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  1. Taken at Aberfoyle
    6 points
  2. The small area is known as 'Jumble Hole, very close to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire...There are a number of waterfalls tumbling down the very steel valley where some are impossible to get to. This on was ok but still awkward!
    5 points
  3. Went to Pistyll Rhaeadr actually, but got better shots at the lake Went to the "other" end away from the Dam
    4 points
  4. Kobione , or Dee, as most of us know her as, rang me yesterday to explain why she hasn't been able to post photos much over the past months. Dee has been a stalwart of the Forum since it first started and despite living on the other side of the globe has managed to become an integral part of a community where the majority of the members live in the UK ( though Cheryl is another Aussie regular) Many of you will have followed her pictorial adventures in the Outback over the years and also be aware that recently she lost her life long partner and husband after nursing him through his illness . She then found a much needed bit of time to look after herself and have a long overdue Hip replacement operation and at the same time sell up and move from the outback to a place nearer her son and his family. A feat many of us would have found totally daunting in itself but amazingly she recovered well from the surgery and seemed to settle quickly into her new life . Unfortunately there have been some complications that have recently made walking become progressively more painful resulting in her having to undergo more surgery on the 6th August. Dee never complains and is usually very much a "glass half full " person despite having endured some of the most stressful events back to back in a short space of time and I know she, like many of us , has found comfort and friendship with the members of this community. She just wanted to explain why she hadn't been able to post photographs for a while ...Well Lockdown has affected a lot of us over the past 18 months and our ability to use our cameras like we used to so I have reassured her she doesn't have to post a picture to remain part of his community. She gave me permission to post this explanation on her behalf ... and I just want her to know that she has our support and best wishes for her surgery on August the 6th and that we hope to hear from her after that, just as soon as she can get near a computer. Meanwhile you could always take a few portraits of those two gorgeous mutts who live with you Dee ! We never tire of seeing them ....
    4 points
  5. 4 points
  6. nipped down to rhossili to catch what turned out to be an awesome sunset
    4 points
  7. I went to visit Castle Tioram to photograph Seals and Otters. All I saw was hordes of tourists. It's true what I read a few days ago.............. The collective noun for people is 'a plague'. However, on the way back I came across this scene.
    4 points
  8. I was asked to be a guest judge for POTW and it's tough letting so many down in favour of a single image... As you know I'm a sucker for macro and bugs etc, and the dragons and butterflies and more kept me watching and debating... and then the locos and that wonderful traction engine caught my eye too. They are all up there this week. I really like looking at the wonderful blur of the wind turbines - and mono suited the scene so well... 2nd place is the wind turbines... But I gave my choice of POTW to Cheryl - her dove is so fluffed up, and the way the softness comes in from the lower corners and the subtle background changes just won it for me. So well done to CMunzel - my choice for POTW. Original post HERE. Paul.
    4 points
  9. a shot of a Grey Heron
    4 points
  10. Taken in my garden. Panasonic DMC-FZ2000.
    3 points
  11. Taken from my patio. Panasonic DMC-FZ2000.
    3 points
  12. Saw these through some trees while walking just on the outskirts of Halifax...asked permission and fired off a few shots but only had a foot gap to squeeze into!
    3 points
  13. Dandelion seed heads that seemed to mimic a gently flowing anemone or sea creature... Paul.
    3 points
  14. Thank you so much for the positive and supportive comments. I am now trying to be back on here more, but cannot take pictures too well, because I can't bend down or even stand very still. I do still feel to be a part of this fantastic place so will do what I can. Only 13 more days to go until surgery, and hopefully it will sort out the painful issue.
    3 points
  15. And I flew it ! Enjoyed a day at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent on Sunday where finally 10 months after I booked it, I got my flight in my favourite aircraft of all time, the Hawker Hurricane. My Pilot for the flight was none other than Anna Walker, one of Britains top aerobatic display pilots,she is super, friendly warm and very down to earth and a pleasure to be with. We discussed my previous flying experience on Tiger Moths, my friends aircraft that I fly quite often, with him as Pilot in command, and my limited experience in a microlite and very quickly once airborne let me take control and just told me to enjoy the aircraft and fly it., Anna then did some aerobatics before returning to Biggin Hill, the only trouble is that I now have this semi permanent grin that has not gone away! 'Built at Canadian Car & Foundry Company factory in 1942 as construction number CCF/R20023. The aircraft was originally ordered as a Mk.1 for the RAF and allocated the military serial number AG287. The production batch was subsequently diverted to RCAF use and a new Canadian serial, 1374 was allocated. Delivered on 11 February 1942, she served with the RCAF until being returned to the factory in 1943 to be up-graded to Mk.XII standard – this included the installation of the more powerful Packard built Merlin 29 engine. Returning to RCAF use she was issued to No.1 (F) OTU (Bagotville, Quebec) where she remained until struck off charge on 6 September 1944. Following the end of hostilities the airframe was sold off to the private sector, as were many surviving RCAF Hurricanes at that time, often becoming much needed ‘hardware stores’ donating their parts to keep the tractors and machinery running on the many enormous farms of the Canadian prairie. BE505 was lucky and remained substantially whole and was acquired by collector Jack Arnold in the 1970’s. After passing through the hands of other collectors she was purchased by Tony Ditheridge of Hawker Restorations Ltd. Returning to the UK and initially stored as a future personal project, restoration work began in earnest in 2005 at HRL’s facility in Suffolk. The project made steady progress until it was acquired by Hangar 11 Collection in 2007 and re-registered as G-HHII. The comprehensive restoration was completed in January 2009 and saw this rare Hurricane rolled out in fighter-bomber configuration resplendent in the markings of BE505, a Manston based Mk IIB operated by 174 (Mauritius) Squadron in spring, 1942. Her first post-restoration flight took place from North Weald on January 27, 2009. Since then, BE505 has been converted to a two-seat configuration and moved to its new home at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.' (Text from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Website) I left the camera with my son who while not used to the camera or the lens, got some good shots considering the heat haze and humidity in the sky, well done Alec oh, and a little bit of in cockpit camera resording one of the victory rolls Anna did while in flight back to Biggin speakers on for the sheer noise of the Packard built Merlin 29 in the cockpit ! Hurricane flight.mp4
    3 points
  16. Everywhere I looked, there was a landscape worth capturing. Breathtaking scenery. Glen Etive
    3 points
  17. Thanks for that Polly….it is around a month now since Dee phoned me to explain her current situation…. Such a very strong lady….. Me? ….I would call it….just ticking along……I had a major health scare, requiring an emergency ambulance and crew of three…. I had a major nose haemorrhage, they monitored me for over two hours until It and I stabilised…. I spent most of the next day in A & E being prepared for nasal cauterisation…. Not the nicest of procedures…..the hot weather, plus my record high blood pressure were the causes…. All part of getting very old apparently…. FUJI
    3 points
  18. Similar to and taken of the same occasion as a mono image of this trio posted last year but I have come to prefer this version.
    3 points
  19. Soon be time to deposit the fruit of their labour no doubt.. Paul.
    3 points
  20. A visitor to our garden at the weekend. Canon 18-135mm lens at 135mm. 1/250 @ F11, ISO400. Cropped from the original.
    3 points
  21. A mason bee, and a leaf cutter bee in the garden this afternoon: Paul.
    3 points
  22. Hi Folks been a while . not been out much as not been great again with back anyway here are a few of the Little Owl taken on private land , owl is wild, guy is lucky to have some nice land and an Owl resident there.
    3 points
  23. ....With Peruvian lilies... ALSTROEMERIA... never fail to deliver and last for ages .
    2 points
  24. A few from the Gala Events Pyro Picnic Lincolnshire Showground July 21
    2 points
  25. Ladybird & a fly tonight: Paul.
    2 points
  26. 2 points
  27. This is one of a number of water holdings on top of Blackstone Edge above Littleborough...even at 08:30,(Monday 19th July) the heat was terrible!
    2 points
  28. Manoeuvring around with a tripod in the flower bed wasn't very easy... Panasonic DMC FZ2000.
    2 points
  29. Got our for a short while this morning while the sun was out. Went to one of our walking spots and there was nobody else there. Just mobile phone pics. Kelly & Brodie did the usual wander, and then we cruised home again. A decent surface for me to walk on So many sniffs they were happy. And they both had to find a puddle on the way back to the car!
    2 points
  30. very nice set John... How do you know it's cross, doesn't look that angry too me...... I'll get my coat.
    2 points
  31. You don't have to post photos to to remain as welcome as ever on here Dee.... We miss you regardless so don't worry about not getting out and about with your camera ... I bet the 6th of August can't come fast enough ... Keeping my fingers crossed that all will be resolved after surgery again ... meanwhile stay vigilant and safe from Covid .... the last thing you need is for that to postpone things ...xx
    2 points
  32. Steam Engine 2678 is is an A1X 'Terrier' Class 0-6-0 tank engine built in 1880 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway and then known as No. 78 'Knowle'. It was withdrawn in 1963, in 1964 she was sold to Butlins, becoming an exhibit in the children's playground at Minehead. It is currently wholly owned by The Terrier Trust CIO.
    2 points
  33. I don’t know much about lunar photography but this photo appears to be very detailed and well captured.
    2 points
  34. I too spoke with Dee a short while ago by telephone, and take this chance to wish her well for the upcoming Op.
    2 points
  35. Not what I would expect in my garden, but a nocturnal visitor tonight. It's a caddisfly, though there are nearly 120 UK species so I would need an expert to narrow it down to which... It was however, very tolerant and made no effort to fly away. Paul.
    2 points
  36. Well observed John ....and what beautiful light . There's a soft tranquility to the scene and I love the vertical lines of the two trees counterbalancing the horizontals of the railings . Looks like it was earlier in the year going by the lack of foliage on the trees ...or late Autumn before that .....
    2 points
  37. I seem to have developed a new Variety of French Bean.
    2 points
  38. First time I've seen or photographed a juvenile Grey Heron, as you can see they are more uniformly grey and lack the plumes of the adult.
    2 points
  39. Took a few shots at the Ogden Water wind farm...
    2 points
  40. Fruit bats migrated south from far north Queensland during the Millennium drought and decided to stay. Now they hang out in large numbers in the botanical gardens of many of our cities, heading out at dusk to feed in local orchards or where ever they can food.
    2 points
  41. From my files... I'm not getting out much at the moment!
    2 points
  42. Thanks Geoff. They were too busy to care about me... Paul
    2 points
  43. My resident Neriene montana with a bit of interest surrounding her... Paul.
    2 points
  44. This is …FYNNE…. the second Welsh Border Collie , in my extended family…. ..my granddaughter and partner, keep…Rare-Breed Sheep, so need a working dog. Fynne will be used for that occasionally when trained, he is only just over three months currently , but is sitting and lying on command, and lifting a paw when asked…. He is still at the cute piddling stage, currently, but is improving daily. As you know, I’m a cat person…. But who couldn’t like this cute little Mutt ? FUJI
    2 points
  45. Just done his portrait.. FUJI
    2 points
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