roaming the wilds of south west Surrey
No photography today, as it rained heavily the whole day (mightily depressing to see ≥95% chance of heavy rain for the entirety of the daylight hours on the Met Office weather forecast!). These are from last Sunday, when we walked late in the day at Thursley and there were some lovely bursts of warm light breaking through the clouds. I was photographing the dead tree when I heard an interesting bird song and spotted a long tailed little bird flit past me and land in the gorse. Thinking it was a long tailed tit (one of my favourite birds), I (very laboriously, given the state of my camera – lucky it stayed still for so long :-D ) zoomed in fully and snapped a shot. On blowing up the photo, however, it clearly isn’t a long tailed tit, but a dartford warbler. Dave Harris of Surrey Bird Club kindly confirmed that for me. It’s a crap quality shot, but the chestnut breast with a buff patch, and the grey head is fairly unmistakeable. This was quite exciting for me as I’ve never seen one despite walking at Thursley many hundreds of times, and having read that they were wiped out there by the big fire of 2006 and some hard winters.
So, a rubbish photo of that elusive little bird, and a few shots of Thursley in a lovely warm light.
As my sharp eyed readers may have noticed (thanks for the prod RH ;-) ), there’s been a rather lengthy hiatus in my blog. In fact, I rather lost my blogging mojo.
First off, my camera is up the spout. My Panasonic Lumix isn’t the greatest camera and certainly can’t match a DSLR, but it’s good at macro and it did have the advantage of being easy to whip out and snap a quick shot with. Unfortunately, having developed the exceptionally annoying habit of starting to record video every time I attempt to zoom in or out, it’s now a massive pain in the arse to use. It also doesn’t seem to focus as well as it used to and has marks on the lense that I can’t open the camera body to remove. Bloody frustrating, frankly. So most of the enjoyment has leached out of photography for me over the past few months. Also, I’d like to learn and develop my photography skills more, but I’ve reached a wall of what I’m able to do, photography wise, with a compact. So short of a DSLR magically appearing on my desk (feel free to ask for my address if you have a spare one hanging around :-D ), I’ve let it all slide.
It’s also been a busy few months and I haven’t had the time for blogging, or for keeping up with others’ blogs either. I reckon it’s time to make space for that again though, so I’m going to make a concerted effort to get back into it. Also, I haven’t heard from one of my most regular commenters, Charles, for months, and I’m wondering how things are in The Netherlands! ;-)
Here’s a misty sunset over Catteshall Lock and the Lammas Lands in Godalming to get me started again.