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Nothing since May?………

As the title would suggest there’s been no action here since May!………:(

That’s not to say that the camera hasn’t seen some action though!……:)   I’m just thinking it’s time for a catch up, Due to this being “What Andy Sees” there will be few words and many pictures!……;)

I’ve been trying to improve my ‘in flight’ shots of late with a view to one day actually capturing a Dragonfly in flight, however it has achieved nothing other than capturing some decent bee shots…….

(Bet you never realised Bees cross their legs when they fly?….. I just cross my fingers!….)

Then in June we went on holiday, Skiathos again I’m afraid, so those of you who have been here before may wish to look away for the next few pics!….:)

The day we arrived we decided to take a trip around to the west & north of the island just to chill after the journey, we were a little surprised to have Mandraki to ourselves for the evening!…..

The following are a taste of some of the views available……..
Ag Alexandros

Ligaries Beach

Kehria Beach

Kehria Taverna

Kehria Sunset

Vromolimnos

Evangelistria Monestry

Sailing from Skiathos New Port

Back on the flying theme, Swallows and Swifts were regularly flying over our accommodation feeding and dipping the pool…….

Upon our return to normality (work etc.) we noticed that the “Flying Legends” air show was on and not having made the effort for a few years we decided to go and enjoy one of the best air shows of the year!……

Good job we did too!….. this was to be the last show from Stephen Grey of The Fighter Collection, a legend himself, he once again displayed the Bearcat with his customary style and vigour!….. just think he’s 75 this year!…..;)

How many shows can claim to have 12 Spitfires on display?…….:)

…and three P51 mustangs?………

..and a Corsair?…….

…and an Avenger!………

that’ll do, the hair is standing up on the back of my neck just looking through those again!…..LOL

However the following weekend was to be The RIAT Show at Fairford, I’d never been and Chrissy hadn’t been for years, the weather promised to be good, so there was no excuse!…….

The Red Arrows of course, but this was different, flying in formation with BA’s new Dreamliner……

Then the Dreamliner backed out of the rest of the display!………..


And Eurofighter Typhoon………

And F16……..


The following weekend was time for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, noted for it’s impressive Firework Display at the end of both days….. they didn’t disappoint!……;)

That just about wraps it up, we’re now bang up to date with these Heron shots from Venus Pool last week, I’ve done a couple of weeks of night shifts due to there being loads of shut down repairs to be finished, so I did have the opportunity to have a an hour or so during the days………..;)

He leaps into the air and grabs great wings full of lift, note the amount of water also in the air!….

The next beat….

…….and the next, there’s still drops of water airborne!…..

Landing………. that looks like hard work!…..;)

Have a good week…… Health & Happiness to anyone who’s managed to get this far!…………..:)

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in photography, Scenery, Wildlife

 

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Holiday Time

Ok, I know you’ve seen Skiathos here before but this is my blog and having visited yet again it’s time to celebrate two wonderful weeks with Chrissy sharing that great Greek hospitality!…….

A new beach for us this year, Elias, super sand, shallow waters & great food at the taverna…..

Alexandros, again something new for us, we haven’t been here before, different architecture but very striking and what a position!……:)

Vromollimnos, very nice beach when it’s quiet but does tend to get too busy for us!…..;)

A view across the Old Port in the evening, great area for people watching!…..

Just another view across Asselinos bay towards mainland Greece and “Pelion”….. (How Blue?….)

I really regret not taking some video of these gentle waves ‘wafting’ on to the beach!… I could sit there for days!……LOL

Another favourite taverna, Kastro beach, the sun is hot & the Mythos is cold, but don’t take too many pictures, we don’t want warm beer!…..;)

an “overview” of most of the west coast with the mainland way off in the mist……

…and our all time favourite, for the scenery, wildlife, characters, food and just peace here we have Keriha!……..

It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it!…..:)

TBC……………. 😉

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in photography

 

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Witley Court in Autumn

Due to the fact that this just could be the last chance we get this year to capture that wonderful autumn colour, we wanted to make the most of the good weather today!…….. Chrissy came up with the idea of a day out at Witley Court. We’ve been here before and the fountain now restored is a joy to behold!….. Imagine our disappointment when we discovered that LAST week was the last running of the fountain this year!…….:(

Never mind!….. we had a great walk around and did manage to capture some of that awesome colour!…… 🙂

Back to work tomorrow, if that’s for you too then take care and take it easy!……;)

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in photography

 

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Ironbridge Festival

This weekend Ironbridge has held its annual festival, this year celebrating 25yrs as a “World Heritage Site”

We have only recently arrived back from holiday and completely forgot that this event was to be staged. Fortunately one of Chrissy’s “facetube” friends reminded her and we had time to re-charge our camera batteries!…..:)

Once again the organisers have done a wonderful job of displaying and promoting the area at it’s best!…….:)

For anyone interested in further information, please follow “Ironbridge Gorge”

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in photography

 

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Bridgnorth in Bloom

And it is too!………

We are very rarely “tourists in our town” but we pass through regularly, both Chrissy and I work mostly away from home and see the sights only during shopping trips or if we are eating out…..:(

Last weekend is the first weekend that I haven’t been working since we came back from holiday so decided that it would be good to spend some time locally (and together 😉 )………..

The weather helped too, taking pics is always good with a blue background!………:)

My overriding thoughts throughout our walkabout was how wonderful a job our council had made of the flower arrangements, but I couldn’t help wondering if I would have been pleased to know which ones I’d bought with my council tax?……:) ……maybe I should ask if they can put labels on next year????…………

But then of course all the above is not only due to the council but most of the residents in “High Town” also spend loads of time and effort to brighten our environment too!……:)

This my “Thank You” for ALL the effort to make my home town the pleasant place to live that it is!…………………………………..

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in photography

 

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Croft Castle & Snow Drops!

It was the first weekend that Croft Castle is open this year and we decided not to waste the sun (although cold) and we took a trip to Leominster..

Not exactly a castle but imposing non the less……

St Michael’s & All Angels Church at Croft……..

In front of the Castle is a fair sized pool, with the sun as it was today the only way I could capture it was to try an HDR shot, three frames just about caught the colours……

Those who have been here before will probably know that we have been hunting Snow Drops this year and had problems finding decent blooms in a decent location, at last we have been blessed with an opportunity to capture these little gems at their best!…..:-)

If you want more snow drop pics we have some from this year too!…. Click here….

A Crocus or two has appeared!… about time!….

Dotted around the grounds are also one or two “works of art”, I have to say that a pink tree doesn’t really do it for me, but I have to say it certainly stood out from the others!….:)

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2010 in photography

 

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I’ll get the hang of this blog lark soon?… maybe?…….

Anyway, after a walk around the Castle we noted the market was in full swing, Chrissy likes a good market!….

Chrissy at the market

Then of course, a town with this much history will have some interesting architecture………

As Wallace would say…. “A grand day out!”…….

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2010 in photography

 

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