Category Archives: 35mm

Otter Than Hell

Embarked on an ill-fated trip to Aberdeen and Northumberland this week with Colin and Steve. We should have known it was doomed when the M6 was closed causing us to divert up the A1 and A66.

Otter, Seaton Park, Aberdeen

Otter, Seaton Park, Aberdeen

Arriving at Aberdeen there was no sign of the Harlequin Duck despite a number of visiting and local birders scouring the area. Dipper is always nice to see but I don’t normally travel 450 miles to year tick one. This Otter though did provide some entertainment and did allow me to film it on the iPhone.

Goosander

Goosander

After finally admitting defeat we tried to salvage something from the trip by going for the Black Scoter at Cheswick in Northumberland. Again despite much searching we were again bitterly disappointed.

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Rutland Day

A post… with birds in!

Yesterday Leigh and I decided to head off to Rutland Water to have a look at the Red-necked Grebe that has been hanging about off the dam for a week or so. We’d taken Minnie Mü and had hoped for a pleasant stroll and a bit of birding, something I haven’t really done for months, although I guess in a way I’m always birding. As we approached it became clear that there was something else going on… Rutland Day. It was taking place at Syke’s Lane too. Oh well, £5 later we were parked in a field a long way from where I wanted to be.

First off we decided to travel light, camera only with the 200mm zoom, and head for Normanton Church. I’m no great fan of Rutland Water at the best of times but the amount of ignorant cyclists charging about made me want to knock one of them off. Anglian Water… how about some extra cycle lanes? We passed the Grebe by the valve tower and carried on. I had a sneaky plan to park closer later and digiscope.

Conkers

Conkers

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin’

Minnie Mü

Minnie Mü

Normanton Church

Normanton Church

On the way back we were treated to a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas Dakota (we had seen a Spitfire and Hurricane earlier heading for Duxford before I had a chance to get the camera out).

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

Back at the Red-necked Grebe, I cut my losses and took a few appaling record shots as the sneaky way in from the South side has been blocked off!

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Back at Syke’s Lane we had a wander round the show and stopped by to watch the excellent Rock and Roll band The Houndogs on stage.

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Not wanting to picnic in a field we headed back to Oakham where I saw this fantastic old Pre-Worboys road sign.

Pre-Worboys Sign

Pre-Worboys Sign

Bad Moon Rising

Last night was the first chance I’d had to see the Supermoon since the End Of Days predicted by Nathan Rao in The Daily Express… a paper so mad it now inadvertently rivals the Daily Mash!

Supermoon

Supermoon

Before The Flood

Just got a chance to process a few images from Monday’s trip to Norfolk. First up are some terrible DSLR shots of a couple of the Parrot Crossbills at Holt Lowes.

Parrot Crossbills

Parrot Crossbills

Parrot Crossbill

Parrot Crossbill

Parrot Crossbills

Parrot Crossbills

Next up are a few shots from Wells Harbour taken before the devastating storm surge that hit the North Norfolk coast on the evening of 5 December 2013

Wells Harbour

Wells Harbour

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Wells Harbour

The top one is taken from the iPhone 4S with the Pro HDR app and the lower shot using Hipstamatic. Below is a DSLR shot from the outer Harbour.

Wells Harbour

Wells Harbour

The blog title was inspired the the live album recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band back in 1974.

 

Tracky

No, not a post about track suits but a few old pictures of Yorkshire Traction buses taken in the National Bus Company era in Barnsley bus station. A memory of the times when us kids could travel from Hoyland to Barnsley for 2p… and boy did we all use the buses. Tracky was our affectionate name for Yorkshire Traction buses before Stagecoach bought the company and wiped out over 100 years of heritage.

This was before Mrs Thatcher ruined yet another public service with her evil ideologies…

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The first two were taken using my trusty old Practika MTL3 35mm SLR whilst the later was taken with a Kodak Instamatic camera.

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