Photo a day for May

Posted by: ren33

Photo a day for May - Wed Apr 30 2014 06:33 PM

Spring would seem to be here at last. Welcome to May everyone.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 01 2014 02:53 PM

A flowerbed in Richmond Park

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 01 2014 03:43 PM

Cow parsley and bluebells in the woods

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 01 2014 08:49 PM

Moturiki Island just off Mt Maunganui Beach in the North Island of New Zealand and connected to the beach by a 500 metre long man made land bridge.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 02 2014 04:56 PM

Just to show what a mild winter we have had, this lavender has been in flower now for a couple of weeks, a good two months early.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 02 2014 06:23 PM

As you can see, my front garden is a riot of spring colour:



Oh, wait...
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 02 2014 07:04 PM

Rooves in Finchley (I always use rooves, it's being kept alive)

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 03 2014 01:50 AM

Strolling along the Caroline Bay boardwalk towards the container ship and cranes at the Port of Timaru.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 03 2014 02:28 PM

And in the midst of the oleanders...

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 03 2014 04:44 PM

And some local rhododendrons

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 06:01 AM

A solo tree on the other side of the road heading to the MacKenzie Country at the deer farm near Fairlie. The fence is much higher than a standard farm fence which indicates the deer farm is on this side of the road as well.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 03:14 PM

Lots of lovely nature photos this month, a real pleasure to admire. I'll add some lovely bluebells, as I was delighted to come across heaps of them carpeting our local forest when I went for a stroll this afternoon:

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 04:11 PM

Gorgeous photo, love a bluebell wood.

The last few days we have a feral cat wandering round the garden, at least I assume it is feral judging by the way it hissed and spat at me before running off. Needless to say Susie does not approve!

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 06:42 PM

If that's not Susie I don't think it's feral, it looks very well looked after.

Here's one of the best art deco houses I've come across, in Bexley.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 09:44 PM

Love that house, satguru! Christinap, that looks like a small lion and I agree with sat, looks to be well looked after. Love all the flowers! Still don't have too many of those, so here is a pretty quilt at the quilt show I went to yesterday.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 11:05 PM

That looks like one very healthy and well-fed feral cat up there, Christinap, and Spanishliz what a cool looking quilt! The choice of fabrics to give that fading effect of the colors is excellent, my mother-in-law (a quilting fanatic) would have loved to see it.
What a very Hercule-Poirot-looking house, Satguru!
Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 04 2014 11:35 PM

Quote:
judging by the way it hissed and spat at me before running off.

Sounds like my Rosie who sure ain't feral,.. stroppy, blind and anti everything that isn't food, but not feral!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 05 2014 02:13 AM

It does look very well fed I agree. No-one round here has cats though, it's a doggy area, so perhaps it's a stray. Might try and tempt it in with some food and see if Cats Protection or someone can take it and scan it.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 05 2014 05:40 PM

I think the magpie might have been taking his life in his hands here

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 05 2014 06:14 PM

The view over the marshes in Dartford

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 06 2014 12:21 PM

Back to one of my original themes, a Tube train in Northolt

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 06 2014 04:19 PM

The Epiphany Church across the River Main in Frankfurt.

Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 07:18 AM

I look at all the beautiful flowers and green grass and sigh. The temperature here fell to -10C last night, and it has been snowing every other day. My father is 84 years old and has lived here all his life. He says he has never seen a winter like this.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 07:44 AM

Sorry to hear that Lets hope it perks up soon. I can't last for ever!
Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 08:47 AM

Geez, I sure hope so. My kitchen looks like a greenhouse. I have lots of plants to be transplanted outside.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 10:35 AM

I bet you're all jealous of my garden, all set for the 21st century - bits of wood, weighted-down membrane, and rocks. Plants would spoil it! wink

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 11:19 AM

No doubt, easy to care for.
Posted by: DivineMsDRL

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 11:46 AM



Waiting to go outside where we belong.

Just learning how to use my new camera, ignore date. I have not figured out how to change it.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 11:51 AM

Flopsy, you know what would complete your new easy care garden - a few gnomes scattered around and maybe a pink flamingo or two for contrast.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 12:00 PM

You wait months for a railway then two come in a row. Typical. Alexandra Palace.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 07 2014 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Flopsy, you know what would complete your new easy care garden - a few gnomes scattered around and maybe a pink flamingo or two for contrast.


Hahahaha! In a recent visit to a garden centre I saw a 9 to 12 inch ornament in the shape of a slug - it must be every gardener's ideal gift. Except mine!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 08 2014 03:42 PM

Big surf at Mt Maunganui Beach....on the other side of the land bridge to Moturiki Island.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 08 2014 06:52 PM

The view from the same bridge as yesterday looking across Wood Green

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 09 2014 02:59 PM

The Hydro Grand Hotel (an Historic Places Trust category two building but looks like it will be pulled down and the site developed into something else) and piazza from the boardwalk at Caroline Bay, Timaru.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 09 2014 03:53 PM

The forget-me-nots have been especially good this year, been in full flower for a few weeks.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 09 2014 09:05 PM

Very nice Christina, I've just been weeding around them today as well. Somewhat of a theme (mainly as I'm back walking the streets of London after driving hundreds of miles this year) is another railway, this is the route from East Finchley to the sidings in Highgate, while the passenger route is underground.



Not having my stool with me I actually had to raise my arm over the bridge and keep trying different angles before I got this right.
Posted by: Mugaboo

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 10 2014 03:26 PM

The view from our upstairs toilet. (Crabapple, rhododendron and cherry)

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 10 2014 03:50 PM

The monument to Michael John Burke at the top of Burkes Pass, the entrance way to the MacKenzie Country in South Canterbury. The wording is not easy to read in the photo but this is what it says...

To put on record that Michael John Burke, a graduate of Dublin University and the first occupier of Rancliff Stn, entered this pass, known to the Maoris as Te Kopi Opihi in 1885.
O ye that enter the portals of the Mackenzie to found homes, take the word of a child of the misty gorges and plant forest trees for your lives. So shall your mountain facings and river flats be preserved to your children's children and for evermore. 1917.
This pass is 2200 feet above sea level.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 10 2014 04:43 PM

This is one of the few shops I knew still unchanged from the 70s, on my previous patch in East Finchley.

Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 11 2014 08:40 PM

After going to Abilene, TX, this weekend, on the way back to Dallas, I went through this town...known for its own rendition of Dr Pepper.

Wikipedia link to city

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 12 2014 03:45 AM

That's funny Dave - my husband (known as Maynooth on FunTrivia) is from Dublin, California. I believe there are actually SEVEN towns called Dublin in the USA.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 12 2014 05:14 AM

A shag enjoying the late afternoon autumn susnhine smile

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 12 2014 01:06 PM

A typical British scene in Iver, just west of London

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 13 2014 07:05 PM

When in doubt take a path, just along the road

Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 14 2014 03:28 AM

Here is a duck
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 14 2014 04:12 PM

Every year since we have been here, which is about 25 years now, we have pheasants nesting in the garden. Pleased to say this year is no exception. Obviously not the same pheasants, I don't know how long they live in the wild but not that long, but I like to think that it is descendants that keep coming back each year and we have been home to a long line of birds.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 14 2014 05:31 PM

A small green in West Drayton

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 15 2014 04:08 PM

The River Main in Frankfurt

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 15 2014 04:24 PM

I love the inside of the big poppies I have in the garden. The black pollen always fascinates me, the bees seem to like it though

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 16 2014 10:00 AM

Sorry everyone but you should know me by now...



A little back story, when I was 8 my neighbour took me horse riding, the stables are still there, and these are the results.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 16 2014 11:45 AM

Wow, big pile of garden fertiliser - where is it and can I get a wheelbarrow in there?
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 16 2014 05:15 PM

Today's sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, seen from Timaru.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 16 2014 06:39 PM

And so the planting begins. Not to mention the back ache!

Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 16 2014 10:09 PM

Not to detract from your glorious riot of colour, Flopsy, but what is the lovely white stuff on the right?
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 17 2014 08:58 AM

The stuff climbing up the back of my garages? I'm not sure what sort it is but it's a variety of clematis montana. It's actually a very, very pale pink. Naturally I painted the fence to make a perfect foil for it... tongue
Posted by: Tekka

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 17 2014 05:38 PM

I'm still thoroughly enjoying all of your photos - thanks again to everyone.
I, too, love poppies, mine aren't quite open yet but I also have a montana clematis that is a mass of blooms right now and blooms again in September.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 17 2014 07:53 PM

Love the sunrise shot, Howie!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 18 2014 07:12 PM

The fertiliser's in Bushey next to my old stables where I went for a good few years in the 60s. You need to leave it for a year though for it to lose its acidity. Here's the motorway footbridge just along the path.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 19 2014 04:14 AM

So do I Mike, I was happy to stand there for 30 minutes or so while the sun rose. This was an earlier photo with a rather pink Pacific Ocean.

Posted by: Tekka

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 19 2014 12:13 PM

Amazing sunrise shots!!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 19 2014 02:23 PM

Oh Howie, that is spectacular, one of your best ever.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 20 2014 02:16 AM

Even the sheep were enjoying the colous of the Washdyke Lagoon.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 20 2014 07:40 PM

After finding a few old signs online at the weekend on what was about to be a demolition site two years ago I rushed over just in case (almost 20 miles) to find the whole place flattened, and the very next day this and its matching partner turned up a few miles away to make up for it. I'm sure they'll bring back some nostalgia to some people, and now completed my set from 9-16' by filling in the gap as well.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 20 2014 08:02 PM

Great photos everybody! This little family of Canada geese were good enough to stay close to the river bank for a photo op this afternoon.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 22 2014 01:47 AM

More fire in the sky over the Pacific Ocean for May 17th.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 22 2014 08:48 PM

Gorgeous!

Here's Precious with her friend Smokey, who lives next door. This is the only cat that Precious tolerates at all, she prefers dogs!

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 24 2014 01:06 AM

Smokey looks just like my mother's cat, Ziggy!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 24 2014 11:15 AM

My third digital camera can manage photos at night, this is Park Crescent opposite Regents Park

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 24 2014 07:32 PM

Originally Posted By: MotherGoose
Smokey looks just like my mother's cat, Ziggy!


Smokey's a lovely affectionate cat, who turned up as a straggly stray just over a year ago. Lots of TLC from my neighbours and you see the result smile

He didn't turn up today when Precious and I were out, so here's herself, posing as usual.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 25 2014 01:59 AM

I was wondering whether to show another of the sunrise photos and in the end I decided I would as I could not be bothered heading back tonight to find where I was up to with the other photos. Again we have the Washdyke Lagoon and Pacific Ocean.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 25 2014 11:20 AM

So, after a lovely romp round the park where she got to play with all her friends for an hour or so Susie, or The Princess, as she now likes to be known, decided on an afternoon nap, but not in her bed - oh no, not good enough for her any more.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Sun May 25 2014 06:17 PM

That bears an uncanny resemblance to my Aunty's bedroom Christina. If I can get a photo I'll show it to you.

I may not have a cat of my own at the moment but will take any others I pass.

Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 26 2014 10:59 AM

Just returned from a short break on the Isle Of Wight. Amongst the day trips we had was a visit
to Osbourne House, Queen Victoria's favourite. This is the house from the back.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 26 2014 11:20 AM

I've been there. It is sort of out of place with the Isle of Wight really, this massive Victorian edifice on a small island. Very impressive nonetheless
Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Mon May 26 2014 11:40 AM

Some people collect pylon photos, there are many different types. This is by Earlsfield bus garage.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 27 2014 01:42 AM

Another view of the extinct volcano, Mount Maunganui, from the Moturiki Island land bridge.

Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 27 2014 04:57 AM

Precious and 'The Princess' are real stars!

Here's the sun going down behind the hills around Gough's Bay, Lake Eildon in central Victoria.

Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 27 2014 11:46 AM

Another photo from my trip to the Isle Of Wight. This was taken at Alum Bay and clearly shows
the layers of different coloUred rocks for which it is known. Visitors can buy packets of the
various coloUred sands which are dug from the rocks to make their own unique souvenirs or
buy them ready-made at the gift shops at the entrance to the place.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 27 2014 02:25 PM

The contrast between New Zealand and London is pretty striking!

A view across Merton from Wimbledon

Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Tue May 27 2014 06:02 PM

Quote:
The contrast between New Zealand and London is pretty striking!

Yes, that's it "Diversity is us"!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 28 2014 11:28 AM

Mum, I lost my tennis ball! - Susie and friends in the park this morning

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Wed May 28 2014 02:22 PM

I've always been fascinated by the utility services around the suburbs, and always take the electricity transformers whenever I pass one with the camera.



You could almost live in one of these.
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 01:42 AM

There are 2 ways to get to the beach at Alum Bay - a ski
resort-type chair lift or via this set of steps:



In the interests of fitness, I took the steps down & back up and
was amazed to get back up in one go - no stopping for a rest or
photos - and wasn't even out of breath at the top. Well I was
impressed anyway!
smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 02:45 AM

I have to say I'm impressed with that as well Martin. Not only do they look very steep, they don't actually look that safe either.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 02:48 AM

Tauriel trying to hypnotise me into getting some food for her....

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 11:03 AM

One of the many paths I discovered yesterday in Mill Hill. I didn't know they had steps at Alum Bay, we took the cable car the one time I went there.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 11:20 AM

Love in the Mist with raindrops

Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Thu May 29 2014 02:46 PM

The steps are quite sturdy and I would Imagine they keep them in a good state of repair.
Here's a long view of them:

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 30 2014 04:12 AM

The light at the end of the tunnel as we walk under the Port Loop Road in Timaru.

Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 30 2014 10:58 AM

This is the other way to get to the beach at Alum Bay - the chair lift. Looks like fun but I was
happy to walk down. Might have got some good photos from it though, maybe next time...


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 30 2014 04:35 PM

Raindrop effect on a cobweb

Posted by: satguru

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 30 2014 08:08 PM

A typical London park in Stanmore

Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Photo a day for May - Fri May 30 2014 10:55 PM

I would have weakened very quickly, Howie. Did you?
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 31 2014 12:38 AM

I did, now I am a ghost....booooooooooooooooooooooo!
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 31 2014 08:39 AM

Another trip during my Isle of Wight holiday was to the village of Godshill.
Quaint thatched cottages abound!

Posted by: ren33

Re: Photo a day for May - Sat May 31 2014 11:45 PM

Thanks all. Gorgeous pics this month as always. I will close this in a few hours.,