Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Photo scavenger hunt..


Another moth has passed and I am once again joining in the photo scavenger hunt.. 

Thanks to Greenthumb of Made with Love for organising the hunt.
List of words can be found here

This list was done in the last few days, time has slipped away with me again as we have been so busy with the start of a new term, a couple of pictures have been seen before on my blog. In the mirror and S for snail, but I like these photos so it's OK. Big thanks to little old man for posing with a hat and at 2pm I was at the park photographing trees and insects....
 I look forward to seeing what you all have found....

   S is for?


Car Park


In the mirror





Street sign


Out side your window

Happy Hunting

Amanda xxx

Friday, 26 September 2014

Up close and personal

Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP Digital Camera - Black.  Bridge camera.

I have been asked on many occasions what camera and kit I use. Well it would be nice to have some fancy gear but to be honest I would not have the patience to set it up and carry it all round with me. Most of the time I have the dog with me and take my photos using one hand while holding the lead in the other..
I have also tried using all the buttons this camera offers, but then I forget to change the settings for different conditions and photos. So I just use manual and macro all the time, the photos come out good enough and I don't think I could do any better messing about with exposure etc....

The thing I like to do is "Think out side the box" when taking my photos, 

From putting my camera on the ground, under a plant, or shooting the sky..
That's the beauty of  digital cameras you can take as many photos as you want.

With this post in mind I took my camera to the park, it was sunny which helps if the light is good, 
and just photographed what I could find. I tried to find patterns and shapes from nature as my inspiration.
Hope you like this set of images, I just wanted to show any one can take a photo with a little imagination and a camera.

Happy Hunting 

Amanda XXX

Monday, 22 September 2014

Urban post

Life on a Church wall

This post is linking up with Loose and Leafy Urban post -Link
You can see my other Urban post from the Town Hall-Link

I have done a few posts on this Church wall and usually found some thing new every time I go back.

No matter were you live, be it a big city or the countryside there will be a church, usually with trees and shrubs. Here you could watch the birds and insects, there will be plants to find as well as mosses in lichens.

On my way down to the church I spotted this plant growing out of a chimney, the sun was in the wrong place so not a great photo, not sure what the plant is, so let me know. 

There were many plants growing out of the road side, but this one needs a mention for it's ability to just about grow anywhere.  

The next thing I observed was a small patch of cobbles next to the road, with mosses and lichens as well as plants growing, it was it's own little world. I probable could have done a whole post on just this little patch.

Here I found a few new plants for me to record.

On the church wall the first thing you notice is the grass growing out of the top and in the cracks.

Most high walls round here like the Park and Town Hall are great environments for ferns to grow, I found three diffrent types here.

Here is a great link to Common Urban wall Ferns

Out of the wall there was Broad-Leave Willowherb and Dandelion growing, and on the top I discoverer this little Oak tree (so cute).

This wall is a good spot for Ladybirds and more this year Harlequin Ladybirds, at the park the Nettles are covered in Harlequin Larva, as was this wall. I don't think Iv'e seen so many. This is a little worrying as it is not good for our Ladybird.

I only saw this one adult Harlequin, it looks like it has been freshly painted and has got it's spots smudged...

Snails could be found hiding amongst the Ivy, and a new Acorn had been left on the wall..

With the Ivy in flower there was a real buzz from Hover fly's to Wasps and Bees.
Robins were singing and to noisy Jays were having a chat.

         On the wall opposite the Church wall there was this lovely red plant growing out of the wall,               I think it is called..
 False Virginia-Creeper (Parthenocissus vitatcea)

Along this side of the wall I found may plant growing out of the ground, 
a Sycamore tree

Plenty of nettles and a little Nettle tap moth.

A Yellow poppy

(To be named)
And a yellow flower from the Daisy family I think..

Happy Hunting 

Amanda xxx