In the Garden

Friday 25th August 2017

Oops – sorry! I’m further behind than I thought. As you can see from the title, today is mainly about photos taken in the garden, although Teddy and I did go for a walk over Upton Heath and I took this photo at Creekmoor Ponds on the way home.

A blacck headed gull

So, back to the garden and in the afternoon I attached my 100m lens to the camera and tried a few photos of bees. I have three I really like.

Coming in to land.

Coming in to land

A bit of a stretch.

A bit of a strech

And close up.

Collecting pollen

I also took a few photos of Teddy – just because I could.

Teddy

Cheecky chappie

Slumped

I love the middle one. I think It shows his charachter.

And that’s it for Friday.

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A day out

Sunday 6th November 2016

Today we were invited to Chris’ parents flat in London to see their new kitchen and bathroom. It was also an opportunity to see Chris’ Dad who has been quite poorly of late. As usual when we visit them we stopped off at Virginia Water Lake which is part of the Royal Parks around Windsor. We only stay for an hour as parking is exorbitant, but the dogs love it. Today it was cold, sunny and packed with people and dogs.

Both dogs started out by having a dip in the lake. Here’s Jez…

Jez

… and here’s Max being joined by a little terrier as Chris throws his cone.

A small terrier chases Max as he chases his cone

We walked along the main path towards the Duck Pond in the crowds of people, but then turned off into the trees.

Walking through the woods

It was lovely through here.

The woods in Auturmn

A little bit further on and the track opened out.

The Royal Park

At this point we veered left to loop back around to the Duck Pond. En route Chris stopped to give the dogs a treat.

Treat time

We walked on to the Duck pond…

Walking towards the duck pond

… where I liked the reflection of the trees in their Autumn shades in the water.

Autumn colour across the pond

And then we headed back along the main path until we cut back through the trees towards the car park.

The woods in Auturmn

It had been a lovely walk as the woods were stunning. And we had a lovely visit with Chris’ family after that. Sadly the journey home out of central London wasn’t so good, especially as there was a large firework display just off Ladbroke Grove and we got stuck in a traffic jam on Holland Park Avenue.

A year ago today

A very high tide had caused the stream to flood at Upton Country park.

The stream's more swollen than ever

Max and I go to Eye Bridge

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Once again Jez did not feel like joining us for our morning walk. Today I took Max out to the River Stour at Eye Bridge and without Jez in tow we were able to do our full circular walk.

It was a lovely, still morning along the river.

Along the River Stour - going

The teasel flowers have all gone over now and I loved the backdrop of the clouds reflected in the river behind the teasel seed heads.

Teasel

As usual we stopped for Max to play in the big, shallow bay in the river.

Time to play

And then we walked on to the place where he likes to have a swim.

Time for a swim

When the swans came along and started taking an interest in him, though, I decided it was time for us to continue on.

Swans

Poor lad – with the low water level and his dodgy back legs he couldn’t get out by himself and I had to hang onto a branch. lean over, grab his collar and haul him out.

As we haven’t been along here for a while I haven’t had the chance to photograph some of my favourite oak trees. So here is the oak tree in the middle of the field.

Oak Tree

And, of course, along the currently dry stream bed is what I call the ‘Oak of Many Faces’.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

I love this really old oak and have so many photos of it. I just can’t resist.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

And here’s a photo from a bit further on of Max in the dry stream bed.

Along the stream bed

We walked on round back to the big bay so that Max could have another play in the river. We were just leaving when some people came along with their dogs including this really cute, 13 week old, Border Terrier puppy.

Pig wants a treat

She’s called Pig because she was born on a pig farm. The lady who owns here also had a year old Springer Spaniel who was very tolerant of Pig.

Time for kisses

And Pig absolutely adored her.

I love you

We walked back to Eye Bridge and today I actually took a photo of the bridge as it was reflected nicely in the water.

Eye Bridge refelection

Here’s Max on the bridge, cone in mouth.

Max (with cone) on Eye Bridge

And here’s the view from the bridge looking upstream …

Upstream from Eye Bridge

… and downstream towards Wimborne.

Downstream from Eye Bridge

We’d had a really lovely walk.

A year ago today

We went for a walk at Broadley Inclosure in the New Forest with my Dad.

A Sunday afternoon walk in the New Forest

Lake Pier in Black and White

Wednesday 8th June 2016

It was a muggy overcast morning this morning and I decided to take the dogs down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy for our walk. I took a few photos as the calm conditions made Poole Harbour look very appealing. When I got them back, though, there was virtually no colour in them (due to the weather and light) and they looked almost black and white. So I decided to edit them that way. In some I have lowered the clarity, and in others increased it slightly, for effect.

When we arrived there was someone fishing at the end of the pier.

Fishing

I loved the reflections of the masts in the water in this next shot.

Moored

And this boat, which I photograph quite a lot, just looks becalmed.

Becalmed

And finally in the landscape series, one of the pier.

Pier

Today Jez coped with the beach far better than she did 3 weeks ago, so we walked along the beach to the steps, up the steps (she needed a bit of a hand with a few of them) and round to the lake. Then we walked back to the carpark and onto the beach by the marine base. Here’s one last photo from today, in colour this time, of Jez cooling down in front of the marine base fencing.

Jez wades through the sea

I think you can see from that photo why I said the photos of the sea today looked devoid of colour.

 

A year ago today

We went to Upton Heath where we met lots of our doggie friends. Here Jez gets some loving from Henry.

Jez gets some loving from Henry

Sunshine and Poole Harbour

Friday 11th March 2016

Max and I were later with our walk this morning, as always on a Friday, as I did my grocery shopping before I took him out. It was a lovely sunny morning and we went down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park.

The strip of land between the Baiter and Whitecliff Park is all scrubby grass, but at certain times of the year you can find flowers growing in small patches there, and at this time of the year it is the turn of the daffodil.

Daffodil

When we got to Whitecliff Park this was the view over the yacht club.

Parkstone Yacht Club

Max wasn’t interested in the view though. He hopped over the wall and waited for me to throw something for him. Either that or he was playing peek-a-boo.

Peek-a-boo

We had a quick play there and then headed back along the path towards the Baiter where we had a proper game of cone on the beach.

Max

We continued along to the Baiter slipway where I loved the bright green of the seaweed that had washed up.

Seaweed

We turned across the Baiter and headed back to the car. Max managed to get covered in mud en route, but luckily there was a big puddle in the car park along Newfoundland Drive. I liked the tree reflected in it and thought it worked well in black and white.

Reflections in a puddle

And so back to the car via Poole Cycle Speedway track, which has this graffiti on the wall.

Ride

It had been a nice walk on a lovely sunny morning.

A year ago today

Frog spawn in the pond. Frog spawn at last

Still sunny

Thursday 14th January 2016

I had a busy day today. But, as usual, the first job was to take Max for a walk. We went to Upton Country Park and it was nice to see it looking less drab and grey.

Upton Lake

There were a lot more clouds about than yesterday, though.

Reflected sky at the Country Park

As we walked around the path at the back of the park (Hamworthy side) I was surprised to see the buzzard. We haven’t seen one there for ages. It was on the ground when I spotted it, but when I raised my camera it took off.

The buzzard takes flight

I know that’s not a great shot, but I only had a standard landscape lens on the camera. As we walked round it started to cloud over, and the wind started to pick up. You can see the extra clouds in this shot of the cows.

Cows

By the time I left the Woodland Walk and headed for the stream and then the car there was quite a cold wind. It didn’t stop me stopping off en route to take a few photos of Missy though.

Meet Missy (10 weeks)

Isn’t she cute? She was only 10 weeks old and I’m not entirely sure she should have been out meeting so many dogs. It was only her second walk, and she wasn’t entirely convinced that my camera was a good thing.

Missy wasn't too sure about my camera

I let her sniff the camera, so I hope she wasn’t too traumatised by it.

A year ago today

Max and I were out and about in the sunshine on Canford Heath.

Heading towards Knighton Heath (2)

Oh what a beautiful morning

Wednesday 13th January 2016

The thermometer in the car said it was 2.3C, but the sun was shining and there wasn’t a breath of wind. So I wrapped up well and took Max down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy, having checked the tides first. What a great choice. My one complaint? I was way too hot!

I took loads of photos, but have tried to be selective in the ones that I have uploaded to post here.

So, firstly, as we set off there were a couple of canoeists preparing for a morning out in Poole Harbour.

Preparation

It may have been calm today, but as I mentioned yesterday, we had quite a bit of wind. So there was still quite a lot of foam about on the water. Here Max ignores a ‘foamberg’.

Max ignores the 'foamberg'

There has been an old tree stump washed up on the beach recently, and this morning with the calm conditions and high tide it was reflected nicely in the water.

Reflected tree stump

I thought this yacht on the calm sea made for a very tranquil scene.

Tranquility

And I love this one of the reflected clouds.

Above and below

Another photo of Max for you, taken at the end of our walk and after his swim in the lake.

Max

And I will leave you today with a panorama across Poole Harbour, taken as we walked along the beach.

Poole Harbour We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

A year ago today

We were at Upton Country Park where I took this great photo of one of the calves.

A good trick if you can manage it