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Dudmaston Wood, Dragonflies

Taking a walk in Dudmaston Woods yesterday, just ambling around really, snapping at whatever appeared……

We had seen one or two Dragonflies flitting about and came upon a tree full of Migrant Hawkers!…..:)

We both thanked them for posing for us for so long too!…..LOL


Posted by on August 19, 2012 in photography, Wildlife


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A walk in Pound Wood………..

Pound Wood, Wyre Forest.

We live quite close to what is left of the Wyre Forest and because it is a haven to all sorts of wildlife (and trees LOL) it has become a magnet for us at various times of the year as different species emerge!…..

I find it hard to ignore water be it a babbling brook or a raging sea!…….;)

Damselflies dart about or bask in the sunshine………..

Broad Bodied Chasers?….. keeping an eye open for the next meal….

Skippers flit around but if you keep still a while they will settle and pose for you………

an exciting spot!… a Golden Ringed, the first we’ve seen in the UK!….;)

another broad bodied, an elderly female I think!…..

Chrissy spotted this Hawker in perfect light, but how effective is that camouflage?…….

Gate Keeper, cute name, cute looker too!……;)

WordPress are telling me that I am running out of space and are asking if I’d like to buy a space upgrade, this will likely result in me giving up this blog sometime soon and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have posted comments and “liked” my posts/pics, you really have made it a worthwhile experience!……. X


Posted by on August 4, 2012 in photography, Scenery, Wildlife


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Skiathos Wildlife 2012

Ok I know I’ve been a little slow with this one!….. Over a month now since we came back, but I have been real busy at work and just can’t devote the time I’d like to being here posting pics and catching up with like minded folks!…….

However this is the wildlife of Skiathos as we see it!………….;)

This was a crazy half hour, they were dipping in the pool at warp factor 13!…… they were so fast in fact that I resorted to focusing manually and waiting for a “pass”….. maybe they don’t mind the chlorine?……:)

I find it hard to believe the light was that good after the dark, dismal wet days we’ve had for the last month (6 weeks!)….. but here’s to our next visit!……….

Happy Weekend to you!…………;)


Posted by on July 21, 2012 in photography, Wildlife


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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!…………:))


Posted by on October 4, 2011 in photography, Wildlife


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