Garden Visitors

I’ve mentioned before, I’m sure, that I am fortunate to have a little patio garden and I’ve been making an effort this year to attract more birds and butterflies. The Bees have always been plentiful. I’ve been unsuccessful with the Butterflies as usual, but now that I have a new bird table and bath the birds [and squirrels] come several times a day. The bonus is that all the cats I used to see prowling around over the years have either moved away or died off. There is just one grey cat left from the flat upstairs. I am a cat-lover, but they can be a nuisance stalking the birds.

I also have a family of foxes playing on the grassy areas in the evenings and I throw them left-over scraps or old fruit if I have any.

I’m mostly behind the glass windows to watch the birds etc , so the pics aren’t super,duper quality, but I hope I’ve captured the fun that I have trying ….

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Whey – hey ….
Thirsty Work
The Lookout

That’s all for now, have a great day, Eileen

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Busy Bees

I haven’t posted any pics for such a long time – I’m afraid ‘life’ intervenes – as it does for everybody of course, but it gets more frequent as you get older! It isn’t as if I’ve been completely inactive with my camera, for when I couldn’t get out and about, I still did indoor shots, but couldn’t sit long at my pc without getting migraines etc But, no matter, and you don’t want me to add my woes to your own!! I love my photography and thank the Lord every day for His gifts and it’s great to have this blog to share them on.

I also have my pics on Flick’r – if you are interested, just do a search for Flick’r Eileen Thompson and it should find me.

Anyway – I will endeavour to post more now ….

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I’ll be posting some of my indoor macro pics next [I hope, Lol!] See you soon,and God bless you, Eileen


Same Walk, Different Pics

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This is the first lady angler that I’ve seen at the lake! Fortunately she very kindly said she didn’t mind me taking her photo.  The sun was streaming across the lake behind her – back-lighting and high-lighting herself and the trees either side of her.  Perfect!

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This single leaf also posed perfectly for me ….

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It was a really dazzling sun-shiney day with lots of high- lighty bits of nature to see … this could be titled a patchwork or an abstract I thought.

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There is this huge Weeping Willow tree along the path leading to the lake and it looked magnificent on this bright, sunny day ….although the figure and dogs are the focal point of the pic.

I did some searching on line yesterday to see what I could find out about the Ifield Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens and boy – what an interesting history – much too much to tell here … so, just briefly :

A park was recorded here as early as 1295.   The manor of Bewbush seems to have passed down, linked with St Leonards Forest by inheritance to various Earls and Dukes, etc over the centuries, becoming known as the manor of Holmbush/ the Holmbush Estate from 1787 and being sold on to ‘humbler’ folk titled ‘Lord of Bewbush’ and eventually MPs and the like.

Lots of improvements had been  done by a Thomas Broadwood after 1824 and he planted and landscaped much of the estate. Whether it was him or later owners who planted my Bald Cypresses there I don’t know, but maybe there’s a way of finding out?  My source [A History of the County of Sussex] says he created a large Lake and several smaller ones – so I guess that must be more or less where we can walk now, since Crawley Borough Council bought the whole area , now known as the neighbourhood of Bewbush,  in order to expand the housing requirements for all us ordinary folk. And grateful I am too!!


More of the Same, but Different

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Bald Glory

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across such an interesting tree before!

As it appears to be native to swampy areas of N.America, I wonder how it came to be here in Sussex at the Ifield Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens?  I wonder if, like the Tilgate Lake and Park, the place was originally part of a private estate? That would account for the trees being introduced here as a specimen no doubt…. I will have to do a spot of historical research I think.  It’s brilliant that I can look stuff up on the internet!!

I took pics of other things that caught my eye at the Pond too so I will make that my follow on post.  au revoir,  Eileen


Bald Cypress [Taxodium distichum]

I’ve often wondered about this tree that I’ve passed every time I’ve walked around the local lake. I obviously haven’t caught it at its most spectacular up until now!  When I got back home I took the time to search on line for its name but of course, it wasn’t showing up in any British tree lists, so I widened my search and it turned out to be a conifer.

What threw me was that I didn’t class it as a conifer because I’d mistakenly thought all conifers were evergreen and this tree clearly wasn’t. Anyway – the clue was in my pics because I saw what sort of  looked like clusters of tiny cones and then some larger spherical green ones hidden among the bright colourful foliage that I hadn’t noticed when I was taking the pics.

It’s a very large tree and I wonder how old it is …. maybe I will see if anyone knows on my local FB group.

Bald Cypress

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Oops – maybe next time I’ll take a pic of the complete tree!!

bye for now,   Eileen


Designed From Above

 

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The peacock feather must be among the most beautiful of God’s creations – so obviously an intelligent ‘design’ , full of colour and grace. I was so pleased when my daughter presented me with some superb ones for my birthday.

I used my Olympus OM-DE 10 camera with 60mm macro lens attached.  I played around in my PSP for a bit of drama by adding a vignette.

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The last one is one of those rare occasions when adding water drops doesn’t necessarily enhance the subject, I think maybe it makes the overall effect too fussy – but no matter it’s here anyway for your opinion!

God bless,   Eileen

 


Love-in-a-Mist

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor some reason or other my energy levels seem to have taken an upward turn recently – maybe it’s the effect of the lovely sunshine we’ve been having or the fact that my frequent ailments seem to have spent themselves for a while  …. not only that – the garden has suddenly come to life with poppies and roses and has inspired my hobby!

However – I’ve chosen to entertain ya’ll with pics of a wild flower I spotted on the other side of my fence. I think it’s  Love-in-a-mist but p’raps someone could enlighten me?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve titled the one above ‘Catching the Drops’ because it looks as if there are a couple of tiny hands holding on to the water-drop!

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That’s about it I think …. hope you like them!

Many blessings,   Eileen