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ShareMondays2019 – What’s The Difference Between A Weasel And A Stoat?

Wisley Weasel

ShareMondays2019 – What’s The Difference Between A Weasel And A Stoat?

A weasel is weaselly recognised but a stoat is stoatally different! Boom Boom!

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist a bad Christmas cracker joke. This is the first WILD weasel I have ever managed to catch on camera! What a way to celebrate the festive season. I know it’s a weasel, not for the aforementioned reason, but because it’s REALLY small and the tail is only about 3cm long, with no black bushy tip! I only actually caught very brief glimpses of the tail as they’re also REALLY, REALLY fast. My photos with the full body and tail are unintentionally motion blurred!

Anyway, wishing everyone a fun and joyful festive season, whatever and however you might celebrate! Here are the festive feathered friends that I went to photograph, who actually alerted me to the presence of the Wisley Weasel. A redwing in a cherry tree and rockin’ robin!

Redwing in the Cherry TreeRocking Robin

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Dressing The Trees For Christmas

 

 

 

Dressing The Trees For Christmas

The prettiest decorations I have seen this year are birds and berries! My Christmas gift to you all is a series of images of the redwings, and other winter visitors, at RHS Wisley Garden. I’ll be posting one a day. They’ve been gathering in flocks to feast on the many fruits and berries throughout the gardens. As we all prepare to gather together ourselves, for the midwinter feast, I hope that you will all have some time to appreciate the gifts of nature. Better than any expensive games console! Although the berries are plentiful they won’t last all through the season, so I hope you will all join me in feeding our birds this winter. Nature is one particular gift that we need to invest in so that it keeps on giving for future generations.

Part of WPC:Ascend

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Seasons Greetings Gallery

Canal and Laboratory BuildingLit Canal and Laboratory Building

Seasons Greetings Gallery

I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately. One of the many reasons for my absence has been the creation of this gallery to send to all my family, friends, blogging buddies and followers, Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2017! I just love the lighting display at RHS Wisley Gardens for Christmas!

This year they have outdone themselves with the beautiful floral light-sculptures, floodlit trees and the eerily-outlandish Glasshouse After Dark. Cacti and succulents are often quite alien in appearance but lit with neon-green, blue and red lights they really did become completely otherworldly and I LOVED it 🙂

So, Happy Holidays wherever you are in the world, and however you celebrate this special time of year! I’ll speak to you all in the New Year 🙂

Lighting The Path

Frosted Beauty

Glasshouse After Dark

And a festive friend!

Festive Robin

Part of WPC: Path and Travel Theme: Shimmer which is dedicated to Vladamir Brezina from Wind Against The Current. He will live on in his photographs!

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Christmas Gallery

Jingle Bells

Christmas Gallery

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Jingle Bells
Christmas Glows
Lights along the way
Oh what fun it is to hear
The robin sing today

Hey!

Jingle bells
Fragrant smells
As orange blossoms sway
Oh what fun it’s been this year
Blogging all the way

Jingle bells
Fragrant smells
As orange blossoms sway
Oh what fun it’s been this year
Blogging all the way

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Travel Theme and Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle With Freedom

Travel Theme and Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle With Freedom

I love the freedom of creating abstract photography with lights and glass. It takes me back to my years of painting with oils and developing my photography in a darkroom. Starting out with a simple subject and taking a creative journey, testing, experimenting, without any agenda, just unconscious thought and the joy of the imaginative process.It often makes me feel like a small child on Christmas morning, clutching a full stocking in my trembling hands and trying to guess what’s inside from the feel and sound of its contents!

During such a busy time of year I’ve also been having fun with the freedom to artistically explore my photography with the apps on my phone! I can sit comfortably at my favourite coffee shop with a mocha and a cake and enjoy the simple pleasures of creating something that I hope might surprise and delight. I hope to spread some twinkling, festive cheer with a little gallery of stars based on our tree-topper. I used a combination of Google+ Photos, Aviary, Adobe PS Touch and the brilliantly bonkers Superphoto (all for Android). Have a wonderful silly-season everyone, enjoy the simple pleasures and have fun in all you do 🙂

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Comforts

NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Comforts

It was wet and horrible outdoors today but I made a quick stop into our local gift shop, Apples & Pears, and was confronted by all the wonderful colours and scents of Christmas! I found one or two ideas for presents but mostly I just enjoyed browsing in such a comforting atmosphere.