Itchy nose

Jan. 27th, 2017 12:28 pm
nanila: (kusanagi: amused)
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Scratch that itch, sheep
Fluffy sheep had an itchy nose. Fluffy sheep was determined to scratch that itch!
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Beach between Minehead and Dunster in West Somerset, UK, on a midsummer day with onshore winds of 30mph+/48kph and temperatures as high as 12C/53F. :-)

03 Beach with flowers, Minehead 06-15

The flowers are red valerian, Centranthus ruber, and yellow horned poppy, Glaucium flavum.
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(Note: I didn't take any of these caps but I have credited as many as possible. Please click through to flickr for further information or ask me in comments.)

The flood defences built in Worcester (pop. c.100,000) and the surrounding area, especially Upton upon Severn and Bewdley, after the record floods of July 2007 have worked despite new record high river levels in the Severn and Teme but there were only a few centimetres to spare and there are about 50 homes flooded in Worcester, mostly around the suburb of Diglis (I think?), with more in the wider local area. The fastest/largest flow/volume of water through the centre of the city was about 500 metric tonnes per second under Worcester bridge (built 1781 and 1841). The only road bridge and both pedestrian bridges in the city were all closed at least temporarily but the Carrington Bridge across the Severn, for the bypass south of the city, remained open. It’s invidious to pick out one token worker or act of bravery but, for example, at one point two Western Power electricity workers waded through three feet of fast flowing water to fix a flooded electrical substation.

Floods and defences, 13 images total )
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Six small images in total. )

Tree with tangled branches.

4 Tangled tree, Malvern 01-14

A hole in the tree trunk, about a metre above ground level: who lives in a house like this?

Knock, knock. Is anyone at home? )
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In December I went for a walk on the Malvern Hills and spotted a midwinter fungus, probably a Clitocybe.

6 Midwinter fungus, probably a Clitocybe, Malvern Hills 12-13

At one point I seemed to have strayed into Middle Earth and saw what appeared to be HUGE fantastical gates in the forest of Broceliande below.

2 more images. )
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Wall-of-Sunflowers-7web

These are a species of sunflower, and they must range widely because I knew and loved them in Florida, but these were taken yesterday around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The plants get much taller than I am. I'd guess the tallest stalks were 10 feet or so.

Six more landscapes full of gold under the cut )
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I went for a walk in Powys in Wales.

Slwch Tump with anthills, gorse flowers, and a view to Pen y Fan (the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, and Southern Britain, at a mere 886m). St Eluned was reputedly beheaded here in the 5th century.

1 Slwch Tump with anthills, gorse flowers, and a view to Pen y Fan, 05-13

5 more small images. )
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WI 5x7 sm

A 7 x 5" oil on panel from yesterday. I loved the softness of this landscape. Below, the trail I hiked today.

WI trail sketch

I was in the middle of sketching this when I found a tick crawling on my arm. Crushed it and ... finished my drawing, dammit. Later, back at the lodge, I added the watercolor. This little sketchbook was made for me by a friend who got into bookbinding, and I really love it.
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mn river landscape

Painting outdoors lately, in oils. Downhill to the River, above, 8 x 10". Below, where I was, along the Minnesota River.

Another painting under the cut )
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Australian Emperor, 7 Nov 2011, Sydney

Taken at my uni with my new DSLR. With my old camera it was almost impossible to get a somewhat decent shot of these dragonflies as they never seem to land. With my new camera using the telephoto lens and manual focus, I can get some decent shots. This was the crispest shot I got in the air. My first dragonfly/damselfly forage for the summer at my uni's lake.

Shot below the cut )

Hilda's Lookout, Blue Mountains, 17 Sep 2011

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Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet, Canberra, 15 Oct 2011

Taken at a walk in aviary using my telephoto lens.

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Everglades Gardens, Blue Mountains, NSW, 19 Sep 2011

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Some of these were taken with my new Canon DSLR (yay for finally having a DSLR!), others with my higher end Olympus point and shoot.

Below the cut )
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I promise there will be more Goldfish, but figured meanwhile I'd share the little 5 x 7" landscape I did the other day, outdoors.



When it was done I just set it down on the ground to take a photo. I liked the mulch texture, you know? 

Usually in this spot, I pretend the city isn't there, but this time I figured I'd try painting it in.

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Echo Point, Blue Mountains, Australia. 4 Jul 2011.

Another from the rainy day.

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Yesterday I went to the Blue Mountains. It was rainy, but, it resulted in some pretty awesome views...

View from a lookout at Wentworth Falls


Larger version )
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First lot of photos (other than the panoramas) from my visit to Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens a couple of weeks ago. Loved the autumn colours.
23 photos below the cut )
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I visited Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens (near the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia) a few weeks ago to try to photograph the autumn colours. It was a cold day, but beautiful. So very very beautiful. Here's 3 large panoramas. 800 pixel wide versions, then the larger versions.

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