Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular


I struggled with this one and realised that I really don’t take many shots with sharp angles. I have no idea why that is, I think I am just more naturally drawn to curves. This is the only one of my recents that has anything remotely angular about it. (And I was probably more drawn to the curves in the first place.) Shame about the alien looking bin in the background but I am not one for removing or adding anything to my photographs so little darth vader bin stayed.

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Photo 101 – Mystery

I have chosen another of my Starlings over North Pier shots for this challenge. I have about fifty photographs from this evening and have processed only four of them so I thought I would showcase this new one. It is still somewhat of a mystery as to why Starlings murmerate. There are different theories, one is that they do it to stay safe whilst roosting making it harder for prey to get to them. Another is that they are increasing heat levels prior to roosting to keep warm for the evening.

The huge gatherings are at their largest in winter, as they are boosted by thousands of migrant birds visiting from Europe for Britain’s milder Atlantic climate. If you are lucky enough to see this wonderful sight you would be forgiven for thinking that there must be an abundance of these birds. However the starling population has crashed by over 70% in recent years, meaning they are now on the critical list of UK birds most at risk.

Now is the time to see them in the UK so if you have a roost site near you I would urge you to go and watch at sunset, it really is spectacular. This photograph was taken at North Pier in Blackpool, North of England.


Weekly Photo Challenge 4 – Minimalist – Disconnected


I am going minimalist crazy this week. Four in one week! It has been a while since I got out with the camera properly as we have been so busy, so I have been going through the archives and keep coming across photographs that I had forgotten all about. I hope that this one fits the theme.

Kite Surfer


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