One Impressive Pigeon with Grit

My Sunday Photo 26

It was the last day of our toddler group in the Summer and we had such a lovely time. Precious Sparkle had a ball jumping up and down in the bouncy castle, and I totally enjoyed watching him stumble and stand, laugh and giggle. I mean, what a privilege to watch him improve in his mastery of this humongous bobbing toy. Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 25: 2 Very Nutty Squirrels

Precious Sparkle and I were on our way back to church when I spotted a couple feeding 2 Squirrels in the green space behind another church. I was so delighted I had my camera with me, and it didn’t take long to snap away. My little man was happy watching the squirrels dart around, here and there, as they tried to catch the nuts being thrown at them. My word, what a pair of very nutty Squirrels they were. Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 24: Focused Flying Caspian Gull

I took this picture way back in May, just outside the door of my prefabricated classroom overlooking my school’s field. Lunch was over, the birds were out in full force, students were back in lessons, and I had a few minutes to spare.

I’d been trying to improve my skill to take better pictures of things in motion. My classroom, in its remote location was a good practice point, whenever I could. It was right on the side of the feeding feast the birds returned to every school week day, after break and lunch. Students who use the field are always so generous with their litter, you see. And the birds always show their gratitude for their rich pickings in their loud calls, brief arguments, flying displays, and leisurely rest.

On this day, I didn’t have a lesson to teach during the last hour of the school day, the weather was somewhat warm, and I needed the therapy of photography. Like I have done many times before and since, I took pictures from different angles, zooming in and out as quickly as I could, and hoped for the best.

Shooting birds is fab practice for capturing movement … BIRDS ARE ALWAYS ON THE MOVE … even when they’re resting, you know it’s only a matter of time before some feet pushes backwards with wings raised, and body propelled forward.

As usual there were a variety of birds; and they mostly get along. There were the Pigeons, the Brown Headed Gulls, the Caspian Gulls, the Crows, and other smaller varieties, whose names I do not yet know.

When I looked through my shots, there was nothing spectacular. However, I was really pleased with this shot of a Caspian Gull in flight, with its opened beak holding an object. I’ve cropped it to make it bigger though it’s not crystal clear.

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I’m impressed with its focus. I assume it has to concentrate on what it’s doing and where it’s going, and perhaps even more with a beak full.

It’s a little reminder for me of the need to be single minded in my attempts to accomplish some feats.

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What little character building reminder have you had recently, perhaps inspired by a picture you took?
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My Sunday Photo 23: The Squirreling Squirrel

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Quick / Snap / Go
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Thanks to everyone who dropped by last week to check out my captured lovely older Cygnets, it meant a lot to me. I continue to adjust to the current waves in my life and find my blogging feet again.

I’m sharing a lovely quiet moment that I had with this squirreling squirrel just before the May half-term school holiday, when my work life took an unexpected but unsurprising turn. I was on my way home, carrying my work stuff, with my camera bag dangling from my shoulder when the scene started unfolding.

I had just walked past my head teacher’s office when I noticed my furry ‘friend’ nearby. As I have now down eons of times, I quickly got the camera out of its bag, positioned it, found my focus, and snapped away.

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I must say Squirrels, like many other animals are fun to watch but I’d prefer to do this from a distance. One of the fab things about my camera is its 30x zoom; it allows me to get close to my subject even when I’m far from it. 🙂

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It’s nearest ear looks like a raised tiny hand. I suppose it’s seen some nibbling 🙁

I’m not a fan of Squirrels but I find them fascinating. They are so quick on their feet and I keep trying to capture them in action.

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I mean, they are here … there … everywhere and nowhere, before you know it. You can get dizzy and tired just by watching them, as they criss-cross all over the place.

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Squirrels are so small and cute; and way too friendly for my liking a lot of times (in public spaces in England). My word, they can run super fast and climb to the top of a tree in the blink of an eye.

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Even then, they have split second moments, when they stay still … really still enough to watch you whilst you watch them … and perhaps capture them on your camera if you so desire, like I did. 🙂

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Are you a Squirrel fan?
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My Sunday Photo 22: Lessons From Older Lovely Cygnets

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Stumbling / Surprise / Learning
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I am so pleased to be joining in with My Sunday Photo again, after what seems like a long undesirable absence.

The other week, on my way back from my Toddler Breastfeeding Group, Precious Sparkle and I came across some Swans. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Cygnet amongst them. 🙂 This was different from the first time I saw Cygnets (on a different patch of the Thames); they were small-ish and they stayed close to their parents.  Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 21: Lesson from a Half Bloom Flower

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Lesson from a Half Bloom Flower

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Looking / Finding / Trying
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I’d been meaning to join in with the Daily Post Picture Challenge for a very long time and I was so pleased to finally get around to it the other week. The theme was ‘Half and Half‘, but I wasn’t sure where to start. My first attempt was with this flower in our communal garden; it was about half-opened and I thought it worked with the theme.

Little did I know that this half bloom flower wasn’t going to be the piece of cake capture that I unconsciously assumed it would be.

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My Sunday Photo 20

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2 Fortunate Squirrels

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Noticing / Asking / Taking
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I really enjoy hanging out with my mummy friends; there’s never a dull moment with them. On this particular day, two of us decided to continue socialising after our Mothers and Toddlers group, with our little ones.

We went to a really lovely public garden nearby for a picnic and enjoyed good quality toddler fun, courtesy of our boys. We then decided to go for a walk before heading home. Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 19

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A Little Colourful Bird

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Stumble / Ready / Snap
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We were on our way back home from signing up for Precious Sparkle’s swimming lessons, when a nature model presented itself to be photographed. My oh my, my second photography treat of the day … as if my lovely Black Bird capture on the way to the leisure centre wasn’t enough … what a blessing!

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My Sunday Photo 18

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A Black Bird Find

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Prepare / Plan / Ready
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I finally put the gear into motion for Precious Sparkle’s swimming lesson this week. It has taken me over 16 months to get to this point for a variety of reasons.

After much dilly dallying on Monday, I popped out of the house with Precious Sparkle on my back and my camera on my shoulder. It’s only about 5 mins walk to the pool but I’ve learnt that I never know when my camera would come in handy. Continue reading

My Sunday Photo 17

My Sunday Photo

A Swan Family

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Stumbling / Surprise / Clicking
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Key Moment

O my word, ‘is that what I think it is?’, I babbled in my head to Precious Sparkle … as though he could telepathically see the words that simultaneously tumbled through my mind. I quickly pushed Precious Sparkle’s buggy closer to the moving scene, as I have done many times in recent months, whilst trying to get my camera ready-ish at the same time. Continue reading