OF iPHONEs AND APPS

I have taken to carrying my iPhone with me on our daily walk to the local park at the end of our road, keeping an eye out for anything interesting or unusual to use as a basis for further processing. It isn’t as easy as I thought it would be and quite a few efforts have ended up in the bin. I quite like these two, though. One of our neighbours hung the wreath on her door before Christmas and it’s still there, a cheery little splash of colour on a dull day. The image on the right is a section of a well-rusted bollard at the bottom of a steep flight of steps. They’ve both been faffed with in the Distressedfx app and I’m encouraged enough to try a few more.

A TRIP OUT TO BESTHORPE

The weather forecast promised us a bright, sunny – if cold – day yesterday, so we decided to travel beyond the confines of the city for the first time since last summer. The Besthorpe Nature Reserve has always been a favourite of ours and it’s very lightly populated at any given time, so it was the perfect destination and, at just under 30 miles, a reasonable distance to give the car a much-needed blow. Unfortunately, we were barely five miles from Nottingham when the sun disappeared, never to reappear again while we were at the reserve. Nevertheless, we saw quite a few birds, including a few ground feeders when we called in at Langford Lowfields.
Our list of sightings – robin, blackbird, sparrow, crow, magpie, kestrel, linnet, goldfinch, bullfinch, bluetit, great tit, dunnock,  little egret, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, mute swan, great crested grebe, cormorant, black-headed gull.
The photographs below are from the archives as even 8000 ISO wasn’t working for me!

ROBIN
BLACKBIRD
SPARROW
CROW
MAGPIE
KESTREL
LINNET
GOLDFINCH
BULLFINCH
BLUETIT
GREAT TIT
DUNNOCK
LITTLE EGRET
TUFTED DUCK
MALLARD
GADWALL
MUTE SWAN
BLACK-HEADED GULL

CORMORANT
GREAT CRESTED GEBE