I have to say it's not at all easy-it's really not point and shoot photography. So I'm very glad that I went on those couple of courses last year to learn more about my camera. I know I need more practice at the focus and also found it hard to hold still as it's quite a heavy and big lens.
Pine cone again
Tendrils on the Passion Flower plant
Fungus on old tree stump
This is very small fungus, but the macro makes it look big
More tendrils of the Passion Flower
The rest of the photos were pretty rubbish! So a lot more work is needed.
As a lot of you know it is the RSPB great garden bird watch this weekend and terrible weather has arrived here just in time to keep them all away. A few wood pigeons, a magpie and a blackbird are all that ventured out today.
A few more things happening on the web that you might be interested inCall to ban wildlife snares in England and Wales-Cats Protection and League Against Cruel Sports have teamed up to try to get 60,000 signatures on a petition for the Secretary of State, Owen Patterson. Please take a look at the information on this page and see if you'd like to help http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=122&ea.campaign.id=22552
A Herons view has been looking at a few environmental disasters and posted some interesting things recently, take a look at http://www.theecologist.org/ for some serious reading and fairly depressing environmental issues and also this outlaw ecocide blog from the same ecologist website
Wild China on the BBC. I watched the Shangri-La episode and it was breathtaking, there are still some episodes left to watch on iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00bv6lk/episodes/guide
January 2014 has not been great-the credit card takes a bashing!This month has been a disaster financially and I can't wait for it to end, not long to go now. My dog has been limping for a while and it's been getting worse. So after over £300 in vet bills for x-rays and blood tests, his kidneys are ok, but the x-rays revealed nothing more unusual than some arthritis which we knew he had. So after more vet visits and more tablets, he's just lame and we can't do much more. We have just started him on gabapentin to see if it works better for pain relief-poor little chap. He's happy though not able to walk as far or play as much.
One of the cats has been quite ill with a nasty infection which came back after treatment so that's another £100 spent.
I went to the dentist for a check-up and one of my big fillings had cracked with decay underneath, so that had to come out, and then that revealed a small hole in the back tooth so that filling came out too. With private dentistry, a large filling in one tooth and an inlay for the other, it's been a very very big bill.
On Friday night part of the temporary filling broke off, so on Saturday morning I walked the dog, and jumped in the car to go to the vets to pick up the dogs new tablets, then on to the dentist and one of the tyres was half flat.....aaaghhhh. I managed to get to the vet since I only noticed the part flat tyre as I was driving, abandoned the car at the tyre place in Brixham and walked back down to the dentist......what a morning! Fortunately the tyre cost £8 to repair...that's about the smallest bill I've had all month....oh and the car tax is due on 31st. Roll on February!!!!!
Moan over!On a much brighter note it's a big birthday for me coming up. In a couple of weeks time I'll be 50, although I can't quite believe it, time has flown by. Hubby has bought me a new camera for wildlife photography as my 200mm lens just can't get close enough. After much research and thinking about what would suit me best, I've gone for a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 bridge camera. I can't wait to try it (it's been wrapped and hidden away until my birthday). I looked at the Nikon 400 mm zoom lens but it was quite large and I just didn't feel I could sling it over my shoulder and go for a walk into town or Berry Head. I'm really hoping I can get some great photos with the zoom lens on the Panasonic. As a birthday treat we are also off to Bristol, and a concert in the evening to see Del Amitri.
A lot of cold wet and windy weather to come this week, but at least the sunrise is happening sooner and the sunset is later.
Wishing you all a good week ahead