Macro Spree

Softly Lilac

I’m really excited to have a new macro lens for my new camera! So – I went on an indoor macro spree.  I’d bought some fluffy feathers from a craft shop and tried spraying some water drops on them. This took a bit of time in itself as the water flattened the feathers down somewhat. It’s marvelous how the droplets stay put and God created feathers, skin etc to be waterproof!



Purple Haze

Deep Purple

Purple Drop

Another post will follow showing less ‘abstracty’ pics …. see you soon   Eileen


Pond [er] Again

Ducks 2

As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6.  I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were  in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a  lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.




swans 2

I’ll sign off now   …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ !    Eileen


Enjoying the Sunshine


As it was a bright and sunny day and I was stuck indoors doing nothing in particular, I decided to take a stroll down to the Ifield Pond again.  Although the scenery is much the same [although changing with the seasons of course], at least the wildlife activity varies and there’s always something different to see.

Disappointingly I’m a bit late to catch the ducklings in baby stage – they look more like teenagers, but there still seems to be a lot of courting going on.

This is a particularly nice little area, favoured by the ducks and geese because people park their cars by the roadside nearby and come especially to feed them. In fact I got slightly wary of one particular large Canada Goose who approached me – I think he though my little camera was something to eat and was waiting patiently for me to throw it for him.

This very handsome drake ‘posed’ for me , but I took the pics as much for the interesting water as any ducks on it.  I confess to doing a bit of enhancing to the colour, as the sun was so bright and sparkly on the water, and what with the reflections of the overhead trees – it was beautiful to see, but hard to capture. I liked the somewhat hazy appearance.


Let me now introduce the Goose ….080

Ifield pond

What Swans Do

What Swans Do

I feel as if I’ve been a bit AWOL as I haven’t posted for such a long time! The result is I’m now having to re-learn how to post images again.  It’s taking me twice as long to get the hang of re-sizing etc, but I hope this will all come out right!

Since downsizing to my new flat I’ve been exploring the area and I’m within walking distance of the Ifield Pond [it’s more of a lake really].

I was fortunate enough to spy on a couple of swans grooming themselves in the sunshine. I only have a small camera [Canon Powershot SX240HS] but it has quite a good zoom lens [if I can keep the camera steady], so I was able to avoid letting the swans see me.

I got a couple of amusing shots that I thought I’d share here …

sooo laid back

sooo laid back

Wild Life


For the first time in years I went away for a long weekend break . My family treated me to a Centre parc hol with them for the Bank holiday. It was wonderful to have a change of scenery and the opportunity to use my new camera on the wildlife . I was keen to try out the longer zoom lens on it and I was not disappointed.  This lovely Jay came to visit the chalet , plus lots of ducks and squirrels.



As a footnote …. I must say here that I inadvertantly deleted all my previous Post  images  and I don’t think I can retreive them. So – as there’s no point in having the text without the pics, it looks like I’ll have to delete everything and start again from scratch. I’m currently seeking advice on the Forum but I don’t hold out much hope !! Any suggestions here therefore will be most welcome ….   Eileen