What a day!

StablebrigeToday, Sunday was glorious. After a night on the tiles at the Wool Pack pub in Stoke Mandeville,we managed to get up early. Headed out to the hills around Ivinghoe beacon. The atmosphere was really clear and the clouds were white and fluffy, great day for taking photos, which I did and you can see here.

Walked from the NT car park towards Incombe Hole (where a Ring Ouzel had been reported which we failed to find) , and saw Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, spring is definitely here. Went back to Helen’s folks for coffee and cake, then saw the start of the Grand Prix.Marsh Marigold

After the Grand Prix we headed out on the bikes to a small nature reserve nearby where there are lots of butterflies. Today we have seen Small White, Large White, Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Tortoise Shell, Spotted Wood, Brimstone, Orange Top, and Comma which is a good start to our butterfly list.

The Independent is running a promotion where you can get a butterfly chart. Goto http://www.independent.co.uk/promo-offers enter your details and a the promotion code BUTTERFLIES, and they will send you the chart.

Stop Press — The Woolpack burnt down over night see the link http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/Police-close-road-in-Stoke.5206829.jp

No prostitutes here!

Black door
Black door

That’s the sign on a residents door just on the edge of Soho, “This is not a brothel there are no prostitutes at this address”. Went to London today, it has been a long time since Helen and I took the time to go as the draw of the countryside always seems to be stronger.

Got the train from Hemel to Euston (where they were filming in the departure hall, big cameras looks like they had real film in them) and then a bus to Exhibition Road. Quick look round the Formula One bit of the Science Museum then decided it was too crowded and headed off back to

Pink drink
Pink drink

the Photographers Gallery in it’s new location just off Oxford Street. Before finding the exhibition we had lunch at Apostrophe which sells French stuff, I had a Marseille (Tuna, Mayo, Green Beans), Helen had Paris (Avocado, Tomatoes and Parmesan), not sure how that is Paris but there you go.  The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009 quite good a mixed bag of photo’s from the 70’s to date. Next we headed on down to the Frith Street Gallery, which took some finding as it is 15 minutes walk from Frith Street in Golden Square! Some great photos’s of the London landscape, many pictures had both urban concrete and nature in the same frame.

Back at the Eels Foot Inn

Eels Foor Inn room
Eels Foor Inn room

We are treating Helen’s parents to a weekend away, the pub at Eastbridge is just the ticket. Arrived at around 7:00 on Friday.

Had breakfast the headed off towards Dunwich Heath. Weather showers which seemed to be showering when we were walking. After a tea break at the coast guard cottages we headed off round the hides of Minsmere. Late lunch at the visitors centre, I had the lovely spinach bake. Quick trip to Southwold for the papers then a rest and into the pub for a well earned beer.

Sand dunes and grey sky
Sand dunes and grey sky

Blackbird, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Mute Swan, Greylag, Mallard, Moorhen, Goldcrest, Robin, Green Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Stonechat, Kestrel, Cormorant, LBB Gull, Red-throated Diver, Black-headed Gull, Gadwall, Black Tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Avocet, Little Egret, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Shelduck, Herring Gull, Coot, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Wigeon, Shoveler, Knot, Oystercatcher, Jay, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Snipe, Starling, Curlew, Pheasant.


Dancersend walk

Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

Another great day, so went for a walk round Dancersend, the same walk I did a couple of weeks ago but the other way round, which is a better way to do it. Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Rook, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jay, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Red Kite, Yellowhammer, Black-headed Gull, Robin (13). Yellowhammers seem to stay where they are, again today I saw them when I had seem them before.

Purple flower
Purple flower

Contented cat

Contented
Contented

Todays picture is of my cat, who spends a lot of time sleeping. What a life! By the way I have created a slide show from my Flickr account, you can also click on the link above. Currently you will only see my public photo’s but if you ask nicely I can give you a password to see them all.

I’d rather be out walking

Footpath sign
Footpath sign

Another luchtime walk, it helps clear the mind. Took a walk down the new bridleway, it is very ugly and not half as good as walking donw the stretch towards Aylebury.

Flickr account

I now have a Flickr account. Below is a sample entry, basically you can insert a Flickr set into a post. Here is a group of photos mainly fungi taken on a holiday during October 2007.

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Wildlife photographer of the year

stuffed-badger
stuffed-badger

It’s at the Natural History Museum in Tring until 8 March. The photo’s are as good as ever. A sign of the times though could not find one taken using traditional film. The winner Steve Winter was using a Rebel XT not the most up to date camera goes to prove you don’t have to have the latest equipment.

The badger is part of the new revamped exhibition.