Let's start a December Photo a day thread !

Posted by: ren33

Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 06:49 AM

Maybe you spotted this month's deliberate mistake. Anyway it really IS December and I look forward to your wonderful photos for the Christmas month.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 12:17 PM

As December is the first of the summer months here is a sun conure from the Brooklands Zoo at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth.



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Posted by: satguru

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 02:06 PM

Someone added one there yesterday. Oops... Another of my alleyways in Wimbledon


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Posted by: Jakeroo

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 06:01 PM

Howie: lovely bird (as always)

David: wow, your alleys have cobblestones? Here, if folks have any alleys at all, they are either dirt, gravel, or asphalt, sigh.
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Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 06:53 PM

Hey, we have one of those. We put it on the deck, roll out the awning, and with the enclosed sides, it is very warm and toasty...yes for marshmellows. I put a grill on it the other day and cooked a steak. Better than a bbque.
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Posted by: ren33

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 02 2013 09:32 PM

Is this the thread where you can post more than one per week?
One a day (That is why it is called "Photo a Day ")
Post only one photo per day in the following threads:

* Photo-a-Day.
* Image Art.

Post only one photo per week in the 'themed' thread.
Posted by: satguru

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 03 2013 01:04 PM

Cobblestones are a lot rarer now but we still have the odd place which hasn't lost them. Since I found the new compact can take proper photos at night I went out yesterday and gave it a proper run. These are offices on the massive Park Royal industrial estate, about two miles square


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Posted by: Jakeroo

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 03 2013 03:54 PM

Thanks Ren. I get that part. But there doesn't seem to be a thread specifically labeled as "photo a day" for December? COuld be I just need new glasses lol
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Posted by: Howie72

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 03 2013 06:37 PM

Back to Copenhagen again and the Rundetårn or Round Tower. Built from 1637 to 1642 as an astronomical observatory though I cannot see why it is called the Round Tower..... grin


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Posted by: ren33

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 03 2013 11:52 PM

There you go Jakeroo. I am always willing to oblige. New title for December thread.
Posted by: satguru

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 04 2013 05:54 PM

The Grand Union feeder canal in Harlesden

Posted by: Howie72

Re:Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 05 2013 01:37 AM

Here we have a Lady Amherst's pheasant at the Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth. Never seemed to want to look my way and was often hiding.

Posted by: Dotb

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 05 2013 01:58 AM

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 05 2013 12:05 PM

The back of the Hindu temple in Neasden

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 06 2013 02:03 AM

Here we have Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, seen from the front. It was built in the early 1600's and set in the Kings Garden - the oldest public park in Copenhagen. Somewhere in there are the Danish Crown Jewels.

Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 06 2013 08:02 AM

A ton of snow and -45C with wind chill factor.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 06 2013 01:48 PM

Wow, that's cold Divine!!

Here's Rhyl yesterday...

Posted by: dg_dave

Re: December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 06 2013 05:15 PM



Decembrrr! Anywhere from 2-4" of sleet fell overnight. This was at a grocery store on the way home. I don't mind the sub-freezing temps, but this stuff can stay away!
Posted by: satguru

Re: December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 06 2013 06:38 PM

A view across Stonebridge Park



This is between Harlesden and Neasden for anyone familiar, as I know a good few are.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 07 2013 01:32 AM

Is this a lovely dog at the Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth...no it is just a meerkat.

Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 07 2013 01:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Dotb
Wow, that's cold Divine!!

Here's Rhyl yesterday...


Wow! Dramatic! (Is that a normal level of surf?)
Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 07 2013 05:04 PM

I think Dot will tell you, they had quite a storm that day!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 08 2013 01:12 AM

Part of the Kings Gardens in Copenhagen.

Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 08 2013 05:12 AM

dg dave, I will take your sleet if you take my cold. It has warmed up today to -15C. The wind chill factor has been horrendous here. I will take the precipitation any day.

Yes dotb, very cold here, very cold. I can only hope that it kills some bugs that have infested many trees here. One of them the pine beetle.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 08 2013 06:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Gheelnory
Originally Posted By: Dotb
Wow, that's cold Divine!!

Here's Rhyl yesterday...


Wow! Dramatic! (Is that a normal level of surf?)


It was a storm, as Ren said. People were evacuated out of their homes overnight. The wind speed of over 100 mph and a spring tide met and was quite a sight. The north Wales coast got off quite lightly compared to the east coast where houses were swept into the sea. frown
Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 08 2013 08:13 AM

Originally Posted By: DivineMsDRL
dg dave, I will take your sleet if you take my cold.


When there is no precip involved, I don't mind cold temperatures...I despise the wintry mess!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 08 2013 03:47 PM

When the new camera which I've found works at night went off today I found how to take night photos with the big one as I thought it ought to do better, here's one result, Norbiton station in Kingston.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 09 2013 01:25 PM

Halt....who goes there? A capuchin monkey on guard at Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 09 2013 06:50 PM

So what do you call a big pile of Santas? A sackful of Santas, a sleighful of Santas.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 09 2013 10:28 PM

I have to go into town at night now, partly as you have to pay during the day and partly to avoid the traffic. This is the County Hall Hotel, opposite the actual County Hall (also now a hotel) in Waterloo.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 10 2013 11:26 AM

The roof of Vauxhall Tube and bus station.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 10 2013 01:29 PM

Another view of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 10 2013 02:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Dotb
Originally Posted By: Gheelnory
Originally Posted By: Dotb
Wow, that's cold Divine!!

Here's Rhyl yesterday...


Wow! Dramatic! (Is that a normal level of surf?)


It was a storm, as Ren said. People were evacuated out of their homes overnight. The wind speed of over 100 mph and a spring tide met and was quite a sight. The north Wales coast got off quite lightly compared to the east coast where houses were swept into the sea. frown


Awful. Your photo was stunningly effective. But of course the most dramatic photos often depict phenomena that affect people in ways they'd prefer not to experience. A good picture (such as yours) really brings that home.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 10 2013 02:47 PM

Yikes. Dot, I'd rather have a blizzard than that!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 11 2013 10:45 AM

The locally famous Marine Ices in Chalk Farm, 80 years old and just sold to new owners who promise to try and keep it on after the family ran out of members to hold on to it any more.

Posted by: mehaul

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 11 2013 01:01 PM

Oh I think I'm about to faint! Someone catch me. Look at all those different versions of sliding glass doors (and windows to vend cones from?).

Edit: This comment is a tie in from Satguru's photo to the "En Passant" thread's topic drift to which way people's sliding glass doors opened, from the left or from the right.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 11 2013 05:08 PM

Susie found this ball when we were out and it is now her most treasured possession.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 12 2013 11:52 AM

Not a great photo but this is one of New Zealand's beautiful song birds - the tui, in the bush at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth. You can see the tuft of white feathers which lead to early Europeans calling it the parson bird.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 12 2013 06:14 PM

More from the Christmas shop at our local garden centre. You can have this complete tree delivered and installed exactly as you see it for several hundred pounds!

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 12 2013 07:43 PM

I never expected patio doors to get anyone excited, that was a bonus! The ice creams are sold from the window on the left as well as indoors, I prefer 31 flavours myself but my parents used to like going there when I was young.

St Pancras Church opposite Euston Station

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 12 2013 08:54 PM

Hmmmmmmm. I feel a thread coming on. How about "Desserts"?
Yes That might be good for January's (never mind the New Year Resolutions) thread.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 13 2013 01:42 PM

How about a festive little Miss Santa-Paws:

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 13 2013 06:06 PM

Pond at bridge in the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens.


Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 13 2013 08:57 PM

Christmas lights in Radlett

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 14 2013 01:52 AM

Not to be outdone by his doggie-mum, today's offering is of a young Master Santa-Claws:

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 14 2013 02:54 AM

Santa Paws and Santa Claws both look gorgeous. How long did the hats stay on for?
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 14 2013 06:24 AM

Not very long at all, Christina grin
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 14 2013 03:41 PM

A very rare sign, I was told the road had one on every lamp post, now there are two left and this is the one which hasn't faded.

Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 14 2013 08:03 PM

Thank you everyone for sharing your photos. I've enjoyed very much.

Howie, I had never thought of visiting Copenhagen but your photos really make me want to go see the beauty in person.

I love the pet pictures and the birds in the zoo. One of my dogs found an old shoe on a walk one day and for ten years, she slept with it and carried it around.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 06:58 AM

One of the few times cold coming to Florida is welcome is when the weather front's high altitude Cirrus clouds coincide with the golden hour of the dawn. My morning wake-up today:
Posted by: sue943

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 10:47 AM

That is stunning mehaul.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 02:36 PM

Danka, Sue
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 03:34 PM

A slight detour back to the beach at Smithfield in Timaru on Saturday and one of a pair of variable oystercatchers (black variety) making sure I don't get too close to the nest. Shrill noises if you get too close and they will even fly at you to persuade you to move back, can be quite aggressive.

Posted by: Tekka

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 06:25 PM

I still check on this site every few days and really enjoy the variety of photos you all contribute - thank you!
Saw my first oystercatcher last December on a beach here in western Canada.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to more visits around the world via your photos.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 15 2013 07:20 PM

These are some of my test night photos on the new Fuji compact. When it works it really works, but each success is about one of four, although if I carried the tripod with me the ratio would be better. At least it means I can make a few more longer trips before March now, and avoid the traffic into the bargain. This is a car hire firm in Frogmore near St Albans.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 16 2013 07:19 PM

The Thames at Kew looking north to Brentford

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 17 2013 01:44 AM

We have left New Plymouth and are on the way to the delightful aromas of Rotorua. Here we have the mouth of the Tongaporutu River in northern Taranaki.

Posted by: JaneMarple

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 17 2013 03:51 AM


I've posted in the "Christmas thread" but I am sure there is room in this thread for the crib smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 17 2013 05:53 AM

Of course there is. Jane. Lovely.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 17 2013 11:35 AM

The North Circular in Park Royal

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 18 2013 02:18 AM

Just so you do not accuse me of favouritism, here is the black & white variable oystercatcher smile

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 18 2013 01:11 PM

Mill Hill Waitrose, one of the more recent local supermarkets built on an old gasworks

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 19 2013 01:46 PM

A normal block of flats in Mill Hill made interesting by adding apparently decorative arches either side which do nothing else, except holding the bins on the ground floor I think.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 20 2013 01:57 AM

Part of the Stroget in Copenhagen - a 1.1km car free pedestrian zone established in 1962, running from the westerly Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square). All up including side streets and squares, there is a 3.2km pedstrian street system famous for shopping, the oldest and longest in the world apparently.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 20 2013 07:15 PM

I have no idea what happened to either my grandpa's slides of Copenhagen and surroundings from 1974, or why I didn't take my camera, but all I found in 2009 when I had to clear the house out was a box marked with it and filled with others, which was quite normal for him. There were slides covering 50 years and gave most away and kept the ones on holidays I was also on and Britain. But not Denmark.

As I had to get to the cashpoint just now I wandered around looking for places to take on the way back, this is Asda in Wembley Park.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 21 2013 01:43 AM

A lonely boat moored on the Mokau River in northern Taranaki.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 22 2013 04:26 PM

Teddington Bridge on the Thames

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 23 2013 10:14 AM




We went to see Cavalia on the weekend. For those who aren't familiar with Cavalia, it's like Cirque du Soleil with horses. Our tickets included a backstage pass to see the stables. This is one of the horses from the show. I loved the way they braided his mane.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 23 2013 01:50 PM

The Thames at Kingston, John Lewis is opposite

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 23 2013 03:48 PM

My last afternoon in Copenhagen was spent wandering around Christianhavn, this is one of a number of canals there.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 23 2013 06:37 PM


Christmas is nearly here!
Thanks to all of you for the lovely photos that make this forum so special. Happy Christmas to you all XX X
Posted by: Dotb

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 24 2013 07:06 AM

This is the sheep farmer (and sheep) in Oswestry's Red Square. It's a bit dark I'm afraid because I took the photo at dusk.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 24 2013 10:53 AM

It was raining last night if anyone remembers... North Circular at Gunnersbury

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 24 2013 05:38 PM

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 25 2013 01:45 AM

Looking upstream along the Mokau River in northern Taranaki.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 25 2013 06:50 AM

Susie with Christmas presents

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 25 2013 12:07 PM

Christmas morning in Barnet

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Wed Dec 25 2013 08:06 PM



I am glad Santa visited Susie!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 26 2013 03:24 AM

We had to ration out her presents Ren, she had so many. The training group did a secret santa, she had one from her trainer, one from a German shepherd group I belong to, one from the dog over the road, one from her playmates in the park - she had so many we spread them out through the day. Needless to say the one that squeaks is her favourite, well at the moment anyway. She just keeps picking them all up and having a little play with them in turn.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 26 2013 03:55 AM

Awwwwwww! She is so adorable, no wonder she had so many gifts,
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Thu Dec 26 2013 11:45 AM

Dudden Hill Lane in Neasden

Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 27 2013 07:19 PM

Staples Corner roundabout where the M1 and Edgware Road cross the North Circular

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Fri Dec 27 2013 11:49 PM




I was lucky enough to capture this bird on the wing at the Adelaide Zoo.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 28 2013 01:40 AM

Some Danish countryside from the train heading to my next destination. Any guesses for which city I spent one night at after Copenhagen?

Posted by: JaneMarple

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 28 2013 03:25 AM

Although I am not really a "stamp" person, a good friend in America sent me some extra-special limited edition Harry Potter stamps for Christmas smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 28 2013 11:03 AM

Not many other people would go to the back of Neasden to take a photo across the railway line so I do.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 28 2013 11:12 AM

Guess where I went today! I have a couple of different photos, not gorillas, to show later. It was a glorious day, not too windy, just crisp. The wind is getting up again now so I went just in time.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sat Dec 28 2013 12:39 PM

Here's a sign most of you don't see when you go for a hike. Since it was 66/19 yesterday I'm surprised an enterprising rattler wasn't out sunning himself on a rock but the only wildlife I saw was one little lizard.

Posted by: Copago

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 01:49 AM

The conversation went something like this:
me: "It's 45* ... I think we'll have to let Jinx inside, she's really hot out there"

him: "I don't want dogs inside. You know I won't let dogs in. They smell and it'll be me that has to clean up after it."

five minutes later

him: "We should let Jinx in - she's nearly dying out there."

SO here she is.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 02:00 AM

The Mokau River on the way to the Tasman Sea.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 02:02 AM

Poor Jinx! I would let her in anywhere if she looked at me like that!
Posted by: sue943

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 04:31 AM

I love the crest on this fella, I don't know offhand what he is though, perhaps some sort of crane.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 05:02 AM

That should be a grey crowned crane
Posted by: sue943

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 08:21 AM

So it is, thank you.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Sun Dec 29 2013 07:37 PM

The shops in Locksbottom near Orpington

Posted by: Copago

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 30 2013 01:19 AM

This was early Boxing Day. Bit of a shock to see such thick fog in the middle of Summer:D
There had been a little rain on Christmas Day but the afternoon was pretty good. We camped up there ... that blue thing on the shoreline is Conor's swag ... was a present so we had to camp out that night to test it out. Everything got so wet from the fog but it passed with flying colours.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 30 2013 03:19 AM

Yet another from Saturday's zoo trip.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Mon Dec 30 2013 03:58 AM

Waving goodbye to Denmark as the ferry leaves Rødbyhavn.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 31 2013 02:04 AM

From the Adelaide Zoo - Eclectus parrots. The green one is the male and the red one is the female.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 31 2013 04:01 AM

Heading through the Awakino Gorge after leaving the Taranaki Coast.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 31 2013 09:47 AM

Such beautiful photos, and I haven't even seen all of December's yet!

I meant to be more active here this month, but have been without a computer (or any sort of online access) for two weeks. My brand new computer arrived yesterday evening but I have yet to upload any recent photos. Guess I'll try to start January off right when that thread opens.

Now to browse through all of the lovely pictures smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 31 2013 11:47 AM

Just before it's too late to be spotted for the month, a dusk shot in Hayes (the other one in Kent).

Posted by: ren33

Re: Let's start a December Photo a day thread ! - Tue Dec 31 2013 01:21 PM

Thanks all for a lovely December! Not closing this but a January New Year thread opening too,