Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 202 - Redshank

The wonderful damp fields of Orkney gave up another wader for me - the Redshank (Tringa tetanus)

Like the Curlew in the last WBW post this is a bird with a falling population - changes in faming methods on the wet grasslands where they breed are  the most likely cause of the decline in numbers of both of these birds.  This is not a situation I feel will have been helped by recent political results in the UK.

These pictures (taken at two different locations) show the bird in a classic 'in breeding territory' pose - standing on top of a high point looking out for trouble or possibly food.

If you click the blue button you should be able to link up with WBW - I say 'should' as there was a glitch for a while last week.  Hope all is well this time.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

More from Orkney

For all that I (occasionally) moan about being too busy - there are benefits to such activity.  These landscapes were taken in Orkney, which is as far north in the world as I have ever been.  And when they pop up I will be spending a few days on (almost) the most southerly point of Australia.

If busy means such richness, who am I to complain.

Both of these pictures were taken near the Ring of Brogan, on 'Mainland' Orkney.

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 27 June 2016

The measure of all things

While I was in Glasgow I noticed these metal plates on the wall of the "City Chambers" at the east end of George Square.  Today, there are insanely complex ways of determining the exact length of a meter and such like.  While these metal measures are not really some form of international standard, I do like the way they point back to a simpler age.  Unfortunately, the measures of the longer distances are either no longer there, or they were hidden.

You can find more close-ups of our world at Macro-Monday2.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Grey and Green

Oh, why an I so busy!!

Here is a sort of landscape sky shot from Orkney - I feel that I am becoming interested in these kinds of 'empty' landscape shots, rather than the more busy - but maybe more familiar form.  Of course, that could all be nonsense.

I will have some time to spare in the next ten days, so lets see what happens photographically!

You can find more sky shots at Sky Watch Friday.  SM