Yes it is September!

Posted by: ren33

Yes it is September! - Fri Aug 31 2012 08:24 PM

Welcome all. We will be hard put to it to do as well as we did in August! Sensational photos all. Here goes for September!
Posted by: Copago

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Aug 31 2012 09:22 PM

Glad you're on the ball, Ren!

Here is a shot across the crops - I loved the clouds.





Here is a bit of self indulgence .. last week we had aerial photos taken by a professional photographer called Peter Bellingham and here is a link to one of them. laugh We have only seen the shots on the web so far and can't picked up the framed ones til we go to town next. They're sitting at a relatives who keeps telling me how great they are laugh This photo we had the lake cropped from the top of the photo (as it's not on our property but it's oh so close) and had it blown up to 1.1m x 56cm. Can't wait to get it. aerial shot
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Aug 31 2012 09:45 PM

Loved both the photos, Copagao. Waiting to see more. smile

We were driving through some lonely country roads when we had to stop for this train.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Aug 31 2012 11:45 PM

Gosh that is amazing, Jill. Isn't it huge?
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 01:58 AM

The floral clock at Niagara, unfortunately with lots of power lines too....

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 05:20 AM

Reminds me of this morning...


Darn - missed the butterfly again. They are very quick little things.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 06:40 AM

Great shots, Copago! Nice flowers as well, Chavs and Howie.

Taking a small break from my Bali photos, here is one I took on my walk by the river today. Literally got with in an arm's length of this large and quite handsome fellow, he didn't seem to mind at all. He didn't want to pose for a photo, though. wink Photo taken on my iPod.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 07:22 AM

I see we are going to start September with great photos. Just like every other month.

This dude overlooks the city of Rapid City, South Dakota. He resides on top of a big hill in a city park called Dinosaur Park. The dinosaurs were constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. In addition to this guy, they also have a triceratops, stegosaurus, tyrannosaurus and three other dinosaurs for kids to play on and people to take pictures of. The apatosaurus in the picture is 80 feet long.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 07:49 AM

Love the pelican Daniel and the dinosaur Gary

Scotney Castle viewed from the path on the way down to it

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 09:32 AM

Every time I see your photos of it, I just have to go!It looks so lovely
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 09:44 AM

September is off to a great start! Beautiful flowers and I really like the pelican shot. Amazing how close you can get to them. I have a few closeup shots of a few.

Jill, when you get more of the aerial shots, I'd love to see them. Your life and property seems so thrilling to me. I am not a city girl and have lived out in the sticks or near it most of my life so your station would seem like a dream come true to me.

Yesterday I posted a photo of the tortoise that showed up on my patio. After an hour or so nap, he took off back across the desert. I've never seen a tortoise move so fast...he was practically running (as fast as a tortoise can run, that is laugh ) I guess his nap gave him a fresh start to wherever he was heading. Here he (or she) stopped before crossing our road to pose prettily.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 11:37 AM

Ren, you would love it. It is so pretty and the gardens are spectacular, mainly wooded but a couple of nice herbaceous borders as well.

ClaraSue, please excuse my ignorance, but do you have native tortoises in Arizona, or would he have been imported and escaped from somewhere?
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 12:34 PM

Christinap, Arizona does have native tortoises. The one that took refuge on my patio is, as near as I can tell, the Sonoran Desert Tortoise.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 02:38 PM

Testing the new camera I had to try Golders Green

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 04:07 PM

Originally Posted By: ClaraSue
Christinap, Arizona does have native tortoises. The one that took refuge on my patio is, as near as I can tell, the Sonoran Desert Tortoise.


Thanks, I never knew that
Posted by: demurechicky

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 07:37 PM

I just love looking at the photographs! They are so 'global' amd some of them are breathtaking! A fantastic array of subjects. This has to be my fave thread on the forums! The amount of photos posted on the August thread was phenomenal and by the way it's going September will prove to be just as good!

Happy snapping!
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 09:49 PM

Great photos so far! I love the creatures smile

Here is a very big watermelon, that won a prize at the fair.

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 01 2012 10:19 PM

Found growing wild in the woods.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 01:56 AM

Now that is what you call a watermelon!

Zorba scank - that is so pretty, any idea what it is?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 04:01 AM

Only page one, and barely into day two, and already such a variety of photos. I have to agree with demurechicky!

Satguru, that looks to be a lovely new camera! Great clarity and brightness. I am feeling jealous.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 04:23 AM

Time for 2 or 3 photos from Hamilton, Ontario though these ones are not very good. This is part of Dundurn Castle, home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. It was completed in 1835.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 06:36 AM

That IS a big watermelon.

Here is the open cut gold mine in the Black Hills. It is 1/2 mile across and 1200 feet deep. Homestake Mining began operations during the Black Hills gold rush in the late 1870s. It continued to operate until 2002 when it just became too uneconomical to continue.



To me, it is very sad to look at these great big holes in the ground amongst all the beauty of the Black Hills.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 07:19 AM

Some wonderful photos here!

It might not be 'the old gum tree', but this kookaburra was quite content sitting on this sign at Silvan Reservoir (near Melbourne) yesterday....
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 07:40 AM

You may recall I had a tree come down in the garden that I had a couple of roses growing up. Well, I saved the roses, filled in the hole, put weed supressing membrane down, edged it off and covered it all with bark chippings. The trunk has been sawn into four, two of which have been treated and are in front of the shed. The other two will join them and I'll put tubs of some sort on them. Hopefully when the roses grow completely over the support and the tubs are in place it'll make a nice little feature next summer.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 07:42 AM

Love the kookaburra Mike. Gary, I agree it is a shame to scar the landscape with holes like that, but they do have a sort of stark beauty of their own. Are there any plans to do anything with them. Don't know if you are familiar with it but the Eden Project in Cornwall grew out of old china clay pits which were just as big a scar on the landscape as your open cast mining holes.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 09:49 AM

I didn't realise that, Christina; that's Quite Interesting! I agree about the mine having its own beauty. Maybe it's just good photography skills but it looks very like a piece of art to me.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 09:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
You may recall I had a tree come down in the garden that I had a couple of roses growing up. Well, I saved the roses, filled in the hole, put weed supressing membrane down, edged it off and covered it all with bark chippings. The trunk has been sawn into four, two of which have been treated and are in front of the shed. The other two will join them and I'll put tubs of some sort on them. Hopefully when the roses grow completely over the support and the tubs are in place it'll make a nice little feature next summer.



It's going to be fab! But where will you put the wigwam? (Don't tell me you didn't buy one, they were cute.)
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 10:14 AM



"Small Tortoiseshell"
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 11:30 AM

Absolutely stunning.
Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 11:30 AM

Good photography skills? Aw, you're making me blush.

As far as I know there are no plans to do anything with this pit. It would take a lot of capital due to the size of the pit and the company that mined it sold out to an international concern.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 11:45 AM

Good catch on the butterfly Chavs.

Yes, I have bought a wigwam, they are made to order so hasn't been delivered yet, should be next week sometime. I shall try it in various places and see where it looks best.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 11:50 AM

If anyone wants to see what the Eden Project looked like in 1995 the history of it can be found here

http://www.edenproject.com/whats-it-all-about/behind-the-scenes/10th-birthday/10th-birthday-timeline
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 12:03 PM

Beautiful, Chavs!

Ah, so that's what a Kookaburra looks like. Neat looking bird.


This fellow gave me a start a few months ago running around on the patio. I haven't seen him/her in awhile, though. The double tail slows their ability to move as swiftly as they're supposed to; I hope he didn't get captured by something.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 03:27 PM

The new camera cost about the same as the old one as the prices have come down so much, but all the others like it were double and more so did pretty well.

This tunnel was created when a new development was built above London Wall, which is where you'd expect it to be on the edge of the City

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 04:46 PM

Wow Clara Sue, that forked tail is amazing. I never saw one before.
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 02 2012 09:14 PM

Thanks, Christinap, but I have no idea which flower that is.



Ginger lily
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 02:52 AM

Great photos, everyone! Especially love the butterfly by Chavs and the tortoise and lizard by ClaraSue.

Accidentally forgot to post one yesterday. Anyway, back to Bali! These rice fields are world famous and incredibly beautiful. We passed them on the way back to where we were staying from the village. This was taken from a car, so it was another one that was pretty hard to take, and you do see some of the shops in the bottom, but it is still looks quite nice I think.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 03:46 AM

The pointy thing is the CN Tower in Toronto. I was only in Toronto for a couple of nights so did not go up the tower, just walked around like most other places I visited.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 07:49 AM

That is one tall tower!

The doves are such pests around here. As much as I like to hear them, they always make such a mess of my walkways. Here one has made her nest on my roof and if you look closely, you will see two babies. After the little ones left the nest, we took down the nest.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 08:01 AM

Outstanding rice fields, Daaanieeel.
Pointy thing, Howie? smile
It was nice that you let the little ones grow before removing the nest, Clara. Every year we have birds build a nest in the planter outside our front door. The strange thing is, it is not always the same species of bird.

Here is a truck working in an on-going open gold mine in the Black Hills. This pit is not nearly as big as the last one I showed but it still seems like a blot on a beautiful landscape to me.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 08:08 AM

(Thank you, guys, for the butterfly comments)


-- and keep that lizard away from me please lol!


ClaraSue!!!

That dove photograph is outstanding.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 08:09 AM

I presume that wandering in and grabbing a couple of handfuls of gold is discouraged!

Love the dove ClaraSue. We get housemartins nesting under our eaves and they make their nests with mud, so we have to hose them off every year when the babies have gone.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 03:40 PM



Stretching out the summer, kids' toys on the beach.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 03:52 PM

Part of the autumn colour in the herbaceous border at Scotney Castle

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 05:12 PM

depgary: too funny. Looks like a tonka toy from here : )

Christina: nice display of sedum. Wish mine had "bloomed" this year.

Howie: you really should've gone up the tower to experience the nausea of looking down at the ground through plexiglas and then going to the bar/restaurant at the top to get the touristy plastic booze souvenir. Oh wait. Never mind. Waste of money.
p.s. I feel sorry for you that you had to spend time in "Steel City" Hope the time spent with friends was worth it LOL!
Posted by: Dotb

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 07:27 PM

Wow, what wonderful photos from everyone while I've been away. My grandson was born on Saturday (1st September) when we were down in Eastbourne which is where the photo was taken. We had to cut our visit short and travel 7 or so hours to Newcastle Upon Tyne to see him.


Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 03 2012 07:37 PM

Congratulations Grandma Dot!
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 04:40 AM

Congrats Dot. smile

We go back to the volcano village. These onion crops are grown on where the crater lake once reached to. We stopped here while cycling around the village (hence the bike handle in the corner of the photo). You can see the volcanoes again in the background.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 05:02 AM

While in Toronto I also had a stroll around the Music Garden down at the waterfront....who knew flowers played instruments so well....Apparently it is a "3 acre garden divided into 6 sections inspired by the movements of Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello. The sections are Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabnade, Menuett, and Gigue."

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 05:57 AM

This is what the Black Hills look like--sans open pit mines.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 06:12 AM

That is beautiful, I see what you mean by the mines being a "blot on the landscape". It's a shame, really.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 06:43 AM

deputygary, do you know whether those 'brown' trees are deciduous or is there a disease problem? I saw lots of pest-related, tree diseases cutting a swathe through parts of Idaho and Wyoming a couple of years ago.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 07:38 AM

Congatulations, Dot!

Thanks for the photos on Bali, Daaanieeel. I almost moved there years ago and now I see what I have missed. It's a beautiful place.

We spoke about road signs the other day. Does anyone have a clue as to which way I'm supposed to turn? laugh I saw this in Portland, Oregon this past Spring.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 09:11 AM

I know I have not posted any photos for a while but that's because (a) I haven't taken any photos that were interesting enough to post, and (b) most of my photos tend to be of people which means I can't post them here.

However I did take this one tonight which I thought might be of interest. My daughter's friend is a "fire-juggler" and this is a photo I took of him practising. If you look carefully you can just make out his arm in the middle of the photo.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 02:54 PM

Wow! Fantastic picture, MG.

MikeMaster, those trees are probably diseased. The Black Hills mostly contain Ponderosa Pine and Black Hills Spruce. In fact, they are called the Black Hills because they appear black from a distance (especially at night, hee hee). There has been an infestation of pine beetles there. I don't know if that is what caused these trees to turn brown or not, but it is most likely the case.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 03:59 PM

I'm quite jealous of that photo, Mother Goose! VERY cool : )
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 03:59 PM

Love that, MotherGoose!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 04:19 PM

Congratulations Dot.

Love the pictures of Bali Daniel, makes we want to go there.

Very cool photo MG, I'm jealous of that one

We have an RHS garden not far from us, Hyde Hall, and last time I went there they were dispensing free gladioli corms of a new variety - all you had to do was give feedback on how they grew, did the slugs get them, how true did the colour come to the chart you were given, that sort of thing. So, here it is, definitely a different colour fo gladioli, I've seen deep purple and white before but not this sort of pale purple/lilac

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 05:38 PM

Very nice photo MotherGoose. smile That's a beautiful flower, Christinap.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 04 2012 09:48 PM

I've been off getting more photos and found my new cable hadn't stayed in my bag when I left the house so as I hadn't been home couldn't do them till I returned. I don't think many people could spot what's wrong with these road signs so will elucidate, besides the obviously vandalised numbers (like drawing on an old master in biro), but the triangle applies to the children sign, but by law speed limits needed a circle instead to make them valid. As it's on a private road they can do as they like, especially as it's actually closed to traffic in living memory.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 02:07 AM

Satguru, I love that pic. It's like a piece of modern art. A totem pole.

Christina, that's a beautiful photo. Very calming effect.
Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 05:49 AM

Is there anything prettier than a stand of birch trees?

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 07:53 AM

First birch, then palm trees.

Straight Up
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 04:20 PM

Love the birches and the palm trees.

I get a lot of roses from a grower called David Austin. He specialises in roses that are like the old fashioned roses, loads of scent, quite loose flowers, but with the disease resistance and repeat flowering of modern ones. This is one of his that I'm especially fond of as it is more of a gold than a yellow and holds the colour right until it drops.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 08:47 PM

Thanks Chavs, as the signs became obsolete in 1964 the red triangles have about 10 known representatives left between the south coast and Cambridge, and I have them all now. This is the Squirrel Inn in Battle. I have to admit I don't think I've ever bought a drink in a pub taking photos but are very useful for something else when required.

Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 08:58 PM

Wow, Christinap, that's gorgeous!
The trees are great too - although I am feel a little dizzy gazing up through those palms :-)

And Satguru, always enjoy your photos of the 'old country' - dad came out to Oz as a 'ten-pound pom' after World War 2.
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 05 2012 09:36 PM

Congrats, Dot! Great photo, MG.



Western Ghats
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 01:58 AM

The old city hall in Toronto with some ugly glass montrosities in the background. Most modern buildings look terrible compared to the older buildings.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 02:23 AM

Wow, Zorba, that's one impressive view!

There aren't many Bali photos left which are of much interest, but I'll see what I can do after that.
This monkey poked his head around the corner of a tour place. Everyone promptly pulled out their cameras. The guides weren't as excited as us, they must have seen it quite a few times before. Another one joined it soon after.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 04:31 AM

Thank you all for your compliments on my photo. I didn't think it was that good but I thought it was an interesting effect. Here's another one I took at the same time.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 07:28 AM

Tend to agree with you on moden buildings Howie.I doubt if people will be exclaiming over their architectural beauty in 100 or 150 years time - assuming they even last that long.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 12:33 PM

Howie, if you're handy with a photoshop program, you could easily crop out the newer buildings to showcase that magnificent, older one.

Summertime in Nebraska, literally miles from anything (even a decent road). The hills in the background look awfully brown from drought (maybe) but, I swear, it was wet everywhere. We almost got stuck in the mud on the road it was so deep.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 04:29 PM

Essex Police have a Police dog training centre not far from us, and every so often they have an open day. A lot of the photos had too many people in to post here, but when I looked through them this one amused me, I think it's just the whole way the dog is perched on top of the jump

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 06 2012 06:21 PM

Having covered all the compass points (it goes on a personal map so I can see exactly where I've been), I'm now collecting more spots locally to complete the 4th 10km square. This is the Harlequin shopping centre in Watford, I went a day or two after it opened in the 80s or so and half the shops hadn't been occupied yet.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 07 2012 09:06 AM

I love this tree that is located at the US Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, South Carolina. That's hubby standing underneath.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 07 2012 06:18 PM

Rear view of Hatfield House in Essex.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 07 2012 07:26 PM

Who remembers these? One of the last remaining signs for Rover cars in the country. They only added the 'used' recently as well.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 07 2012 11:31 PM

The stalking of the bird by the people on the sailboat in front of the Toronto Islands.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 07 2012 11:37 PM




This is a piece of Skylab which landed in Greenbushes and is now incorporated into the children's playground of the Greenbushes Primary School in Western Australia. Greenbushes is a small town (and I mean small - don't blink or you'll miss it), a few hours drive south-east of Perth and until recently my foster daughter was living there. I took this photo in June when I visited her for her birthday.


For those of you who aren't familiar with Skylab, these bits of information from Wikipedia will explain:

Skylab was a space station launched and operated by NASA (the space agency of the United States) and was the U.S.'s first space station. Skylab orbited the Earth from 1973 to 1979...

Skylab's demise was an international media event, with merchandising of t-shirts and hats with bullseyes, wagering on the time and place of re-entry, and nightly news reports...

NASA calculated that the odds of station re-entry debris hitting a human were 1 to 152-although the odds of debris hitting a city of 100,000 or more were 1 to 7—and special teams were readied to head to any country hit by debris and requesting help.

In the hours before re-entry, ground controllers adjusted Skylab's orientation to try to minimize the risk of re-entry on a populated area. They aimed the station at a spot 810 miles (1,300 km) south southeast of Cape Town, South Africa, and re-entry began at approximately 16:37 UTC 11 July 1979...

The station did not burn up as fast as NASA expected, however. Due to a 4% calculation error, debris landed southeast of Perth, Western Australia...
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 02:13 AM

Satguru, yes I do remember those. The garage at the end of our road used to be a Rover franchise - sells any sort of second hand car now.

Howie - that is so funny

MG - Lucky they didn't get the calculation any more wrong! What a great thing to have in the playground though.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 04:19 PM

At Colchester Zoo you can feed the elephants - which is a pretty cool thing to do. Once you get close up to them, and you are only about a foot or two away, you realise how big they actually are, yet when they take the food from you the trunk is surprisingly gentle, if a bit slobbery.

Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 04:34 PM

Wow, Christina, I'll have to get down to Colchester Zoo - elephants are my favorite animal!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 04:49 PM

Mine too. They do a feeding session twice a day and it is very popular, but if you go "out of season" and avoid school holidays you get a good long session with them as there aren't the same crowds there are in summer.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 05:00 PM

A country road just north of Battle

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 08:19 PM

I love elephants, too. I remember getting to ride one when I was muuuuuch younger.

Cool boat, Howie. And poor bird being stalked. I hope it wasn't this one.

Posted by: demurechicky

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 08 2012 08:27 PM

Talking about elephants, I recall when my daughter was 3 years old, we went to Chester zoo. We adopted a baby elephant for her and she wanted to 'bring it home'. When I said it had to stay at the zoo, she burst in to floods of tears. I asked her where she would keep it and she said, 'in my bed'. It took rather a long time to explain the adoption process etc, and the fact that elephants grew rather large! My daughter still laughs about it to this day! So Christina, your elephant pic brought back some giggles...thank you for the memory jog!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 03:38 AM

This strange building is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I went in but did not have much time before I had to return to the hostel and catch the airport bus so I did not pay the expensive entry fee to look around briefly.


Posted by: Mugaboo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 03:52 AM

In 2012 each Olympic gold medal winner, has had a post box painted gold in honour of them in their hometown. This is the post box in Lossiemouth, in honour of Britain's first gold medalist, Heather Stanning in the coxless pairs rowing.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 05:13 AM

"This strange building is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto"

Oh, that's just hideous. How could they have added that monstrosity onto that beautiful old building? I think that's probably the worst case of architectural rape I've ever seen.
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 06:50 AM

Nap time.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 07:52 AM

Aaaawwww, love that one Zorba. smile Lovely pics everyone. Sorry I haven't posted for a bit, been super busy. Hopefully post my last Bali photo tomorrow.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 02:52 PM

Oh no, can anyone guess what happened to the driver of this Mini?

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 04:11 PM

Originally Posted By: demurechicky
Talking about elephants, I recall when my daughter was 3 years old, we went to Chester zoo. We adopted a baby elephant for her and she wanted to 'bring it home'. When I said it had to stay at the zoo, she burst in to floods of tears. I asked her where she would keep it and she said, 'in my bed'. It took rather a long time to explain the adoption process etc, and the fact that elephants grew rather large! My daughter still laughs about it to this day! So Christina, your elephant pic brought back some giggles...thank you for the memory jog!


Oh dear, I'm imaganing your daughter curled up in bed with a baby elephant, and where would it sleep when it got bigger?
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 04:17 PM

We went to the Essex Country Show today, an annual event that is the biggest in the County. There are always a lot of heavy horses there, both dressed for display and in ploughing competitions and the like. This beautifully turned out horse and rig really was the star of the display ring though.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 04:20 PM

Flopsy, is that one of those remote controlled cars they were using for bringing back the discus and that sort of thing?

Zorba scank - love that dog. Only a dog can sleep like that

Howie, have to agree with the architectural rape comment. That is just the most awful thing to stick onto a lovely old building. Bet the architect won awards for it as well.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 04:45 PM

What a cute dog, zorba!

I'm always watching out for tornado's while on the road because they scare me so badly, especially after having been caught in a few. This cloud cover had me watching closely recently near Houston, Texas. Instead there was just a lot of rain.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 04:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Flopsy, is that one of those remote controlled cars they were using for bringing back the discus and that sort of thing?


Yes it is! We went to the Paralympics yesterday and there were four of those little minis bringing back the javelins. We all said that controlling one of them must be the best job at the games, lol.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 05:14 PM

Yes, I too agree about them destroying the beauty of older buildings. I could not believe it when I saw it, I just had to take a photo to remind us of the ridiculous things we do.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 05:25 PM

I think that is one of the worst examples I've seen
Posted by: Gees63

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 06:37 PM

Some Colour in the garden, after a poor summer a bit of sunshine does wonders

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 09 2012 07:03 PM

A typical British harvest view in Kingswood, Surrey

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 12:10 AM

Wow What fabulous photos already!
Howie I love your ship, and Christina that elephant is just sooo cute! Your dog looks totally at peace with the world, Zorba! Clara those storm clouds do look pretty menacing, don't they?

Here's a pretty, pink Crêperie in Le Faouêt, Brittany:

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 03:00 AM

Now for a building that has not been massacred with a modern building attached. Here is the Provincial Legislature in Toronto.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 08:09 AM

Ah, much better looking buildings, Howie and Santana!

Our nearest neighbor came over last night to show us his new puppy. He's 12 weeks old and very active. It was hard getting a photo of him because he doesn't sit still for very long. This is Capitan.

Posted by: ertrum

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 09:54 AM

Santana, may I join you at that creperie? I'll buy the cidre...
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 10:35 AM

Get ready, get set...



A semi-final in the Men's 100m for athletes with a (severe) visual impairment. There are two people in each lane because at this level of impairment athletes have a guide whose role is to help them get set up and to keep them in the right lane during the race. When the pair reach the finish, the athlete must cross the line first.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 10:47 AM

Originally Posted By: ertrum
Santana, may I join you at that creperie? I'll buy the cidre...


You're on!
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 10:49 AM

Flopsy, love your photo! That particular event in the paralympics, ie, any of the races where the participant is severely or totally visually impaired, impressed me no end! Both the athlethe and the accompanying guide have to be up to scratch, and the level of trust between the two must be huge!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 11:07 AM

It was brilliant. The whole experience... going to the Olympics was very special but the Paralympics were even more so. We now have a five year old in the family who says she is going to "run, run, run!" grin
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 01:08 PM

Wow, that's a great shot, flopsy! And what a great idea for them to be able to run like that!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:03 PM

A couple more of the horses at yesterday's show. It was the last ever ploughing show for the grey, he was retiring as soon as it was over. 21 years old. The owner said he might come to shows in the future just to meet people, but his working days are over.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:06 PM

That is a much better building Howie.

ClaraSue, love the puppy, just want to pick him up and cuddle him

Great photo Flopsy. You were lucky with tickets, you got to see quite a bit really.
Much as I loved every minute of the Olympics I found the Paralympics completely inspiring. I have to be honest and say I havn't taken a lot of notice of them before, but watched as much as I could this time.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:13 PM

When I was a few years old I would have been over the moon to see this view, I had a thing about flyovers, and more so double and triple ones although these are side by side rather than on top.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:23 PM

For the athletics, we had the cheapest seats of all - £10 for adults £5 for seniors and children; that has to be one of the best bargains ever. We were almost at the top of the stadium, opposite the 100m starting line and across from that were the javelin areas. A friend of mine also got tickets on Saturday and she paid more for theirs but they were on the other side of the stadium - a good view of the long jump area but not as good for the rest. It was completely luck of the draw but I did try to persuade my family that I'd fixed it. wink
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:27 PM

That is such a bargain. I had no idea that any of the tickets were that cheap.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 05:12 PM

Well, to make it even better, each ticket for the Games came with a London Travelcard covering all nine zones. So spectators could use any part of the London Transport system from anywhere in London free of charge - the Tube, the Overland, the Javelin train, buses... that really was a bargain.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 06:35 PM

I, personally (you don't have to agree with me lol), have always thought that the Paralympics (since they began) should have always been completely melded with the official Olympics. It should never be run "last" (like an afterthought) after most folks have gone home. Yeah, sure the tickets are probably cheap that way, but is that right (morally/ethically/spirit-wise)?

Some folks think they should be run BEFORE the Olympics rather than after, but I don't think that will help regarding attendance/ticket sales. My suggestion would be to run it simultaneously in the same 10 days. Like say, if you buy a ticket to whatever "official" event, that ALSO gives you entrance to whatever paralympic event for a paltry $5 or whatever. So what if EVERYONE doesn't make use of the extra venue? Most will (cuz everybody loves a "freebie" lol). Surely that way, there will be more folks (cheering/applauding) for the so-called "secondary" event if that was the case.

The best (truly honest to goodness) "Olympic" event I ever attended was a sledge hockey game. For those who don't know, it's for folks who cannot use their legs and use sleds to manouver around the ice. It's mostly about upper body strength and passing perfection. Quite frankly, I thought the game was more "athletic/physical" (and if you're a hockey fan who likes that aspect of the game, you would truly appreciate it) than a "normal" ice hockey event. I was in awe the first time I saw one of those games and couldn't stop crying (yeah I know, whattawuss lol).

So thank you Flopsy, for trying to show us that all "heroes" are not necessarily about the fastest/bestest, that there is no "I" in "Team" and that overcoming odds/adversities and that ... "heart" (for lack of a better word) are probably the most important aspects of all.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 10 2012 11:17 PM

Christinap, those horses are just gorgeous!
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 04:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Santana2002
Christinap, those horses are just gorgeous!


That reminds me of primary school, I used to gaze out of the window at the field opposite watching the horse pulling the plough, just the one horse.

Gosh, I am old, as a child the milk deliveries were by horse and cart and the road sweeper also had a horse and cart - wonderful.

Jakeroo - surely they cannot be run at the same time as the needs are different, that is why they took a couple of weeks to make the changes. Also logistically it would cost so much more to double the accommodation and facilities.

I think the Paralympics were sold out ticketwise anyway so there would be no need to give away the tickets.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 04:47 AM

Who can tell me which English king this is? I found him and his horse in Toronto.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 05:17 AM

Looks like a very nifty Edward VII ...
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 05:25 AM

Edward VII, easy peasy. Although I've no idea what he's doing in Toronto. smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:52 AM

Good old Eddie. Know him anywhere!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 11:25 AM

I posted a photo of Charlie and the cactus last month. Here's another one, but it shows the color the cactus turns when it gets wet. Here's the photo from last month by comparison: Barrel Cactus


Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 01:40 PM

Well done, that is who it is sitting proudly in Queens Park and apparently he was at the inauguration of the park when he was the Prince of Wales. If you believe wikipedia, this statue was in India until it was moved to Canada in 1969.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 01:57 PM

A shot of the wheelchair racers' 4x400m relay - as the racers can't carry a baton and control their chairs at the same time, the incoming racer taps the next racer on the back in the handover area. All the other relay rules are the same as in the Olympics:




As for merging the two Games, it sounds good in principle but as Sue says there are logistic problems - twice as many athletes would have to be housed which is a huge capital cost, and some of the venues need to be reconfigured for different sports/needs.

Sledge hockey sounds wonderful, Jakeroo. In London they had wheelchair rugby aka murderball. It's extremely physical, chairs - and athletes - tip over quite a lot, and sometimes they go flying. It's a bit like dodgem cars without the safety features and it's great fun to watch. But sadly I didn't know what fun it was when I applied for tickets and by the time I found out it was sold out like everything else - tickets were like gold dust over here.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 03:51 PM

I know these old signs are popular, here's one I had already but without a quarter covered by the hedge this time.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 04:00 PM

Thank you, I love heavy horses, they are such big, gentle giants. I wouldn't mind going back to the days when they were regularly used.

ClaraSue, please tell me that spider isn't real
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 04:38 PM

LOL, no Charlie is plastic. I bought him as a practical joke to scare hubby. It "sort of" worked. laugh
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 05:30 PM

King Edward is a very popular name for schools, parks and neighbourhoods in our country. You can pretty much find SOMEthing named "King Edward whatever" in every major city. For instance, my father attended a primary school named King Edward in Saskatoon when he was a child. I attended King Edward Jr. High for 2 years in Edmonton. I lived in Toronto for 3 years and I can tell you that Queen's Park (named after Victoria, Edward's mom) is built in a design that is definitely British to a "T" (or is that "tea"? lol). The statue "fits" fine there (wherever it came from).

Flopsy: am very glad to hear that the sales went that well for paralympics in London. British citizens are to be congratulated, because that certainly doesn't happen in most other parts of the world, with many venues going virtually EMPTY. Wheelchair rugby sounds like a hoot! I do wince sometimes at the physicality of some of those games though - after all, if you have no feeling from the waist down (or wherever), how much time does it take before someone realises that your leg is broken?

ClaraSue: I've been loving ALL of your photos and am so glad you decided to start posting more - we've seen many great ones so far : )))

My pictures are all over the place and most are lost on my old computer, so am posting this one (taken in August, not September) in Bamfield, Vancouver Island. I'm sorry, I can't remember what the name of this flower is, but I know it's not "native". And it's blurry (because it was taken on a typically foggy morning and the lens was wet - as was I! lol - but even so, I don't hate the final overall effect)...

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:17 PM

Jakeroo, in other countries the morning sessions, which are usually reserved for heats, venues are almost empty even for the Olympics - in London every session in every sport except football (soccer) was sold out for both the Olympics and the Paralympics. The venues were packed, there was a wall of noise, and if a British athlete was involved, the noise almost picked them up to lift them across the finish. When Jonnie Peacock beat Oscar Pistorius in the bladerunners' 100m last week, the noise was indescribable - but when Peacock put his finger to his mouth to ask for quiet before the start, 80,000 people fell absolutely silent until the gun. When we were there they said the sound in the stadium was 111 decibels - in the Velodrome during the Olympics they measured it at 124 and heaven knows what level it reached in the Aquatics Centre when Elly Simmonds was swimming last week.

A lot of people bought Paralympics tickets initially because they couldn't get Olympics tickets but by the time the games ended I'm pretty sure they were glad they'd taken that route - the Paralympics were fantastic. And there was none of that condescending twaddle about the poor, brave Paralympians - there was sport, good sport, and the crowds loved it.

I think that's an Hypericum by the way... good space fillers!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 07:31 PM

That brought back some memories, we had hypericums in the old house among others and rarely seen them since.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 11 2012 11:42 PM

Here's the pretty little church of St Fiachre's, Brittany, France:



Sorry, I don't know how to edit out the tilt, the church in reality does not lean over like that!
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 02:33 AM

Lovely photos everyone. smile Clara, that dog (your neighbour's) is an Australian Cattle Dog, isn't it? I love them.

This is the last Bali photo I've got, I'll post when I can and when I have an interesting enough photo after that. This is a fairly typical Bali market street-view. There are generally more cars and scooters on the road though, but they all leave work at the same time. This is the "calm before the storm", I guess you could say.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 02:55 AM

The travelling kiwi and her the friend the beaver at Lester B Pearson Airport, Toronto, just before leaving for London.


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 07:09 AM

Grasshopper on a rose

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 08:44 AM

Santana, I really like that photo. And what an optical illusion! Even the shadowing makes it look like that church is leaning like that.

Christinap, it looks as though the grasshopper was going to be heading towards your camera lens. laugh Great shot.

Daaanieeel, yes, that is an Australian Cattle Dog, but my neighbor (who's never been accused of being the sharpest tack in the drawer) says it's a Dingo. I just kept my mouth shut and ooohed a aaahed appropriately.

The area in Arizona where I live is prone to Haboobs. This is a minor dust storm that hit a couple of nights ago. It's not the greatest quality photo but I was in a hurry; they travel fast and I didn't want to get caught in it. This was taken from my back yard.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 05:25 PM

More harvesting in Kingswood

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 05:41 PM

More butterflies.



Red Admiral.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 05:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Grasshopper on a rose



Superb!!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 05:54 PM

Thanks Chavs. I was lucky it stayed still long enough to get the shot. Love your butterfly. The ones in my garden are singularly unco=operative about having their photo taken. They're all camera shy for some reason LOL

Satguru, whenever I see harvesting and bare fields I know it's autumn and winter is ocming.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 06:54 PM

Just to give you an idea of how high up we were in the stadium and how full it was:



The small black wired boxes in front of every seat were the computer-controlled lights used in the opening and closing ceremonies.

PS Please excuse my friend's knee in the foreground!
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 12 2012 10:18 PM

What wonderful photos from everyone!

I thought this chap was going to scurry right to the top of the tree when he saw me, but he stopped on a low branch to nibble on his lunch.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 12:07 AM

Goodness Flopsy! You really were up in the heights there!

Here's the very ornate, polychromatic jubé found inside the church I showed yesterday. It dates from 1480, an intricate lacework of carved and painted wood, the creation of Olivier de Loërgan. All the carvings are representative of extracts of the bible, the seven deadly sins, key events and suchlike. The jubé separates the nave from the chancel, and at the time of its construction the separation went further than that. The 'ordinary' folk were not permitted to sit in the front section of the church, and the jubé served as a barrier between the classes.



The photo's not great, my camera is poor, and no flash was allowed inside the church. With light flooding in on each side it was difficult to adjust so there's plenty of glare all around.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 02:16 AM

Love the photos everyone. Beautiful butterfly, grasshopper and squirrel! Clara, I guess your neighbour isn't too far off; the ACD was bred by mixing European dogs with dingoes. But not many people would think that it actually IS a dingo, especially with that colouration!

Took some good photos on my walk yesterday, I'll share some of them here over the next few days. I took another pelican shot, if anyone is interested.

Here's a Rainbow Lorikeet, I think of the Swainson's subspecies. I took a couple of others which are a bit closer up to the bird, but they're a bit out of focus unfortunately. They're really beautiful birds, especially when they're in flight- they have plenty of colour under their wings. Apparently (according to that Wikipedia article) they're considered a pest here, but they're too nice to look at!

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 06:49 AM

A perfect day for an airshow. I popped out to try to see the B52 but left it too late, it passed me when I was halfway to where I intended watching from so no photo. I did see it passing again but not so close and my photos came out pure blue. So as not to totally waste my effort I took a couple of snaps. Sara will remember this view.

Edited to say that I went back a couple of hours later and sat on the piece of wall in the very bottom right of this photo to watch the Red Arrows - perhaps a photo tomorrow. smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 06:59 AM

Wild blackberries just waiting to be eaten, and yes I did pick some and eat them and they were lovely.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 07:01 AM

Love everyone's photos - fabulous month again
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 08:19 AM

Great photos all around!

Daaanieeel, we have a small tourist spot near where I live that has hundreds of Lorikeets and you can pay to feed them. They're such pretty little birds. I understand that cockatiels are considered a pest "down under" as well. I had a pet cockatiel named Bruno and when my dad visited Australia, he told me it seemed strange to see a bunch of Bruno's flying around everywhere. laugh

A blurry shot of the neighbor's cat, Pappas. I was in a hurry to capture the look on Pappas' face when the new puppy was trying to get him to play. Apparently he's not too fond of young dogs. LOL


Posted by: ertrum

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 11:38 AM

That is a "stay away" look if ever I saw one!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 01:41 PM

The travelling kiwi and her other Canadian friend, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who luckily did not mind kiwis sitting in the antlers. I hope 'no trousers/pants' are not a usual part of the uniform....The light coming through the window was not good for photographing. the next lot of trip photos will be from London so many of you will recognise what they are.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 06:41 PM

I got a chance to test the zoom on the new camera today in Bushey

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 13 2012 11:49 PM

"Les Halles" or the market square of the village of Le Faouët, Brittany, France:

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 02:42 AM

I am guessing the other two Red Arrows must have been doing one of the other maneuvers

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:03 AM

Another pelican I got quite close to, but this time I didn't take the photo from so close and instead got down on one knee a bit further away and took it. It looks better that way.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:36 AM

Before we head to London, a couple more photos from around my home town of Timaru. This is at the top of the piazza looking towards the port and a rare cruise ship.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 05:44 AM



Daaanieel,

That's a great photo! Amazing yellow eye too.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 06:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Jakeroo
...... I'm sorry, I can't remember what the name of this flower is, but I know it's not "native". And it's blurry (because it was taken on a typically foggy morning and the lens was wet - as was I! lol - but even so, I don't hate the final overall effect)...





I think it must be one of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypericum

Lovely flowers, like sunbursts.

The foggy effect is very pretty!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 07:54 AM

That pelican looks unreal!

Water lilly taken this summer in Delaware.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 11:02 AM

ClaraSue that is stunning
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:03 PM

The morning session started at 10 but everyone was advised to get there two hours in advance because of security. I knew from my visit to the Olympics that actually the security system was very efficient* and only took ten minutes but we still had to walk from the tube station, walk to the stadium, find our seats - and maybe get snacks/coffee/chocolate en route. So we got up at 5.30, left home at 6.30, and drove for an hour to Epping to get the tube. It was just as well we weren't leaving from my home or we'd have had to get up even earlier. Eek. Anyway, it took ten minutes to get through security, we went to the main Olympic shop, then we were in our seats by 9.30, eating muffins and sipping coffee as other people wandered in. Very civilised.

This is the view from our seats across the almost empty stadium:



*Sorry, Mr Romney but it all worked very well, London was ready. wink
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:54 PM

Love the pelican Daniel, and ClaraSue's water lily. They are such a graceful flower.
Flopsy, you were so lucky to go to both Olympics and Paralympics. It's not something we will ever see in this Country again in our lifetimes, and weren't we lucky with the weather, given what it had been like only a few weeks beforehand. I recall watching the torch relay go through Rayleigh on a pouring wet day at the start of July.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:57 PM

<*Sorry, Mr Romney but it all worked very well, London was ready. >
Yes, I didn't see any apologies from the gentleman yet.
I agree, this month is wonderful so far.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:57 PM

Red Admiral butterfly who actually wasn't camera shy.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:38 PM

Originally Posted By: ren33
<*Sorry, Mr Romney but it all worked very well, London was ready. >
Yes, I didn't see any apologies from the gentleman yet.
I agree, this month is wonderful so far.


It's okay, Ren, we won all the dressage medals just to spite his horse. Oh what pretty dancing horses, and the best ones were British. wink

I am so pleased to have gone to the games - one lot would have been great, but going to both was even better. As you said, Christina, they won't come again in my lifetime and it was a wonderful opportunity.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 14 2012 06:34 PM

Another view across Merry Hill

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 05:03 AM

Lovely flower and butterfly, Clara and Christinap.

Took some even better photos on my walk today. I'll share them and then I'll go back to the ones I took before.
A huge pack of ducks or some sort of similar bird (and a couple of sea gulls) all floating together:

Stay tuned tomorrow to see them all in flight!
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 07:18 AM

Lovely photo.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 08:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Red Admiral butterfly who actually wasn't camera shy.


Very nice photo.

Mine is getting used to me chasing it around now too! A little underwing display.


Reminds me slightly of a Liberty print.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 11:14 AM

Yes, I see what you mean, there is a definite resemblence.
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 12:32 PM

Daaanieeel - I have seen this on the river many times. One time, there were so many birds that they actually formed an almost-perfect brown square edged with white. It was an amazing sight. Of course, I was on my way to work and didn't have my camera with me.

I believe that the brown birds are baby seagulls and the white birds are the adults, who stay on the periphery to protect their young.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 03:38 PM

Beautiful butterfly shots! Someday I hope to have a camera that will take good closeups.

This is the pond where I found the water lilies.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 04:12 PM

Isn't that beautiful. So lovely and tranquil.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 04:18 PM

It wouldn't be the Games without the medals... and in London, the flowers. Four different sorts of British roses, bound with three herbs (rosemary, mint, and lavender - "scents of Britain") and wheat - which represents energy.

In this ceremony the flowers were presented by a British sports commentator, Clare Balding - who probably got the biggest cheer of the morning!

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 04:49 PM

Honeysuckle berries. The birds are very fond of these

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 06:09 PM

A country road in Aldenham

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 07:59 PM

You shall not pass......
The paddock at one end of the short Dashing Rocks walkway, on occasion you find cows and sheep in there. They relented and allowed me to pass without paying a toll.

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 09:57 PM

Great photos here. Santana, I'm enjoying the ones of Brittany. Beautiful cows, Howie. My grandmother has a farm and I love spending time with her cows there.

Photobucket is giving me trouble so I haven't been able to upload any photos.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 15 2012 11:13 PM

I had trouble with Photobucket, too. I had to wait for hours before I could upload.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 02:16 AM

Love that pond, looks so tranquil... A place I could just sit and read... Also love that raod, Satguru, and those cows!
Thanks for the info, MotherGoose, that does make sense. I'll Google it to find exactly what it is!

Here is the photo of them all in flight. Was super lucky to get this one, they all passed in a flash. Also glad it isn't out of focus!

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 04:11 AM

Love the butterflies of course and all the other pictures are great too.

Howie: your posts always make me smile. As for your latest one, since those cows had no horns, would that make it a poll-gate? ~~~

Flopsy: thanks for identifying the flower! Chavs: thanks for the link : )

ClaraSue: you can post pix of the pond and the lilies forever, I'll never tire of them. Gorgeous.

Daniel (can we call you Daniel? I keep forgetting how many extra a's and e's to add lol): Not completely sure what sort of birds you have there (other than the white ones) without closeups. If they are indeed all gulls (which they could be), then I'd hate to be one of the five babysitters lol. In the pre-flight picture, the brown birds (yes I know juvenile gulls are not white, but here anyway, they're never that brown) seem to be sitting very low in the water (as ducks do). Gulls are fliers, not swimmers, and sit high on the water - they tend to look more like they "bob" than anything else - and typically hold their tails/butts out of the water in a distinct upright position. Gulls also have very short necks and short, sort of "blunted" fantails. The darkest birds (almost black) in your second picture appear to have longer necks and might be cormorants or black ducks. As for the brown ones IN flight? They look like fruit bats to me from here (so what do I know??? LOL!). Will be curious to hear what you find out in your research.


Yes, I know the sun "should" look more round/uniform, but I didn't alter anything.
Sunset on a Cuban beach. Wish you could have been there as the camera doesn't do it justice.
It was as if the whole world was bathed in gold, bronze and copper (blissful sigh).
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:07 AM

Thanks for that Jakeroo (nice photo as well!)- call me Daniel if you want (that must be my most-used phrase on FT lol). Even Dan will do. smile Unfortunately I couldn't get a better shot of them in the pack because they didn't get very close and the zoom on my camera isn't fantastic. I think some birds look darker than others in the second shot because of the shadowing- the sun was just beginning to set when I took it. I'm pretty sure that they're cormorants that are in flight (I see them quite often, particularly little pied cormorants), which leads me to believe they were cormorants on the water as well. If only I could have got closer! I took a photo the same day of what I believe is the same type of bird, and it does look a lot like a cormorant. I'll share it tomorrow to see if anyone can tell me what species it is. For now, I'm going to bet they were cormorants on the water.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:15 AM

ClaraSue, that is a gorgeous scene, I have 'pinched it' as it might be perfect on a sympathy card at some stage.
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:54 AM

Thanks, ClaraSue. I was wondering if it's some problem at my end since it's been happening for the past few days.

Jakeroo, gorgeous photo.



Jog Falls, Karnataka. At a height of 253 meters, they are the second highest waterfalls in India. There were 1500 steps to the base but I only had time to make about halfway down.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 11:33 AM

The lake at Wimbledon Park

Posted by: Dotb

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 01:03 PM

Thanks for the messages of congratulations. I've been too busy to take photos (other than of my new grandson, that is) as I've been working and leaving the house at 6.30 and not getting home (to prepare for the next day) at 5.30. Not much time for photos.

However, you have all done so well this month. I love the diversity of photos you are all posting. There are some lovely pictures of animals and fantastic scenerey too. I've enjoyed looking at them all. Thank you. smile
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 01:13 PM

Is he your first grandchild? Congrats "gramma"Dot : )))

Zorba and Daniel: thanks, you are always most kind.

Zorba: Personally I prefer your pic. And yikes - that many stairs? Seems like a prime location for zip line, then you only have to walk the stairs once. Maybe we should start up a "biz" together lol

David: lovely lake picture. Am sure you'd rather that those pesky Canada geese weren't there though!
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 02:41 PM

I can't really remember the last time I posted here. I haven't been very snap-happy lately, either, and I would like to fix this! Anyway, at the insistence of a certain Jakeroo (:P), I will begin posting again smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 04:35 PM

Part of the gardens at Hatfield House

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:04 PM

Those honeysuckle berries look as though a mere touch and they would explode!

Jakeroo, your golden beach looks heavenly!

Sue, you are more than welcome to "pinch" a photo at any time! I remember years ago you took a copy of one and made a beautiful card for my father. laugh

I took dozens of photos of the water lilies, but here's some day lilies that were at the same park.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:22 PM

Those are lovely. They do look good en masse, especially that colour, they almost glow they are so vibrant
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:23 PM

Ah, Ranunculaceae. Alex, sometimes "simple" is the "bestest" when it comes to pure visual pleasure. As a child I remember "snuffling" flowers like those (which resulted in a VERY yellow nose lol). Thanks for posting it :))

Christina: lovely garden. Wish our growing season was as long as yours!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 05:26 PM

oops, while I was posting the last, I missed ClaraSue's entry. LOVE your photo (orange is a favourite colour for me). Oh, and since you don't mind "pinching" may I paint your water lily? I've been waiting for a subject that stirred me....
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 06:09 PM

Jakeroo, be my guest. I'm flattered that so many like the lilies. I took so many photos of different ones in different stages of opening and closing over a two day period. I did not know that they close each night at sundown and open back up the next day. I'd like to show more, but I didn't want to bore the good folks here with the same subject.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 16 2012 08:26 PM

Did someone mention pesky Canada geese? Here are some from around the Washdyke Lagoon (near the Smithfield rockpools) after a lot of rain.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 12:06 AM

What a gorgeous day lilly, Clarasue! And Jakeroo your cuabn sunset is stunning! No wonder Sue is pinching it for her cards!
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 02:46 AM

Love that waterfall, the flowers and those ducks. smile

This is a photo of the type of bird I'm guessing was in that group, it looks the right size of the ones in flight and definitely the right colour. Wonder why it wasn't with the others? It's a cormorant of some type I think- a great cormorant perahps?

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 06:00 AM

Fantastic photos as usual.

Thank you ClaraSue, yes I remember the card.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 07:04 AM

Yesterday, my husband and I took a rode trip on our motorcyles around the area. It was a great ride and I took a few photos along the way (when stopped, of course, laugh ). People have the misconception that Arizona is nothing but desert. We have lots of sand and cacti, sure, but there are a lot of mountains, trees, and water, too. This is Canyon Lake approx 50 miles east of Phoenix.


Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 07:25 AM

Santana: Thanks! (but I think it's the water lily Sue is interested in lol)

Howie: Oh noooooooo... they're in New Zealand too?? Good grief. I apologise on behalf of my entire country lol.

Daniel: I don't think that's a cormorant as the neck seems too long, as does the bill (and it doesn't appear to have the characteristic "crook" on the end of it that cormorants have). It also has a distinctive white stripe going from the bill down the neck. Bearing in mind that the bird is probably still wet (and so will look darker than when it is dry), I think what you have there is a "Darter" (either Anhinga melanogaster or Anhinga novaehollandiae). I also think it's male. That doesn't mean that there wasn't a bunch of cormorants in the big group though lol. Anyway, if you can find an online birding, zoo or university website for your location with a contact email address, I'd suggest sending them your picture and maybe they would do a better job of identifying it for you : ) I've had good success here by sending weird spider pics by that method and the folks seemed quite happy to help out!
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 08:27 AM

Once again, thanks for your help Jakeroo. According to Wikipedia it couldn't be the oriental darter as they don't live in Western Australia. The Australasian Darter does, so it could be that. I'll definitely try find a good website, animals fascinate me so I'm always willing to add to my knowledge. smile I know a lot about other animals and some other birds (see "Who's the Expert?" wins wink ), just not as much about water birds.
Beautiful photo ClaraSue.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 09:19 AM

http://www.ozanimals.com/Bird/Darter/Anhinga/melanogaster.html

Daniel: According to the website above, the melanogaster variety is indeed found in many parts of Australia, including Western areas (although not terribly common around Perth). It's also the one most noted for the white stripe. We're not "supposed" to see Eastern Bluebirds or Red Cardinals in my part of Canada either, but we do on occasion : ) so I wouldn't necessarily take "wiki" as "gospel" LOL. In any case, good luck in your investigations.


These are my two pacific salmon that I caught off the coast of Bamfield British Columbia.
They are approximately 25 lbs each and while they didn't earn the "tyee" distinction (which means
anything over 30 lbs) they still warranted a wheelbarrow to bring them up from the dock lol
Sorry for the blurriness, but it was raining cats and dogs.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 12:31 PM

Oh, I like that a lot! Great atmospheric catch, Jakeroo.

Good sleuthing too. Looks like you two need to edit wiki now!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 12:38 PM

OOh Salmon! Can I come to dinner?
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 02:26 PM

Jakeroo- the geese made the picture! Here's another pond, up the road on Richmond Park

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 03:58 PM

ClaraSue: Absolutely. You're in charge of the wine. Tell me when you two are arriving so we can pick you up at the airport. Don't worry, we have real vehicles now (we traded up on the dog sleds a few years back) : )

David: The geese did NOT make the picture. You did, with your very good "eye". And I like your last posting just as much (with no geese LOL!). Very tranquil. I'd love to sit on that bench and contemplate something (not my navel, am afraid what I might find in there lol).
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 04:38 PM

Oh I don't know where to start. Everyone's pictures are fabulous, each month just seems to get better and better. I love seeing all the ones from overseas, I can travel the world without leaving my chair, and it's the only way I will see some of these places now. Satguru shows me places in the UK I never knew existed as well as ones I have just driven past without ever really looking at. This has to be the best and friendliest forum on FT.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 05:12 PM

We had this rather lovely cloud effect just as the sun was setting.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 05:49 PM

This is the best site on the whole web!

Love those clouds, Christinap! One of my favorite subjects is clouds at sunset and sunrise.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 17 2012 09:09 PM

Beautiful clouds! Love 'em.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 01:48 AM

I like clouds, I often just sit in the garden for a few minutes when I'm out there watching them change shape and drift along. I'm rarely up in time for sunrise ones though ClaraSue!.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 02:14 AM

I've sent an email to a website, hopefully I get a reply soon. smile

Some bright colours on a pile of rocks which stretch out to the river. Not sure what their use is, I think its for fishermen because I often see people fishing on them. You can see the rocks I mean on my photo of the city on the "Picture My Record" thread.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 03:00 AM

A Timaru sunrise over the houses.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 05:16 AM

Daniel, it is a darter and it is a male (the females have white bellies). The white streak on their head is a distinguishing feature of the Australian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae). Cormorants and darters belong to the same family Phalacrocoracidae.

If you want to see the differences between the most common cormorants in Perth (the little black cormorant, the great cormorant, the pied cormorant, the black-faced cormorant and the little pied cormorant) and the darter, a really good book to look at is "A Field Guide to the Birds of Western Austalia" by GM Storr and RE Johnstone. It should be available in most libraries in WA.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 05:43 AM

Thanks MotherGoose, I'll see if I can find that. smile
Stunning sunset Howie.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 07:07 AM

Gasp!
I quite agree about it being the best Forum in FT
The joy is I never get a bit of trouble, nobody beating each other up, no Trolls etc ( well we get the odd Rabbit.) It is wonderful for me to be part of this marvellously friendly group of people.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 07:14 AM

Wonderful sunset Howie
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 07:20 AM

Originally Posted By: ren33

The joy is I never get a bit of trouble, nobody beating each other up, no Trolls etc ( well we get the odd Rabbit.


Ha! Be grateful for small mercies, some rabbits are very odd indeed. tongue
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 07:39 AM

Beautiful sunset, Howie!

A different side of Canyon Lake.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 04:16 PM

That's fabulous ClaraSue.

My old pear tree is loaded with fruit - all I have to do is get up there and get it!

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 05:47 PM

As the country roads are popular here's another in Shenley

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 06:12 PM

This hilltop looks like it could be made from the same material as ClaraSue's Canyon Lake outcropping. This one is near Lockwood, Nevada. What you see is about 50 meters high.

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 18 2012 09:06 PM

Jakeroo, the steps are a recent addition. Earlier you just had to trek to the bottom and back up. wink It's amazing to see the locals including the elderly and kids go up and down without breaking a sweat.

Those are beautiful colours, Daniel. Amazing sunset, Howie! Clarasue, one of my close friends has just moved to Arizona and I'm looking forward to visiting her and seeing this beautiful place.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 01:53 AM

Love those ones, Clara, zorba and CmdrK.

Here's a Roseate Cockatoo (aka Pink and Grey Galah).

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 01:55 AM

My last day in Toronto and first day in London did not involve much sleep. Awake all day in Toronto and catching a 7:30pm flight, arriving in London around 8am for another day of walking around before sleep at night. An 8 hour flight so by the time a meal at each end it did not leave much time for sleep. Anyway, I found my way to Hyde Park and came across Isis.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 02:46 AM

Reminds me of Daniel's Darter.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 07:22 AM

CmdrK, I've probably seen that mountain as we travel through there a lot. I'll have to look more closely next time we're through there.
Zorba, I think you'll find Arizona to be a beautiful place My best friend who visited last winter was surprised at how pretty it is here. Lovely shot of the rock jetty, btw.
Daaanieeel, is that a wild bird? It must be awesome to see birds like this in the wild as we only see them in cages.
Howie, that statue of Isis is lovely. It's so graceful looking.

On our bike ride this past weekend to the hills, we stopped and visited an old western mining town. This is the Goldfield Ghost Town, an actual ghost town that was rebuilt and is now a tourist attraction at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 08:35 AM

Originally Posted By: ClaraSue
CmdrK, I've probably seen that mountain as we travel through there a lot. I'll have to look more closely next time we're through there.


It's best seen from old Nevada Route 45, which unfortunately, hasn't received any highway funding since World War II.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 08:43 AM

It is wild, Clara.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 11:23 AM

ClaraSue, ever since I looked at the photo of the ghost town the theme to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" has been echoing through my mind.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 11:24 AM

Cmdrk - now that's what you call potholes!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 01:04 PM

To me it looks as though WWII happened right there!
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 02:41 PM

The "best" part of that trail is called the 'rock garden'. It was my turn to drive going through there and I wasn't about to stop, never mind take pictures. =:o
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 03:48 PM

We saw this bird at a local wildlife park. Not sure what it is though, there was no identification label on the enclosure - I'm guessing some sort of wading bird/crane

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 05:08 PM

Quote:
This is the Goldfield Ghost Town, an actual ghost town that was rebuilt and is now a tourist attraction at the base of the Superstition Mountains.



When I first saw it, I thought it was Old Tucson. I had a holiday in Arizona in 1984. We flew to Tucson, stayed with family, hired a car and drove up to the Grand Canyon and back, and also went south as far as Nogales, Mexico. Great holiday! Your photo brought back lovely memories.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 07:34 PM

Howie: Gorgeous sunset. That one rivals even those we get on the prairies here. As for your trips, I don't think I could stand the pace you kept up on all the ones you've mentioned so far!

Flopsy: nothing wrong with "odd". And I defy anyone to define "normal" in any case lol

ClaraSue: it appears that any side of Canyon Lake is lovely! All those colours in the rocks are amazing.

CmdrK: very nice picture. I'm always fascinated by rock formations, especially when they don't seem to belong there (like ones that are sitting all alone in the middle of "nowhere" that you'd think would have succumbed to erosion or whatever by now). Nevada/Arizona are GREAT places to find unexpected wonders like that one.

Christina: just how tall IS that pear tree? Looks ginormous! And it's hard to tell what your bird might be. Looks too short/stout to be a crane, maybe one of the lesser Herons?

Zorba: thanks for the extra info! My next question is where was your latest (beach) photo taken and why is there a fence on the far right (if that is indeed a fence, just guessing).

David: very pretty. Our trees/leaves have already started to turn.

Daniel: Good Lord on the cockatoo. Looks like someone turned a blow dryer on the poor thing lol. Cute though!

Hmm, I thought I had a picture to post, but apparently my train of thought derailed. bbL.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 19 2012 08:53 PM

Wall Hall, a Victorian pile in Aldenham. It used to have its own university college till 2004 when it was demolished for a housing estate. Thanks for all the compliments everyone, much appreciated smile

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 01:48 AM

Hmmmmmm, it was actually a sunrise and I had to double check that was what I had typed. smile

These travel photos were all from the same trip, I left Timaru on April 23rd 2010 and the current photos in London are May 27th.

Speaking of which, I also ran into Peter Pan while in the Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens area though a poor photo.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 02:20 AM

I got an email back from the website. You're right, Jakeroo, they were cormorants. Here's what they said:
Quote:
"The big flock of birds are Little Black Cormorants (with a few Silver Gulls), large flocks like that are usually feeding flocks (cormorants dive for food in the water)."


My attempt at a flower photo. You can see these flowers everywhere this time of the year, not sure what they're called though (I'm no botany expert lol). They look really nice when there is lots of them in one place.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 07:02 AM

Looks like a member of the Echinacea family.

Jakeroo, the tree is around 25/30 ft high, it's about 100 years old. The pears are round and not that large, but very sweet, just drip juice whem they're ripe. Sometimes the easiest way is just to go up there every day and pick up the fallers rather than try and climb the tree.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 08:14 AM

Sat, Wall Hall looks like something I've seen in a movie. Have they used that as a movie set?

Howie, I love that statue of Peter Pan. How tall is it?

Lovely flower, Daniel.

Everybody's photos are just fantastic.


This is the bordello in the Goldfield Ghost Town.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 09:01 AM

The flowers are osteospermum, otherwise known as cape daisies.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 11:16 AM

Well spotted Sue.

There's a story to the Peter Pan statue. It was commissioned by J M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and when it was ready he insisted it be installed overnight so that it seemed to children as though it had magically appeared. He didn't want to spoil it by them seeing it being installed.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 12:18 PM

Who else would take random photos of Garston, but these meant I now have 4X 10 km squares now of 100 photos each on the Ordnance Survey map

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 01:16 PM

ClaraSue, there is a photo of me standing next to it and the top of my head is about where Peter Pan's feet start. I am 1.78m (5'10") tall.
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 02:12 PM

It's the last day of Summer here. Most of the flowers have worn themselves out so the humble little New England Aster gets to show its stuff.



Edit: Okay, it's the next to last day of Summer. Close enough!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 02:25 PM

Quote:
ClaraSue, there is a photo of me standing next to it and the top of my head is about where Peter Pan's feet start. I am 1.78m (5'10") tall.


Thanks! It's shorter than I would have thought it to be. But still tall enough. laugh
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 04:31 PM

The hedgerows round us are dripping with rose hips at the moment

Posted by: Gees63

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 04:34 PM

Rainy day today so took some pictures of Lady

Posted by: ertrum

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 05:17 PM

Lady is lovely. How old is she?
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 09:01 PM

Jakeroo, it's one of the beaches in the coastal city of Mangalore in South India. The fence separates the public part of the beach from the cargo port. My photo was actually taken on the port side.

I love the contrasting blue skies in Satguru's and ClaraSue's pictures.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 09:09 PM

Thanks for the info Zorba and WOW that last one is fabulous!!!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 20 2012 10:10 PM

Awww, Lady is precious, Gees!
And I love the palm trees, Zorba!
Those Asters look so much like daisies, my favorite flower. Beautiful flowers, CmdrK.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 12:38 AM

Does anyone else get tears in the eyes immediately on looking at a dear sweet face like Lady's?. I never get that happen when looking at people!
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 01:59 AM

Misty is jealous of all the attention Lady (who is beautiful!) is getting.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 02:08 AM

Originally Posted By: ren33
Does anyone else get tears in the eyes immediately on looking at a dear sweet face like Lady's?. I never get that happen when looking at people!


Yes I do Ren. There is just so much love and devotion in those eyes, she is gorgeous.
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 04:38 AM

I originally posted this here in April 2007 but thought it was "timely" to air it again in view of Howie's post.

This is an autographed replica of Sir George Frampton's statue of Peter Pan. It is located in Queens Gardens, Perth, Western Australia. This replica was presented to the children of Western Australia in 1927 by the Rotary Club of Perth. When I was a small child, my mother and I would catch the bus to the park and have a picnic lunch. I would climb the statue and feed the ducks and the carp (they won't let you do that now of course).


Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 08:07 AM

Oh, Misty is precious, too! And, yes Sara, I always tear up at photos of dogs.

This is Superstition Mountain, located east of Phoenix near Apache Junction.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 04:03 PM

If you stand in the field at the back of my garden this is the view over the fields to the parish church

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 04:04 PM

That is a fabulous view ClaraSue, and I love the name Superstition Mountain as well.
Posted by: Gees63

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 05:33 PM

We have had Lady for just over 10 years and the vet estimated she was about 6 months when we got her which makes her around 11
Tissues at the ready
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 06:19 PM

My new camera also works at night (I haven't tried moving objects yet but supposed to manage those as well), this is the first try, the M1 motorway in a tiny village called Flamstead near Redbourn.



I've got a nice view from here at the back (if you go upstairs, you can only see the house behind me otherwise) but always liked the idea of fields instead.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 06:41 PM

Geees63....awww! She's so sweet looking.
Christinap, you've got a great view from your garden.
Sat, I like night photos. I'm looking forward to seeing how your camera does do with moving objects.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 07:02 PM

Statues and a fountain at the northern end of the Long Water in Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, by the Italian Gardens.

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 21 2012 10:57 PM

Superstition Mountain looks like it's part of some sci-fi movie set. smile Nice night shot, Sat.

One more little doggie to join the party.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 12:56 AM

I think I'm in puppy-love.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 01:18 AM

Naww, Zorba that dog is so cute! Also love Superstition Mountain. smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 02:24 AM

Fabulous little puppy zorba, and wonderful shot of Lady Gees, and how cute is Misty.
There is just something about dog photos.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 07:56 AM

Awww, cute puppy! You can just see how soft that fur is!

Ok, so in keeping with dogs....for those of you that don't know, THIS is the real ClaraSue. laugh She's a Shar-Pei mix that I found on the highway when she was about 8 weeks old. She's now 13 years old and the love of my life.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 08:16 AM

It's the first day of Autumn but still too early for the leaves to change color in this part of the state. But there's always some that give in to the inevitable early.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 08:31 AM

CmdrK, that is so lovely!
Loving all the dogs and not to be outdone, here is Gnawra whom I found in the village rubbish bin aged 10 days.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 11:31 AM

All those dogs will have Sara drooling.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 04:28 PM

I've had a really pretty group of antirrinhums this year. I'm going to leave them in and see if they survive winter, they do sometimes if it isn't too harsh.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 04:31 PM

That's a lovely view Cmdrk.

Good night shot Satguru, look forward to the moving objects test photo. The camera seems to be doing everything you wanted so far, Yes, I like having fields rather than people round us. I think I'd find it quite hard to live in a highly populated area now.

Howie, good shot of Kensington Gardens. Very tranquil.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 22 2012 06:00 PM

This is what I was doing at night in the middle of nowhere. It was pitch dark and couldn't see anything but the camera points a red laser at the target and then can see the sign at least but nothing round it. The pole had been painted grey but almost worn off and there was another stripe and a bit under this but wasn't prepared to mess around to get it after driving 30 miles or so at midnight. There would or should have been a red triangle on top of it but there is no bracket with nothing screwed onto it which is the usual condition when one's come off.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 01:09 AM

Another statue (there may be a few of these though I cannot remember how many I photographed....), this time we are outside Baker Street Station and I doubt this gentleman needs an introduction.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 08:40 AM

Even if the antirrinhums don't survive the winter you could get self-seeded for next year.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 03:13 PM

These shops are the same you can find anywhere in suburban Britain, these are in Garston

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 03:42 PM

Originally Posted By: sue943
Even if the antirrinhums don't survive the winter you could get self-seeded for next year.


That's what I'm hoping for Sue, and I've collected some seed as well to sow in the Spring.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 03:46 PM

The first real storm of autumn has arrived today, so this could be one of the last roses of summer.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 06:15 PM

Oh, I just love Gnawra's smile! Reminds me of ClaraSue's.

At the ghost town, this was the inside of the church. I just had to get a shot of the wagon wheel chandeliers.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 07:38 PM

When I went out to take the dog for his AM walk this morning it was -1 C outside. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw 4 balloons overhead. Here is one of them. It must have really been cold at altitude.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 23 2012 09:29 PM

ClaraSue: lovely ceiling. I'd kill for those rafters as well.

Howie: well darn, that statue doesn't look anything like Gerry Rafferty lol

David: WoW! I've never gotten night photos as nice as the last two you've posted. What camera did you buy? (sorry if you posted that info already - if you did, I wasn't paying attention, as usual)

DepGary: I've been up in a balloon more than a few times. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times no matter what the season (mid afternoon produces thermals that don't suit a "pleasant ride" for the paying public lol). Also, warm air rises due to some scientific principle I don't really understand (amongst a billion other things lol), so it was quite likely warmer up there than on the ground. We haven't had a killing frost yet here (any day now they say) but I AM surprised that you had colder temps than we did today !!!

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 06:49 AM

A stop sign in danger of being engulfed.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 10:53 AM

I've been up in a balloon myself, but only once. I have a vivid imagination and all I kept worrying about was the bottom of the basket being strong enough to hold us without giving way. Other than that, it was so beautiful and peaceful up there.

CmdrK, I see your roads aren't any better than the ones down here...that's a heck of a pot hole beyond that sign. laugh

Another thing I saw at the ghost town...not to worry though, it was behind glass. But living in the desert in the country as I do, I have to be alert for these things all the time.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 11:25 AM

Ewk
Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 02:09 PM

It's the new Panasonic DMC LZ20, much better to cover all the poor conditions which a compact can't cope with.

Before 2004 there was quite a nice modern university campus here, one day they decided they'd prefer the money and sold it off for a huge estate. Previously Wall Hall campus in Aldenham.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 03:47 PM

No a statue to be seen here but be prepared for one next time or maybe the time after. Instead here we have a view of the lake at Regent's Park, London.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 03:53 PM

It's quite interesting from my viewpoint as a Brit to see what images you are coming up with, Howie - what people actually see when they come here as opposed to what the tourist board thinks they will see. So far it's parks, statues, and water! smile
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 04:00 PM

ClaraSue, technically that pothole isn't in the roadway so until they break an axle in one of the town highway dept. trucks it won't get fixed.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 04:14 PM

I agree with Flopsy. It is interesting to see what people from other countries do go and see and take photos of. Now according to the tourist board it should be all architecture and museums.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 04:17 PM

Couple of months ago I put on a photo of my newly pricked out seedlings - well here they are after growing on a bit all ready to plant out in a few days time when the weather improves.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 05:06 PM

After very little sleep over a couple of days I pretty much just walked around Hyde Park and Regent's Park after I flew in from Toronto. I needed to walk and walk to try and keep me awake until night and get the legs moving. I was only in London for a couple of days so did not actually visit anything other than walking past places. There could very well be other things appearing soonish. If I go back to the 2005 visit there would be castles, etc from a part of England and Wales as well.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 05:40 PM

ClaraSue, is that a rattlesnake?
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 05:55 PM

Yes, that's a rattlesnake. I was at the Rattlesnake Museum and had to check out which kinds of snakes we have in our area. There are 13 different species of Rattlers in Arizona and I think it was 5 of those are prevalent in the area where I live. Luckily, I haven't seen any in or near my yard.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Mon Sep 24 2012 06:09 PM

Wow, that's scary. We only have adders as a poisonous snake here and although you do get a few people bitten each year it is quite rare, and hardly ever fatal.
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 25 2012 02:06 AM

Great photos everyone! Am I the only one here who actually likes snakes? I guess that might be because I don't have to put up with them much... The only animals I can't stand are some bugs, like cockroaches, snails or earthworms. *Shudders*

Sorry I haven't posted recently, I haven't recently taken any photos of any interest. Here's a little pied cormorant.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 25 2012 12:51 PM

One more photo of a rattler and that's it. Hopefully I'll only see these behind glass and not in my yard.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 25 2012 04:29 PM

Actually I don't mind snakes. I will always handle them at a show or something like that, those aren't usually venemous though!

That's a great photo ClaraSue.If you ever see one in your yard I suggest you don't stop to take a photo of it!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 25 2012 05:48 PM

Hmmmmmm, staue, water and a park.....seems to be familiar....:)

The 19th century Japanese bronze eagle statue in Regent's Park, London.

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Tue Sep 25 2012 11:53 PM

I agree, it is interesting to see what pictures 'tourists' take of your home city/country. smile



A small temple on the outskirts of Bombay. The statue is of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 26 2012 02:09 AM

That's beautiful
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 26 2012 05:24 AM

Originally Posted By: zorba_scank
I agree, it is interesting to see what pictures 'tourists' take of your home city/country. smile


I grew up in a tourist heaven; Stonehenge was only a few miles up the road and visitors always wanted to go there. When I was a teenager we had a German exchange student staying with us for a while and we took her to Stonehenge. "Why," she gasped, "it's nothing but a pile of old rubble."

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 26 2012 09:33 AM

There are the lazy days of Summer and then there are the lazy days of Autumn. I was sitting on a dam to take this picture, the river isn't this wide. It was a beautiful day and I hated to leave.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 26 2012 11:47 AM

I don't think I've added this country lane near Radlett but rather easy to lose track after so many similar.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Wed Sep 26 2012 09:41 PM

Howie, CmdrK and Sat, those are great photos. Each one looks so peaceful and make me want to visit there.

Zorba, that is a neat looking temple. I'm glad you said it was the Monkey God, because that's what it looks like and I didn't want to appear rude.

OK, one more photo from the ghost town. I don't know what kind of truck this is, but I'd sure like to own it.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 04:43 AM

CmdrK and Satguru those shots are amazing. Wish I could visit those places!

I like the contrast in this shot between the dark clouds on the left, then the red sunset clouds and then blue sky. Unfortunately my camera just could not get in focus with the shots I took of the clouds that day, so it is a bit blurry.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 06:22 AM

Dan it doesn't stop it being most beautiful! Lovely.
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 09:45 AM

ClaraSue, that might be an International truck. I think they made firetrucks in the 1940s and 1950s.

Daniel, that is a great cloud shot.

Satguru, your new camera is very impressive. The optics appear to be really good. Any problems using the viewer in bright sunlight?

My little dam pond shot is from well within the town limits of Loudon, New Hampshire. Obviously, Loudon is not a large metropolis. smile
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 11:25 AM

Thanks, CmdrK. I didn't look closely at the truck but you're probably right.

Yesterday, hubby and I spent the day in Las Vegas, Nevada and this is the Eiffel Tower replica outside of the Paris Casino/Hotel.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 11:51 AM

So far as long as I don't have the sun too direct it's behaved itself, the other one shut down when it was sunny if the sun wasn't right behind it. I'm working my way through the functions gradually (not so easy without instructions on paper and a diagram on the screen like the flight deck of a 747 but seem to have avoided the problems I was having when I started so far.

The entrance to a pub on Stanmore Hill

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 05:11 PM

A seal in the underwater walk through area of Colchester Zoo

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Thu Sep 27 2012 09:59 PM

Another photo, another statue....this time we have Nelson's Column at Trafalgar Square so at a more touristy place. Last time I was there I could not get as good a photo as there were lots and lots of people. This time it was the day before something was happening (cannot remember what) but they were going to close some streets to traffic and The Mall was lined with Union Jack flags. At first I thought I was being welcomed to London but then I realised there would have been New Zealand flags....lol

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 04:36 AM

You seem to have got great weather in London, Howie. Nice photo, Christinap, it would've fit the Blue theme thread too. ClaraSue, for a minute I thought the truck photo was taken on a 'Cars' set. smile



Chillies in my grandmother's garden.

Edited: Because I forgot to post the photo. blush
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 05:23 AM

We've had a real sunshine and showers morning with some spectacular cloud masses building up.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 08:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Howie72
At first I thought I was being welcomed to London but then I realised there would have been New Zealand flags....lol


England expects, Howie, England expects... we just didn't know we were expecting you. wink
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 11:06 AM

Zorba, what kind of chile is that? Are those cayenne?

One more casino in Las Vegas. This is New York, New York.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 07:04 PM

Now I'm back on more local duties the paths are making a comeback

Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Yes it is September! - Fri Sep 28 2012 11:59 PM

ClaraSue, they're a local Indian variety called Bedgi.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 08:08 AM

This is the Barge Inn at Battlesbridge, about 2 miles from us. The whole site is an old granary and various other buildings which is now a big antiques centre. The Inn is popular with tourists in summer and does a very nice lunch or evening meal.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 08:11 AM

The "Barge Inn"? smile The American version of that would be the "Dew Drop Inn".
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 09:47 AM

At my house, I have a little sign that says "do drop in" : )
Of course, I don't mean EVERYbody, so I have another one that says "no soliciting" lol
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 10:14 AM

Everybody should know who this guy is. He had the suit and a breathing machine of some sort that made him sound right, but he lacked the height. laugh

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 01:43 PM

I posted this photo in Wimbledon Park on the Ordnance Survey site as usual, and just won photo of the week from 5854 in total.



I was going to link the shortlisting process here, but I think it's members only but it's there just in case. I've been a regular contributor since 2008 and don't think I've even been shortlisted before. I watched it from about 100 to 10 and then one by one over the last few days.

Shortlist and announcement
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 03:44 PM

Well done Satguru, it is a lovely photo, congratulations.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 05:06 PM

That's really lovely David and really deserves the honour!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sat Sep 29 2012 07:48 PM

Great photo and congratulations, David.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 01:08 AM

Just lion around at Trafalgar Square....

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 02:51 AM

I love those lions, & that's a really nice shot of him.


Satguru, that's a fantastic photo, very beautiful, delicate and strong at the same time. I feel like I'm scuba diving in a meadow! Congratulations on the well-deserved honour.



Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 04:22 AM

Love the photo David, well done.

Stand by for a photo from me later today, hopefully. By orders of her majesty, the old bat, I am about to go to Durrell to try to get a photo of the baby gorilla born there on Thursday.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 05:58 AM

Oooh, looking forward to that one Sue, good luck with it
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 11:40 AM

Sorry but she was hiding with the baby, there were so many people about, and kids making noise that I guess she just wanted peace and quiet.

So here is the proud dad instead.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 11:44 AM

And a wonderful creature he is too! Not surprised she was hiding away with the baby if it was that noisy, they are very protective of their young.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 12:59 PM

It was sheer bad luck that we didn't see the baby, when we arrived at the gorilla compound we were by the accommodations and saw straw being pulled/pushed out of the door, the gorilla then walked off carrying a load of the bedding with her. We discovered just afterwards that she had put the baby in the straw then headed for some logs which formed a sort of den, she went in there and stayed.

Apparently earlier she had been walking about with the baby but I am guessing that it got too noisy, lots of children and many of them were not being quiet despite notices asking for quiet in the area for her.

This is mum
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 04:36 PM

One of the antique shops at Battlesbridge

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 07:12 PM

Wow, how magnificent and beautiful Dad is, Sue!

Seen at the Rest Area on Interstate 65 just north of Huntsville, Alabama where the US Army Missile Command is.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 07:50 PM

Thanks everyone, I can't remember what made me check the candidates as I've been a member for years and only shortlisted once earlier this year and didn't even notice at the time, saw I was last week and then followed the process a photo at a time for a couple of days.
I didn't realise you lived in Battlesbridge Christina, I was there twice earlier in the year as I went once to get the two 100km map squares on Dengie Marsh but due to a lack of large scale maps only got one and had to go back again. This was the closest photo I got, on Runwell Road near Wickford.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Yes it is September! - Sun Sep 30 2012 10:41 PM

I know I say this a lot, but September FLEW!
I can't tell you how much I love the photos you have posted this month. Again a bumper one!
I will close this one later today but open an October thread for early birds. Go October!