For those or you who wish to get really close to your feathered (well not really) friend without having to get in a hide and stay very still for ages then this is the bird for you. Proving that I know nothing about birds. This Falcon is in Bramhall Hall gardens just near the back (or is it the front) of the hall. An archive picture of course because I have been so busy, this is just a tester of the poor quality pictures I'll be able to tantalize you with when I have time.
After a bit of an unsuccessful day in many respects, here's another one of those chainsaw sculptures that seem to be popping up everywhere. This one isn't as good as the others, but the picture probably doesn't help because the camera had problems with the sun in the background.
The problem today started with the fact there are two Walton Halls and my GPS only knows about one of them and you can already guess whether it was the right one. So after travelling in the right direction for a while, I assumed that the strange diversion was just me not really knowing where Walton Hall was. As we approached Liverpool I realised that this was all going wrong. A quick check on the web got me the correct post code and so we were back retracing our steps back to just outside Warrington. Whilst it's a wee bit small and there's not a great deal there we did spend a bit walking around the gardens and then spent much longer watching my Daughter fail to play mini golf.
Blimey I should almost make this a feature of the site with this the third in the line of Chainsaw Wood carvings but then again perhaps they aren't made using chainsaws, it's only my assumption. So on this feature called “When Chainsaws Turn Good” -hmmm not that catchy, I'll never get a spot writing programmes for Channel Five- here's another carving.
This little gem is from Heaton Park. I'd have personally liked something more imaginative than a face but who am I to judge, I have never carved one of these things. It did take a few moments for me to find the thing after it was pointed out. It was a bit of “Oh look over there at that face carved in the tree”, so I started looking half way up a tree with leaves so of course I stupidly asked “What tree and where”. After a few minutes being told that “it was a tree and a face” someone actually pointed to the ground and it was obvious really.
With no time this weekend we were coming back from the bike shop with my broken bike (well not too broken) I remembered an owl that I wanted to take a picture of, so I had to hop out and take a picture. Of course just like the the Squirrel this too has been carved from a tree trunk.
It's less impressive but it's a better picture that makes is feel better and it even tells you that it's East Victoria Park as if Victoria Park is big enough to have an East, West, North and South.
I did try and take a picture of this memorial in Victoria Park two weeks ago but the TYTN II was rubbish. At this time of year and this time of day the sun is behind the memorial making it impossible to take anything but a silhouette of it, the Pentax however allows you to choose the where to take an exposure reading from an then shift the focus. I still reckon that a simple film camera would produce better results.
With my arms and as my Wife reports my face coated in bike oil this Saturday this is the best you're getting I am afraid. The house now smells of citrus degreaser and bike oil from putting the bike back together. There is the usual trail of black oil around the house which as you can imagine gets me no brownie points. With more work to go tomorrow setting the bike up for the morning commute on Monday I'm sure the doghouse is getting nearer.
Going back to the picture, the poppies at the bottom of the memorial are to do with a service that happened last weekend which is connected to the fact that the Air Cadets were in Manchester last weekend but I still don't know what that was for. Any ideas?
On a short trip to the park this time not as foggy as the last time and this time I had a full compliment of family with me not just me out testing my camera. In fact we were out trying to look for flowers for my daughter's homework. My wife pointed out the rainbow which initially I didn't believe because it hadn't rained (not that it needs to), then on further inspection there it was.
This picture is a little messed with. The contrast has just been upped which has darkened the trees to a silhouette and brought out the colours in the overcast sky.
Oh it's early and it's not so much of a good picture. Not the cameras fault of course, but being Christmas Day I don't really feel like going many places but I didn't think I might take a sneaky picture of this â€śWhite Christmasâ€ť with my new presents. First on trial was my hefty winter jacket which you cannot see, nor can you see my new jumper and in fact you can't see the final one, but you can see the results of the Pentax Optio 50 which this has been taken with. Naturally only time will tell whether the camera actually appears to be one of my faves or not. It's got a tough problem bearing in mind my QTEK is always in my pocket being my phone but the lack of pixels of the QTEK do let it down. We shall see.
This looked like a good picture as we left the park that housed the Plaza de Espana. Well I thought it was good anyway. Nothing much to say about it other than the park is interesting, a mix of fountains and gardens and a strange man-made waterfall that is just large enough to be a waterfall and just small and man made enough to look silly (or theme parklike). What's worse is it froths like someone has put detergent in it or perhaps you are likely to get the mange from the water if you get too close.
With a theme park on the card we headed off to the other side of the river for the Isla Magica, supposedly to do with Columbus but really just a bunch of rides for all the family. Well all the family who like rides I suppose. Nothing much to report here, it's a theme park and it's as you can imagine, rides, rubbish food and theatrical stuff. The 4d cinema seemed good until you went into the cinema next door. The 4d thing had moving seats and used 3d glasses but the thing next door had better moving seats and 360 degree screen. You all Also had the chance to loose all the change in your pockets, something that I think marks a good ride. Nothings say quality so much as when you end up scrabbling on your knees for change.
Nothing to do with the picture which is a bit of the Berlin wall inexplicably dumped just off the exit. I did have to take a picture however.
You heard it her first. Leaves can levitate and this is the first picture online... I think.
A leaf on the end of a spider's web from the tree we have here, not only does it look a little strange but getting up and capturing the picture was difficult. There was no wind, so as soon as you walked up to it, it started to spin, so several attempts were made to capture it as it was. It was so light that when my Daughter got too close and when told it was a spider's web walked back quickly and the draft caused the leaf to follow her so much that I thought that she had actually attached herself to the web. When she stopped the leaf fell back.