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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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Butterflies & Bees Etc………..

While Flickr is behaving I’m making the most of it!……. most unlike me to post two days running, but I have a little time and I can actually post pictures too!…..:)

Yesterday was one of the few days this year where we didn’t need three layers of clothing, we decided that Pound Wood could be worth a visit as we haven’t been for a while and there is often a wealth of wildlife…………..

The Bees were real busy!….. they have struggled this year with the cold hanging on for so long, It is good to see them around!….:)

The Orange Tips are back as well, these really are manic, you just have to wait for one to settle near you to be able to take a pic, I’m sure they enjoy leading you around if you chase them!…..:)

Then our old friend the Pearl Bordered Fritillary showed up, most obliging too, seemed quite happy to pose for a minute or two!…. really liked that dandelion!…..;)

This is a pic from a  while back now, the Nuthatch!……. at Severn Valley Country Park we’ve found a couple of places where these will be happy to land quite close if you bribe them with a few suet pellets!…. they are quite vocal though!……….hehehe

The last of the snow!……….. YAY!….

……….and the first signs of spring!…. late it might be, but very welcome all the same!………

 

Have a great weekend!………………;)

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in photography, Scenery, Wildlife

 

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Spring is Here!……………

It seems like an age since I was here posting pics, but then with the dismal weather that we’ve had for the last couple of months I have suffered from a lack of inspiration to be honest, the light has failed us on most of the occasions when I’ve had the time and only the recent purchase of a new camera has fired me up again!………

However as the following will hopefully show, spring is most certainly with us even if we haven’t seen the last of the snow!……..

Snow Drops are often the first subjects of a new year (assuming I haven’t been able to get out and take snow-covered fields and frost covered trees!…..)

However It’s not all about Snow Drops!…….;)

All of our local birds are showing fantastic colours now, just about at their best and showing off!…..;)

Long Tailed Tit……….

Nuthatch……….

Siskin……….

Blue Tit……….

……………and as it’s now time to pack that camera and take off out again, I’ll wish you a good week and thank you for taking the time to get this far!…..;)

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in photography, Wildlife

 

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Misty Morning in Shropshire

Unless I’m at work it is rare for me to be up and about early enough to capture misty mornings, In fact most of my misty shots are taken in snatched moments on my way to work……. On this occasion though we were both out there and taking our time soaking up that view and those damp cobwebs!………………:)

Have yourself a good week!…………;)

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in photography, Scenery

 

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A Walk in The Park?……..

Severn Valley Country Park that is, we pop down occasionally now as they don’t offer concessions on the car parking, however today seemed like a good idea to stay close to home, it was cold and it was going to rain, then rain some more…………..

Itching as we were to take a few snaps, there was very little about and the dull grey skies didn’t inspire any landscape shots either so here are todays captures…………..

Chifchaff… (loud aren’t they?…hehehe)

Squirrel…… (did I say it was cold, his paws firmly wedged in pocket!…..)

Mute Swan…. was glad of a long lens, they are nesting right now and don’t like you getting too close!…..;)

Happy weekend!……………

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in photography, Wildlife

 

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Simple Pleasure 2…………

And because I’d hate to end the week on a negative note………..

More simple pleasure!…………

Severn Valley Country Park (at happier & cheaper times)…….

And our own kitchen, now that the Lilly has deemed us worthy of its splendour……

Have a Happy Friday night and a good weekend too!….. (don’t forget the lottery ticket!…..)

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in photography

 

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Cost of Living!……….

Those who have visited before will know that we spend a lot of time at Severn Valley Country Park……. It is actually the site of a very old coal mine that has gradually drifted back to a natural environment, Just a few miles from our front door in fact 10 minutes drive at most, many Saturdays or Sundays (assuming I wasn’t working) we’d take the drive and spend hours just snapping away at all sorts of wildlife and landscapes……….

Last year they (the council) decided to charge for parking, not really a big deal, one pound for the day or ten pounds for an annual ticket……… we bought the annual because there was rarely a weekend we didn’t visit, last week they decided that they’d send us a demand for this years parking…. twenty pounds this year?….. what planet are they on then 100% increase? anyone would think they were the Greek government!…..:(

Needless to say we’ll be spending less time there this year, but I remind myself that Severn Valley Country Park litters my hard drive anyway and I will continue to share these images!……:)

Happy Friday!……………:))

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in photography, Wildlife

 

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