Bit of a hiatus there – no posts since that covering the end of November – who’s a naughty boy?
Reasons for this dereliction of duty:
- Sheer idleness
- Lack of anything amusing to say
- Much the same old pictures – nothing new
- Sheer idleness (oops, did I do that one already?)
Should you wish to see what you’ve missed, pics are all here on FlickrLINK by date.
I’m in a dilemma at the moment, I’ve saved up some pennies and wanna buy something. Question is which? Choices are:
- Nikon D7100 camera £749
- Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens £475.9
- Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens £669
- Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for £590
- Tamron SP AF150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens £899
Prices are Amazon; I’m not saying that’s where I’d buy but the prices are fairly representative.
The camera is the next step up in the Nikon range – it’s got a terrifically increased ‘pixel count’ and sundry control improvements.
The two 18-300 lenses appear similar but note the second has larger [6.3→5.6] aperture at maximum extension.
The two larger lenses only close down to 150mm (no good for macros) and would definitely require use of tripod at max, I’ve got shaky hands. (Not an age thing – I’ve always had shaky hands – couldn’t use a film camera some 30 years ago unless lighting was brilliant)
Stream of consciousness
Can anything not made of stone be “monolithic“? (from Latin monolithus “consisting of a single stone”)
Thinking of making adaptable harnesses for camera(s) and tablet computers*. Looked up harness on Google – seems to be horses, military and BDSM (shades of …)! Think I might have something with “Webbing” though.
*I occasionally use my tablet to run “Map My Walk” as I wander around the place – hereLINK for example is Thursday’s.
You know when you’re dying for a pee (old age galloping on?) and you get there, be it loo, public convenience or handy bush, and your zip jams? That!
Department of despairing about the human race: on Flickr there’s counters for each time a picture is viewed; mine get a couple of dozen or so except I noticed that when I titled a picture “… tit” the views shot up to 50+. Then I titled a couple of pictures “pussy willow”; the count went through the roof – over 1000 in one case and 500 odd in another!
On with the motley:
Here’s one I started way back:
Flickr links with every date
Monday December the First 2014Barely visible vole, robin, pheasant, crows, gulls, fungi and teasels on Flickrlink.
Just a word of explanation: I’ve downloaded a program “Hugin Panorama Creator” (Google it to find out about itlink).
At first glance it’s easy to use but I suspect there’s hidden depths. Anyhoo I’ve begun doing multiple shots and joining them in Hugin. This will inevitably become boring for the casual reader (loads o’ pics of the pond!) and won’t be very seeable on a phone or tablet so I won’t put ’em on here (much). If you really want to see ’em go herelink.
On with the pics:
In most parts of the UK people will salute a single magpie and say “Good morning Mr Magpie. How is your lady wife today?” By acknowledging the magpie in this way you are showing him proper respect in the hope that he will not pass bad fortune on to you. By referring to the magpie’s wife you are also implying that there are two magpies, which bring joy rather than sorrow according to the popular rhyme.Quote from here
Walked to Osberton Hall on t’canal.First time I’ve seen a treecreeper down here, just opposite the rugby field. Terrible picture (focus!) but the rarity makes it worth showing IMHO. (seen one since actually at the West end of the pond)
End of section
March marches on
Most countries have a climate – we have weather. So far this month there’s been brilliant warm sunshine, freezing wind, rain and snow – occasionally within minutes of each other or even concurrently. The highlight of the week has been the pond grebes nesting and laying eggs – pics to follow. Over the winter I’ve not done much – a couple of walks to Brancliffe Farm, Lindrick dale and Thorpe locks being about the most ground I’ve covered. All the photos – at least those worth looking at – are on Flickr sorted by dateLINK.
Just a word about “Hugin” – it’s a program for stitching together pictures to make panoramas, i.e. “an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions”. There’s loads (a surfeit in fact) of panos of ‘The Pond”, two or three of the canal and a similar number of Shireoaks Woodland, as the reclaimed pit spoilheap is now named.
I’ve tried to get a few ‘macro’ pics of things like lichen, moss and fungi with not terrific success but these miniature landscapes are fascinating. One thing there’s quite a few macroish pictures of is female hazel flowers; they’re tiny pink things that skulk close to twigs waiting for pollen cast by the male catkins to drift past on the breeze. One of those things that you don’t see until you know about them.
The small marshy copse at the North West end of the pond is often alive with wildlife. There are rabbits and squirrels aplenty and I think(?) that I once saw a weasel. Loads of birds use the shallow ground water for bathing – unfortunately they’re not easy to photograph, being surrounded by twiggy shrubs. Apart from the usual suspects – tits: blue and great, finches: gold; chaf and bull – there are passing long tailed tits (CUTE), elusive goldcrests, treecreepers and several wrens. If you’re prepared to stand motionless for half-an-hour or so, you’ll catch most of them on camera. Of course there’re the ubiquitous chittering blackbirds that will raise the alarm when you appear.
The grebes on the pond in March
Sunday the First
Monday the Second
Tuesday the Third
Wednesday the Fourth
Thursday the Fifth
Friday the Sixth