Today’s picture shows a bridge in Christchurch, NZ, a much battered city. It came to me from Maisie’s mother by way of Maisie’s grandparent. I like the comment on the bottom of the picture.
It was so wet and windy today that there was no thought of cycling. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to work and I practised mounting photos with a different colour of mount card until Dropscone, Arthur and Bruce joined me for a cup of coffee. We were snug and comfortable in the kitchen, while outside conditions were not so easy for the birds.
Mind you, with a little help from PhotoPlus, I can make the weather look a lot better.
After the coffee drinkers left, there was not much to do on the photo front except to see how high I could catch a raindrop bouncing off the car roof.
I did try to get some pictures that showed the day as it was.
Mrs Tootlepedal returned for lunch and afterwards we put the newly framed pictures up on the kitchen wall.
The plan is to have a constantly changing set of photos in the frames and mounts as time goes by.
With the rain and wind, it wasn’t a busy day at the feeders. On top of that I had caught a couple of glimpses of flashing wings whipping across the feeder and past the kitchen window during the morning. I took these to be a sparrowhawk keeping birds well out of my photographic range. While I was eating my lunch, there was a third flicker of light and a feather floated down outside the window.
“Another visit from the sparrowhawk,” I said to Mrs Tootlepedal.
“Yes,” she replied, “and it’s sitting on the hedge.”
I leapt to my feet with unaccustomed alacrity, snatched up the camera, which was for once in exactly the right place, and took four quick shots before it flew of, its prey in its claw.
Here is one of the pictures.
I don’t suppose that I will get many more chances like that. I have sent a copy of one of the shots to our local paper and another to a national paper that shows reader’s pictures as well. I will have to wait and see what they make of it.
Meanwhile, I tiddled about in PhotoPlus to see what I could do. I was limited by the settings I had had on the camera when I picked it up. That and the pouring rain were not conducive to sharp pictures but I quite like the painterly quality I got with this.
Recovering from the excitement, I put another week of the newspaper index into the database and the gloomy weather and shorter days that are now upon us mean that doing this is less of a grind than it is doing it during brighter times when I might be out and about having fun.
I did step out of the house in a lull in the rain to see if the rivers had risen enough to make a good picture but they hadn’t. As I trudged home, I caught the eye of our neighbour’s dog. I know how he was feeling about life.
I saw when I got in that a clematis was still in flower outside the dining room window. I was surprised that I hadn’t noticed it before but it is hanging down behind a hedge.
In the evening, I went with Jean and Sandy to the Archive centre where we worked away as usual and then repaired with them to the Douglas for a ginger beer. Sandy came in for a hot chocolate on his way home and had the (compulsory) opportunity to see the mounted photos. He felt that the purchase of the mount cutter was going prove to be worthwhile.
No final bird picture today as I thought that I couldn’t top the sparrowhawk.