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Skatepark

Skatepark

There are some places where grafitti looks just right, where grafitti has its own beauty.

 

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May 14, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

May Pond 2

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The sparrows love this pond, they flutter about in it, wetting their wings, but as soon as the door is opened they all fly up into the jasmine bush, then away in the direction of the birdtable.  The pond was relined last year, but still has a leak, so the water level is still below the black plastic. However, the plants that were put back are growing again, and maybe we will have some lily-flowers this year. I like the May colours. Now I’m off travelling over the weekend….

May 10, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

May Pond 1

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May 10, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Walking in the Lennel Woods

Lennel Woods

Just woodland, shot almost at random, in May, with the sunlight coming through the light sprinkling of foliage, and the ground rich with old leaf-fall of autumn and the new growth of plants. Stumps of trees and fallen branches everywhere, birds calling. If one only had a cell to sleep in, it would be pleasant to have a mural all round the walls, with images of tree trunks, and leaves, and the sunlight filtering through.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Peacock Butterfly on Comfrey by River Tweed

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Good to see the butterflies in action from early in the year, after their almost complete absence from this part of the world last year.  Insects everywhere, one notices that humming in the air, and their clustering on plants they enjoy.  I am keeping a watch on the buddleia along Nun’s Walk, in the hope that when the flowers come out they will once more be covered in butterflies and bees.  In the meantime, the wildflowers that were planted in the raised bed in the vegetable garden are beginning to show above the soil, helped by the intermittent rain and sun; though some of the growth is undoubtedly grass sprung from dropped birdseed.  I am working in the Tardis on the Hare book, listening to the Gypsy King, every now and then getting up to watch the birds out of the window as they cluster round the bird table.  There are a couple of greedy ring doves, but they are too pretty to shoo away. Besides, a bird is a bird. The Midnight Hare is coming along, I think he needs some charismatic eyes.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heron, Willow, Leet Water

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They have almost a sixth sense, herons; I just caught sight of this one through the branches of the willow, as I was crossing the green to walk under the bridge. It cottoned on to my presence almost as soon as I had taken the photograph, even though I was quite a distance away.  I continued through the ever-thickening undergrowth in the area beyond the bridge, where hardly anyone walks.  Caught sight of the heron again, but once more the bird had spotted me and was off.  I think it was quite irritated by my encroaching on its territory because it flew above my head, looking a touch pterodactylish, screeching. Last time I walked down by the weir on the Leet I saw two yellow wagtails, they weren’t at all disturbed by my presence; unfortunately I didn’t have my camera, as I would like to have recorded them, as I haven’t seen any for years. The swallows are back, and the house martins, and there is a whole host of sand martins down on the Tweed, they are little beserkers when it is sunny and there are insects about.

May 7, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Wet Clematis 3

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May 7, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wet Clematis 1

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May 7, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wet Clematis 2

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May 7, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Bluebell Path

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Walking back from Lennel to Coldstream along the path on the edge of the woods, I see that the bluebells have taken over from the wild daffodils. I like these swathes of blue-lilac amongst the green, and the dapples of light and shadow on the bank, and the rich colour of the earth over which I walk.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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