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November 25, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

A Devon valley in autumn

 

Devon valley in autumn

Devon valley in autumn

This is a beautiful quiet spot which I could just sit and watch for hours. I can feel the pulse slowing down as I type. Near Newton Ferrers for those  who like to know such things.

November 14, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Tranquillity On Lake Garda

Tranquillity on Lake Garda

Tranquillity on Lake Garda

 

 

April 26, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

Another Birmingham photo. This time the magnificent new library. You have to have seen the old one to really appreciate how good this one is.

April 18, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Queen Victoria and Birmingham Council House

 

Queen Victoria and  Birmingham Council House

Queen Victoria and Birmingham Council House

A view of Birmingham Council House watched over by Queen Victoria. Both looking very grand.

April 15, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Birmingham canal

Birmingham canal

Birmingham canal

 

It may not be Venice but Birmingham (UK) has some great canals. This shot was taken in the heart of the city centre, where it’s still possible to escape the traffic and crowds and enjoy a drink, something to eat and a stroll in peace in Britain’s second city.

April 6, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard

 

The Common Buzzard was once very far from common in the UK. It has recovered from serious persecution and the effects of poisoning from chemicals used in agriculture and pest control and now can be seen almost anywhere. This is one of a number I see when out walking locally. A magnificent bird by any standards and a sign that the environment is a lot healthier for them than it used to be.

April 4, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Boo!

Canada Geese playing boo.

Boo! Canada Geese playing boo.

Well it looks like they’re playing boo.

March 30, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Marsh Marigold

marsh marigold

marsh marigold

Spring is springing and we’ve enjoyed some warm sunshine and early colour. Absolutely glorious.

March 12, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Life on the canal

life on the canal

life on the canal

Regular readers of the blog will know how I enjoy walking along the canals in the UK. They are such peaceful places, and as you can see in the photo, a great place for a chat. I can usually find a scene I want to capture. I wish my camera captured smells. The smell of a coal fired stove brings back many memories.

March 7, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Tufted duck

Tufted duck

Tufted duck

 

This looks like one very angry duck. I think it’s the yellow eyes and the stare. A lovely handsome chap just the same.

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