You can forget how quickly things change around you. Taking photographs helps. I have literally thousands – most however have gone into to that it was the 70s, 80s or 90s era etc. And was that photo taken on the first trip to the Zoo or the 15th?
However digital cameras have changed that in as much as it is easier to record when a photograph is taken.
I took this photo of the rainbow over the river, with the Sun reflecting off the windows of the building.
Then awhile later I took these, slightly different angles, where you can see that the building is now wrapped, ready for demolition.
Research can take many forms. For many it may mean just surfing the web, for others a trip to the library or the local archives office.
Lately I have been in ‘research mode’ gathering information for a few different projects I am currently working on. However it has thrown up a few surprises that I have filed away for another day.
Looking at original documents that are over 100 years old is fascinating, be they a title deed or a letter from a soldier to his parents during the first world war.
Many years ago when I was a teenager I took up birdwatching seriously. However there were not many bird identification books available in my price range. So if I saw some birds locally that I had not identified before, I would often take a detour to the local museum (it was further along the riverbank) check out the natural history display cases and then return to birdwatching, confident I had correctly identified the birds seen.
Now of course it is so much easier. On a break from my research, I stopped off at one of my regular birdwatching haunts (mainly to try out my new telescope) Once in the nearest hide I looked out onto the lake hoping to see if there were some birds I hadn’t seen before. I was in luck. A male and a female smew in amongst the tufted ducks and wigeon. Alas I did not get a photo, but true to the ‘old ways’ I made a note of the behaviour and characteristics of the birds as well as the colour and size etc. Once back home (after a quick stop off at the local supermarket) I confirmed my sightings.
However I can never resist a picture of a swan.
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As I write this, the day is now overcast, it’s still warm, the ice-cream van has just tootled by playing the theme to Match of the Day, in years gone by you would often hear the roar of ‘Ripe Strawberries, Ripe Strawberries’ and the ringing of a hand-bell calling out the adults who wanted fresh strawberries. The temperature reads 26c degrees in the house, next doors cat is lying down in the shade in my garden and in the distance I hear the sound of wood pigeons, the odd car passing by and every now and then out of the corner of my eye, I see swallows or swifts fly by so fast I often cannot tell which is which
The big thunderstorms have not yet arrived here; but there is still time……..
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Tagged Birdwatching, Cats, Inspiration, Memories, nature, Summer, Writing
Looking through a window I saw this!
Gotcha!……You can fly but you can’t hide!
Unfortunately I only had a camera phone to take the photo and it wasn’t the best of days
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Tagged Insects, Looking through a window, nature, photography, River, Spiders, Spring, Trapped