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Skiathos (again)

We’ve been fortunate this year, we decided to go to Skiathos (our all time favourite destination) in June due to there being different photographic targets to our usual period of September.

Upon our return however we quickly thought how hard it would be to miss out on the opportunity to go in September too!……….

So having nearly doubled my working hours during July & August we enjoyed another half a month in the sun!…..:)

For a couple of years now we’ve hired transport on the island, thinking of the terrain when off the main road a little 4X4 was in order……….

Probably worth noting at this point are the people we hire this vehicle from, “1st Rent a Car

Odysseas George and Tonia have treated us like royalty from the first day we met, and when they say “you arrive as customers and leave as friends” they really do mean it. During our stay these friends have introduced us to many tavernas and others who have also now become such good friends it is becoming harder to leave…. I can feel another post coming on just for the characters!….:)

We thought a drive out to Mandraki would be nice (It was!…. red-hot, blue sky, top down!) and we parked right by the beach…… first pics of the holiday Sea Daffodil!.. (Sea Lilly, Sand Lilly or even Pancratium Maritimum)…………

Just note that sky!…. In fact this was the day whilst lazing on a sun bed Chrissy suddenly shot up with camera in hand because she’d seen a cloud!…….:)

There are dozens of beaches to visit in Skiathos all very different and therefore suiting different tastes, we tend to prefer somewhere quiet and have found on those days when we don’t need sand the rocky, pebbly beach at Kechria suits us perfectly!…….

(I was going to save this one for Skywatch but can’t resist it!)

That little Taverna on the left of that frame is very welcoming after a 12k drive (probably more so after a 12k walk!) Argiris and Stavrula run this little bar and if you want a beer, a snack or a meal it doesn’t seem to matter what time it is? nine in the morning or nine at night?…. We are friends here too now even to the point of Argiris borrowing camera lenses to try out for his new Nikon purchase, he really does need that 18 X 200 VR!…..:)

Behind this little Taverna is a fresh water stream that rises from a spring about 4k up the valley, being a haven for all sorts of wildlife Chrissy and I can never resist the temptation to take a walk either pre-beer or post-lunch……

Whoever described this as “A Magical Forest” sure got it right!……..

I’m busy right now working more and more hours, not just because Christmas is around the corner, but I do have our next half a month to pay for!…………:))

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in photography, Wildlife

 

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Butterflies

Saturday saw us in a part of the Wyre Forest near Button Oak on the Worcestershire/Shropshire border…….
We’d spoken to a friend and fellow photographer last week and he’d suggested this spot for seeing a less than common “Wood White”…….. half an hours walk and a wait for the sun to come out resulted in some cracking opportunities……..

The Wood White, not the best shot I’ve taken but it’s here ’cause it’s the best I have of a Wood White!…..:)

Pearl-Bordered Fritillary….. Lots of these about, although Chrissy can tell the difference between these and the “Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary”?………

Brimstone, not so easy to capture these as they can be a little skitty!…….. also sadly not as impressive when perched as they are on the wing!….:(

Small Copper, and I mean small!……:)
That’s a buttercup he’s sat on for a size ref!……

Just for fun I borrowed Chrissy’s macro lens too, quite like the different perspective of the Bluebell!……….

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in photography, Wildlife

 

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