I met some ladies . . .

Driving across Dartmoor the other day I squinted, not quite believing what I saw. I’ve often seen a solitary highland cow but never a whole bunch of them together and right by the side of the road. I slowed down onto the verge, expecting them to get up and walk away but they didn’t. I opened the car window and started snapping but couldn’t get a clear view so I got out. Again, I thought they would disappear or more likely, make me disappear!

Instead they let me get to within six feet of them and I could probably have got even closer but didn’t want to push my luck.

So here they are, hope they make you smile.

Take care of our dolphins

Just a few days after holidaymakers enjoyed sightings of a group of three dolphins leaping in the waves in Cornwall, I came across this heart-breaking sight on the beach as Seaton, in east Devon, today. It’s most likely that this beautiful creature drowned. She still had a fish hook attached to her skin, above and to the right of her eye, with a couple of feet of line dangling. She could have become entangled in it and rolled in an attempt to free herself.
Sea temperatures have been above average recently and sightings have increased. This is the first time I’ve seen a dolphin and I don’t ever want to see one like this again. Fishermen, please take care.
dolphin

Hey, come on be nice . . .

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this old woman just wants a photo of us

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I dunno, she gets grumpier every day

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Sorry, once she digs her hooves in there’s no budging her, anyway how about this for a different perspective?

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Where you going, I’m here now?

Too late, I’m off to get my oats. Shame, it might have been a good portrait.

With you in it? Who you calling grumpy anyway?

The Weekly Photo Challenge can be found here, http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/photo-challenge-perspective/ and the theme this week is perspective if you’d like to join in.

 

Chinese New Year

As you must know the Chinese Year of the Horse has begun. To celebrate it I’m posting a few pics of horses I’ve met , some of which you may have seen before. Click for a bigger view of any photo.

I wasn’t born in a horse year and as I’m not keen on the animal of my birth year I’m not telling you what it is!

This is the best article I came across about the year of the horse, enjoy!

http://www.fengshuisociety.org.uk/2014-year-horse/

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

As I don’t have a photo of a partridge in a pear tree or a partridge anywhere, I’ve chosen one of several other creatures for you. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen a partridge, never mind photographed one, have you?


You can click for a bigger view and go to
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/photo-challenge-one/ for lots more ‘Ones’.

Travel Themes Distant and Hidden

I missed Ailsa’s Distant theme last week, but I’ve just found this photo of Haldon Belvedere in Devon that I quite like so I thought better late than never.

Belvedere
And for this week I’ve chosen the not quite hidden . . .

Hiding

You can join in at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/09/06/travel-theme-hidden/

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through my Eyes

Cheri Lucas Rowlands says,

‘The World Through Your Eyes. Earlier this week, photographer Ming Thein gave us an overview of the fundamentals of photography and talked about observing your subject or scene and what’s needed to create a good photograph. We see many excellent shots out there in which a photographer’s intent is clear: where he or she leads us to the photo’s subject or main focus — using light, composition, and other criteria — and is able to convey what they see in their mind at the moment of capture.

It’s that little extra something in a snapshot that transforms a photograph into something more: a visual interpretation of one’s vision. A story, captured in a frame. It’s that special skill that Ming mentioned — the photographer’s eye.’

This is my interpretation. My eyes see art, do yours?

Pas de deux (2)

My eyes see the built environment at it’s best, do yours?

Petronas

My eyes see the natural environment – with some ancient dry stone walls

Dartmoor

My eyes see people

Discussion

My eyes see wildlife

New Forest Bambis

Show us the world through your eyes this week at

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/world-through-your-eyes/