When we were thinking of what to have as the digital wallpaper for July, it was not really that difficult as we had recently been enthralled by the annual red kite feeding festival, as the silage is cut in the fields around our house.
This year there was a grand total of 14 red kites
Whilst it was difficult to capture the seen as it was going on all around us out of the 180 images taken we did think this one will make a nice wallpaper
Part of the issue when photographing them is their speed especially when changing direction and swooping down on their prey
They did not spend too much time hovering waiting for the poor animals to appear as the farmers grass cutter was forcing them out into the open
We hope you like our choice of Red Kite digital wallpaper for July taken in south west Scotland last month. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Friends, this is my add hoc record of how we are developing the garden @ Trostrie Cottage. With the sunshine of the last few days the grass has just taken off, and needs cutting at regular intervals to keep it under control.Cutting the grass
Those that know me know that I like to try and make straight lines in the lawn, though as can be seen here the camera has picked up a positive waggle. Of course my excuse is there are too many bumps, holes and stones that need to be avoided. I try and remove a few each time I cut the grass.
Lines in the grass
Whilst I was cutting I noticed that my neighbour was cutting his grass. Though in the case it is a slightly larger affair than mine
Tractors in the distance
The tractors lined up in a row, and then whizzed across the field. Once full of grass the next one took over,
Picking up the cut grass
without stopping the process.
The whole field was cleared in less time than it took me to cut my lawn. A very impressive enterprise. Made me think about maybe I should get a slightly larger mower, but that will have to just be a dream for the time being.
You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering dog friendly holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk
When we were thinking of what to have as the digital wallpaper for February, the snow and rain was lashing down outside. This sort of helped guide our choice to something that was not too wet or cold.
Oyster Catcher - February Digital Wallaper
For this month's image we have chosen an Oyster Catcher on some rocks taken last June in the Isle of Islay
Isle of Islay Sunset
We were very fortunate as the weather was great at this time on Islay giving amazing sunsets
Oyster Catchers Flying
I think Oyster Catchers are a lovely birds, and can often be seen as a flock. There distinctive red to orange beaks standing out in the sky as they fly by.
Oyster Catcher February Digital Wallpaper - With Calendar
We hope you like our choice of free Oyster Catcher February wallpaper taken on the Isle of Islay last June. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Each year swallows from around the area join up before making their journey south as their annual migration. We have a series of power and phone lines that seem to offer a good resting place, before setting off.
Swallows waiting to migrate
This year was no exception even though the weather was terrible. I have often wondered how they manage to identify our specific post and power lines from all the others around but they evidently do.
The other morning we woke up to several hundred birds sitting on the lines waiting for the off. They were shivering in the pouring rain but they still allowed me around an hour to get the camera out and try and take some snaps.
Swallow in the rain
As you can see by the rain drops captured in the images the rain was quite heavy. As such it was so dark that only the odd shot was any good due to the low light levels.
Swallows waiting in the rain
Sadly the images of the departure were too out of focus, but it was very impressive. The whole group just setting off. There did not seem to be any distinctive leader, but their must have been as the flight was so coordinated. There was a couple of false starts – maybe waiting for stragglers. Then they were off for another year. Probably thinking good riddance of all this cold and wet, off to the nice warm sun.
We look forward to seeing you next year..
Sun and shade
Recently we were walking in Galloway, on one of the few days when it has not been raining, and the sky cleared up and the sun came out.
It seemed so very bright, maybe because we have not been used to the sunshine due to all the rain and grey skies, or maybe due to the extensive tree cover over our path.
This meant that initially we could not make out what was beyond the table. It seemed to be forming a junction between the dark and the light. Our eyes just like the camera having problems coping with the contrast, as you can see in the image
Rigg Bay in the sunshine
As we got nearer the beautiful sandy bay was revealed, glistening in the sunshine. This enabled us to sit at the table, take in the view and enjoy the rays, as the table was at the junction between the shade and the sun.
(The fact that the people on the beach were wearing thick warm clothes does really say it all for mid July, when the image was taken).
August 2012 Free Wallpapers
Sitting in the sun enjoying the view really cheered us and we thought that this would make a good image as our August wallpaper at fullersfolio.
We are offering two versions of this - one with a months calendar on it and one without, in varying different sizes. More details can be found on the fullersfolio freebie page and we hope you like them.
June 2012 Floods
It is hard to put into words the weather we have had this last month. Our weather station recorder said we had had 345 mm of rain, though i find this hard to believe as this is over a foot in old money. I know it did say that on the 28th we had over 100mm. The reservoir built below kielder down the Tyne valley was built in an area of high rainfall so we should expect it but this has been exceptional.
Just as it is hard to put the month into words, so it is hard to choose which images conjure up the month. Part of the problem has been the light levels – grey to very dark seems to be the norm.
June 2012 Floods
Being so dark due to lack of light and having a fast moving subject meant that this was taken at ISO 3200 for speed and f5.6 to try and get as much light as possible. Hopefully it captures some element of the speed and force of the water.
Moving a bit further along, whilst trying not to get to soaked I came across this tree that had come down due to the force of the water and it was acting as a natural dam.
June 2012 Floods
For this final image as the light had improved and the water was not moving so fast it allowing me to step down the ISO to 100 – still f5 to try and get as much light in. Normally in the summer this watercourse could be easily jumped, and the bridge is there just to stop walkers getting their feet wet. At the time of taking it was solid water spreading across the field in the distance towards the far trees.
The only good thing about the rain is that the water levels go down nearly as fast as they rise up.
Each image has a link to a larger version of the picture on our fullersfolio site
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