through your lens!

  65. Parvis Brahim

    April 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    These are great pics! I love the the shot under the Willow tree!

  66. encorenow

    April 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Your work is really impressive. I am a fan of beautiful willow trees.

  67. Karen Chandler

    April 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Beautiful photos! And congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  68. lopezzofia

    April 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Reblogged this on my spoon of happiness and commented:
    Liked this post very much! Reblog!

  69. Carlie Chew

    April 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    When I first saw your post all I could think was WOW! You take beautiful pictures and I love the colors.

  70. ninarevenant

    April 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    What a beautiful adventure πŸ˜€

  71. Madeline

    April 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Beauty is the nature all around us. Unbelievable photos!!! Great work.

  72. andy1076

    April 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I wish I had a DSLR, these photos are amazing!

  73. theannjackson

    April 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  74. haslacla

    April 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Great pictures! Looks like a lovely day for a walk along a river.

  75. Jennifer

    April 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Love your willow shots!

  76. becomingelizabeth

    April 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I absolutely love the color palette! So warm and inviting; it reminds me that summer is almost here!

  77. Sharon

    April 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Love the orange tip, an award winning photo for sure!

  78. jemilp

    April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love your shots!

  79. DianaX

    April 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Lovely pics of spring!


    April 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm


  81. Raaj Trambadia

    April 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wtching this 4 the second time! Dat proves how wonderful it is! Cheers for sharing this wonderful post.

    Please spare some time to read my latest post

  82. cravesadventure

    April 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Beautiful photos – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

  83. takeapeek64

    April 18, 2012 at 3:44 am

    These are simply beautiful! I love nature photography. I do a it myself! These are stunning!~

  84. Jeriann Lin

    April 18, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Awesome Photography there. Enjoyed! And Thank you!

  85. 2thelastdrop

    April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    AMAZING! I Love the vivid pictures. Great job

  86. helenefg

    April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Fantastic butterfly pictures, how did you get it?

    • Andy

      April 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Helen, To be honest the butterfly pics were easy, It was a little cool and the hard part is to spot them in the first place, but they tend to be still until the sun comes out…… I was standing off by about ten feet with a 300mm lens and X2 teleconvertor…:)
      Chrissy was using a 150mm Macro if you want real close ups!….:)

  87. Mary Dillon

    April 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Andy, Many congratulations to you! I feel like singing a song like ‘ Happy Birthday ‘ or something! This is brilliant – and SO SO WELL DESERVED!!!! Yes all these are just beautiful photographs – from a man with a fantastic eye!

    • Andy

      April 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Mary, Thank you for your kind comments, but can I pass on the song!…..LOL
      Look forward to sharing a bottle sometime soon!…… XX

  88. Hannah Klomp

    April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Wow these are all so beautiful. Great photos!

  89. MyDestiny2011

    April 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Reblogged this on MyDestiny2011 and commented:
    Amazingly beautiful!!

  90. Saudi Prices Blog

    April 18, 2012 at 10:59 am

    all shots are awesome thanks for sharing

  91. Goodness Grows

    April 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Lovely photos, congrats on being freshly pressed!

  92. Jennifer Avventura

    April 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome shots! Im just learning photography, when is the best time to shoot in HDR? I do have the option on my camera, but haven’t used it yet. What’s the advantages of HDR?

    • Andy

      April 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your comment!….. Hard to answer your query in a line, but, shoot HDR whenever you know that part of the scene will be “blown out” IE bright sky, or there will be dark shadows IE under trees or bushes in a landscape, the advantage (for me) of HDR is that you can take multiple frames at different exposures and then merge those frames to capture the scene as you saw it rather than as the camera sees it!….:)

      Happy snapping!….:)

  93. lifeinthe805

    April 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Such vibrant colors! The first photo is my definite favorite. πŸ™‚

  94. Richard McCargar

    April 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I don’t think I’m going to ever take photos that nice…

    Great post, and congratulations on your “fresh-pressed” accomplishment! That isn’t likely to happen for me, as I post video guitar licks/solos and songs with tablature. Doesn’t have the same kind of broad appeal. Once again, congrats!

  95. sliceotime

    April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    WOW – just – WOW! Stunning photographs!! I could just lay under that willowtree and look up – such sharp, beautiful colours. Brilliant!

  96. The Buskalo Kid

    April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Lovely photos. The upward shot on the weeping willow is fantastic. Congratulations on your freshly-pressed.

  97. mummyjc

    April 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful and really capture the Shropshire countryside. Just to make sure you know the Ramblers are collecting information on where public footpaths are blocked, bridges broken etc. They will then contact landowners and make sure they know their responsibility. The photo of the orange tip butterfly is stunning. Congratulations…


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