Half & Half

I have pondered for a while whether I have any photos that fit with this week’s photo challenge. Yet again I have to tear myself away from my preferred small world and look a bit further afield. That’s why they call it a challenge I guess! I took this photo last month at Cors Caron, when I briefly moved my camera away from the damselflies and grasshoppers and saw this duck. It seemed to like perching on this stump and I thought it made the shot more interesting than just an empty lake. So we have a shot of 2 halves – half water, half trees and sky, and a bonus duck 🙂


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Half and Half.”


Birds of Bournemouth

Today I have been mostly taking photos of squirrels …

However, before I subject you to an onslaught of more squirrel photos, I thought I’d give you a break with some assorted bird-life of Bournemouth.

Overhead Robin
Overhead Robin having a good old sing-song
A passing Herring Gull looking at us with a thoughtful gaze, considering if we were worth mugging for food
Mr Interfering Pigeon, one of several who was determined to get in the way of squirrel feeding and photography
Mr Puffed-Up Pigeon, who wasn’t interested in interfering, feeling rather too cold to be bothered
Mr Black-Headed Gull, trying to look tough while stepping away from the approaching camera.
What about this? The cutest little duckling you ever did see! I just wanted to snatch it out of the water and give it a cuddle. You’ll be glad to know I resisted the temptation.
Mother duck, keeping her eye keenly trained on us humans fawning over her babies

Serene Duck

I’m in Bournemouth at the moment, visiting my sister. The other day we went for walk to a local pond which has lots of ducks, and as it turned out a lot of gulls too. Anyway, I took a lot of photos, as usual, and this one stands out to me. This duck was fearless and was hanging around our feet on the side of the pond, hoping we had some food. I was able to get down to eye level and get this shot of her looking at me calmly. I like how clear and focused her eye is – I had several other similar shots and her eye was fuzzy when you looked in close, but this was by far the best 🙂 [You can click on her to see a bigger version]




walking with you


autumn sunshine
dappling our footsteps
steam clouds of breath
in the cold crisp air
eyes focused
on the small things
colours and shapes
light and contrast
sharing this pleasure
with you

More photos from our walk: